Short's Bourbon Huma | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bourbon HumaShort's Bourbon Huma

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Huma is our best-selling American India Pale Ale aged in bourbon barrels for up to 9 months. An initial malt sweetness is replaced with flavors of charred oak and sweet vanilla, followed by the standard Huma hop punch to the palate. This new combination creates the sensation of sipping on a sweet bourbon that finishes like a bitter hop theme park in your mouth.

Added by MbpBugeye on 07-25-2010

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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blutz
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fern22
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamesod
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justinp444
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip it has a dark orange body with a slight beige foamy white head. Smell of bourbon, citrus, grass, earth, some slight floral, lemon, grapefruit, and vanilla. Taste is spice, vanilla, lots of dry oak, lots of bourbon, citrus, lemon, grass, earth, biscuit malt, little bit of toffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth creamy and full with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation. A nice bourbon barrel IPA but nothing mind blowing, nor my favorite, not really worth the price in my opinion. It has a lot of flavors but they don't mix that well and the bourbon is too much especially with the oak woody flavor that dominates the aftertaste, not especially sweet quite bitter but not as hop forward or balanced as I'd hoped.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/13/2016. This batch is 11.8% per their website. Pours clear deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Some increasing barrel booziness in the aromas as it warms. Flavors of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, bread, light pepper, and floral/grassy/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warmth and a bit of barrel booziness lingering after the finish; but not overwhelming. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Less vibrant/aggressive on the hops/bitterness than the base beer, but has nice balanced barrel complexity; and is not overwhelming on the bourbon, though is a bit boozy. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at HopCat Detroit's grand opening.

I only had a couple small sips of this one since I didn't personally order it, so my review will be kind of really not good... I will say straight away this is much better than their Pig Pen, which I had several months ago. That's also a bourbon barreled IPA, but it lacks what this one doesn't -- a nice smashing of hops. The barrel adds something different to this beer that it didn't to that one... I can't even pinpoint exactly what it is. While I liked this beer, I'd rather stick with the regular Huma by a slim margin. I think it tastes better, and of course, it's much cheaper. Glad to have tried this rare-ish beer though.

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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of larryarms847
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper color with a thin layer of head and noticeable alcohol legs.

Citrusy and piney hops with a touch of caramel and noticeable bourbon heat.

While lesser in aroma, the caramel and toffee like sweetness comes out more in flavor with bourbon and oaky notes and some citrus and pine on the back end.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation, slightly hot and boozy.

Overall, not bad at all but a little hot.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kylelenk
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft multiple times at The Pyramid Scheme in GR.

A-Hazy and chalky. Not quite as clear as a normal "Huma." A pale yellow that boasts a nice, IPA like, frothy white heady. Nice carbonation.

S-Big hints of oak and booze/bourbon coupled with amazing citrus notes. Very blended grapefruit and bourbon aromas make this one of the best BBA IPA efforts I've had.

T-Incredibly blended so that an IPA fan won't be disappointed. You have all the usual suspects present in unbelievable floral and citrus notes that sit well on the backbone of the oak, tobacco, caramel, and bourbon profile.

M-Thought the mouthfeel was a tad astringent and a bit over-carboonated.

O-Fans of IPAs will like this as it's got quite the hop profile that is sometimes absent in other BBA-IPAs.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Short's Bourbon Huma from Short's Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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