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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

409 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Northern Michigan spiced wheat ale. A 50% mixture of premium two-row malted barley and malted white wheat makes golden wheat ale balanced with Ahtanum and Cascade hop varieties. This ale is spiced with fresh zest of lemon and orange rind, coriander, and black peppercorns 
17.5 I.B.U.’s
2.8 deg. Plato
5.2% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004)
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

jduprey007, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mangounchained
1/5  rDev -72.1%

This beer tastes like the moment you realize Santa Claus isn't real.

mangounchained, Oct 04, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ferndave
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Label sounded like a delicious summer brew. Could only taste peppercorns. So much peppercorn.

ferndave, Saturday at 10:11 PM
Photo of Makubex
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Makubex, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is wheaty malt, lemon and some perfumey soap.

The flavor is a bit odd - kind of a medicinal fruity disinfectant. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't care for this. It tasted more like something I should clean my house with instead of beer.

Beaver13, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
2/5  rDev -44.3%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

miwestcoaster, Aug 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

ohiobeer29, Oct 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

kynap55, Jul 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

krl2112, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up in a mixed sixer from Mondo Vino along with other Short's brews. Golden yellow color, looks just fine. Smell is really heavy spices to the point where I don't want to drink it. Perfume-like almost, just obnoxious. The flavor is like drinking potpurri and shampoo, just way too heavy on the spices. If I had bought a sixer of this I would have returned it.

ArrogantB, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Crosling
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Lightly cloudy yellow color. Heavily spiced aroma, overly so, with the lemon peel and curacao standing out most, along with a light citrusy hop fragrance. Flavor is again, overly spice, with the curacao and lemon peel standing out the most in the flavor. No malt complexity with little hop and nothing but spice.

Crosling, May 28, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

DanGeo, May 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Supergenious, Dec 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Marti403, Jan 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

sholland119, Dec 20, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

LambClowder, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass meant for wits and such on 6/25/12

Thanks to beesy

Pale, golden yellow; faded straw tones. Some chill haze. Foam is fizzy and minimal; a 1/4th inch layer is gone in no time. No retention, no lace.

The aroma is heaviest on the orange zest, trickling down from there - lemon, clean and dusty wheat, hints of coriander. There is an earthy, herbal crackle mixed in back; I reckon that's the peppercorn talking.

It's a good thing the spices are part of the name; the nippy peppercorn and milder coriander are about the only thing this beer has going for it. Beyond the spices are notes of timid wheat and over-watered orange juice concentrate. The finish has fairly strong herbal lingerings. Dry zest bitterness emerges as the beer warms.

The feel is thin and watery. Carbonation is thin as well, lacking any bodily support. I'm inclined to call the over feel "pesky."

This one seems to be fashioned haphazardly. Not terrible, but I'm alright leaving it at one.

Ryan011235, Jun 26, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden, nearly amber color with a pretty wispy, white head that recedes pretty quickly to a small outline of the glass. The aroma is... different, to say the least. At first, it's like mixing together a bunch of random spices off the rack and taking a big whiff. Upon settling down and taking repeated sniffs, some clarity begins to form - peppercorns are the heaviest spice, as expected, because that's how it's advertised. Nutmeg? Maybe. It's hard to tell. Coriander? Definitely, but it's not very strong. There are some other ashy, leafy spices lingering around, may just be a product of ingredient clashing. Intense fruity, sweetness spikes hit the nose as well, bittersweet orange rinds and a peppery lemon zest, almost in a wood-polish, Pledge kind of way. Certainly stings the nostrils.

The taste is full of many things. Oranges? They're there. Lemon zest? Big time, again, taking on an almost too-strong, cleanser profile. Coriander? Yeah, certainly in the backdrop. Hops? Sure. A present leafiness hangs around, almost on the herbal side, along with a slight pungent, citrusy-pith character. Malt? Of course. Nice malty background, slightly toasted with a nice bread character and some light caramel even (very light, however). BUT - none of these flavors are any match for the peppercorns. My GOD, the pepper is strong in this one. It's like sucking on a pepper mill. Strong and overpowering, to the point of tickling the back of the throat. I like pepper. But not this much, and it certainly doesn't belong in a beer. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

As always, Shorts is trying something out-of-the-box, which I love. This is one of the few that miss the mark for me... Surprising, since I enjoy the peppercorn additions in Anniversary Ale. It was just a touch overdone in this brew. I'd like to give the next batch a go, and perhaps the balance will be there.

tectactoe, Jan 22, 2013
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2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured in a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy gold with no head, whatsoever. Not even a thin whisp of foam on top. Carbonation evident with tons of tiny bubbles (Don Ho?) flowing up the side of the glass.

Aromas of citrusy hops, citrus zest (lemon and (?) orange). Has an orange Gatorade aroma.

First sip is of thin orange gatorade, chalky, like club soda. (Must be a theme tonight.) Reminds me of orange alka-seltzer. A little medicinal.

Mouthfeel is thin, a bit watery. Again, much like club soda.

Drinkability is okay. Not what I was expecting. Very strange beer. Hard to even describe it as a beer. Not sure I would seek this out again. Would not drink if this was the only beer on tap. Not that special.

JamnesCameron, Oct 31, 2010
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Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.