Short's Good Feller - Short's Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Aggressive rocky head rises to the occasion with sticky patches of lace all over the glass, dark amber color has more clarity than I expected for a highly hopped beer. Striking pungent hop aroma, the nose is bombarded with big herbal, flowery and soft citric overtones. The smell of malt and alcohol is second fiddle with hints of caramel sweetness and peachy fruit esters. Creamy smoothness combo makes it dangerously drinkable form the start, even with a full body. Hops are at an insane level, I am starting to wonder what this beer tasted like at bottling time on May 15th 2007 and if this beer has faded at all it does not seem like it at all. Palate inhalation comes to mind as the bitterness scorches the taste buds. The malt backbone does peak in the middle with a juicy center of caramel that mixes with the delicate peach fruitiness from the estery alcohol which is pushed back by the hops. Hop flavor is beyond comprehending but I will try. The Amarillo hops do have a slight tone of aspirin but not enough for me to go on a tirade on why I hate Amarillo hops. Hops drop a mix of flavors; Tangerine, canned Mandarin orange and Celemetine with puckering herbal flavors in the drying finish. The finish does reveal a bit more of that aspirin tone but the alcoholic esters shadow most of it.
There is a level of balance within this Imperial IPA even with the thick blanket of hop presence, some how the timing of the malt and alcoholic flavors all works out. Yes, I will admit that I really really like this beer even though there is a huge Amarillo hop character to it. Perhaps my palate is maturing or evolving, maybe jonesing for a fix or I could just be slowly assimilating to accepting Amarillo as a hop. Regardless, my hop fix has been taken care of and I will sleep good tonight.
09-05-2007 23:31:13 | More by Jason
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4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
750ml bottle. #290 of 798.
Pours into my glass deep amber red color, darker for a double IPA with a creamy half inch of head on top. Strings of lacing stick to the side of the glass. Nice clarity. Aromas start out with deep, sweet caramel, roasted and fruity tones that immediately flow into tropical, citrusy hop oil aromas. Somewhat floral and piney as well, with a nutty undertone. Quite nice for the age on this one.
First sip brings a robust caramel, roasted malt upfront that has a nice sweetness to it as well. It rolls into a nice tropical, citrusy hop flavor with green hop oils permeating the brew. Some floral and pine sap notes mix in. It flows down with a nice nutty flavor as the bitterness takes hold. Finishes slightly dry with a fruity, malty, hoppy finish. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and chewy. Mellow carbonation allows this one to go down easily. I really enjoy the body here...perfect middle ground between too light and too heavy. Overall, I will enjoy finishing this 750. It's a nice maltier double IPA and if you have any left I'd say drink it now! I imagine this would have been phenomenal fresh out of the gate.
05-17-2008 04:06:36 | More by orbitalr0x
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!
Pours a slightly hazy rustic copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of robust and dry caramel malts with good amounts of leafy and milder amounts of old citrus hop aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are leafy and mildly herbal hop flavors. Right before the end of the sip the hops sweeten a bit, taking on more of a citrus edge before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this beer held up fairly well, although the veracity of the hops is certainly diminishing. Definitely worth drinking sooner rather than later if you have a bottle.
04-26-2010 03:09:20 | More by glid02
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this brew. I had no idea it was this rare. Derek, you're a great person. Traded at DLD.
#314 of 798
Bottled on 5/15/07
750ml brown bottle with a pretty cool trading card thingy
Poured into a snifter
A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby tinting, nearly opaque. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head that holds great and gives nice lacing.
S: Hops have dulled a little but not that much. Loads of citrus and pine that swim in a pleasantly mellowed alcohol. Caramelly dark fruit malts. I bet this was a bitch when fresh.
T/M: There's stil a good bitterness left and again, I bet it was a bitch when fresh. Hops match the nose. Malts have m ore of a nutty and buttery flavor but still thick and chewy like a DIPA be. Nearly full and a bit sticky. Carbonation is still fine.
D: For 10% with a bunch of alcohol presence, this isn't hard to drink at all. The 750 will be plenty, though.
05-16-2008 01:04:43 | More by pwoods
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bomber from the brewery. Orange body with lots of white foam. Some hop and citrus aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, with fruit ameloriating the hop bite. Did not seem to be overly hoppy, but it is there. A different take on the style.
03-21-2010 02:18:50 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for such a rarity. Much appreciated.
Bottle #344 of 798
Appearance: It pours a very hazy, reddish brown color. The head is vanilla colored and is roughly two fingers deep. Retention was a little on the short side (no pun intended) and lacing was spotty and light.
Smell: The nose is good, but is lacking in strength a little. It's citrusy sweet initially. There's plenty of grapefruit, pineapple and mango to go around. Hops are piney and citric. Caramel malts, in addition to the pale variety, appear to be pretty strong. Dark fruits (mostly raisin and prune) have a nice aroma and add some depth and complexity. It smells a little grainy. Alcohol is noted.
Taste: Sweet grapefruit and pineapple kick it off. It's a little sugary. Hops are quite bitter and a little resiny. They have a nice, big piney flavor to them. Caramel and pale malts add more sweetness and some balance. It's still mostly bitter, but the malts are fighting their hearts out. It does have a slight grainy quality to it. Raisin and prune flavors are well done and complement the other flavors nicely. Alcohol is notable, but not overly so. It has a slight warming effect. It finishes sappy and bitter.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's somewhere between medium and full bodied. Carbonation is nicely done. It's relatively smooth, but falls short of being silky or creamy. Drinkability is good for being such a big beer. I'm tackling the 750, but would be hard pressed to take on more.
This has been a very nice first experience with Short's. Personally, I prefer my DIPAs to be more hoppy and less balanced. If I were told this was a Barleywine, I'd buy into it. It's still a very good beer. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to try it. Thanks, Derek.
07-22-2008 02:49:56 | More by prototypic
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a way too big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice cloudy gold with good carbonation. The head is small but thick, off white and leaves some lace.
The smell is piney, sugary malt and pine.
The taste follows ans is very good in line of the style. Lots of piney hops and a huge thick malty back bone.
The mouthfeel is thick and has good carbonation.
The drinkability is in the great DIPA ball park. A huge thanks to one of my most favorite traders, Hoppymeal. Thanks for the nice brews, Derek!
Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK
09-19-2008 21:24:28 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
Thanks to Deuane for sharing this 750 mL bottle. This is a 2007 vintage ale.
A: The DIPA is an amber color, a decent stand-in for the bottle it was served from. Not much head to speak off.
S: The DIPA has the extreme aroma of a barleywine. Hops are citrus and match up against a vegetal malt body.
T: The flavor trends toward the hops; the result is a barleywine-like concoction. As the ale warms, the citrusy hop profile intensifies. A peppery flavor lingers below the citrus, adding a deeper dimension. The caramel malts are big, strong enough to match up against the hops.
M: The ale won't disappoint hopheads. Even with a year under its belt, it can't hide the bitterness.
D: This is my first Short's beer and I am anxious to try some more. The hops were a little too big; I'm glad I had some people over to share it with.
11-17-2008 02:44:34 | More by akorsak
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Ditmier cracked this at his weekend tasting... thanks homeboy. Bottle #620/798
Pale orange brew... good head and retention.. nice lacing.
Nose is soapy hops ... a bit perfumy... hints of apricot hide in pale maltiness.
Big bitterness out of the gate.. too much in my mind.. plenty of very pithy grapefruit hoppiness mid palate, yet not enough maltiness to come anywhere close to balancing the bracing bitterness nor to really rein in the hops.
Big body.. nice carbonation.. oily mouthfeel from all the hops.
Thanks Eric!! Glad I got to try this, but I think it is on the steep downhill slope.
03-01-2010 07:50:08 | More by JohnGalt1
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
Made it up to Bellaire from Detroit a few weeks after the release of Joe Short's Imperial Series. Very nice work on the bottle presentation as each comes with a booklet of info including series numbering. This guy is passionate.
Stoudt's Double IPA has been my IPA of choice the last few years. I figured this would match up closely as the ABV is similar and Short likes his hops.
Shared with a friend in tulip/goblets. Poured nicely, pub was dark but it appeared to be a darkened brown with a nice white foam head. Smell was wonderfulI mixture of heavy malt and hops. Simcoe and Amarillo hops were used per the booklet. This beer an amalgam of two of his existing IPA receipes.
Nice slow sipper. Felt light on the tongue with plenty of flavor. Hard to go back to normal IPAs after drinking these heavy ones. Alcohol was quick to warm, but not overpowering. I could drink this until my legs give out.
Glad I had a chance to try one before they're gone. Recommended if you can get one.
06-26-2007 02:26:35 | More by BelgianAleSlut
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, pine, and fruity. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
Notes from 12/17/07.
11-17-2008 02:07:57 | More by hopdog
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
A 2007 bottle thanks to either dashirey or sailbretthd. Both of whom got me bottles on recent visits to Short's.
A-Deep copper-colored body with a thin, light tan head that receded into a thin ring and lwft minimal lace.
S-Earthy/piney and astringent with a malt up front featuring nice sweetness.
T-Being over a year old the hops have taken a back seat to the sweet caramel, toasted malts and dried fruit sweetness. Spicy/pine hops play in the background.
M-Medium-heav body with a thick, chewy feel. This one has become almost barleywinesque. Like snacking on a hop infused caramel fruitcake.
D-A bit long in the tooth but still tasty. I am sure I would have preferred this one fresh but....that was not an option. Glad to have had the chance to try it.
11-20-2008 07:52:23 | More by Deuane
4/5 rDev -2.7%
From notes (11-18-07)
750ml bottle. Pours a burnt orange/dirty copper color with a solid inch of white foamy and rocky head.
The aroma is filled with lots of pronounced piny notes. Although the piny notes are sharp and very detectable, lots of juicy clementine and tangerine like aromas jump out of the glass. Equally as large as the citric orangey hoppiness is a sweet caramel malt presence in each whiff.
The initial sip immediatley offers bitter hop pine like qualities that give way to more sweet maltiness and fruity citrusy hop flavors, more of that nice tangerine and orange character. With each it seems the sweet juicy clementine flavors become less of a player and a bit of more bitter grapefruit like flavor comes through, all the while the caramel and sweet toasted malt come through nicely.
Fairly balanced in spite of the bold and big hoppiness. The mouthfeel is meidum bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation. Nice hop bitterness is relation to malt sweetness, the aroma draws my nose back into the glass often for more. Over all a nice and flavorful DIPA.
01-21-2008 18:22:08 | More by Matthew
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to tayner for this one. Number 380/798.
A - Pours thick, dark caramel. Small head leaves ring, sudsy but somewhat clingly lacing.
S - Crazy Deep Malt. Malt extract with bitter edges.
T - Viscous mouth of chewy, bready malt with a pretty competitive bittering presence. Alcohol there but not out of whack.
M - Thick, clingy, well carbed and fairly balanced.
D - For what it is, very drinkable. Each sip begs for another.
Really, seems more like an Old Ale or Barleywine, but good, non the less!
03-03-2009 04:36:38 | More by srandycarter
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
BRLockwood was kind enough to give me the opportunity to try this Shorts gem. Thanks Brian!
750mL bottle #406 of 798 poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, deep hazy amber brown that clears up a little as it warms. The off-white head is small but lingers for quite a while and leaves decent lacing.
The aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a beer of this age, with floral pine mixing with the citrus of grapefruit. There is also a huge caramel malt aroma underneath the hops with a bit of alcohol burn in the nose.
The taste didn't quite have the same hoppiness, but was still very good. There is a bit of pine bitterness up front but the taste is dominated by the huge caramel malt backbone. There is a trace of grapefruit on the tongue but I imagine this was a serious hop experience when fresh.
The mouthfeel was super sticky with good carbonation that enhanced the hop bitterness.
This is a big complex DIPA that was likely world class when first bottled. It's still a damn fine beer and one I'm glad I got to try. Highly recommended!
10-22-2008 00:47:35 | More by gford217
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
Picked this one up on my trip to Short's Brewery this past summer. Consumed on Aug.22nd, out of my Short's Imperial pint glass, just now getting around to the review.
A: Pours a nice deep amber with about a half finger of off white head that left small amounts of lace.
A: Great pine, grass, and citrus hops. So much going on. The sweet malts are overpowered by the hops, but are present enough to give it some balance.
T: Out of this world. The orange, grapefruit, and tangerine stand out, but the pine and grass also show through. Good feller finishes as a DIPA should, long and pleasantly bitter.
M: Medium body, slightly carbonated and slightly creamy for a DIPA.
D, and overall impression: Drinkability was limited due to the high ABV, 10%, but a 750 ml of the stuff goes down easy, and leaves me beggin for more. Short's continues to impress, and this one will be a staple for me every year on our vacation to Michigan. Skal.
10-24-2008 22:17:24 | More by Gtreid
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a beautiful rust color with a small thin tan head, and average lacing. Average carbonation with a smell of sweet, sweet, citrusy, juicy hops. Tastes of strong hops and sweet malts. Very hoppy yet very balanced with a strong enough malt backbone to support the massive hops. This one good DIPA. Drink and Enjoy!
05-04-2008 03:03:10 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
The beer pours a deep rusty color with a beige head that crowns the top leaving sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Oh the aroma, I can sit here and just smell this beer all day long. The hops give off a wonderful scent of pine cones and citrus notes. The hops in the taste give it a resiny, citrus and pine needle taste and the malts bring up a strong back bone of caramel and breads. The beer pops and scrubs the tongue leave every sip as wonderful as the very first. Amazing beer!
07-07-2008 21:35:55 | More by cproioi
Short's Good Feller from Short's Brewing Company
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