Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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924 Ratings
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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 59
Gots: 168 | FT: 4
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fantome on 06-18-2004

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. 
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Photo of mhksuccess
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
darkish reddish color and not much head if any
smell is heavy berries with an emphasis on strawberry
taste is light and has is nicely carbonated
smooth really light easy drinking with a slight tartness to it from the raspberry
i would like it to be more of a sour style as opposed to more of wine coolerish
i drank about half the bottle and poured out the rest
not my favorite would pass on this next time

Photo of Benish
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at the Shorts Brewpub restaurant. Served in snifter glass.

It presented a ruby red color. No foam present, overall it almost has the appearance of a fruity red wine. It smelled great. I picked up primarily strawberries, other fruits and some malt. Taking a whiff of this beer, I anticipated it would taste fantastic.

However the flavor of the beer is a little lacking. Once again I tasted primarily strawberries and a little malt. But the flavor was not complex in my opinion. I expected a bit more from this; there was no pow in my mouth with this one. Indeed this would be a great beer to drink outside on a hot day to quench your thirst. It served me for that purpose.

What's really striking is that it clocks in at 9% ABV. There was no booziness that was noticeable. So you'd have to be careful because before you know it you'll finish the glass.

Overall good beer. Not something I would hunt down but is worth trying if you're in the area. I loved the smell of this beer but feel it needs a bit more complexity.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a medium golden color with light edges and nearly no head.

The nose is a mildly concerning blend of strawberries, medicine, fusel alcohol, raspberries, and blueberries, in that order.

Unfortunately, the flavor is just a mess. Each one of the berries comes through a little bit, but it just does not come together as a beer. There is no real malt presence to speak of, just the light fruit flavors, synethic alcohol, and a little bit of cough syrup.

The body is way too light for what I would want this beer to be. Of course, the alcohol burn and strange flavors do not really contribute in that area either. The carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum.

Another Short’s bottle disaster. At this point I don’t know why I open them.

Photo of nlmartin
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a favorite beer of both me and my wife during a recent Michigan trip.

A- The body of the beer is a ruby pink coloration. The head was white with a hint of raspberry. No lacing and the head quickly resolves.

S- I really am digging the berry overload kicking up from this bottle. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blue berries all in ripe bloom. Sweet and tart berry aromas swim up from my glass.

T- The flavor is a mélange of berries. Some swallows are sweeter while some are a bit tart. No off flavors no a hint of alcohol.

M- The body is a bit thinner than I would like it but its still very nice. No hint of 9%abv. The sweetness of the fruit has a dry finish.

O- This beer had me at the aroma. I love the mix of berries in the aroma. The flavor could be amped up a bit, but would it be the soft parade anymore? This is a beer I wish was distributed to Cincinnati.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is an opaque reddish purple color with lots of carbonation. Not much head.

Smell is boozy and fruity. Raspberries and strawberries dominate.

Taste is strange, starts with the berry flavors (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry) but the rye and grain dominates the finish. Left a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste in the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied and heavily carbonated. The aftertaste is a problem though.

Overall this was disappointing. I think they are trying too hard to find a happy median between a rye ale and a fruit beer - these flavors just didn't meld well for me.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.07/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours neon pinkish red with nearly no head. Wheaty aroma with big time strawberry wine brings me back to trying to score in the woods freshman year of college with a bottle of Boon’s Farm. Tastes like watered down strawberry juice with blueberry vomit. Dirty dirty wheat finish. Tastes just like when I "scored", too (well, she scored at least). Wtf is this? Light bodied with low carbonation. This is gross, bro.

Photo of mountdew1
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a purplish hue with a slightly pinky thin head. A few strands of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma was fruity, definitely could pick up berries. Predominant to me was blueberry, with hints of other berries as well. Taste was somewhat similar to the smell, a bit of sweet berry flavor, that shifted to a more grainy finish. The grain flavor didn't mix terribly well with the berry. Some times it was much more pronounced than others. Thankfully the berry wasn't overly sweet or powerful, it was fairly subtle and balanced. Felt ok in the mouth. Coated nicely, but seemed a bit over carbonated. Too many bubbles were felt on the tongue. Overall one of the more successful beers at tasting what it claims to. The grainy finish was a bit distracting though.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a brownish color with the slightest hint of red. nearly opaque. almost no head.

Smell: strong fruit: strawberries and blueberries, and other sweet fruits. rye

Taste: again strong fruit. strawberries sometimes, blueberries others, and other harder to identify fruits. Rye comes in the back end balances the sweetness with just a touch of bitter. sometimes alcohol is apparent. quite complex and varies from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: heavy and sticky. overall sweetness

Overall: a very good and unique beer. i like using the rye to balance out the fruit to give the beer multiple dimensions. way up there in both fruit beers and rye beers

Photo of yamar68
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks alelover!

Fucking gorgeous. I want Lowes to color-match this beer so I can paint my bathroom this color. Every dinner guest would comment.

Loads of berry goodness... every fruit makes an appearance. The beer beneath is less than evident which I am totally okay with. It's all about the fruity nectar.

Tooty fruity. Like a Raspberry Tart with a less aggressive sweetness but an equally well masked alcohol character (and twice the ABV...)

Underrated.

Photo of Roman5150
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into duvel

appearance: murky ruby red with a VERY thin foam head (huge bubbles)

smell: strawberries, apple, oranges, honestly not that pleasant

taste: whole palate of fruitiness hits you instantly, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, some orange, although to be honest it's not AS fruity as the label would make you think. not much hop or malt character, but there's some subtle rye bready notes on the backend. You do not taste any alcohol whatsoever.

mouthfeel: has the feel of juice more than a beer, highly carbonated

overall: While not a huge fan of fruity beer, for what it is this is perfect for the style. Not too fruity, but enough character to make me want to classify this as, well, not really a beer. I would recommend this basically to any women who likes those fruity beers, as this is a top notch well balanced version of the style.

Photo of SeanSweeney
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Like purple bag of skittles mixed with coors light. Wouldn't recommend or try again. But then again not a fan or fruity beers. But overall too much fruit to discern any specific flavors. Reminiscent of trix cereal due to not being able to tell what flavor this beer was willing to take on.

Photo of gcamparone
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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'....

Photo of fredmugs
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of portia99
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 beers...at least for me.

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - I knew going in that this beer was made with berries, I didn't expect it to be this pink. A thin white head disappears rapidly. To hazy to note carbonation or even sediment. .

S - Holy Berries!! The raspberries and blackberries are there, but the strawberries are the star of the show. Not much more going on, but the berries are intense and fantastic. '

T - Berries and malts, berries and malts and not much else.

M&D&O - a fun drink, is well suited for the summertimes. Plenty of nice flavor. The malts arent my thing, but the quality is there

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a turbid pinkish orange. Very neat color. Nearly zero head or lacing.

S-Delectably fruity. Smells just like strawberry jam. Somebody grab me some peanut butter and a couple slices of bread...its time to make a PB&J. Raspberry jam too. Lighter notes of the darker fruits (blueberry and blackberry).

T-The flavor is more of the same jammy flavor with an addition of yeast and rye. All the fruits were there and they taste great. Far from artificial, the flavor is natural and tart. I think the raspberry stands out the most. And personally, when I get raspberry in a beer I tend to absolutely love said beer.

M-Far less heavy than I was expecting. Surprisingly drinkable. The glass becomes light very quickly.

O/D-Loved this beer. Drinks like a 5% brew. The flavors are natural and delicious. Kicking myself for only buying a single and not the whole sixer...RASPBERRIES.

Photo of parris
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Brownish red. Somewhere in between amber and ruby, but doesn't really hit either well. Thin white head

S - Berries, red wine

T - Dry wine, bitter but not hoppy, booze

M - Descent carbonation, odd bitterness that hits the sides of your tongue, light-medium body

O - If I were the brewer, I would have chalked this on up as a loss, it tastes like a homebrew experiment I tried once long ago, where I added frozen fruit juice concentrate to the boil.

Photo of Maxwell
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky berry red with accents of brown syrup, and touches of salmon orange. The head is eggshell white with light pink highlights, and the lacing is thin but sticky and dry. The beer’s body is surprisingly clear of particles and quite translucent, featuring a steady stream of small carbonation bubbles. On the nose, the beer is big and jammy, with lovely thick berry scents and an excellent barley malt and rye spice background. The smell is reminiscent of “assorted berry” scents, in that no individual berries can really be picked out without really shoving your nose in the glass. The malt smells of light biscuity caramel bread and has me thinking rye toast and jam. On the tongue, the beer tastes terrifically sweet with berries while the more spicy bread malts balance the sweet, and a touch of hops adds slight earthy bitters. The flavor begins with a big rush of fruit berries, moving from strawberry, to blueberry, to black berry, and to raspberry nearly so fast that the tongue has trouble differentiating between them. The berry flavor powers through the mouth throughout the taste, building to a crescendo that tastes a little syrupy and then fading into the aftertaste, but beside the berries there is a strong underlying flavor of spicy rye bread and caramel malt which eventually brings the light earthy bitters onto the back of the palate. The aftertaste rings lightly with strawberry jam, faint earthy bitters, and a touch of aspirin. On the mouth, this beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body with some nice syrupy qualities on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with the slightest dry feeling on the tongue. The beer’s carbonation is light with effervescence, providing a slight prickle across the tongue as it moves down the throat. The beer feels clean and drinkable. Overall, this is one of my favorite non-wild fruit beers. It’s big in booze and in fruit flavors, but still lets you know there is beer beneath it, and it blends those two things very nicely. It has nice the rye flavors underlying the heavy jam, and definitely has some semblance to a fruit wine, which is nicely refreshing. This beer would be great for summer nights, and is really a nice beer. Try it.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pinkish rose bodied beer with one finger of egg shell white head. Drops quickly to a thin cap.

Smell: Really sweet and tart berry notes. Get a little bit of a medicinal note from this beer.

Taste: This beer is tart upfront and it finishes sweet. A "muttled" berry medley (I really cant draw out any of the individual berries that were used to brew this beer) and some cherries that are married with a bready malt profile. Really a different animal when it comes to a fruit beer; I am not sure if I like it or not. It has a medicinal, menthol "ish", eucaliptus leaf, and a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a syrupy feel to it, but it also has some prickly carbonation when the beer lands onto your tongue. Not a very boozey beer at all.

Overall: I guess that I am spoiled with all the New Glarus Fruit beers. I have tried Apple Ale, Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, and Serendipity; so I have a fairely good idea of what the best fruits beers are all about. This beer isnt horrible, but it is definately a little bit odd in my mind. This beer reminds me of a beer called Pink Killer and its a bit of an improvement from that beer. It is hard to finish the 12oz bottle. I bet Dan Carey could make an amazing fruit beer from the 4 berries that are used to brew this beer.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pinking red. white head, average lacing.

s: smells like strawberry jam. sweet smell

t: very berry. strawberry, blueberry, raspberry. wine like tannins/acidity/alcohol. no hop flavor but is balanced with rye

m: bubbbly, too much so.

o: i never expect much from fruit beers, but this exceeded my low expectations. would be a good summer beer, however, i could not see myself having more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of Mavigo
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.