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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

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

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hop-Cat from my recent trip to Grand Rapids from notes.

A - pours a hazy orange with a small tight white head with great lacing and retention
S- Lovely hop presence with citrus and grassy undertones and the pale sweet malt coming through nicely
T - light, crisp, hoppy and floral with the malt rounding everything out nicely. Lots of caramel and citrus on the palate.
M - smooth going down with medium carbonation
D - Fantastic drinkability and I want to get some more here in Indiana. Please some to Indiana Shorts when you are up and bottling.

This is one of the best IPA's I've had. All around just a great beer.

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

Short's in MA! Short's in MA!

A golden honey color poured into a pint glass - this beer has a nice lumpy head that sticks around for a bit (and to the glass).

Big aroma, I could smell this before I...intentionally smelled it. Reminded me of NN. Big fruity hops and pine. A sip unleashes crisp and bitter aggressive hops with very little obvious malt but somehow it's there to tame the front of the sip. Dry resiny earth/pine finish. Perhaps I'll have another taste.

This is a lot of hops. I'm not sure I was ready for it. But after a few sips I can say it was a great brew and would compliment a meal extraordinarily.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours bright orange with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy pine resin aroma with some cereal malt. As the beer warms, some fruiteness becomes apparent. On the front of the palate, the flavor shows off the caramel and cereal malts, but on the middle and back of the palate, this beer belongs to the hops. The hops flavor begins fruity but ends with grapefruit bitterness as expected. The body fairly light with a somewhat thin texture. The carbonation is average, and the finish is super bitter and super long. This is a good IPA, but slightly out of balance.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark golden pale and smelled strongly of citrusy hops. The taste was definitely more hops and finished with a solid bitterness. The mouthfeel was solid, medium-high but not so much that it lessened its drinkability, which was pretty high. Not too bitter and not too much alcohol. Overall a very good IPA. Another solid turnout from yet another solid Michigan brewery!

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 5/27/10.

A: Poured into a snifter, Huma has a lovely golden-amber hue. There is no head after a medium pour, which is weird, because I have had this many times before and I recall a usually buoyant and healthy froth on top of the beer. I won't mark it down for that, based on previous experience. Lacing is present, but not very sticky.

S: This is exactly what I would hope for from an American IPA. Big pine, floral, and citrus hops leap into my nose, supported by a strong pale/amber malt presence.

T: Yummy. An appropriate amount of hop bitterness endures throughout each sip and into the aftertaste, while a lovely grapefruit flavor is the dominant flavor. Some pine and resin taste is also present.

M: Medium bodied for an IPA with a coating quality in the beginning and middle of each sip, which is snatched away from the palate by the drying hop quality at the end.

D: I have always found this to be an immensely drinkable IPA. The balance between sweetness from the malt and citrus flavor and the bitter, acidic bite from the hops make me want to enjoy this beer time and time again. Salud, Short's!

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Photo of Longstaff
2.6/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this during Short's recent dump and run tour of MA beer stores.

Very faint tropical hops with a little rotten cantalope and mushroom aroma. Lack of strong hop aroma followed through to the flavor and was left with just a substantial grassy/pithy bitterness. Good malt girth that lended some balance though. After letting warm up I can detect some phenolic weirdness in the background. Not sure if age or an oncoming infection of some sort is causing this to be bland and lifeless. Who knows, this could have been good if it was in good shape, but only worthy of sucking down fast to pad my alcoholic intake at this point. A reminder of why I hardly ever buy commercial bottled IPA's anymore.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into two snifter glasses. no bottle date. age can significantly affect the ratings on this style.

hazy with good clarity.

darker golden straw.

pine and resin on the tongue late, does not dry out very much.

mango/fruity/pine nose.

not enough significant head for this style.

outstanding taste overall, highly suggested.

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Photo of MDekker
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at HopCat in Grand Rapids. Came in a pint glass.

A: Good head, golden orange in color, mostly clear, and had good retention through the session.

S: Nice and flowery - an IPA all the way. Hops in the nose, of course, and notes of lemon and very fresh fruit.

T: All hops - maybe some malty notes in there but not much. The aftertaste lasts forever.

M: Dry, oily, thick, and perfect carbonation.

D: A totally pleasant experience. Not the greatest IPA of all time, but a good one for sure.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra from shaggy9356.

A: Pours a light golden color with a foamy white head. Very hazy looking. Decent carbonation.

S: Initially I get a lot of juicy citrus, namely grapefruit. Seems to have a decent stab at balance with some sweet malts in there. This smells hella bitter.

T: Grapefruit is the predominant flavor for sure. This seems like it starts with a good amount of bready malt and almost a rye flavor to it before the raw grapefruit bitterness takes hold. Its almost like there is no bitterness and it takes time to build and linger before you just get hit with the resinous aftertaste. The rye flavor spices things up nicely. Not sweet like the smell.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated. This resinous bitterness lingers for a while, a good while. This knocks it down a bit, I can deal with aftertaste but it has to stop sometime.

O: I like my IPAs to have a little more orangey-citrus balance and some other stuff going on but this was still a solid brew. This drinks really nice until the aftertaste sets in. My favorite Short's beer to date, probably because its not based on a meal.

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Photo of claminat420
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- poured a slight amber golden color. the slightest off white thick foamy head. medium lacing.

S- just hops. earthy and citrusy

T- just how it smells but with a caramel malt backup blended just right.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could try to drink a whole 6. on my 4th right now and feelin pretty good(abv).

Overall- this beer is how a michigan ipa should be made. this goes in the pack of bell's two hearted and dark horse's crooked tree even tho the crooked has more of a malt blend. if you're an ipa fan and like the bitterness you should totally try this brew.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

part of my many nights of shorts beers thanks to a generous BA.
pours a straw apricot color in my sam adams perfect pint. one finger head doesnt take long to dissipate, and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
smells like some nice sweet grapefruity hops. based on the nose i instantly think sticky resin... i happen to be fond of this aspect, although in this application i wish it was just a little more in my face. still though, very pleasant.
taste and mouthfeel are right up there, the carbonation brings the bittering hops to life to instantly coat my mouth. it is almost brutally bitter, but i still enjoy it. the flavor profile of the hops take a back seat to the bitterness, and because of that, one beer would be enough... drinkability doesnt go much further than one. i do like the lingering bitterness even minutes after taking my last sip. pine, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors just need a little boost forward to make this a really nice brew.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA.

This one seemed like it was pretty fresh. It poured an unfiltered light orange/amber color.
lacing in carbonation, and a fresh smell of hops.

Lots of flavor in this one, so much going on. I got the taste of this grainy, almost dry taste, and then a sappy, grassy taste as well in the back end.

Overall a solid beer from Shorts, it makes me want to try other Shorts beers.

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Photo of shangwang
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this from stickman1220 in a recent trade - thanks Chris!

poured from bottle into Dogfish goblet, no date on the bottle.

Huma poured with a nice, frothy white head which dissipated quickly and left heavy lacing on the glass. The brew was an amber color, and hazy with little opacity. The first thing that stood out about this beer was the smell- very intense smells of piny hops and burnt wood- as far as the hoppy smell it was less floral and more earthy. Also hints of honey come through. The beer's taste smacked of bitter hops with almost no sweetness. The hops dominated the taste so much that it was hard to really get much else from it - they continually lingered through the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.

I'm into hoppy beers but this one was like a punch in the face - I didn't get much sweetness from it like some other reviewers did, and I would have liked a little more to balance the uber-bitterness. I can respect it for what it is, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A- pours a clear light orange with minimal head, lots of carbonation

S - lots of sweet citrus hops along with an undertone of chocolate that follows, confusing the heck out of me

T - loads of bitter hops initially, more bitter than the nose would suggest. Instead of chocolate, I get a nice malty backbone

M - fairly thin, good amount of carbonation, little alcohol to speak of

O - very good initial offering from Shorts for me. Would definitely have this one again

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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 weizenbob
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. A small trace of head rises to the top and dissipates in little time. Color is a cloudy bronze, not unlike apple cider.

The scent is reminiscent of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits to be exact. There is definitely a good hop presence in the aroma but it takes a back seat to the sweet smelling citrus.

There are a few flavors released in varying degrees at different times, all of them bitter. I expect an IPA to punch me in the face with hops and Huma Lupa Licious doesn't disappoint on that front. However, I prefer that a brew has some balance in the flavor, and this is where Huma Lupa feels like a one trick pony. The flavor hits slow at first with a malty feel but no real malt flavor to speak of. A grapefruit bite comes on slowly and reaches a minor apex only to be totally overwhelmed by hops, hops, HOPS! Yes, I'm drinking what appears to be crushed rose petals in liquid form. It finishes bitter, with notes of grapefruit peel and clings for dear life to the back of my throat. I feel like I just bit into a grapefruit, peel and all. It has hops in spades, but that seems to be where it stops. More of a malty balance would be desired.

Despite the taste, this feels awesome in my mouth. It's thick and smooth and malty with just a touch of carbonation to provide some effervescence and enhancing the bite of the bitter flavors. It's hands-down the best feeling IPA I've had in my mouth.

The drinkability of Huma Lupa Licious has its pros and cons. A plus is that the 6.6% abv is virtually undetectable amidst the rich hoppy flavor and smooth mouthfeel. A big con is that these are just too bitter to want to drink one after another. It would be more appropriate to drink one of these to add an exclamation point to the end of a session. You'd really have to appreciate hops to session this on its own.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says 01/09/13. It pours amber with a little orange glow and a little lacy white head. There is balance in the aroma between sweet malt, caramel and biscut, and soft pine, a little earthiness, and rich grapefruit hops. The balance is excellent between the the rich malt and the acidic hops. A big burst of bitterness rounded out by a fairly tick mouthfeel and a lingering taste of grapefruit and almost copper bitterness. This is really one of the nicest bitternesses I've had on an IPA in a while! I quite like this one for the balance of the malts, the bitterness, and the acidity. It's not going to knock you out with aroma hops like some IPAs might, but there is something nice to be said about a rich bitterness and a great malt character.

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

Not as much head as expected for a draft, but it could be the bartender's technique. What head is there quickly migrates to the edge, leaving a fine mist of bubbles on the surface. An orange-amber color, the brew has just a slight bit of haze -- enough to indicate its unfiltered manufacture.

Fresh hops defines the aroma. Unmistakable if you've ever stuck your nose in a bag of hop flowers.

The are followed up in the flavor. Fruity and feisty, like when you get a little squirt of grapefruit juice in your eye when peeling the skin off a grapefruit just picked from the grove. A real hop head's delight, the malts are hard to discern, but I'm sure they are in there somewhere beneath the overwhelming blast of bitterness from the hops. Subtle complexity from the grain bill adds an undercurrent of cereal flavors to provide some balance, and the draft carbonation smoothes things out a bit.

This beer would go well with a green olive and anchovy pizza, but would overpower foods with less pronounced flavors. Great for an IBU comparison tasting though.

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Photo of ottovon
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: pours out a hazy, straw yellow color with a white head that sits around for a while. there are strings of carbonation running up the glass.

S: smells of citrusy and piney hops. i gets hint of bread and light grain and some fruity esters maybe even some banana.

T: it has a clean hop taste. i get some citrus flavor, and piney hops. it finishes dry and bitter. i get a little soapy flavor (possibly from glass?)

M: it has a nice light mouthfeel.

D: the soapy flavor is throwing this off for me. i am hoping it is just the glass. ill have to retry this.

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Photo of Verecund
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

September 24, 2011. Bottled August 25, 2011. Thanks to splax23 for this.

Pours an almost-amber with a nice one and a half finger cloudy head.

Very nice nose of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, and some grassy bitterness. Pretty well-rounded; I don't know why, but I didn't expect this to be as aromatic as it was. The bready backbone helps display the hop profile.

A bit of a letdown after the nose: medium grapefruit and citrus bitterness, but the sweet maltiness peeks through more strongly, cutting through the bitterness. I would not have guessed this had 140 IBUs. Tastes "young" for some reason, despite the disappointing display of hops.

Not my favorite hop profile, but one of the better Short's beers I've had, especially the nose right after the pour. I wouldn't seek this out, but it's a decent showing.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 11/15/10

A:Pours a nice looking orange color with a fluffy white head that falls fairly quickly,
excellent lacing is left down the glass

S:Very juicy citrus hops come thru up front along with slight tropical hint as well, along with that a nice malt backbone in there as well

T:Up front you get a small taste of the hops that lead in the malt backbone of the brew
in the middle, the backend is well the hops really start to takeover with a citrus and
tropical flavor that lingers around long after the sip is gone.

M:Body is where you would want it to be, not to thin but not to heavy. Palate is left
sticky from the hops and a little dry as well just enough that you want to take another sip.

D:With so many great breweries in Michigan its hard not find some great brews but
I'm go ahead and say that Shorts IPA is one of my favorite ones in the state. Easy
drinkability, super great taste, and all around enjoyable. Shorts is doing it, score some if
ya can.

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Photo of carlborch
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense amber color with hints of cloudiness. Thick off-white persistent head. Distinct hoppy nose with strong pine forest notes with hints of citrus (grapefruit?) peel and pith. These notes are somewhat ephemeral and diminish if you let the glass sit. The beer has a medium body. On the palate the initial bitter notes were a bit on the feisty side. This also diminished, or was it acclimation and anosmia? I like bitter brews but found the initial bite rather strong and single layered. The hops camouflage any malty notes. The bitter notes linger and add to the moreishness of the beer. Additional sips do not quench this and the bitterness becomes a bit tiring. Evident Belgian lace. Very good palate cleanser and food accompaniment. I'd try it again.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy darker orange, 1 finger white head

smell: intense hops, very earthy weedy smell, highly floral

taste: very bitter, one of the more bitter beer i've ever had. It's a long lasting bitterness, very hoppy and earthiness to it, citrus and grapefruit come through in the end, any malt is easily masked by the bitterness. Lots of floral notes, tastes like a hint of honey is lost somewhere in there as well. If you love bitter high IBU beers like I do, you will love this. Alcohol not noticeable.

mouthfeel: pretty high carbonation, slightly thin feel

overall: A very bitter hop bomb, this offering from Short's packs a punch. To compare it to a more popular beer, it's more bitter than a Ruination, but with less pronounced citrus/grapefruit flavors. A great hoppy beer, one of the most bitter i've ever had, will buy again. Whatever you drink after this, you will not taste.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Pale golden color with a small sticky bone white head that quickly dissipates leaving a small ring. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Bitter,earthy hops,citrus,pale malt.

T_Bitter hops upfront rounded out by bisquity malt. Nice sharp flavor with hints of citrus and pine.

M_Full bodied feel that sticks to your lips.


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Photo of redmosquito
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a strong white head. Aroma of spicey and citrus hops and malty goodness of sweet caramel. There is strong bitterness here balanced with huge amounts of munich and caramel malts. This is a very nice malty IPA, which is how I like them, I definitely like hops but they're so overdone on IPAs these days that a malt balanced IPA seems like a gift.

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