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

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 103
Photo of cosmicevan
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Once again, thanks to gnemesis for hooking up the Short's for me.

a - Popped the bottle and poured the contents into my duvel taster tulip. Color was a transparent straw yellow with visible steady even carbonation and a thin bubbly white head. Looks pretty saison-ish.

s - Malty, very pale ale-ish. Earthy for sure, but not hoppy as the label suggested by saying "with thorough eary hoppiness." Smells quite pleasant.

t -Hmm...kind of swill tasting. Mostly a malty pale ale flavor. Some grassiness and lemon but no piny hops at all.

m - Good carbonation, bit of a macro beer bite.

o - In a blind taste test, I would probably say that this was a macro. It is drinkable, but really tows the line on average. Don't know if I've had many English IPAs, but the BA description says "hoppy" and this beer is clearly not hoppy. Pretty average pale ale tasting.

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Photo of warnerry
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of tophers
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with quite a thick head that is creamy on top with small, tight bubbles underneath. Color is straw colored with hazy clarity. Lots of lacing down the side.
Aroma is citrus hop with a slight spiciness noted.
This beer is pretty much all hop bitterness with grapefruit hop flavor in the background. There may be a bit of raisin in the background too. Some earthy notes are also tasted.
Quite a light body that leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste.
This beer is VERY hoppy (bitterness – not so much aroma). If it had some other notes to it, I think it would round the bitterness out a little more.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this, no really knowing what to expect since it is called a "golden pale beer", whatever that means. Ergo, it unsurprisingly pours a golden gold with a nice white frothy head. It looks like a pale ale but one with a healthy glow to it. It has a little citrus in the nose but not much else. Really, almost nothing there - which I find disappointing. It tastes good and crisp with light citrus overtones and smooth malt. It is hoppy, but not overtly at all. It has a good amount of carbonation for such a beer - sessionable, it seems at 5.80. Overall, I am not entirely certain what this beer is but it tastes like a good pale ale with less in the hops department and.... well it has not real aroma to speak of, which in my mind is it's main failing.
Still, a tasty little beer that you won't get sick of.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of vande
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- cloudy, hazy golden color....

S -- citrus-lemon rind with some hops up front...

T -- bitter, dry finish...

M -- Medium bodied easier drinker

O -- Not bad.. Something that's easy to drink and worth the try. I probably won't be going out of way to search it out there as there's a lot of beers out there :)

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Photo of macpapi
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, hazy-colored liquid. Very similar to hefe in appearance. Minimal and quickly dissipating head.

Smell is a mix of cut grass, lemon, orange peel, and floral essences. Interesting.

Taste is full of light maltiness, orange, lemon, and a bit of funk. Not the most full flavor, but not bad.

Pretty crisp and light in the mouth. Strong citrus presence.

On the whole, this is an okay beer. Not terribly earth-shattering; not bad either. Probably would be a good beer to sip on a warm day due to its light body and citrus flavors.

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Photo of MIMicrobrews
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours light and yellow; slightly cloudy with a slight head that retracts quickly but provides some nice lacing. This threw me off a little as I was expecting a little more color to it. That said, don't judge a book by its cover. It smells almost like a bitter lemon; pleasant, refreshing, light & airy, but not over-hoppy or bitter. The taste is not what I expected at all. Light, crisp, slightly bitter up front with a prominent but not strong citrus presence. It's a very pleasant, easy to drink, yet still hoppy flavor. The aftertaste was very interesting. At first, thought I tasted peanuts... and this is Short's so I wouldn't be surprised. But it's almost peat-like... for lack of a better descriptor, it is very earthy. To me, this tastes as organic should taste. A lingering sensation of fresh malty hoppiness (I know...) with a flavor that tastes like the smell of a blossoming garden.

Overall, this isn't a different or unique brew that we're used to seeing from Short's, but I do see it as one that appeases drinkers of all types. From those who enjoy hoppy beers to those who enjoy lighter or session ales, this brew is a daily drinker. Just don't expect anything out of the ordinary. With all the big beers out there, it's refreshing to see quality session ales come through and provide endless refreshment without sacrificing flavor or hoppiness.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Short's pint glass.

A: A light orange with a rim of white head that disapates quickly. Not a lot of lacing present.

S: Not much to the smell, a little tropical fruit smell with more earthy tones.

T: Not really bursting with flavors here however it's very light and refreshing. A touch of lemon, coriander, earthy tones. Slighty dry finish.

M: Very light and crisp, low amount of carbonation but thats just right.

O: Nothing special here but Short's did another good job at brewing another session beer. This certainly has drinkability and you could knock back multiples without a problem. A good start for a unseasonably warm day. Bring on the summer IPAs.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks got to my buddy Nate for picking this up for me on his recent trip to Michigan.

I made sure to get the sediment from the bottom of the bottle into my Goose Island pint glass. Hazey pale lemon and orange rind mix. The head is about one finger after the pour. A little IPA lacing stocks to the glass.

Astringent and spicey hops dominate with some toasted malt and unmalted barely aromas. Earthy aroma overall that is refreshing and somewhat bracing.

Starts toasted and unmalted barley, natural flavor. The hops add a little citric flavor as well as grass and earth to mix.

Dry palate adds that bracing effect to the beer. Good bitter, dry Summer EIPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears light amber in color, with 1/4" of white head.

The aroma is earthy, with scents of malt and pine.

The beer has more malt than hop presence. Flavors of earthy pine, light resin, and malt. The beer has a light bitterness to it, most notably in the finish. An OK beer.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Jim Grubola for some awesome Short’s brews.

A – It looks like a dehydrated person’s urine. Hazy and golden in color, it had a big, fluffy two-finger head that lasted for a long time. There was also some brown sediment on the top of the head. The bottle did not open correctly, and there was some loss of liquid.

S – At first whiff, there was dirty water mixed with some mango smell. Lemon and some earthy funk, an interesting hop blend, no doubt.

T – I’m getting some lemon zest, and some sweet grain with a bit of the old aspirin taste in the middle. The more I drink, the more I dislike the aspirin taste that is sticking around. Finishes dry and bitter.

M – High carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. Feels crisp, and this is one of the more highly carbonated brews I have had in a while.

O – “Organic Golden Ale” this is; however, is it an English IPA? Whatever the style, it’s an interesting brew. An interesting assortment of hops create a earthy flavor in this brew. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Nuggethops
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thank you sarro for the extra!
poured into an Allagash Cervoise Footed Glass. Aggressive pour yeilds a 1/4inch white bubbly head which quickly dissipates to a thin cap leaving light lacing on the glass and is a hazy golden straw in color. I get earthy floral notes in the nose with a very faint bitter citrus scent as well.

The beer goes down smooth with a very bitter finish taste of earth and not sure maybe lavender. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with medium carbonation A highly sessionable beer that I would love to have on a nice hot day.

Overall I would say this is a top notch session beer not too high abv nice and light but still tasty.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp piss yellow... like when you're super dehydrated and your pee is dark. Very little head. Smells hoppy but mild. The nose is incredibly weak. Tastes sweet and a bit bitter. Overall underwhelming but refreshing. Light and well carbonated but the flavour is just a little blah. Overall I'm not impressed but its not awful.

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Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve for the great extra!

Pours a hazy golden straw with a thin white head. Some light lace as well. Nose has bready malts, earthy hops and tropical fruits. Nice malty flavor with a hint of hops. More of an American Golden Ale than English IPA. Clean body, but carbonation a bit heavy.

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Photo of BierFan
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a murky straw gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 1/2 finger smooth, small bubbled, white head

big aroma of citrus and lemon rind.

citrus hops forward, puckery bitter to the sides of the tongue, hints of sour lemon and honey.

medium bodied, bitter, creamy smooth, big carbonation.

drinkable - yep.

overall - nice for a change, but the bitter isnt for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 2/23/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of lemon zest, pine, grass, orange peel, herbal, floral, bready grains, earthiness, and light tropical fruit. Some pretty nice and interesting aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon zest, pine, floral, pine, grass, orange peel, grapefruit, bread, earthiness, and herbal spiciness. A good sized spicy and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, bread, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of malt flavors with the hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Good balance of citrus flavors with earthy hoppiness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up at Champagnes.

Pours a mostly clear yellow gold, very thin head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is plain but neat, light caramal maltiness, a bit of toast and biscuit, lightly fruity, some apple skin, a bit of mineral, herbal and floral hopping, not bad.

Taste is similar, caramel sweetness, biscuit and toast, light fruit, apples/pears, some floral, solid but balanced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty solid beer, nothing fancy but done well.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to Brady for this extra.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a huge stark white pillowy foam composed of big bubbles. Great retention and a ton of lace.

Some subtle earthy, dirty hop flavor in the nose. Not grassy, but more of a character of some shrubs that are in your side-yard. A little bit of graininess, and some nice malt character. Was picking up a touch of a dull peach note toward the end as well. The taste is much of the same, light bitterness, balance between the malt character and earthiness of the hop profile. Good drinkability. Low-medium bodied and not as carbonated as the appearance would've indicated. A nice brew, though I can't say it was what I expected for an English IPA....?

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Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.