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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

735 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 52
Gots: 62 | 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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cosmicevan

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to both gnemesis and Pellinore1 for hooking this one up!

a - cracked the 12oz and poured into a unibroue tulip. poured a transparent pink with a pinkish creamy frothy head. head left thick milkshake lacing on the glass. looks awesome.

s - Zing! Berry medley. Tangy. Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry sweet n' sourness, but watered down. reminiscent of blush wine.

t - much like the nose suggests another berry medley explosion of flavor. the tartness is there, but seems much more watered down.

m - kind of water heavy. definitely has a bit of a wine feel but kind of a letdown in the mouth.

d - looked great, smelled great, and tasted pretty good...but seemed like a watered down glass of blush wine. unique but not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:00:16 | More by cosmicevan
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zachary80

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Large, creamy, light lavender head leaves great lacing down the glass. The body is brownish purple.

Aroma is almost entirely fruit, and something somewhat spicy. The fruitiness is a hard to identify blend by the aroma, cherry raspberry apple. Maybe some vanilla in the aroma. Smells sour and tart

Taste is milder than the aroma. Lots of fruit but not as strong as expected. Somewhat dry and not too sweet. The fruit flavor is enjoyable; more like "real" fruit sweetness than normal.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Lively carbonation. The high alcohol slips by unnoticed

Overall a very easy to drink beer, even given the higher ABV. I'm always surprised this is less sweet than I expect.

One side note: it is strange for a company that seems to have unusual and archaic demands for the freshness of their product to not feature a prominent datecode

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:59:46 | More by zachary80
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weizenbob

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique review in that I tasted a fresh bottle next to a bottle that I have been cellaring for over a year. Both samples were poured into identical wine goblets.

Notes - fresh:

An aggressive pour yields a finger of effervescent, blush, champagne-like head. Retention is moderate. A lot of carbonation is visible, continuing to give the impression of sparkling wine. The hue of the beer is deep amber with a good amount of translucence. A small amount of head is in a constant state of formation due to the very active carbonation. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

The smell is loaded with fruit. Tart cherries are the strongest impression, though oddly, there are no cherries in this brew. Strawberries are recognizable in the nose and there is a faint hint of blueberry. A deep whiff reveals some mellow rye and perhaps a touch of wheat. Closer examination reveals a doughy yeastiness. A final deep whiff renders the faintest hint of alcohol. For 9% ABV the alcohol masking is impressive.

The flavor profile deviates from the aroma. The tart fruit impression left on the nose sits subversively in the background while the forefront is dominated by grainy flavors, namely rye. I don't know if there is any wheat in this brew but it does give the grainy impression of a weizen. Behind this grain harvest is the tart bite of apples and cherries. The beer finishes in a flash of bitter hops with a melon-like aftertaste that soon disappears with no lingering taste in the mouth. Miraculously, the high alcohol content is invisible on the tongue.

This fruit beer is medium bodied, though the high amount of carbonation would lead you to believe that it were much lighter than it is. The effervescence is interesting and fairly unique. As such, Soft Parade's mouthfeel will no doubt be judged differently by each individual based on his/her opinion of the fizzy carbonation. I think it is novel at first, but by the time that I reach the bottom of the glass I'm pretty bored with it.

The drinkability of this beer is weighed between many unique traits, some of them hits, some of them misses. The supposedly 9% ABV goes virtually unnoticed. The flavor, though different than any beer I've sampled, doesn't translate into great affinity. It feels light and finishes more cleanly than any beer I've tasted. Ultimately though, it doesn't hold my interest through an entire 12-ounce serving.

A: 4.5
S: 4.0
T: 3.5
M: 4.0
D: 4.0
Overall: 3.8

Notes - aged:

An aggressive pour yields very little head and it dissipates quickly. The brew in this bottle looks similar to the fresh example, the difference being that this one is much hazier. However, the carbonation is still very actively visible. Some spotty patches of lacing cling to the glass. Overall, the fresher example was more attractive looking.

On the nose, the tartness of the fruits seem to have mellowed. It smells mildly sweeter, and noticeably yeasty. Fruit aromas in this example are more akin to pear. There is still a mild impression of cherry and also the scent of candy sugar that you get from a lot of Belgian beers. The aroma has gained some complexity but I don't like it any more or less than before.

On the tongue, everything about this brew has mellowed. The discernable fruit flavors in the fresh example have faded into tastes resembling melon and limes. They are watery flavors with soft sweetness and tangy sour notes. The rye has mellowed but it does hang around longer in the aftertaste. The wheat impression is more subdued. I'm reminded of a Belgian dubbel in the mild smoky finish of this beer, but there is a faint plastic taste too. A gentle bitterness lingers. Again, the age has added some interesting subtleties to this beer, but it is neither better nor worse for the wear. You could simply call it Softer Parade.

In the mouth, this is barely medium bodied with less carbonation than before. It allows this beer to drink more or less like Perrier with lime. It's good if you're looking for something extremely easy drinking, but it feels like something entirely different than beer now.

The drinkability goes up a notch for the fact that everything about this beer has mellowed. What was once an awkwardly balanced, highly carbonated orchard and grain harvest is now a refreshing spritzer with mild sweet and tart notes. If the 9% ABV was barely noticeable before, it is invisible now, drinking easier than any 9% beer I've encountered. That could be dangerous except that you're probably not going to come across many examples of year-old Soft Parade.

A: 3.5
S: 4.0
T: 3.5
M: 3.5
D: 4.5
Overall: 3.8

Final impressions:

This was a pretty interesting side-by-side tasting of an unconventional beer. I do think the fresh Soft Parade has the slight edge on the much different aged version. But I did think it was pretty interesting that the year-old example took on some Belgian-like characteristics in the aroma and flavor. Neither was fantastic but this was still a fun experiment.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 20:56:05 | More by weizenbob
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beerhan

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle.

Pours a blood red body with a fluffy pinkish white head that does not last very long.

Smells like dark fruit. Some dark cherry, black berry and a little raspberry going on. Also there is this fruit punch smell to it.

Tastes very interesting. There is a mixture of berries hitting your tongue followed by a slight hop finish with a little orange peel zest.

This is dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is absolutely hidden and the carbonation is perfect. I am really into things that taste like this that are not beer and absolutely loved this one. Another winner from shorts.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 05:07:13 | More by beerhan
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marshall8840

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Obviously fruity as it states but not too sweet. Looked perfect when i poured it to the glass from bottle. nice head. have nothing bad to say about this beer, as is usual with Shorts. Love their stuff. Cant wait to visit their brewery soon to try out other stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:55:35 | More by marshall8840
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that came my way thanks to mrbubbler. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a murky red berry color (surprise surprise). It's a little bit darker than strawberry, but not quite raspberry deep red. The head has a slight pink hue about it, and tops out at about two fingers in height. Retention and lacing are both serviceable, but ultimately unimpressive. The nose is essentially pure raspberry, with just a little bit of blueberry added to the mix as well. Blackberry finally shines through as it dominates the flavor, giving a tangy bitter quality to the beer. I was expecting/hoping for a little more sweetness supporting the beer, as well as a more vibrant berry flavor. The body is impressively (and necessarily) light for a beer it's size, as the thought of a weighty fruit beer isn't a pleasant one. The carbonation though is a bit overbearing and distracts some from the fruity flavors trying to shine through. The Soft Parade is a decent beer, but I suppose I had higher expectations based on some of the more experimental beers they've brought to festivals.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:42:01 | More by axeman9182
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle courtesy of seeswo. My first Short's beer. Handmade by people who care on 032310. Served in my Maudite tulip. Pours a bright, translucent copper with a half inch, loose, off-white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly dissipates into a broken froth and a creamy band around the shoulders. Nose is musty and also slightly metallic with a suggestion of fruit syrup towards the back. Taste - not great. Tart, acidic, artificial fruit flavors, a metallic quality and some bitterness towards the finish reminiscent of grapefruit seed extract. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is prickly and gassy. It's also fairly acidic, and not in a good way. Well, this is pretty much undrinkable - I got through about 1/3 of the bottle before having to do a drain pour (not something I do very often). I just couldn't get through this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:14:25 | More by Jwale73
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Duff27

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Billowing near three-fingered head atop clear, medium dull red beer. Lasting head and above average lacing.

S- Smells of very sweet fruit.

T- Faint but very tart fruit, all kinds of them...couldn't pick any specific ones out.

M- Better than average mouthfeel. Carbonation has a bite to it at the end of the sip.

D/O- I'd have to say the drinkability is low on The Soft Parade. It's not a bad beer at all, just something I wouldn't want to have more than one of at any given time. 9%?? Really? Glad to have tried it, thanks Chris!

Signed:
-"Still Spoiled By New Glarus Fruit Beers"

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:56:11 | More by Duff27
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tmoore600

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked 12 oz bottle up at Woodstock Wine and Cheese, Devils Lake, MI.

Appearance: Fruit Colored, pinkinsh, redish, single finger of head quickly disseapeared to a small ring. Not clear

Smell: Fruits, but dominated by rye and light malts.

Taste: Fruit, fruit and more fruit. All kinds of berries. A little fruit sweetness. Malt background. End tart.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbinated. Not thin, not thick.

Drinkability: To sweet, almost like drinking to many fu-fu drinks. I will say though, I can not tell that this is 9% ABV!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:45:02 | More by tmoore600
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warnerry

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish color with a finger of head.

Raspberries dominate the smell, not really getting the strawberries and blackberries coming thorough.

Smell is nice, no real sweetness here. Upfront is some tartness from the fruit, again especially the raspberries, followed by rye and hops.

Pretty light mouthfeel overall.

Nice on a hot summer day, though the abv creeps in a bit after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:41:07 | More by warnerry
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry red color which is slightly cloudy. A wonderful 1 finger pink head appears and hangs around a while lending to some sticky lacing.

Smells of sour raspberry and cherry lead the scent along with strawberries. A bit of rye spice is also present.

The taste provides flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and rye. The rye adds a bit of spice mellowing the sweetness which helps to avoid a fruit overload.

I would describe the mouthfeel as medium with a soft profile. It doesn't leave the mouth overly dry which may be a result of this drink causing saliva to flow.

This is very drinkable and and doesn't seem 7+%. My Wife loves this beer so I buy it a lot. It certainly took me a while to finally review this.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:18:05 | More by TCgoalie
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oline73

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy red/amber color. The two finger head is white with a pink hue and a little bit remains throughout.

Smell: Dominated by sweet strawberries and raspberries. There is a bit of tartness as well.

Taste: Right away I pick up slightly sweet strawberries and raspberries. After that I pick up a bit of a sour/tart flavor that remains on the tongue through the rest of the sip. There is a bit of spice from the rye. This kind of reminds me of a fruity champagne drink.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body but feels very crisp and dry. The carbonation is delicate like champagne.

Drinkability: I think the fruit and the sour flavors and rye in this one clash a bit. That being said I think it would be a good brunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:58:02 | More by oline73
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy figgy red brown color. fairly thick tannish head, pretty sticky.
S: smells delicious. tart fruit all over the place. particularly blackberry and raspberry dominate, you can almost taste them without even tasting it. all i can think of is a bottle of ocean spray juice cocktail, which is both yummy refreshing.
T: tartness backs up a smidge, and lets all the fruits shine. if anything, its remarkable how each of the individual flavors pokes through, although still the blackberry and raspberry lead, the blueberry yields a nice background player, strawberry hardly
so. fairly satisfying.
M: huge carbonation level makes it just a tad unpleasant, but not so much so that i dont still enjoy the beer overall. getting past the carbonation, the flavors sit nicely and it doest linger too much.
D: again other than the high carbonation, i enjoy drinking this. love the sharp fruit flavors and the overall quality. pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:24:16 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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seeswo

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was poured and shared with 2 different ladies in my life as is suggested, I guess.

Pours a trasparent dark-cherry pink color with sizable pinkish white head. Smells like a mixed drink - like a cosmo or something other berry/booze concoction. I don't really have any idea what to think of that, so I'll evaluate it on how pleasant we found it, which was a pretty mixed bag. Tastes like a very carbonated fruit puree potpourri. There is a bit of perfuminess as described by the potpourri flavor that is not plesant. Sweet, but not overly so, which was welcomed. It as certainly interesting, but really didn't come together for us - we did not finish the 12 oz bottle between 3 people. The mouthfeel was not too sweet, not too dry, but over-carbonated. The somewhat off perfumey flavor limited the drinkability, outside of my personal bias against the drinkability fo the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 15:46:50 | More by seeswo
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B0bD0bbselbock

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tumbler pint glass.

A-Beautiful, rosy color, appears somewhat like a sparkling strawberry juice. 2 1/2 finger bubbly pinkish white head that receded to about 1/2 finger height. Mild, even lacing.

S- Fruity, sweet, sour. The aroma seems to smell something like a dry lambic. I can almost pick out each fruit aroma, with strawberry coming through in the finish. The rye and barley seem to be hovering the background.

T- Tart, mildly sweet, effervescent fruit bouquet unfolds nicely on the palate, with the rye and malted barley coming in nicely on the finish. As with the aroma, i find i can taste each fruit collectively and individually, with the strawberries and blueberries carrying on into the finish.

M-Smooth, slightly crisp, effervescent.

D- The overall characteristics make this one, to my mind, highly
drinkable. Its fruity aroma and flavors make to easy drink quick.

I really enjoy this beer, as it has a lot of character. The seductive color and pretty pinkish head, sweet, fruity nose, and crisp, tart, fruity flavor make for one tasty beer that has both lambic and wine-like qualities overall. This is a fruit beer that i think appeals well to both men and women, as its not too sweet and not too dry. And at 9%ABV, i can certainly see why they call this one "Ye olde Leg Spreader" :)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:10:17 | More by B0bD0bbselbock
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. in a New Belgium snifter. No date. The body was a rich ruby color and clear of sediment. Pink tinted head. Some lacing and a cap remained.

The smell was yummy berries. Raspberry was prominent.

The taste was of tannin bitterness. Fruit skins. Blueberries seem to dominate the taste. Powdery persimmon-like tannin bitterness. Rich and lightly spicy from the rye. Very well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:21:58 | More by Cresant
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single bottle of this at the store the other day. I have had this before and liked it, but I have never reviewed it so lets give it a go and see how this beer is. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a nice pinkish amber color with two fingers worth of slightly pink head that died down to a thin clumpy ring that left some lacing.

S- I first get a good dose of pale malts followed by some mixed berry juice. The aroma is pretty fruity, but the pale malts at the start let you know that this is a beer.

T- The sweet berry flavors are the first to show up. Too me the blueberries and raspberries stick out the most but the other two show up also. This brew come off a little tart but I feel that helps tie everything together. Not much malts show up in the flavor and I couldn't detect any hops.

M- Medium light bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable, the flavors are balanced nicely and the berry flavor tastes natural and is pretty appealing. Alcohol is hidden super well, there's now way I would guess this beer is 7.2%.

Overall I thought this was a good beer. I find the problem with most fruit beers is that the fruit flavor is either too weak or it comes off as artificial, this beer was neither. This would make a good gateway beer for girls looking for something tasty without being bombarded by hops and malts. Great job shorts, keep thinking out of the box.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:46:04 | More by StoutHunter
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billab914

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured kind of amberish in color but with a distinct light red or pinkish hue to it. The head was on the thinner side and also had a bit of a pink hue to it.

The aroma has a tart and slightly sour fruit flavor to it. It's a distinct flavor that seems to be present in so many of the Shorts beers I've had. I get a bit of the sweeter blueberry and raspberry like flavors coming through, but the tart and sour notes are hard to overcome.

Thankfully the taste shows a little less of the tart and sour flavors the aroma had, but it's still there. I get more of the tart and sweet flavors from the fruit throughout the beer. The raspberries seem to come through more up front, where the blueberries seem to come through more in the finish. The finish is where it turns more tart with some bitter and sour flavors lingering. Not bad up front where it showed more of the fresh fruit, but the finish just felt off.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is average, it showed some nice fruit flavors at times but also had some kind off, bitter, sour flavors at other times. Not awful, but at the same time not that great either. Given the "off" flavors I thought were there this could be another Shorts beer that has problems in certain bottles/conditions, but who knows.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:36:42 | More by billab914
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crosamich

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Even considering this beer for what it is supposed to be (for non beer drinkers) I can't get behind it. Pours with no head at all. Pinkish hue. I get all the bitterness from these berries but none of the sweetness. The nose is of sour with a touch of fruit, neither is very strong. It is taking me a while to get through this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:28:32 | More by crosamich
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into globe glass-

Pours a medium pink with 4 fingers of off-white foam. Basically this looks like a carbonated pink white zinfandel I'm not sure how to rate it so I split the difference. The smell has a nice sour berry note with hints of what I can only refer to as the Short's house yeast strain that appears to be noticeable in all their unique beers. Sour taste but not exactly puckering more astringent, not much malt, a hint of bitterness. Pretty thin and light, again I am reminded of some pink wine I once had the displeasure of drinking at a rehearsal dinner for a cousin of the "hick" persuasion. I find this a bit challenging to drink much of but it isn't too bad.

An interesting experiment of a beer. Realizing the Short's designed this for women who don't like beer I find it ironic that they basically created the beer version of Arbor Mist, which was designed for people who don't like wine but are "too classy" for wine coolers.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:58:13 | More by cadaugherty
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faint haze, nice reddish colour with a short cap of off-white foam that really lingered. Spotty lace. Berry aroma, not intense but quite fruity. Strawberries, raspberries - it smells "red" - with a little earthiness and sweeter fruit notes, sort of like a fruit punch. Light bitterness balanced the fruity sweetness. Slight sourness, more berries, light citrus in the finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. Quite tasty and one of the better fruit beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:47:08 | More by DrJay
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aasher

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a muddied, dark dark crimson in color with no head. It looks great and is ultimately cloudy and looks delicious. It smells like strawberry jam. I love it. I've never smelled anything quite like this one. I especially like the aromas because it's unique but it is exceptionally sweet as far as aromas are concerned. The flavor is far too subtle. I expected much more from this. It looks spectacular and smells amazing yet it leaves you scratching your head with the flavor. It could've been so much more! It has FOUR berries! Heavily feature one of them please! Instead it's like a watered down version of Rubaeus. It drinks smoothly and has good carbonation but is a little too flat. This beer sounds great but drinks into mediocrity.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:58:07 | More by aasher
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a bit of a gusher though that makes for a great looking pour, with a massive head that sticks atop the orange/amber liquid; foams clumps to the side of the pint glass

Smell: Smells like berry juice - the raspberries and blueberries dominate, but all four berries used in the blend are detectable

Taste: Sweet berry flavors up front, with a tartness that balances appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness lingers

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but way over-carbonated; prickly mouthfeel and a puckery finish

Drinkability: Intriguing, as a fruit beer, but the mouthfeel was a real problem; I don't see many other reviews noting the overcarbonation so I must have gotten a bad bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 19:02:18 | More by brentk56
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to TheCheeseman. This one exploded all over my kitchen; however, I was able to save about half the bottle. Pours a cloudy red with a thick, foamy pink head. Aroma of a mess of fruits -- strawberry, blackberry, raspberry. Flavor is mostly dominated by the strawberry and blackberry. Decent fruit beer; certainly better than some although the palate is weak.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:16:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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SuperNova777

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a reddish pink color with a small white head, small amount of white lacing
left down the glass

S:Nose picks up a lot of raspberry and strawberry tartness, a little sweetness as well
very intense

T:Not as impactful as the nose would leave you to believe. Up front its very smooth
with some berry and tartness hitting on the backend. Alcohol bis very well hidden.

M:A very light mouthful with mild carbonation which fits the brew right. Palate is
coated by some more berry tartness

D:Easy drinkability is on this one, Abv is very well hidden and goes down smoothly.
Probably could not drink many of these myself but I think Shorts hit the nail on what they
were going for.

Serving type: bottle

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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