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
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
Ranking:
#3,216
Reviews:
731
Ratings:
2,274
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours a glowing orange color with a 2 finger head that holds its ground and provides exceptional lacing.

S - Earthy grass, spicy grapefruit, dank herbal notes, sharp and peppery. Small hints of malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose with with juicy citrus, dank herbal, and sticky green hops. The hops are spicy and green showcasing solid bitterness. Light caramel malt shows up but the hops punish with a dry grassy bitterness. Finishes herbal and dry.

M - Medium carbonation and body, crisp and sharp feel, very dry finish.

The first beer from Short's and I have to say well done. This is a no holds bar full flavored IPA with copious amounts of bitterness. A dry crisp inish closes out very nice. Glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of ms11781
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small, fluffy off-white head. Head reduces to a foamy off white cap and leaves great lacing on the glass.

Great hop aroma. Floral, citrus and piny hops are all here and are balanced nicely by some caramel malt. There is a lot going on in the nose in regards to hop character yet none stands out head and shoulders above the others. Slight floral aroma hits first and is quickly followed by a great citrus and tropical fruit combination. Pine comes on in the back end and there is a good dose of it too. There is a slight caramel malt that pulls it all together. Something tells me that there must be more than a "slight" amount of malt if it comes through amongst all these hops.

There is definitely a dank and resinous quality in the nose towards the end but it doesn't quite prepare you for the bitterness that is in the taste. Not much of the floral hops that were in the nose but there are some juicy tropical and citrus hops, orange, tangerine and pineapple come to mind. Starts off slightly bitter with some piny hops followed by the does of fruity hops before an enormously bitter, resiny finish. The bitterness sticks to the tongue and stays put while providing an aftertaste of orange rind.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dries out a bit with the lingering bitterness but it still very smooth nonetheless.

Great hop aromas and flavors. Definitely a beer that is light and interesting enough for multiple pints. The bitterness may make some want to move on after one or two but a very enjoyable beer regardless.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, no visible bottling date, but there is a code on the bottom that I am unable to discern. My buddy just brought this back from MI, so I am assuming, one way or the other, that it's relatively fresh. Pours a really bright and hazy creamsicle orange with an equally bright white head. Head disappears pretty quickly, to almost nothing on the surface, but the lacing on the glass is decent, lots of little bubbles and interesting looking webbing.

Smells almost tart, with loads of malt and citrus up front, almost too much malt for my liking, but still good. It's super effing hoppy, for sure. I get a bit of sweetness as it warms up a bit. There's also some natural grassy/wheat aromas that become noticeable after a few minutes of warming up.

Taste is similar, very hoppy, very crisp, tart even, with malt dominating. Pine plays a small role, but overall I get a really hoppy pulpy malt/citrus flavor. I also get similar natural flavors of grass and wheat as well here. It's good, for sure.

Feels very crisp, but resinous as well. It's sharp and carbonated, biting and lingering. Basically what the label says: A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth, which is a bit overbearing, yet still enjoyable.

Overall this a very hoppy IPA with a huge malt presence. It's big, but at 6.something percent ABV, I could prob enjoy a few of these, but likely not much else.

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Photo of msumike89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rihup
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. Very minimal head presented and the beer had a orangish hay color. Aroma gave off a slightly floral and earthy scent. Not a whole lot going on with aroma.

Tasted insanely bitter! Did not know the IBU's over 100 until after I drank this but it makes sense! Its like drinking a bitter orange peel. There's also some notes of grass. The moment you drink it, the beer immediately starts out bitter and it finishes bitter. There was not much malt presence, just straight up bitterness from the hops. Without the malt presence, it seemed something was almost missing. But I was quickly over it considering the large flavor from the hops.

Overall this is a great beer. Not too complex but still a fantastic beer to drink if you appreciate the intense bitterness that some IPA's provide. There were no notes of sweetness in this beer yet it still was delicious.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of captainbearcat
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

A - About 1 finger of dense white head. Retention is so so - dissipates rather quickly to a collar with a thin foamy cap. Retention is excellent. Hazy, translucent golden-orange body.

S - Bready malt. Orange flesh and grapefruit. Underlying floral notes. Maybe a touch of pineapple.

T - Follows the nose. Very well balances. Sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, followed by a touch of bitter pine. A little more citrus and floral notes. A touch of pineapple. Solid, bready malt base throughout. Also, picking up on some mint and plenty of resin in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lingering, bitter finish.

O - EBF drop in MA. Happend to pick up a sixer with a Nov. 2015 date and was pretty pissed. To my surprise, this held up incredibly well. Would love to try this fresh.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a hazy orange in color with a finger of head which left behind some sticky lacing all over the place. a piney, grapefruit malt heavy sweet scent. the flavor, much like the smell is malt heavy. i believe this is because it was sitting at my friend's house for a couple months. a nice earthy bitterness with a huge citrusy grapefruit punch. medium body with high carbonation, very sticky on the lips. overall, this is a SOLID beer. i'd love to try it fresh, but as is, it's a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UnionMade
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the finger's worth of foam atop this beer, it looks like a glass full of unfiltered clover honey. Bright orange, glowing with haziness. Great head retention, and lots of lace leaving rings down the glass.
Smells fiercely hoppy. I can smell it from where it's sitting on the patio table in front of me. Sweet malt is there, but the hops dominate with a lemony zest. Fruity and pungent.
The flavor opens rather sweet for a split second, then the hops overtake the palate "like an unstoppable rebel force". Fruity and floral in it's bitterness, lemon and orange peel with a bit of pine. Big bodied and greasy with all the hop oils. The malt keeps the bitterness from getting too out of control with a simple, candied sweetness. Complexity is mostly derived from the hops, the malt seems to be there in an essential, unseen role, like the black-clad ringside cameraman capturing a fight. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for a long, long time. I tend to like over the top IPAs like this, so I'm sure my six pack will go quickly. This one's a real palate blaster. I imagine it would be hard to taste most other brews after a bottle of this.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, MI.

Appearance: A very hazy orange color. Lacing is very nice on this one.

Smell: Dominantly pine aromas, though there is some citrus in there as well. A pleasant IPA, but not the best smelling one I've had.

Taste/feel: Much like the smell -- a lot of the piney, earthy aromas come through in the taste, and there's very little citrus. The finish is also pretty intensely bitter, I found, and there's no real balance. There's some malt there, but this is an IPA for the hopheads, no doubt. The feel is probably the stand out, as it is very smooth, and quite creamy. I had this straight out of a fresh, just-put-in keg, so I feel like I had this beer as fresh as possible, basically.

Not my favorite IPA (just a bit too bitter and unbalanced for my liking), but I'd most definitely have it again, as it's an extremely solid Short's beer. One of their best year rounders, without a doubt.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this beer it has a orange hue body with just a little head. The aroma is of bitter hops and citrus aroma. The taste has a bitter hop upfront followed by a nice malt taste. I i also get some citrus notes also. The mouthfeel is nice, leaves a bitter after taste. Overall a good ipa.

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Photo of DelicateDelirium
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out to a dark orange color with a smaller head of orange white foam. Medium low level of carbonation. This is a hop-heads dream come true. Aromas of hops and hop oils, with a mild backbone of earthy hops. Taste was hops over the top with caramel malts blending in for a harmonious experience. Mouthfeel was nice and oily, the way I like my IPA's. Drinkability was suprisingly good for the higher ABV. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is all about the bitter! If you like you ipas balanced or even malty at all...This is not your ale. I have trouble with many of Short ' s offerings but this is one that I greatly enjoy. The ale pours an orange golden color with a light white head that gives way to a nice lacing. The nose on this one is all hops; citrusy, piney, and bitter. The taste completely follows that aroma. Bitter from start to finish. At the same time it is light on the mouth and very fresh and refreshing. A great hop forward ipa. Would love to see what Short ' s could make of this as a double/imperial.

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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 2,274 ratings