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

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83
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks awesome. This beer smells great. This beer tastes very nice. The hop tones seem to mesh well with all of the other beer characteristics in a way that create an awesome drinking experience for me. I don't know if I got a very fresh bottle or what, but who cares. I'd love to try this on cask or as a draft.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of larebear
4.25/5  rDev +13%

larebear, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

timrwhi, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

alexanf, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

buddyvelt, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

alleykatking, May 03, 2011
Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Andrewtherooster, Apr 13, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white crown that displays medium retention and lace.

Smell: Earthy hops, floral hops, and citrus hops over pale malt...almost a wheat quality in the nose for some reason.

Taste: Same as the nose with a moderate bitter finish. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with great carbonation but the finish is a bit thin.

Drinkability: This is so sessionable...

koopa, Sep 22, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this growler on a recent trip to the brewery. The brewery describes this beer as an organic English style IPA. Pours a light golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of malted barley and grains. The taste is fairly light and clean with with muted citrus flavors that are toned down compared to an American IPA. The mouthfeel has medium to high carbonation and finishes smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. I will have no problem finishing the growler. This is my first experience with organic beers. Organic is not something I would be willing to pay extra for but this one is right on the mark.

johnd513, Jun 14, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

tetonka4kzoo, Nov 09, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a few bottles of this at International Beverage in Grand Rapids this week. The nearly blasphemous label gave me no pause, any indecision was based purely on no knowledge of the type of beer (golden ale was all it hinted at). After trying it I agree with the category assigned on BA, a nice subtle English India Pale Ale.

The beer is hazy and light golden colored with a huge rocky foam, solid looking. The aroma is very light on hops, floral and earthy, very near to a honey-infused aroma, really nice. The taste is light and delicious, at least on a 92F+ day like today on my deck. Very light citrus, more of the floral tastes but again not too strong, just right for an English IPA.

Light-medium bodied and easy to drink on a hot day, this is another winner from Shorts.

TurdFurgison, Jul 24, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this 12oz bottle. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, fairly hazy, with about a quarter of an inch of head that completely fades away into an island of bubbles and a few spots of lacing.

S: Intense English hope note, lots of grassy, earth notes. Reminds me quite a bit of Boulder Brewing Co.'s Cold Hop. I don't know how else to describe but as grass clippings that have sat for a day or two, not fresh, but that kind of funky/earthy quality they take on after a few days. Quite herbal from the hops, and not a whole lot else really shows itself in the nose, maybe a bit of grainy malts, but this is definitely a hop forward beer.

T: Again a very hop forward beer, lots of black pepper and currants mix in with the grassy and generally spicy character of the beer. Slight bit of graininess and honey way at the end, but mainly just a simple base malt bill that complements the hops nicely. Pretty light bitterness, just enough to balance things out, the dryness of the beer aids with the bitterness. This is pretty damn tasty.

M: Lighter in body, medium carbonation and perfectly dry. This is excellent here.

O: I have really enjoyed this beer, its a nice change of pace from the American IPA hop profiles (cascade, simcoe, amarillo, etc.). I could see myself having quite a few pints of this, and potentially trying to homebrew something in this vein of beers.

Thanks Kevin!

pokesbeerdude, Apr 08, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Great label art! "Brew unto other as you would have them brew unto you." Pours a partially cloudy, glowing deep golden. Finger of dense, whipped, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Somewhat of a subdued nose, with notes of fresh hops (piney, resinous) and cookie dough malt.

Lightly toasted grainy malt up front. Bready, with a hint of fruit. Earthy, resinous hops gradually move in and build up a little momentum. Slightly metallic and citrusy near the finish. Earthy, herbal bitterness dominates the finish. Some lingering biscuit malt. Moderate body with a creamy feel. A nice, sessionable beer. Keep up the special releases!

alexgash, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Beezee, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

WeisGuy, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

ritzkiss, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

klipper, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gtg642, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

NSaad23, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is light amber in color and mildly hazy with a white head of big bubbles and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is earthy and hoppy with a mild pine note to it.

Beer is malty and thick in body and not very hoppy or bitter at all. The overall feel of the hops are earthy and piny with a nice feel to them but the flavors are not met with any late bitterness. Overall decent EIPA but not a repeat for me.

drabmuh, Jun 03, 2011
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Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.