Howlin' Chinaski - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrewtalHonesty on 10-10-2013)
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.32/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.9/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of resinous oak-trunk coloring. It holds a two finger head of creamy and soapy snow white bubbles, showing excellent retention. Lacing is mountainous and patterned. Haze is chill, but otherwise minimal, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma comes with sour cream lactics, white corn tortillas, black pepper spice, powdery flour, mint leafiness, musky cheddar moldiness, peanut and cashew dustiness, pale and chalky red malt graininess, sugary sweet pecan pie filling, roasted green peppers, lemon skins, metallic tininess, white rice, and wet cement. The flavoring follows with honey butter biscuits, gritty dog food graininess, peachy fruitiness, white and wheat flours, bitter chemical phenols, light pine sap hoppiness, confectioner’s sugar, latex, drying American pale malts, raw barley, and rye, and iron. The body is softly medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent cream, froth, slurp, smack, and fluffy finishing pop. The mucosa is coated, but morphs into a crisp, cleaning, warming dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, this rating is long overdue. For such a grain-forward brew, we get a lot of crisp and powdery dryness to the flavoring, which translates fully into the mouthfeel. They play well with one another, highlighting said ingredients, without skimping on the ultimate blend of flavoring. We typically feel that Short’s beers could be much more refined than they are, and this is no exception. Again, we applaud their ingenuity and aggressiveness with their variety packs, as they continually pump out an unpredictable palate of styles and flavors, but it is hard to find success with each individual effort. This is not a bad or forgettable beer, but rather we just tend to hope and look for more delineated definition and repose in reproducibly sippable brews.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tectactoe for this 12 oz. bottle which disappeared into the time/space continuum of my beer fridge & just emerged tonight. If it's suffered from age I won't review it.

Pour is straight orange, sans pulp, opaque, dirty, very low carbed. Nose is loaded up with hot citrus, light breading, biscuity. Touch of herbs. Nicely interesting.

Howlin' Chinaski - what the hell does that mean? Don't taunt me. If you're going to name something Howlin' Chinaski, tell us a story on the damn label. The beer? Oh, the beer. Citrus is still prominent but the lager yeast is giving me lumpa-thumpas of breadiness & saltines. Dry & simple.

A beer to put at your left hand & quaff while you're eating pretzels or spatzle. Decent enough, but a bit too one-note for my sophisticated tastes.

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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a becker a dull light to medium golden with a thinner white head atop.Aromas of caramel/dough and some light toast,very bread indeed.Sweet dough dominates the flavor with some floral hops but they are light,more bread in the finish.A little sweeter than I expected but not a bad food beer.

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Howlin' Chinaski from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.