Yosemite Scooter - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Zaphog on 03-21-2014

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a very cloudy but bright unpolished gold. Bubbles cling to the walls of the glass and rise from the bottom for most of the duration, breaking the surface when the initial cap of almost one finger fades off. Rocky lacing clings pretty strongly, dense but perhaps moderately plentiful, despite the short life of the head itself, which still keeps up some foam on the top.
The first whiff is just bread, but lots of citrus comes in. Grapefruit, lemon, orange and strawberry all make the rounds for something both zesty and sweet, a little rind pith contributing as well. hops are light on the nose, mostly grassy.
The taste brings more hops right up front, pith and pine along with floral and young, stemmy wood. Citrus still comes through, though not as bright or sweet as they are in the aroma. Biscuit and bread make the malt backbone.
It's crisp, and the body reaches a solid medium. It goes smooth, a little rough in the middle, then smooths out even as the finish dries almost completely.

Photo of Flopjack
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale and transparent orange, 1/2 finger white head, decent lacing and a little active carbonation rising up.

Smell - Mellow citrus, subtle pine and even some roasted notes, not getting lots of alcohol.

Taste - Similiar to the nose with more malt character. Subtle citrusy zest with orange, clementine, tangerine, grapefruit, and even floral notes of pine but all seem to be blanketed by malt character that gives off more of a subtle roast.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied, light/medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

Overall - Good beer and glad I tried it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

It pours It pours orange with golden highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

I get light citrus notes with a caramel malt presence. There is also some pine.

It starts out with some citrus with a pine finish. The pine continues to build as I drink.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a lot better than I expected. It is a flavorful, piny beer.

Photo of pb9613
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy golden color with a decent head. Nothing to write home about.

Smell: A solid malt backbone that will come through on the taste. Seems to be a little smokiness that is interesting.

Taste: Like any Short’s beer, the bitterness is front and center. Even the heavy malt backing cannot fight off the hops.

Mouthfeel: Solid beer but the head retention was a little light..

Overall: A good but different example of an American Pale Ale. Glad I bought a six pack.

Photo of OMills
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden caramel appearance. Nice off white head about a finger and half. Decent head retention with nice cap that lasted all the way to the last sip. Great lacing.

S-A good amount of clean hops, well balanced by a nice bready undertone. Also a bit of earthiness to it.

T- Good bitterness upfront equally balance by a good sweetness and biscuit taste. Following the nose the sweet earthiness lends a nice finish to it.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Very refreshing and light.

O- It's a pretty good beer overall. Nothing amazing, but it's highly drinkable and has good flavor. The earthiness is a nice touch too.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Yosemite Scooter last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and this is the first time it's been bottled, I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice. it's got Joe Short looking like Yosemite Sam and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a golden amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to stick out and they impart a very light floral and piney hop aroma with some nice fruity hops sticking out the most with some tropical and juicy fruit aromas with some strawberry and other berry like aromas showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart a biscuit, light bready, light grainy and toasted malt aromas with the toasted and biscuit malt aromas sticking out the mist and there's a light nutty aroma toward the end. This beer had a very nice aroma, I liked the hop profile and the malt base. plus the balance was pretty good, it almost smells like a lighter version of strawberry shorts cake without the creamy milk sugar aspect.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops showing up first and they impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time they are much more balanced, but the fruity hops stick out slightly more then the rest and the hops impart a higher amount of medium bitterness that is right on the border of being highly bitter. Up next comes the malts which impart those same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the biscuit and toasted malts still sticking out the most and there's still a light nutty aspect. On the finish there's some lingering bitterness that sticks around for a little bit along with a toasted and biscuit malt aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the bitterness was a little high and it lingered a little too long for a Pale Ale.

M- A little smooth, clean, crisp, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and pretty true to style, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example of an American Pale Ale, it had a nice hop profile with a good and noticeable malt base that provided some good balance to this beer, but I thought that the higher amount of bitterness made this beer a little rough around the edges and it held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, clean, crisp, not too filling, and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, but the higher bitterness would prevent me from drinking more than one and I don't think that I could session it. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma it was pretty good and I thought the hop profile was really nice and the appearance was pretty good also. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, I think it would help this beer out and make it a little more true to style if the bitterness was toned down a little. I might buy another bottle before it's all gone, but I don't think I'll be getting a six pack anytime soon. I don't think I would highly recommend this beer but if you like your Pale Ales to be pretty bitter than this is worth trying. All in all I thought this was a pretty solid beer and I think with a couple changes it could be a really good Pale Ale, it needs just a little bit of work. This isn't my favorite or least favorite Short's beer. This is the second of the four Pale Ales that Short's is releasing every quarter and so far I think I liked Chatterbox a little bit more. Nice job guys, keep it up.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a golden orange color. a finger of a white head that fades slowly and leaves a little lacing on the top and sides. very good clarity

Smell: earth, pine, and citrus hops without any bite. fairly grassy to me

Taste: along with the nose, there is a mixture of earthy pine and citrus that just comes off too muddled for me. too strong on the earthiness with this flavor combo. still fairly grassy

Mouthfeel: not super bitter but still has a hoppy feel to it. sticky even with the good strong carbonation

Overall: I was super excited to see shorts plans for a pale ale series, but so far the beers have fallen way short. it looks good but gets muddled up in smell and taste.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still no date on Shorts bottles.. Picked this one up at a local Meijer as a single that they now carry.

A - Pours out a hazy light golden color with a white frothy two finger head that wants to stick around. Not a lot of lacing and looks to be bottle conditioned.

s - Has a nice strong bready malt character, nutty, sweet, tobacco, woodsy.

T - Bitterness followed by bready and nutty characters, tobacco, wood, sweetness. Bitterness lingers and builds the more you drink. Quite enjoyable.

M - Meadium bodied and pillowy soft in the mouth, dry finish and carbonated well with a slickness to it.

O - Not really what I excpected but it is surprisingly enjoyable with a bready, nutty and earthy tones to it. Definitely unique to the style and one you should try if your up for a new flavor in an pale ale. Good job Short's, keep it up and cheers!

Photo of lochef81
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Apa pours a hazy pale straw color with a short lasting white head that leaves decent spiderweb lacing. The aroma is lightly hopped but it doesn't seem like the freshest of hops. Notes are grassy, herbaceous, slightly citrus, but also slightly off and unappealing. The mouth is light and smooth and ideal for the style. The flavor is a let down with the negative notes from the nose being the dominant character in the palate. It just seems slightly off and musty especially for a beer bottled less than a month ago. This is a miss for me.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/17/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, strawberry, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, strawberry, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, biscuit, toast, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, strawberry, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, biscuit, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of bright citrus/grassy hops with moderate bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance of bright hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billet
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours easily with minimal foaming, which is nice. It looks very nice in the glass, it has a rich golden orange color. Lacing is good. It has a somewhat fruity smell, very nice. It is a little on the bitter side for a Pale, especially the strong finish. Overall, this is a good Pale.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/17/14, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep gold with a high degree of clarity, small white head.

S- Light tropical notes of mango, slight grape (I heard there is some Nelson in this), medium toasted malts. Some pine as well.

T- The toasted malts come through more and the fruity notes are lighter and come through on the finish. The pine comes through more as well and finishes pretty bitter for a pale ale.

M- Crisp and refreshing, medium.

O- A pretty good pale ale that is more of a light IPA, wish the fruity notes weren't as hidden in the flavor by the bitterness but this is a Short's beer so...

Photo of Stevedore
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, indeterminate bottling date. Thanks Kevin. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/12/2014.

App- clear light orange body, foamy two finger white head with good retention. Bubbly, sticky lacing.

Smell- Yeast esters, spices, nutmeg, pale malt breadiness and sweetness. Not much in way of hops aside from a non-descript, almost floral scent.. different, not necessarily bad, but different.

Flavour- Pale malt breadiness, a bit of toffee, hints of the yeast esters and spices in the nose. Hops show up in way of a floral-earthy mix of bitterness on the back-end. Not a complicated profile, a bit unassuming and not a very interesting mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, overly bitter throughout, even after waiting some time. Ok carbonation.

Overall- I was expecting more of an American hop presence; instead, this beer is mostly yeast and pale malts. It's almost more of a Belgian than anything else, except its quite bitter, way more bitter than I expect from any American pale ale. It's not horrible, but it's not something I'd drink again.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/01/14. Poured 5/08/14. $2 single. Put into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pouring aggressively, I got about four fingers of a soapy/creamy off-white head. As the head goes down a bit, a lot of lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a super hazy yellow-orange color. Looks great.

Smell: Kind of interesting. It smells of pale malts, chalkiness, and a peach sort of sweetness, presumably from the hops. To be honest, it seems like it could be a "light" version of their Peaches and Cream based on the aroma alone.

Taste/feel: Creamy feel with a moderate carbonation. The taste is of pale malt with a pretty heavy hop bitterness. The peach that I got on the nose is here a little bit as well, but it's all-around a light tasting beer. The thing is though, Yosemite Scooter's bitterness, I think, takes away from its drinkability. I like bitter beers, but I also like flavor... the more, the better.

Overall, a light tasting, bitter, peach flavored sort of beer. I like the flavor, but I want more flavor out of it, or a little less bitterness (preferably more flavor). Not bad, but definitely one of Short's worse beers.

Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint glass
A cloudy gold 1 finger soapy white head medium lacing.
S lots of citrus pine grapefruit toasted grain nice blend good hop tone some light pineapple in here too
T pine grass grapefruit medium bread malt base
M bitter medium feel
O good, pretty balanced

Yosemite Scooter from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.