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

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 shivtim
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This copper/cloudy/hazy brew sits lightly in a pint glass, with a big whiteish head that fades. Nose is beautiful citrusy hops, cascade, grapefruit notes. Taste is a bit more one-noted, but solid west coast hop taste, little alcohol. Slight floral hints. Mouthfeel is good; it feels like an IPA. Drinkability is quite high for an IPA, as this isn't a hop bomb, and it's also not boring. Nice balance.

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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 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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Relatively clear gold with some copper leanings. Head is rocky and bright-white and dwindles to a sticky lacing in short order.

Smell: Tons of hops. I'm getting a bunch of orange rind mixed with some pineapple and pine. It hits every range I thought hops could hit without being too crazy. A touch of malt sweetness lingers in the back, but the nose is dominated by the hops.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Lots of citrus hits the tongue and quickly gives way to a lingering pine flavor. The thing I thought of as pineapple on the nose is long gone. Some sweetness from the malts drops some caramel notes, perhaps something biscuity as well, and quickly departs.

Mouthfeel: A little heavier than I was expecting. It almost drinks DIPA heavy, but lacks the overtly syrupy quality. Carbonation is on the low side and it finishes a little dry.

Drinkability: I could probably drink a few of these before my tastebuds begged me to switch it up. Goes down easy due to low carbonation.

Overall: I'm lucky to have found a 12-pack of this while it was in MA for EBF weekend. It's an amazing take on the American IPA and brings the midwest brewers in to serious IPA contention. This might be one of the better IPA's I've had in recent history.

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Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth" I guess they mean the Cedar Point of American IPA's!
Poured into glass with a nice white head with an amber orange color. Sweet smell of the malt more pronounced than expected followed by a citrus hop smell. Starts off malty sweet followed by grapefruit type bitterness in the back end. Not sure what the IBU's are on this one but it is quite bitter! Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Tasty but not sure if this is as good as I expected and wanted it to be.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Randalld for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is rather clear orange amber. About two fingers of off white head recede to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is super juicy grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Light pine but mostly citrus. Maybe just a hint of malt. This nose is all hops all the time. Not hot or sharp at all though.

The flavor is much more pine and grass than the nose. Sharp piney hops and fresh cut grass. Dry and bitter. Quite unbalanced for an AIPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall the nose was very pleasing yet the flavor was out of whack. The drinkability suffered on this one.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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