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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004

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.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicie Spicie could easily be mistaken for honey; it has a naturally clouded, sticky-looking complexion and shimmering, deep golden hue. It's so completely flat that even a microscope couldn't turn up a visible sign of carbonation (though admittedly I haven't actually tried this).

Ahtanum and Cascade are two of the most logical hop varieties for a brew like this; they each are characteristically floral and leafy with candied orange notes, a great compliment to the beer's already zestful and citrusy aromatics. There's also a pinch of heat. Smells as anticipated.

The taste, however, doesn't exactly brim with orange and lemon zest, coriander, or peppercorns. It's more malt driven than I expected, which is not necessarily a good or bad thing - on the one hand it lends substantial body to a style that typically sorrowfully lacks it, but on the other, it tones down the spice and seasoning supposed to characterized the recipe.

While it has weight, it lacks bubbles. Pale wheat ales are often designed with hot weather quaffing in mind - and given the additional ingredients that went into this it must have been conceived for such drinking - and the lack of carbonation really hinders its quenching powers.

Nicie Spicie is a nice little beer, but it has the potential to be better. While it's likely an ideal choice for those summer long weekends on the lakes of northern Michigan, I can't think of another scenario where I'd reach for this beer (especially not if there's other Short's offerings on the shelf). To reiterate: not bad, but certainly not this brewery's best.

Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.