Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 59
Gots: 164 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fantome on 06-18-2004

Simply put: Fruit Rye Ale. A bountiful blend of toasted rye flakes and two row malted barley make wort fermented with 200 pounds of pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries resulting in a sweet fruity delicacy. Intoxicatingly refreshing and brewed special for those ladies who enjoy their wine. 
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Ratings: 924 | Reviews: 312
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a bit hazy and a strongly pink tinted amber color with practically no head...only a hint of a bubbly white collar.

S - Very fruity aroma filled with mixed berries....raspberry for sure, touch of strawberry and blackberry. Label claims blueberry, but I don't get any in the nose. Somewhat buttery base beer underneath the fruity aromas, soft malt.

T - A bit buttery in aroma mixed with some odd off bitterness, grainy, cereal malt, dry fruity berries - mostly raspberry with some blackberry character too. Light hoppy bitterness.

M - Lightish medium body with a neutral carbonation that gives a slight tingle. Fruity and bitter, noticeable diacetyl.

O - Just ok...drinkable but not wowing me either. Misses the mark a bit with some off flavors and a fruitiness that doesn't quite complement the base beer. The base seems to be where the flaws are and the fruit just can't compensate enough. Nowhere near the top of the list for Shorts least for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Old Chicago. The beer pours a dark hue of pink and ruby-red - very nice looking. The head is nearly non-existent and fades quickly. The beer smells just like it looks - refreshing and full of fruit: berries and figs with malt in the background. I didn't much care for the taste of this beer. Upon sipping, the fruit profile is powerful, with a little TOO much berry for my liking. Almost tastes like carbonated juice with a hint of beer. By no means is it "bad", but it would be a challenge to drink more than one of these for me. Very sweet and even a little bit tangy, this brew is more almost more along the lines of a weird juice than a beer (aside from the 8% ABV which goes primarily unnoticed). The taste is less authentic than a "sour" and when I drink a "fruit beer", I want a heavier beer taste, with maybe hints of fruit. This beer is kind of stuck in a strange limbo. Medium-bodied beer that leaves a sweet-stickiness on your teeth as it heads down your gullet.

I tried, but couldn't get into this beer like many of my friends. It's tasty, but when I want a beer, it's not exactly what I'm looking for. Not "beer" enough to be a good fruit beer, and not authentic or sour enough to be a lambic. The 9% ABV is covered up very well, as almost no alcohol is detectable, but I will probably pass on this brew next time.

Photo of weatherdog
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. A thanks to Tony for this bottles.

It pours a really nice hazy pinkish hue. There is no denying that this beer has a lot of berries in it. A generous yellow/straw head dies down to a nice cap that lingers for a good amount of time. A medium to high amount of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. So far it hits every note on what a beautiful fruit heavy beer should be. Unfortunately it goes downhill from there.

The nose is very reminiscent of a completely average raspberry wheat beer. I looked and i don't think this beer is brewed with wheat, rather with rye but the similarities to a fruit wheat beer are very evident to me. The fruit smell itself is ok, it's kind of bland and not very assertive with a kind of slick or oily smell some wheat beers get

The flavor is much the same of the smell. I think the problem with the fruit is there are too many flavors in there and it turns into one big muddled mess. The raspberry stands out to me but even then it isn't a very well done fruit flavor. There isn't too much offensive about it but nothing too impressive either. I can see how Short's is gearing this as an alternative to the female wine drinker.

The mouthfeel is pretty slick. There is also a pretty high level of carbonation. The one really nice thing is there is no sign of the ABV at all and it drinks quite well. Even though I particularly didn't enjoy the taste I has no apprehension finishing the bottle.

Photo of LSUExplorer03
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received this beer from mjd83goblue in the Local Goods II BIF. I got about 9 Short's Brewery Beers and this is the 3rd one I've tried. I was pretty excited to try this beer -- the description on the bottle sounded very interesting.

A - cracked open the cap and this baby was very carbonated. It didn't gush out, but you could see the carbonation bubbles aggresively climbing to the top, and for about a minute or 2, frothy head, slowly flowed from the bottle. Appearence was great though -- a deep red color with a mountain of white head, lined throughout with a pinkish hugh.

S - I was very impressed with the smell. You could almost get a hint of each individual berry, yet somehow they all melded together with one sniff. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry -- all present.

T - this is where it went downhill for me. The raspberries stood out above the others, by far. It was a little too mediciney for my taste.

M - the high carbonation definitely showed its face. I don't know if the bottle was just shaken up a bit too much, but it was over-carbonated.

D - overall, I give the drinkability a below average rating due to the medicine-like taste and the high carbonation, with emphasis on the medicine.

From the 3 or 4 beers I have had from Short's, they seem like an amazing brewery and very innovative. This beer, however, was my least favorite, to date, from Short's.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a finger of head.

Raspberries dominate the smell, not really getting the strawberries and blackberries coming thorough.

Smell is nice, no real sweetness here. Upfront is some tartness from the fruit, again especially the raspberries, followed by rye and hops.

Pretty light mouthfeel overall.

Nice on a hot summer day, though the abv creeps in a bit after awhile.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pinking red. white head, average lacing.

s: smells like strawberry jam. sweet smell

t: very berry. strawberry, blueberry, raspberry. wine like tannins/acidity/alcohol. no hop flavor but is balanced with rye

m: bubbbly, too much so.

o: i never expect much from fruit beers, but this exceeded my low expectations. would be a good summer beer, however, i could not see myself having more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sunset

Appearance: hazy with sediment, 1/4 inch head, brownish red in color, high carbonation

Smell: berries: strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries

Taste: follows the nose with some honey and bubble gum flavor

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for more from Shorts. The advertised rye really does not show up. Super sweet in the lines of Leinie's berry weiss. Be careful the alcohol is well hidden. My least favorite from Short's so far.

Photo of deebo
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent berry aroma. Taste is off-tart fruit. Not much else.

Photo of Jennz906
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Is my very first sweet and fruity beer. I usually drink an IPA or high IBUs
But I actually loved this beer
A- average defiantly has a tiny of red in the color
S- amazing aroma, fruity and floral
T- you can diffidently taste the many berries! This beer may not be for everyone but I sure love it.
M- goes down nice and easy with medium carbonation with a lovely aftertaste.
O- a great beer. Having something different is always fun and I never thought I would like a sweet or fruity beer but then I tried this one. And I definitely fell for it!

Photo of boatshoes
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother picked this up for me on a recent trip up to Michigan. My second time trying this beer.

Appearance- Pours a well carbonated ruby with about a finger and a half of fizzy pink head over the body. Lots of beading on the sides of the glass but head retention is poor and dies back to a ring around the edges rather quickly.

Smell- A mixed berry bouquet. Primarily, I pick up first on blueberry. Following this, the most dominant fruit is raspberry. Both are quite fresh smelling and there is a hint of spice in the background.

Taste- Again, most dominant taste is of fresh blueberries, with raspberry, and some seed showing through as well. Interesting background spices show through just a bit as well, and I suspect this is influence of rye.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a bit disappointingly thin but carbonation is good. Alcohol does show through however, reducing drinkability a bit.

Overall, a very good take on fruit beer. Not my favorite style but a solid and interesting offering by Shorts.

Photo of madeofsteel
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip, has a dark pink coloring with an *adorable* pink head of about a finger's height. Minimal retention and lacing.

S - Smells sour, like a wild ale. Or vinegar. I can't decide.

T - Tastes like what's advertised. Beer mixed with fruit slurry. Some strawberry and blueberry. Unpleasant sort of sour finish. Which, under normal circumstances, wouldn't be too bad, but it doesn't strike me as something that was done on purpose.

M - Mellow carb, dry finish.

O - Not really my thing, but I can see why it's such a hit with the ladies. It's a cheerleader beer that's actually *half* beer and not just malt beverage. It is what it is.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle continuously refrigerated since before August 2013 purchase. Served in a snifter.

Pours clear, dark rose, looking nearly red in the glass. Small weak head.

Aroma: complex and fruity, with notes of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry.

Flavor: less enticing, with a bitter-sweet nature that seems more in conflict than in balance, with more bitterness and less tartness than ideal. Eventually, there is a nice, lingering, fruity aftertaste.

Feel: light body with somewhat high carbonation.

O: about what one might expewhat one might expect for a beer created as a wine substitute. Treat as a dessert beer.

Photo of rudylaw
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another delicious MI brew courtesy of hoppymeal.

Very fizzy soda pour! Looks like blood orange juice. Smells of ripe raspberries. Man does this smell good!

Tastes like tart berry pie with a fizzy burn. Blueberry syrup is more prominent on the tongue up front with those raspberries in the finish. Tastes sort of like a gassy euro drink.

I admire the craft behind this, and I'm a lover in tart fruit beers, but this may be too much.

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I believe this fruity beer could be enjoyed even by those who typically do not prefer fruity beers. It has a dark pomegranate red color and very thin head. This beer isn't cloudy or hazy but a very dark red clear pour that looks as appetizing as it smells.

You will immediately detect the strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry aromas that define this beers taste. The mild berry tartness of this beer mixes quite well it's light malty flavors leaving a very pleasant, slightly sweet, aftertaste. I've enjoyed this beer on tap as well as bottled; I would recommend people try it on tap first as the bottled version is slightly less carbonated, which I feel detracts from it's overall flavor.

Overall a delightful fruity beer even if you are not typically a fan of fruity beverages.

Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, poured into a pint.

A: Pours between a cherry and raspberry red. Good sized tinted head, loose and frothy, with some retention. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of fruits and fruit juice aroma. You can pretty easily pick out each of the fruits. The rye is barely detectable. Definitely has a bit of that sparkling wine like character to it.

T/M: A bit more of the rye comes out in the flavor but still nearly dominated by the sparkling wine and fruit flavors. The fruit is a bit more blended together and you can't really pick out each fruit. Body is medium light with somewhat stronger carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and doesn't seem like 7+%.

Photo of degerbah
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pink. Not red, pink. Like similar to white zinfandel. Almost no head at alla dn it dissapears right away. Smell is yeast and strawberries, and is more than slightly unpleasant. The taste is heavily of strawberries with a sour aftertaste. The smell make stasting rough and I'm trying to decide if I want to finish the beer or drain pour it and go on to something better. The only other similar beers I've had are founders cerise, New Glarus Belgian Red and Rasberry Tart. This is definitely not any of those.

Photo of Brenden
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The color is a deep, dark red-orange, atop which builds a small and fluffy light purple head. It diminishes somewhat quickly to foam, leaving some spotty lacing around.
The fruits are right off on the nose, but I get much more raspberry than anything with a bit of strawberry sweetness to counter the tartness. Whatever other fruits is included gets a little muddled. There's little hops presence, as intended I assume, and the malt backbone is on the light side. The earthiness is heavy and odd.
This is a decent fruit beer to be sure, a good mix of tart and sweet, but has little beer character to make it appeal as strongly to a beer geek as it could and lacks the brewing expertise or method of a lambic or similar style that incorporates fruit. True, malts are there, and it's not badly brewed by any means. If anything, a bit of alcohol does give a kick. It's decent for what it is, but oddly bitter. Mixing rye with fruit was a strange idea, and it doesn't exactly compute.
Mouthfeel is good, a medium body edging on the lighter side with some carbonation. It's crisp up front and smooth in the middle, making for easy drinking.

Photo of lnashsig
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this. Kevin said that this used to be called "Ye old panty dropper" before it got bottled. After pouring, I can see why! Poured from bottle into boulevard tulip. Pours a rich raspberry color, nearly transparent, nearly no head on it. Smell- tart strawberries, raspberries, powdered sugar, juicy fruit/koolade concentrate. Definitely a candy nose to it. A bit artificial. I read in previous reviews that it resembles a sour on the nose- I couldn't disagree more. No sourness here, it is all candy sweet. taste- on the front of the tongue, there is the blueberries! It doesn't manifest itself on the nose at all, but it presents itself at the front of the palate. Strawberry sweetness on mid palate. Rich carbonation makes for a dry finish, distracts from the sweet nature of this beer. Overall, I like this beer, and although I probably lost man points drinking it, this is an interesting and unique beer that I enjoyed.

Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with just s thin wisp of loose, white foam which mostly settles as a thin slim film and ring in the glass. the beer has a noticeable red hue to it, and is just about completely clear.

S - soft, medicinal (cough syrupy) like cherry, strawberries, and blueberries. rye adds a subtle "spice" alongside some crisp and crackery malts.

T - fruity sweetness out of the gate, with red raspberries and strawberries taking hold first. a slight, tart blueberry and red grape taste settles in. plum creeps in, eventually taking over completely...only allowing some light rye to sneak through.

M - light body, with crisp and tingly yet not overdone carbonation. dry through the finish due to fruity sweetness and tart.

D - this actually grew on me, slightly. still, pretty ugly to look at (like a lot of Short's brews) and comes off as trying just a bit too hard (again, Shorts). not completely bad, and a good change of pace through most standard beers.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Fermented with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries." Yeah, I'd say it's a fruit beer.

The pour results in a color of various hues between rusty red and orange; jewel-like and glassy; a small but sturdy, foamy white head. Lace creates interesting petri dish-like organisms on the glass.

No particular fruit is prominent in the nose, but it's got a tell-tale tart sort of smell, with a bit of graham cracker (the rye?) in the background.

While it's tart and tastes generically fruity, I'm missing any kind of direction or strong character. Nearing astringent, even medicinal, which hangs tight and is most obvious in the finish. And 9%, really? Wouldn't know it (the "medicinal" noted is due to flavor, and not heat).

Feels crisp and soda-like, although a bit soft and not overly harsh. Body on the lighter side, but not insignificant or watery.

I haven't had a ton of Short's offerings, but so far my impressions have been all over the map. This one I'm not all that into, it's just decent and not much more. I feel like it's aiming for something somewhere between a tart Belgian fruit beer and those great Samuel Smith fruit ales, but not quite getting there...

Photo of king75
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks awesome! A pinkish reddish hue, with a two inch pink foam head.

Smells of blueberries and strawberries are unmistakable.

Taste is sweet and berry flavors permeate throughout, almost like a wine but still has a good beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is really light and crisp, not oily at all.

Notes: Really different, never had a beer of this fashion so I have nothing to compare it too, but I liked it and I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Butch's Dry Dock

A: looks like a fruit beer with reddish raspberry tones, orange, and a kiss of copper and brown. When held up to the light exposes a rose almost close to pink color. More or less it looks like a combination of ripe fruit colors. No head and no lace. A close enough look does reveal a mild soft fuzzy ring hugging the glass

S: the nose gathers a light soft character touched with mostly fruity berry-like notes. Some biscuit malts and grains are present with a pinch of sweetness

T: the palate is right in tune with the nose. Bright and sweet fruits ranging from strawberries, raspberries, to juicy red grapes. A light astringency works around after a few sips, nothing overpowering but it starts rather sweet and moves to a tart snap and lingers with a herbaceous leaf-like blueberry character as the sips continue. Toasted malts are far in the back and fruit runs the show. What is nice is that a slight raw edge moves around and pulls in rye-like notes

M: sharp, crisp, and full of life. Body is light to mild in character. Nothing I would call smooth but more refreshing and light than anything

D: for the summer (or anytime for that matter) a must buy throughout the season. For a fruit and vegetable beer I find it one of the more quaffable ones. I usually steer clear from these types of beers...just not a personal favorite of mine. However, this one has the right elements for good drinkability

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, as opposed to the imperial soft parade I picked up a bottle of. Berry aroma. Reddish brown and lacey. Strawberry taste mainly. More subtle than bold but above average fruit beer. Carbonation appropriate but above average. Drinkable but not something I need to seek out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Shared with schen9303.

A: Moderate pour yields a 2 finger fine white head that's a bit rough around the edges and has great retention, dropping to a thin white film atop the brew. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-grapefruit. Lacing is stringy and patchy with decent cling.

S: Nose is just as described. A bouquet of berries that's led by a strawberry aroma so intense I think I'm just drinking strawberry juice. Also a bit of raspberry, cherry, blueberry, and a hint of wheat in the back.

T: A bit watered down to start. Strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, and wheatiness. Spicy in parts towards the end with a bit of yeasty bitterness. Finishes wheaty with a coarse and grainy aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation, and sparkling in the mouth. Watered down. Finish is slightly messy and aftertaste lingers just a bit.

D: From the description on the bottle, I would've expected a bit more complexity, and honestly, a bit more flavor overall. The substance is there but is completely watered down. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it but really not my mug of beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

description above seems to adequately describe this berry mash-up from shorts

12oz single, scooped a sixer in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip - glowing pinkish red body with a big foamy pinkish beige wave that retains itself fully

smell: aroma is obviously of mixed berry - after great concentration you can begin to separate the tart blueberry from the raspberry and strawberry

taste: the distinct berry aromas seem kind of muddled on the palate - the light tartness is there and it even gives the illusion of seeds getting stuck in your teeth somehow, but alas something is lost. It's a little more grainy than i'd like and while it provides brilliant mixes of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry it remains a little too unrefined to pass the ever so difficult fruit-beer test. it actually kind of tastes like those frozen dole fruit bars, had they been melted down to liquid

mouthfeel: almost foamy, light tartness

drinkability: one is enough i think

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.