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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | 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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rpbuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2013 15:47:42 | More by rpbuckeye
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-06-2013 20:39:29 | More by Nachos4two
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2013 22:48:15 | More by rjcoy06
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 17:46:13 | More by tectactoe
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schmityl


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-14-2013 00:19:52 | More by schmityl
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-10-2013 21:25:04 | More by BlissJunkie
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2013 04:09:29 | More by t0rin0
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-21-2012 15:32:57 | More by beergorrilla
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-12-2012 01:58:03 | More by AlMarzo
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MrBIP

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-25-2012 11:59:11 | More by MrBIP
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no head on a hazy golden with slight orange tinge body. Aroma is a little pungent with grains, honey and light lemon custard. Flavor is a little spicy with quite a bit of honey, lemongrass and maybe some ginger on a grainy base. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. I was hoping this to be spicier. The sweetness isnt very well balanced and it feels too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:30:37 | More by kylehay2004
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-25-2012 01:35:13 | More by Tee2Grn
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LambClowder

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

11-14-2012 21:21:02 | More by LambClowder
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-29-2012 00:39:56 | More by ssimpson89
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-24-2012 06:08:03 | More by GRG1313
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-20-2012 23:08:44 | More by danthehopslamman
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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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Gtg642

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

09-21-2012 22:49:57 | More by Gtg642
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2012 21:37:56 | More by JamesShoemaker
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-19-2012 14:11:03 | More by sideshowe
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nise pale gold hue with a fluffy white head that recedes leaving minamal lacing

Tart wheat and peppercorn with a hint of hops. Almost sour note on the nose that leaves a nice spice from the peppercorns.

Well, again a nice tart wheat like brew with a lacto type sour that leads way to a BIG peppercorn taste thaty does not overwhelm the wheat. well done.

Medium bodied brew that satisfies.

Well, We have a nice peppercorn wheat that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:23:19 | More by welldigger888
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear yellow color with a short-lived head, and no lacing. Really a pretty sad looking brew. It looks like stagnant urine.

Smell: Faint on the aroma after the head bubbles away. Some spice is certainly there, as is some hops and malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Taste/Feel: Very, very interesting. There's a whole lot of everything going on. My first thought was that it tasted a lot like tea... like an Earl Grey or something. Then the zest comes in so you get some citrus in the background, but on the finish you get a slight burn on your tongue from the peppercorns. Very bizarre but also enjoyable. The carbonation is medium, despite seeing very little bubbling in the glass. The feel is pretty light.

This is one strange yet tasty beer by Short's. I should also note this is the first Short's I've ever had. It essentially tastes like a tea with pepper in it to me, which isn't a bad thing. It's just very unusual. I'm not sure I'd drink this too often... I see it as more of a novelty. I'd still get it again in the future just because it's so strangely compelling.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:14:47 | More by Alextricity
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smalenberg

Michigan

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

Smell - Slight bubble gum ester character with a wonderful fruitiness and pleasant citrus that is at least in part from the coriander.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is just right - too much would have hidden the best characteristics of this beer.

Overall - the peppercorn lingers on the tongue along with the lemon zest. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:56:08 | More by smalenberg
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Kerrie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

09-15-2012 04:06:40 | More by Kerrie
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JVoyager

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.7%

09-12-2012 19:17:40 | More by JVoyager
Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.