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Imperial Soft Parade - Short's Brewing Company

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 21
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BelgianAleSlut on 07-01-2007)
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Photo of duceswild
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from adamdd.

Amber red in color and semi-translucent. Pours with a minimal head. Can smell this brew right away and get a good scent of berries including blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Taste is similar to how it smells, however I don't get much alcohol at all as it is very well hidden. If you had a couple of these the 10% would definitely creep up on you. There is good carbonation throughout with the berry fruit flavors continuing through the end on the palate.

Would look forward to trying this one again.

duceswild, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml, bottle 332 of 1008. Major thanks to mike for this one! My long time, mega-wale of a beer. The one I never thought I'd get to try.

Poured into leffe goblet. Trading card notes this beer was brewed on 4.13.07 and bottled on 5.7 and 5.8, 2007. Listening to 'Waiting for the Sun' by The Doors as I sip.. perfect mood music.

A- A ruddy amber/ruby/brown with a thin but lively head that fizzes out to settle on the outer edges quickly.

S- Deep berry fruit. Surprised at the life the fruit has in this! Sweet strawberry jam.

T- Blackberry tartness hits first, with a wave of sweet strawberry following up. The strawberry is overripe and very sweet, but is cut by the myriad of other flavors. The rye is a bit spicy and bitter in the background. I'm floored by the berries, this must have been a sugar bomb fresh. The flavors are still very potent. Blueberries are fleeting, raspberry tartness intermingles with the blackberries.

M- Tart, sweet, slightly puckering, bitter/tannic in the finish. No sign of ABV, I wonder if it mellowed over time or if the berries have always dominated it.

D- Very high. Wow, I enjoyed this beer. It's a very nice thing when a beer meets your lofty expectations. Short's, please please please brew some more.

ShogoKawada, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of joshuaseresse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from Shorts a while ago. They say it was from 2008. 750 poured into my town hall snifter:

A - pour gets a thin to medium frothy white head that dissipates into foam ring around the edges with murky cloudy foam in the middle. Amber, ruby pinkish color.

S - Lots of wine like berries. A bit like a fruity slushy. Pretty nice.

T - Faint berries and slightly wine like. Kind of citrus and tart at the same time. I know that its two years old but the berries really suffered on this one.

M - Pretty good carbonation. Its refereshing but probably more like a summer brew than a winter brew.

D - Pretty good. Its nice but I'm really not sure to this kind of beer. It is cool that it is vintage and two years old but the berries in it really suffers and I believe it would be better fresh. Pretty nice smell, mouthfeel and drinkability but the taste lacks.

joshuaseresse, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a light muddy brown color with a smallish beige head. Striking berry aroma/flavor with blackberries and blueberries especially. Additional notes of caramel, chocolate, and dark bread crusts. Alcohol is undetectable and I was shocked to see this was 10%.

illidurit, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of swanco81
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a rich chestnut with a slight pink color. Slightly hazy, but pleasantly appealing.

The aroma is a very strong sweet berry smell when it is cool and the alcohol becomes more apparent as the beers warms, but also brings along a malty presence.

The taste starts pleasantly tart and a bitter berry montage follows. The beer finishes dry leaving a subtle berry taste on your tongue and as you inhale. My girlfriend feels as though Joe Short is gods gift to stellar beer brewing, and thinks that this beer is a suitable substitute for the wine she normally drinks. This beer definitely still taste like a beer and is obvious that the beer was constructed with love and not berry extract concoction.

The body is medium allowing for extensive drinkability. There is not a lot of residual sugar and the beer attenuated very nicely.

I could drink the sh*# out of it.

Give me a beer any day over wine, but when you have this you can immerse your self in a beer drinking experience that will also suit most wine drinkers.

swanco81, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright transparent rose color. Thin looking, and so red i wouldnt be surprised if it contained some amount of food coloring.

The aroma is sweet and made of a nice mix of berries: blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries being the most notable.

There are noticable berries in the taste but not nearly as much as in the aroma. A bitter, almost sour, astringency lingers in the middle and gives way to a dry, flavorless finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and pop-like, not impresseive at all in this category. It has an incredibly dry finish. I could slam these back all night, but the taste is a bit akward, and its really just not that enjoyable.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Pours a reddish orange hue with a small head. No retention or lace.

S: Tons of fresh mixed berry, light notes of wheat.

T: A blend of berries for sure, though no one type of berry really stands out. Somewhat acidic, sort of winey, fruity. A kicked up chicks brew.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation.

D: Good,

tpd975, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewpub. Pinkish colourwith malty head. Looks more strawberry, smells more blackberry, tastes more blueberry. Berry tasty for a fruit beer, very drinkable. I grows on you too. Above average mouthfeel. Some thick lace. One I would have again.

Sammy, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a 750mL 3 ways. I love the literature attached to this bottle, 'Ye ol' panty remover,' hehehe. Poured into a snifter with a luscious fullbodied hazey burgundy red. A nice soft layer of pink head lays on top of the beer. It works well.

The smell is fantastic and reminds me of a dark fruit smoothie. The blackberries and raspberries are beautiful, and there is a nice cherry scent is really easy on the nose. A tart blueberry scent rests well.

The taste is a bit of a dissapointment, very underwhelming in comparison to the smell. The fruit sweetness is there, but this beer is very drying. On the end there is a grainy taste and texture that is produced by the rye, and does not work well with everything else that is going on here. The fruits are a little bit more tart but the mouthfeel is pourly executed and adds to the lack of substance. A small chocolate taste is shows up every once and a while. A good beer, and one that I would consider giving to a wine drinker or anybody that is into the lindemans lineup.

CoolJosh, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this back from MI for me. Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. The ale appears a murky crimson brown color with about two fingers of pink ecru foam. The head leaves a minimal lace on the inside of the tulip. Nose and flavor are dominated by berries. Just like the label states, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all represented here in a good way. Bitter, sweet, and per-fumy with a slight alcohol burn. A berry bonanza. I've suddenly got a craving for all types of berry jams on toast. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Somewhat dry, yet somewhat slick. Unique and quite tasty. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle #445, courtesy of HopHobo poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy reddish amber that settles in reddish brown in the glass underneath a big tan head that recedes slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is big on this one and sweet with fruits, strawberries nd raspberries being the most prominent for me. Plenty of brown sugar sweetness as well. Overall, a very sweet perfume-like nose.

The taste has the same fruity sweetness but only after an initial tartness from the blackberries and blueberries which wasn't nearly as noticeable in the nose. The malts and sugars form a solid base and the finish is a mix of sweet and tart fruits and a hint of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty slick with less than moderate carbonation. The fruits linger on the palate.

Another very original beer from Shorts and one of the better fruit beers I've had in a long time. Big thanks to Matt for sharing this one.

gford217, May 10, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle# 42 of 1008

Deep hazy pinkish red pour with 1/2" of bubbly white head. Vibrant with active bubbles. Bountiful fruit aromas with raspberry and blueberry upfront. Strawberry and blackberry are both noticeable in the background. Spicy, slightly bready rye malts and a puff of alcohol. Awesome, intense fruity aroma. I love the way I can actually pinpoint the different fruits in this one.

Spicy crisp rye upfront gets immediately hit by a wall of bright berry fruit flavors. Each fruit is apparent and lends a hand in the overall melange of flavor here. Flows down with a punchy kick and a bit of alcohol as well. Warming brew with a great fruit and rye aftertaste. An amazing strong fruit beer here.

Medium bodied and creamy with lots of carbonation that rushes down with each sip. Refreshing and warming. One of my favorites of the Imperial Series and still holding up great with some age on it. Would have liked to have another bottle of this one lying around!

orbitalr0x, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at HopCatz. Pours a light, translucent red in color. Smell is all berries and not much else. Very carbonated and fizzy on the mouthfeel. You would never guess that this beer comes close to 9% ABV. As easy as a drinker this beer is, it could end your night in a hurry. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
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Imperial Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.