Stache Bender - Short's Brewing Company

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Stache BenderStache Bender

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergorrilla on 04-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without much of a head. Small white head. No collar. Just some surface wisps.

Smell - Musty. Lots of caramel malt. A little grapefruit.

Taste - Better, but tastes kinda old. Lots of sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit. Grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not sure about the age on this.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orange, hazy, off white finger of frothy head.

Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, citrus, some pine resins, grapefruit.

Taste: caramel sweetness, citrus, pine, pineapple, strong booze.

Mouthfeel: full body, sticky.

Overall: nice, but a little boozy and sweet, and lacks the hop balance.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass. Liquid is a clear amber, with lots of carbonation, but very little head - just a small off-white cap on top of the beer. The cap leaves a surprising amount of lace on the glass.

Aroma is resiny hops and caramel malts. Kind of like a hop-infused caramel syrup. A little bit of a floral note in there too.

Taste follows the nose - bigtime resin and caramel. Finish is moderately bitter, and the afertaste is grapefruity citrus & evergreen.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick, with lots of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite flavor profile for an IPA, but it's good for what it is. I find a lot of DIPA's with the resiny caramel thing going on to be kind of sickly sweet, and this one avoids that with the minty evergreen on the finish. Glad I got to try it, so thanks to niner99 for the bottle!

Photo of macher0
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip. Thanks to douginromeo for the trade.

A. Dark rusty copper, amberish. Poured a thick 2 finger fine bubble egg shell head. Head slowly retreats to a tacky rim and sticky laces.

S. Starts off with bright pineapples and peach juice. Medium malt presence. The end is of an open grass field in a humid climate. A little bit of bootstrap leather. A noticeable hop bitterness to finish everything off. Cat piss becomes present as it opens.

T. Starts off with piney hops and a noticeable sweetness. Notes of honey and butter. A moderate malt backbone. Grassy and dusty. A little bit o biscuit.

M. High carbonation. Full body. Not very smooth.

O. Very nice. Certainly similar to hopslam. The juicy nose gives way to a piney palate - which is nothing atypical. The beer falls short in the feel. It's just not very smooth. If I ever get a chance to purchase this I will. I'm a fan.

Photo of jlindros
2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rudzud shared this one.

Pours no real head, mildly clear, orange tan.

Nose hops, earthy floral hops, little fruity note, big sweet malts caramel and candy, and a weird alcohol perfume chemical thing.

Taste is just as meh, earthy floral hops with rancid hop oils, sweet candy malts, caramel and burnt sugars, quite sweet and very bitter. Weird chemical fusel alcohol, esp on the back end. Finish is very bitter, rancid hop oils, candy and lots hops.

Mouth is ok med to a bit fuller bod, decent carb, plenty of bad alc.

Overall sad, very sad. I continue to say this, any beer I've had from them that wasn't at a festival has been very meh. And even the ones at the festivals seem to have been going downhill.

Photo of lochef81
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outstanding. Probably the best offering I've ever had from Shorts; a brewer that I find to be very hit and miss. It pours a hazy copper amber color with a small white head that quickly gives way to nice silky lacing. The nose is pure dank hop bomb. Grapefruit, pot, pine, and tropical fruits abound. It smells so fresh and pleasing. The mouthfeel is sticky and coating and chewy. The flavor...freshest hop bomb possible. This rivals Stone Enjoy By for both freshness and flavor. Well done Shorts!

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We open a bottle each, pouring into our Founders snifters. Big thanks to Ashley P. for carting this guy back for us. It shows the color of a dusty heirloom pumpkin, putting forth a hearty two finger head of white soapy bubbles. This retains well, leaving jagged wisps of geometric lacing around our glasses. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be lighter, and floats lazily to the surface. The aroma reminds us quite a bit of Hopslam. The hops are dripping with juiciness of grapefruity, nectary, and grassy varietals, with hints of honey, pineapple and nectarine fruitiness, pale and lightly toasted wheaty malts, salted caramel, mineral water, white sugar sweetness, dust, dried apricots, fresh green grassiness, and Saltine crackers. As it warms it actually begins to smell much more like Hopstache, with wiry, metallic resonance to the hop profile, and less biscuity breadiness to the malts. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wonderfully juicy, with wonderful cleanliness to flavoring placing this guy somewhere between Hopstache and Hopslam. As we sip, the taste begins with sweet pale and cereal grain, fresh honey sweetness, amber malt toast, stark ethanol, tropical fruity sweetness of pineapple and guava, intense hoppy juiciness of grapefruit, nectars, and florals, and packing peanut bite. The middle peaks with more florid juiciness of orange and grapefruit nectar, bitter pith, continued booze, fresh autumn leafiness, bittering herbal and dirty citric hoppiness, amber and light caramel graininess, wet wheatiness, and black pepper spice. The end shows further enhancement of the hops with grass, linins, cottons, and bite of stark soapiness, with blend and balance from more bitter wheat, sap-lathered leafiness, moving pineapple juiciness, metallic alloy, honey tea, booze, and plastic phenols. The aftertaste breaths of tinny metallics and earthy mineral mustiness, orange and lemon freshness, soured lactics and citrics, dried and caked grassiness, bittering hops of citric rind and earth, Band-Aid phenols, creamy lactics, brandy-sweet booziness, envelope adhesive, black pepper, and garlic husk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, leaving both the lips and mouth satiated, wet, and creamed. There is eventual gritty dryness to the palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its drinkability and freshness of flavoring. Again, we were nicely surprised to find the similarities in both aroma and taste between this, Hopstache, and Hopslam. There remained big juiciness to the hop profile, and a nice accompaniment of background notes of honey and light and sugary malts. The feel was also superb, lending creaminess and heartiness to bolster the big things going on with the flavoring. This is a big anniversary beer, and so fitting for what it was made for. If either of us had a stache it would likely end up bent after this one. This is an impressive offering from Short’s and helps revitalize their image in our minds after several of their less than thrilling releases this year.

Photo of douginromeo
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - beautiful, clear, and golden with a nice head that hangs around for a few and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - decent amount of citrus, grapefruit in particular. There's also a hint of the malty goodness.

Taste - Follows the nose - good amount of citrus with a nice malt backbone. There's no hint of the 9.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Silky, smooth, and oily

Overall - I normally am not a big fan of Short's IPAs, but this is one that I would seek out if it were available anywhere besides at the brewery (hell of a drive - one way in and one way out!). Very well done, Joe Short.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a copperish amber, mostly clear, with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of off grain, faint metal, artificial orange syrup, a bit vegetal. Taste is much of the same, the hops in the finish are less artificial and a bit more citrusy and tropical. Bitterness is fairly strong but doesn't linger, body is syrupy but carb fights to balance.

Photo of willth
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color.

Smell: Amazing! The hops jump and the grapefruit in their but not overpowering.

Taste/ Mothfeel: This beer was everything I hoped it to be. The malt bill must be huge because the mothfeel was amazing. The hop that i tasted the most was simcoe but was not overpowering. The addition of grapefruit zest was not as powerfull as its younger brother Hopstache but worked very well.

Overall: This beer is great. It is everything that I look for in a ipa. It is very ballanced and is in my top 3 ipas that Shorts makes. It really is a great beer and if you can get your hands on some, take it. You will not be disapointed at all!

Photo of rudzud
2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with some thin head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, faint earthy hops. Caramel, sweet malts meh

T - Taste is malt bomb, caramel, cardboard, bitter. Really mediocre, just a bitter beer, nothing special here.

M - Mouthfeel is really not bad for the beer. Crisper, alcohol hidden.

O - Overall this beer, like most shorts beers, was awful.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at HopCat Detroit's grand opening.

Not a beer that will blow your hair back if you're well versed in the world of DIPAs, but this is definitely an outstanding one, and probably Short's best -- actually, no, it IS Short's best. Great bitter/sweet balance and sick tropical fruit throughout with a nice sticky, resinous finish.

Photo of pinhigh1886
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Double IPA. One of the best I have ever had. Appearance is a golden amber. Smells great but not really Double IPA strong. Taste is wonderful with a lingering sweet taste at the end of each sip which i believe comes from the grapefruit zest. Mouth feel is smooth and really easy to drink. I believe the only place to get it was at the brewery anniversary party. It is a very limited edition for there 10 year anniversary. It is a double version of Short's Hop Stache. Logo on bottle is a picture of Joe Short in a 10 year party hat!

Stache Bender from Short's Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.