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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 974
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 30.03%
Wants: 68
Gots: 212 | FT: 5
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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of Indianajonesy
1.07/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

In no way you could call this beer, the closet thing to that is a product that was put out by Oliver wine in Indiana. That product was never labeled a beer, but a wine. If you are a fan of a very dry wine you might like this, but I did not. I thought it might at least a little sweet, nope.

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Photo of errantnight
1.43/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got this a long time ago, I forget from whom, but thank you trading partner!

Started off promisingly, pours with a rich, luxurious 4+ finger head. Served chilled and early aromas are mixed fruit. Hazy a cloudy straw in appearance. Great lacing.

That said... after this warmed up, just slightly, the solvent notes started to sneak out. Before long, it was somewhere between paint thinner and gasoline. This was literally impossible to take a smell of. I bravely took a few sips anyway (well, more than a few, as my first couple it was still too cold to get much out of it, but those weren't "brave"). What was underlying was not quite as noxious as the fumes emanating off of this. But they weren't great, either.

I've had this in my fridge basically since the day I got it, so whatever happened happened before it got to me. But this beer was literally undrinkable. I've had very few drain pours in my life, this was unequivocally one of them.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.45/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

schro126 was kind enough to throw this in as an extra. Thanks, man! Unfortunately, it was pretty disgusting.

Mildly murky and hazy strawberry pink with a pinkish white head with good retention and a little lace, this is OK

God, this is putrid. Vegetal and fruity with a harsh and rubbery solvent character and some alcohol heat. Cooked fruit and jammy, this is disgusting.

The palate isn't as awful as the nose, but that isn't saying much. Harsh solvents, alcohol, and cooked fruit before a grassy and vegetal finish, and if that isn't enough, there's some rubber in the middle. Light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation, the awful finish just reemphasizes the trainwreck that this beer is.

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Photo of afksports
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Short's Soft Parade came courtesy of my good sister (I only have one, but she's my bad sister when she doesn't bring me beer), and I sampled it on a random evening with my good girlfriend.

This baby pours out sexy like the relaxing woman on the label. A deep red body leaves lace all over the glass and reminds me immediately of strawberry. I'm totally down to enjoy this one.

And that's where the fun ends, because I sniff and **zap** my parade is over. Parade to alcohol maybe, or slimy berries and skunk. This smelled like Bud and strawberry Four Loko (I've had Four Loko). It tastes the same way. Alcohol and badness. And faint berries, I give it that, but not much else. An overwhelmingly unbalanced sweetness comes in the middle to tweak the alcohol and cough syrup medicinal feel. It's like cherry chloroseptic.

Overall this light body beer isn't very drinkable, and wound up a drain pour or me. I let it warm and there was no difference to the taste. Sad. Such high expectations.

But despite the beer, she's still my good sister.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.07/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours neon pinkish red with nearly no head. Wheaty aroma with big time strawberry wine brings me back to trying to score in the woods freshman year of college with a bottle of Boon’s Farm. Tastes like watered down strawberry juice with blueberry vomit. Dirty dirty wheat finish. Tastes just like when I "scored", too (well, she scored at least). Wtf is this? Light bodied with low carbonation. This is gross, bro.

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Photo of jt31914
2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz. Bottle

A: Literally 3 1/2 fingers of head; ruby red squirt color. Foam clings to the glass and very frothy.

S: Sparkling juice smell; berry is noticeable but no specific berry can be distinguished - no beer smell traceable.

T: Tastes like sparkling juice as well - no hops or beer like taste at all; the berries conflict and do not mesh well; I love short's but this did not taste very good.

M/D: Like pop rocks in your mouth. Suffice to say this isn't the most drinkable stuff.

It's hard for me to hate on a Short's brew, but this beer just wasn't good to me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am just not a fan of fruit beers at all. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a red color with a small pinkish head. Aroma is of quite fruity and fairly tart, the raspberries and strawberries are what I smell the most along with some sugary notes. The flavor is slightly tart and very fruity with alot of raspberry along with some sugary notes and the 9% ABV is really well hidden. The body is light with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall a pretty solid Fruit Beer, but fruit beers like this arent really my style, this was more fruit than beer IMO.

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Photo of crosamich
2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Even considering this beer for what it is supposed to be (for non beer drinkers) I can't get behind it. Pours with no head at all. Pinkish hue. I get all the bitterness from these berries but none of the sweetness. The nose is of sour with a touch of fruit, neither is very strong. It is taking me a while to get through this beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.29/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle courtesy of seeswo. My first Short's beer. Handmade by people who care on 032310. Served in my Maudite tulip. Pours a bright, translucent copper with a half inch, loose, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly dissipates into a broken froth and a creamy band around the shoulders. Nose is musty and also slightly metallic with a suggestion of fruit syrup towards the back. Taste - not great. Tart, acidic, artificial fruit flavors, a metallic quality and some bitterness towards the finish reminiscent of grapefruit seed extract. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is prickly and gassy. It's also fairly acidic, and not in a good way. Well, this is pretty much undrinkable - I got through about 1/3 of the bottle before having to do a drain pour (not something I do very often). I just couldn't get through this one.

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is a strange reddish-taupe, almost murky. Minimal head, no lacing.

The smell is like a pomegranite and red berry fruit punch.

It tastes like fruit punch of young unripe berries. It's tart and not sweet at all. If you're going to give me fruit in a beer, at least make it sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, like a flavored seltzer water.

I disliked every moment of drinking this one. Never again. No way.

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Photo of
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This beer is rusty pink in the glass with no head to speak of.
The aroma is sweet berry, but more like Swedish Berries candy than fresh raspberries.
Taste is thin, slightly tart, and finishes like Kool Aid with a bit of a kick. I expected intense fruit flavour or typical beer flavours accented with fruit; this is neither. It’s thin and vaguely sweet, almost like fruit flavoured diet pop. It has 9%ABV and doesn’t taste like much at all. If I tasted this blind, I don’t think I would even guess it was beer. It’s not an unpleasant drink, but not what I expected from any sort of beer.

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Photo of berserker256
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Interesting peach/bronze/reddish colored body and a large pink/white head. Sticks around like ocean foam. Smell is somewhat bizarre. Kind of funky tart and sweet. I can't quite put my finger on it. It almost smells like spoiled fruit and industrial chemicals. I don't think I care for it too much, yet, it doesn't absolutely suck either. The taste is mouth-puckering tart and sour, fruity, and my burps taste like a bouquet of flowers. A bitter blanket coats my tounge. Texture and carbonation and mouthfeel are decent but I really do not want another one of these beers. The aftertaste is killing me. It tastes like I just drank some perfume.

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Photo of Beejay
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly hazy, ruby colored in the glass. Nice white head.

S: Odd. Smells like berry scented styrofoam. There is some definite burning plastic smell in here. it has me worried.

T: Very strange beast indeed. A little of the plastic taste comes through. There are some tart fruit notes, and is reminiscent of cider.

M: Fairly light, but very active carbonation.

D: Not a fan of this one. It could be really brilliant, and as I continue to drink it more of the tart berry comes out. But the tartness and the plastic thing don't mesh well with me.

In the end this is a drain pour for me. I simply have no desire to take another sip.

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Photo of glazeman
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a redish gold color with a 1 finger pinkish white head. Excellent retention, minimal lacing.

S: I'm not a big fan of the smell, I wish more of the fruit came through, but it doesn't. Actually it smells quite unpleasant, with a medicinal/rotten smell

T: Left a lot to be desired, especially when compared to some of the fruit beers I have had from new glarus, bells, and kuhnhenn recently. Tasted like a coors light with a hint of high fructose corn syrup mixed in. You'd probably get the same taste by mixing a light beer and a cola 4 to 1.

M: Good feel, nice level of carbonation and just the right thickness.

D: This was a one and done for me. I really was hoping for something more exciting and interesting, but was left disappointed.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Bright reddish color with tints of brown. No head to speak of, basically just bubbles up like soda and disappears quickly.

S - A lot of fruit, strawberries and raspberries mostly, as would be the case, they would be the dominant berry smells out of the four listed. No real blackberry scent, and definately no blueberry that I could pick out. Really about it.

T - Tastes kind of like a bad wine cooler. No malts or hops, just a kind of skunky sweet berry hodge podge of flavors. Nothing really distinguishing itself here.

M - Slightly syrupy considering how light bodied it is. Some soda-like carbonation. Finishes sticky.

D - Yuck, more like drinking juice, seems like a beer made for people who don't like beer. Can't do any more of this.

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Photo of SeanSweeney
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Like purple bag of skittles mixed with coors light. Wouldn't recommend or try again. But then again not a fan or fruity beers. But overall too much fruit to discern any specific flavors. Reminiscent of trix cereal due to not being able to tell what flavor this beer was willing to take on.

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Photo of nukem5
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very odd color of red/ pink with a little white foam cap on top.

S: Aroma is of berries and a bunch of them at that.

T: Tart and berry like very stong fruity flavor, more like a malt beverage than beer.

M: Again more like a malt beverage than an ale, high carbonation level and like an overly carbed wine cooler.

O: Overall if it were not for the 9% ABV I would have poured it down the drain but needing to level out after working till midnight drank it down like a seditive

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Photo of enfield249
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, rose gold in color, white foam head about 1 fingers worth

S - Not much smell, maybe a little fruityness.

T - No one specific fruit, just kind of a general berry/fruit taste.

M - Fairly clean, not to much CO2, a little bit of the fruit stays with you.

D - Meh. Fruit beers are not my favorite to begin with, and this did nothing to change my mind on that account.

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Photo of Florida9
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Reddish copper in color. Actually, one of the reddest beers I've seen. Very limp, lifeless white head with little retention.

S: Not much going on here. Some tart cherries, some toast; nothing overpowering.

T: Starts with a very light sugary sweetness. Summer fruit with the taste of unripe, tart berries, leading to a a certain vinous quality to it. Tart, but not sour. This one definitely has berries in it, but it would have been nice if the brewer would have used berries that had ripened before he brewed with them

M: On the thinner side of medium with heavy carbonation.

D: A rather unexciting beer that became almost annoying to drink. The wife refused to even taste it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated 5/14/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 1.89/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of raspberries
Head small, fizzy, essentially lasting until the completion of the pour
Lacing – none
Body reddish, cloudy
Flavor like Kool Aid – sweet, fruity, and cheap like a stereotypic Castro Street whore, ends tasting like plastic; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, unfortunately no diacetyl, nothing resembling beer and the Doors should sue for for use of the name.
Palate medium, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Crazy carbonation. more than half the glass is foam. Amber, boardering on ruby. brilliantly clear.

S-Strawberry and tomato? slight menthol. Raspberry. No hops, and no malt to speak of.

T-Dry red wine. Very low hop bitterness (next to none) and no hop flavor. Very slight crackery malt. Like carbonated commercial cranberry cocktail. No one fruit stands out.

M-Crazy prickly carbonation. Fairly dry. No alcohol heat.

D-Not really my bag. A mess of fruit and no malt to back it up. I might like this better if they had thrown some bugs into it and soured the beer. Maybe next time

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Photo of fredmugs
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm writing this review in case anyone reads it before buying this beer. It tastes exactly like a wine cooler. In a blind taste test I'm not sure if I could tell the difference. It is fermented with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. You've been warned.

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Photo of Jeebs
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a orangish red with a huge pillowy pinkish white head. The head sticks around for some time leaving huge lacing.

S: Smells very pleasant, like tart strawberries and raspberries.

T: The taste is much like the smell, strawberry with tart raspberry to finish. I just don't enjoy the taste of this beer; it seems to leave a children's medicine taste in my mouth.

M: Light and refreshing, but with a bit too much carbonation.

D: The taste kills this beer for me along with the extremely high carbonation.

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Photo of bigaltemple
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz poured into my new Avery stemware

A - Pours a deep red, but shows some peach/pink hues at the edges when held to the light. Pink tinted three finger head quickly settles to thin cap, leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Bland. Was expecting to be smacked in the nose with berries, but nothing. Really had to dig in to get a scent of tart strawberry. Even then, the brew seems to come off as more of an Arbor Mist product. Don't pick up any real beer characteristics.

T - Slightly better than the nose. Do get a better sense of the raspberries and blackberries. Any hint of sweetness quickly turns acidic. Finishes quite dry.

M - Actually decent feel with this one. Light bodied with some good carbonation.

O/D - Initial pour had me pulling for this one. However, that ended up being the best part. Some sips showed promise, especially as it warmed, but not enough coming through to make it stand out.

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Photo of jeffreymstein
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Weird brew.

The pour is red-purple, with little head and a lot of visible carbonation. More like a cider than a beer.

Tastes unmistakably fruity, but cut with a dry-bitter rye. The alcohol is well hidden by the fruit notes.

Definitely worth a shot, but I will not be buying this again.

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.