Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 164
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 Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grinnellj for sending this one to me. This poured out as a deep golden color, basically orange with a moderate sized white head on top. The head retention settles leaving a thin film on top of the beer with a really nice looking lacing. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's like smelling fresh Peach nectar It almost smells like there is some hops in there too but it's mostly the sweetness of the Peach that I get the most. The taste is sweet and has a very subtle tartness to it, again more Peaches come through as well has the bitterness in the finish with the lingering sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is oily, it's thick, it's creamy and very smooth. There is a bit of booze heat in there but it's very subtle. Overall I'm just really impressed, this beer sets the bar pretty high. I am enjoying this one quite a bit, glad I have a few more to enjoy over time. Well worth looking into if you come across this beer. Very interesting and sure to please if you are even slightly interested in Fruit Beers.

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  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 womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +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 oline73
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the blinded bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a good sized ring on top of the pour. 4

Smell: I'm getting some sweet malt along with some raisin like fruitiness. I'm also picking up some unidentified spices as well. There is a hint of citrus juice behind everything else. 3

Taste: Malt forward with some sweet fruity notes. I'm getting some raisins and pineapple like flavors. Behind the fruity flavors are some spices and a bitterness in the finish. I think the overall flavor is a bit muddled. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish. 4

Overall: As with bottle number 5, there was some interesting stuff going on here but nothing blew me away. 3

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the Short's beers I've had so far, they have been either amazing or terrible, so I've been very hesitant to crack this. Thanks to WadeP (Reddit) for this one to try.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that barely covers the beer, just a touch of lacing, hazy sediment laden honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings some peach juice, fresh juice and a bit of canned peaches, creamy aromas, light toasted creamy malt, a little straw, fermented sugar, fruity aroma also has some apricot as well, light flat straw malt.

Taste is fruity and gimmicky, although the peach flavors are nice, some fresh peach juice but more like canned peaches, little syrupy thicker high gravity like beer. Creamy rich thicker like taste, a little creamed malt, light bitter citrus rind, etc. Malts also bring light wet fermented straw, raw fermented sugar and lactose sugar, etc. A weird bitterness from the rind flavor, tangerine like hops, and a little earthy hop kick. Finish is drier but sticky, as it was mildly sweet to start, lingering light peach, more bitter rind and earthy hop, and sweet syrupy candy flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall meh. Maybe if I had this very fresh it would have been better, and I'm kinda mad that I didn't, but there are components that I'm not a fan of either. So it's a mixed bag of what they did right and wrong, and think that even fresh it wouldn't have been a big winner. but still a decent beer overall.

Photo of Jason
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 MasterSki
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was shared by Grant from his cellar- thanks Grant! I was blown away by how good this was- far superior to what I expected. It's like they captured the essence of the most perfect peach in a bottle- I was just floored after tasting it. I've always liked Short's beers, but I expected something lighter, and frankly- more frivolous. The laser-like peach flavors just keep coming and coming. It's a knock-out. Quite bitter, with peaches and peach skins and some nice tannins backing everything up. Very deep ripe peach flavors. The flavors are enhanced by the wonderful aroma of a perfectly ripe peach that has just been bitten into- sweet juice, sweet-tart flesh, and nicely bitter skin. Not over the top, and tastes 100% natural. A nice creaminess on the finish rounds things out nicely. It's a pretty beer as well, pouring a ruddy orange with a very nice white, creamy head that fades in due course, but leaves behind some nice lacing. A revelation.

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Very leggy. Nice lacing and a lopsided head.

Smell - Peach aroma is nice. Smells sweet with some pale malt.

Taste - Sweet right up front. Peach blends in nicely. Creamy is an apt descriptor from the lactose. Slight grain and a mild tang from the fruit.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and kinda heavy. Pretty sweet too. Medium carbonation.

Overall - No idea how fresh this us, but it has no signs of Short's usual off flavors. Tastes pretty good and fits the title.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 8/20.12. Thanks to Adam for this one!

A - Medium yellow/orange in colour with some darker amber hues in the middle. A small layer of white head formed and immediately disappeared.

S - Peach is present up front without being overwhelming. Some other citrus notes are present as well, specifically grapefruit. Bready malts are present in the background with lighter caramel aromas.

T - Peach up front that is definitely front and centre without being over the top. The sweetness from the lactose sugar is present next, followed by lighter bready malt notes. Not overly sweet or overly peach-y. The flavours come together very well. ABV is slightly warming at times but overall is exceptionally well hidden.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of aasher
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of MordorMongo. Thanks Scott!

It's one pours a light bodied very bright, polished copper n color with no head or lacing. The nose is big and sweet, featuring golden malt, a lot of lactose, and a good amount of alcohol. I don't pick up any peach or fruit character. The flavors are syrupy and sweet on the verge of cloying. I get peach syrup, honey, loads of sweet pale malt, plenty of alcohol and that's about it. It's a little rough around the edges. It drinks much fuller in body than it poured. The alcohol lets you know right off the bat how big the beer is. Luckily more peach comes out the longer you drink. It resembles a peach marmalade, so still very sweet. Overall this one was a disappointment especially after reading reviews. It was too big and too sweet for its own good in my opinion. I would like to see what this beer could've been in the 6% range.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for cracking this one open. Poured a hazy, burnt orange with a half inch, creamy, off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets - pretty good retention and the head was refreshed with each swirl. Nose is peaches, perhaps white grapes; definitely fermented fruit. Peaches definitely come out in the flavor profile, but I found it a little harsh and hot. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; some heat and a rugged carbonation. A little too much of a kick in the teeth and lacking some of the subtleties of the style. It smooths out a little towards the back, but I didn't love it.

Photo of gford217
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Peaches & Cream from Short's Brewing Company
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