Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale AleShort's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, this India Pale Ale style beer has enormous amounts of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. With a very complex malt bill, flavors seem to meld with the hops to balance this ale and provide a ridiculous urge to sample more.
140 IBU

Added by arizcards on 06-13-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
2,210
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
437
For Trade:
11
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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Keweenaw Co-Op for $10.99/6 pack. Poured from bottle into swifter. Can not read black bottled on date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt Orange with copper hues. Pours a lively half finger white head. Prominent sticky lacing ensues.

Smell: Bright floral hop aroma. Initial blast of yeast, providing great body to citrus, pipe smoke, and earthy spruce.

Taste: This beer has some real crunchy feel, finished by sugary tangerine. Strong hop presence. Really fantastic. Enough malt bill to hold up to this hop bomb. It's tasty.

Mouth: Good carbonation lends support for the dryness. Puckering hops in this bottle.

Drink and overall: very drinkable. Great overall beer. Fortunate to have access to this guy. Can stand up to some other great MI IPAs.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug at around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Golden-amber, a touch on the dark side but still very translucent. Thick, two-finger head recedes to a shallow, yet stable foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing on the edges of the glass, and good-looking carbonation.

Smell: Hops! Probably a good thing considering the beer is named after the scientific nomenclature for "hops." Light and bright, with flowery notes and a distinct orange and/or coriander feel to the nose. Beautiful.

Taste: The hops don't play around. Bittersweet in the best of ways. A slight "steak-off-the-grill" flavor to it. Gentle candy flavor near the end, and it finishes up nicely with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, it doesn't overwhelm the beer but it sticks around long enough to bring out some flavor. Goes down smooth with just a touch of hop notes left on the palate.

Drinkability: Another beer I could drink nightly. It makes me think of Indian or Thai food. Possibly a good year-rounder.

Solid good for this one. Not exactly right up my alley, but nothing negative to say about it. Great for lovers of IPAs and American IPAs.

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Photo of Franz4
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- a light copper with a 2 finger head that settles to a finger leaving lacing as it settles. Looks very nice.

S- strong hop citrus, pineapple, and a touch of pine very appealing, I can't wait to taste this.

T- heavy on the citrus flavor up front with the pine coming through in the back. Very nice, actually quite refreshing.

M- carbonation is moderate, aftertaste lingers for a bit, not a strong point of this beer. It's not bad in this area, just not memorable.

O- My first Short's brew, and a very nice one at that. A nice example of an IPA that's also very approachable, hoppy, but not extremely bitter.

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Photo of chaz410
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from a good friend who went through Michigan.
The smell of this beer needs to be marketed as a cologne. It is amazing! This beer's bouquet is equal to that of notable IIPA's. It hints of pineapple, a little grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus that resembles tangerine. There's also a little pine in the nose.
Taste is smooth and full of malty crystal and two row along with a little caramel malt with soem subtle hop flavors. There's a gradual build of big piney hop bitterness at the swallow.
Very smooth moutfeel for an under 7 percent beer.
Love this beer!

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, deep golden orange under an inch of off-white head. Lovely pungent aroma of strong American hops. Rich, sweet malts try and fail to balance the hops. Really nicely done.

Big hop flavor fights off the malts long enough to scar the tongue; the hops are forward and strong but not overwhelming. Then , the sweeter elements of the malts tease the palate. Finishes long and slow.

Mouthfeel is medium rich but short of big and buttery; nicely present without being aggressive. Well balanced. Michigan has many good brewers working throughout the state. A trip from brewery to brewery would make a nice future trip.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light hazy gold. Medium, thick, white long lived head

Smells light tropical and citrus. Bready malt and light pine

Tastes citrus and bready malt. Finishes dry with a long bitter pine linger. Medium body with smooth medium carbonation

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Photo of abuliarose
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Russian River glass, revealing two fingers of buttercreamy head over a hazy dark amber body. Awesome lacing. Smells soft, sweet and a little fruity with fresh peach, jasmine and other light floral hoppy notes. Very enticing smells.

Tastes nice and bitter up front with a lingering nutty maltiness which accompanies the nutty hop aftertaste. Some mealy flavors at the end, nice citrus rind freshness at the beginning (though this bottle isn't perfectly fresh) and lots of both though not tongue-assaulting. Mouthfeel is a little dry and slightly creamy with a tongue-tickling carbonation. Medium-bodied. Decently drinkable, the flavors aren't perfectly integrated but they are delicious as they come.

Overall a very decent AIPA rendition. I would like to try it fresh and on tap.

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Photo of Spica66
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with excellent head formation and retention.

S: The aroma is of clean, crisp hops.

T: Hops, hops, hops. Not grapefruit, more like bitter pine.

M: Very smooth. Great carbonation.

D: Two was it. Those 65+ IBUs started to stack up on me.

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Photo of montageman
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass - on draught at the Berkley Front. Cloudy amber in color with lots of carbonation bubbles and no head, but that might be from the way it was poured. Smell is very floral with some citrus notes and a little bit of pine. Taste is very hoppy with a little grapefruit there, but there is nothing there to balance the hop bitterness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the carobonation - very nice for this type of beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these at a sitting, but I love the bitter taste, could be more of a chore for someone else. Recommended.

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Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for hooking me up with this one! 12 oz bottle with something printed on the label that I can't make out, might be a freshness date. Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange golden with a nice rocky white head that did not settle quickly. Leaves nice looking lacing.

Smell: Dank pine and citrus (grapefruit) that mask a toasted malt profile.

Taste: Wow that is a bitter IPA. The hops take front and center here. I actually would like a little more maltiness to back this one up. The pine/grassy hops totally are out of balance. If you were to balance this one out, it would be like any other beer, and balance is not what they were going for here. So I cannot fault the brewers at all.

Mouthfeel: A silky mouthfeel with carbonation on the higher side. The flavor coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: This is one I would like to have again, but I could only have one in a session because of the intense bitterness.

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Photo of kbeals
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit of a hazy golden/orange color. About a finger of white, creamy head. Really good lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very floral, a bit of a citrus bite to the edge, hoppy.

T- Very hoppy, a lot of grapefruit flavor comes through, piney, with a bit of a bitter finish at the end. Not overly bitter though, pretty well balanced. Extremely delicious IPA.

M- Pretty smooth, not overly carbonated. Light-medium body.

D- Pretty drinkable. I would definitely have drank another one of these, and I'm actually surprised I didn't. A definite recommendation for any IPA lover.

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Photo of mikecharley
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tyson for tossing this in as an extra in a recent trade. I barely had this beer 24 hours before I decided it was time.

Poured a cloudy, hazy light copper color. This beer is really cloudy, almost like a hefe. The small off white head retreats quickly into the brew. It leaves some decent lacing as I sip.

The smell is of piny hops, really strong and bitter. Not strong in a strong citrus, or piney way, just bitter strong. There are some pine and fruit notes in there, but they are really overpowered by the bitter.

The taste is of strong bittering hops, with really slight citrus. some pine in there as well. This is the taste of a really average IPA, In my opinion.

The Feel is pretty good, nice carb.

Overall, this is a beer I wouldn't say is bad, but I was very underwhelmed by my first Shorts Brew.

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Photo of eberkman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy honey-gold bordering on orange with a rich, rocky one-finger cream-colored head that displays excellent retention, leaving a pretty network of lacing on the inside of the glass. Big hoppy nose -- good citrus presence, but primarily piney, resiny and floral notes. Big citrusy and piney hops on the tongue. Significant malt backbone gives this good balance in the middle, giving way to a peanut skin flavor, ultimately moving to a bitter lingering finish that almost borders on the astringent but fortunately stops just short. Oily mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Perhaps a little bit big and intense to session, but very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of macpapi
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium copper--penny like--color, with a pretty fluffy and tannish head.

The first thing that hits the nose is an astringent hop aroma, followed by the presence of citrus with slight floral hop hints. A bit of malt finishes out a very balanced and pleasant aroma.

The taste is disappointing. It is dominated by biting hops. In and of itself this is not a bad thing, but here there is too little to complement the bitter sting. There is a bit of malt, but not nearly enough to provide a satisfying backbone. Citrus tones are notable as well, and somewhat pleasant. On the whole, though, this is a pretty one-dimensional flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full. Astringent hop makes it very biting. Potent, but not in the most pleasant way.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this beer. It is very unbalanced in my opinion. Was expecting much more malt. While it is present, it is totally overwhelmed by hop bitterness. Hop bombs are fine every once in a while. To my mind, though, they are not very complex or great beers.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Not sure if there's anything to criticize about the looks. Hazy golden-orange body with a huge off-white, creamy, sticky head, good lacing and great cap.

S: Highly complex. Orange peel and nuts, spices, light yeast, and butter right up front. Chocolate malts are also present. Amazingly rounded.

T: Peppery and citrusy, with some good floral hops coming through along with some earthy tones. Sweet chocolate is great as well.

M: Wonderfully creamy, lightly carbonated.

D: This is a perfect IPA. These are hops done right without using too many and getting into imperial territory. It's not the hoppiest, but is rather quite balanced. If may have to go to Michigan just to have some more.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light copper color. I wanted to say it was golden but it just wasn't that light. Fluffy head with good lacing on the sides. Aromas of fruity citrus with some pine and grass waft from my glass. Lemon flavors with an earthy finish. Slick body with slight carbonation and a dry earthy finish. This is a good IPA that is try to form as far as style goes. I could certainly drink a few of these.

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Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice tight short off white head, light copper in color with slight haze

great fresh hop aroma, piney and resiny

good balance with all of the hop flavor, the late bitterness rapidly disappears. very piney, almost gin like

medium body

very drinkable, but the gin like profile would stop me after maybe two of these.

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Photo of CMUbrew
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from Fall 2012

A: Amber in color, quite cloudy from accidentally pouring in the bottle sediment. Fairly creamy looking white head on top. Lacing is quite good.

S: Some pine and maybe some buiscuty malts in there. Not much else going on.

T: This is a beer taste experience quite unlike anything else ive had before. Not in a good way either. Upfront, i basically get no taste. Like the beer is using some sort of cloaking device to pass over my tongue and get down my throat without leaving any delicious hop goodness behind. All that is left for my dumbfounded taste buds is an aftertaste flavor decoy consisting of raw IBUs and some resin.

M: Not that great. Fairly thin and sort of bubbly

O: One of my biggest beer disappointments to date. From this bottle I cannot understand its high rating. I love hop bitterness, but there must be good flavors to accompany that. Perhaps the sediment through the whole beer out of whack, but I feel like there really wasn't enough of it to accomplish that. A let down overall.

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Photo of aval89
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Another6Pack for this brew!

A: pours a slightly hazy dark orange..leaning towards copper.. Thin 1 finger fluffy but tight head.

S: loads of sweet hops!! Mango is pretty dominant.. Oranges, peach, & caramel sweetness come through.. Very ripe & inviting aroma.

T: was slightly disappointed after the wonderful aroma.. Starts off with citrus fruits.. Some lemon zest.. Slightly toasted malts with caramel pulling through. Finishes almost bland but with a faint mango taste that is done as the lemon peel bitterness lingers for a bit.

MF: carbonation is good, just felt a bit thin.

D: pretty easy drinker. No problems here.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky golden color with minimal head. The nose has a nice citrus aroma. It is not overwhelming. The taste is somewhat mellow on the hops at first, then the bite of the hops kicks in. Delicious, and I do enjoy the greater distribution of Shorts.

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Photo of klikger
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks, Donerik!

A - Golden-orange, hardly any head, decent lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, and oranges

T - Bitter citrus hops (and lots of them) --> oranges and a little malty sweetness --> more grapefruit and pine, with some metallic taste. The finish and aftertaste are very bitter and dry.

M - Low carbonation, medium-bodied

D - The combination of a ton of hops (positive) and the metallic finish and aftertaste (negative) give this good, not great drinkability.

This is a pretty good beer, but it could be great. I like Hangin' Franks substantially more than this due to its lack of metal in the flavor. I adore bitterness, but this particular profile is a little too metallic for me to wholeheartedly love.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass

It pours clear copper color. A fluffy eggshell white head is very long lasting and intricate lacing across the glass.

Aroma is a balance of slightly toffee malt and orange hoppiness. The hoppiness is pretty juicy and bright as well. Finish is slightly sweet.

The balance of the beer is tilted more towards the hops than in the aroma. Nice fairly bright orange with a long lasting resiny bitterness. The bitterness is kind of harsh though and unpleasant. I much prefer a smoother beer.

The bitterness effects the mouthfeel a great deal but besides that the carbonation is just fine.

Overall it's just a decent American IPA offering, nothing special and it's fairly forgettable.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this morning while in Grand Rapids. Drinking fresh this evening at home 6 hours away.

Consumed in a Unibroue tulip glass. Light copper color with puffy, one-finger white head that falls leaving a solid white film on the glass.

Initial aroma is sweet and fruity with perhaps a touch of floral.

First couple of sips have what I consider a dirty finish. I prefer the clean, crisp finishing IPA's. A couple of sips later my mouth is acclimated to the flavor and it's drinking better (I'm drinking this after a Short's pale ale).

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew I've been dying to try from someone way farther than me from where you can buy this, how crazy is that? Thanks mikesgroove!

A: Pours a slightly hazy (cold haze) yellow orange golden color with a finger of white bubbles that reduces down to just a thin film of head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells awesome, like a slam of hops (hint hint), grapefruit and citrus is so wonderfully overpowering in a great way. I try to see if I can find malt in there and maybe i'm tricking myself but i feel like there is a pinch.

T: Whoa, not what I was expecting...I get a lot of hop bitterness, but flavor-wise there is a solid amount of malt bite there too. I'm curious as to how fresh this is now or if it's usually this way. Not exactly an alcohol flavor in there but you can tell it's packing an IPA ABV rather than a regular pale ale.

M: Very full bodied, well carbonated, great mouthfeel that almost feels like DIPA territory

D: Not bad, but not great. I like the sweeter hoppy variety IPAs and this one isn't so sweet, has a lot of malt bite that I usually don't prefer, and even though you can't really taste the alcohol, it won't fool you into thinking it's low ABV.

The flavor I wish was more like the smell with hop/citrus overload but it's just not there. I'll have to try this again when I can be sure it's fresh to see if my opinion changes.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear burnt orange

Smell: great malt sweetness dominated by piney and citrusy hops.

Taste: great citrus and pine notes. even tugged a little at the glands behind my cheeks on the first sip. little bit of sweetness to round it out nicely. significantly dry, bitter finish

Mouthfeel: low-med body with decent amount of carbonation.

Notes: simply? superb IPA. it isnt anything special, so it didnt blow me out of the water, but as far as just a straight IPA goes, if youre looking for a good amount of bitterness, call this a job well done.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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