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: 168 | 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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Photo of zaraspook
1.5/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a beer for me

Photo of kryciacomposer
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not much for fruity drinks, but this is an exception.

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 EmGM
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy golden with a slight pink tinge
Smell: slightly hoppy smell, tart, berries
Taste: a little hoppy, very tart, berries taste is prominent, kinda tastes a little earthy
Aftertaste: pretty good, the hops don't stay too long, berry aftertaste leaves a slight pucker
Overall: pretty good summer beer. definitely would have again

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy reddish pink with a one finger off-white head. The head leaves some light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is tart and sweet berries - raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

T - The flavor is a blend of the sweet and tart berries. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries throughout the flavor held together with some nice maltiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

O - A classic from Short's. At 7% ABV this is dangerously drinkable. A great summer beer.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely one of my favorites. This one was on the first flight of brews I had from Short's and I had to get a full pint later that night when we came back. That was many years ago, and Soft Parade is still the quintessential summer brew for me.
For this review, poured from bottle to well-used tulip. Pour produces two and a half fingers of fluffy, pink-tinged white head that settles to a thin cap with some lacing. Cap disappears shortly into session.
Color is pinkish/rose orange, with some fruit floaties. Aroma is mashed berries, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, some metallic notes. Taste follows, with a wonderfully tart/sour berry flavor. Mouthfeel is effervescent and gives no hint to the ABV. Soft Parade is a sneaky one.

Photo of solomon1122
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Not too strong but flavorful with raspberry.
This beer is good for summer.

Photo of Stevedlikesbeer
1.82/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not much sweetness, kinda bitter, a lot of alcohol flavors similar to a dry wine

Photo of JanieClaudia
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, I adore this beer. It is my go-to for a warm summer day... The strawberry and raspberry notes are reminiscent of a glass of good red wine. Can't get enough... And for 7%+, it's amazingly drinkable.

Photo of Segnem5
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy it fresh from the brew pub. In bottle at times get sour taste.

Photo of robbb
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

When I first had one, I was dazzled by the taste and the ABV. The fruitness is good, but as some have said, the taste can get old after awhile. While it tastes "fruity", there isn't really one distinctive identifiable fruit taste. The alcohol taste is so obscured by this fruitiness that in no short time, you've downed two or three soft parade's and are teetering around in front of a group of 50 mostly strangers singing an Ace of Bass song for Karaoke night (even though it's not actually karaoke night).

Photo of mchegash
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
A bright red-orange. This beer literally glows if held up to a bright light. About 1 finger of very light pink head, which dissipates within 2 minutes. Can see various small to medium sized particles throughout the beer. Sparse amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4.25/5
Delicious raspberry, cherry, and other fruity flavors.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet raspberry and other berry flavors. Some sweet earthy? malt flavor. A small amount of alcohol is detectable. This definitely comes close to the border between tasting like beer vs. not tasting like beer, but I think this stays on the side of tasting like beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied. A light amount of medium intensity carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall - 3.75/5
This is a good fruit beer. Probably not as good as Founder's Rubaeus. But this is available year round, which is a plus. Not something I would want to drink everyday, but if one's in the mood for a fruit beer, this is a good choice.

Photo of BeerChick13
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious flavor. No lacing, but that is okay, I loved it. Looked good, smelled good, tasted fantastic for a chick.

Photo of WestmontStorm
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells like strawberry jam. I drank one and loved it. I had another and liked it. Had a third and decided I'd rather have a beer.

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smooth taste with little to no after taste. Would make a good summer beer.

Photo of docoman
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

nice mix of fruit berries in this beer and you can somewhat taste the different ones (compared to most fruit beers I've had one usually takes over) but this one blends nice. nice red color, smells very good, if you like fruit beers should give this one a try. higher ABV is well hidden, wouldn't know it was 7.5%. blush wine drinkers this beer is dead on for same flavors in a beer.

Photo of LocalBeerHere
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer to sip or drink quick if you want a higher abv to get you messy

Photo of notchucknorris
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Finally getting to try my first beer from these guys.

A: Amber in color with a definite reddish/purplish tinge to it. Almost like a mixed berry smoothie tinge. A thin white head caps the beer.

S: Like sniffing fermented mixed berry juice. Tons of green strawberry, plum, blueberry and grape juice. Has a kind of off putting fermented smell to it that makes it harder to get near the more this warms.

T: The base beer almost reminds me of a tripel. Sweet and malty with a bit of a clove taste to it. But draped over it, you get this heavy mixed berry note with a wet hay-like edge to it. Something in the background tastes like the smell of wet dog. Not really a fan of this one.

Photo of MaryJoyce
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Currently my favorite beer.

Photo of sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

I think the fruit really helps out a really poor base beer. Better beer with the fruit mix would be great!

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

A - Light red, with a slight purple cast. Very light head, a pinkish cast to the white base. Fades quickly, and only minor lacing.

S - Mostly acidic berry notes and mild funk, slight hint of lactic acid.

T - Following the nose, with berry flavors mingling with a light acidic push.

M - Very brisk carbonation. Spikey acidity. No sign of the major ABV on this fruit beer.

O - A berry beer, very subtle, but with a hidden ABV punch. Not a particularly complex brew, but quite drinkable. Enjoyable.

Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink hazy color. Head was 1/5 of and inch, white with a pink tint. Head retention and lacing were mediocre at best but the beer was such a pretty color, I decided to boost up the rating a small amount.

Smell is of strawberries and raspberries, similar to a jar of jam. Pale straw malts are also detected, apparently this beer is made with rye but i don't get any on the nose.Getting some smells of belgian yeast similar to what you'd find in a tripel. Aroma of alcohol is light in the end.

Taste is full on fruit; lots of raspberries and strawberries with some blackberries in background. Very light malts are also in the mix, again, I don't get any rye. No hops are detected either, some medicinal alcohol is tasted in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and effervescent, similar to a champagne or rose. No head is present which is a shame, could have used some to cut astringent aftertaste.

Overall, this was a tasty fruit ale but it was pretty one note. Could have benefited from more body but it is a good alternative to sparkling wine or hard ciders. Good beer but not available in my area, wouldn't try too hard to trade for it

Photo of thickgirth
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the ignorant beer drinkers saying this isn't a beer. It's essentially a lower end sour there is nothing wrong with this beer if you enjoy sours. deep fruit tones with that sour finish. not my favorite but not nearly as bad as some of the reviews suggest.

Photo of Indianajonesy
1.07/5  rDev -70.8%
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.

Photo of NODAK
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly sweet berry aroma on the nose....I'd say that I can percept blackberries, raspberries and a hint of blueberries in there. Although I will definitely say it isn't syrupy fact, there's a twinge of tart there as well for balance. Make no mistake though, it's certainly a fruit beer.

If this was a beer made for wine drinkers, I'm unsure how it would fare with most because it isn't really all that sweet tasting and there's no real dryness to it either. What it does taste like is a very natural tasting, semi-sweet beer with definite notes of berries in it like you'd expect. Which berries? Always somewhat hard to discern, but I lean towards raspberries first and also blackberries above all else. Not sure I really can get any strawberries out of this. Hops are nearly non-existent, which isn't surprising. I'd never be able to tell this beer packs 9 percent by the way. I would have guessed 5. I'm actually stunned by that. Pretty dangerous stuff!

It's very drinkable, but those hoping for an over the top experience are going to be disappointed. It's just an easy going, natural fruit beer with a way higher ABV than it tastes like.

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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