Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company

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Peaches & CreamPeaches & Cream

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BA SCORE
86
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 139
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-11-2007)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top and pour a brew of pure golden orange coloring. It throws a two finger head of creamy, soapy pumpkin colored bubbles, showing great retention. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is as if you just popped the top on a can of picked peaches in syrup. This holds notes of sweaty saltiness, white and cane sugars, vanilla extract, biscuity and pale maltiness, gritty dog food graininess, chalked yeastiness, plastic phenols, tin, and fusel booze with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is extremely peachy, but the balance is a bit to the cloying, sugary side at first, with dissolution into a surprisingly musty, bittered ending note. As we sip, the taste opens with toffee, candied apples, fresh roadside Georgia peach juiciness, pale and wheat maltiness, aluminum metallics, nectary honeys, hints of florals, and raw cubed sugar. The middle comes to a peak with much of the same, giving genuine peach fruitiness, liquid sugar syrups, strawberry candy chews, Schnapps booziness, nail polish remover, black pepper, and musk. The end washes with alcohol, light leathers, biting plastics foaminess, floral and lightly citric hoppiness, pseudo oak woodiness, cardboard, dust, tree nuttiness, oily green leafiness, and peach flesh and pit. The aftertaste breathes of piney hops, peach pits, white flour, gravel, mineral, those same sugary peaches, rubbery phenols, lighter fluid, fusel booziness, sulfurs, wheat, and dried grassiness. The body is full and thick, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with cloying and biting finishing pop. The mouth is left oily and coated, eventually giving way to astringency, metallic stickiness. The abv is big for the style, but appropriate, and it sips the night away.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we received genuinely fruity notes of peach, with the advertised sugars to back it, and a sturdy enough malt bill of bittered grain and full paleness to maintain it all. The nose was mostly fruity, and mostly sugary, however, with the latter balancing coming only through the flavoring. That was interesting in and of itself, however, with a nice fruitiness to start, but with strong fusel booziness, and bitterness of both hops and booze. This is a nice fruit beer, but it does sit a little heavy by the end of the tasting. Either way, it is an interesting offering, and the first beer we’ve found to really pound the promised peaches into something that is recognizable and authentically noticeable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal-like shade of copper and orange, thin, wispy, white head that settles quick but leaves some decent lacing all the way down the glass. The nose on this beer is GREAT. Some fruit/vegetable beers suffer from having aromatics that are oft too artificial; impure, contrived, forced - this beer, however, hits the mark. The peach aroma hits the nose like a fresh peach, picked straight from the tree. No medicinal or chalky tones - very pure and welcomed, but not overpowering or cloying. Some bread-like aromas go hand in hand from the yeast, balancing the nose perfectly.

The taste IS the aroma in flavor form - the mouth follows the nose perfectly, making for a nice hand-in-hand combination from the senses that really makes the beer come alive. Sweet, ripe peaches, crisp carbonation, bread and biscuity yeast, plentiful malts and barley, and balancing woody-earth tones. Some slight warmth from the alcohol, gives the "fruit" beer some meatiness and an extra leg to stand on (as if it needed one). Slightly syrupy, silky feel with a medium body.

I normally do not care for fruit beers, oftentimes because the "fruit" element isn't done properly. But this beer hits a homerun as far as fruit beer goes. This is the benchmark for how this style should be done. Powerful, but not dominant; smooth and pure. Watch out, at an almost unnoticeable 9.5% ABV, this beer will kick your ass.

Photo of Schlais
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. #13 of 820.

Pours into my glass a hazy amber orange with a half inch of light tan creamy head on top. Spotty lacing works over the glass as well. Aromas start out with big peach puree that's really vibrant. Creamy, light grainy malts are in there as well. Sort of tart with a mild earthy hop underneath. The real peach aroma here is wonderful though.

First sip brings a peachy, somewhat grainy malt upfront. Tastes like real peach juice and puree. The creamy, lactose notes move in midway through as the beer does a good balancing act between sweetness and bitterness. It flows down with a kiss of hops and spice and finishes off with lingering peach notes. Definitely the most vibrant peach brew I have ever experienced. Alcohol is non-existent in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Quite a refreshing brew that is on the sweeter side but never becomes too cloying. Overall, an amazing fruit beer that really shows how much using real fruit makes a difference. Shared this with a few friends. Another treat from the Imperial Series.

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle

A - Pours golden orange with half a finger of short-lives white head.

S - Sweet malts, some peaches that smell a bit like peach cobbler (a bit syrupy) and some alcohol in the nose. Also a faint earthy bitterness.

T - Initially very sweet, almost syrupy. After the initial sweetness, peaches flavors emerge, along with some faint hops, a slight aspirin taste and quite a bit of booze. The finish reminds me of the taste of a peach pit. The lactose presence is noticeable but modest.

M - Fuller mouthfeel than I was expecting. Initially sticky sweet, but finishes bitter and slightly astringent with a considerable booziness.

O - Seems like a beer with a lot of potential, but falling short in the execution. Still good, but too much booze and aspirin taste. Thinning this out with a bit less malt to give a lighter mouthfeel could also improve this.

Photo of 77apm
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

Darker than expected brandishing a tarnished golden color with a stunning clarity. Good frothing and the lacing is amazing. Smells of fresh picked peaches from stem to meat to pit. Light lactose and biscuity malt aroma. Exceptionally smooth with a rolling crispness that feigns a full body, solid medium body is unwavering. Big orchard flavor of macerated peaches with the earthy woodiness of the pits. Slight hop bitterness and peppery warming alcohol help to balance the sweetness of the semi-tart peach flavor and malt character. Toasted biscuit and and earthy yeast trail in the drying finish.

Wow, look at Short's ... bringing the fruit beer to a god like level. A bottle of chaotic goodness. This is a beautiful beer, a strong ale at that and drinkable too boot ... lovey yet dangerous.

Photo of badbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a white head that had decent lacing and some retention. Peaches, oranges, various tropical aromas, and a little bit of earthy hops in the aroma. Peaches jump out at the tongue first, but hops come into play shortly thereafter. Also had some other citrus/tropical flavors (mango), with a slightly tart finish. Medium carbonation and body, but something just seemed a little missing. Good beer, glad I tried it, but not worth the price tag.

Photo of mikejonze
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice thick deep amber color. Nose is fruity and fresh, lots of peaches.

Taste is well, peaches and cream. It's really sweet so you don't want to drink a whole bottle but it's great to split. It's got a nice full mouthfeel easy drinking.

Photo of mikerap100
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured into FFF Teku

A - Copper with golden hues. Off-white head formed but slowly receded to only be on the sides

S - Peaches are the main component as it smells like biting into a fresh, juicy peach. I get a light cream sweetness but not much. Also, a slight pepper spice seems to come through

T - This is a sweet beer initially as I get a lot of sugar and sweet cream. The peach comes in the middle to give it a slight peach fruitiness that makes it taste like those sugar coated peach rings you can buy at a gas station. There is a alcohol bite, a slight metallic flavor, and some bittering hops that comes in near the finish that prevent it from being cloying.

M - Thick, syrupy beer that is slightly astringent in the finish

O - Like many Short's beers, this is interesting. It has good peach flavor too it but it is soo sweet that it's hard to drink too much of this. Worth the try but wish it wasn't so sugary.

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to FtownThrowDown for sharing this.

A: Murky dark amber. Good head with some decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Peaches and cream, big time and amazing. Pleasant sweetness but not over done.

T/M: Peaches and cream, obviously. Delicious. Sweet, juicy peaches at first with a rich cream coming in at the back. More of the pleasant sweetness. A bit of richer malts in the back. Body is medium full and smoothand creamy as he'll.

D: Too damn smooth for 9.5%. Awesome.

Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sawyer for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a very small amount of white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: A little bit of peach juice and fruitness, light malt, and some alcohol right at the end.

T: Again, some peach up front, a bit of pineapple as well. Not as exciting as I was hoping, heard it tasted like peach rings, but sadly it did not.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol at the end.

O: A let down. Typically the strange Short's beer have been enjoyable, but I wanted more from this one. Maybe next time.

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Beezee
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of huskermike12
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden-amber color with a slight head. When held up to the light, its translucent. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass, but that would be expected. Smells grainy, slightly yeasty and of course peachy. I do get a sense of sweetness on the nose, which I assume is from the lactose used in the brewing process. Taste is loaded with peach followed by sweetness. I do pick up a bit of graininess from the malt and the taste finishes with a bite of bitterness. This is a full bodied beer and well carbonated. Overall, I really like this beer. I am a big fan of peach flavor in beer and this ones got it. It could be a little overwhelming with the flavor and sweetness though, so I think one will do for now.

Photo of Gonzoillini
1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

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Peaches & Cream from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.