Had a bit of time on my hands today so I made the journey to North London and to specialist beer retailer Kris Wines, I thought as its another bank holiday weekend and a good chance I’d have guests around for a BBQ best get some decent beers in. Now this shop is always pretty well stocked up and funny enough it’s a pokey little shop slightly larger than a regular sized garage but it’s got the biggest range of international beer this side of the river.
Been shopping here now I reckon for the last seven years, we used to pop in quite regularly on the way back home from Highbury on a match day but now don't get the chance that often and no its got nothing to do with The Gunners I’m still making my attendance thank you.
Kris (yep that why its called Kris Wines) is a nice bloke and very enthusiastic about this stock always something new in and this time soon as I walked in he shouted out "You gotta taste this mate" and that being Huma Lupa Licious IPA by US brewer Short's.
I'm ashamed to say I’d not heard of Short's until today so I was keen to try this one out. Short's setup is in Bellaire a village in the state of Michigan USA, started up in 2004 and currently make over 30 beers, their current premises was a 100 year old hardware store with they restored and now houses not only the brewery but a pub and deli.
Pours a cloudy orange Amber colour with a medium sized thin off white head. Aroma is a burst of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, and lemon some sweet malt. The flavour has more fresh citrus hops as expected, grapefruit, moderately sweet malt, pine, and dry bitter finish with a bite ggrrrr. Very sharp carbonation medium bodied and very enjoyable.
Did I say very well I take that back it as its not just very well its got to be one of the best if not the best IPA I’ve had and believe me I’ve drank a few.
Huma Lupa Licious IPA - Short's Brewing Co (6.8%)- 9/10
Do visit Short's website for more info on this great beer and as a must pop in to Kris Wines when you are in North London.