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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 219
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigDaddyWil on 05-22-2006

Brewed with 40% more ingredients to bump any ordinary pilsner to an imperial level.  We hop the kettle four times, using a good amount of Amarillo hops to balance the malty sweetness from the pilsen malt and  lots of flaked maze. At 7.5% ABV and 50 Bittering Units, this beer is still very quaffable and packed full of flavor thanks to the help of our house American lager yeast.  This beer was brewed upon the request of every ones favorite beer tender, Jeremy “the curl” VanSice
7.1% ABV
50 I.B.U.’s
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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Hazed golden yellow color. Nearly four fingers of white, pillowy head. Retention is pretty good and it leaves a strange lattice of lacing.

3.5 S: This smells like it was jam packed with orange peel and lemon rind. Simply tons of it floating into my nostrils. Grassy and lightly spicy hops. Far from clean, but not too muddled with yeastiness. Bready and somewhat floral overall.

2.0 T: The taste, however, is a bit too muddled. Full of yeastiness with too much bread and biscuit. Grassy, earthy hops give a bitterness that is just too strong for the style. Orange peel and lemon rind are back, but they fall behind too many intense, but unwanted flavors. This is not what I want from a pilsner, whether imperial or not.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body from the intense yeastiness. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy without being equally creamy. Far from smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

2.0 D: This is the antithesis of what I would want from the style. Heavy, overly bready and yeasty, and far from clean. Not refreshing at all and otherwise not satisfying.

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2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - very clear pale yellow with a nice head that lasts a long time and leaves good lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell - bread, biscuit, grassy with just a touch of leafy skunk and something vaguely Pine Sol-like buried under it all.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with lots of cabonation

Taste - sweet bready pilsner malt backed up by a bracing, back-of-the-throat-gnawing bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is long-lasting and grows increasingly unpleasant for a good minute after the beer is swallowed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted and smelled vastly different when first opened, had an almost Belgianesque yeasty feel to it. I let it sit for a while and it really opened up, or the bad stuff dissipated. Big sweet light sugary maltiness with a fair amount of higher alcohols. Grassy earthy pine sol hops. Not a fan, but better the longer it sits.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to gratefulbeerhead for this beer!

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows light retention. Light streaks of lace left on the glass.

S- I could pick up on bready pils malts, grain, and high alcohol in the front of the nose right off the bat. The alcohol mixes well with floral hops but lends to a scent that I was not the biggest fan of. The ending showed off some wet grain and lots of alcohol. Hints of tropical fruit linger in the ending as well but are cut off by the alcohol.

T- Floral hops in the front with a nice dose of grain. Middle of the beer shows off a big bready pils malt flavor. There is grassy note to the ending along with more bready malts. Grain and alcohol hit hte enidng of the beer with a trailing floral hop behind it. Plain and simple but to the point and big!

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Huge amounts of grain and bready malts are left on the palate along with a light sulfer like taste. Aftertaste is lots of warming alcohol, hints of hops, and a boatload of pils malt. Flavors were bold at times but very well balanced. No off flavors when sipping this one. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with this one!

O- This beer kicked my ass which I told Andrew (betsona) when we were drinking it. The malts were a little over the top at times but nicely done. The style itself was a little messy at times but then again I never realized why a lot of brewers are doing this as a style. Not a typical Short's beer and therefore I don't know how I really feel about it.

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Photo of Soonami
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to erric for hooking this up!

A-piss yellow with a fine white head. There was a little yeast in the bottle that made it's way into the beer, making it hazy

S-herbal hops with a weird dishwater soap perfume

T-very bitter with a a long oily lingering finish. The bready malt is a little sweet but finishes dry.

M-soft, not enough carbonation for me. Alcohol manifests later as the beer warms

O-good, a little excessive. not my favorite.

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Photo of techfed87
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, lively head. Color is a light amber/yellow Smell is pretty thin as well, not to say that it's extremely lacking, but it just doesn't have a lot of big stand out characteristics to it.

First sip is...wow, this beer is bitter. Very very bitter. But not in a really hoppy IPA way. Mouthfeel is quite corrosive, and a bit unbalanced as it comes off.

One of the most profound examples of what Short's is capable of. Still, this one seems a bit on the bleeding edge.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a local, but not for long, yokel. Thanks Tom.

Pale yellow with a thin white cap and some minimal streaky lace.

One taster smelled fireworks, which we determined to be sulfur. I pulled the more delicate and distinct scent of day old urine; the type that has sat and slightly funkified beyond it's deliberate freshness. There is a finishing twang of tropical hops...pineapple? Unless you're a fetishist for this type of nasal pummeling, I'm not sure you'd dig what this beer lays on your olfactory glands.

Taste thankfully improves upon the smell. Taste is spicy hops, a touch of sulfur, and grain. The pineapple quality that slightly confounded me from the nose plays here along the back end. There is some redemption here.

The mouthfeel is extremely grainy: as if there is sand mixed into the glass. Makes for chewy and slightly unpleasant overall feel.

Grand result: this beer smells bad and has a poor mouthfeel, but ranks higher in the categories of looks and taste. A mixed bag but once I'd be fine not opening again. Thanks Tom for the opportunity.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly clouded yellow/amber body, with almost a chartreuse around the edges. Small whit head settles to a dense ring.

S - Light crisp malts, some vanilla, pungent citrus (smells like simcoe to me).

T - really light on the malt, but sweet. Pungent citrus is here, and is the main show. A bit of bugspray?

M - dry, kind of coarse. Leaves your mouth feeling not that good.

O (D) - I guess this is ok. Some interesting things here. But I won't have it again.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to semibaked for the chance to give this one a shot.

pours a decently nice looking lightly hazy marigold hue... not far from what I'd expect from an imperial pils. a frothy white head erupts, fading away to leave some sticky lace behind.

aroma of light malt, followed by herbs and tropical fruit. thyme, rosemary, pineapple and guava. interesting. funky. hints of booziness in the nose.

taste is strong. no other way 'bout it. hoppy, intense, boozy, potent. way more than the aroma or appearance would allude to. boozy like a rough barleywine. resinous pine. pepper. spicy rosemary. interesting. not sure if good.

mouth is pungent as well... moderate body, a bit slick, a touch hot feeling. smooth, fine carbonation is almost a touch creamy. intense resinous piney bitterness lingers for a shockingly long time. almost unpleasantly harsh and bitter.

pungent sums this one up. it really delivers on the imperial pilsner name... a touch boozy and intense for my liking, and a bit muddled and messy on the whole. but it's interesting, definitely drinkable, and enjoyable. Not a bad beer, glad I tried it, but not one I'd seek out again myself.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Pours a translucent roasted corn. With an aggressive pour there wasn't as much of a head as I expected, but a medium white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S- Corn, light malt, aromatic hops, not much bitter, slight alcohol

T- Right away there is a toasty, burnt grass malt taste that I found rather overpowering. Once that fades though you get a nice light cracker malt and light bitter hops. The aftertaste is very white bready with some cheese in there.

M- Seems a bit low on carbonation for what I usually see in other pilsners. Fairly light in body and washes down easily.

O- This was okay, the toasted flavor I didn't care for and made this a pretty off balanced beer. The backend and aftertaste I found quite enjoyable just wish it was the same throughout.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. Pretty. A decent amount of white head. Looks very solid. Smells hoppy and lagery. Sme light yeastiness n the nose with amarillo hops creeping through. Tastes like a mess... Bitter hops overpower mediocre lagery yeasts. This one is just too off kilter for me.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at MI brewers guild fest. Cloudy orange/yellow pour with thin bleached white head. Lots of citric rind in the nose with some hops, and just a little bit of candy to follow. FLavours are massive grapefruit and citrus witha good hops bitterness. Dry, lingering bitter finish. Good! I liked this brweies tent!

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Brewed and bottled early 2011.

Appearance- A light golden color, a tiny bit of haze, but mostly clear. It has a 1 inch head that disapates quite quickly.

Smell- citrus controls most of the nose, great floral notes, a hoppy nose, and a pils malt in the back end.

Taste- Hoppy and bitter. Very bitter. Citrus and pine. Not that balanced. And, a reminder of why I don't like lagers. Although if I had to choose a Pils, this woud be a top contender. Getting better with each taste now.

Mouthfeel- Decent mouthfeel, bitter up front, lingers. It would be much better on a hot day!

Overall- Just not one of my styles. I enjoy it more as I drink it, I think the hops are taking over. But, my palate is hyper-sensitive to Pilsner malts and or Lagers in general.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shorts Brewing The Curl
12 oz. bottle

A - Pours a straw yellow with 2 inches of fluffy white foam that hung around for awhile leaving good lacing 4
S - i'm picking up some lemon, toffee and what reminds me of a yeast cake. Not overly unpleasant, but there is something a bit off about it. 3
T - Yeasty flavor, grainy breadiness with lemon but then a big hit of perfume like flavor. It has an astringent bitterness that is a little bit off-puting. 3.5
M - Medium bodied and good carbonation. 3.5
D - I feel like one bottle is enough. Its not bad, but there is just something that I find tiring after awhile. 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Boston in May, part of Shorts temporary over-run of the eatern city. The beer was a clear gold color, thick eggshell foam, and had solid sheets of lace. Clean grassy hops in the aroma, not strong enough to earn imperial moniker in my opinion. It tastes way more bitter than flavorful, not exactly my preferred approach. Mouthfeel is on target, light and carbonated.

This wasn't bad overall, but unfortunately it's pretty damn far from the stalwart, SA Hallertau Pilsner

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Photo of ypsifly
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Capped 750 with no dates purchased at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor and poured into a pilsener. Bottle # 447 with a neck tag explaining the ingredients and story behind the beer. Signed by Proprietor and Jedi Brewmaster, Joe Short.

Tons of foam despite a careful pour. Underneath the gargantuan head of white is a bright gold beer with plenty of carbonation, duh.

Plenty of pils malt and tons of spicyness from the amarillo hops. This is an odd yet very pleasing combo. Simple yet bold yet bold in its own way. I keep sniffing and sniffing...

Lots of pils malt upfront than the hops jump in and dry things out with a little spice. Picture a race car driver shifting gears too fast. Things were going just fine until the hop bomb blew up and wrecked any chance this beert had for balance. A hop head would like this, but I'm not a big fan of this sudden and drastic change of direction. Too much amarillo.

The mouth starts off moderate but turns too dry and bitter for me. I won't be dropping another $16 for this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! I'm only doing a brief write-up, because both of us knew this wasn't the freshest. The haziness was an immediate turn-off, but the big, foamy head looks good. There's still a hefty presence of Amarillo hops (read: lemon zest) appearing aromatically, with its malt backbone staying in the background - this has seemingly held up well. It tastes sweeter than the nose suggested, revealing its age better. I mainly get notes of caramel, white bread, and nuts. At least a slight finishing hop presence and a crisp lager bite helps it go down easily. It definitely doesn't seem fresh, but it's still good right now. I'd love to try this one fresh!

3.44/5: Even with a few months on it, it still has a good hop/malt balance

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Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Some white froth & lace.

(S)- A grainy, almost zesty citrus spice. Bits of biscuit-like yeast.

(T)- A sharp zesty grain with a bit of grassy citrus and mild to subtle yeast.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Definitely a sharp grainy feel, but done well with soft yeast notes to help balance it out.

(O)- Overall, I get how this is a pilsner, but almost comes off like a saison to me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into sampler glass at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy light orange color. The head was white with good retention and lacing. Fruit forward nose including the likes of citrus and a bit of white grape. Nose was cereal grains, some butter, and light grass. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Effervescent with spruce, toffee, and a little apricot in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Decent crisp pils beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very bright and vibrant clean gold in color with good clarity and a two finger, sudsy bright white head. The aromas are typical of most of the style, pale pilsner malts, light sweetness, some honey, and a light hoppy bitter finish. It tastes of bitter hops with a lightly sweet malty, honey finish. It's a lot more bitter than I anticipated. It also dries out my palate. It's a solid beer, but like most pilsners, there's little variance from the norm. It drinks well and is very drinkable but it is what it is.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Iain for this bottle.

A: The beer pours a pale golden color with a big white head on top.

S: Quite sweet with a bit of a grainy feel to it (as in sugar granules). Some table sugar, a hint of pineapple, and some very floral and perfumey hops. A touch of grass and lager yeast are also there.

T: Big time perfume and floral flavors to the beer. Mild bread and cooked grain flavors with some grass and orange peel. The bitterness is light, but there's also some astringency to the beer. Not quite as sweet as I had expected.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: I liked this beer well enough, but there were a few off characters to it that did just enough to put me off.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my DFH signature glass. Fairly clear golden yellow with a ton of bubbly carbonation. Two fingers of thick, fluffy, bright white foam floating atop. Very sticking lacing that shows great webbing.

S- Light lemon and citrus peel. Decent bready malt, grains and yeastiness. Notes of grass and earth. Nothing that overwhelming, and the nose doesnt really pop. A hint of banana from the yeast.

T- Orange zest and spicy, bready yeast! Nice bitterness on the tongue. A little grass, a touch of pine needles, and a subtle burst of citrus. Nothing over the top, but really well balanced and put together.

M- A little sticky, citrusy/piney pop! Some spice from the yeast and a nice balance from the pilsner malt and grains. A nice balance between bitter and sweet.

O- A very nice drinking beer... crisp and refreshing. Decently bitter, yet just sweet enough. No alcohol bite, yet it warms you up nicely. Seems like it's a Pils fighting to be an IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was provided in full by erric (also from Reddit).

Pours a pasty white fluffy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of soapy lacing, over clear but slight suspended yeast hazy golden pilsner color.

Nose is pretty good, nice toasty malts, semi sweet malts, lager crispness and sweet maltiness, hints of fruits, light lemongrass and citrus like hops, a light bready malt and yeasty aroma, and hint of fresh squeezed lemon.

Taste starts malty and a bit sweet, more malty than I expected, and caramel malts as well that brings it back to American style rather than good German pils, toasty malts, wheat, little bready, sweet, even slight touch of booze. Hops are present as well, grassy and a bit lemony hops, with hints of lager yeast fruit flavors. A mild crispness but not a lot. The hops turn spicy and quite bitter as it moves towards the finish, and gets astringent on said finish. Drier but a little sticky, long bitter spicy hop finish, little toasty malt as well.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, brings more American style than German, a bit heavy, nice malts at first until the caramel sweet malts kick in a bit too much, and the hops were nice at first then turned quite bitter and astringent, and overpower the rest of the beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a pilsner glass.
Each bottled has a beer description hanging around the neck of the bottle. Date 4.20.06
Limited edition, one time brewed Imperial Pilsner, each bottle tag is signed and numbered by the brewer. This bottle happens to be number 212 of 1000. The tag tells the story of how this beer came to be, and who it is named after. At $15.99 for 750ml bottle I hope its worth it. Brewed with Amarillo hops.

Pours a light orange color with yellow highlights, slightly hazy. Half inch thick, bright white head forms, but fades quickly. Very little lacing is left behind. Very citrusy and lemony smell. Nice! Definitely can smell the hops, and malts seem to take a backseat to the hops. Somewhat floral with hints of spices. Kinda weak tasting, nothing really stands up and grabs you. Malt and hops are well balanced, with some citrusy, fruit flavors hanging in the back. A little hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for me, slightly watery. Lots of carbonation, but its not felt in the mouth. I can hardly believe this 7.1%, very easy too drink. I must say that I like this more than Dogfish Head's Golden Shower. This seems almost like an APA to me. Anyway, it would really be hard for me to shell out another $15.99 for another bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's means a box from tectactoe landed recently. Not sure I've had a pils since I was in Germany last summer, but it changed my outlook on the style...i.e. that there aren't many good ones made in the States. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a impure & opaque yellow with a low carb load. Aroma lends lemon rinds, wet cut grass, grainy. Better than your average American-born pils. But I didn't see a born-on date on the bottle.

The Curl would be right at home das deutsches Gasthaus (good hell my German has practically worn away). Still lemony with a dash of ancient grains, hull & all, that gives it a roughness. There's a non-traditional bitterness mid-palate that gives the more more traditional trailers depth. Finish lends a rye-esque note of spiciness, sweetness, pale malts round out the bill. Easy to down; love these really good non-alcohol beers. Dangerdanger.

Despite the imperialization of the beer (imperial dogs!) this is one of the better U.S. efforts at a pils that I've come across. Nice & clean with a nod towards modernity. Like it more than I expected too, this is a very good beer.

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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
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