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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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77 Reviews
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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit.

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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 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 superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 4/26/2012. Pours fairly clear bright golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent soapy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, citrus peel, herbal, grass, earth, bread, pepper, apricot, and yeast spiciness. Nice, well balanced, and pleasant aromas; with nice hoppiness and decent strength. Taste of big lemon, bread, pepper, orange peel, grapefruit, grass, earth, and herbal spiciness. Decent sized herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, bread, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors, with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance it out. Flavors definitely showcase the hops more than aromas(which are more of a standard pilsener aroma). Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Very easy to drink for being over 7%. Overall this is a damn nice and well made imperial pilsener. Nice hoppy flavors with great malt balance; and dangerously easy to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer, it drank more like an IPA than an imperial pilsner and that's a good thing in my opinion.

Beer is light light yellow with a mild haze a good head with great retention. Lots of lacing too.

The aroma is strong hoppy with citrus hops in the profile and a mild sweetness, perhaps a slight ethanol.

Beer is thin and really hopppy with this mild sweetness on the get go and a nice wet finish on the end. It is erally nice overall with a nice yeast character in the midpalate and a lead off sweetness. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is light yellow hued with a mild haze. The head is long lasting, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings some hops, sweetness, citrus, and alcohol. The flavor is really enjoyable.

A quality beer from Short's. Reminiscent of an American IPA to some degree, as the hop profile stands out more so than the malt bill.

The feel is medium bodied. A hint of alcohol presence emerges in the finish.

A solid brew. I would have it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pilsner malt, with some grass thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of the lighter pilsner and biscuit malt, as well as some grass and floral hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a light hazy golden-yellow body with a lumpy film of snow white and a quick little carbonation.

S-The flinty dry pils aroma has some hints of field corn and sweet sulfur in the finish.

T- The pils malt has a touch of sweetness that enhances the fresh character and a nice pungent hop bitterness that lingers for a moment in the finish.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a full fizz to it and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a great full Imp. pils that is very well balanced without the big sweetness or alcohol of many others in this style. It shows the hops and malt character in a clean lager. Very drinkable.

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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 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 TurdFurgison
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 Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very thickly clouded, the curl is a dense-looking yellow-gold, translucent on the one hand because of the murkiness and the other due to the paler color. The head , clean white, reaches one finger, and it's tight. It shows a rocky density and good retention, and it leaves lace starting thickly from the very top down.
The smell showcases pilsner malts with familiar earthy, grassy, dusty, herbal and sulfuric notes. It has a sort of raw dankness to it.
Whoa...the dankness in the aroma makes up the main aspect of the flavor. My tongue definitely registers a certain very dank weed found in nature that itself has a kind of sulfuric note. Earth, grass and bitter herb come in, the herb bringing a dryness and bitterness into the finish, as well as a woody sort of pith.
The body might slip into the medium range but doesn't get too heavy. Dryness cuts in partway through to finish it out. Crispness is firm and stays all the way through. The only issue is that it could be a little cleaner at the end of the sip.

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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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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/1/11; 12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours golden/honey brown with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a collar. Very little lacing.

S - Smell is slightly sweet malts with some faint bitter aroma. Simple and good.

T - Taste starts sweet, but quickly transitions to a crisp bitterness, which lingers for awhile.

M - Medium, somewhat slick mouthfeel with a bitter dryness on the tongue.

O - Very nice imperial pilsner. More bitter than I was expecting, but crisp and delicious.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1521st Review on BA
Bottle to Footed Pilsner

2012 Bottling
Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A semi clear yellow with some gold streaks around the outsides. A nice and puffy 1" head that fell slowly with a good amount of cling. 

Smell-  The imperial version of this one is quite unique. It smells like a blend of a triple and a pilsner. Peppery, lemon, malts. Pils malts with a bit of hops comes on a large pull.

Taste- So when the mix of flavors on the tastes all blends together. The pilsner malts come out and even a west coast bitter IPA flavor comes out. Small hops with a good bitter bite. Probably 1st pilsner ive truly enjoyed.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with semi bubbly medium carbonation. Little bit of butter and hops. Could use some work on the flavors on the finish.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. The balance was there with a good thick malt balance with a bit of spicy lemon and hops. A little bitter but works overall.

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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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Photo of StoutHunter
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Short's The Curl last week for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For the most part I have been enjoying the new releases from Short's, so when I saw they came out with an Imperial Pilsner I knew I had to give it a try. I don't drink many Imperial Pilsner's and the only one I can remember having was from Lion brewery. As usual with Shorts no bottling date, but I know it is fresh. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label art is pretty cool, I like the it looks like the C in the name is part of a crane, it has a different but cool look to it. It poured a nice clean and clear golden straw color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left plenty of nice lacing. This is one good looking beer.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is the malty backbone that is full of bready and grainy aromas. Immediately following that is a huge presence of citrus and floral aromas. The hops start out with big and dominating citrus notes then take on a subdued floral aroma. All the aromas in this beer are bold for it's style.

T- Just like the aroma, the first thing I notice is the nicely done malt backbone that has a lot of brown bread flavors along with some nice grains that make for a nice malt base for this beer. The hop aspect of this beer is nice and bold, its dominated by citrus hops that impart some lemon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is full of floral hops and is pretty bitter. The bitterness works very well with this brew, it may be a touch overpowering but after a couple sips it levels out and becomes a nice bold aspect of this beer.

M- Crisp, clean, and medium light bodied. It also had the perfect amount of carbonation. The bigger mouthfeel helped this bigger Pilsner.

Overall this was a very good Imperial Pilsner, the best I have had so far. This beer was basically everything a good Pilsner should be, but double that. The look and drinkability of this beer was fantastic, this is something I could enjoy during the summer while playing some disc golf. All in all this was a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed a lot and it gave me a new appreciation for this style, I wish there were more Imperial Pilsners on the market. If you like the drinkability of pilsners and the flavor of pale ales then give this beer a try, it has a great combination of flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of birchstick
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jimmy the Curl is a rad nickname and even cooler that it is memorialized on a beer. Cheers to the Curl, now it's time to dive in.

A - pours a filtered, clear straw yellow color without much of a head on; however, nice lacing is left down the side of the glass

S - nose is sweet grainy malts, sweet; a nice amount of grassy and citrusy and fruity amarillo hops are also present.

T - the Curl opens up with fruity hoppy flavors. These move on to some of the grainy pilsner flavors that were expected. However, these were pushed aside by more of the amarillo hop flavors which finish it off; there is also a touch of spiciness and a modicum of bubblegum in the mix too.

M - mouth is full and smooth

D - really good double pilsner here...I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The amarillo hops were bold enough to provide a really nice balance to the grain malts. I love this hop and was glad to see it in this beer. Great beer, the best double pilsner I have tried so far.

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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 alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the 2011 batch.

Almost clear, deep brassy body. Finger of cottony, sticky, bright white head. Good lacing too. Nose shows a nice mix of pungent, funky, sea air hops and sugar cookie malt.

Herbal, minty hop bitterness up front, along with some sweetish, soapy, soft cookie malt. Hop bitterness crescendos, with notes of resin, sea air, and mint. It's rather dank, and also rather delicious! Honey and melon settle in beneath, but the finish is dominated by the funky, stinky hops. Dry and very appetizing finish. Medium-full body with a soft, creamy feel. One of the best Imperial Pilsners around.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!). 2006 Vintag. # 288 / 1000.

Poured a deep yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of citrus, grassy, and bready. Tastes of the same (citrus, grass and bread) with some caramel.

Notes from 7/11/08

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Photo of Deuane
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sailbretthd for sharing a bottle of this. Wasn't sure how well an Imp Pils would hold up after almost a year in the bottle but....

A-Brilliant golden yellow topped by a beautiful, pillowy, enormous, off-white head. Head holds on strong and leaves massive clingy lace.

S-Biscuit grains with a rather fresh leafy/grassy hop aroma. Surprising for a brew with age on it.

T-Like a honey covered biscuit with a spicy fruit compote on top! Again, surpisingly fresh, bold flavour.

M-Medium-light body with the super sharp crispness you expect in a quality pils.

D-Well done. Again, wasn't too hopefull considering the age on this one but...it came through strong.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #700 from 4-21-06. I didn't know what to expect from a nearly three-year-old bottle, but I'm damn glad I picked it up.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a towering bright white head that lasted forever. Tons of sticky lacing.

Fragrant aroma of floral and grassy hops, bubblegum, banana, sweet malts, bread, and candy sugar.

Oh man this is good. A mix of grassy and floral hops, plus a hit of banana and bubblegum, bread, and a classic pilsner taste on steroids. Finishes very clean.

Medium bodied, dry, and light-to-moderately carbonated.

Very tasty and much too drinkable. A scary combination. A must try if you can find it from Short's Brewing of Bellaire, MI.

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Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with OHLRangers, thanks for the opportunity Ed, bottle #774/1000, brewed on April 21st two years ago, sampled this when it first came out, so this is my second go at this brew, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color that is pale and murky, huge two inch foamy white head that stayed around for close to ten minutes, good retention, impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness, grassy accents, bananas, corn, pine and floral accents, lemon juice, various spices, very light pilsner malt, pepper, sugar, and toasted bread
T-Starts off with a hop profile that could be compared to a fresh IPA, then the pilsner feel is in the middle with chewiness and toasted biscuit malts, finish is still hoppy and very dry, does not change much as it warms except that the corn taste really comes to the surface, never got much sweetness, just an agressively hopped pilsner that has held its ground for nearly thirty months, no big deal, but it really is, and is quite amazing, nicely balanced and enjoyable
M-Super dry mouthfeel, also slightly chewy and citrusy at times, medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingers for quite some time
D-Could have drank the whole bottle but glad I did not, alcohol is hidden well, only thing is that taste gets a little tiresome, light on the stomach, goes down pretty easy

One of the better imperial pilsners I have had, cannot believe that it has not changed much since it was fresh, still nice and hoppy like it was brewed yesterday, real dry for its age which was not a bad thing, even smells really fresh still, would drink again but probably not for eighteen dollars a bottle, recommended, it is bottle conditioned and you can definitely tell with how well this tastes at this point in time

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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
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