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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 75 | 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:
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 pablot71


3/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Sweet fruity strawberry aroma. One finger head. Murky brown with red hues. Taste starts with a little bit of the fruit followed by notes from the malt bill. Finishes with a medium bitterness. Well carbonated slippery mouthfeel. Overall it is a unique tasting fruit beer. Although there is some alcohol in the flavor profile it doesn't stand out as being 9%.

05-30-2010 03:23:05 | More by pablot71
Photo of busternuggz


4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice type glass.
Pours a very beautiful red color with an orangish tinge. Shows a 1/4" delicate white head that dissipates before too long, leaving a thin film and some persistent lacing.
The smell of sweet strawberries and raspberries are prominent, with the blackberries being more subdued. I don't really smell the blueberries.
Similarly in the taste, you get the taste of fresh strawberries, then raspberries, then blackberries on the end, just a little tart. The fruit tastes are so well presented, like fresh, juicy berries; I swear I can even taste the strawberry and raspberry seeds as if I was biting into actual berries. The alcohol does show through a little every now and then, and the aftertaste has just a touch of bitterness.
Very light bodied and well carbonated, slightly effervescent even. Smooth and easy drinking.
One of the most enjoyable and well-crafted fruit beers I've ever had.

05-28-2010 22:50:16 | More by busternuggz
Photo of weatherdog


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. A thanks to Tony for this bottles.

It pours a really nice hazy pinkish hue. There is no denying that this beer has a lot of berries in it. A generous yellow/straw head dies down to a nice cap that lingers for a good amount of time. A medium to high amount of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. So far it hits every note on what a beautiful fruit heavy beer should be. Unfortunately it goes downhill from there.

The nose is very reminiscent of a completely average raspberry wheat beer. I looked and i don't think this beer is brewed with wheat, rather with rye but the similarities to a fruit wheat beer are very evident to me. The fruit smell itself is ok, it's kind of bland and not very assertive with a kind of slick or oily smell some wheat beers get

The flavor is much the same of the smell. I think the problem with the fruit is there are too many flavors in there and it turns into one big muddled mess. The raspberry stands out to me but even then it isn't a very well done fruit flavor. There isn't too much offensive about it but nothing too impressive either. I can see how Short's is gearing this as an alternative to the female wine drinker.

The mouthfeel is pretty slick. There is also a pretty high level of carbonation. The one really nice thing is there is no sign of the ABV at all and it drinks quite well. Even though I particularly didn't enjoy the taste I has no apprehension finishing the bottle.

05-28-2010 01:06:19 | More by weatherdog
Photo of Lauthaha


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a good-old beer mug.

Appearance: Poured at a 45 degree angle. Gave myself a good 1 and 1/4 finger head, in which there was a unique pinkish tint which was very inviting. The beer itself is a medium-dark amber with a bit of red in the mix. Took head a long time to dissipate, and left a heavy lacing when it did. Outstanding appearance, absolutely without a doubt the best quality of this beer.

Smell: Just like walking into a berry field. Fruity, with a very soft alcoholic scent (surprising due to the high ABV of this beer) and gentle hoppiness. Confusing at first, but after a moment of contemplation, the smell is almost as great as the appearance. Simply magnificent.

Taste: Bittersweet in the best of ways. Despite the heavy berry aroma, it's not a "sweet" beer by any means. The flavor pallet is amazingly rich; berries, berries, berries! Just as with the smell, there's a gentle hoppiness to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light with a distinctly crisp feeling. A great beer for summer, so long as it is enjoyed in moderation.

Drinkability: It's a sipper, but it's a great sipper; worth every penny. Though one would probably suffice for most people, this would be a decent beer to enjoy liberally on a night preceding a day off! Outstanding performance all around.

I have had this beer on tap before, but it's generally been enjoyed near the end of a hard night of consumption. This was the first time I had the pleasure of drinking it from a bottle. I wouldn't recommend it for the average beer drinker, it's not a "crowd pleaser" by any means. However, if you don't mind lambics, this one is definitely worth a shot.

05-27-2010 00:00:20 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of scruffwhor


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Deep rosey color with awesome bubbling and a nice head to boot.

Super carbonated juicey aroma that takes on a general viney quality. At times, makes me think of a malt beverage from Bacardi.

The tate starts very carboantedand mixed berry flavored. The middl to the finish develops slowly into a fruit infused Rose` wine of sorts. With the warmth of the alcohol plcing its foothold on the palate, once the carbonaion subsides a little.

This is a sipper, but refreshing and fun, light hearted. Sweet, carbonated, and easy.

05-25-2010 05:45:49 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of mgbickel


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a flute. Formed a massive pink tinted head that quickly receded but stuck to the sides of the glass. The body is almost clear...ruby and mahogany in color.

The aromas can best be described as a grainy sweet tart (huh?). A mixture of berries and bread maybe...

The flavor is similar to the nose, but more on the bitter side than the sweet side. As the glass goes down, this reverses and the sweetness starts to prevail...interesting...

The mouth feel is on the lighter side, semi-astringent with good carbonation.

A pretty unique beer that is worth checking out for sure.

05-21-2010 14:45:32 | More by mgbickel
Photo of ChadQuest


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Berries Berries Berries, light and tart, and slightly astringent. To me the dryness and light tartness are all that is holding this together, without that it would be really bad, but it makes it through and ends up being decent, but would be better with more tartness for sure. very crisp carbination and a slight acidicy makes me think this is slightly infected, that and my bottles slowly gushed, doesn't hurt the flavor too much honestly though.
Worth drinking and enjoying the rest of the 6-pack, may not buy it again though.

05-15-2010 06:02:38 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Magpie14


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

On draft at Butch's Dry Dock

A: looks like a fruit beer with reddish raspberry tones, orange, and a kiss of copper and brown. When held up to the light exposes a rose almost close to pink color. More or less it looks like a combination of ripe fruit colors. No head and no lace. A close enough look does reveal a mild soft fuzzy ring hugging the glass

S: the nose gathers a light soft character touched with mostly fruity berry-like notes. Some biscuit malts and grains are present with a pinch of sweetness

T: the palate is right in tune with the nose. Bright and sweet fruits ranging from strawberries, raspberries, to juicy red grapes. A light astringency works around after a few sips, nothing overpowering but it starts rather sweet and moves to a tart snap and lingers with a herbaceous leaf-like blueberry character as the sips continue. Toasted malts are far in the back and fruit runs the show. What is nice is that a slight raw edge moves around and pulls in rye-like notes

M: sharp, crisp, and full of life. Body is light to mild in character. Nothing I would call smooth but more refreshing and light than anything

D: for the summer (or anytime for that matter) a must buy throughout the season. For a fruit and vegetable beer I find it one of the more quaffable ones. I usually steer clear from these types of beers...just not a personal favorite of mine. However, this one has the right elements for good drinkability

05-10-2010 22:25:45 | More by Magpie14
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Date: 05/02/2010
Vintage: 2010
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

*Shared w/ Beerloco and Mrs. Beerloco, thanks Alan!

Poured a red mahoghany in color w/ a thin white head and nice lacing. Nose was of raspberry, blueberry, and breadiness. Hard to distinguish the blackberries. Taste was the same as the nose w/ slight subtle tartness that hanged on the palate. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean. This was an easy drinker that could definately be sessioned.

Nice brew from Short's!

05-10-2010 17:39:33 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of Florida9


2.63/5  rDev -27.7%

A: Reddish copper in color. Actually, one of the reddest beers I've seen. Very limp, lifeless white head with little retention.

S: Not much going on here. Some tart cherries, some toast; nothing overpowering.

T: Starts with a very light sugary sweetness. Summer fruit with the taste of unripe, tart berries, leading to a a certain vinous quality to it. Tart, but not sour. This one definitely has berries in it, but it would have been nice if the brewer would have used berries that had ripened before he brewed with them

M: On the thinner side of medium with heavy carbonation.

D: A rather unexciting beer that became almost annoying to drink. The wife refused to even taste it.

04-30-2010 02:09:13 | More by Florida9
Photo of Vonerichs


2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Color is a strange reddish-taupe, almost murky. Minimal head, no lacing.

The smell is like a pomegranite and red berry fruit punch.

It tastes like fruit punch of young unripe berries. It's tart and not sweet at all. If you're going to give me fruit in a beer, at least make it sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, like a flavored seltzer water.

I disliked every moment of drinking this one. Never again. No way.

04-30-2010 02:01:09 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of AgentZero


2.45/5  rDev -32.7%

A - Bright reddish color with tints of brown. No head to speak of, basically just bubbles up like soda and disappears quickly.

S - A lot of fruit, strawberries and raspberries mostly, as would be the case, they would be the dominant berry smells out of the four listed. No real blackberry scent, and definately no blueberry that I could pick out. Really about it.

T - Tastes kind of like a bad wine cooler. No malts or hops, just a kind of skunky sweet berry hodge podge of flavors. Nothing really distinguishing itself here.

M - Slightly syrupy considering how light bodied it is. Some soda-like carbonation. Finishes sticky.

D - Yuck, more like drinking juice, seems like a beer made for people who don't like beer. Can't do any more of this.

04-28-2010 20:07:02 | More by AgentZero
Photo of homebrew311


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Saw this at Binny's... surprised to see yet another new brewery in Chicago... although I understand this is a limited arrangement.

A: Pours a nice ruby reddish pink with a light pink colored head, heavy lacing, decent retention

S: the front of the nose smells off, kind of like cardboard or something that just doesn't work, this gives way to a nice berry aroma on the end, I can pick out the strawberries and raspberries, but the initial smell gives me a bad impression. Not sure if something about the batch is off or if all these ingredients clash. Could also be oxidization... which is weird because this beer is pretty fresh.

T: just like the nose, the front of the palate has the off flavors again, a bit sour, a bit of cardboard, and again this all gives way to some nice subtle berry flavors. If the front of the palate was anything like the end of the palate, this beer would be a homerun. Sadly is is not.

MF: smooth, light body, not sticky at all, medium carbonation

D: this beer is a bit of a disappointment. It kind of screws with my head because it initially tastes pretty bad, but leaves a quite refreshing after taste. Too bad this one just doesn't come together

04-27-2010 01:15:18 | More by homebrew311
Photo of hosehead83


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear amber in color with a pinkish hue, with a moderate and quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-Subtle fruit notes
Taste-Berry fruits, wheat. Subtle flavors, nicely balanced, very refreshing. An excellent warm weather brew. A fine balance keeps this beer in line. What could have been a cloying mess is instead easy on the palate, refreshing, and very drinkable with the alchohol well-hidden in a tangy and tasty offering for the hot summer months.

04-26-2010 15:13:28 | More by hosehead83
Photo of organicbrewer


2.63/5  rDev -27.7%

A-Crazy carbonation. more than half the glass is foam. Amber, boardering on ruby. brilliantly clear.

S-Strawberry and tomato? slight menthol. Raspberry. No hops, and no malt to speak of.

T-Dry red wine. Very low hop bitterness (next to none) and no hop flavor. Very slight crackery malt. Like carbonated commercial cranberry cocktail. No one fruit stands out.

M-Crazy prickly carbonation. Fairly dry. No alcohol heat.

D-Not really my bag. A mess of fruit and no malt to back it up. I might like this better if they had thrown some bugs into it and soured the beer. Maybe next time

04-21-2010 01:09:58 | More by organicbrewer
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle.

Pours clear light ruby with a quarter inch head of white that dissapated quickly. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration as well as some sporatic lacing.

Aromatics lead off with pure fruit juice with some faint peppery notes. Cherry, raspberry, and strawberries. Only the barest of a trace of husky malt way in the back.

On the light side of medium bodied with a crispish edge on a slightly syrupy profile.

Ripe fruit juice starts the palate, with more ripe cherry, strawberry, and raspberry following through. Sweetish and very fruity. Zero malt but a trace of peppery rye.

Finishes with lingering red fruits, honey, and Jolly Ranchers.

This would be a great beer to hit with the bugs. A bit one dimensional and being the little "sister" to the Imperial version doesn't leave the same impression.

04-15-2010 23:31:50 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of mrandypandy


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12oz bottle purchased from Archer Liquors in Chicago.

A - Pours an effervescent pinkish with a smallish white head. Kind of reminds me of a cisco wine cooler...

S - Smells of over-ripe fruit. Strawberry quickly comes to the front with other muted 'berry' aromas behind.

T - More of the over-ripe fruit. I can't taste all the specific berries (the bottle lists blueberries, strawberries, raspberries ande blackberries) but they don't play well together. Ick.

M - Medium body. Highly carbonated. Overly sweet as the brew warms.

D - Not an easy beer to finish. The fruit flavors don't mesh together and create a rather messy beer. The more I drink the less I like it.

I've heard good things about Short's and some of their offerings. I don't think this was one of them. Very unbalanced and overly fruity. I would say that I won't drink this again, but I have five more bottles to go through...

04-13-2010 04:19:56 | More by mrandypandy
Photo of jrallen34


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a brownish red with a light white head that is gone right away. No lacing.

The aroma is light and lacks any sweetness that you would expect with all the fruit in it. You mostly get some rye, but that's about it.

The taste is really dead as well. The first sip you get a hint of the all that fruit with a little sweetness but then rest of the way through the finish just a very light rye. The taste is not bad, its just that its bland, its like eating rice.

The feel is ok, drinkability is easy.

Overall, pretty disappointing. The taste is and aroma are bland and boring, barely any fruit in here at all. Don't bother drinking this.

04-11-2010 22:48:12 | More by jrallen34
Photo of malty


4/5  rDev +9.9%

Bottled in Feb. '10.

Pours a beautiful amberish rose color with just a hint of cloudiness. An off-white head with a slight pinkish hue sits loose and casual at 1/2" Fine uprising carbonation is visible.

FRESH berries (the label reads: 'Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackberries') - I'll agree. A graceful fruity balance of aforementioned fruit and soft, sweet pale malts. A little almond and some vanilla nougat are present in the nose also. Not at all 'fake' or contrived...very natural fruit essence here.

Sweet, sour and bitter. Very creative juxtaposition of funky, traditional and natural elements gently bombarding the pallet. All of the fuit in the nose translates well into the taste. The thing that raises my eyebrows is the natural beer flavor comes through also. Malted barley shines and reflects off of all the fruity goodness. Bitter, sour and hoppy. Sweet, yes. Overly sweet or cloying, heck no.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long, bitter, chalky flavorful finish. Fine prickly carbonation is kinetic and playful.

Drinkability is good. A great change of pace beer with something for (I believe) everyone.

Very unconventional and satisfying. It's 60F, sunny and breezy outside and this offering is doing me just fine. I love the slight sourness of this ale, along with the bitter, chalky hop profile. It really mixes well with the fresh fruit - giving lots of balance and dimension. I believe I'll make room in my fridge for this ale for the Spring & Summer months.

04-04-2010 17:07:21 | More by malty
Photo of tetonka4kzoo


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a nice dark copper color. Had a decent head and good retention on glass.

Smells fruity and sweet. Hints of rye and other grains.

A nice fruity taste but not overly sweet. Noticeable strawberry and raspberry presence. Soft Parade also has a malty and breadiness taste from the rye.

Soft Parade has a good sourness and decent carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Strong and decent for a fruit ale. Great fro mixing with stouts.

04-03-2010 19:15:36 | More by tetonka4kzoo
Photo of akorsak


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

A 12 oz bottle, thanks to heliosphann.

A: First off, this 12 oz bottle is a gusher. A slurry of off-red foam and beer flew everywhere. Even a prompt pour into a tulip resulted in an overflow. Probably lost an ounce or two in that mess. That craggy billow of white head has left a wall of lace, to put it mildly, in my glass. The ale is a sickly reddish-purple-brown hue, opaque.

S: Very fruity, with strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry standing out. There is enough booze to remind me that it isn't a virgin drink. An excellent nose.

T: The fruitiness isn't as intense in the taste. What does linger around is a strawberry/raspberry sweetness, matched with booze and a malty presence. As the ale progresses, sour fruits emerge and crowd out the sweetness. The fullness of the body has been impacted by the honey (even if it doesn't do much flavor-wise). I'm not quite sold on it, much like when I was bellied up at the bar ion Bellaire last summer.

M: The mouthfeel has fruit, mostly sour (and a hint of sweet), along with a full body that carries the weight well.

D: Refreshing, not light by any stretch, the ale packs a bunch of fruit into a small package. It's no Strawberry Short's Cake but I'd take another bottle.

04-03-2010 00:40:04 | More by akorsak
Photo of semibaked


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a sugary white head that was gone when I blinked.

S - I get a little of the fruit but mostly malts and a bit of the rye. Bread like qualities too.

T - Tastes like breads with some of the fruit mixed it but more bitter. I get some of the berry sourness but no too much it is pretty subdued. It does hide the ABV well though.

M - Pretty oily and not terrible it is ok.

D - Would like more of the fruit flavors, I don't know if this is an older bottle, but it would seem given the amount of fruit that is in it, it would come out more.

03-23-2010 23:10:22 | More by semibaked
Photo of beerwolf77


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Thanks to erikkoppin for this beer.

Poured into my duvel tulip the beer is deep red orange with about two fingers of light pink head. Lots of thick lace is left around the rim.

The aroma is super fruity. I mostly get cherries and raspberries but maybe a hint of strawberry. It smells alot like a wine cooler or sangria. Very nice.etween

The rye really shows in the flavor. Light sweet fruit is overpowered by rye and a bitting dryness. I'm a bit perplexed at the casm between the nose and the flavor.

The body is medium to light with a average carbonation.

Overall a great beer to sniff. Not so much when you take a sip. i'm glad I got to try it though.

02-20-2010 20:58:50 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of icetraxx


4.33/5  rDev +19%

Poured on-tap at Uptown Grille in my hometown of Commerce.

A: Poured a strawberry red, with thin one finger head that stayed around for the entire beer. Much, much better looking than the murky brown bottle of soft parade that I've poured before.

S: Rasberries, strawberries, other berries. A mildy tangy aroma and some yeasty notes in the background. Much more pleasant than the bottled variety.

T: Tastes like raspberries ,strawberries, cereal grains, and a tiny bit of balancing hop and yeast spiciness, though this one is a bit on the sweet side. Very crisp and clean finish lets you know you are drinking beer, not a wine cooler. By far the best fruit beer I've ever had. Much, much better than the bottled variety. Get this one on-tap, now!

M: Medium body, appropriate for the style. Nothing to get too excited about.

D: I am not a huge fan of the style, though I could have a few of these (while feeling a little guilty about drinking a fruit beer, I will admit).

O: Easily blows the bottled variety of this beer out of the water, and then some. All Short's is better on-tap, no question about this.

02-20-2010 20:01:46 | More by icetraxx
Photo of DefenCorps


1.45/5  rDev -60.2%

schro126 was kind enough to throw this in as an extra. Thanks, man! Unfortunately, it was pretty disgusting.

Mildly murky and hazy strawberry pink with a pinkish white head with good retention and a little lace, this is OK

God, this is putrid. Vegetal and fruity with a harsh and rubbery solvent character and some alcohol heat. Cooked fruit and jammy, this is disgusting.

The palate isn't as awful as the nose, but that isn't saying much. Harsh solvents, alcohol, and cooked fruit before a grassy and vegetal finish, and if that isn't enough, there's some rubber in the middle. Light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation, the awful finish just reemphasizes the trainwreck that this beer is.

02-08-2010 16:08:07 | More by DefenCorps
Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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