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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

722 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 52
Gots: 60 | 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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Pelletben

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37.7%

06-16-2014 23:09:12 | More by Pelletben
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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 smelling...in 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 01:04:56 | More by NODAK
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jtrail13

Georgia

5/5  rDev +37.7%

06-15-2014 23:19:41 | More by jtrail13
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-15-2014 16:18:00 | More by Ohiovania
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98green

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-13-2014 20:24:05 | More by 98green
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JOSHUA12

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37.7%

06-13-2014 02:44:36 | More by JOSHUA12
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Wazeecha

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-11-2014 03:02:03 | More by Wazeecha
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. No date that I could locate. Poured into pint glass.

A: I probably overchilled this one. Pours dark amber with a tinge of red. Barely noticeable white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Smells extremely fruity. Lots of cherry, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry. Sweet, syrupy, candy smell, as well. Doesn't smell like a beer....more like a merlot or cab sav.

T: Very fruity in the taste, as well. Definite red berry up front. Little or no hop presence. Sweet malt base. Extremely drinkable with no perception of alcohol.

M: Smooth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink considering the 9% ABV.

O: This is a pretty interesting beer. They say there's rye malt, but it's overpowered by the strong fruit presence. Not necessarily a bad thing, though. One of the more drinkable and complex fruit beers I've had. This is more akin to a wine than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 01:25:21 | More by TTAmod
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BeerGreg

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-02-2014 20:07:39 | More by BeerGreg
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mcgovern1010

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%

05-19-2014 14:44:32 | More by mcgovern1010
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-16-2014 14:57:19 | More by uturn
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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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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-13-2014 12:10:45 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-11-2014 15:26:48 | More by apasternak
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Matt82


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2014 03:18:39 | More by Matt82
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-09-2014 23:49:36 | More by pcarney8
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-09-2014 19:10:12 | More by HoneyLamb
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jemmihazeman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-08-2014 02:10:59 | More by jemmihazeman
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McBAINx

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-30-2014 22:22:50 | More by McBAINx
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MBbeerking14

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shorts Soft Parade comes from Shorts Brewery in Bellaire, MI

This beer is often labeled as a "girl beer," simply because it contains a variety of fruit. To think of this beer in that way would be serious mistake. At 7.5% ABV this beer packs a serious punch, while being extremely drinkable. Soft Parade is a high gravity ale fermented with strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries. This beer was created by Joe Short with the intention that it would appeal to wine drinkers, and it certainly has a wine aspect to it. The smell is full of berries, and the taste is very similar. In pouring the color is a pomegranite red and a bit hazy. The head lingers.

Drinkability: This beer while absolutely delicious, would be a dangerous one to consume in bulk due to its high alcohol content. Perfect for a summer day on the boat though!

I highly recommend Soft Parade (to boys and girls alike)!

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2014 23:21:20 | More by MBbeerking14
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purpley amber in color with a finger of head. Very intriguing looking beer. Smells awesome.. Like a berry salad, candy, and a hint of booze to remind you that you're a responsible adult! The flavor is very nice.. Lots of bready rye notes up front leading way to a mellow sweetness and the fruity berries hit you in the finish. Damn, this brings back find memories of smuttynose's hanami ale. Just as "beery" with a strong hint of fruit.. Medium in body, medium canon action and a hell of a thirst quencher. This beer is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 18:43:55 | More by facundoCNB
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RachelZ

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall this is a great fruity beer with high alcohol content! It pours light/golden yellow. Aromas consist of strawberry and raspberry. The taste is consistent with the smell with a little tartness and malt flavors. The aftertaste overall is excellent and sweet. I would recommend this beer 100%!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 13:41:49 | More by RachelZ
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mkel0365

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-28-2014 03:01:37 | More by mkel0365
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MSUEmilie

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I believe this fruity beer could be enjoyed even by those who typically do not prefer fruity beers. It has a dark pomegranate red color and very thin head. This beer isn't cloudy or hazy but a very dark red clear pour that looks as appetizing as it smells.

You will immediately detect the strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry aromas that define this beers taste. The mild berry tartness of this beer mixes quite well it's light malty flavors leaving a very pleasant, slightly sweet, aftertaste. I've enjoyed this beer on tap as well as bottled; I would recommend people try it on tap first as the bottled version is slightly less carbonated, which I feel detracts from it's overall flavor.

Overall a delightful fruity beer even if you are not typically a fan of fruity beverages.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 19:42:42 | More by MSUEmilie
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AbbiBrown

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37.7%

04-27-2014 04:16:01 | More by AbbiBrown
Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.