Short's The Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.11/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a murky berry red with accents of brown syrup, and touches of salmon orange. The head is eggshell white with light pink highlights, and the lacing is thin but sticky and dry. The beer’s body is surprisingly clear of particles and quite translucent, featuring a steady stream of small carbonation bubbles. On the nose, the beer is big and jammy, with lovely thick berry scents and an excellent barley malt and rye spice background. The smell is reminiscent of “assorted berry” scents, in that no individual berries can really be picked out without really shoving your nose in the glass. The malt smells of light biscuity caramel bread and has me thinking rye toast and jam. On the tongue, the beer tastes terrifically sweet with berries while the more spicy bread malts balance the sweet, and a touch of hops adds slight earthy bitters. The flavor begins with a big rush of fruit berries, moving from strawberry, to blueberry, to black berry, and to raspberry nearly so fast that the tongue has trouble differentiating between them. The berry flavor powers through the mouth throughout the taste, building to a crescendo that tastes a little syrupy and then fading into the aftertaste, but beside the berries there is a strong underlying flavor of spicy rye bread and caramel malt which eventually brings the light earthy bitters onto the back of the palate. The aftertaste rings lightly with strawberry jam, faint earthy bitters, and a touch of aspirin. On the mouth, this beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body with some nice syrupy qualities on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with the slightest dry feeling on the tongue. The beer’s carbonation is light with effervescence, providing a slight prickle across the tongue as it moves down the throat. The beer feels clean and drinkable. Overall, this is one of my favorite non-wild fruit beers. It’s big in booze and in fruit flavors, but still lets you know there is beer beneath it, and it blends those two things very nicely. It has nice the rye flavors underlying the heavy jam, and definitely has some semblance to a fruit wine, which is nicely refreshing. This beer would be great for summer nights, and is really a nice beer. Try it.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2013 20:54:50 | More by Maxwell
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3.59/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pint from draft. Pours a solid semi opaque reddish/pink brew with an average head.
Smells of a fresh fruit dish.
Taste is a nice blend of high fruit, tapering with a hefty taste of malt and barley soon too follow. Not too sugary which is great though the aftertaste of bitterness soon follows.
Mouth feel is that of drinking a berry smoothie with a rhubarb pie. Leaves mouth a tad dry.
Pleasant overall. A good night cap.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2014 05:26:24 | More by importedfromdet
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Strong fruit smell but amazing almost clear red color. Tastes more like a summer beer. Be careful it tastes very light but hast more than 8% ABV. Very easy to drink but it goes into the direction of lemonade more than beer. Includes blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 04:38:49 | More by Jensen83
Short's The Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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