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Short's The Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.57%

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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. 
14 I.B.U.'s
20 deg. Plato
9 % A.B.V.

(Beer added by: fantome on 06-18-2004)
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Photo of Rheadmore


5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was extremely pleasant from appearance, aroma, taste and after-taste. A big characteristic for me is after-taste and The Soft Parade was very discrete. In my experience the higher ABV beers tend to always effect me from an after-taste standpoint, so I was pleasantly surprised with this blend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 14:21:42 | More by Rheadmore
Photo of AScribjr


4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with alot of carbonation as expected., considering all the different berries.The red hues is a nice look. The berry taste so delightful on your tongue. Being this is such a drinkable beer beware of the results after too many...thank you SHORTS for a nice beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 00:52:22 | More by AScribjr
Photo of bgramer


4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at HopCats with 3 other Short's beers.

This is probably my favorite of the 4 they had. I got a growler to go as well. This beer poured out a light berry color with very little head but lots of carbonation. The berry taste was very prominent without being too sweet or overpowering (like a sick sweetness if you know what i mean)

There's some tart dryness and a medium body - the berry flavor blooms just before you finish it - where you can taste some zest.
This is probably a good beer to share with ladies who prefer fruity beers but find lambics too fruity.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2008 20:37:00 | More by bgramer
Photo of AdamCzap

4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this to be an excellent summer beer to beat the heat. The high ABV means you won't need much to get the job done. I have this beer on tap from a 1/6 barrel purchased locally in Michigan.

The beer pours about a 1" foamy head. The head is a slightly pink-ish/purple color as is the rest of the beer. It's color gives perfet compliment to it's acceptable level of fruity taste. I've had "fruity" beers, but I wouldn't call this one of them. The hops are more present in this than what I'm used to. It has a nice hoppy bite to it and the fruit is more during the finish and after taste.

I absolutely love this beer - it's refreshing and certainly helps beat the heat!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 16:08:43 | More by AdamCzap
Photo of marburg


4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brewery rep claimed at the Beer Fest to be using hundreds of pounds of actual berries per batch.

I believe it. The second of two potent, natural fruit beers at the Michigan Beer Fest didn't disappoint.

For Michiganders, this will be visually similar to Faygo Redpop -- maybe a bit more pink -- and the aroma is packed with berries. You don't even catch a whiff of all the alcohol -- just fresh raspberries, blueberries, and some sweet cherries that have all been left in sugar for a day, sweetening them up.

Fruit syrup sweetness. Torani only wishes their shit was this potent and accurate in its fruit flavor. Well, almost. Surprisingly, this isn't really cloying or sickly sweet -- balanced by a dry acidity in the finish. 11%? Fruit barleywine? This damn drinkable? Methinks so.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 02:19:51 | More by marburg
Photo of marshall8840


4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Obviously fruity as it states but not too sweet. Looked perfect when i poured it to the glass from bottle. nice head. have nothing bad to say about this beer, as is usual with Shorts. Love their stuff. Cant wait to visit their brewery soon to try out other stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:55:35 | More by marshall8840
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr


4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery, durring one of the best vacations ever. Shared a glass with my wife...

A - Not a ton of head on this one, with a very murky body. The color is a brown-peach color that lacks astetics.
S - Fresh raspberries seem to dominate here, hitting my nose with good, refeshing tartness. Strawberry sweetness seemed to highlight the aroma, and added to the farm fresh nature of the aroma. I did not pick up much from the rye malt.

T - The first flavor I noticed was raspberries, and lots of them. Right off the bat my mouth was flooded with tart, good raspberry flavor. This was again sweetened by some mild strawberry flavors. I found the rye to give the beer a nice balencing quality, adding dryness and spice to the beer at the midpalate. This spiciness combined with the tartness from the blackberries to keep my mouth happy until the surprisingly assertive spicy hops showed up, more than balencing out the finish.

M - Nothing particularly shocking here, as full as one would expect from this 9% APV brew.

D - I was really impressed by this one. The fruit tasted fresh and did not hide the fact that this was beer. The only fruit that I did not notice that was used in this beer was the blueberry, which to me says a lot about the expressiveness of the fruit in this beer. The use of rye not only helped balence the beer, but also added a nice level of complexity not always found in fruit beers. A great extreme beer in every possible sense of the word.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 04:37:04 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of B0bD0bbselbock


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tumbler pint glass.

A-Beautiful, rosy color, appears somewhat like a sparkling strawberry juice. 2 1/2 finger bubbly pinkish white head that receded to about 1/2 finger height. Mild, even lacing.

S- Fruity, sweet, sour. The aroma seems to smell something like a dry lambic. I can almost pick out each fruit aroma, with strawberry coming through in the finish. The rye and barley seem to be hovering the background.

T- Tart, mildly sweet, effervescent fruit bouquet unfolds nicely on the palate, with the rye and malted barley coming in nicely on the finish. As with the aroma, i find i can taste each fruit collectively and individually, with the strawberries and blueberries carrying on into the finish.

M-Smooth, slightly crisp, effervescent.

D- The overall characteristics make this one, to my mind, highly
drinkable. Its fruity aroma and flavors make to easy drink quick.

I really enjoy this beer, as it has a lot of character. The seductive color and pretty pinkish head, sweet, fruity nose, and crisp, tart, fruity flavor make for one tasty beer that has both lambic and wine-like qualities overall. This is a fruit beer that i think appeals well to both men and women, as its not too sweet and not too dry. And at 9%ABV, i can certainly see why they call this one "Ye olde Leg Spreader" :)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:10:17 | More by B0bD0bbselbock
Photo of rampency


4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never tasted a beer with so many types of berries. I have to say i have a overwhelming bias for sweet beers. All the berries flows smooth in your mouth once you have a sip, very easy to drink and just an amazing aroma. I highly recommended for anyone who likes sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 13:35:36 | More by rampency
Photo of hoffhin2


4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Red with a small head when I was served it.

Smell: has a light raspberry fruity smell with some malts

Taste: some malts, initial fruity taste of raspberry and oranges. Very smooth and light for a high percent beer.

Overall: Really good beer and I would recommend! It is unique in how crisp and fruity it is but yet still very strong and not as filling as some other beers I would compare with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 19:50:08 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of busternuggz


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice type glass.
Pours a very beautiful red color with an orangish tinge. Shows a 1/4" delicate white head that dissipates before too long, leaving a thin film and some persistent lacing.
The smell of sweet strawberries and raspberries are prominent, with the blackberries being more subdued. I don't really smell the blueberries.
Similarly in the taste, you get the taste of fresh strawberries, then raspberries, then blackberries on the end, just a little tart. The fruit tastes are so well presented, like fresh, juicy berries; I swear I can even taste the strawberry and raspberry seeds as if I was biting into actual berries. The alcohol does show through a little every now and then, and the aftertaste has just a touch of bitterness.
Very light bodied and well carbonated, slightly effervescent even. Smooth and easy drinking.
One of the most enjoyable and well-crafted fruit beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 22:50:16 | More by busternuggz
Photo of mattcrill


4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Raspberry and grape jam aromas abound. Soft fruity esters with no hop aroma. Wonderful dark fruit aromatics dominate the nose.

Appearance: Cloudy brick red pour with a low off-white head that does not retain well.

Flavor: Similar flavor profile as the aroma. Lots of raspberry notes, blueberry flavors, and a hint of grape jam. Balance is to the fruity sweetness although there is some earthy hop notes that provide a counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. No astringency and just a slight touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Lives up to the bill. "Soft" on all the fruit flavors and still retains all the characteristics that you'd hope for in a beer without losing it's identity. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:00:27 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, translucent, really reddish mahogany - quite appealing to the eye. Malty aroma has a strong overtone of berries, especially raspberries. Raspberry dominates the flavor, which includes hints of blueberry and strawberry as well as malt and hoppy bitterness. Jazzy, tingly, fizzy texture leaves a lively finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 00:40:13 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

during the great pumpkin carving of 2010, this was one of many new beers sampled. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/29/2010.

the pour was a bit of a gusher but settled down quickly so no worries. nice light pinkish hue to it with a foamy off white head that left a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

i am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this hit me off just right. a near perfect aroma of berries and sweet fruit notes came through the air, really just wonderful and opened my eyes instantly. smooth flavor, raspberry, strawberries, light peach and plum notes with a hint of light citrus and a spike at the end. a wonderful mix of fruit flavors and light body that is balanced to near perfection. light dry finish with a long lasting flavor sealed the deal.

overall simply wonderful and something i would have no issues with going after again. another winner from shorts.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 18:40:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of alleykatking


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker grapefruit like pink color. Two finger light pink head that showed medium retention. Some streaky lacing on the glass but nothing too much.

S- This is plain and simple but delivers a punch. Lots of berries in the nose. Nothing more nothing less with the fruit. Some light bready malts in the backing. The fruit really seemed to jump out there.

T- Berries, berries, and more berries! Raspberries, strawberries, light plum and citrus notes throughout the entire beer. Some light bready malts in the middle of the beer with a touch of grain to them. More fruit on the backend of the beer with light alcohol in the very last second of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Berry flavor dominates the palate and long into the aftertaste. The balance on this beer is actually good even though it leans on the berries heavily. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Clean flavors through and through.

D- The ABV is well hidden in this beer. It delivers as a fruit beer should. A little girlier?? Maybe but the ABV isn't. It's easy to lay down a sixer of these without trying. I don't know if that's a good thing yet or not ;)

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 19:45:16 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Lauthaha


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a good-old beer mug.

Appearance: Poured at a 45 degree angle. Gave myself a good 1 and 1/4 finger head, in which there was a unique pinkish tint which was very inviting. The beer itself is a medium-dark amber with a bit of red in the mix. Took head a long time to dissipate, and left a heavy lacing when it did. Outstanding appearance, absolutely without a doubt the best quality of this beer.

Smell: Just like walking into a berry field. Fruity, with a very soft alcoholic scent (surprising due to the high ABV of this beer) and gentle hoppiness. Confusing at first, but after a moment of contemplation, the smell is almost as great as the appearance. Simply magnificent.

Taste: Bittersweet in the best of ways. Despite the heavy berry aroma, it's not a "sweet" beer by any means. The flavor pallet is amazingly rich; berries, berries, berries! Just as with the smell, there's a gentle hoppiness to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light with a distinctly crisp feeling. A great beer for summer, so long as it is enjoyed in moderation.

Drinkability: It's a sipper, but it's a great sipper; worth every penny. Though one would probably suffice for most people, this would be a decent beer to enjoy liberally on a night preceding a day off! Outstanding performance all around.

I have had this beer on tap before, but it's generally been enjoyed near the end of a hard night of consumption. This was the first time I had the pleasure of drinking it from a bottle. I wouldn't recommend it for the average beer drinker, it's not a "crowd pleaser" by any means. However, if you don't mind lambics, this one is definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 00:00:20 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of madvermin


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a bunch to markwise, he sent this as an extra in our trade.

Pours amber with a pinkish hue, with lots of clarity and zero bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The head is very plentiful, with three fingers generated by a soft sideways pours from a low height. Very, very pillowy, cloudy head with its own pinkish appearance, though not as striking as the body of the beer. Dissipates at a slow rate to a half-finger cap that stays for the duration of the beer; leaves a good amount of spotty lace.

Nose is berries, and lots of them. Raspberries come out the most to me, with the seeds being a pungent and specific scent, but I can catch the unique blackberries in it too. Blueberries and strawberries are mentioned on the bottle, but I guess in the nose they offer just a bit of backing to the other two main players. Not a sniff of anything except fruit, and thankfully the fruit is really good.

Taste adds a healthy rye element that I'm a huge sucker for; the little tinge of spice and unique flavors of rye beers just add a lot to almost any kind of beer in my opinion, and that was before this beer. Fruit does hold the reigns and call the shots for the duration of the beer though, and strawberries and blueberries come out more here. The beer isn't sour at all, with a touch of tartness being ironed out by the malt backbone. This is a very tasty beer, and I wish I had more. Cideresque.

Mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, and carbonation is surprisingly not very high. The weight is just right and the finish is neutral thanks to the malts. Just a bit of tingling on the tongue from carbonation/fruit is a nice touch. Drinkability is through the roof; who doesn't like fresh fruit? It isn't too sweet in my opinion either. Really great beer in my estimation.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 10:44:17 | More by madvermin
Photo of ngeunit1


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a hazy red color with a touch of pink mixed in and a big finger of frothy pink colored head. The head fades down extremely slowly leaving behind lots of thick lace.

S - The aroma is full of sweet berries with lots of strawberries especially. It is really nice and sweet and tart.

T - The flavor starts off with some mellow berry sweetness with a bit more pungent tartness. The sweetness starts to build right away with a touch of grain in the background. Through the middle the sweetness gets quite a bit stronger with lots of strawberry flavor coming through. The finish is a mix of berry flavor with lots of strong tartness and sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. I rally like just how sweet and tart it is and how strong the fruit flavor is. It also finishes really strong with some great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:36:33 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of elNopalero


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely pink color with a decent foam topping. It has a light fruity aroma. Michigan berries! I pick up strawberries, raspberries, and a feeling of springtime.

Tastes of light, fruity, and above all fresh berries. There’s a rounded fruit sweetness and a spicy rye zest on the finish. Slightly sour/tart with a light effervescence to keep it easy-going.

The last time I ordered this my friends teased me for drinking a beer that looked like Cherry 7-Up. Who’s laughing now? Ahem… now that I’ve brought some bottles to share with a group of friends who loved it. This is a real crowd pleaser that I’m happy to say I enjoy as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:16:50 | More by elNopalero
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a turbid pinkish orange. Very neat color. Nearly zero head or lacing.

S-Delectably fruity. Smells just like strawberry jam. Somebody grab me some peanut butter and a couple slices of bread...its time to make a PB&J. Raspberry jam too. Lighter notes of the darker fruits (blueberry and blackberry).

T-The flavor is more of the same jammy flavor with an addition of yeast and rye. All the fruits were there and they taste great. Far from artificial, the flavor is natural and tart. I think the raspberry stands out the most. And personally, when I get raspberry in a beer I tend to absolutely love said beer.

M-Far less heavy than I was expecting. Surprisingly drinkable. The glass becomes light very quickly.

O/D-Loved this beer. Drinks like a 5% brew. The flavors are natural and delicious. Kicking myself for only buying a single and not the whole sixer...RASPBERRIES.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 22:38:14 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Baileyuk


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer (a dark pink color) initially scared me thinking that it would be an over the top fruity beer. In reality it was surprisingly balanced on the fruit. There was not an overly sweet taste but rather a dry finish a little like champagne. I could not pick out the specific fruit although I know it has Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries. It is a kicker at 7-8% (they have an imperial at 10%+) hence the nickname "Ye Olde Leg Spreader". It was not one that I would drink too much off, although it is good it is very powerful and I like too many of the other beers to pass out that quickly.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2008 00:50:51 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of Deuane


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant, reddish copper with a thin white film for a head.

S-Like fruit infused sweet tart punch. Bit of sugary sweetness in the background.

T-Sharp, tart and biiter (like citrus rind) complex fruit flavours that run wild in your mouth! Hard to pinpoint any one dominate flavour. A VERY fruit forward concoction that uses "beer" as it's delivery method.

M-Medium-light bodied, tart, very sharp, crisp with a lingering rind like bitterness.

D-Without question, a most impressive complex fruit combination. A very interesting and flavourful brew!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 17:20:31 | More by Deuane
Photo of icetraxx


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at Uptown Grille in my hometown of Commerce.

A: Poured a strawberry red, with thin one finger head that stayed around for the entire beer. Much, much better looking than the murky brown bottle of soft parade that I've poured before.

S: Rasberries, strawberries, other berries. A mildy tangy aroma and some yeasty notes in the background. Much more pleasant than the bottled variety.

T: Tastes like raspberries ,strawberries, cereal grains, and a tiny bit of balancing hop and yeast spiciness, though this one is a bit on the sweet side. Very crisp and clean finish lets you know you are drinking beer, not a wine cooler. By far the best fruit beer I've ever had. Much, much better than the bottled variety. Get this one on-tap, now!

M: Medium body, appropriate for the style. Nothing to get too excited about.

D: I am not a huge fan of the style, though I could have a few of these (while feeling a little guilty about drinking a fruit beer, I will admit).

O: Easily blows the bottled variety of this beer out of the water, and then some. All Short's is better on-tap, no question about this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 20:01:46 | More by icetraxx
Photo of Stu_Grimson


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- amber or purple color with little head

S- fruity notes

T- lots of fruit flavor come across and are strong, hard to tell that it is 9%

M- smooth and easy drinking for a high alcohol content

O- great summer beer for getting an easy delicious buzz

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:24:01 | More by Stu_Grimson
Photo of Lauter73


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I only do fruit beers now and then, but this is one I would have again! I enjoyed a nice mixed berry taste. I would say the strawberry and raspberry were the most taste. Liked the color on this one a hazy pinkish amber I guess I would call this one. Nose was great although I cold not place what it reminded me of. If you like fruit beers your sure to like this one.

Please be advised as with all my reviews this one is IMHO. I do not have nor claim to have training in reviewing beers. I' am a simple guy who likes beer. If I do not like a style of beer I will not review it. Although I do keep the style guidelines in mind. All my reviews are simple and short. I tell you IMHO what I think of the beer and how I feel it tastes for that style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 17:41:17 | More by Lauter73
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Short's The Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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