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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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86
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
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

(Beer added by: BigDaddyWil on 05-22-2006)
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

DannyRG, May 31, 2012
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1.96/5  rDev -48.6%

heavydetour, Oct 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

Marti403, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Kerrie
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Kerrie, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

mrebeka, May 20, 2012
Photo of
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

, May 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

beergorrilla, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

swtchuck, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

AlMarzo, Oct 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

lunarbrew, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

alleykatking, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Soonami, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

techfed87, Apr 26, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

BarrytheBear, Jun 04, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

ColdPoncho, Jul 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

djeucalyptus, Aug 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Zaphog, May 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jamesod, Nov 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

avschmitt, Oct 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mikeincharleston, Oct 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.