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Short's Village Reserve - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jimbotrost on 09-14-2005

Fermented as "beer" from wort extracted from fully modified two-row pale malt which provides a beautiful straw color. This beer is aggressively hopped with Perle and Centennial hops. Its light body and low alcohol allow the hops to become more prominent throughout the beer. The floral aroma is attributed to heavy handfuls of centennial hops at the finish of the boil. Hearty handfuls of hops lend a grape fruity tone in the flavor and finish of the beer.
40 I.B.U.'s
10.6 deg.  Plato
4.2% A.B.V.
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 13
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden/amber color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Mild malt sweetness with some faint citrus hops.

Taste: Mild at first, a bit bready from the malt. After a bit the citrus peel hops show up and leave you with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice easy drinking beer. I thought the bitterness dominated the beer a bit too much for the style.

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful golden straw semi-transparent beer with a crisp white lacey head. Smell is hoppy with a good pale malt scent and an earthy bitterness that is strong. The taste is dominated by hops and more hops that lend a sweet and earthy citrus peel. This is a lot like a hopped up IPA yet holds a different character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as oily as it seemingly should be which is a nice surprise. A lot of hop in this, and while I've never any other california common beer to compare it with, I will say this is tasty.

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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler a standard medium amber with a wispy ecru head. The head has nice staying power and leaves plenty of lace.

The aroma is quite understated with some citrusy and fruity hops, as well as a bit of grassiness and some bready malt.

The flavor is a very balanced mix of bready malts, toasted crackers, pine, light citrus, earthy floral notes and some fruity esters. I am not sure if the style listed is correct on this, but it might just be the sort of beer that is hard to categorize. It sure is tasty though.

The body is on the lighter end of medium with an extremely balanced finish. This is one of those beers that sort of melts into your palate, leaving a bit of a fruity and bready aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer and one of my favorites of Short's sessionable offerings. If there were not already enough reasons to come visit the pub in Bellaire, you can add the chance to try this beer to the list.

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of moderately dry caramel malts with good amounts of earthy hops and crisp lager yeast. As the beer warms moderate amounts of citrus hop aromas come into play.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very light citrus hop flavors work their way into things before drying out into a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the overactive side.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer for the style - maybe a bit overhopped for a traditional steam beer but very good nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery, brewer's notes " traditional Northern Michigan style steam beer". The pour was anice deep straw color capped with a mid size full head and bright white lace. The nose is initially elusive to pinpoint, very clean and neutral, but has some hop crispness and some malt and some esters from the yeast. The beer has a dry malty flavor balanced with hop dryness. Finish is dry and long with an aftertaste needs to be quenched with another.

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Short's Village Reserve from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.