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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 56
Gots: 133 | 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:
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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Ratings: 888 | Reviews: 303
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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours a clear, copperish color with a massive cap of pink head. at least 3/4 of my chalice is filled with foam...and it doesnt want to go anywhere either.

Nose shows lots of tart fruit with some underlying sour funkiness.

Very tart on the flavor with a fair dose of alcohol and rotting fruit. Low on the sweetness and actually drinks a little more like a sour than a 'fruit beer'. ABV is well hidden and this one gets better as it warms. This is a fine brew that I wish I had access to on a regular basis. The nose and pour of this had me thinking infection at first, but now Im not so sure. Whatever it is, I like it...sour, funky and fruity.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no bottle date into Allagash snifter. Thanks to stickman1220 for this one.

A: Perfect glassware for this beer. Pours a pinkish orange color with a half finger of bright white head. Tons of carbonation of the bottom of the glass. The swirl gives more head but no lacing initially.

S: This smells like a sour! Pumped! I can't identify the fruit but I can't dispute the FUNK. Smells of tart fruity funkiness and more fruit. Also, the Short's yeast strain...again.

T: I must say this is the best Short's I have ever had, but still different. As if the tip of the tongue could miss the tart start, it does. The middle of the mouth is all funk and tart fruitiness. I can't say that I get all the blueberry and strawberry described. What I do get, not surprisingly, is the Short's yeast strain at the close. It's so pronounced in all their beers.

M: Light to medium for sure with all the fruit.

O: Best Short's to date. B+ to A- for sure if a fan of the funk and sours.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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