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

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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
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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pablot71

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Sweet fruity strawberry aroma. One finger head. Murky brown with red hues. Taste starts with a little bit of the fruit followed by notes from the malt bill. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Well carbonated slippery mouthfeel. Overall it is a unique tasting fruit beer. Although there is some alcohol in the flavor profile it doesn't stand out as being 9%.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2010 03:23:05 | More by pablot71
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johnd513

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a growler fresh from the brewery.
Pours a ruby color with a small head that quickly disappears. Huge smell of strawberry and other fruit flavors. The taste is not as sweet as I expected and is very different from the smell. Tastes of rye with a fruity sweetness and finishes dry. The mouthfeel has medium body and has decent carbination. Drinkability is good and is hindered only by its high abv. The board at the brewery said 8.0%. Overall a solid choice from Short's for those who enjoy fruit beers.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2008 05:36:20 | More by johnd513
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bgramer for my first Short's beer. Cheers dude!

Pours a vibrant ruby red with a little white head that lasts for a few minutes and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells absolutely amazing for a fruit beer. Tons of fresh amazing fruit smells, dominated by strawberries for me. There is a slight bit of spiciness from the rye but the smell is definitely fruit dominated.

The taste is a 100% reversal. It tastes like a hearty rye bread with some slight fruit sweetness and a relatively dry and bitter finish. Really interesting to have such a 180 flavor turn like that.

Extremely dry finish with a medium body feel.

Wow, no one could convince me that this was 9% ABV this is just hidden so well and its one of the best fruit beers I have ever had not to mention being extremely interesting. Thanks again Brendan!

Serving type: growler

06-28-2008 20:48:36 | More by thickerfreakness
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bgramer

Washington

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
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Baileyuk

Michigan

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
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OMills

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful brick red with poor white head and minimal lacing. The smell on the the other hand is robust and very fruity. Strawberry, raspberry, and blueberries all very noticeable. The taste is a good bitter followed by the fruitiness. The alcohol warmth is quite nice in my opinion. A the mouthfell makes this a pretty drinkable brew overall. Id say in the end this is a really drinkable brew without the the artificial taste of berries.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:45:58 | More by OMills
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hoffhin2

Michigan

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
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myelo

Tennessee

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, pink grapefruit color with tiny bubbles and a thin off-white head. Persistent lacing.

Mild fruity aroma -- berries with a bit of citrus.

Taste is initially berries -- blueberry and strawberry with some tartness and a hint of malt and spice. No ethanol flavor, or at least it's hidden in the fruit. Low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation.

This is well balanced -- the fruit is not overpowering and countered with the tartness and a bit of spice and malt. Fruit beers are generally my least favorite style so I'm biased here but this is a fair to good beer for the style. There's enough going on to be interesting if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:09:35 | More by myelo
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Jennz906

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:25:18 | More by Jennz906
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Michael-McManaman

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark red/pinkish rye ale with little head. It looks great almost like an iced tea. An overwhelming burst of berry aroma and taste. Hard to tell its a 9% ABV, flavors are nice but I think it's more tea-like than beer. Very soft mouthfeel. Overall a good beer but I don't think it's for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:03:48 | More by Michael-McManaman
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rampency

Michigan

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
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CodyNeely

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very different feel when you take a sip; it's very light. I do want to correct the ABV, however. It's 7.5, not the 9 that is listed or the 8 some people have mentioned. If you go on the Shorts website it says 7.5. You can definitely smell and taste the fruit. A very different pinkish color.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 21:51:47 | More by CodyNeely
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importedfromdet

Michigan

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
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Jensen83

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
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roadsoda1

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice semi cloudy raspberry color with no head. Aroma is fruity with hints of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Has a very nice berry flavor but isn't over fruity. Mouth feel is excellent! Makes a very good dessert beer, I can picture myself enjoying one on a hammock on a warm summer day.

12 oz is the perfect serving size don't think I would want much more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:17:31 | More by roadsoda1
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:47:16 | More by chinchill
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Rheadmore

Michigan

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
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fruit doesn't always lend much colour to a beer - or flavour for that matter - but those berries were more than generous with The Soft Parade; a dense fruit punch complexion, it isn't cloudy but it certainly isn't transparent either. There's little glow and absolutely no head.

The aroma is far from what I'd consider overly sweet, though its flavours have a very subtle 'Fruit Roll-Up'-type quality that brings me back to my (sugar-addled) childhood. It's also a little reminiscent of a fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cup (though again is far from saccharine). Perhaps more than anything it reminds me of sangria.

The beer is brewed with 200 pounds of pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, any and all of which can be tasted in the flavour. It has a vivid mixed field berry profile that is sumptuous without being overly sweet. The rye malt lends a faintly spicy, earthy character that is a flattering match to the fruit.

The beer is refreshing and highly agreeable and everything else it should be as a fruit beer, but it's also got a firm malty spine behind it and is - wait a minute, let me double check this because I don't believe it - somewhere between 7.5% and 9% alcohol (depending on the batch). So feel free to chug or savor it, either works.

Short's The Soft Parade is a fruit beer with body, character and a restrained, reasonable level of sweetness - I wish there were more on the market like it. I don't think one can expect much more from a standard(ish) fruit beer and I doubt those berry farmers could be any happier with what came of their hard work (I'd take a bottle of this to a jar of jam any day!)

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:46:10 | More by biegaman
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Red in color with a brownish hue and a bit hazy. Pours to a small pinkish head that falls quickly to a thin bubbly collar and no detectable lacing.

S: Lots of sweet fruit (the strawberries and raspberries really come through) and a touch of tartness.

T: The taste is also dominated by sweet fruit (strawberries, raspberries and a bit of blueberry); there is a nice touch of acidity to help balance the beer out. The finish is short and very clean.

M: Medium-light body which is impressive given its 9% ABV; the beer is light and easy to drink. Lots of carbonation.

O: A good fruit beer whose target audience maybe the white wine drinker looking for something fruity and refreshing. For me, drier fruit and a bit of Brett could transform it into something special (though I understand that this is not the intent of the brewery). A very nice beer for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 14:58:07 | More by mtomlins
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pored 12oz bottle into Teku

A - A cloudy bright ruby red that shimmers in the sunlight. One finger white head fades into a thin ring and leaves only a few splotches of lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity scents dominate, hard to distinguish any specific fruit. Some floral and rye notes are beneath all the fruit.

T - A somewhat odd blend of fruit, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, mixed with grain and a light spicy rye. It seems to improve in flavor as I drink. You really do not notice the alcohol given the ABV.

M - Light bodied, clean, fruity and refreshing, mildly tart.

O - This is decent, but I am used to New Glarus fruit beer and it lacks the fresh fruit and tart finish that I truly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 16:33:04 | More by Ri0
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mhksuccess

California

2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
darkish reddish color and not much head if any
smell is heavy berries with an emphasis on strawberry
taste is light and has is nicely carbonated
smooth really light easy drinking with a slight tartness to it from the raspberry
i would like it to be more of a sour style as opposed to more of wine coolerish
i drank about half the bottle and poured out the rest
not my favorite would pass on this next time

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 15:08:02 | More by mhksuccess
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at the Shorts Brewpub restaurant. Served in snifter glass.

It presented a ruby red color. No foam present, overall it almost has the appearance of a fruity red wine. It smelled great. I picked up primarily strawberries, other fruits and some malt. Taking a whiff of this beer, I anticipated it would taste fantastic.

However the flavor of the beer is a little lacking. Once again I tasted primarily strawberries and a little malt. But the flavor was not complex in my opinion. I expected a bit more from this; there was no pow in my mouth with this one. Indeed this would be a great beer to drink outside on a hot day to quench your thirst. It served me for that purpose.

What's really striking is that it clocks in at 9% ABV. There was no booziness that was noticeable. So you'd have to be careful because before you know it you'll finish the glass.

Overall good beer. Not something I would hunt down but is worth trying if you're in the area. I loved the smell of this beer but feel it needs a bit more complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 17:59:00 | More by Benish
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a medium golden color with light edges and nearly no head.

The nose is a mildly concerning blend of strawberries, medicine, fusel alcohol, raspberries, and blueberries, in that order.

Unfortunately, the flavor is just a mess. Each one of the berries comes through a little bit, but it just does not come together as a beer. There is no real malt presence to speak of, just the light fruit flavors, synethic alcohol, and a little bit of cough syrup.

The body is way too light for what I would want this beer to be. Of course, the alcohol burn and strange flavors do not really contribute in that area either. The carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum.

Another Short’s bottle disaster. At this point I don’t know why I open them.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:50:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a favorite beer of both me and my wife during a recent Michigan trip.

A- The body of the beer is a ruby pink coloration. The head was white with a hint of raspberry. No lacing and the head quickly resolves.

S- I really am digging the berry overload kicking up from this bottle. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blue berries all in ripe bloom. Sweet and tart berry aromas swim up from my glass.

T- The flavor is a mélange of berries. Some swallows are sweeter while some are a bit tart. No off flavors no a hint of alcohol.

M- The body is a bit thinner than I would like it but its still very nice. No hint of 9%abv. The sweetness of the fruit has a dry finish.

O- This beer had me at the aroma. I love the mix of berries in the aroma. The flavor could be amped up a bit, but would it be the soft parade anymore? This is a beer I wish was distributed to Cincinnati.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 12:31:36 | More by nlmartin
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Short's The Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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