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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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87
very good

77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 6.98%
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 kbeals
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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! (313 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of urwatuh8
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (1,881 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (1,753 characters)

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of NitroGen
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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! (865 characters)

Photo of xav33
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.44/5  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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,812 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,294 characters)

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