Peaches & Cream - Short's Brewing Company
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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
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Short's peaches and cream pours a hazy orange colored body with a dirty white head. The head is thick and the retention is substantial. Lots of lacing left behind on the glass.
Great aroma; I spent a good bit of time sniffing this one before I started to drink it. Fresh peaches mix with something reminiscent of a peaches and cream candy. The background keeps things interesting with just a bit of tartness from lactose.
The flavor starts with fresh peaches, which once again is followed by a flavor that is reminiscent of a peaches and cream candy. Amidst the peach flavors, a solid amount of lactose tartness is noticeable, but it definitely is in a complementary role. Next comes just a hint of woody flavors, and the finish has a substantial amount of pale malts.
The body of this beer is smooth and creamy, but I hesitate just short of calling it full bodied.
There is no trace of alcohol in this beer, not even around the edges or in the finish. I was pretty surprised by the size of the ABV actually. This beer is both unique and tasty.
01-26-2011 22:40:37 | More by Hojaminbag
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-24-2011 01:54:32 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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!
10-07-2010 12:20:57 | More by koopa
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-02-2010 16:59:36 | More by kingcrowing
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-01-2010 21:21:09 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
06-26-2010 17:55:46 | More by Gobzilla
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
04-23-2010 00:02:23 | More by waltonc
4.97/5 rDev +29.1%
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.
03-11-2010 17:27:44 | More by Georgiabeer
3.25/5 rDev -15.6%
Thanks for sharing this one, Chris!
Lots of head after an aggressive pour atop a hazy peachy-orange brew.
Sweet canned peaches aroma, some spice and just general creamsicle sweetness. Same kind of flavors going on in the taste. The first sip or two, I thought I really liked this, but as time went on and my glass warmed, it became a bit of a chore. A little tangy-ness in the taste. Fanta? Sweet and creamy mouthfeel, it's like peach cobbler but without the crust. Kind of too sweet and a bit much after a while. Medium carbonation and decent substance of the mouthfeel try to help, but this would be best shared in 4oz servings or less. Alcohol is well integrated, though.
03-03-2010 03:19:55 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-20-2010 01:52:21 | More by emerge077
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
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-24-2009 01:36:00 | More by Jwale73
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-28-2009 21:37:18 | More by heliosphann
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-14-2009 03:16:31 | More by srandycarter
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle # 331 of 820. Thanks to Deuane for bringing this back from MI for me. A capped 750ml bottle poured into my Selin's Grove 10th Anniversary wine glass. The ale appears a hazy, particle filled deep amber color with a healthy looking two fingers of light ecru colored foam. The head lingers for a bit, leaving a thin lace in it's wake. Nose and flavor consist of sweet, yet tart and slightly sour peaches, peach puree, peach cream of wheat cereal, evaporated and/or condensed milk sweetness, brown sugar coated peaches, a pleasant bitterness comes through in the finish. The lactose coats the mouth and tongue. Notes of apricot brandy come out as the ale warms. Very smooth and drinkable. The 9.5 ABV is nowhere to be found. This one is holding up quite well. Thanks again D!
09-02-2009 03:17:01 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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...
08-18-2009 01:47:55 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-02-2009 03:26:32 | More by FtownThrowDown
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
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
07-10-2009 02:39:45 | More by CoolJosh
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
4.33/5 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
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
Big thanks to OHLRangers.
A: Pours a nice light amberish hue with a light white head.
S: Peach, peach, and more peach. Very peachy with subtle notes of fresh cream. Light wheat notes, a touch of tart.
T: Very much peach mostly sweet, but there is a very subtle tart element in the taste as well. Dried apricots make an appearence with a nice milky creamy quality. Fruity, malty, creamy, good!
M: Rather light to be honest, sort of snappy carbonation.
D: Not bad, I really liked this one.
04-23-2009 03:05:35 | More by tpd975
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Received this brew in a trade with sarcastro. I really love how Short's is brewing some of these crazy unique brews. This will be my seventh of the Imperial series. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.
High Gravity Golden Ale fermented with lactose and fresh peaches
Date Brewed: 4/25/07
Batch No: 301
Date Bottled: 3/28&29/07
Non Traditional Ingredients: Lactose, Peaches
Imperial Beer 12 of 13
Bottle Number 333 of 820
Appearance- Pours a dark golden peach with a HUGE three finger lightly tan head that seems to be growing. A fantastic one finger creamy head is maintained for the entire beer as it leaves loads of rings of sticky thick lacing.
Smell- Peaches!! The fresh fruity sweetness of my favorite fleshy produce. Citrusy and tart with a light creamy sweetness. A bit of light caramel malt adds another layer of sweetness. The nose is quite pie like.
Taste- The peach is a bit more muted in the taste than the nose but it's still definitely peachy. Lightly sweet and 'milky' from the lactose and it really helps the peach pop. Maybe a little too sweet but not a deal breaker by any means. Some caramel and toffee tones and an underlying bitterness that is fleeting but noticeable. I don't think I'm a huge fan of Short's 'High Gravity Golden Ale' as this is the 3rd or 4th brew I've had with that as the base and there's something that I don't necessarily like. Could be that these brews have a bit too much age on them. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and more peachy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy with a thick creamy feel and fairly harsh carbonation at first. It settles down rather quickly though.
Drinkability- The peaches are really nice. They're fairly strong and the beer is nice and fruity and interesting. I think the underbelly of the beer isn't my favorite though. It's a little too bitter for what we have going on here. Either way, interesting beer that I did enjoy.
01-12-2009 03:09:20 | More by younger35
Peaches & Cream from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.