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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 53
Gots: 85 | 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. 

(Beer added by: fantome on 06-18-2004)
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Photo of crosamich
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

crosamich, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

cadaugherty, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

DrJay, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

aasher, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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

brentk56, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

SuperNova777, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of AScribjr
4.9/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with alot of carbonation as expected., considering all the different berries.The red hues is a nice look. The berry taste so delightful on your tongue. Being this is such a drinkable beer beware of the results after too many...thank you SHORTS for a nice beer

AScribjr, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Beejay
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly hazy, ruby colored in the glass. Nice white head.

S: Odd. Smells like berry scented styrofoam. There is some definite burning plastic smell in here. it has me worried.

T: Very strange beast indeed. A little of the plastic taste comes through. There are some tart fruit notes, and is reminiscent of cider.

M: Fairly light, but very active carbonation.

D: Not a fan of this one. It could be really brilliant, and as I continue to drink it more of the tart berry comes out. But the tartness and the plastic thing don't mesh well with me.

In the end this is a drain pour for me. I simply have no desire to take another sip.

Beejay, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a reddish colored body with a thin reddish white head. It has some retention, little lacing and decent carbonation. The best thing about this beer is the smell. The first thing that hits the nose is a mix of fruits, most noticeable is strawberry and raspberry. Like smelling some homemade jelly or jam. The taste is a fruity taste of different berries mixed with rye and the alcohol taste and carbonation gives it a sweet wine like feel to it. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer that clings to the lips and tastebuds and if you like a strong sweet fruity beer than this is a beer for you. It is a drinkable beer and when ever I feel like having a fruity beer in the future I'll be sure to pick up a six pack of this. Now all i need to do is try Short's Uber Goober and PB and J beers.

DannyDan, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This is a just a beautiful looking beer. It pours a nice transparent ruby color. The head is thick and white, with a slight pinkness to it. Good lacing was left on the glass.

S - The smell is very tart. There are notes of berries, with strawberry being the most prominent of the berry smells. The smell is kind of faint, but it is pretty nice.

T - As the nose suggests, this is quite tart. You can taste the berries throughout the whole beer. At the finish there are some yeast and lightly roasted malts present.

M - It has a light to medium body, and high carbonation. It is sharp, crisp, and I find it to be rather refreshing.

D - This is quite drinkable. It goes down easy, and it is pretty different from the beer that I usually drink. This isa very interesting beer, and if I was in the right mood I would get this one again.

JizackFH, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with just s thin wisp of loose, white foam which mostly settles as a thin slim film and ring in the glass. the beer has a noticeable red hue to it, and is just about completely clear.

S - soft, medicinal (cough syrupy) like cherry, strawberries, and blueberries. rye adds a subtle "spice" alongside some crisp and crackery malts.

T - fruity sweetness out of the gate, with red raspberries and strawberries taking hold first. a slight, tart blueberry and red grape taste settles in. plum creeps in, eventually taking over completely...only allowing some light rye to sneak through.

M - light body, with crisp and tingly yet not overdone carbonation. dry through the finish due to fruity sweetness and tart.

D - this actually grew on me, slightly. still, pretty ugly to look at (like a lot of Short's brews) and comes off as trying just a bit too hard (again, Shorts). not completely bad, and a good change of pace through most standard beers.

Stigs, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker grapefruit like pink color. Two finger light pink head that showed medium retention. Some streaky lacing on the glass but nothing too much.

S- This is plain and simple but delivers a punch. Lots of berries in the nose. Nothing more nothing less with the fruit. Some light bready malts in the backing. The fruit really seemed to jump out there.

T- Berries, berries, and more berries! Raspberries, strawberries, light plum and citrus notes throughout the entire beer. Some light bready malts in the middle of the beer with a touch of grain to them. More fruit on the backend of the beer with light alcohol in the very last second of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Berry flavor dominates the palate and long into the aftertaste. The balance on this beer is actually good even though it leans on the berries heavily. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Clean flavors through and through.

D- The ABV is well hidden in this beer. It delivers as a fruit beer should. A little girlier?? Maybe but the ABV isn't. It's easy to lay down a sixer of these without trying. I don't know if that's a good thing yet or not ;)

alleykatking, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of hophunter
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- reddish purple with a head that is foamy but doesn't last. lacing is nice.

smell- can definitely pick up blueberries and strawberries. hops come in to play and malts are definitely present.

taste- berries, first with the malts. finishing on a hop note.

mouthfeel- bubbly and smooth. not too sparkling.

drinkability- very easy to drink because of the nice balance between fruit, hops and malts. it's high gravity but not boozy.

hophunter, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a purplish red with about two fingers of off white head. The head does not last long and after about a minute, leaves about an eighth of an inch of foam.

Aromas of massive fruit. Strawberry dominates. Then the raspberry/blackberry. Blueberries kind of hard to pick out of the mix. No malt, no hops, no underlying base beer discernable.

First sip is all fruit, like a big bowl of mixed berries. Not sweet, and a little "cherry stone" bitterness hangs out at the end, possibly from the strawberry and raspberry seeds? Perhaps some bite from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with some dryness.

Very drinkable dessert beer. I wouldn't want to session this, as it starts to taste like a wine cooler after about 3/4 the way through the bottle.

JamnesCameron, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of JLeege
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a vibrant amber color, failry cloudy, with a large bubbly white head. Good lace.

Smell- Smells like strawberry pop-tarts. Sweet and fruity, lots of berries. I swear I am getting some of the fake vanilla icing as well.

Taste- Tastes pretty much like the aroma. More blueberry is present in the taste, strawberry takes the back seat. Not a bad flavor, but this seems more syrupy than your top notch fruit beers.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation, but a medium body.

Overall- This is not bad. I would drink it again, but I wouldnt want to commit to a full six pack. If I can find more singles of this I would pick it up every now and then.

JLeege, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Piraat tulip

A - Light brown with some pink, no head, good lacing

S - Raspberry, blueberry

T - Trio of berries (straw, rasp, & black) & some booze --> fresh and fruity turning slightly malty --> touch of heat in addition to sweetness on the end

M - A bit syrupy, but not overly so

D - One and done for me, but it was enjoyable

klikger, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of jmich24
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Somewhat cloudy ruby red. Pinkish two finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Sweet and tart. Very fruity especially strawberries and raspberries.
T: First thing that comes to mind is sweet homemade wine. Very fruity almost like a wine cooler. Zero bitterness.
M: Very sweet, crisp finish, highly carbinated.
D: This is to sweet to be drinkable for me.

Perfect beer for your wine/wine cooler drinking wife. Personally I will pass.

jmich24, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

during the great pumpkin carving of 2010, this was one of many new beers sampled. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/29/2010.

the pour was a bit of a gusher but settled down quickly so no worries. nice light pinkish hue to it with a foamy off white head that left a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

i am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this hit me off just right. a near perfect aroma of berries and sweet fruit notes came through the air, really just wonderful and opened my eyes instantly. smooth flavor, raspberry, strawberries, light peach and plum notes with a hint of light citrus and a spike at the end. a wonderful mix of fruit flavors and light body that is balanced to near perfection. light dry finish with a long lasting flavor sealed the deal.

overall simply wonderful and something i would have no issues with going after again. another winner from shorts.

mikesgroove, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip


pours a dark pink/ruby color. about 1 fingers of bubbly head that is slightly pink.


A nice berry smell with some funky grainy smell. The rye maybe? A little reminiscent of another Short's brew I had. Decent smelling, but was hoping for something a little more potent.


a little better than smell. Some tart (but sweet) berries. Mainly getting the raspberry/strawberry taste.


light bodied. very carbonated/bubbly. A little tartness in there leaving the mouth a bit dry.


Decent, but I doubt I'd have more than one in a sitting. Plus shorts is difficult to find in my area. I'll give it some brownie points for being high ABV but easy to drink. If I had it fresh on tap, I'd definitely try it.

cetherid, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to mcallister for this extra.

Pours a beautiful pink ruby with a nice lightly-tinted head that has a bit of a reddish character. Nose is soft fruits with quite a few different berries; the strawberry really came through to me with the blueberry coming through to a lesser extent. Nice blueberry and strawberry flavor throughout. In the end, the feel was pretty decent and it drank well enough, but the unique concept only lasted for a bit before this started to taste less interesting and wasn't much to keep me drinking.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a recent trade, and split it with my wife tonight. Poured a very murky purplish-brown color, with a big, off-white head, that is shot through with pink and purple swirls. Tart berries on the nose, along with a hint of orange juice. On the palate, this one is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, lightly tart, with some fruit flavor (though mostly citrus). Pretty drinkable, but nothing I'll try to find again.

emmasdad, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of dfillius
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of pink head with fair retention. Cloudy pink liquid is spot on for a fruit beer and looks decent.

S: Strawberry, raspberry, some bread. Pleasant

T: Tart, fruity, but kind of bland. Citrusy. Has an overall flavor of jam on toast. Not cloying thankfully. The tartness and flavor is overall reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

M: Tart, but lands a bit flat near the end of the sip. The 9% is not apparent at all!

D: I like it and I could drink another. I do think I would buy 6.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another thieved bottle from my brother. Good man, he. It pours a clear pinkish-red topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mixed berries (all sorts of 'em, baby), with a minor undertow of medicine. The taste brings back the berry bushels, dragging along some flowers, cobwebs, and a light rubber. The body is on the lighter side, with a moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, I didn't really enjoy this brew all that much. It sounded pretty tasty, but it seems it was executed a bit poorly.

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours pink orange with a thick pinkish head that leaves solid lace. The nose is super fruity with strawberry dominating and a toasty malt backbone that is just underlying. The flavor is more blueberry dominant with the toastiness a little more pronounced. The body is light with heavy carbonation and a medium fruity finish.

wedgie9, Sep 27, 2010
Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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