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

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BA SCORE
82
good

669 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 669
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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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in the brewery at Easter. Pours a warm, luminescent? raspberry amber that almost glows in the light. White head dissipates quickly and leaves no residual lacing or other visual cues in the glass i.e. looks wine-like. Low carbonation level makes a thinner mouthfeel than I expected for the 9% ABV.

Aroma is fruity, but pleasantly so and not "over the top". Blackberries and strawberries - definitely berry-forward - but fresh and not too jam-like. The fruit is more evident in the taste, but there are caramelized malts as well in the background and a nicely bitter hop finish that lingers for an impressive length of time.

A nice change, but definitely more alcohol than I would choose for a summer "session".

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:35:54 | More by hopsolutely
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AdamCzap


4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this to be an excellent summer beer to beat the heat. The high ABV means you won't need much to get the job done. I have this beer on tap from a 1/6 barrel purchased locally in Michigan.

The beer pours about a 1" foamy head. The head is a slightly pink-ish/purple color as is the rest of the beer. It's color gives perfet compliment to it's acceptable level of fruity taste. I've had "fruity" beers, but I wouldn't call this one of them. The hops are more present in this than what I'm used to. It has a nice hoppy bite to it and the fruit is more during the finish and after taste.

I absolutely love this beer - it's refreshing and certainly helps beat the heat!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 16:08:43 | More by AdamCzap
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jeffreymstein

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Weird brew.

The pour is red-purple, with little head and a lot of visible carbonation. More like a cider than a beer.

Tastes unmistakably fruity, but cut with a dry-bitter rye. The alcohol is well hidden by the fruit notes.

Definitely worth a shot, but I will not be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:07:04 | More by jeffreymstein
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pschul4

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into my New Glarus pint glass

A- Pours a purple-red with almost no head and minimal lacing. Not like any beer I've ever seen

S- Niiice! Lots of berries in the nose, raspberries and strawberries taking the lead. Tiny hop background

T- Little bit muddled with all the berries but still rather tasty. Instead of hops in the taste I get small amounts of malts in the mouth

M-Pretty smooth on the frontend but awkward bubbles on the backend

O- Very unique and enjoyable. Thanks Shorts!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:35:50 | More by pschul4
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Beer_Runner


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured with almost no head; but, the thin layer thatis there is an off-white with a pink hue. The brew is a medium copper color with a pink hue, and it is just a little cloudy.

S: The aroma is a sweet fruit punch of strawberries and raspberries, and there is a little malt sweetness there, too.

T: The taste is a pungent punch of fruit punch that is very sharp with some malt sweetness. There is also just a little bite from the alcohol that helps to keeps the flavors focused and sharp.

M: This beer is light bodied and smooth. It is very easy drinking for a 9% beer.

O This beer is outstanding for what it is. And, it is a novelty. In the world of fruit beers, this one really gets it right. There is not much hops flavor, and this really lets the fruit come through and do its thing. This is more like a barley wine with a fruit kick. It is definitely worth a try just to taste a well crafted fruit beer. It is fun to experience the braod range of fermented beverages that can be called beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:11:35 | More by Beer_Runner
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shorts Soft Parade
On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette, MI

Appearance: red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: light fruityness and a nice malt.

Taste: slightly malty, cherry, orange, a faint hint of lemon, and a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel: medium-ight and smooth.

Overall:
This is a decent fruit beer. Light enough for many to enjoy, but full flavored enough to satisfy my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 04:46:57 | More by megahurts4
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elNopalero

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a lovely pink color with a decent foam topping. It has a light fruity aroma. Michigan berries! I pick up strawberries, raspberries, and a feeling of springtime.

Tastes of light, fruity, and above all fresh berries. There’s a rounded fruit sweetness and a spicy rye zest on the finish. Slightly sour/tart with a light effervescence to keep it easy-going.

The last time I ordered this my friends teased me for drinking a beer that looked like Cherry 7-Up. Who’s laughing now? Ahem… now that I’ve brought some bottles to share with a group of friends who loved it. This is a real crowd pleaser that I’m happy to say I enjoy as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:16:50 | More by elNopalero
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 1/26/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Poured a pale strawberry red with a big glow throughout. One finger of thin, bubbly white head formed form the pour and receded to a few random bubble throughout the glass.

S - Very sweet up front with loads of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry aromas. A tartness is evident in the nose as well.

T - A big tartness up front with raspberry and strawberry flavours present without being overwhelming. A bready malt backbone is present in the middle along with some sweetness that becomes more and more apparent as I continue to drink the glass. The tartness returns in the finish and lingers considerably. The sweetness becomes too much half way through the glass.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew at times but watery at other times. Medium carbonation.

O - This one was interesting but I couldn't get through it. I am admittedly not big on fruit beers in the first place so I have kept hat in mind with my ratings.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 13:23:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/15/2011. Pours a fairly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense pinkish off white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberries, strawberry, blackberry, cherry, and spices. Nice and pleasant fruit aromas with nice complexity. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, blackberry, cherry, strawberry, pepper, clove, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of raspberry, strawberry, pepper, clove, and herbal spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of fruit flavors with spiciness; and a nice bit of tartness to round it out. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and slightly prickly carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 8%, with hardly any alcohol warming after the finish. Very smooth to drink but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this fruit beer was a LOT more enjoyable than I was expecting. Nice balance of all flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink as well. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:10:28 | More by superspak
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Bobheed

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cherry wood in color with a bright whit head that dissipates almost immediately

S: Smacked in the face with a bag of mixed berries. It kind of smells like the pomegranate blueberry V8 juice

T: Again, mainly fruit, but it was a bit more subdued than what I expected from the nose. Also got a bit of tartness and funkiness

M: Good carbonation and good job at hiding the alcohol.

Overall this one was pretty good. Definitely not my normal style, but very unique. Picked this up as an extra in a trade and I can't get it in my neck of the woods, but I was glad to have tried it

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:01:00 | More by Bobheed
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

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

A - Reddish fruity color, when held up to the light you notice some pink hues in this beer. Nice foamy white head decent lacing good looking beer.

S - Smells fruity just expected more fruit notes it was kind of bland on the nose.

T - Sour for a fruit beer, but also not fruity enough. To be honest, I enjoy this even though it doesn't really fit a style. Hides the alcohol well. Detectable bitterness with no hop aroma or flavor.

M - Good carbonation and medium body.

O - Overall I would say this is a average beer I expected more out of this beer but it was still worth trying. It did hide the alcohol well so you have to pace yourself on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:06:06 | More by LiquidBread219
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to michibrew for this interesting extra. 12 oz. beer poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy golden-pink color. White one finger head fizzles down to a small island film. Some, but not much lacing to be had here.

S - It is unsurprisingly fruity with raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry. There is a strange earthy funkiness that may be from the fruit combining with the rye used in brewing. I am back and forth on how I feel about the nose.

T - Again dominated by the berries. Slightly tart. Tastes a bit like dirt, with a hint of rye. Backbone of biscuit malty. The aftertase returns to that strange flavor from the nose. It reminds me a little bit of the aftertaste you get from bad medicine (not the bon jovi kind). The high ABV is not apparent in this beer though, which is impressive.

M - Light and prickly, just how I would like a fruity beer like this.

O - I anticipated this beer tasting like a wine cooler with double the alcohol. It was fruity, but maintained some "beer-like" elements from the rye and barley. Some of the aromas and flavors were slightly out-of-whack but I appreciated the effort. Not great, but not terrible. My girlfriend would like it more than I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:40:48 | More by NoLeafClover44
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

Anxious and curious about this one.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a hazy strawberry color tinted with burnt caramel. A thin layer of pink-tinted, white head. Not much lacing.

The nose is bringing some strawberries, tart funk, sweetness, and fruity esters. Zero booze noticed.

The taste has blueberries and strawberries mainly, with some tartness provided by the raspberries. A funky barnyard taste is noticed with a balancing amount of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a dry finish. Very nice for this beautiful day! (68 degrees in early March)

Overall, liked this a lot and could drink it all day, or untill I pass out on a park bench.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 21:14:19 | More by ChugginOil
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrags8 for the shorts hookup!

A - Looks like fruit juice a bit hazy with some sediment and a 1/4 inch of head that quickly turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - Well it smells like a fruit beer tart and sweet berries, low hop profile, and a nice sweet balanced malt.

T - Well it's no fruit juice but it does hide the ABV well. A very solid fruit beer I am getting a nice bit of tart fruit, sweet malts, and a slightly alcohol finish. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. Unbelievable ABV drinks like 5 or 6%.

Overall from some reviews I expected way too sweet fruit juice aspects but got a smooth fruit beer that's tart with little actual beer flavor but just enough malt and carbonation to make it enjoyable. Can't wait to try their other offerings!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:12:48 | More by DrDemento456
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Pdu8s

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Red, it looks like a fruit-juice drink. No head to speak of. Really, a unique color

S- Smells very fruity, like tropical punch (very much like how it tastes) Alcohol is apparent in the smell

T- tastes like watered-down hawaiin punch, with an alcoholy punch. Variety of fruit tastes go through the palate when drinking it. unique and strange, but very good

M- smooth, goes down easy without any alcohol burn.

O- if you are looking for a traditional beer with extremely subtle hints, this beer is not for you. If you want a unique beer that tastes like fruit punch and is refreshing, try the Soft Parade.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:25:41 | More by Pdu8s
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very, very pinkish & slightly peachy amber. Quite a bit of haze (esp. once bottom of bottle is poured) with some rising bubbles visible at the edges. Small slightly pink tinged eggshell head. Settles quick, but keeps a ring. Very little lace.

S: Berry, fruity, firmly bready, malty sweetness, some toasty grain, touch of clean yeast, hint of tartness. Perhaps some esters. No hops. Overall good strength with a reasonably inviting fruity & floral wheat beer effect that is distinctly like jam and toast.

T: Much like the nose – Berry / fruity (lots of strawberry and raspberry), bready with hints of toast and biscuit, some low C malty sweetness, hint of yeast, and a bit of tartness. The major addition is a pretty good does of earthy and spicy rye. Fairly noticeable balancing bitterness. Emphasis is on the fruit, with the large bready malts forming a solid base. Sort of sweet / tart overall. Not super complex, but quite robust with good depth.

M: Medium body to perhaps just a hair over with matched carbonation that is soft textured yet firm in strength. A hint of residual sugars & sweetness. End is mildly drying with just a slight bit of tartness. Very refreshing.

D: I cannot believe the stated abv on this beer – it is just so fresh and refreshing. A bit dangerous really, if this is your mug o’ beer. It is exceedingly drinkable. For me though, fruity / dessert / sweet beers are sort of one and doen. But it is one super nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:09:24 | More by SickGnar
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip, has a dark pink coloring with an *adorable* pink head of about a finger's height. Minimal retention and lacing.

S - Smells sour, like a wild ale. Or vinegar. I can't decide.

T - Tastes like what's advertised. Beer mixed with fruit slurry. Some strawberry and blueberry. Unpleasant sort of sour finish. Which, under normal circumstances, wouldn't be too bad, but it doesn't strike me as something that was done on purpose.

M - Mellow carb, dry finish.

O - Not really my thing, but I can see why it's such a hit with the ladies. It's a cheerleader beer that's actually *half* beer and not just malt beverage. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 21:52:02 | More by madeofsteel
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ngeunit1

California

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a hazy red color with a touch of pink mixed in and a big finger of frothy pink colored head. The head fades down extremely slowly leaving behind lots of thick lace.

S - The aroma is full of sweet berries with lots of strawberries especially. It is really nice and sweet and tart.

T - The flavor starts off with some mellow berry sweetness with a bit more pungent tartness. The sweetness starts to build right away with a touch of grain in the background. Through the middle the sweetness gets quite a bit stronger with lots of strawberry flavor coming through. The finish is a mix of berry flavor with lots of strong tartness and sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. I rally like just how sweet and tart it is and how strong the fruit flavor is. It also finishes really strong with some great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:36:33 | More by ngeunit1
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short's soft parade has a cloudy body that is reddish pink. The light pink head is a small ring, with decent retention and spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, with tons of berries. Strawberry, blueberry raspberry, it just smells like a berry medley, with natural and artificial aromas mixing. A hint of grain.

Soft Parade isn't especially complex, but it is pretty good. Lots of berries once again, and once again I taste a variety of berries including strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. A good bit of sweetness and a little bit of tartness. It's actually a little more tart than sweet overall. There is a little bit of grain in the background, and some rye spiciness, especially in the finish.

Really light, with a high amount of carbonation that is almost explosive.

Soft Parade is a solid fruit beer that features an interesting mix of berry flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:33:06 | More by Hojaminbag
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pinkish brown and kinda funny lookin'. Lots of frothy head.

Aroma: Berry tartness and undercurrent of malt sweetness. Great tart nose.

Taste: Strawberry tart-sweetness combo upfront. Other berry flavors dance (raspberries, blueberries), but a great sourness helps this very flavorful beer from going too nuts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: For such a high-test sour brew, the body on this is very light. The body stiffens a little as it warms, but is still light enough to allow for flavors to dance and evolve.

Overall: Really great beer. Considering the price and availability of this one, I'd pick it up quite often whenever I wanted a tart treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 20:42:43 | More by soze47
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gmfessen

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw a sixer of this, it's from Short's, it's high gravity and it's a fruit beer?! Had to pick one up to try. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Soft Parade is a hazy brownish-red color with a thin, soapy white head. The nose is unmistakably berries, mostly blueberries, some raspberries and a faint hint of strawberry. The taste has a similar berry profile with an unexpected bitterness/tartness that doesn't complement the beer. There is a faint malty backdrop but this reminds me more of a wine cooler than a beer. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, worth trying, I'm still impressed that it's 9% because it is not noticable but not one I will be searching out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:31:53 | More by gmfessen
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very odd color of red/ pink with a little white foam cap on top.

S: Aroma is of berries and a bunch of them at that.

T: Tart and berry like very stong fruity flavor, more like a malt beverage than beer.

M: Again more like a malt beverage than an ale, high carbonation level and like an overly carbed wine cooler.

O: Overall if it were not for the 9% ABV I would have poured it down the drain but needing to level out after working till midnight drank it down like a seditive

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 07:24:33 | More by nukem5
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in recent trade w/ cosmonick. (Cheers!)

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity strawberry jam. Smells delicious if you like strawberries! Difficult to pick up other aromas.

Appearance: Ruby-amber w/ a haze. One finger, pinkish-red head falls pretty fast; leaves minimal lacing.

Flavor: As the aroma suggested, this one has a mix of strawberry sweetness and tartness up front, a slight bitterness then appears, and finally a pretty dry finish. Based on the aroma, I was anticipating more sweetness. Surprisingly, though, this one is more on the drier side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad brew! Very tasty fruitiness without being cloying at all. My wife noted that it was a bit too bitter and dry for her liking, but I enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 17:21:09 | More by mdvatab
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a pinkish hue with some golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of off white head.

S - The aroma is berries. I get blackberry, raspberry and strawberry.

T - It's an explosion of berries. Raspberry and strawberry are the easiest to pick out.

M - Moderate

O - This probably would have been a better selection in the summer. It goes down real easy which could cause problems given the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:26:29 | More by buschbeer
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lnashsig

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this. Kevin said that this used to be called "Ye old panty dropper" before it got bottled. After pouring, I can see why! Poured from bottle into boulevard tulip. Pours a rich raspberry color, nearly transparent, nearly no head on it. Smell- tart strawberries, raspberries, powdered sugar, juicy fruit/koolade concentrate. Definitely a candy nose to it. A bit artificial. I read in previous reviews that it resembles a sour on the nose- I couldn't disagree more. No sourness here, it is all candy sweet. taste- on the front of the tongue, there is the blueberries! It doesn't manifest itself on the nose at all, but it presents itself at the front of the palate. Strawberry sweetness on mid palate. Rich carbonation makes for a dry finish, distracts from the sweet nature of this beer. Overall, I like this beer, and although I probably lost man points drinking it, this is an interesting and unique beer that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:49:11 | More by lnashsig
Short's The Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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