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Short's Nicie Spicie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | 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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claytong

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

didnt expect much from this 9 dollar six pack.

appearance - straw golden color. clear, small head with minor lacing.

smell - black pepper mostly, citrus, wheat, and some minor coriander

taste - lots of nice black pepper, citrus, sugar, wheat, coriander, very small amount of coriander

mouthfeel - very drinkable and light, good carbonation, wonderful spicing that makes me sad i dont get this year around for pairing

10-26-2011 04:36:32 | More by claytong
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

12oz bottle picked up in MI a few months ago, newly rediscovered in the back of my refrigerator. It pours a like a somewhat dark pilsner, clear and golden colored, orange tint, thin foam that laces in chunks.

The peppercorn and coriander come through strong in the aroma. Behind these it's tough to pick out any hops or whatnot, but that's OK, I like pepper. And the taste is the same, strong peppery spices. Like a Chouffe minus its yeast and plus pepper. This is addictive stuff, I wish I'd bought a 6-pack.

Medium body and extremely tasty, easily in the top 3 from Shorts for me.

11-27-2010 04:32:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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danp14

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-11-2012 17:39:18 | More by danp14
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-11-2014 19:31:40 | More by blatantlocalism
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SimcoeJoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-16-2013 13:07:47 | More by SimcoeJoe
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radiofish

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

07-09-2013 01:31:48 | More by radiofish
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-12-2012 01:43:43 | More by Drk93TT
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Hear is a different brew, spicy and zesty. Dark rootbeer look, minimal head no lace, ok.

Great nose with spice hitting your face, pepper, lemon, great dark malt, oddly balanced, and it just refreshes you and and keeps you wanting more. The spices make this a different but excellent beer as it warms. Dry finish. They seem to have a light bodied brown ale backing this effort and it supports the additions well.

Taste follows nicely, with the mouthfeel a bit light. Overall a great refreshing summer drinker, reminds me of one of my favorites from Furthermore, Knot Stock, but even more complex.

04-07-2010 20:04:35 | More by robbyc1
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mobilarz85

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-13-2013 16:54:33 | More by mobilarz85
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mcrawford

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-02-2014 00:11:02 | More by mcrawford
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cbuckl14

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-17-2014 03:21:05 | More by cbuckl14
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ZacWoz4

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-04-2013 22:44:54 | More by ZacWoz4
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

09-07-2012 18:54:13 | More by rusty3335
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-27-2012 23:41:11 | More by fgilbert2
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ArsenAle

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-04-2014 02:15:15 | More by ArsenAle
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TwinLightTap

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-20-2012 16:46:00 | More by TwinLightTap
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Boverhof3

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

07-04-2013 23:12:24 | More by Boverhof3
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a rather short head of white foam
Aroma-Orange and lemon zest and definite pepper notes
Taste-Spicy, orange and lemon notes, and a long undercurrent of peppercorn, that imparts a spicy warmth that is pleasant, not overpowering.
Overall, peppery, spicy and certainly refreshing. Would be a nice match for a zesty Italian or Greek salad.

08-09-2010 14:04:10 | More by hosehead83
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Nicie Spicie, released from it's growler, pours a lovely ginger hue, active carbonation rushing up, to greet a thinnish white head.
Aroma is warm spice, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, a whisper of pepper, but dominated by orange zest. Very pleasing to this nose, a gentle mix of fruit and spice.
Zing, goes the tongue, on meeting this brew, a burst of tidy spices entangle the buds, sweet citric fruitiness blends in next, and all is settled well.
Flavor never wanes, and in fact, gets juicier and plumper further in, tastes of apricot and peach shining through, with the pepper laying out new levels of spiciness, without getting hot and spoiling the feeling.
Nearing the end of my first glass, I feel the peppery heat more and it dominate the palate in ways I'd never imagined when first sipping this serving.
This carries over in the finish, where previous I felt it was mildly possessed by pepper, it now almost carries a sting, and has claimed a long stake on the senses.
(We must pour a new pint to be sure..)
On this pour, the head is larger and takes longer to shift in size...I'll bring it up 1/2 a point for that...
This time, the nose takes pepper in largest, mixed well with lemon & orange...yeah, that's a hot tamale!
Soaking the brew on my tongue again, it only feels hotter, and commands control of the mouth. Tempered well by the fruit, matched with the malt, this hot, spicy quality sits at attention and barks, but doesn't bite. It slings a powerful heat, yet holds it back in abeyance, making a very palatable, tasty brew.
Long, hot finish, medium body, unique and memorable. I've yet to encounter a beer quite like this, and congrats to Short's for coming up with something so bold, yet easily drinkable! (I've had a few that go the other way, making even one pint a chore.)

01-13-2005 08:26:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

A cloudy straw yellow with a faint almost nonexistent head. A thin creamy layer of sediment lays across the bottom of the bottle. The sent is very citrus backed by hop tang. The coriander comes out in the taste, which is very palatable and clean for all the spice and citrus flavors. As all the other Short's I have tried this has such a clean feel. Cheers!

08-24-2010 04:29:50 | More by JordanEllwanger
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techfed87

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a nice sized head. Color is a fairly cloudy amber.

Smell is very..spicy? It' got an almost clove like quality to it, which I'm digging.

First sip is definitely yum. This reminds me of Oberon, one of my other favorite wheat beers, except this one has some additional ingredients added in. It really compliments the body of the beer, giving it a very rewarding mouthfeel.

I'm really amazed at the rate that Shorts is putting out more beers into bottled production. This is another of their best.

08-21-2010 00:13:35 | More by techfed87
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

08-12-2010 21:45:49 | More by Mitchster
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%

A very hazy golden straw color. Left one finger of white head that quickly disappeared in to nothing more than a very thin layer of bubbles.

Tons of cirtus. The orange and lemon zest are the main aromas I picked up, with peppercorn and other spices riding beneath. A little bit of yeast rounds it all out.

Very citric with a light orange and lemon taste. It's almost like some one mixed lemon juice and orange juice together and then diluted it. Coriander and peppercorn follow it up and make things interesting. A bit of yeast tries to keep things kind of mellow. A bit of peppery spice lingers behind while everything else quickly vanishes.

Light bodied and a little bit thin in the mouthfeel, but it is very clean. Very creamy carbonation as well.

I thought that this was an incredibly refreshing brew. The light body seems like it would make it easy to knock back a few bottles, but I could see the spice from the peppercorn making it a little hard to session. Perfect for a hot sumer day.

07-10-2012 04:38:37 | More by jeremy13586
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +15%

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.

08-26-2010 02:47:38 | More by StoutHunter
Short's Nicie Spicie from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.