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Bloody Beer - Short's Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 09-06-2007)
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-05-2013 04:03:54 | More by t0rin0
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-02-2013 04:36:20 | More by Beeradelphia
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TCJosh

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

12-20-2012 23:16:58 | More by TCJosh
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -11.2%

12-12-2012 01:57:05 | More by AlMarzo
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larebear


1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

12-10-2012 09:35:33 | More by larebear
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-01-2012 03:38:34 | More by stortore
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MrBIP

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -26%

11-25-2012 11:58:40 | More by MrBIP
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2012 03:44:40 | More by jaminjohnson
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-29-2012 17:25:11 | More by buschbeer
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a darkish copper-orange color with a thick white head, decent lacing. The nose is very interesting, and actually smells pretty good. Loaded with massive peppercorn aroma, dill, basil, roasted tomato and peppers. Doesn't smell much like a beer, more like a meal. Very intriguing. The taste... Full on tomato juice. Heavy, heavy, HEAVY tomato juice. Peppercorns are also heavy, but I feel it's mostly a perception thing since they are so heavy in the aroma. Picking up a very, very faint hint or horseradish spice at the start, dill seasoning and leafy celery comes in midway through, along with an overpowering sweetness, most likely from the tomatoes. There's also a massive saltiness to this beer, almost tastes like you're taking a swig of brine. Medium body, overall low carbonation.

I commend Short's for their crazy experimental brew. I wasn't a fan of this one, but I don't love Bloody Mary's to begin with, so maybe that's the problem. I was expecting a beer with some Bloody Mary hints and tones. Rather this was like a Bloody Mary with almost no hint of beer. And even for a Bloody Mary, the tomato juice aspect was a bit overpowering. I respect the effort, but personally, this one was difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 12:09:46 | More by tectactoe
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CoryR

Oregon

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-22-2012 03:48:42 | More by CoryR
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed Blind, courtesy of abraxel:

A: Pours a deep translucent gold with slight brown and red hues. There is about a half finger of head that fades quickly. The foam settles into a thin ring along the edges of the glass. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is peppery (peppercorns), with a bit of added spice, and some sort of tartness. It doesn’t smelly like yeast funk, but there is a weirdness in there that I just can’t seem to put my finger on.

T: It starts out smooth with a lot of fresh cracked pepper to start. As is moves towards the middle of the beer, I get quick brine like tartness, and then I get a bit of spice towards the finish. I reminds me of a Bloody Mary.

M: Medium bodied beer. It’s clean to start, the flavors transition nicely, and the heat lingers for a bit. I’m a big fan of the pepper notes, but there is something about this beer that makes it hard to drink. It’s that acidic bite.

O: This beer isn’t terrible, but it’s just not my thing. I love the pepper in it, but that funk/tart/whatever it is that is in there is a bit off-putting. I’m happy to have tried this, especially blind, but I don’t think I’d want to drink it again.

My guess: Some wacky hybrid Bloody Mary beer.

The reveal: Short’s Bloody Beer. (Specialty beer fermented with roma tomatoes and spiced with tellicherry peppercorns, celery seed, fresh horseradish and dill.)

Damn. No joke. Short’s nailed it. This beer tastes just like a Bloody Mary. Haha.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 16:23:19 | More by trxxpaxxs
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

10-20-2012 18:56:21 | More by crobinso
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rjl910953

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +18.3%

10-14-2012 06:41:50 | More by rjl910953
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MrBluto

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think this may be the absolutely worst beer I have ever had (other than a failed home brew perhaps). Sure, this was a specialty beer, and I knew that when I bought it. I wasn't expecting too much, but thought it would be better than it was. The appearance, smell, mouthfeel and even the initial taste was ok. I could smell the tomatoes, and there was a definite Bloody Mary flavor in the beginning. But the aftertaste...argh! I couldn't get rid of it. It was sour, almost rotten tasting.

Some of you may be thinking that I don't like bloody Mary's or don't know what a good Bloody Mary taste like. Trust me, I know my bloody Mary's!

Ok, perhaps I got a bad bottle....possible, particularly since others liked it, but I don't think I am going to risk trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:49:48 | More by MrBluto
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Alextricity

Michigan

2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Right away, I'll say I like this beer far less than I'm indicating with the scores.

Appearance: Pours with basically no head, and no lacing. Extremely hazy orange color.

Smell: Actually smells pretty good. Smells mostly like a "normal" beer, but with a bit of pepper and maybe even the dill in the aroma as well.

Taste/feel: This is odd to me. Initially, I was actually surprised. I liked it. Then after about a third of the bottle, I just had had enough. I really think it was the aftertaste that got me. When you first sip it, it's great. As a pickle brine lover (it's sort of a sick fetish, really), this beer made my mouth water when I first took a sip. Nice and sour with the dill. The taste as it sits on your tongue is a lot like V8 juice, which I don't love, but I can live with. The after taste though... I'm not sure what it was. I think it was because to me it tasted like raw tomatoes, and I just hate tomatoes (Despite loving tomato soup and ketchup). The feel makes this one super drinkable if you're a fan of the style. The alcohol is also extremely well hidden, as I wouldn't have guessed the ABV was so high.

Basically, my review doesn't help anybody who's not too high on tomatoes. If you like V8 juice AND pickles, you should really enjoy this beer. For me, I only like pickles. Needless to say, this unfortunately resulted in a drainpour after a few sips into the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 23:48:55 | More by Alextricity
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Caterwaul

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-08-2012 03:15:41 | More by Caterwaul
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Pixachii

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-08-2012 03:00:05 | More by Pixachii
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

10-08-2012 02:26:47 | More by Zaphog
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buddha5050

Michigan

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-04-2012 01:00:59 | More by buddha5050
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dfillius

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1/2 finger of off-white head with fair retention. Liquid is a cloudy amber-ish red. Good looking but I'd like more head.
S: Caramel, whipped cream, tomato, pepper, caraway. Smells good!
T: Bloody Mary all the way. Slight tomato at the end. Slightly metallic, which is a negative. A little too earthy and spicy as well. Too much dill? Good flavor overall. Tastier than I imagined it would be. It seems a bit unbalanced. Celery and dill may be a bit too strong.
M: A tad thin, good spiciness.
D: Fairly good. I'd have another, but i won't buy 6.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 01:48:20 | More by dfillius
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amishbooze

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -26%

07-12-2012 23:19:04 | More by amishbooze
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two and a half years old, I am having this beer, courtesy of Steven. It slightly looks but very much tastes of a Bloody Mary. The pickled aspect has taken over, fortunately, and I am easily able to enjoy this with my wife's salad. Therefore vegetable aromas, a bit pickle, a look of cloudy orange. Average and a bit oily mouthfeel. Decent drinkability but not something I could have nightly.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:29:36 | More by Sammy
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

05-26-2012 16:31:14 | More by resistdefy
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +18.3%

05-13-2012 21:28:16 | More by klipper
Bloody Beer from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.