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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Cresant
1.02/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased this and several other Short's beer while in Michigan in mid-October. I drove several hours out of my way to make a trip to Kalamazoo to pick up some Short's beers. I was very excited to try some of these well reviewed beers. I served this 12 oz. in a Sam Adams glass. No date. A hearty pour created no head. The body was hazy amber.

Smell was next to invisible. Nothing.

The taste was stale grape juice. I'm guessing this is what an infected beer tastes like. This is the third, and different Short's beer that I purchased and tried that tastes pretty much the same - terrible.

The mouthfeel was medium in body. I poured this one out. What a colossal disappointment.

Photo of errantnight
1.55/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well, Short's, I keep hearing good things, but your bottled offerings continue to be pretty terrible.

Poured into my Bruery tulip, this is a deep, deep amber, towards brown. No lacing, and just the faintest hint of retention in a ring around the outermost edge.

First warning is the nose, just overwhelming with green apple, only the faintest hint of the promised roast and toasted caramel malt underneath.

On the palate this is tangy, thin, insubstantial, and harsh. I suppose there's an impression of what might be a reasonably good beer buried in there, but it's lost.

I appreciate the thought in including this one, mothman, but this one was a failure.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
1.73/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a dark, murky red body with a small, fast receding, off-white head.

S: Although the nose is very malt forward, tart cherries dominate the nose with toffee malt notes.

T: Tart cherries with a dry malty finish.

M: Light body, flat carbonation, thin texture.

D: I can safely say, from reading what it should taste like, that I got an infected bottle. From what I've received in a trade, 1 out of 2 Short's are infected or gone bad. Very disappointed.

Photo of Avagadro
1.9/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours ruby red with a touch of cream colored head and a slight haze. I would have liked to see a less-hazy product, as well as a bit more of a head.

S: There is something off here immediately. Sweet caramel melds with diacetyl and a citrusy twang.

T: The same three contestants are present in the taste, battling over the terrirory. The result is a war-torn pallete that is less-than pleased.

M: Full bodied and slightly carbonated.

D: If it weren't for all of the other reviews posting similar experiences, I would swear that this is a bad batch. Way too much diacetyl, and there is also the weird twang. I don't know what it is, but it has no place being there. Their goal was to let the malts take the stage, but they failed.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a dark murky brownish red with a two finger head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was sweet and malty with a trace of hops. This ale was way too cloying. A rich malt sweetness that never allowed the hops take hold. From the beginning to end this ale remained out of balance. Irish ales should provide enough bitterness to balance the heavy malt bill. A strange, cloying after taste was evident in the finish. This a an ale to avoid.

Photo of Gardmark59
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of JLeege
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a deep amber with virtually no head.

Smell- Mostly dough/bready malts. Some dried fruit. A faint citrus hop presence.

Taste- Another very sweet beer from Shorts. Dark fruits up front, bready in the middle, weird on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, low carbonation.

Overall- In a word, Weird. Not a drain pour, but I would not drink this again. I wouldn't even qualify this as average for the style.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle without a visible bottling date poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium translucent amber/brown colour with one finger of tan coloured head that quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Floral aroma up front with caramel, toffee and earthy notes. Not a very inviting nose.

T - Big floral hop flavour up front with a moderate bitterness. The malts add a lot of sweetness and big toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar flavours.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This was a drain pour for me. There was nothing about this - from the floral hop profile to the overly sweet malt bill - that was inviting to me.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: its a murky red brown, cant see jack through it. off white one finger head, sticky thick lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: fairly nice nutty brown scents, dark fruits, fig and raisin. it borders with some of the nicer browns, and its not too sweet so i rather enjoy the smell. it leads you to believe theres a nice beer underneath.
T: blah. watered down flavors, im really not getting much out of this one. to me its a brown that never quite made it (i know its an irish red). lackluster malt presence and boring figgy blah.... blah blah blah...
M: i just feel like i added a glass of water to an already boring beer, i dont get anything out of this.
D: ill finish it, but i might take a nap in between.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2 fingers of foamy/fizzy beige head that shows decent retention. Like the name says a reddish, copper/amber colored beer.

Very Malty, a touch of black pepper, quite fruity.

Malty, slightly metallic and muddled sweetness. Not very good.

Body is too light for the flavor and style.

Not a fan of this beer. I continue to be baffled why some folks go crazy over Shorts. Frankly, I just don’t get it.

Photo of DovaliHops
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky dark red color with small white head. Scent is malty and grainy with a hint of caramel. Taste is initially toffee and caramel, but immediately followed by a skunky/tart off-flavor. The maltiness is put off by this. Now I LOVE me some tart/sour beers, but this one is just not that pleasant. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and a little light. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this is not a good beer at all. Would not seek this out again.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Out of the bottle, my pour has a full amber color with a moderate off-white head.

The aroma is nearly non-existent. What smell does come out of the glass is toasted bread, caramel,

Some sweet caramel or toffee go along with a touch of toasted bread. Unfortunately, this is a very faint flavor and there is a processed, metallic flavor that is almost as noticeable.

The Magician has a very light body and medium carbonation.

This beer really does nothing for me except encourage me to dump it out.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a dark reddish copper color, notes of ruby, tight off white head with thick lace.

S-the nose is a little off, notes of caramel and diacetyl. earthy malt with a peppery back.

T-the taste if funky, diacetyl has hit, lots of lactic acid, notes of caramel, earth, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. light pepper and herbal hops in the back.

M-smooth, syrupy, thick but light body, low carbonation, almost like cough syrupy.

D-this is actually making me nautious. too syrupy and thick without enough carb to balance, tastes like caugh syrupy and diacetyl with lactic acid underneath. drain pour.

Photo of billab914
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill shaped glass. It poured a deep mahogany color, with a bit of a cherry red hue coming through when the light hits it. It had a thin, tan head barely covering the top of the beer after the pour

The aroma has a pretty big butterscotch and caramel sweetness to it. I also get a good dose of tart fruits coming through with some apple and grape, but more cherries then anything else. Definitely a very strange aroma, and not what I expected at all.

The taste also shows the tart fruits to it throughout the beer. I get more of a apple and strawberry flavor up front, while the tartness of the cherries come out in the finish and linger for a bit. I get a bit of the caramel and malty sweetness, but not nearly as much as was in the aroma. The flavors wouldn't be half bad if it was a fruit beer.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side and carbonation was below average. Drinkability wasn't that good, it had some very strange flavors for the style. It felt very fruity and tart, which just didn't seem to fit at all. It didn't taste sour or infected at all, but something didn't seem quite right given the description of the beer.

Photo of bigaltemple
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Looks like a flat Pepsi until held to the light which allows you to see some ruby red hues. Head is nonexistent.

S - Caramel malt. Faint scent of raisins.

T - Very sweet turns to burnt toffee. Weird, off-flavored aftertaste lingers for way too long.

M - Very thin. Almost no carbonation.

O - Well, I can say I've had it. Tried to be objective, but have a hard time finding any redeeming quality of this one.

Photo of ppoitras
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the cloudy red brew. Hue is exactly the red I would expect for the style. Head fades at a relatively rapid pace, with fleeting lace. Aroma is slightly sour fruits with an underlying sweetness.

Taste begins sweet, sour cherries in the middle, with a lightly chalky close. More sour than would hope/expect. Mouthfeel is average, and drinkability is okay. Not sure what is up with the sour, but since it was only in-state for a limited amount of time, I have to assume that this is what it should be.

Photo of semibaked
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and produces a small amount of head and no much lacing.

S - Really strong smell of malts, caramel, butter and dirt. Weird combo I know, there is certainly no hops around these parts.

T - I get the sweetness which is good but then that dirt/soil flavor kicks in (I know you say how does he know what dirt tastes like but hey that's the impression I get from this), just unpleasant.

M - Light to Medium bodied, some oily notes and medium carbonation.

D - REALLY DISSAPOINTED with this, I love Short's beers overall but this is by far my least favorite, I am bummed I have 4 more bottles of it. Oh well.

Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, this bottle jumped out of the fridge into my hand after a long, hard day serving as a diving platform at the beach for my two girls. I'm tired & hot. Time for a beer & sustenance to cure...well, nothing.

Pours a heart-dark red; little to no evident carbonation. Smells of any persuasion are also scarce. A sloppy, beer-spilling swirl brings only faint sweet malts to the surface. Underwhelming to this point.

The Magician could make up for this by killer taste but alas, it's not to be. The rare beer where nuttiness is the first shot from the barrel, but it mixes quickly with a strange, tart off-taste (now that I glance through the reviews, guess this isn't so uncommon). Sweet caramel, malts almost manage to subdue the bitter sourness, but not quite. It lingers & really messes up what otherwise might have been quite a tasty brew. Pretty simple, but I crave simple & good! Wouldn't want more than one of these, & twelve ounces might be too much.

Disappointing. Short's brews often contain flashes of incoherent brilliance that leaves one reeling, but this is another effort marred by...something. Faint sour notes really bring this one down. Coulda been a contender.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass...

A- Nice deep ruby red color. Barely forms even a film with a vigorous pour, though...

S- Somewhat of a cherry cough syrup aroma. Slightly tart, but mostly medicinal and plastic-like.

T/M- Rubber and plastic. The malt is dull and metallic. Tartness is a prominent flavor, but this isn't sour. Nothing really sticks out to me. Body is an average, medium body, moderate carbonation beer.

O- Lackluster. Not horrible, but not appetizing. Won't seek out again. Forgettable and mediocre.

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruddy amber with two fingers of beige head that dissipate into nothing.

Smell -- The most prominent smell is of red wine vinegar. Beneath this tart and tangy haze is toffee, dark chocolate, char, and smoke.

Taste -- Much like the nose, the most prominent note is red wine vinegar. Beyond that there is a lot of dry, roasty malt character such as burnt toast, baker's chocolate, and dark fruits. Earthy/herbal hops in the finish. Also, some buttery diacetyl is present, but not nearly as pronounced as the tartness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate prickly carbonation. A bit heavy to be honest.

Drinkability -- As soon as I got a whiff of this, I swore it was infected. Upon reading a few reviews I found out that this is just the character of the beer: dry and roasty + tart/lacto + diacetyl. I typically like dry and roasty red ales, but this was a bit of a mess. On the heels of Bellaire Brown, this was a big letdown.

Photo of ajzy
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.