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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%

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 madeofsteel


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2011 22:30:43 | More by madeofsteel
Photo of levifunk


3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes.

a - black-cherry red in color. low carbonation (could be due to growler)

s - sweet malts and teriyak sauce. odd smell

t - dry flavor with a bit of sweetness. maybe some nut? This beer is impossible to identify.

m - light body and low carbonation.

overall - very interesting with all the crazy flavors, but not particularly good.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2010 19:32:02 | More by levifunk
Photo of frazbri


4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2008 02:12:22 | More by frazbri
Photo of CMUbrew


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark red-brown color. A head forms and then disappears almost as quickly.

S: Nose is predominately raisin and fig dark fruitiness. A tiny bit of chocolate is buried in there also.

T: There's a lot going on here. Tea flavors appear on the front end, moving into bready and biscuity sweet malts. Dark fruit is in the background and the trace chocolate notes appear again. Sweet overall.

M: Light body, quite under-carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

O: A quality beer that would be much better with some bubbles. Underrated beer overall in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:13:48 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of KickInTheChalice


2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:19:35 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a half finger of tan head over a ruby body. Head disappeared in seconds, with no lacing on the glass.

Malty, with bread and caramel notes.

The taste is to the nose, only a little more complex. It adds a good earthiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied. It washes down rather quickly. It leaves a faint coat near the back of the tongue, and finishes slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 16:57:46 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark, brownish red. near opaque. almost nonexistent tannish head. leaves a slight lacing on the sides.

Smell: bready, caramel malts, some fruits

Taste: strong bread and caramel malts upfront, slight notes of fruit. backside is taken over by bitter chocolate. I am bigger fan of it up until the chocolate

Mouthfeel: pretty light and smooth, slight lingering chocolate bitterness.

Overall: This is a decent one. not overwhelmed by it. I think it would improve with out the chocolate taste at the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 22:40:07 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of standardcherry


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:02:17 | More by standardcherry
Photo of Alextricity


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks great. A deep, somewhat hazy red color with a tan head. The head doesn't last long, but there's some good looking lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Dark fruits, malts. Almost a bit of chocolate, but that doesn't come out in the flavor. Caramel in there a touch as well, and alcohol can be traced.

Taste/feel: I haven't had many Irish Reds, but this is my favorite of the four or so that I've had. As I'm not familiar with the style, I'm not completely sure about how they're SUPPOSED to taste, but this is just a good tasting beer. The malts up front with the dark fruits, tartness, and sweetness on the finish makes me want more. There seems to be a mild hop presence there, too. Just tastes great. The feel is fantastic -- a somewhat prickly carbonation, but the beer still goes down smooth.

Overall, I'm shocked at the 77/100 rating. That's a decent score, but I actually thoroughly enjoy this one, and it's one of my new favorites from Short's. That sour smell, tart flavor, malty finish.. all of it comes together well. May I have another?

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:13:29 | More by Alextricity
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hate when you try beers when you're...well..."tipsy" and then make an effort to try them sober and things seem totally different. I remember this being such a nice harmony of styles with such interesting character. This version seems so-so. Kind of a mildly sour dish of amber tones and I can't quite say what else. I really wish I had taken notes when I tried this first, wherever it was. But, alas, more sober ponderings are probably more accurate ones.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:19:40 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a brownish ruby with very little tan head that dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing worth mentioning.

S: toast. With a touch of sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. The dark bread toast aroma dominates.... I don't find the smell unpleasant, deffinatly reminds me of toast with a light touch if sweet jelly.

T: much like the nose, dak toast flavor dominates, with a light touch of sweetness, deffinatly still have that while toast and jelly thing going on.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, feels a bit grainy to me, and finishes dry.... not a huge fan of the body on this brew. A bit of a lingering dry bread crust after taste.

O: a strange brew, not to sure what to make of this one, kind of one, Alot different then any other brew I have had latley, deffinatly not bad, Not a huge fan of the aftertaste though...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 05:29:05 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 13:28:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint.

A- Slightly hazy reddish/brown pour. Finger width creamy off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Slight coffee, brown sugar grape skins and unripened stone fruits. Slight toast.

T- Strawberries, raisins, unripe stone fruits, coffee and bitter chocolate.

M- Light to medium bodied, slightly silky.

O- Good, much better in this style. The Great Lakes version reminded me of cooked cabbage.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 22:38:55 | More by korguy123
Photo of blackcompg


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a solid 2 fingers of bumpy kahki colored cumulus head, color of the beer is a cloudy rich dark red/amber. I'm getting some nice substantial webbed lacing in my glass.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, a touch of tart dark fruit skins, and a touch of molasses and dark toffee, touch of breadcrust. Just a hint of bitter chocolate/black coffee way in the back.

Taste - Wow, this has alot of under-ripe dark fruits, tart plums, dried breadcrusts, some white pepper, finishing with some nice floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, but still crisp and refreshing. Carb is also nearly medium, providing a softer foaming feel with a few edges here and there.

Overall - A nice, complex, well balanced beer. Not overly sweet at all, and very easy to drink. Enough hops to hide any alcohol whatsoever. This would make avery good, interesting and refreshing sesssion beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:39:22 | More by blackcompg
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep garnet colored red with a finger of off white head. Head retention is pretty poor as the head recedes into a thin ring of bubbles.

S- great malt complexity on the nose with aromas of caramel, toffee and light chocolate. Some light fruity note blends in the middle with a cookie like malt character on the finish.

T- Again the malt really shine in this brew. Dry caramel and toffee flavors abound. Chocolate chip cookie like flavor hits mid palate with some continuing sweetness from the malt. Finishes with a balancing bitterness from the hops and a slight raisiny dark fruit character.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a light medium body. Good average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

Overall quite a solid brew with good malt complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:26:07 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jim Grubola for hooking me up with my first Short’s brew.

A – Ruby chestnut in color. It’s very hazy. There’s a lot of sediment in the bottom. Barely any head with almost no lacing to speak of.

S – Woody scotch. Sweet toffee/syrup... It smells woody and malty/tart. I get some plum/raison at the end.

T – Interesting… my first thought is Dark Horse’s Scotty Karate. It’s probably the slight similarities in the noise and mouthfeel, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Malts and toffee with some funky raison in there at the end. I am enjoying the fruity sweetness with some nice funky tartness.

M – Slightly watery for my taste; however, it is very smooth. There is not much carbonation, which is disappointing.

O – A cool brew from Short’s. I was expecting more of a fusion-style brew, but this seemed to be more of a traditional style. Solid drinkability, it’s too bad I only had one bottle…

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:30:49 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm assuming The Magician is a smaller version of Short's Wizard?

Clear, ruby tinted copper color. Thin head is quick to vanish - what a cruel trick!

Aroma picks up the slack for such a poor looking beer. Chocolate rum cake and almond chocolate biscotti come to mind. Taste is beautifully malty fruit with caramel glazed chocolate biscotti.

I'm very impressed. I don't often buy malt driven beers that aren't either a stout or a porter. By far the best Irish Red I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:48:28 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Dope


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep ruby pour with a dense, good sized tan head atop it. Retention is quite good and the lacing is solid.

S: A sort of herbal tea aroma like a lot of irish reds. Some toffee and caramel in there, maybe a hint of dark fruit - raisins mainly. Once it warms up there is just a hint of chocolate and roasted malt in fact.

T: Very malty. Some chocolate and toasted malt. Some toffee and caramel. A touch of that herbal flavor as mentioned in the aroma. Maybe some earthiness in there. Some creaminess to it too.

M: Thin and watery unfortunately. But otherwise smooth.

O: I wasn't expecting much but this is pretty good. Very malt-heavy, almost no noticeable hops, but at the same time it's quite light and thin.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:54:46 | More by Dope
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really nice clear ruby red color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice amount of lightly toasted malt and fruitiness. There are some good aromas of toffee, caramel, and a bit of brown sugar.

T - The tasrte follows the nose really well. It starts off with some nice maltiness and caramel. There are some nice fruit flavors like red apple and cranberry. I am also getting some flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and a little bit of eathiness. The finish leaves some lingering toasted malt flavors and fruitiness behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth feel to it. There is some nice fruity sweetness and just a little bit of tartness. There is also some earthiness going on.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and I could easily have a few glasses of this throughout the evening. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. It is definitely one of the better Irish Red Ales that I have had so far. I recommend trying it out if you come across it. I would buy it agian.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:58:22 | More by JizackFH
Photo of nukem5


3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice reddish/brown color with a nice foam cap which does not linger for long.

S: Aroma is of sweet malts and then you get some of those hops that strike out of nowhere.

T: Taste is that of bitter hops and malt which would be the "London style ale"not to shabby.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth not a whole bunch of carbonation, but a swift striking metallic flavor stuck in the middle of the swallow.

O: Overall I like it and would drink it again and would like to try this on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 06:39:28 | More by nukem5
Photo of lnashsig


2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:08:06 | More by lnashsig
Photo of gmfessen


4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep amber color with an almost non-existant head. The nose is malt forward with a mixture of dark fruits, caramel, biscuit and nut. Flavor is all malt too, with the caramel and fruity notes coming to the forefront. Mouthfeel is quite viscous with a very thin carbonation and slightly drying finish. Overall a very drinkable beer, would be easy to tip back a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 15:02:06 | More by gmfessen
Photo of match1112


3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: deep dark red, almost brown. half finger of off white head that settles to a ring rather quickly. leaves some lacing.

s: malts, malts and more malts with caramel and raisins and maybe a hint of chocolate.

t: lots of malts, a little roasted chocolate and raisins for a finish.

m: decent body and carbonation. long finish.

o: not my cup of tea. needs better balance with hops and less raisins.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:26:52 | More by match1112
Photo of jmarsh123


2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber/copper with a 1 finger off-white head leaving some lacing.

Very malty aroma. A slight hop spiciness is present.

Starts off with a heavy malt sweetness rounding out into a tangy slightly spicy aftertaste. Beginning to think this is a common theme to Short's yeast strain and not one I'm a fan of.

Good medium mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation levels.

The tangy aftertaste kind of ruins this for me. Not bad before then, but nothing good going on either.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 20:29:37 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of buschbeer


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours copper in color with an inch of tan head perched atop.

S - I get some pretty big caramel malt on the nose. I also get some toast.

T - I get plenty of malt. Seems to be a nice balance between the malt and hops. Not overly sweet.

M - It's watery with some chalkiness.

O - It's not a bad tasting beer. The mouth feel is the biggest turnoff for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 18:30:10 | More by buschbeer
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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.