Monday, July 25, 2011

Short's Brew Huma Lupa Licious IPA

This was the third beer review of the night as the two reviews I tried to film before this one were aborted when I discovered the beers had expired. This beer was sent to me in a trade with who is a big fan of Short's Brew out of Michigan. I didn't know it until well after the review, but this beer is actually 140 IBUs - wow! (In retrospect, it makes sense). Thanks to Dan for the beer and be sure to check out his channel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (642) - Albany, USA - JUL 24, 2011
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with "The Endosymbiosis." I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange color, mostly translucent with carbonation visible. Forms a small, yellowish, frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: SoCal aroma of Fruity Pebbles cereal and botanical garden. Citrus, tropical juice and pine needles.

Taste: It’s rare that an IPA is remotely complex, but Huma Lupa Licious actually does have a few different flavors and the palate changes throughout the life of the drink. It begins with very sharp, bitter, west coast-style citrusy hop flavor. Through the middle it becomes richer and sweeter, even bordering on refreshing as there’s a distinct tropical fruit juice taste. It finishes with more bitterness and the sugary cereal sweetness. As it warms it becomes richer and shifts from west to east coast becoming more piney and resiny. The hops definitely linger on the tongue leaving a sensation not unlike eating too many sour candy suckers. While a tasty palate overall, it’s actually too dry and too bitter for its own good. I may have been drinking an expired bottle which might account for this (I couldn’t tell - the freshness date stamp was smeared). I think if paired with a hearty meal it would be done justice. On its own it’s satisfying but not amazing.

Mouthfeel: Flat and thin, bordering on watery.

Drinkability: Although it’s very bitter, Huma Lupa Licious still goes down very smooth (surprisingly so, in fact). The intense bitterness and accompanying dryness is quite cloying, though. Drank cold it’s barely noticeable, but becomes more cloying as it warms. At 6.9% ABV it definitely has the potency to justify the bold body. But I can’t see drinking more than one bottle at a time.

Overall, an interesting IPA to be sure, but missing a certain wow factor.

Grade: 7/10

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