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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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868 Ratings
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 53
Gots: 109 | 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:
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 inlimbo77
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with some sharper red berry hue. About a finger of white head and good lacing down the glass.

Tart fruit aroma. Most raspberry and blackberry with a hint of strawberry. This one is all about the fruit.

Some tart fruit hits at first. I get mostly raspberry although other tart fruits come through as well. Some earthy almost gueuze like flavors come through in the middle. It finishes dry and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but not detracting. Carbonation levels are good.

By far the best beer I've had from Short's. Their yeast strain works much better with a beer like this than traditional offerings.

Photo of backfat
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from my buddy andy. Poured into my lost abbey stem. Another bottle to add back to my collection of empty short's. I've had this a few times and remember it being really light in flavors, but I know that short's has an insane amount of bottle variation.

A fairly aggressive pour yields a pinkish-brown body with lots of pretty red hues. Fluffy and almost pink head rests patiently on top. no lace to speak of.

Smell is slightly sharp and grassy. a bit of lactic or some tartness mixed with some lighter fruit such as raspberries and maybe some strawberries. I get a touch of rotten muskiness on the back end. not distracting or offensive, just a bit earthy.

Taste is nicer than I remember, still light, but pleasant. some faint blackberry notes, and again, earthiness is present. Thin mouthfeel with little noticeable carbonation. a bit watery. no noticeable alcohol at all. overall, not too bad. Not sure if this would really appeal to wine drinkers like the initial goal was. I wish this was fruited a bit more.

Photo of Brenden
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The color is a deep, dark red-orange, atop which builds a small and fluffy light purple head. It diminishes somewhat quickly to foam, leaving some spotty lacing around.
The fruits are right off on the nose, but I get much more raspberry than anything with a bit of strawberry sweetness to counter the tartness. Whatever other fruits is included gets a little muddled. There's little hops presence, as intended I assume, and the malt backbone is on the light side. The earthiness is heavy and odd.
This is a decent fruit beer to be sure, a good mix of tart and sweet, but has little beer character to make it appeal as strongly to a beer geek as it could and lacks the brewing expertise or method of a lambic or similar style that incorporates fruit. True, malts are there, and it's not badly brewed by any means. If anything, a bit of alcohol does give a kick. It's decent for what it is, but oddly bitter. Mixing rye with fruit was a strange idea, and it doesn't exactly compute.
Mouthfeel is good, a medium body edging on the lighter side with some carbonation. It's crisp up front and smooth in the middle, making for easy drinking.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Fermented with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries." Yeah, I'd say it's a fruit beer.

The pour results in a color of various hues between rusty red and orange; jewel-like and glassy; a small but sturdy, foamy white head. Lace creates interesting petri dish-like organisms on the glass.

No particular fruit is prominent in the nose, but it's got a tell-tale tart sort of smell, with a bit of graham cracker (the rye?) in the background.

While it's tart and tastes generically fruity, I'm missing any kind of direction or strong character. Nearing astringent, even medicinal, which hangs tight and is most obvious in the finish. And 9%, really? Wouldn't know it (the "medicinal" noted is due to flavor, and not heat).

Feels crisp and soda-like, although a bit soft and not overly harsh. Body on the lighter side, but not insignificant or watery.

I haven't had a ton of Short's offerings, but so far my impressions have been all over the map. This one I'm not all that into, it's just decent and not much more. I feel like it's aiming for something somewhere between a tart Belgian fruit beer and those great Samuel Smith fruit ales, but not quite getting there...

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into chalice...

A- Deep clear red color with pink and purple hues. Pours a finger of a pale rose white colored head. Settles to a film.

S- Incredibly fruity and tart. Blueberries are most recognized but many other berries are there. Some honey sweetness.

T/M- Still fruity. Its hit and miss. Has a slightly acidic tartness, but also a solvent finish. Berries galore but a little goes a long way. Body is just too full. Carbonation is nice and lively, but body is heavy on the tongue for a fruit beer.

O- This beer is ok. I can appreciate and enjoy a fruit beer more than most BAs, but this was too heavy and alcoholic. The fruitiness was definitely there in full force, but also had some flavors to keep it from being refreshing and enjoyable. Not terrible, just not great...

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Town Hall snifter.

A- Pours a three finger white bubbly head that dissipates quickly, clear golden pink red color, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is very fruity and tart, raspberries and blueberries come out upfront
T- The taste is more balanced than the aroma, sweet fruity berry flavors upfront, some tartness, blueberries, raspberries are the most detectable, sweet bitterness.
M- Decent carbonation, medium/light mouth feel, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- This beer is decent and enjoyable, strong fruity (berries) flavors upfront with a slight sourness, the abv is hardly noticeable for being 9%, not the best representation of the style but it does the job.

Photo of prototypic
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft Parade is a very hazy, scarlet color. Backlighting gives it a very strong red tint. It’s topped with a white head that appears to be stained a very light pink. It rises to nearly a finger in height and is quite slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is rather average. It’s weak in terms of aromatics. Needs more strength. There are definitely some berry notes present, but it’s tough to distinguish them. Raspberry is all that I can truly recognize. Smells a bit acidic or tart. It is a little grainy and earthy, but that’s the only evidence of rye. Doesn’t smell spicy at all. That’s a bit disappointing. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t smell like 9% abv. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is about on-par with the nose. Up front, it does taste a little toasty and earthy. It’s a somewhat subtle flavor that comes and goes quickly. There’s no spiciness as far as I can tell. It definitely has a berry flavor, but it doesn’t taste as fruity as I anticipated. Raspberry and strawberry flavors are noted. It is a bit acidic and tart. Honestly, the fruit flavors don’t clash with the other elements, but they don’t add much either. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. Finishes a little earthy, berry-ish, and acidic.

Soft Parade has a medium body. Carbonation is quite active. Perhaps Buzzy Parade would be more fitting. It’s not bad, but it isn’t quite smooth either. It goes down okay. If I liked the flavor more, it’d definitely go down easier.

I’m a big fan of Short’s Brewing Company. Unfortunately, Soft Parade is one of their weaker releases. It’s not a total disaster, but the fruit flavor seems to be lighter than it should. It also just works okay with the flavors. It’s not exactly a symphonic masterpiece. Short’s is a fantastic brewery. This is not one of their stronger releases. It's just okay. If you're into fruit beers, you might like it. Just my $.02.

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

It's nice the way that the different fruit flavors come together to form a synergy. This is similar to the way that a juice blend can form a more complex flavor than any individual juice. The flavor is more subtle than many fruit ales, but this isn't a bad thing. A light refreshing summer drink.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a vibrant red-orange with half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, berries, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, and a shit-ton of berries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The alcohol on this one was very well hidden behind the massive on-slaught of berries that it created. However, I happen to like fresh berries from time-to-time, so this brew really suited my palate quite well. So if you are not a fan of berries avoid at all costs. If you are, you have to try this.

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.