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

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

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

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks to makdeco for picking this one up for me.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange golden brown with a very thin layer of white bubbly head that quickly recedes to leave almost no head. Slightly below average carbonation.

S- Not as hoppy as some IPAs but still a decent amount. Pleasant tropical fruity aromas of oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, lemons, pine, and some light caramel malts in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Bitter hops, oranges, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits. Finishes with a lightly bitter, lightly spiced, citrusy juice flavor. Decently well balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, juicy, easy to drink.

O- This beer was a nice IPA that was easy to drink. Had nice mixed tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. I thought there was a tiny bit of a plasticy artificial quality to it, which is why I couldn't rate it higher. It wasn't anything that made the taste that bad. Overall this is my first beer from Short's and I'm impressed. I look forward to drinking this again and trying some of their other beers.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing golden orange, holding an easily reproducible one finger head of fat, off white bubbles. This shows lighter retention, leaving spots and stripes of lacing around the glass as it goes. A chill haze is appreciated, without sediment. Carbonation appears to be light to medium. The aroma gives surprising depth of malts, with sticky pales, sweet toffees, cardboard, and a dry pancake batter quality. To match are milky lactics, herbal mint leafiness, green onions, mustard seed, light medicinals, and honeysuckle. Hops take the form of florals, perfumes, and dirty earthen grittiness. Our first impression is that the taste is quite dark, with the hops coming across as freshly raw, as if they were sitting in a bin under the table at a farmer’s market. As we sip, the most bitter, earthy, raw, resiny, and soapy hops crash the palate. Coming to blend are pale and heartily metallic malts, juicy baker’s yeast, dried apricot fruitiness, green bananas, bittered citric rind, and white toast breadiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced aluminum metallics, black pepper booziness, dandelion weediness, mineral, and tannic lemon tea, while the hops build up their soapiness, bolstering the bite of the swallow. Washing through the finish gives pencil graphite, cheaper and chalky pale malts, deep brassiness, soapy and earthen hop bitterness, chokecherries, clover honey, and the sweetness of lemon flesh. The aftertaste breathes of light charcoal smokiness, resiny hop stems, soapy and herbal grit, mild chemical phenols, ethanol, lemon peel, salty toffee malts, bittered walnut, and vegetal minerals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is on the light side. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and strong finishing pop. The mouth is left wet and slick, with eventual pucker and green astringency down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. What really stands out about this was its spicy, malty backbone that holds up nicely to the equally as dirty and gritty hop side. The hops are actually a bit light aromatically, but do make much more of an appearance through the flavoring. To match there are much more bitter, fruity, and chemically inclusions that both balance and obscure the general base. This makes for an interesting tasting that keeps the tongue guessing. The feel is a bit watered through, and this takes away from the experience, but this guy is definitely a regional competitor for the style.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice cloudy copper colored brew, with a thick off white head. The head retention is great. Near the end of the beer, there were some great sheets of lace covering the sides of the glass.

Bold citrus and pine hop aroma. A bit of caramel malt in the background, but make no mistake, this is one-sided.

Nice toasty, caramel malt flavor, followed by citrusy and piney flavors. Solid amount of bitterness, without being harsh. Lingering orange and peach flavor.

Good body. Very drinkable. Very solid.

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Photo of Warren2621
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow that pours a thin head. Slight orange hues.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest.

Oh my hops! Definite grapefruit and orange zest, wonderfully hoppy.

Mouthfeel is hop bitterness with slight citrus and it is wonderful.

Overall one of my favorite IPAs

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with a quarter finger of white head with some sticky lacing.

S: The nose has that nice hop sweetness that reminds me of Alpha King. A touch of grapefruit but the nose does not really jump and and grab you though it is enjoyable.

T: The taste is nice and super balanced. The malt comes across nicely but the hops just are not there like you would want them in an IPA. More sweet than anything else. There is some bitterness in the finish. Don't get me wrong this is a good IPA but it lacked that wow factor for me.

M: A little on the thin side for me. Carbonation was nice.

D: Glad I grabber a sixer of this out in Boston. This is a solid IPA but it is the most boring IPA I have ever had because I know what they can do. They almost should not even make an IPA. That being said this is solid.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of stephensinner
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured an almost clear orange color with gold highlights around the edges. The head was white and rose just about 1/2" before settling to a thin skim. Decent streaky lace down my glass.

S= Lots of honey, biscuity malt, and citrus hops in the nose. Just a hint of pine in there too. Very nice.

T= Like in the aroma, there was a big sweet malt and honey presence up front with a big hop wallop soon to follow. The hops were mostly of the west coast citrusy character, but there were some floral notes and a touch of pine in there too. Some decent tropical fruit esters helped round over the edges and made this seem very palanced for a hoppy IPA. The finish was dry and bitter as it should be.

MF= Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a tongue-coating feel.

D: Very nice beer here and extremely drinkable. I could session this all night and wish I had more regular access to this one...

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Deschutes snifter. Thanks to stickman1220 for this one. No bottle date listed.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange color. Half finger of bright white tight bubbled head. Some carbo bubbles coming up sides of glass. Nice lacing sheets.

S: Smells really sweet. Fruity and yeasty. Also, smells like the normal Short's strain. Some grapefruit and peachy notes.

T: Their beers are just really interesting tasting. This one is pleasing for sure. Good hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Met but the malt bill an yeasty notes in the mid tongue. Again, tastes like a Short's beer. Crisp finish.

M: It's light bordering on medium bodied. Good mouth coat of fruity hops.

O: A solid B+ on this one. In the Short's that I have tried, I like this one the best because it's more sessionable then some of the other strange varieties.

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a semi-clear dark golden color with a ¼" off-white head that recedes to a small ring around the glass and a patch of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves a sheet of lacing with lots of small speckles and a few legs. Even when the ring is gone, sipping leaves behind some sparse lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and contains both floral fruity hops (grapefrut, tangerine and lemon) with some nice rich caramel from the malt and some hints of pine. The aroma of this beer is like a complex, finely woven tapestry with no single strand more dominant than the others.

Taste: The aroma predicts the flavor but not the finish. There is strong bitterness from the hops showing off their orange zest, grapefruit peel and piney character. The underlying harshness is well balanced by the soft light toffee/caramel sweetness in the background that supports and carries the mix of hops forward across the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with very light carbonation. The finish is medium-long and begins with some sweetness present. That sweetness quickly fades out leaving a strong bitterness throughout as everything just fades slowly away. Interestingly the bitterness is neither all grapefruit nor all pine, it seems to be both at once and just takes over and then fades.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability and I could make an evening with this one. I surely will seek out and have this one again when I have the chance. BTW: Don't drink this one too cold as it will be all bitterness if you do.

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Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kuges
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of target88
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed amber color with a flash head and no lacing.
The nose is intensely floral with smaller amounts of pine and citrus. The flavor is boiled pine resin-centric and much less floral than the nose, although it does contain plenty of musty earth flavor. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, smooth texture... and a very long extended pithy finish. It's a powerful and straightforward boiled hops freight train of alpha acids crashing into my palate. This bittering hop bomb doesn't really even bother trying to balance things out with the malt very well...and for that I score it lower than other similar bitterness level brews that did so with much more balance and intricacy.

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Short's Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,268 ratings