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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 22:06:23 | More by Urbancaver
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-21-2013 13:09:35 | More by FrankHammer
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spikechiquet

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-28-2013 18:46:56 | More by spikechiquet
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:09:11 | More by PaulyB83
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 14:45:01 | More by mrmanning
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GrandCruDrew

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 22:11:10 | More by GrandCruDrew
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 06:37:17 | More by ypsifly
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 15:57:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:17:02 | More by mikereaser
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:20:17 | More by sweemzander
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-19-2014 13:05:10 | More by tectactoe
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-11-2013 17:39:13 | More by acurtis
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-29-2013 14:51:31 | More by tommy5
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MMBrew

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-14-2013 02:29:34 | More by MMBrew
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-15-2012 22:42:57 | More by ROGUE16
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 20:32:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-15-2013 16:53:54 | More by nmann08
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Flight317

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-17-2014 18:37:41 | More by Flight317
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-05-2013 04:14:45 | More by t0rin0
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GRBLUE12

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-05-2013 16:25:13 | More by GRBLUE12
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aasher

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:32:00 | More by aasher
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:46:27 | More by womencantsail
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:49:38 | More by Thickfreakness
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:02:09 | More by jlindros
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 00:34:04 | More by BigDaddyWil
Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.