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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

729 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 52
Gots: 62 | 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:
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. 

(Beer added by: fantome on 06-18-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 12:33:49 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a murky strawberry jam color with a 2 inch light red head that fades to a very thin cap. Bubbly rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. This beer smells like various berry jams. Some mild grain smells come out too. Taste is also of various berry jams with some grains (wheat perhaps). There is a bit of medicinal bitterness in the aftertaste. Carbonation is quite high and has a very prickly feel going down. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice fruit smells and tastes but it's nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:43:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to mcallister for this extra.

Pours a beautiful pink ruby with a nice lightly-tinted head that has a bit of a reddish character. Nose is soft fruits with quite a few different berries; the strawberry really came through to me with the blueberry coming through to a lesser extent. Nice blueberry and strawberry flavor throughout. In the end, the feel was pretty decent and it drank well enough, but the unique concept only lasted for a bit before this started to taste less interesting and wasn't much to keep me drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:40:54 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going."

--Christopher Morley

Blazing bonfire orange and glazed brick red with a firmly fluffy crown of girlie rose petal pink filling the upper half of the snifter. Bubbles are boiling off the bottom of the glass, which should sustain the cap for quite some time. A lack of tackiness results in nothing more than a few small chunks of suds.

The beer smells like red raspberries, then strawberries, with no blueberry or blackberry whatsoever. It isn't aromatic and there's no hint of the toasted rye. If things don't turn around on the taste buds, this SBC brew will be a disappointment, at least compared to expectations.

Soft Parade is not an explosively flavorful fruit ale, in spite of Short's bona fides and the 9.0% ABV. It's also slightly more bitter than sweet (possibly due to all the CO2), which doesn't help. If you're on the lookout for a panty stripper, look elsewhere.

There's still no earthiness from the rye malt. Actually, it doesn't taste or feel like there's much malt in there at all. The fruitiness is tangy-sour. Again, like unripe red raspberries and strawberries, nothing in the 'purple berry' family at all. This is average fruit ale at best. Check that, it's worse than average.

The mouthfeel is waaay too thin for the ABV and the carbonation is harsh and stinging. A minimal amount of improvement by the bottom of the bottle doesn't change it enough for the next highest score to be granted.

Short's must have made their reputation on the rest of their lineup because Soft Parade is not good beer. This is one parade that I'm not interested in joining, watching or drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 13:31:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-14-2014 02:12:36 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a bit of a gusher though that makes for a great looking pour, with a massive head that sticks atop the orange/amber liquid; foams clumps to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Smells like berry juice - the raspberries and blueberries dominate, but all four berries used in the blend are detectable

Taste: Sweet berry flavors up front, with a tartness that balances appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness lingers

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but way over-carbonated; prickly mouthfeel and a puckery finish

Drinkability: Intriguing, as a fruit beer, but the mouthfeel was a real problem; I don't see many other reviews noting the overcarbonation so I must have gotten a bad bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 19:02:18 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22%
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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capturing the essence of summer refreshment, Short's Soft Parade portrays what's best about porch sings, hammocks, and sun umbrellas. Its fruity focus is fresh and inviting to the tastbuds.

Ruby in color, the beer's mild pectin haze gives it the resemblence to Hawaiian Punch. Capped by an airy white foam, the beer retains reasonably well with sparce pocketed lace. It certainly embodies the look of fruit juice in a glass.

Bright aromas of fruit span an array of taste- from raspberry to strawberry to blackberry and currant. With such a variety of fruit, the beer seems nondescript, but wonderfully so. With very little aromatic support any bready malts or spicy rye is neglegable behind the strong fruit presence.

The rich and vibrant fruit flavors resonate well with the palate. The taste and pleasant tartness of berries and plump fruit show up on the front of the tongue with a genuine fruit taste and balanced acidity. As the beer softens and the fruit gains tartness, the spicy rye character seems to broaden the taste and heighten the bready malts everso slightly. With low hop bittering, the beer relies on the fruit acidity and the rye spiciness that mimicks oak tannin to balance in finish.

Medium-light in body, the beer's fruity tartness keeps the creaminess of carbonation dampened, and the malts crisp. While the acidity and fleeting spice fades, it allows for an extention of fruit and powdered sugar to linger slightly past the malt.

I can see why the moniker on the lable offers favorable comparisons to wine, but in the end, it's a pleasant fruit beer that's best enjoyed with a freshly mowed lawn.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:14:41 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-15-2012 15:48:47 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-13-2012 07:03:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as an pinkish orange codor with a pinkish white head on top that had a really good retention to it. The smell of the beer was fruity, similar to a wine cooler. The taste of the beer had rye in it which I didn't realize until I read that on here. Now that I'm aware of the rye being in there I can now place the taste or feeling I was getting in the beginning of each sip. The other flavors are dominated by the sweet wine like fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, it's well carbonated and kind of refreshing. Overall I think that it's decent but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:09:32 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-24-2012 06:08:30 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another thieved bottle from my brother. Good man, he. It pours a clear pinkish-red topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mixed berries (all sorts of 'em, baby), with a minor undertow of medicine. The taste brings back the berry bushels, dragging along some flowers, cobwebs, and a light rubber. The body is on the lighter side, with a moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, I didn't really enjoy this brew all that much. It sounded pretty tasty, but it seems it was executed a bit poorly.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:48:43 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for the Short's hookup!

Pours a very nice crimson color, a light haze, with a couple fingers of pinkish white foam. After 5 minutes there's still a skim after a couple sips. Some berry and astringency in the nose, a beery hint of rye malt.

Astringent tartness, raspberry, medicinal bitterness in the back with a malty aftertaste. Fruit is indistinct and muddled save for the raspberry. It's like trying to identify the specific fruit in hawaiian punch. Well carbonated with a nice amount of body. The abv is certainly hidden. Not a bad choice for a summer sipper!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:55:43 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

02-25-2013 14:22:50 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-27-2013 03:18:19 | More by nickfl
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is reddish and forms a small white head of small bubbles. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is tart and sour, not much to say here. A little weak.

Beer is mostly tart, I don't know the point of this beer unfortunately. Its about 1 flavor and its not that strong a flavor. I guess there is some non-tart sourness in there as well, I just don't care enough to talk about it. Mouthfeel is OK, drinkability is boring. Overall, I'm just really bored.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 18:30:43 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI) on 4/23/09. Served in a cervoise glass.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby with a thin head of brite-white foam. Good flareup around the edges that leaves some thick swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of lush berry fruitiness and rye notes, with some floral hop character in the back. I'm finding it hard to pinpoint exactly what berries are in this from the nose, but raspberries are sticking out to me the most. I'm also getting a layer of heavy warmth as well, that gives away the ABV a bit.

The taste is the same, with tart berry flavors up front that blends into some big rye accents in the back. Much like the aroma, this is all nicely blended together to the point that I had trouble pinpointing the extact berry flavors that I was tasting. Dry notes of rye and light bitterness pull up the finish. The mouthfeel has a medium bodied carbonation but the overall feel is very soft in the mouth, giving this a surprisingly easy feel despite the higher ABV. Very nice!

Very interesting imperial style fruit beer from Short's. Lots of fresh berry flavors going on in this and the rye character added a different layer of complexity to it. Plus it definitely earned it's name with that mouthfeel, remaining soft and easy despite the alcohol presence in this. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 12:16:09 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting looking beer thanks to grub.

Pours a huge head that mounds an inch + over the top of the pint glass, a pink pillowy head, that fades semi slowly with a messy looy, over a clear rosy slight pink orange red color.

Nose has lots of fruit, like fruit juice, a slight sour tart fruit but not much, mostly fresh fruit punch, strawberries, raspberries, other bright berries, light sweet malty base, plenty of malts and sweetness, and after all the fruit and the head dies down, the yeasty aroma really comes through like a strong Belgian dubbel yeast or something.

Taste is sweet to start, fruit punch, lots of fruit juices, strawberries, raspberries, bright berries in general again, light sweet malts, a bit of a bitter berry seed like taste, a bit of a yeasty taste, some creamy malts and a light toasty bready malt, fairly heavy and a bit of booze, light tart mouth watering taste. Finishes still semi sweet, sticky, a big flemmy, light warming and slightly tingly booze, malts, and lots of fruit flavors.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but not that heavy, decent carbonation.

Overall meh, lots of fruit, too fruity, a bit boozy, very yeasty too!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:42:31 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy red/amber color. The two finger head is white with a pink hue and a little bit remains throughout.

Smell: Dominated by sweet strawberries and raspberries. There is a bit of tartness as well.

Taste: Right away I pick up slightly sweet strawberries and raspberries. After that I pick up a bit of a sour/tart flavor that remains on the tongue through the rest of the sip. There is a bit of spice from the rye. This kind of reminds me of a fruity champagne drink.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body but feels very crisp and dry. The carbonation is delicate like champagne.

Drinkability: I think the fruit and the sour flavors and rye in this one clash a bit. That being said I think it would be a good brunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:58:02 | More by oline73
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2013 02:08:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yet bright golden ruby color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up the glass and a massive 3.5 finger frothy, pillowy light pink head, that has amazing retention, keeping for several minutes before slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Thick chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Fruity aroma with hints of medicinal syrup, rye, peppery spice and an odd earthiness. There are a lot of dark fruits/berries present but the most prominent one I'm getting raspberry. Also, nice amount of blueberry and blackberry. It's nice that it smells like actual fruit and not artificial syrup. Intriguing.

Very carbonated up front, way too much so possibly from slight oxidization. There is still some kind of funky earthiness that I can't put my finger on. There is a decent amount of rye in there balancing out the natural sweetness of the fruit. Again raspberries are prominent with a hood bit of blackberry, blueberry and faint strawberry. Again, it's nice that it tastes like fruit not fruit flavor. The alcohol is very well masked but I still didn't find it too drinkable. This is an interesting brew but I'm not the biggest fan of raspberries so I probably wouldn't seek it out again. Interesting and worth trying but I wouldn't put too much effort in seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:40:41 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-20-2012 23:58:45 | More by imperialking
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, thanks to heliosphann.

A: First off, this 12 oz bottle is a gusher. A slurry of off-red foam and beer flew everywhere. Even a prompt pour into a tulip resulted in an overflow. Probably lost an ounce or two in that mess. That craggy billow of white head has left a wall of lace, to put it mildly, in my glass. The ale is a sickly reddish-purple-brown hue, opaque.

S: Very fruity, with strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry standing out. There is enough booze to remind me that it isn't a virgin drink. An excellent nose.

T: The fruitiness isn't as intense in the taste. What does linger around is a strawberry/raspberry sweetness, matched with booze and a malty presence. As the ale progresses, sour fruits emerge and crowd out the sweetness. The fullness of the body has been impacted by the honey (even if it doesn't do much flavor-wise). I'm not quite sold on it, much like when I was bellied up at the bar ion Bellaire last summer.

M: The mouthfeel has fruit, mostly sour (and a hint of sweet), along with a full body that carries the weight well.

D: Refreshing, not light by any stretch, the ale packs a bunch of fruit into a small package. It's no Strawberry Short's Cake but I'd take another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:40:04 | More by akorsak
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-19-2014 07:11:30 | More by zestar
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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.