Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 53
Gots: 96 | FT: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of gcamparone
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade (forgot who sent it, please mail me if you remember!)

A- Pours a clear amber body with a very small white head that reduces very quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S- I definitely get the berries on the nose - blueberry and raspberry juice but not overpowering or sweet. There's a strong buttered corn note in there too, indicating diacetyl is present, which is usually not a good thing. I kinda like that smell though, which is why I'm not slamming it on aroma.

T- It isn't the berry bomb that everyone is describing - maybe because it has some age and the berries have mellowed out? Subtle berries and caramel, with a little hoppyness in the background. Again, I get that diacetyl note, which isn't cloying but I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be there.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, I highly doubt this is 9% ABV.

One of the more unique beer's I've tried. I don't really know what to think of this one, it was decent and easy to drink but at the same time very one dimensional. Meh.

Photo of wowjimi
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice name - good Doors song - and appealing label/packaging. Tastes like I mixed some blackberry juice in with a microbrew beer that I found too bitter/hoppy and wanted to dilute it for drinkability. (I have done such things). main reason I am posting is I find it VERY hard to believe this is a 9% Alcohol content.

As a regular imbiber of COLT 45 and Molson XXX, I think i know my buzz factors. And i am sure if you are at this site you know it is not easy to achieve such a high % in manufacture, especially when Taste is the main objective. just sayin'....

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of fredmugs
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of portia99
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a bit hazy and a strongly pink tinted amber color with practically no head...only a hint of a bubbly white collar.

S - Very fruity aroma filled with mixed berries....raspberry for sure, touch of strawberry and blackberry. Label claims blueberry, but I don't get any in the nose. Somewhat buttery base beer underneath the fruity aromas, soft malt.

T - A bit buttery in aroma mixed with some odd off bitterness, grainy, cereal malt, dry fruity berries - mostly raspberry with some blackberry character too. Light hoppy bitterness.

M - Lightish medium body with a neutral carbonation that gives a slight tingle. Fruity and bitter, noticeable diacetyl.

O - Just ok...drinkable but not wowing me either. Misses the mark a bit with some off flavors and a fruitiness that doesn't quite complement the base beer. The base seems to be where the flaws are and the fruit just can't compensate enough. Nowhere near the top of the list for Shorts least for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pour from the bottle into a pint glass. Murky pink-red body fills the glass with some haze to it, probably from fruit and yeast. A small white head forms to about one finger but has lackluster retention. A small ring remains and lace dots are seen here and there.

S- They certainly weren't lying about the fruit additions. The aroma comes off with a general berry feel, the raspberries and strawberries make the most impact to me. It all seems muddled a lot like a fruit juice cocktail, something I expected.

T- Things get more interesting here for me. Some alcohol and strong ale feel opens up in a pretty much equal mix with the mentioned fruit juice feel. Individual fruits can be picked out but it comes off as more of a blend and with the ABV here actually does take on a vinous characteristic. Rye adds a nice dimension to this with a spicy cracker/bread flavor. I don't know if they still exist, but this reminds me of those fruit juice popsicles my mom would buy like ten years ago, in a good way. Like a nice jam/jelly.

MF- Pretty dried out body, overall I would say it is on the lighter side. Not as sweet as many fruit beers. Alcohol warmth is felt atop the high end carbonation.

Berry madness. The ABV strength can be felt but not in a bad way, it adds a nice edge to the heavy fruit feel. Nothing artificial about this one but it does remind me of a good fruit juice mix.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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