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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 53
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of Pixachii
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Pixachii, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of asigler
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

asigler, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Mavigo
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the red fox pub in royal oak. Served in a tulip

A: Poured a clear pinkish red with a short white head with good amounts of lacing.

S: Smells tart, raspberries, cranberries, wheat, grains

T: tastes a bit sweet, a little bit tart, has a kick of a hops, could use some more lavor though.

M: little too much carbonation for me, but its crisp, and refreshing

O: ah its alright, i was expecting much more, more tartness and flavor but its not bad

Mavigo, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hilgart1, Nov 22, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

larebear, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of LambClowder
4/5  rDev +9.6%

LambClowder, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of FEUO
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

FEUO, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

eagles22, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a semi-clear reddish color with a slight white head. The scent is fruity, but it’s not as strong as you would think for the style of beer. The taste is kind of a disaster with the clash of fruit with the “high gravity ale.” This essentially tastes like a cheap 40 that someone dumped day old fruit juice in. It’s hard to pick out the blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. This is something they really need to take back to the drawing board and I think eliminating the high gravity ale is a starting place. Finishes with a slight raspberry taste and chalky after taste.

Lemke10, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ssimpson89, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

ROGUE16, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

robbyc1, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

blazinworm, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mdillon86, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Old Chicago. The beer pours a dark hue of pink and ruby-red - very nice looking. The head is nearly non-existent and fades quickly. The beer smells just like it looks - refreshing and full of fruit: berries and figs with malt in the background. I didn't much care for the taste of this beer. Upon sipping, the fruit profile is powerful, with a little TOO much berry for my liking. Almost tastes like carbonated juice with a hint of beer. By no means is it "bad", but it would be a challenge to drink more than one of these for me. Very sweet and even a little bit tangy, this brew is more almost more along the lines of a weird juice than a beer (aside from the 8% ABV which goes primarily unnoticed). The taste is less authentic than a "sour" and when I drink a "fruit beer", I want a heavier beer taste, with maybe hints of fruit. This beer is kind of stuck in a strange limbo. Medium-bodied beer that leaves a sweet-stickiness on your teeth as it heads down your gullet.

I tried, but couldn't get into this beer like many of my friends. It's tasty, but when I want a beer, it's not exactly what I'm looking for. Not "beer" enough to be a good fruit beer, and not authentic or sour enough to be a lambic. The 9% ABV is covered up very well, as almost no alcohol is detectable, but I will probably pass on this brew next time.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Strutt in Kalamazoo (closed!).

Appearance - pink! Very strange color for even a fruit beer, fizzles like soda.

Smell - you can't detect much from Soft Parade other than a mild sweetness. Plus it tickles your nose.

Taste - what an interesting taste, lots of berry presence, maybe some softer fruits like peaches or nectarines. I don't generally like fruit beer because it tastes like chemicals, but this one manages to pull off an authentic feel.

Mouthfeel - meh. Too carbonated.

Overall - this is a good beer to have at a party. It always turns out to be a hit, and it's reasonably inexpensive ($8-$11 / 6 pack).

JamesShoemaker, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a pink hued head that dies down very quickly leaving a very thin, wispy head. Lacing is there, but barely. The beer itself is a deep red, purple, pink, hazy color. Really an unusual color.

Smell: All berries... very pleasant. Not super strong, but nice.

Taste/feel: It's mostly fruit with the exception of a somewhat malty finish, but it's not overdone. It's not a very strong or cloying beer, which is nice. I was expecting a super sweet, wine cooler-y beer here, but this isn't like it at all. You'd never guess that this was a 9% ABV, as it's well hidden. The feel of this beer has to be the best and most pleasant thing... it has a nice medium carbonation with a medium mouth feel, and it fits this beer perfectly. Almost TOO perfectly... this is insanely drinkable, but it has a high ABV, so you'd want to pace yourself with this one.

Overall, one of my favorite fruit beers. The flavors are rather subdued, but there's no denying there's a lot of berry in this. Very refreshing, and would be a great beer to have time-to-time during hot days.

Alextricity, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerHunter76, Sep 19, 2012
Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.