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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A rich lustrous dark red London Ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers."

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 03-21-2008)
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smalenberg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-05-2013 23:02:22 | More by smalenberg
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-19-2014 13:04:29 | More by tectactoe
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nickadams2

New York

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%

A_Dark red with a thick khaki tan head. Moderate lacing.

S_Heavy malt. Nutty and tart fruits also coming through.

T_Nutty fruity flavor up front. Tart fruits has a slightly sour but pleasant taste. Nice combination.

M_Nice mouthfeel with nice carbonation.Not too heavy. Good for sessions.

D_Low abv and great flavor.Could easily polish off a few in one session.

04-18-2010 03:36:45 | More by nickadams2
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info. Pours red tinged amber, minor lite tan head, stays around a bit, film, thin collar and ehh lacing.

Slight sour note in the nose, along with some fruit (cherry) and malts.

Slightly sour note picked up, cherries, raisins, woody....Interesting brew, moderate complexity. Toffee malts come through loud and clear. Moderate, drying hop bite late. Not bad, but unlikely I'd go for this one too often...

06-13-2011 02:51:02 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, reddish brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, dark cherry, and chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, dark cherry, chocolate, and some hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet with slight bitterness, medium-high carbonation

Overall: I love the complexity of this brew with the dark fruit and malt combo. Glad I got a six. Not sure how true to the style this one is as I get no tea flavors, but it tastes amazing.

03-30-2011 13:11:42 | More by tigg924
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottle thanks to genuinedisciple!

A: Amber/brown color with a small tan head that instantly receded.
S: Reminds me of my first homebrew. Fruity and floral. Some bready scent in there. Toffee.
T: Lots of dark fruits and maltiness. A floral hops finish.
M: Thin bodied, crisp and refreshing.
O: A good, easy drinking brew. I'd have more if I had the chance.

02-01-2013 02:02:17 | More by standardcherry
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 02:14:05 | More by virinow
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

Just picked a growler up earlier today, straight from the source!

A - Pours a dark reddish brown, with a finger's worth of head, sadly very little lacing or retention.

S - Very malty, with an almost sour bite to it. Toasty, with some hints of caramel.

T - Surprisingly balanced, there are just enough hops in here to keep it from being too sweet. That being said, it is very malty, sort of roasty with notes of raisin and caramel.

M - Sort of creamy, not a whole lot of carbonation. Odd sour twang near the finish.

O - Definitely not my favorite from Short's, but it's not too bad. None of the flavors are really overstated, which is a very good thing.

12-27-2011 22:30:43 | More by madeofsteel
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-31-2012 21:36:30 | More by TCJosh
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LaurensDeJong

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-10-2013 02:15:12 | More by LaurensDeJong
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-04-2012 23:47:14 | More by Zonian1
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goast8127

Michigan

5/5  rDev +45.3%

02-08-2012 01:40:52 | More by goast8127
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lnashsig

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this beer. So far, pretty impressed with Shorts, this is another offering I have never had before. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. This is an ugly looking beer. Looks like Storm drain water/something I would find in a rest stop toilet. Little to no head. Visible small bubbles streaming from the bottle of the glass. I assume this is going to be pretty carbonated. Smell- strawberries, a hint of plastic. Some off-flavors here on the nose. Taste- watered down plastic mixed with strawberries. Something is wrong here. I'm not sure I would call this a drain pour, because other than the plastic flavors, its a pretty easy drinking beer. There just aren't many redeemable qualities to this one. Overall, not a fan. Other offerings from Shorts have been very strong, this is an exception.

11-26-2011 02:08:06 | More by lnashsig
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

A short mug at Old Chicago, home of '110 different beers' - that marketing shtick aside, they do have a decent 10-or-so-strong selection of local 'specialty drafts'. The bartender indicated that this was actually around 9% ABV.

This beer appears a clear, dark reddish amber, with one finger of creamy beige head, which renders a thin slowly dissolving wall of painted lace around the glass as it gently settles. It smells of sweet toffee nougat, some leafy bitter hops, and a bit of warming alcohol. The taste is weirdly thin caramel, tangy dark bread, earthy, leafy hops, and a very slight booze twinge. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight and quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, a tipsy malt sweetness holding up the door frame, buoyed by a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

A good strong ale, the heat hidden well enough, and with a healthy balance of sturdy malt, and peppy, yet restrained hops.

09-26-2011 22:43:05 | More by biboergosum
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin and short lived layer of fuzzy, light tan colored foam. the beer is mostly, very dark ruby/red in color. a bit dull and life-less, like a flat pop.

S - strong whiff of caramel malt, lightly toasted nuts, and bread.

T - light caramel, amber malt. hints of some dark fruits, grapes, and a faint nutty finish. some slightly odd, yet not completely unappealing tobacco, and ginger as well.

M - very thin, almost watery body. carbonation is light, aiding in the thin feel. slightly dry with lingering malty sweetness.

D - uninspired if anything. lacks both any sort of hops for balance, as well as a solid malt base to build upon. half of a glass of this is enough.

11-17-2010 01:20:44 | More by Stigs
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king75

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

A dark red lager that almost mimics the appearance of a brown ale.

Smell is of hazelnut and cream.

Has the taste of a red ale, but the smoothness of a brown ale. Has a very light, but yet creamy taste. Goes down really smooth.

Good, but nothing overly special.

08-16-2010 23:51:35 | More by king75
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dmorley21

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

08-25-2014 21:20:31 | More by dmorley21
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle from Champagne's seasonals. Reddish tinge. The head dissapears quickly. Neutral smell. Creamy mouthfeel, however, the sourness I associate with this brewery was everpresent in the finish, and added and subtracted to the experience. I would rather it was not there. A malt experience nevertheless.

03-07-2011 04:48:05 | More by Sammy
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augustgarage

California

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to ShogoKawada for spreading the Short's! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Nice buff head recedes to a thin slick and no collar. Little to no lacing. Medium carmine body, dark enough clarity is difficult to assess.

Moderate crackery malt character with kettle caramelization and hints of toast. Maybe a whisper of peat moss.

Malty palate entry, with a brief wave of astringent tartness. Moderately bitter, though without notable hop flavors. Faint raw nut, burnt sugar, roobois, and plenty (perhaps an excess) of roast grain. Finishes dry with hints of stale bread and overripe fruit. Some diacetyl throughout I think, though this is acceptable.

Brisk, prickly mouthfeel, with more carbonation than the appearance would suggest.

Hard to rate overall as I'm not that familiar with the style. On it's own terms, it is flavorful, though I'm not sure all the flavors are desirable.

04-18-2011 04:20:36 | More by augustgarage
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danp14

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-11-2012 17:43:32 | More by danp14
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a amber body that holds a steady level of carbonation. The head forms and holds a thin lining. The lace leaves a frothy patchwork.

S: A slight zing of pepper or another spice on the front. The aroma is very evident and nicely found.

T/M: Body is light and holds many flavors of amber and light hop addititons. Subtle yeast flavors, a good go on the noble hops. mouthfeel is quick and clean and the lingering taste is full of present sweet flavors.

O: Overall this is a good beer, a light borderline session ale. flavors are not palate shocking and more is better in this case. I found a far cry of a qisper of a sour note on the finish as the glass warmed. As a wild ale this would not only be a good base, but an interesting combination.

08-12-2011 03:19:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Photekut

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -12.8%

05-19-2013 01:16:18 | More by Photekut
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-30-2013 19:47:58 | More by blknikon
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

10-20-2012 03:34:31 | More by rolandboy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, topped with a ½ finger of foamy off-white head. Retention looks more like that of the thin and fizzy wisps variety, leaving back a gentle cascade of light lacing which slowly recedes down the sides. The aroma smells of toasted bread, caramel, and a little bit of cocoa powder. I'm getting some overripe fruit character here as well, along with some herbal dankness.

The taste is rich with buttery toasted bread and some sweeter light toffee notes. There is a good bit of dark fruit here, which mixes with the earthy textures of the hop bitterness that is present to impart a gritty feeling tartness that lingers hard into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess that keeps this smooth. This is actually pretty easy feeling overall, which really helps the deep twang of the flavor profile.

I could swear at first that the sharp souring/tart tang of this was an infection but as this warmed; it became more readily apparent that this was actually part of the flavor profile. It was definitely interesting but I don't see myself wanting to get into another bottle of this anytime soon.

09-22-2010 16:23:30 | More by Kegatron
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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.