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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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flexabull

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold color, a little haze, and a very faint head that quickly vanished. Not the prettiest looking beer.

Aromas are of citrus, lemon, oranges, limes, and mixed spices.

Taste is pretty mellow. Light creamy malts, some spices, lemon zest, and some tartness. Finish is dry with light grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but thin on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a refreshing beer, and would be pretty nice in the summer. I've enjoyed the Shorts beers I've tried so far except this one. I expected more flavor, this turned out to be kind of blah, with quite a few flaws. Not a bad beer, but not all that great either.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:53:05 | More by flexabull
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 8/11/10

Pours a cloudy golden brown with relatively little, quickly dissipating head.

Huge aroma of pepper and coriander, with faint hints of citrus zest.

The amount of pepper in the nose had me worried, but I'm loving it in the taste. As with the smell, pepper and coriander dominate, with the citrus zest more apparent than in the smell. Nice Belgian style spicing with a bit of wheat taste coming through.

Crisp light mouthfeel with the pepper tingling the tongue.

Very drinkable, even with the spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:52:28 | More by warnerry
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ngeunit1

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly to a ring around the glass leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some fairly potent peppercorns alongside some orange and lemon zest, wheat, and some coriander.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus zest and sweet malt with some light coriander. Through the middle the peppercorn comes through with a bit more tart lemon flavor. The finish is a mix of tart and slightly sour lemon, peppercorn, and wheat that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a tart and spiced finish.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors but they seem to work together very nicely. I like the tartness of the lemon flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:25:43 | More by ngeunit1
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the Shorts in MA from what I can tell...

A- Hazy light yellow beer pours into my pint glass. A creamy white head builds up to a finger or so but falls fairly quickly. Small ring and cloud stay but not much lace.

S- WOWZA. From several feet away I get huge notes of peppercorns and lemons, very intense. Upon further inspection it is like some sort of peppercorn lemon custard. Just a bit of coriander.

T- Skeptical after the huge aroma but I gotta do it. Heavy on the fresh cracked pepper throughout with a very nice lemon/citrus flavor. Also the coriander comes through nicely. Didn't make my face change or cringe.

MF- Light body with moderate silky carbonation. Leaves some bitterness, spice and tartness on the palate.

It sounds weird but it is like peppered citrus "ade", and it somehow works nicely. Good fruit and spice use, skeptical after a sniff but satisfied after a sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:37:39 | More by cbutova
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-29-2013 14:44:11 | More by tommy5
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded golden pour with a stark white bubbly head. Fades fairly quickly but good lacing.

S: A lot like a witbier. Coriander, lemon and orange for sure. Not sure I can smell the peppercorns but there is a tingling in my nose to let me know that it's there.

T: Wheaty up front. Can definitely taste the pepper here. Nice! As mentioned, the coriander lemon and orange are noticeable as well. Pepper grows even more noticeable in the aftertaste. Very unique flavor. Not really sure how to describe it but surprisingly tasty. Almost a little...salty? in the aftertaste too. Herbal quality shows up in the aftertaste as the beer warms as well.

M: A bit tingly from all the nice spices but otherwise smooth and refreshing.

O: Underrated beer, in my opinion. It's not some amazing RIS or anything but it is very unique and I like all aspects of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:48:25 | More by Dope
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer from Short's Lineup. I was very eager to try it out in bottle, as unfortunately, I've been disappointed with their early bottled offerings compared to their stellar tap brews.

Pours out to a lightly hazy, but not cloudy, medium golden with orange accents, forming a small white head despite a vigorous pour, with poor retention and minimal lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite good, but not as potent as the top offering, with orange and pepper, pale malts, malt husk, coriander, and what smells like the Oberon yeast strain (Wyeast American Ale?). The mouthfeel is very smooth, with an invigorating peppery bite, which I absolutely love. The taste opens with a smooth pale malt backbone with a well balanced sweetness riding atop orange, coriander and pepper. I don't really pick up on the lemon zest. The finish is quenching and just makes you want to drink more. This is an amazingly sessionable beer. I could easily put six of these away. Highly recommended, but even more delicious on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 21:45:49 | More by Mitchster
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over at Churchkey.

A: Mild burnt yellow color, mildly cloudy (some of it may have just been fog from the coldness of the brew), and with a frothy finger or so solid white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: Was that white or black pepper? Never mind. That totally was the spice featured in this brew... whole peppercorn and all. This was paired with a nice citrus and floral component as well.

T: I wasn't sure how I felt after the first sip, but it grew on me quickly. It was almost as if someone steeped whole peppercorns and gourmet tea leaves in Bell's Two-Hearted. Seriously. However, to be honest, this taste really worked for me.

M: Bubbly, well-carbonated, and downright comfortable on the palate. There was mild lacing left on the glass, and the pepper killed the potential syrupy, sugary sweetness (if there even was any to begin with).

O: I totally understand why someone wouldn't like this brew. To me though, I dug the pepper, the hop profile, the bubbles,... just about everything about it. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 06:24:44 | More by Chaney
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-20-2012 19:00:12 | More by crobinso
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2014 04:53:08 | More by tommyguz
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Provocatively spiced beer, very peppery, and perfumed.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle . Burgundy label with a naive illustration of a window inside a radial glow… ? Offers a one line description of the brew. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear golden pour amber pour with a fair 1" frothy head, moderate to low retention, fair surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Floral nose, peppery, spiced… Hint of zesty peels… and that floral almost medicinal hint…

T - Nose was a fair warning, it is there and more…. Very floral, intensively so, strongly peppery with hefty coriander and a subdued citric peel buried alongside the wheaty backbone. Funny how I can´t help to associate the peppery and spicy edge from the mix used in some Spanish blood sausages… Sure this is something else but the memory lingers there.

M - Medium body with medium-soft carbonation, a bit hefty a flow given the intensity of almost medicinal touches.

O - While one eases into the flow as the brew progresses it sure has a daring profile, and unless one is a big fan of the final result it does hinder somewhat its final drinkability.

Notes: Not sure what to make of it. Flavors are OK, and I can ride them, not sure if one is not into the peppery-coriander edge to such an extreme one would really enjoy or love this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 12:44:12 | More by Daniellobo
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Crosling

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2006 21:47:24 | More by Crosling
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a big, bubbly white head. A few dripping lace trickles stuck to the glass by a thin skim or retention.

Smells like dish soap (in a good way). Dry, farmy light grain, zesty kitchen soap citrus (lemon and orange) and an almost Gueze-like corn chip wheat sweetness.

Bright citrus with a sour wheaty twang. I don't notice the peppercorn until it fades away in the swallow. Light but plush body.

My girlfriend brought this home ecstatic that she found some Shorts. I wasn't at all excited because I was expecting another stupid nutmeg/cinnamon/clove winter warmer type beer. This is summary, fresh and the antithesis of what I was expecting. Good stuff.

Sorry babe.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:43:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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seeswo

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-22-2013 17:19:13 | More by seeswo
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-18-2012 02:19:40 | More by lackenhauser
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was going to join two of my favorite culinary delights, pepper and beer.

Poureds a chill-hazed yellow-with bright white and gold highlights, standard thick bubbled one-finger developed and left some sticky spots.
Aroma was lightly citrusy, some grass and hay notes and huge waft of cracked black pepper.
Flavor was very lemony and as then as you finish it a large wave of black pepper taste washes over the palate leaving a little sting.
Some other light spices also noted but pepper overwhelms them.
Light body with a strong pepper aftertaste.
Mouthfeel starts light and airy with citrus twang but then palate and tastebuds are blow away by a heavily spiced pepper finish that lingers well into a severe aftertaste.
Drinkability was good, only issues I have is that pepper is a little too strong and overwhelms the other flavors of a pretty good beer.
The 2nd issue I have is that after you drink this beer its hard to taste other beers and give them your undivided palate. Pepperiness is so strong it lingers for a significant length of time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2004 01:56:25 | More by CRJMellor
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very thin white head. Head is gone in a flash leaving behind a few bubbles and pretty much no lacing.

S- I first thought this some was some sort of witbier since the nose is fairly close to it. A bit of pepper, yeast, lemon and coriander are the things I'm picking up the most.

T- This one really follows the nose well. Lemon, coriander pepper and yeast dominant this brew. I'm diggin this one.

M- Fairly light in both body and carbonation.

D- Other than Shorts IPA's this one is really doing it for me. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 09:42:55 | More by nrbw23
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Beaver13

Colorado

1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:17:52 | More by Beaver13
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this the other say since it was a seasonal i have yet to try from shorts and because shorts kicks ass.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- poured a hazy golden straw, with a very small amount of head that quickly dissipated.

S- This one smells pretty citrusy, wasn't expecting that. Coriander also has a big presence. Smells like a blue moon on steroids.

T- This is where the spices come through, spicy with some orange citrus flavor, followed by a salty peppercorn aftertaste blended with some hops.

M- Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty refreshing and a very good dinner beer, but i wouldn't drink more then two in a sitting.

Overall i i thought this was a very different and well done beer that i hope to get another six pack of before they are gone. keep up the good work shorts, you guys are on another level.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:47:38 | More by StoutHunter
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-26-2013 00:13:48 | More by hilgart1
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-28-2012 03:15:44 | More by atone315
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-29-2013 20:46:20 | More by bumchilly25
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-01-2012 23:41:10 | More by CoryR
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It's a pale yellow and hazy. I got an inch of off white head.

S - The orange peel and coriander seem to stand out. Definitely, prevalent citrus overtones.

T - The orange peel seems to take center stage again. There is some spiciness as well. The lemon zest also becomes noticeable.

M - Moderate

O - As the name implies, this is a spicy beer. There is a lot going on in the taste of this beer. The more I drink it the more the different ingredients become apparent.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:34:37 | More by buschbeer
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-21-2012 15:32:57 | More by beergorrilla
Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
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