Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
I picked up a few of these special edition Short's while in northern Michigan last summer. This is the first I'm trying. Eruption upon opening, always hate to see that happen. Poured into a large snifter, this is a cloudy copper/orange color with a solid couple inches of head. Very foamy.
Intense sweet smell, reminiscent of a creamsicle. Loads of sugar and fresh peaches. The lactose definitely comes out. One of the more unique smelling beers I've tried.
Taste is dominated by the peaches, ranging from candy-like sweet to tart and sour. Alcohol is masked fairly well, but this is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.
This is a very interesting and unique beer, and definitely recommended.
01-17-2010 01:08:15 | More by webmanspidey
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with hoppymeal, thanks to Derek for including this in my package, my girlfriend had been wanting to try this for quite some time, split with her and poured into my St. Feuillien snifter tonight
A-Light amber color with some medium orange highlights, huge 2 1/4 inch foamy off white head that stays around for almost ten minutes, great retention, some lacing and legs too
S-Lots of peaches and there better for their being almost ten ounces in each bottle, that is nearly half, also milky cream, lactic acid, mild hoppiness, sugar, sweet malts, and cinnamon cookies
T-All I taste at first is peaches, there are both moderately sweet at tart, which comes from the mixture of the fruit itself and the lactic acid, some sweet and slightly chewy malt in the middle, more milk and peaches in the finish but there is also a desirable dry aftertaste with an acidic feel, gets slightly sweeter as it warms but not as much as I thought it would, this is like nothing I have tasted before, who knew a strong ale could be so fruity and complex with sweetness, by the end there was a nice balance of fruit and malts with that same dry feel finishing things off, quiter enjoyable
M-Acidic, sweet, clean, fruity, and rounded mouthfeel, medium bodied but fairly thick, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingered for close to five minutes and had a nice feel on the tongue
D-This stuff is heavy from all the sugar and that is my main complaint with it, alcohol is hidden moderately but some booze can be detected in the finish, smooth for how sweet it is though, probably could have drank the whole bottle
Bottle #154/820, twelve of thirteen, best beer I have had from the Short's imperial series yet, which is funny because it is one of the brews that I was looking least forward to from it, who would have known five hundred pounds of peaches would have made something taste so good, the high alcohol content has allowed this to age nicely from what I have heard from others, would drink again, recommended
11-19-2008 04:44:51 | More by Floydster
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
A - 1 finger of off-white suds sit atop a hazy, nectarine colored brew in my snifter. Awesome retention. Decent legs. Huge lacing.
S - Peaches! Peaches! I fucking LOVE Peaches! Booze, awesomeness. PEACHES! Slightly spicy/flowery yeast. PEEEEAAACCCHHHESSS! Did I mention I really like peaches?
T - Holy amazing. Big, fresh, juicy peaches. Peach pit. A little bit of fusel alcohol. Semi-tart on the back on some sips and quite sweet on others. The warmth in the tummy is welcomed. Fruity, boozy... truly wonderful. Lactose manages to add a sweet element to the mix that balances what would've been a, seemingly, rather tart brew.
M - Creamy carbonation and hugely thick body. Almost syrupy.
D - As wonderful as this is and as peachy as it is, it still suffers from a rather noticeable ABV and the bigness/sweetness can detract at some points as well. Worth every penny, though.
Notes: I love Short's Brews, if you haven't already noticed. When I first heard about this, it was one of those "have-to-try-it" moments. Glad I had the chance. Between this and Abnormal Genius, it's hard to pick a favorite from the Imperial Series.
12-24-2008 00:31:50 | More by SaucyA
4.48/5 rDev +16.4%
Short's Peaches and Creme pours out a hazy golden color with a tiny head. The aroma is peachy and milky, with some malts and a bit of booziness. The taste is excellent, this beer has a strong, real peach taste that pairs nicely with the sweet milky base flavors. There's also a tiny amount of grassy hops that really pull everything together. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is great. This is really a superb dessert beer that really pulls off what it says on the label.
10-21-2012 03:47:37 | More by shand
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
08-02-2009 03:21:27 | More by pwoods
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to corby112 for cracking out this one.
A-Hazy copper kissed orange with a thick and foamy off-white head that slowly reduced to a dense cap and left thick swaths of lace behind.
S-Who let me loose in the orchard? Massive, ripe peach goodness melds with creamy sweet lactose and vanilla syrup topping. How can this with years of age on it retain so much aroma?
T-BAM! More of the same on the palate with a James and the GIANT peach pounding your tongue! Sweet cream and vanilla adds complexity and balance with just a hint of lactic twang in the background.
M-Medium bodied (more than I had anticipated) with a semi-syrupy, ooey gooey sticky texture, akin to a liquefied peach cobbler. Juicy and rich without becoming overwhelming.
D-Damn! Joe does it again with a crazy combo and comes out on top! This one has some serious age on it and it still is amazing. I can only imagine how awesome this one would have been fresher. Peaches and Creme is a no holds barred, lactose laden, fruit barrage that takes no prisoners!
01-29-2011 20:39:22 | More by Deuane
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Big thanks to Deuane yet again for this one. A 750ml bottle, #290/820 from 2007
A - Pours hazy copper orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of tons of ripe peaches, creamy milk, vanilla, and some lactic sweetness. How there is this much peach aroma after five years is beyond me.
T - Starts off with a big peachy kick in the teeth slowly giving way to a creamy smooth core with hints of vanilla and even more lactic sweetness. A tiny bit of oxidation creeps in at the very last moment but it is to be expected here. The alcohol is hidden VERY well, I had no idea this was 9.5% at all. The finish is pretty sweet with a tiny hint of dryness, lingering for a short period of time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, juicy, goodness in the feel with a slight bit of oxidation creeping in toward the end.
O - This is five years old? Could have fooled me. There is still PLENTY of peaches lurking inside this one. I have had some bad experiences with Short's beers recently that have really turned me off them but when you try something like this one it all seems to make sense again. Great beer, thanks again Deuane!
08-04-2011 00:08:13 | More by orangesol
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to corby112 for bringing this 750ml bottle to our tasting on 1/23/11.
A - Poured a hazy coppery orange with a mammoth three-finger wall of beige foam that retained quite well and deposited plenty of frothy, sticky lacing around the glass.
S - Mmmm... fresh, juicy ripe peaches abound with a hint of vanilla/lactose. My first whiff of this beer reminded me of walking into a local "head" shop, only to be greeted by the aroma of incense and patchouli.
T - There's that fresh, juicy peach character again. The pairing peaches and vanilla works extremely well here, creating an intensely flavorful beer that makes the detection of alcohol virtually impossible. This is a sweet beer for sure, but there is just a smidgen of tartness in the backend that adds some depth and prevents this from becoming too overly sweet.
M - Medium bodied that's pushing toward full-figured with a syrupy texture that is actually kind of sticky and juicy. Texture is pretty smooth and creamy overall, though. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and a pleasant wash of tartness on the palate.
D - I was surprised to find that the ABV for this beer was 9.5%! Wow! Peaches & Creme is a delicious fruit beer with an authentic peach flavor and aroma. Melt down a creamsicle, add alcohol, bottle it, and that's what this beer replicates!
01-24-2011 18:23:53 | More by ffejherb
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
Bottle #12 of 820, from the label it is a high gravity golden ale brewed with lactose and fresh peaches. Pours peach in color, nice and murky, with a decent sized off white to very light tan head that slowly recedes. Aroma is spot on sweet peaches, there is some citrusiness as well, or perhaps the peach aroma is somewhat citrus like. The milk sugariness is evident in the aroma with a soft cream aroma. Taste is peaches, like eating the fruit, the taste has crossed into the beer very well, the cream is also very evident in the taste as a nice balancer to the peaches. Citrus in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines, the peach flavor is accentuated very nicely by an effervescence of carbonation while the milk sugars make for a very soft balance to this effervescence before a somewhat dry and refreshing finish. The sugars also help to contribute to the medium to heavy rich body which does not come across as overly heavy for the fruit keeps it 'light'. This beer is an incredible fruit beer, the peaches and cream come thru very well, almost like eating straight from the bowl. The 9.5% is not evident except for a warmth in the finish. I wouldn't usu age a fruit beer but I am curious as to what a little time will do with this one. Well my third taste of the imperial series and I am very impressed. This is a beer to share with others, for one 750mls of strong peach flavor is difficult and second because it is an extraordinary beer.
06-11-2007 03:50:20 | More by hoppymeal
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter. Thanks to Czar_chasm for this brew.
Pours a deep gold with heavy amber highlights capped with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma of this brew smells as though your nose is hovering over freshly cut peaches. Wow. Some mild yeast and biscuity/bready aroma. From the first sip the juicy flavor of peaches fills the mouth, joined by creamy accents created by the lactose sugar--there is a real marriage of the two flavors midpalate that does provide a peaches and creme flavor. Biscuity malt and a touch of yeast. Some very mild hop bitterness does break through on the fairly dry finish. Although at times it does seem a bit heavier, this brew is mainly medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and is slick and creamy. This was really tasty and served as a wonderful dessert brew.
11-29-2012 04:34:27 | More by chanokokoro
4.35/5 rDev +13%
Bottle poured into a Siciliano's pokal.
A- A normal pour created a dense, 1-1/2 finger, khaki head that dropped to a thin film and left great sticky spots on the glass. The body was a deep, dark golden color. Initially a bit hazy, but it cleared up. Moderate carbonation and a little sediment floating around.
S- definitely peachy, without overwhelming the senses. Grassy/herbal hops. The more I smell, the more fresh peaches I perceive. Sugary sweetness as well.
T- Hoppy at first. Then, a solid shot of peaches and sweet cream. I sense higher ABV in the full, sweet, malty flavor, without any harshness. Well balanced. When I say well balanced, I mean EVERYTHING is turned up a couple notches. Relatively sweet, but hints of tart as you might find in a peach.
M- Quite viscus. Moderate carbonation tries to keep up with the full, full body. More suspicions of the well hidden ABV.
O- It really hits the mark, as Short's often does with its experimental beers. Robust, while quite drinkable.
09-02-2012 19:22:45 | More by GRPunk
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-01-2008 17:25:53 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
09-08-2012 00:48:06 | More by 33nickadams
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Big thanks to Randy for passing along this rarity, bottle #370.
We've got a gusher! As I poured it into the glass, the head was at least 4 inches and larger than the amount of beer. The color is a slightly deep hazy amber and the head takes forever to dissipate and leaves very good lacing.
I wouldn't have needed to see the bottle to know there is a ton of peaches in this bad boy as I could smell them across the room. There is hint of the alcohol which burns the nose slightly as well as some sweet malts in the background.
The taste has a deeper, more sugary sweetness than the aroma with the peaches mixing with the dark caramel malts and maybe even some molasses. There is a bit of the lactose creaminess in the finish but the peaches are certainly the most evident flavor.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with a lingering fruity sweetness in the finish.
I feel like a broken record saying I'm impressed by the creativity of the Shorts folks, but it almost goes without saying. This is a very sweet beer and that may linger the drinkability a little bit, but the flavors are big and meld together well.
06-11-2009 01:17:42 | More by gford217
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
A huge thanks goes out to my man Derek for this beer. I've been eying this beer up for two years and finally got to try it! Much appreciated!
A: Pours a hazy brick orange with a large, creamy and frothy orange tinted head. The head was rather large in the glass with an aggressive pour. Two glasses yielded a two finger head, the other yielded a four finger head.
S: The smell was absolute bliss with sweet, peach jam/jelly, fresh peach puree, candied peaches with sugar, and a nice caramel/toffee back. The smell was like no other beer I have encountered and was delightful.
T: One of the most interesting and different beers I have ever had. Sweet peach jelly, candied/dried peaches and a great caramel back. On the end some alcohol creeps through but doesn't distract from the amazing flavors of the beer.
M/D: The carbonation I thought was a touch high, but by no means displeasing. The flavors are so strong, unique and fruity that I drank this slow and cherished it. I think this would be just as good, if not better in a few years.
Thanks again Derek!
07-03-2009 17:32:20 | More by treyrab
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
poured from a bottle I picked up on summer trip to upper Michigan.
A--beautiful orange glow with decent head that settled into a delicate lace.
S--peaches of course, but not overwhelmingly so.
T--dominant peach taste right away slightly tart, hint of creme and sweetness become apparent just before tart reclaims the aftertaste.
M--clean and astringent
D--regret I only grabbed two of these, but he has so many great beers I had to excercise restraint. This is a great desert beer or evening drink on the patio in summer.
11-13-2008 22:42:05 | More by sailbretthd
Peaches & Cream from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.