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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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 219
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mgbickel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Piraat tulip. The aggressive pour yielded a solid looking 2 fingers of eggshell foam that hung around for a while before leaving behind trails on the glass walls. The body is a clear dirty lemon color.

Lots of grainy characters dominate the nose. Other odors peek out...bread, corn and a small amount of hops.

Just as the nose advertised, the backbone of this is malts and grain. Sweeter up front with a tiny bitter center before the grains kick back in for the finish.

Medium mouth feel...moderate carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

Admittedly this is not my favorite style, but this one is very easy to appreciate. The complex flavors and easy drinkability make this offering another Short's masterpiece!

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Photo of mikereaser
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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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 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 dfillius
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is no longer retired. They released sixers of it earlier this year! Which I am reviewing here.
A: Gentle pour yields a light lace of head. Hazy golden yellow liquid. Pilsner with haze and little head? Minus points for being a bit off style
S: Toffee, lavender, coriander, apple esters
T: Gently sweet and floral. Very hop dominant and not boozy. Very nice, maybe an addition of black pepper would make this perfect?
M: Slightly astringent, very dry and bitter in a fir needle manner. Great imperial qualities, plus left the heat out of the equation!
D: Very nice and enjoyable. I'd order another and I'd buy again. But maybe every other year, not every year if this becomes a rotating release.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 04/19/11.
Pours a yellow golden hue topped by a thick and creamy white head. Great retention and good lace. Smells of honey, citrus, and a touch of spruce/pine. This a tasty beer indeed! Honey notes, slight maltiness, citrus/pine hops... all very nicely balanced. Medium bodied and medium carbonation round out this ale. Great imperial pils and highly recommended.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, about a finger of head, nice lacing as it goes down. Completely transparent. Steady stream of carbonation from the bottom to top. Hoppy and yeasty smell. Great bitter taste that finishes clean with a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and airy. I really like this beer. This is a Shorts beer that I will buy more than one 6 pack. Spring is a perfect time of year for this beer. After a season of drinking dark heavies, this is very welcome. I wonder if this is the base beer for the Spruce Pilsner?

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a fingers width of off white head into my Darkness snifter. Has an aroma of a hopped up light beer. Slightly citrus and some hope with just a hair of bread. Thankfully it doesn't taste like a light beer. Carbonation makes it feel charged in my mouth and tongue. Goes down very easy. Hop bite and dry finish. Tastes slightly bread like to me.

I wasn't expecting much and this exceeded what I had hoped for. No problem downing these on a hot day while playing 18 holes. Given the abv I may end up face down by the 9th but hell I'd give it a go.

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

Untill now I have yet to drink a shorts and go "wow"! The pour is a light golden with a crisp white head. Aroma is bready and yeasty with a hint of floral hop. as I ake the first sip I am a bit taken aback by the amount of hop that hits my tounge. This is a bitter beer! Lots of citrus, sweet grapefruit rind flavor. This is almost balenced out by the sweet malt and bready flavors, but not quite. Drinks easy, with plenty of small bubbles to keep me from chugging it. I would seek this out, given the opertunity.

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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.