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Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company

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Peaches & CreamPeaches & Cream

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BA SCORE
87
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-11-2007)
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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 StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Peaches & Cream last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. This beer has been on my wishlist for a while and it's been a long time since Short's last bottled this beer, so when I heard bottles started showing up at the store I made sure to grab a couple to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, early fall 2012 release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label on this beer is ok, it's a little plain looking, but it still has that Short's look to it. It poured a slightly orange golden color that took on much more of an orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of ripe peaches and a pretty high amount of sweetness that I assume is mainly coming from the milk sugar which imparts a nice creamy and milky aroma with a slight bit of vanilla. Towards the end I get some earthy and slightly spicy hops. I really like the aroma of this beer, it's unique and true to it's name, no complaints here.

T- The aroma seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large sweet cream and milk like flavor that is followed by some grainy and bready malts and even more sweetness. The peaches quickly show up next and impart a nice ripe peach flavor that tastes natural and are followed by a slight bit of booze and some earthy and spicy hops that stuck out more then expected and helped balance out some of that sweetness while imparting a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had a sweet and creamy peach like aftertaste. This beer tasted good, it was a little on the sweet side , but I expect that from a Short's dessert beer and the extra hops helped balance that out a little, it was good and true to it's name.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied, with slightly lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked nicely with what this beer was going for.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of a proper dessert beer, a good fruit beer too, this beer did a great job at staying true to it's name and it was pretty much as advertised minus the extra hops aspects that I wasn't expecting but still I liked it nonetheless and it helped balance out some of that sweetness. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth and it had more then enough flavor to hold my attention, but the high amount of sweetness would prevent me from wanting another one, one of these is just enough and is great choice for an after dinner beer. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was really good and better then I expected. What I liked least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, it was just a little too sweet for me, but that just means I will only drink one at a time, it didn't hurt the beer that much. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice dessert beer, but who knows when it will be released again and the store already sold out so i'm glad I picked up a few while they were around, I recommend this to anyone wanting just what's advertised, but you can't be afraid of a little sweetness. All in all I was satisfied with this beer, it lived up to it's name and it met my expectations, great work Short's, beers like this is why i say nobody makes a dessert beer that is so much like the dessert that's intended like Short's does, this was another winner from that crazy brewery up north.

Photo of MajorBear
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of CoolJosh
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Tulip.

Pours a glowing copper orange with ample haze. There is carbonation running wild through the body of this beer. Softly on top sits a light corn yellow, which leaves a slight trail of lacing.

Smells like a bushel of freshly picked Georgia Peaches. Really creamy to, reminds me of one of those creamsavers that Lifesavers used to make. Some acidity to go along with the lemon scent.

Tastes is full blown natural peach, not that artificial kind that some wise guys use in their homebrews, just sayin'... Very sweet and a little bit grainy. There are some orange flavors embedded in the complexion as well. Tons of sweet caramel and the acetic acid really gives it a bite. This beer is over carbonated which gives it an unattractive bite, detracting from some of the creamy flavors. This beer is a little bit too sweet and alcoholic for me which becomes a hinderance in the drinkability section.

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from czar_chasm. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours like a glass of peach juice. Wonderfully hazy golden orange pour with a half finger white white head that fades very quickly to leave a thin white halo and gentle wsisps. Like a glass of peach juice.

S - Wow, okay. Smells like a glass of peach juice. Haha. Aroma brings memories of standing in the peach orchard, juice trickling down my hand as I bite into the ripe fruit. Outstanding.

T - Unfortunately doesnt live up to the the aroma really. Initial taste is sweeter, almost like a peach jelly bean. That peach though is squashed by that ABV, it returns ont he aftertaste though with good lingering peach notes.

M - Mouthfeel could use some carbonation as its rather flat and lifeless with a fair amount of booze.

O- Overall, argh. if ONLY this wasnt so boozy! If that almost harsh alcohol wasnt there the peach would pop out so much more. such a shame. Still, it was enjoyable.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date: 02/15/2013
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2012
Glass: Southampton Tulip

I just recently completed the 2007 Short's Imperial Series that consists of 13 750ml. limited release bottles (Peaches & Creme is the 12th 750ml. bottle), with a lot of help from the generous hoppymeal. A big thanks goes out to hotpipes29 (eric) for getting me this newly released 12oz. bottle to sample! Now, I don't have to breakup the Imperial Series just yet to taste this long time want.

Poured a burnt orange in color w/ a skim coat white head that left very light lacing. Aromas of peaches, wheat, wood (oak), and vanilla. The taste paralleled the nose starting off w/ big peaches up front, leading into wheat and breadiness, and finishing w/ vanilla, a touch of booze, and mild hop bite. Medium bodied w/ carbonation on the lower side. Very easy to drink w/ great flavors that were well balanced. I drank my 12oz. w/ ease as it never became cloying at any point and the flavors don't taste fresh and not artificial.

Overall, congrats to Short's for this success in a bottle! This brew tastes like what it claims to be, Peaches & Creme in the form of a beer. My only knock on the beer is the low carbonation. If Short's maybe would back off the malts a bit and increase the carbonation this beer could go from very good to amazing.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amberish body topped by a small, white head.

Smell: Easily put, it's a lovely aroma of peaches and cream. A joy to smell.

Taste: Sweetish malts upfront, but it soon transitions into the distinct peach flavor mighty quickly. Very, very fruity. Slight spiciness comes and goes. An imagined dash of half-n-half. Warming, lingering finish with a taste of peach schnapps.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-full body. Medium carboantion.

Drinkability: Interesting, to say the least. A very well-constructed fruit beer.

Photo of MCain04
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle steebo777, this was poured into HF glass, no freshness date on the 12 oz bottle

Fairly clear copper pour with a cream-colored head of half an inch thickness, small and medium bubbles, good retention

Not a lot on the aroma, cream is the main flavor I get, some very subtle peach notes, some butterscotch, candied malts, other than that not a lot going on.

Taste is incredibly unique. This tastes quite literally like a bowl of peaches and cream. It is way too sweet to drink more than several ounces of it, but the flavors burst off the palate. Flavor profile of peaches and cream lingers. Not much bitterness. No alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, smooth, sticky finish, low carbonation.

Overall this was one of the more unique beers I've ever tried. Too sweet and cloying for everyday consumption, but split between a couple people this is a tasty summer dessert beer.

Photo of waltonc
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should have saved this for a hot summer day, instead of a spring day filled with thunderstorms...Oh well, still quite delicious. Pours hazy golden orange with massive white head. Smell and taste are dominated by sweet peaches. Definitely some lactose sugar character in here that creates a nice creamy mouthfeel to compliment all those peaches. Fairly sweet flavor, slightly tart but from the fruit rather than bugs (unlike the unintended flavors of some more recent Shorts vintages). Medium bodied with a shitload of carbonation. My only ding is this is a little high on the alcohol for the flavor profile, preventing it from qualifying as a "refreshing peach beverage." But I guess I should buy some Riunite if that's what I was looking for. Overall, quite good, Wish I opened this on a sunny hot summer day. Wish I had more.

Photo of heavydetour
4.12/5  rDev +7%

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky amber, nice, solid off white head, retains for some time. Leaves disk and lots of lace.

S - Bright fresh malt, citrus.

T - Malty, but mostly creamy. Really creamy.

M - As I said, really creamy. Round flavors, bitter battles sweet well.

D - Too creamy for me, in general. Nice to try.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared by jerz at woodshop 5.1

poured a brownish orange with yellow highlights and athin head that left good sticky lacing. Its definitely big on the peach aroma that has a lot of sugar sweetness with orange esters and a faint cream smell. There is slight berries and faint maltiness in the background. Very nice peach punch flavor up front with crisp wheat taste and slight cherries. The beer was light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a sweet crisp finish.
I think this beer drank well considering how sweet it was. This would be an ideal dessert beer.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Interesting beer. Has a sweet peachy flavor to it. Nice smell and mouthfeel as well.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sample of this was at the Great Taste '08. I remembered liking it, and only recently had the chance to get a bottle from Shorts. Thanks Jay!

Review is from notes.

It pours a murky dark orange with copious floaties. Fairly good color and retention, but the soupy look isn't so hot.

A slightly musty, peachy nose, probably fading from when it was fresh. Still, the peach aroma is pleasant.

Creamy, slight oxididation, tart peach flesh with an accompanying woody bitterness of the peach pit itself. Dry bitter aftertaste. Sweet and effervescent, full bodied. Overall the peach flavor is nice, and I think this was a successful beer, but 2 years seems too long to have sat in the bottle. It may be starting to deteriorate a little. That said, i'll be looking for this if it's ever released again.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper in color. Plenty of floaties suspended in the beer. Very nice two inches of head on the pour.
Smell is juicy, ripe peaches with a little lactose cream on the backend. Plenty of peach flavor in the taste. Very nice, damn near perfect carbonation. This is a very good beer. Short's needs to do these Anniversary beers again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another big ole' 750 shipped to me by kbeals.. I'm lovin' Kevin right now... Shared this at a great tasting at ditmier's house.. This was a borderline geyser.. thankfully almost no beer was wasted ;-)

Very.... VERY... careful pour revealed a hazed deep golden brew with a pretty significant head and great cap...

Nose of course has a bunch of fresh peachiness out of the gate... some sweetness helps magnify the fruity aromas.. "real" peach on the palate.. the milk sugars magnify the fruits.. yummy.. maybe a bit boozy on the back.. pretty damn carbonated .. probably too much.. but once it's cracked, just give it a good swirl in your glass and the mouthfeel comes more in line.

One of the most interesting beers I've had in a long time.. the lactose works incredibly well with the big peach flavors and seems somehow to be sorta pushed forward but the ample alcohol.

Very glad I got to try this one.. and even more happy I got to share it with the Boise crowd.. There is no way I would buy this that often.. but I can see having it with some summer desserts.... Thanks Kevin...

Photo of webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at ffejherb's tasting.

Pours a deep dark ruby red color with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves splotches of soapy lacing behind.

I don't know how Short's does it but they continue to nail down the aroma they are going for in their dessert beers. Slightly spicy aroma with estery light fruit and a lactic cream presence. Hints of peppery spice complimenting the light frut and cream character. Lots of peach but also hints of apricot and apple. They were after peaches and cream and this beer surprisingly smells just like that.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation up front along with zesty, peppery spice, crisp light fruit, phenolic alcohol and lactic cream. A bit spicier than the aroma suggests with hints of corriander, clove and pepper. Lots of light fruit especially peach and apricot. Fuller bodied than expected with the lactic creaminess adding to the complexity qnd mouthfeel. I was hoping that this would be more of a sweeter dessert beer but it is more subtle than expected. It tastes more like a spicy Belgian ale with lacto added.

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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