Short's The Golden Rule - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Photo of gnemesis
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter on 03/25/2011.
This brew is a blend of hay and honey in color. White head is perched above, dissipates quickly and leaves only slight lacing. Smells of sweet honey, spices, and an interesting hop blend (citrus, pine, earthy). The first taste I pick up is grass- perhaps the earthy hops. This beer is slightly balanced by the sweeter maltiness and honey notes. Dry finish. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. Decent but not great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 4/19/11

A - Pours a somewhat sickly straw color. Hazy, with a lot of suspended material. One-half finger of white head dissipates but leaves a nice color. Not a very attractive beer to be sure.

S - Subdued aroma with a faint hop presence, slightly earthy/musty and a hint of coriander, though I don't think this was brewed with coriander.

T - Has a nice hop bite up front and is very earthy. Quite bitter on the finish, but not really in an appealing way.

M - Light mouthfeel with a snap of carbonation and lingering bitterness. A bit drying.

O - Overall this was a bit of a miss for me. Not clean enough to be a solid pale ale, and not particularly tasty.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Very well done English IPA. Aroma was some hops, but also dishrag aroma. Very light yellow, offset by lots of lace. Some citrus in taste, very decent bitterness that's just spot on, and I guess would be subtle to the hophead. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of Shumista
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks rather unassuming, clear golden yellow with a white head. One of those beers that just looks like beer. Smells of earthy hops, biscuity malt...and reefer? I definitely smell a bit of the sticky stuff here. Flavor is earthy hops, and biscuity malt from the nose and it finishes dry with a lingering hoppy bite. Light to medium mouthfeel and very highly drinkable. With its low abv and interesting flavor profile I could drink golden rule all night.

Not sure exactly what Jesus is doing on the label, is he the origin of the golden rule...? My sunday school teachers would be quite dissapointed in me.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of rich foamy head. This hangs around with about a ¼ finger of creamy froth, leaving back some thick soapy lacing which clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy, punctuated with sharp notes of earthy rind and fruity citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Pleasant smelling Pale malt accents of toasted bread float along the back. There's a nice hoppy brightness to this but I'm also unfortunately getting a bit of an off smelling mineral tinge to the nose as well.

The taste is bitter with citrus peel and gritty earth but is well balanced by a flush of sweet toasted grains. The finish is all spice and green rind notes, lingering with a steady dry bitterness. The mouthfeel has a lighter feeling medium bodied presence about it, with a lively crispness to the carbonation that prickles the mouth with. This stays relatively easy feeling the whole way through the glass, with maybe just a touch of warmth being present in the body at times.

This was pretty darn decent. Beyond some small issues with the nose, I liked how the English hops were boldly flavorful here, without being overly bitter, while the body on this kept things pretty easygoing all around. One of the better bottled efforts that I've had from Short's so far.

Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a muddy brown with a huge white head. Lots of sediment and medium carbonation. A rather nice looking beer.

S- Smells mildly floral. I really cannot smell all that much but it smells very earthy almost as if this is some kind of super organic dirt beer.

T- There is almost no hop presence at first but there is a mild bitterness afterwards. This beer almost reminds me of good humans as in it really has the fresh from the ground tastes to it. It has a really nice fruity taste to it but I can't quite put my finger on it. There also is a little bit of fig.

M- Real refreshing, would be nice on a hot summer day. A very refreshing medium cabonated beer.

D- I could drink this throughout the summer but it is missing something. I think it could either use a little more of a hop presence or just be sweeter, it is kind of in between. Nonetheless worth trying! Seriously though the label is awesome and is worth getting at least for it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow witha minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and fruity hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruity hop, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The hop character on this one really shined through for me and when blended with the other components of it made it quite enjoyable. This one definitely had a dominant fruit aspect going on here. Definitely worth your time to try this one.

Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention (a lot more so than other Short's beers). Specks of lace are left all over the glass and some slide back into the glass.

S- A grainy like underbody to this beer is overwhelmed by a huge earthy grassy note in the front of the beer. Light citrus undertones in the back half of the aroma. This shows a little more earthy hint in the ending with a light hint of alcohol.

T- A dulled earthy hop bite comes out in the front of the beer. Hints of grain with light pepper notes in the middle of the beer. Light bready hints also play a light part in the middle of the beer. The citrus hops show themselves on the start of the ending which fade toward a light honey tone and crisp piney hop bite. Light alcohol shows itself toward the ending which warms the stomach.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Earthy hops and light malt base shows itself on the palate. With the aftertaste being mostly alcohol, piney hops, and hints of grain. This beer was very well balanced for the style I thought. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a good drinking beer. Nothing over the top at all just a nice flavorful beer. The ABV never showed itself except for the drying on the palate at times. A pleasant exception to my rule of not really caring for a lot of the English IPA style. This had enough bite to make it a memorable tasting beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for sending me yet another Short's beer. I do believe I have tried more Short's beers than any other brewery. Cheers!.

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear golden color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of head is achieved with an average pour that garners about a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Lots of pale malts, slight fruity, herbal, and floral hops. Just a hint of lemony citrus aromas, but overall the pale and biscuity malt with caramel.

Taste - An interesting flavor. As with the nose, heavy pale malts and biscuity flavors at the forefront. No real bitter hops but definite grassy and floral notes. Just an ever so slight presence of pears and green apple citrus, less caramel than expected, and bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall - Glad I got to try this, but not really my style. I was a bit overwhelmed by the pale malts that smack you in the face at the beginning of the sip, but the medium to tail end of the sip has nice balance to it.

Photo of BierFan
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Hazy golden orange with a thin off-white head. Light flowery, and fruity hops. Very drinkable with a very nice bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not alot to the taste once you look beyond the bitterness.

Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden, with hints of orange hues and slight cloudy body. No head presented but leaves the smallest of collars.

Big lemon burst on the nose on this beer, and a grassy hop bitter sense. Quite nice and impressive.

Hops and herbal tea upon tasting, oolong black bitter tea dust finishing with a pine hop sense on the swallow. Quite enjoyable.

Overall interesting beer, I was kind of surprised by it. But strangely can't say much more about it, and I am not exactly drawn to it either, and can't say I'd want to have this again sometime.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12'er in an Epic trade with Kbeals... Been sitting on this one for a bit, but decided to share this one with the Bro tonight...

Pours with a foamy 3/4" white head.. nice lacing.. little retention.. the brew is hazy straw golden.

Nose shows not quite what I was hoping for.. pretty simple yet elegant.. pale malts.. lite fruitiness and a bit of herbal hops.

Flavor begins with a bit of a metallic bitter twang... pale malts come in marching but it is a bit of a tap dance around a herbal boot.. some biscuity malt picks up the pace toward the finish where some minor citrus hops polish everything.

Body is lite/medium.. carbonation seems a tad high.. still a nice creamy mouthfeel pervades..

Meh.. glad I shared this with Steven.. too little and not enough for a small tasting.. okay all around but seems a bit lacking.


Thanks again Kevin.. this is sorta starting to seem repetitive, but it isn't.. Kevin is a badass that deserves big props.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

the last in my long run through the shorts catalog last night, i actually had forgotten about this one and we found it in the fridge still while cleaning up. pours out a nice light amber color with a smooth, even head of white that faded too quickly on me leaving me hoping for a little more pop.

nice tight aroma of dirty citrus hops, floral herabl notes, fresh grass an a healthy dose of nice cereal grains that served to balance it out quite nicely. a nice and rich flavor was then brought to the forefront with a quick hitting dose of hops that soon wash the palate with rich notes of orange peel, doses of fresh grass and a nice and well balanced malty profile that really puts the finishing touches on a light an fantastic mixture. nice light and smooth finish with a light dryness.

overall a very solid example of an ipa, english or american this really worked quite well for me.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy golden hue with a big, rocky, two fingered off white head. Head is slow to drop, leaving chunky lacing behind.

Aromas of light citrus hops, lemon, lemon zest, very faint hint of caramel malt.

Flavors of clean, lemony hop bitterness, good backbone of malt. A mild astringency. Finish is medium, with a lemon zest lingering, then turning to a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Nice bitter tug at the back of the teeth.

Overall, a nice effort toward an english IPA. Nothing too aggressive or offensive. One of Shorts better, non-gimmicky beers.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to viggo and his fridge of treasures - just look inside and pull something out! Grabbed this one because of the sweet label of Jesus and a pint.

Neat beer. Pours a light golden with a finger of head. Earthy, spicy hops on the nose, a bit of apply fruit. Drinks the same, add some toast, a little earth, a light sweetness, moderate hop bite. Dry and earthy, the hops provide a unique quality to this one. Easy drinking. No wow factor, just a well made drinkable beer that would pair well with food - like the arugula salad suggestion that was made earlier. Thanks viggo!

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Golden Rule yesterday for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer since it was released but I always ended up grabbing the more obscure beers from Short's instead, so when I saw a couple bottles on the shelf I knew this was my chance to try it or I would have to wait till it was released again. No visible bottling date but I know this was released in the spring of 2011, I hope it hasn't lost all of it's hops. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it really sticks out and the quote on the bottle suits this beer nicely. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy, bubbly white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left lots of nice lacing. This has to be one of the better looking beers I have had from Short's, the color was nice and the size and retention of the head was excellent.

S- The aroma starts out with some bready and grainy malts that have some sweetness to them but not enough to make me worried. I picked up a good amount of lemon and lemon zest in this brew that give it some nice citrus aromas. The hops smells like a 50/50 split of grassy/earthy hops and piney hops, the combination made for a nice hop aroma.

T- The taste starts off with those grainy malts from the aroma that have a slight bready taste to them and it has a very low amount of sweetness. In the middle I pick up the lemon zest which adds some nice citrus notes to this beer, there is also a slight bitter aspirin taste that is a little off putting. The finish has a good amount of bitterness to it but it isn't overly bitter for a Pale ale and there is that nice mixture of hops that I picked up in the aroma that leans more towards the earthy and grassy aspects of the hops with a slight amount of pine thrown in there.

M- Crisp, dry, and Medium bodied. Most of the beers I have had from Short's have had a low amount of carbonation, but this beer had lots of carbonation, I liked it and worked great with this brew.

Overall I thought this was good beer. On BA it's classified as an English IPA, but from what the bottle says and my personal experience I am reviewing this as a Pale Ale, it just has a lot more in common with a Pale Ale then it does with an English IPA. I liked most things about this beer with the drinkability and mouthfeel the best, but I wasn't a fan of the faint aspirin like taste it had, I think this beer would be slightly better without it. This brew did have some great drinkability, it went down a lot smoother and faster then I expected. I also really liked how this beer was well carbonated, most Short's aren't so this was a pleasant surprise. I could see myself buying a six pack of this if it is released next spring, it just tastes like a beer suited for the spring weather. If pale ales are your thing then this may be a good beer for you. I imagine the hops stick out more when this brew is fresh but all in all I feel it held up pretty well and still retained much of its hop flavors. I am chalking this up as another good brew from Short's, you guys are a very versatile brewery and I am glad to have access to all your great beers.

EDIT- Just had the spring 2012 release, and it was just a good as when I reviewed, a good pale ale. They did change the label this year it looks like buddha is sharing the idea of beer with Jesus, pretty weird and much different from the label last year, I like last years label better, I don't really get this one.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly bright shade of golden yellow out of the bottle with a smallish white head. Aroma is sweetish and malty, with light noble hops and fruity esters - think apple juice and wet grass. However, the flavor is unexpected departure from the aroma. The sweetness and fruity yeast are nowhere to be found. Instead, this a dryish, malty, yet bitter pale ale, a lot closer to what many pale ales used to be 10 years ago. Body and carbonation are somewhere in the middle and seem to go fine with a dry and lengthy bitter finish.

I enjoyed the beer and the recollection of what pales were like before the hop craze began. Nothing particularly noteworthy about it, yet a well-made pale.

Photo of semibaked
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with decent carbonation and a half inch of white head on top.

S - Smells of bright hops, oranges, grapefruits, and honey. Really nice and inviting.

T - The bitterness from the hops comes out right away and has a lot of depth to it too. Also orange peel and zest, pine flavors too.

M - Slick oiliness and thin, but I didn't expect anything else.

D - Definitely good and will buy it again. Nice, crisp, and refreshing!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jakers90 for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden-straw color with a nice white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries some earthy hops with a slight floral character plus a bit of backing malt. The flavor has earth and a touch of citrus plus some backing grainy malt. Body is light and crisp with a nice bitterness. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a lacey crisp head.

Smells of aromatic hops and yeast. It's very citrusy and has a strong orange smell.

The taste has bitter hops and pine. This is more of an IPA than a golden ale. It has a higher balance of hops than malt.

It has a creamy feel. Its medium-bodied and finishes smooth.

Good drinkability, not as much as I was expecting from its ABV. Great seasonal brew and very tasty like all Shorts Brews. Great beer label!

Photo of sweemzander
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a good white head that clung to the sides of the glass leaving lacing behind.

(S)- A fresh citrus of pineapple and lemon with a big pine dryness. Some honey and banana in there.

(T)- Very very dry with a citrus of peach and pineapple. Piney damp wood with a bitter background.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A decent hop profile with crisp citrus; refreshing.

(D)- A good beer for the summer time. Crisp and refreshing. I could have a few of these.

Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-10-10

Pours a hazy pale golden color, with a filmy white head and thin but chunky lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, with a delicate citrus hop aroma that is extremely enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, light and slightly fruity malt flavors with a tasty citrus hop kick. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a spicy lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but with nice carbonation to accent the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, a tart but light session beer.

Overall, a very good beer and worth keeping around.

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle three of my huge Shorts haul courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice big white head, good lacing too.

Aromas remind me of a Belgian Pale, some bubblegum, mixed spices, and lemon zest.

Taste starts out dry, with light sugary sweetness, and settles into some pretty bitter hop flavors. Some mineral, crushed aspirin, and lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty strong, but it works well with the golden pale ale like qualities.

Mouthfeel is a little lacking, not bad, but it feels thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty little beverage, reminds me almost of a Belgian IPA. Worth trying.

Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow looks like a wheat beer. White head has good retention. Apparently organic (+0.5 for that). seems like a Pale wheat.
S: Very little aroma, some slight malt and hops - whiffs. Estery alcohol becomes apparent.
T: Little flavor at first finishes with brutal grapefruity bitterness. Great bitterness but very one dimensional.
M: Exceedingly bitter - punishing! A bit thin
D: Good. I'd have another, and probably buy a sixer cause I love the bitter.

Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer hard into a mug. Nice fluffy head that dissipated into a ring around the class. Hazy golden in color.

This beer smells a lot like pepper, but there's a good nutty malt that cuts it--think roasted sunflower seeds. The label refer to this as a "golden ale" which through me off a bit because I expected something more Belgian in nature.

Upon tasting the beer, I was definitely taken aback. I have never had a beer that tasted like this. There was a great, crisp hoppy bitterness, but instead of going in the floral or citrus direction I've come accustomed to, these hops were earthy and spicy. I could taste black peppercorn, banana peppers, and hints of garlic. None too overpowering though as the malts washed in that nice nuttiness that I sensed in the smell. The smell very well foreshadowed the taste, but the taste grew on my tongue and really expanded on what was presented before.

I think I've come to think that the best, most flavorful beers are all of 7% ABV or more, but this offering from Short's is a great beer. On its own, and at its ABV, I could drink it all day, but I could only imagine what this beer could do with food--I'm thinking some garlic naan, arugula salad, battered on tempeh, or alongside a nutty curry.

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Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.