Friday, April 3, 2009

Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA

Two pale ales from Michigan on consecutive days. Yesterday was a better-than-expected Founders Harvest Ale, and today is Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA from Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI.

This beer pours a bit hazy, but the smell is reminiscent of Blind Pig with a big citrus, tropical sorta thing. Mango, Pineapple, etc etc. Off to a good start. The taste is a bit disappointing. Lots of harsh bittering but no real sweetness (whether it be hop or malt derived) to accompany it. Granted, I like my IPA's to have very little malt that gets in the way, finishes dry, and packs a huge hop punch, but you need some form of sweetness there to accompany the bitter, and this beer's body was just empty. This is only a moderate gripe, the hops still tasted pretty good and it was pretty fresh. I'd rate it like a 3.75/5.

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