Tuesday Tasting – Short’s Huma Lupa Licious

Huma Lupa Licious

Continuing our visit to northwest Michigan, we came across a 6-pack of Huma Lupa Licious from Short’s Brewing. Based out of Elk Rapids, Michigan, Short’s Brewing Company started when 22 year old Joe Short decided his brewing style just didn’t fit into other brewing company’s models. So in 2004 he opened the doors of a 120 year old hardware store.

Huma Lupa Licious is one of their flagship beers, and for good reason. Short’s rates this beer at 96 IBU and I seriously think it’s even higher than that. This is the most bitter IPA I’ve come across. But the bitterness is followed by a delicious hop rainforest mix that seems really mellows out the bitterness.

Even at 7.7% ABV, the malt doesn’t seem to get in the way the of the piney, citrusy hop flavor which really takes the forefront here.  Overall this is a solid hop-headed beer that may intimidate some on the first sip but seems to mellow out once your palate gets accustomed to the bitterness.

I’ll be adding this one to my list of beers to pick up when I’m in the region next.