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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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85
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%
Wants: 11
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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Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired no more. My first round with this badboy was in '06, before I was reviewing. It was my intoduction to the world of Short's. What looked like a limited release 750, it had a neck tag with a signature from Joe Short and a hand written date of 4-20-06 and number 364 of 1,000. I'm glad it's back.

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- This is a truly beautiful beer. A normal pour left a 2-1/2 finger, off-white head that crests the glass. The body is a clean golden color that stays just shy of copper and displays moderate carbonation. It had awesome retention at about 1-finger with plenty of sticky lace left along the side of the glass.

S- Clean and balanced. There's a bready/grainy malt backbone with floral/citrus hops. There's even a little fruity quality (berry-like). The citrus really comes through later. It's just plain "big" on everything.

T- Very nice and true to the aroma. Rich and malty, but balanced by significant hopping (mostly citrus with a little black pepper). No adjunct flavors here. The "flaked maze" and "Imperial" almost make me think malt liquor. Certainly not the case. The further in, the more significant the hopping becomes. If not for the bold malts, the hops could easily put this toward DIPA territory.

M- Clean, clean, clean, but still full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Solid bite from the generous hopping and significant ABV (nothing off-putting).

O- A wonderful beer. It's a very easy drinker and seems to really fit the style guidelines mentioned on this site. I'm very happy this beer is back. I can see it being a great backyard bbq beer when you want something with a little kick.

GRPunk, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of lavellen
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This aint retired and Holy cats! I have drank a good share of Shorts, I was at one point in time a fan-boy and told everyone about bellaire, MI. Then came the spoiled bottles, the funky yeastish flavor and with it bad street cred. Shorts fell from my graces recently, but never mind that!

GET THIS BEER. It's like Noble Pils on CRACK. It's hopped up and suped up, at 7% it meets up with the minimum standard for an Imperial Pilsner, and its certainly a far stretch from Pilsner Urquell and other traditionals, but it's bringing back what shorts was word-of-mouth famous for in Michigan and that's off the wall takes on beer. And it's clean! No extra fungal magic. Now if only cup-o-joe would normalize.

This, is a home run beer. Clean, Clear, slightly bitter-Hopped, and aromatic.

lavellen, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden color with a 1 finger head. The head disappears quickly.

The curl has a slightly sweet malty aroma.

This imperial lager has a hoppy crisp taste. There seems to be a seet taste from light-colored fruit like green grapes, yellow apples, and banana. The Curl at first tastes odd but ends up tasting delicious. There also is a lemon aftertaste. This is complex for a lager with a bitter, sweet, and slightly sour taste.

The Curl has a crisp feel and is well-balanced. Good drinkability even with its high ABV.

tetonka4kzoo, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

GrandCruDrew, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a borderline-light golden color, with heavy carbonation visible. The head is about three-fingers tall (intentionally heavy pour) and recedes medium-slowly leaving cirrus cloud-like wispy lacing. Ever seen Devil's Tower in Wyoming? That's what the head looks like after about five minutes...pretty cool!

Smell: A good mix of bitter and floral hop action going on here. With just a touch of alcohol in the nose and lemon peel to finish it off, we've got a pretty decent smelling AIP here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy upon entry, the hop bitterness hits HARD after only a few seconds. Surprisingly sharp taste, yet not overpowering. A bit of malt character is present which breaks up the intensity of the hop/spice flavor. Not a lot of carbonation, and the beer goes down with a hop-oil subtlety. Aftertaste is all hops...this could nearly be called an AIPA or an IPA...with just a little more emphasis on the hop profile.

Overall: A good beer...definitely finishable. Better than Lion Stout's offering in this same category by a long-shot.

Lauthaha, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of jables7
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a light golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. a solid looking color for the style

S- smells like a pilsner should. the hops really bring this one to life in a way that i wish some macro's could pull off.

T- if other pilsners tasted like this I would be a much bigger fan of the style. the hops are pronounced but not overwhelming. this would be a great beer to introduce a craft beer skeptic to new possibilities.

M- light enough to be refreshing but substantial enough to let you know it's there.

O- i was a little leery of this one because of my lack of experience with the style and my overall opinion of the brewery. despite these factors I was surprisingly impressed by this beer. this beer takes the style that most beer drinkers started with and makes it something they can now be proud of. nice work shorts.

jables7, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a clear pale golden color, fizzy with around half an inch of head. Smell is soapy with lots of cereals and light hoppiness. Taste is dominated by a crisp hoppiness, but it is balanced well enough to not be overly bitter. Light white grape flavors are present as well. Delicious with excellent drinkability.

webmanspidey, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden yellwo with white lacing
S-Almost a grassy hops smell here. not much else going on.
T-Bready and grassy. Very crisp and clean.
M-Light body. Goes down very smooth
D-Above average drinkablility

Had this on tap at the HopCat. I wonder what the age has done with it seeing as the last review before mine was over 8 months ago...

brew3crew, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of jt31914
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find to bottles of this at a party store in my home town this past week, even the guy behind the counter didn't know how they got it.

A: Yellow with a massive amount of head (three fingers or so) and tons of sediment. Great foamy lacing.

S: Light hops with some citrus and coriander.

T: The coriander is surprisingly potent, balanced by honey with a great hop finish. The beer just gets better as it warms.

M/D: Super smooth, refreshing, and drinkable. The best pilsner I've had, props to Joe Short on this brew!

jt31914, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 14 oz. snifter pour reveals a golden colored brew with a finger of sticky white head. Good head retention leads to a good amount of multi-tiered lacing on the side of the glass. Exceptional look overall.

S- Tons of citrusy hops would almost make me believe it was a DIPA, but there is a pronounced note of sweetness to it also that helps to balance it out. A bit boozy on the smell but not overly powerful.

T- Hops are the dominant quality in the flavor. Sweet caramel malts also come into play. The booziness, however, does not, which was very welcome.

M- Light-medium body with good doses of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, no hint of alcohol really and tons of citrusy hop character make this an excellent drinker. Definitely a recommendation.

kbeals, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

mrmanning, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Deuane, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of urwatuh8
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for trading me this bottle. Tag says number 559/1000 with the date 04-21-06.

Despite pouring quite cold and gentle, I got at least an inch of pillowy white head. Very well carbonated, big bubbling action, nice lacing. The color is an opaque, slightly orange, yellow.

Smell is citrusy and bready, hoppy, grassy.

Taste starts out bready, clean crisp. Hoppy, but not unbalanced. Mostly hops, citrus, spiciness in the finish. Perhaps a bit grassy too. A bitterness that lasts.

Dry. This is probably the least sweet Imperial Pilsner I've had. But I like it that way.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but it wouldn't do to have it too chewy. A bit too carbonated.

This has aged ridiculously well, given that this bottle is almost three years old. I would be curious to know what it was like fresh.

urwatuh8, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Monkeyknife, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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

hopdog, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Generously received this bottle from aqsprint earlier this week. This will be my first brew from Short's but hopefully I'll be able to try more in the future. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute. Bottled on 4/20/2006.

Bottle 146 of 1000.

Appearance- Pours an orange yellowish with a huge fluffy three finger bright white head that recedes VERY slowly. Champaign like bubbles permeate throughout the glass leaving a HUGE creamy head and tons of sticky lace.
Smell- The Amarillo is outstandingly pungent still even after over two and a half years in the bottle. I can't smell Amarillo without thinking of Gumballhead and this is no different. Clean and citrusy there are hints of freshly zested lemon and even a bit of cut grass. The malt is light but adds a grainy bit of sweetness.
Taste- Wowsa's, still very hoppy! Loads of grapefruit and orange pith this thing is pretty damn bitter. Fruity at times with hints of white grapes and pineapple. Cotton candy and bubblegum make an appearance as well along with just a tinge of sweetness. Semi bready with that sweetness as the flaked maize adds that weird corn flavor that I really enjoy in these type of brews. The beer is fairly acidic though from all the CO2. It kind of reminds me a bit of my homebrews after they sit too long. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and more of that bubblegum.
Mouthfeel- Definitely carbonated. Medium body with a crisp sharp bite and acidic burn. I think the mouthfeel is about the only thing that's suffered in these 2 ½ years.
Drinkability- Overall this is a pretty tasty brew. Hate to sound like a broken record but I wish that bit of over carbonation wasn't there. It doesn't affect the mouthfeel as much as the taste but overall I guess it's not that bad. It gets better as the bottle empties. Really wish I could try this fresh but I did enjoy tremendously. Big thanks again to Jon!

younger35, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Floydster, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raaawkkkk. Just cracked a vintage 4/24/2006 bottle. No.531. Ages nicely. Significant amount of yeast, but it all chunked to the bottom of which I accidentally poured into the glass. Amazing head! Sticks around the entire time of your enjoyment. Corn is a 4-letter-word, but Maize is not!!!! Although misspelled on the bottle, maize gives this pilsner its color and adds as a typical american macrobrew ingredient. Which is why I love this beer. I have nothing against corn or rice, if used artistically, and not as a cheap filler.

Shorts continues to amaze me, they are the best kept secret in Michigan, and are on an artistic successful path that reminds me of the path Dogfish Head paved for recognition of craft brews as an art.

Smell is not like a typical pilsner (thank the Amarillo hops), and nor is the complete taste. But you know its a pilsner as you drink. Great reinvention innovation here.

And the head is the longest surviving head on a beer I've seen to date????

Keep on rawkin, Joe.

BeaBeerWife, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of NitroGen
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from NDPDuke, just one of many amazing beers! Thanks Adam!
Saved this to share with a brewing buddy as we were attempting a Coffee Porter.

P : 750 ML. Magnum Bottle #674 out of a limited release of 1,000 in Aril of 2006.

A: Pours a pale and slightly yellow with huge white foam head that hung out for a long time before grudgingly settling down a tad and HUGE lacing.

S: Bananas, pine, spices and grapefruit pith.

T: First impression was a hefe with slightly sweet huge bananas, green grass and spices and then really abrupt turn with a big bump of hops more spices, grains and slight alcohol at the finish.

M: This is one of the most interesting beers that I have had, as it starts as one type of beer then does a 90-degree turn and finishes as something else!

D: Glad I had the experience of trying this great limited beer. It was an experience!

NitroGen, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of xav33
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shorts The Curl Imperial Pilsner
750 ml bottle
Moderate pour in tulip glass.
Brewed 04/06, straightened out 06/07

Poured a clear hazy gold with a huge fizzy rocky somewhat lasting white head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate bread and grain and grassy hops.

Taste was upfront strong bitter grass and moderate sweet banana bread, followed by a strong bitter grassy and moderate bittersweet banana yeast.

Palate was medium bodied, slightly creamy, strongly astringent and lively carbonation.

Overall, wow a lot of hops here! Even after a year it's still held up great. In fact it's better than when I tried it a year ago. Very bitter super pilsner. Good stuff. Taste light a very light bodied IPA.

xav33, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 205 of 1000

Pours a deep yellow/gold/copper blend that is clean as a whistle. A largh carbonated brilliant white head emerges yet fades quickly leaving little lace.

A nice pilsner maltiness leads into the wonderful amarillo hoppy aromas. There are slight hints of lemon rind and citrus as well.

Well I really like this beer. It has a component too it that reminds me of what the terroir of a dry Austrian riesling posseses. As a matter of fact this is the closest I've experienced a beer too tasting like a wine. I read about many people saying this beer or that beer is "wine like" and can never really see the connection. This on the other hand may actually be a Austrian Riesling and Shorts bottled it and called it a beer:)

On with the review. Nice pilsen malt leads a full mouthfeel and dry mid palate that is encoutered with the dry hoppiness of the amarillos that leave a good minute finish for you too digest. Hints of apricot, peach and lemon fill out this complex pilsner. Probably the best Pils I've tried to date. Only wish it were more available.

mcallister, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

ypsifly, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a smallish white head on the first pour, closer to the end the yeastiness mixes in and gives it a paler color and is nice and cloudy. There is a decent size grassy hop aroma along with some sweet sugariness and a sweet grainy aroma. There is also a nice pepperiness in the finish, at the start of the tasting, although this ended up mellowing towards the end. There is a little lemon and grapefruit that develop further in in both aroma and taste as it warms. A very nice balance between the pepperyness and dryness from the hops with the medium body. I may not pay 15.99 again for this, but it is definitely a tasty imp pils and I am glad to see some shorts stuff in bottles making its way south.

hoppymeal, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited edition bottle. Mine was #221 of 1000. Dated 4.20.06.

Semi cloudy apricot golden color with a medium to large foamy egg white head. Head rises then falls at a slow pace. Lacing is extraordinary and the carbonation holds very well.

Aroma is strong on citrus element which comes undoubtedly from the hops. A candi corn element lies underneath. Slight acidity seems present along with a husky wheat base. A bit of resiny hoppy bitterness seems dominate the aroma the more I smell.

Flavors begin with a husky grain sweetness which isn't quite wheat but somewhat similar. I finally fully read the label, it must be the flaked maze. It seems like there's a good amount of flaked maze in here and it coats the palate. Hops are quite bitter and resiny. First few sips they seem rough but as my palates gets coated by the semi sweet malt character the flavors blend quite nicely. A yeasty element seems a bit acidic and funk derived at first but that too settles to provide more of a pils like smoothness in transition. Finish is quite dry but the bitterness leaves enticing another sip.

Mouthfeel is really light. I thought the flavors were almost too much for the body. The carbonation, though providing a refreshing element and zip to the beer, doesn't give the flavors their full due. The body in all is just a touch to light for my liking.

Drinkability however is outstanding. Upon the first few sips I thought this beer wouldn't be real drinkable. But then it all came together. This midday bottle went down too easily and I honestly want more.

This is the perfect hot/humid but not sunny weather beer. Refreshing and flavorful at the same time. As far as Double Pilsners go I liked the Sam Adams better but this beat out the DFH offering. Pricy but it's worth it if your a true beer geek.

granger10, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased by my mother at the brewery and hand-carried all the way out here to Colorado. Thanks mom!

Pours a two-finger dirty white head over a cloudy straw-colored liquid. Clingy head laces as it settles. Smells Saaz and amarillo hops. Pils malt, woody hop character and some wheat.

Tastes quite hoppy bitter with a drying hop finish. Midly grassy, but actually more flat co-humulone. Grapefruity pithy with pils malt beneath. Dried hay and a touch of oktoberfest 'funk'. Brutally dry finish that's flat dry leaving only hop bitter in the aftertaste. As the beer warmed, some fruity arose. I'mnot sure if they were esters or an orange flavor from hops (my guess is the latter). Pomegranate seed and grapefruit rind.

Md thick body with a dextrinous quality. Medium carbonation. I must say, the lacing on this beer was the most incredible I've ever seen (too bad the beer was so cloudy). This beer is reviewed to style, which the BA description says should be much more malty than I found the beer to actually be. Honestly, I found the beer to be too hoppy and dry...but just as I finished thinking about how dry my most recent sip was I was wishing for another sip.

mentor, Jun 09, 2006
Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.