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Short's Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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735 Ratings
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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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Photo of carlborch


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

The (unfiltered?) ale poured to a light pink haze. 2-inch pinkish head formed, but settled rapidly. Belgian lace did not form. Nice berry nose and palate with some bitter and green-leaf edges. Medium-light body with attenuated lingering. Hints of sweetness balanced against the bitter notes.The fruit notes are most evident and intriguing when served at cellar temperatures rather than refrigerated. Although promoted as "brewed special for those ladies who enjoy their wine" that is far too limiting. This brew is appropriate for both genders, wine-drinker or not.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 22:57:01 | More by carlborch
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an imperial pint

A: Pours a clear deep red to purple with a 2.5 finger foamy purple tinted head from a vigorous pour. The head quickly reduced to a 1 finger and progressed to a crown. Some lacing was present but dwindled as the session continued.

S: Rye spice is nicely complemented by dark fruits (blackberry and blueberries) with other raisin-like flavors

T: Highly sweet with strawberry/seeds dominating with blueberry hints as well. Rye spice and a bready character are underneath. Little hop character comes through with the only hints on the breathe. Sweetness fades slightly as the session progressed leaving most rye.

M: Carbonation is low in my opinion leading to a thin body. Finish is crisp and very dry almost like a wine. An unpleasant syrup texture increased overtime.

D: For me the beer is too sweet, not to say that someone may like it, just not me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 00:11:00 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
Photo of dstc


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt amber with a rose tint. Huge frothy light tan head with shades of pink. Head falls rather slow. Big sticky lace.

Sweet tinny smell. Aroma consists of raspberry, blackberry and cherries even though the bottle never really mentions cherries.

Nice taste. Somewhat metallic like the smell but big on the wild berry flavors. Rather refreshing.

Mostly thin and crisp in the mouth.

Decent enough. Not a big fruit beer lover but this seemed well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:48:41 | More by dstc
Photo of edenm


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a very fluffy, airy head, but it could've just been my particular bottle. The color is bright and rosy -- not quite pink, but pretty close to it. It does look beautiful and appealing in the glass.

The smell is very summery, fresh and floral. I taste mostly fruit and it's extremely sweet -- I taste the strawberries here more than anything else. I tend to like fruit beers but this is a little sweet for me.

The carbonation is pleasantly sharp in the mouth but it does leave a little bit of stickiness behind. While it's not very high in alcohol nor does it feel heavy, it's still more of a sipping beer for me. It's probably nice for a summer's day and I enjoyed having it, but it's nothing I need to have too often, if ever again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:14:07 | More by edenm
Photo of boatshoes


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother picked this up for me on a recent trip up to Michigan. My second time trying this beer.

Appearance- Pours a well carbonated ruby with about a finger and a half of fizzy pink head over the body. Lots of beading on the sides of the glass but head retention is poor and dies back to a ring around the edges rather quickly.

Smell- A mixed berry bouquet. Primarily, I pick up first on blueberry. Following this, the most dominant fruit is raspberry. Both are quite fresh smelling and there is a hint of spice in the background.

Taste- Again, most dominant taste is of fresh blueberries, with raspberry, and some seed showing through as well. Interesting background spices show through just a bit as well, and I suspect this is influence of rye.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a bit disappointingly thin but carbonation is good. Alcohol does show through however, reducing drinkability a bit.

Overall, a very good take on fruit beer. Not my favorite style but a solid and interesting offering by Shorts.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:21:46 | More by boatshoes
Photo of enfield249


2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, rose gold in color, white foam head about 1 fingers worth

S - Not much smell, maybe a little fruityness.

T - No one specific fruit, just kind of a general berry/fruit taste.

M - Fairly clean, not to much CO2, a little bit of the fruit stays with you.

D - Meh. Fruit beers are not my favorite to begin with, and this did nothing to change my mind on that account.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 23:49:53 | More by enfield249
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a cloudy reddish brown with a one-finger white head with a pink tinge, great retention and lacing

s - big blueberry and blackberry aromas with a lighter note of strawberry, raspberry is pretty muted

t - much like the aroma, blueberry and blackberry aromas predominate, the spiciness of the rye is evident on the mid-palate and finish along with some strong strawberry notes, alcohol not very evident, lingering blackberry and raspberry on the finish as well, the rye adds a nice complement to the all of the fruit

m - light-to-medium bodied, lower to moderate carbonation, somewhat sweet finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - quite drinkable, easy on the palate and the flavors are interesting if not a little one dimensional with all the fruit

Pretty good beer overall and one I could see a lot of non-beer lovers really liking. I could use a little more tartness to add a some more depth to the sweetness, but not bad at all for a non-sour fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 21:00:18 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of ShadesOfGray


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

Got via trade. Poured into my Ommegang tall sniffer. Pours very red and solid. Huge white fizzy/bubbley head. Head lasts a long time, and leaves outstanding lacing. The appearance reminds me of fruit punch with head. The aroma is extremely strong...all fruit. Smells like a wine-cooler.
Flavor...just like I thought it would. Very sweet and fruity. Honestly, it tastes like a wine cooler, just like it smelled. Reminds me of a "dirty-hoe"(Framboise Lambic with Hoegarden). A little carbonated, but overall very easy to drink. Overall, I'm surprised this is considered a beer. But tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 03:34:05 | More by ShadesOfGray
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin, kzoobrew, for this extra!

Poured into Ommegang chalice.

Pours a little over a finger of pinkish white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some pretty decent lacing. Color is a strawberry hued ruby red.

Aroma: Lots and lots of fruit! Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries. Wow. Reminds me a little of SA blackberry wit.

Taste: Taste is a little bit of a letdown as compared to the aroma. Everything just mashes together and it just doesn't work. The blueberries seem to win the battle a little and stick out a bit.

Mouthfeel: very dry taste to it and kind of fizzy. Light to medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a super dry aftertaste.

Overall, I was expecting a little more from this beer. A high abv fruit beer sounded like a winner, but it was just a mess once I tasted it. Too much going on that the flavors mix together in a way that I didn't prefer. For the abv, it is pretty easy to drink, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:12:05 | More by mothman
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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Auburn, huge fluffy head. Nice beer!

Smell: Honey, Strawberry, Plastic? Horrible. Makes it smell fake or rotten.

Taste: Got over any preconceptions from the scent and it's actually good. Sweet wheat is covered with tart strawberries, blackberries, ripe raspberries, and a nice yeast at the end.

Overcarbonated but has a clean finish that I do like.

Refreshing and goes down easy once you can get past the really strange smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 00:28:13 | More by jampics2
Photo of gford217


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a generous MI BA.

Major gusher alert on this one as this one exploded out of the bottle before I could get it into a bottle. The ensuing pour was 3/4 head. After it settles down a bit, the body is a hazy pinkish brown with a gigantic white head which shows pink hues as well. The head recedes very slowly and leaves clumps of foam on the sides.

The aroma is light with lots of sugary sweet with some definite strawberry and raspberry presence. There is a sweet malt aroma in the background as well

The initial taste is raspberries but with the lightly bitter blackberry and blueberry coming out much more than the aroma. The light malt backbone is present just to support the fruits and the finish is bitter with blackberries being the most prominent fruit for me. There is distinct medicinal aftertaste on this one though.

The mouthfeel is light and extremely effervescent with lots of carbonation. I do think the carbonation is a bit overdone as it's extremely bubbly and takes away from the taste a bit.

It's a very refreshing beer but the taste doesn't have the fruit presence that I was expecting from the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:48:27 | More by gford217
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3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pink. Not red, pink. Like similar to white zinfandel. Almost no head at alla dn it dissapears right away. Smell is yeast and strawberries, and is more than slightly unpleasant. The taste is heavily of strawberries with a sour aftertaste. The smell make stasting rough and I'm trying to decide if I want to finish the beer or drain pour it and go on to something better. The only other similar beers I've had are founders cerise, New Glarus Belgian Red and Rasberry Tart. This is definitely not any of those.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:36:47 | More by degerbah
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I was in Ann Arbor watching my Buckeye beat Michigan, I made a beer stop and decided to pick up some of this beer that I had heard a lot of good things about.

A - Pours a clear pink with some good head, the color isn't exactly what I expected (I rarely expect pink beer) though considering the set of berries fermented with it.

NOTE: I just held up the Diet Pomegranate 7up next to my beer. They look the exact same.

S - Strong fruit flavor. Oddly enough, similar to the Diet Pomegranate 7 up my friend is drinking.

T - A slight fruit flavor that wasn't overwhelming but it definitely leaves a fruit flavor in your mouth. This isn't quite on the level of Cerise, Raspberry Tart, or Belgian Red but it's decent.

M/D - Mouthfeel isn't bad, about spot on for a fruit beer but it had average drinkability for as sweet of a style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:30:40 | More by mwa423
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. I raise my glass to you, good sir!

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, reddish amber color with a good two inches worth of thick fluffy, almost pinkish colored head. Retention is good, and some decent lacing.

Smell: Fruity, but not in the sweet artificial kind of way. Raspberries are what stand out the most, with some nice strawberry sweetness in the back. The bottle says its got blackberries mixed, but that one's probably masked by other fruits.

Taste: Sweet and fruity. Reminds me of homemade jam. Like the smell, raspberry is what stands out the most, with some strawberry chilling out in the back...where all the cool kids sit.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. It has a nice light- to medium-body, and a pleasant overall texture.

Drinkability: Normally I don't go for the fruity beers. The ones that I've had usually taste artificial and overly sweet to me. This brew is very refreshingly sweet, but not over done. This one is surprisingly good. Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:13:11 | More by krisandajt
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a very generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful raspberry brown to copper with an amazing 3 finger crown that is slightly mocha with a hint of red. Retention is strong and lace is everywhere. Top notch looking fruit beer!

Smell: A bit lacking in my opinion. Smells kinda metallic...like a macro. Several berries going on here....blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and black berries but they are all in the background. Definitely not as pungent in the fruit department as I was expecting.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a tart finish.

Drinkability: I could drink lots of this if I liked the flavor more.

My least favorite Shorts offering so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:17:19 | More by koopa
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened with a loud release of CO2-scares me immediately of infection. Fair amount of foam and it takes 3 pours to finally get it in the glass. Huge head a top a fairly standard copper color beer. Nice and bright fruit aroma-long lingering berry aroma. A blend of fruit flavor pretty much dominates. Slight lactic tang. Sweetness is a bit subdued considering the fruit flavor. Finish is rather dry. Ok enough body. Not overly impressed in general. An ok beer. Maybe fresher would be better.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:19:11 | More by lackenhauser
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up during an epic trip through Michigan with my lovely wife in August, just now getting to this last bottle of Short's we brought home with us. Would've liked to jam more in the suitcase, that's for sure!

Popping the cap froze me in place as I spun away to toss the cap as the head surged up a couple inches, then stopped. Poured slowly, as the head jumped up at the slightest provocation. Rather pinkish, if I daresay, especially around the edges, & a tint to the head as well. Smell isn't anything to write home about - the seven year old is getting cough medicine each night before bed, & this smells just like Robitussin. Not bad, but not what I'd hoped for.

Hm. The Soft Parade is nothing if not interesting. The berries are front & foremost, but perhaps because of the number used, I'm finding it difficult to pick any of them out by name. But definitely berry. The medicinal tang in the nose isn't evident in the taste, thankfully. Sweet & light. The carbonation is over-done, though, & gurgles & bubbles in the mouth. Hey, this isn't champagne, boys! Sadly, I'm not getting any of the rye, which would've punched the intrigue level up quite a bit.

Pretty decent brew, but I can't imagine folks would want this on a regular basis. A novelty, a flashback to the '80's & B&J, but not something to reach for more than once in a blue moon.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:46:18 | More by maximum12
Photo of adamette


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Pink body with creamy head. Nice lacing. Unique, interesting. Bravo! 4.0

S Light fruit, cherry smells. 3.5

T Light fruit, no observable alcohol, reminds me of a lambic. 3.5

M Creamy, full feel but no alcohol feel. 4.0

D Good drinkability for a beer with such a high ABV. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 03:38:07 | More by adamette
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sarcastro!

Pours a salmon color with a nice creamy white/soft pink head. Great lacing. Large head on a beer specifically designed for women... subtle.

Smells like a conglomeration of berries. Hints of sweet perfume. Overly sweet at times, but still nice. If it wasn't for the mild astringent smell I'd give it a 5.

Nice berry mash upfront. It's a little too busy, but the berries come out nicely. Mildly astringent with a mild taste of melted plastic. That is disconcerting, but the rest was so nice I couldn't take off too much.

In the mouth it is nice and creamy, but slightly overcarbonated.

Fairly drinkable, but the astringent kind of kills the desire for much more. I'd like to try the Imperial series version. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 00:16:10 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of jt31914


2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz. Bottle

A: Literally 3 1/2 fingers of head; ruby red squirt color. Foam clings to the glass and very frothy.

S: Sparkling juice smell; berry is noticeable but no specific berry can be distinguished - no beer smell traceable.

T: Tastes like sparkling juice as well - no hops or beer like taste at all; the berries conflict and do not mesh well; I love short's but this did not taste very good.

M/D: Like pop rocks in your mouth. Suffice to say this isn't the most drinkable stuff.

It's hard for me to hate on a Short's brew, but this beer just wasn't good to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:09:14 | More by jt31914
Photo of corby112


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yet bright golden ruby color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up the glass and a massive 3.5 finger frothy, pillowy light pink head, that has amazing retention, keeping for several minutes before slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Thick chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Fruity aroma with hints of medicinal syrup, rye, peppery spice and an odd earthiness. There are a lot of dark fruits/berries present but the most prominent one I'm getting raspberry. Also, nice amount of blueberry and blackberry. It's nice that it smells like actual fruit and not artificial syrup. Intriguing.

Very carbonated up front, way too much so possibly from slight oxidization. There is still some kind of funky earthiness that I can't put my finger on. There is a decent amount of rye in there balancing out the natural sweetness of the fruit. Again raspberries are prominent with a hood bit of blackberry, blueberry and faint strawberry. Again, it's nice that it tastes like fruit not fruit flavor. The alcohol is very well masked but I still didn't find it too drinkable. This is an interesting brew but I'm not the biggest fan of raspberries so I probably wouldn't seek it out again. Interesting and worth trying but I wouldn't put too much effort in seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:40:41 | More by corby112
Photo of rudylaw


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another delicious MI brew courtesy of hoppymeal.

Very fizzy soda pour! Looks like blood orange juice. Smells of ripe raspberries. Man does this smell good!

Tastes like tart berry pie with a fizzy burn. Blueberry syrup is more prominent on the tongue up front with those raspberries in the finish. Tastes sort of like a gassy euro drink.

I admire the craft behind this, and I'm a lover in tart fruit beers, but this may be too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:30:51 | More by rudylaw
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

description above seems to adequately describe this berry mash-up from shorts

12oz single, scooped a sixer in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip - glowing pinkish red body with a big foamy pinkish beige wave that retains itself fully

smell: aroma is obviously of mixed berry - after great concentration you can begin to separate the tart blueberry from the raspberry and strawberry

taste: the distinct berry aromas seem kind of muddled on the palate - the light tartness is there and it even gives the illusion of seeds getting stuck in your teeth somehow, but alas something is lost. It's a little more grainy than i'd like and while it provides brilliant mixes of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry it remains a little too unrefined to pass the ever so difficult fruit-beer test. it actually kind of tastes like those frozen dole fruit bars, had they been melted down to liquid

mouthfeel: almost foamy, light tartness

drinkability: one is enough i think

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:30:13 | More by dirtylou
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3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by largadeer on BA, poured into snifter. Thanks, Chris.

A - Pours a reddish-purplish-amber color with a fairly fizzy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet and mildly tart raspberry and blackberry.

T - Also sweet and fruity with blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry syrup, like the kind you put on waffles at IHOP. Mild tartness and some plastic/cellophane notes. A little like a wine cooler in a way (not that I would know how those taste of course).

M - Palate is rather light for the ABV with lively carbonation.

D - Not bad for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 20:14:03 | More by nickd717
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking red/copper pour with a fluffy two fingers of head that recedes slowly and leaves some lacing behind. One of the best head retentions I've seen on a fruit beer.

Smell is pretty weak, but what is there is a soft raspberry character with hints of frosting-like sweetness

The taste is a bit lighter than I look for. It's unfortunate because the fruit that is there is absolutely wonderful, you just really have to focus on it in order to even pick it up. In a blind tasting I might struggle to even guess that this was a fruit beer. This beer is soooo close to being amazing, but it's weakness is also the most important part

Mouthfeel is normal for the style. Drinkability is high mainly because I keep reaching for the glass hoping that each passing moment opens up the flavor more. But it never happens. As it stands, this is a nice beer but far too light for 7.2% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:08:20 | More by alcstradamus
Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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