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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: CortexBomb on 03-21-2008

"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."
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4.88/5  rDev +41%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Short's brewpub
Magician is a London Red Ale. Strong toffee and caramel nose, pours beautifully with a nice strong head that diminishes slowly to a light foam. Taste is chocolate biscuit up front that takes a slow ride through toffee, malty bread, and caramel and finishes raisin. Wonderfully complex, a malt lover's beer, but tasty and complex enough to win over some hop heads as well.

Like most Short's brews, the mouthfeel was spot-on, the kind of thing that I strive to recreate in my homebrewing efforts. Gold standard for malt heavy ales, and lives up to its name as well, truly magical. I cant wait to see this on tap at my local, Bellaire is a bit of a drive from down here! I imagine that tasting it at the source can not be beat though!

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4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster to be enjoyed frugally.

Appearance: Poured heavily at a steep angle. Beautiful color, an auburn tone somewhere between light and dark. Looks very tasty. Subtly carbonated, with a thick head (due to the excessive speed with which I poured the beer...I like the creamy heads, and this one looks promising). Some occasional lacing throughout the taster.

Smell: Absolutely amazing. Good hop selection, with an added bonus; a sweet note permeating the scent. It smells rich, but not overly sweet. It smells crisp without being too "bitey." Definitely a subtle undertone of fruitiness, but it's not overwhelming. Very inviting.

Taste: Just about as good as it can get, in my opinion. With a 6% ABV, there's nothing to detract from the cornucopia of flavors present here; strong toffee and caramel aromas, and a gentle chocolate aftertaste when savored. It's surprisingly thick; I had expected it to be full-flavored, but it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy, very pleasant. When savored, it coats the palate without being overwhelming. When imbibed quickly, it is crisp and refreshing, though I would not suggest drinking it too quickly, whereas the flavors would be lost.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The taste doesn't get old by the end of the bottle, which is a plus in my book. Its flavor remains right to the last drop, and while it is a darker ale, it doesn't have the overwhelming heaviness of a darker ale. Almost perfect.

I am very impressed with the Short's Brewery's take on Dark Red London-Style Ale. They're a good local brewery I have taken a liking to, and I'm pleased to say that they have not failed in this endeavor. I would absolutely recommend this beer to a friend, it would be great for a barbecue (I can see it going well with steak) or other get-together.

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4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Short's Brew courtesy of gnemesis, you the man.

a - Opened the bottle and poured into a duvel tasting tulip. Color was a nice reddish amber with a thin bubbly cream colored head that didn't hang out for a story, but could be resurfaced with a swirl or two. Great even carbonation. Upon close look, the beer has a very similar color to the label.

s - Sweet cranberry jumps out at first. Very candy like. Apple, lemon, sourness.

t - Much like the nose, but a lot more brown sugar and a honey. Very candy like and different.

m - Kind of watery while still being rich in flavor. The flavor leaves a bit of a sour pucker, but just a touch. A nice carbonated after vibe as well.

o - Categorized on this site as Irish Red Ale, the bottle says Dark Red London Style Ale, I call it candy beer. Perhaps this is what Homer Simpson meant when he asked Apu for skittle-brau? This beer is candy in a bottle. I dig it. I could drink this again and again and wished I had a few more of these. I am surprised that every review isn't glowing on this one. Kind of like a sour and quite tasty. A standout from Short's for sure.

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Photo of frazbri
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Magician poured deep red to mahogany in color topped by two fingers of creamy, off-white head. Aroma was sweet and malty with notes of raisins and sasafras. Flavor had notes of toffee and cola. Body was medium in fullness with moderate carbonation. Finish was clean and dry.

The current version of the Magician has an ABV of about 5%. It's a sessionable amber ale. Remember, hops are wonderful, but sometimes a good malty ale is just as great.

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4.2/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of techfed87
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, thick head. Color is a solid, clear amber.

Smell is surprisingly sweet, coming off almost as a sucrose grape.

First sip has a number of qualities with sour grapes. Malt is added as a nice foundation for the beer overall. Sweetness is there, but significantly less than what was present in the nose before. It almost has a buttery taste to it that I didn't expect to get out of a Red Ale. It's new and very interesting.

I've never had a bad beer from Short's and this definitely keeps with the trend. Pick one up sometime!

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4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish crimson color. Half finger light tan head shows weak retention. Light streaky lacing that falls back into the beer as I drink.

S- Caramel malts come out in full force with a light toffee malt kind of balancing it out. Darker fruits toward the middle (think raisin and plum) with some grassy hops toward the ending. Overall simple and nothing too complex...but it works and works well.

T- Lots of malts right off the get go. Bready caramel malts with some ligth toffee notes. Darker fruits in the middle with raisin and some light cherry to it. Grassy hops in the ending with a light bitterness to it. The alcohol is more so in the ending than anything else. Once again nothing special but well made flavor wise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Malts and more malts left on the palate with malts, light bitter hops, and light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors overall were blended into a balanced beer. Clean and crisp tasting overall. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was a pleasant surprise. I noticed that people have been giving it average scores but this is more than a average Irish Red. Short's is known for all their crazy beers but this one shouldn't slip by. I personally could drink a sixer of this and am glad I live only 5 miles or so away from Michigan so I can pick up more!

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4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger yellowish-tan head with good retention. Hazy dark reddish-brown. Pretty.

S: Herbal and citrus hops, with some possibly sour notes. Smells very good. A character almost like a red wine, maybe a cabernet?

T: Pleasant bready and sweet malt with little hop. One of the best reds I've had. Very similar in taste to a nut brown, but with less roast and more caramel. Slight sour taste is a plus.

M: Mellow, smooth, creamy

D: Very good. I'd order a second and will probably buy six of these at some point.

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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
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