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Short's Good Feller - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-04-2007)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cproioi:
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cproioi

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 21:35:55 | More by cproioi
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Slay40

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +21.7%

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mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-19-2014 12:54:52 | More by mklisz
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tectactoe

Michigan

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04-28-2014 01:07:25 | More by tectactoe
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-27-2014 20:26:20 | More by beergorrilla
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-26-2013 20:45:41 | More by dfhhead25
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-23-2013 15:14:13 | More by Zaphog
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BRLockwood

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-02-2012 03:04:19 | More by BRLockwood
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:09:20 | More by glid02
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:18:50 | More by Sammy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

4/3.5/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:50:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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tpd975

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Pours a golden hue with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and fresh pine.

T: Lots of fresh orange, hints of pine and apricot. There is a nice caramel sweetness beneath.

M: Medium in body, smooth

D: Not bad. Has held up well, no oxidation noted.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:27:59 | More by tpd975
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srandycarter

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:36:38 | More by srandycarter
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younger35

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade with hoppymeal. This will be my first "normal" brew from Short's and this will be my eighth of the Imperial series. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Imperial IPA
Date Brewed: 4/9/07
Batch No: 297
Date Bottled: 5/15/07
Non Traditional Ingredients: NA
Imperial Beer 10 of 13
Bottle Number 504 of 798

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark reddish brown with a nice sized one finger head that is a dirty white and super creamy. A fantastic cap and collar remain the ENTIRE beer leaving loads and loads of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Very bitter initially with a strong Barleywine like nose. Plenty of dark grapefruit pith, pineapple and orange add a nice citrus tone over the resinous pine. Enough caramel malt is present to show through the intensity of hops helping to add to that Barleywine like nose.
Taste- Basically a 100% translation of the nose + a little alcohol in the finish. A bitter rush of grapefruit envelopes my mouth along with some mellow orange peel. Slightly herbal, slightly piney, slightly flowery the hops are indeed jacks of all trades. Plenty of rich caramel and toffee help add some balance and sweetness to that initial intense bitter blast. The beer isn't 100% Barleywine-ish but its damn close. I bet this was a beast fresh. The beer finishes with a lingering bit of pineapple and a slightly cloying bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Pretty hefty body with a thick oily feel and fairly crisp, biting carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew went down pretty damned easy considering. I would LOVE to try this brew fresh someday as obviously the age has melded it a bit into the candy coated fruity goodness that it is now. Simcoe and Amarillo are pretty much my favorite hops and this really showcases that they can still sand up to a bit of time. Big thanks again to Derek for his never ending generosity!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 02:57:38 | More by younger35
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BrewerB

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 369 of 798. Brewed on 4/9/07, bottled on 5/15/07. Drunk on 1/1/09.

Thanks to ThomasHardy for the hookup on this fine beer!

A - On the dark side for an IPA. Light copper, hazy. Formed a half finger off-white head that leaves some lacing. "Legs" also appear when swirled.

S - Grapefruit and Mango hops are surprisingly present for a 19 month old DIPA. Alcohol is well-masked making a greater awareness as the beer warms. Some caramel maltiness also present.

T - Hop flavor seems to have faded considerably from the days of youth. Reminds me of a 1-2 year old american barleywine. Moderately light mango hop flavors, some sweet malts, black tea.

M - Alcohol warmth (maybe a tad high), smooth, medium-bodied, moderate level of carbonation.

D - At this age, I wouldn't have a second. It's drinkable as a barleywine but as a DIPA the nails are in the coffin. I would guess it was terrific in its infancy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 06:39:59 | More by BrewerB
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 07:52:23 | More by Deuane
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007 bottle poured into snifter on 11/16/08, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Clear deep amber/copper-colored body with rusty orange tones and a thin, light tan head that receded into a thin ring of patchy retention. This DIPA is very minimally carbonated.

S - Earthy, woody hops with some piney accents and quite a bit of malt up front featuring a prevalent alcohol presence. Some dark fruity aromas also creep out, offering a bit of sweetness to the aroma.

T - This DIPA is pretty malt-forward with plenty of toasted grains and burnt caramel malts in the flavor, as well as a good bit of dried fruit sweetness. Fairly boozy as well. Hops are in there, but certainly not as in-you-face as you would expect for a DIPA.

M - Medium body with a pretty thick, syrupy texture that's quite chewy. This brew is softly carbonated, producing minimal prickle on the tongue. There is a warm and tingly alcohol presence in the finish.

D - This DIPA is bordering barleywine territory, probably due to the fact that this is vintage. Not bad overall, but I'd imagine I would enjoy this one fresher.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 17:41:27 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:44:34 | More by akorsak
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:07:57 | More by hopdog
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a Short's visit in September, #482/798. Toasting to my passage of the Michigan Bar Exam!

Pours beautifully, thick rocky head. Sort of a caramelly red. Looks great in my Short's pint glass.

Smells like a model DIPA. Vibrant hops, still strong after more than a year. Very balanced, with a delicious bitterness. Very unique mouthfeel, quite creamy and light for the style. Waaaay too easy drinking for 10%. One of the best of the style. Too bad its so limited.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 22:14:50 | More by mjd83goblue
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Gtreid

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 22:17:24 | More by Gtreid
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gford217

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 00:47:35 | More by gford217
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Floydster

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.6 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with OHLRangers, thanks to Ed for giving me a chance to try this brew, split among friends last night as well, I had about a ten ounce serving when one of them decided to sit this one out, 10 of 13, #411 of 798, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Color is a mix between copper and dark orange with some red as well, about two inches of an off white head that is both creamy and soapy, stays around for a while too, impressive for being sixteen months old, great lacing as well
S-Grapefruit, floral hoppiness, lots of pine, strong caramel, deep malts, some resin-like aromas, lemons, oranges, and mild booze
T-Big strong piney hop flavor to get the ball rolling, sweet malty flavor in the middle with the majority being dark caramel tones, finish is floral and citrusy with hops dominating, did not change much as it warmed except for the oranges coming out more and the caramel getting sweeter instead of so potent, liked how everything molded together, this stuff might give Pliny a run for its money when it is fresh, wow it was good
M-Body is close to being full and pretty thick, carbonation could have been a little stronger, bitter, sweet, and sometimes hot mouthfeel, balanced out nicely though, taste lingers as well
D-Alcohol is not hidden fully but is not too bad, ten percent is definitely there though, smooth most of the way through, goes down easier than it should at times, hop presence allow this to be more luring, enjoyable and could have probably gotten close to attacking this bottle individually

This was bottled in May 2007 and the hops still tasted very fresh, more hoppy than most fresh DIPAs I have ever had somehow, this is a blend of two real nice beers from Short's, Stellar Ale and Hangin' Frank, drank this after Bloody Beer and it tasted wonderful, wish I had more of this stuff, want to drink again but not sure if that will happen, recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 17:06:12 | More by Floydster
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 21:24:28 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Short's Good Feller from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.