Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 27.07%
Wants: 167
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-11-2007

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a great golden color, reminiscent of a dark peach, copper tones, with orange hues, a thin white soapy head appears at first but vanishes almost immediately, spotted lacing is apparent. The aroma is of mild hay, sweet cream, tart yet sweet peach fuzz and astringent alcohol. It's exactly what one would expect, fairly well integrated, but it lacks a bit of oomph, it's very soft and can lack some impression. The flavors are right as the nose would suggest, the milk sugar really brings out the creaminess which is very dominant on the tongue, soft peach skin, a bit of hay and bitter peach pit comes out as well, prickly alcohol at the finish. Again, tastes as advertised, much more expressive than the nose, good integration, I wish it had a better showing of peach as the cream tends to dominate, but it's still very well crafted. The body is great, smooth, rich, almost creamy but has a nice level of lively carbonation to prop up the flavors.

Verdict: Very unique beer from Short's, which isn't to be unexpected, well executed and crafted, I really enjoyed this as a desert beer. I think the higher gravity detracts a bit from the beer, but all in all, really fun to try.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/14/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A slightly hazed orange/peach color. Two and a half fingers of a rich, creamy off-white head. Lacing is pretty good at the start, but then disappears. Not too shabby.

Smell: Faint. It's not as face walloping as I was expecting. Sweet peaches and cream, with maybe a slight spice character.

Taste/feel: Silky as all hell. That's the first thing I notice. Unbelievable smooth drinking beer... like peach fuzz on your tongue. But... in liquid form. And... not unpleasant. Peach is obviously there, with a creamy milk sweetness. Coats the tongue nicely. Aftertaste is peach with a slight spice, and a very, VERY slight alcohol flavor and warmth. It's hard to believe this is about 9%. I could sip on this all day if it weren't so sweet. Truthfully, probably the sweetest beer I've ever had. I'm not shocked at all by that fact, as it's what I figured. A 12oz bottle is almost too much for me to handle due to its sweetness, but this beer does what it wants to do, and does it well. As silky as the mouthfeel is, and as sweet as the beer is, I don't ever find that it becomes cloying in a syrupy way -- it just has a huge amount of sweetness.

An awesome dessert beer, but it's a specialty beer and a limited release for a reason, I think. I'm glad I didn't buy a six-pack, but instead got two singles. A very tasty beer, but not one I could have often. Get your hands on this, especially if you have a sweet tooth -- I tend to not generally care much for sweets.

UPDATE 9/22/13: Having just aged this beer a month, the sweetness has toned down quite a lot, making this an easier-to-drink beer. It's still very sweet, but it's mellowed out very nicely. Changing my taste rating from 3.75 to a 4.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle. Forgot to write down the bottle #. Served in a Bell's tulip. Shared with some fellow BA's.

A: Finger of yellow head. Cloudy orange with ample sediment. Some bubbly lacing.

S: Intense candied peaches. Very sweet and oh so very delicious smelling. I think it made me hungry a little bit.

T: This beer certainly lives up to it's name, big peachy flavor with some lactose sugar sweetness. There's a slight bit of tartness and some nice creamy malt component. Not really all that complex, but it certainly delivers.

M: Thin body with good carbonation. I think the beer overall would be a lot better if the body was thicker.

D: 9.5% ABV is virtually undetectable. I had a decent serving and it was plenty enough. The sharp sweetness would make it hard to drink a lot of this.

Shorts never ceases to amaze me what they can do with fruited beer and odd ingredients. Peaches & Creme is a very interesting beer to say the least, and well worth a try. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to try it again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review is from notes.

After the pour it appears under-carbonated, with only a small off-white head on top of a rich golden-orange colored body that possesses a decent clarity, though somewhat dull looking. The head dissipates to a thin layer of foam after a short amount of time.

The smell is amazing! Peaches and Creme smells just like...peaches and cream. Peach aroma that smells dulled from milky cream. I'm really impressed with the great clarity of this beer's aroma. A little alcohol is present in the back end.

Has a rich full body. More beery than expected, which is actually nice because I was expecting something more sweet and cloying. It tastes like it has some strength to it, in a sense it is Malt-liquor-like in flavor. The peach flavor is meaty and fresh, but not very intense. I guess that is because it isn't that sweet. Definitely under carbonated but not flat. Good enough to hold this beer up.

Honestly this is a pretty good beer from Shorts. I would drink this again, and I would certainly look to pair this with dessert. Great aroma, and a good mix of peach and beer in the flavor. Thanks to monitorpop for this bottle!

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Photo of badbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from the 2007 run, #431 of 820. Shared with ksak.

A: The peach ale is an amber color, somewhere on the autumnal scale between orange and brown; translucent only if you've got a nearby light source. Off-white, the head is, doesn't lace though.

S: The aromas are peachy, even 5 years in. The sweetness is tempered by the lactose and booziness. Overall the ale still has it going on but the caramel body is slowing creeping up.

T: My first sip revealed more spices than the nose hinted at - cinnamon cones through first, setting up the peaches. Those fruits are juicy, still sugary after all these years. The creamy body is evident, a sweetness that compliments the sweetness of the peaches. Vanilla mixes with the cinnamon, even a woody firmness (thanks vanilla) is hinted at. The strength of the ale is palpable but it doesn't weigh on me. A very thick ale.

M: Yeah, it's held up very nicely over 5+ years, sweet and peachy with a nice cream finish. The spiciness, paired with peaches, is like a flaming peach dessert.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.14.12

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a one one half inch cream-colored head that has decent retention.

S - Malty and sweat over ripe peaches.

T - Ripe peaches, cream, almost cider like.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Suitable to the name.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a light golden amber color with a fluffy and sticky white head on it.

S: Quite a bit of sweetness to the nose with definite peach aroma and plenty of sweet cream as well. A tad artificial and candy-like, but not bad.

T: This is a very sweet beer. Lots of sugar (lactose) and peach flavoring, along with a definite creaminess. The peaches actually have a somewhat authentic flavor, which was surprising.

M: The body is medium but there is a sensation of some undissolved sugar on the tongue--strange.

D: Short's strikes again with another inventive beer. I liked this one quite a bit, but after awhile, the sweetness starts to get to you.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and red, slightly cloudy with a small 1/16 inch head, with average lacing. Average carbonated with a light sweet smell of fruit - peaches mild flowery hops. Tastes sweet with a peach overtone and slight apple taste- light but incredibly balanced with the citrus packed hops. It finishes sweet and light. Decent flavor. I enjoyed this but more than one glass would be too much.

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Photo of koopa
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought this one up to the Hill Farmstead release last weekend and shared it with several BA's.

Appearance: Pours (small gush) a hazy peach to amber color (big surprise!) with minimal crown / retention / lace.

Smell: Peaches and sweet cream (as advertised ;)

Taste: Same as nose. While it is sweet (as just about every other review on this site indicates) I must say the sweetness seems slightly reduced compared to how this one drank fresh about 1.5 years ago. I prefer it now.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy bodied...full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best...definitely a good 750ml to share with friends!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/20/2012. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of fresh peach, citrus zest, grass, herbal, and light cream. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance; exactly what was expected. Taste of peaches, herbal, grass, earth, light citrus, and light cream. Light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of peaches, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Shorts fruit beer! Very nice balance of fruit flavor with no cloying sweetness at all; and extremely smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason - part of his WW5 haul. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Loads of orange-tinged foam that settles to a full cap, splotchy lace, and a hazy orange-red body.

S - Peaches! Some lactose sweetness, sweet grains, and light oxidation that isn't totally unexpected for a 5-year-old beer.

T - Taste is a bit less good - peaches are more restrained and oxidation and a strange bitterness appears to have crept in. Lactose and generic malt sweetness prevail mostly. This was better when I last had it.

M - Smooth texture, medium body and carbonation, and some tannic pulpy fruit character in the finish. Alcohol is shockingly well-hidden - I didn't realize this was 9.5%!

D - Still holding up reasonably well for a 2006 fruit beer. If it weren't for the mild oxidation this would be pretty fantastic stuff. Hope Shorts makes it again at some point. Quite drinkable for something so sweet and strong.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +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...

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Peaches & Cream from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.