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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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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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-05-2013 04:15:41 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a slighlty darkened amber with a little head and little lacing. Smell is of slighlty roasted malts, bread, light fruit, some hops, and a bit of caramel. Taste is similar, but a bit bland even though i'm getting quite a few flavors. Medium body. Okay drinkability. Not a great representation of the style.

09-24-2010 21:32:07 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

07-23-2013 23:51:21 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with a modest cap that fades rather quickly leaving just a few dots behind

Smell: Caramel forward, with a tart stone fruit character behind

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel character, but by mid-palate, the tart, sour cherry character dominates; after the swallow, the profile contains a blend of the two polar flavor opposites, though the finish winds up the sourness outlasting the caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sour caramel? What will they think of next? Not sure this was intended - interesting but disappointing

12-25-2010 18:41:45 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Was unsure what this one was going to be going into it, but was pleasantly surprised by the result. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010

The pour was a nice light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel but this helped to keep it very drinkable and the subtly sweet finish was the icing on the cake.

Overall a pretty darn solid offering here. Not the best I have had from them, but not the worst by any means.

07-28-2010 02:08:05 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Thanks to Thorpe for this.

A: The beer pours red in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Some sweet malt and toffee aromas with a strange roast aroma. There is some toasted malt aroma and a touch of caramel. A slight metallic note and some fruitiness.

T: Sweet toffee and bread with caramel and toast. As on the aroma, there was a little bit of metal, maybe even some roasted malt. A strange fruitiness, maybe a little bit of tartness.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not a very good red ale. The strange fruitiness and metal note didn't do much for me.

10-08-2011 20:53:10 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

06-08-2013 03:15:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I'm getting proud of the beers my brother is bringing home from the store nowadays. This one pours a clear crimson topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, rye bread, and some strong-ish flowers. The taste follows closely, but adds a nice layer of blood orange flesh, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a velvety feel. Overall, a pretty tasty red, which makes me even prouder of my brother.

10-14-2010 05:16:37 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 21:07:06 | More by JAHMUR
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

08-31-2012 02:19:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

Beer is amber with a small thin head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass under mild to moderate carbonation.

The aroma is sweet and not much else.

The beer is sweet and not much else. I guess it doesn't taste bad it is just a bland plain Irish red ale. Nothing to see here, move on.

06-03-2011 20:58:48 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

Another one thanks to grub that temporarily ended up in MA, but awesome for it anyways, and perfect for St Pattys Day.

An aggressive pour yields a smaller 1/4 finger head that barely covers, over copper lighter maroon reddish color.

Nose brings light toasty malts, reddish malts, a light sweet caramel malt, and slightest mild hop aroma. Typical red ale.

Taste is a typical red ale as well, smooth toasty malts, a semi sweet crystal malt, light caramel flavors, plenty of reddish medium malt flavors, this one brings a bit more bitter hops though, fairly bitter but not too much, a nice light crisp ale, some light spicy and touch of earthy hops. Finishes drier but a little sticky, lingering hop flavors, semi bitter, a bit earthy and spicy hops, some lingering toasty and slight biscuit malts, red malts all around.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation, it def could have been more carbonated.

Overall not bad, nothing special, just a typical reddish ale, with a decent hop base and decent malts, very drinkable, but with a slight sticky finish.

03-18-2011 02:05:01 | More by jlindros
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-04-2013 13:18:59 | More by mendvicdog
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

Starts with a small head that dies quickly to only rim lace. There's some initial slippery lace, but in the end there is none. The broth light brown with a strong red hue. Cloudy.

Smells toasty and very dry. There's a nice hop kick at the end aroma. Seems balanced.

Slightly sweeter than the smell would suggest. There's an element of fresh blackberries. Decent hop presence but it is subtle. The aftertaste is sour but short-lived. Decent body.

05-14-2011 00:20:34 | More by smcolw
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-20-2012 23:51:57 | More by imperialking
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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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%

A 12 oz bottle from Plum Market in A-Squared.

A: The red ale pours with an appropriately ruddy color, a darker hue that looks like an older penny, say an amber look. The ale had a small head on pour that quickly disappeared in my glass. A thin film covers the entire beer.

S: The red ale has plenty of caramel to go around, a sweet aroma with plenty of strength. Very syrupy with toffee running alongside the caramel.

T: While the nose is solid, the taste doesn't quite deliver. Roasted malts, with caramel in tow, are there. Unfortunately a metallic staleness keeps up step for step. The off flavors are mild but to control the ale. Another questionable bottle from Short's.

M & D: The off flavors ruins it the ale. Too bad too, because the nose has a really nice aroma.

10-01-2010 21:53:07 | More by akorsak
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

05-19-2013 22:06:47 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a thick ring. Color is a dark ruby color with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Mainly of malts and grassy hops. Caramel malts with some dark fruit flavors. Raisins in particular.

Taste: Has a sour flavor to it. Cherries and raisins. Very malty. Caramel and bready flavors. Uniquely odd.

Mouthfeel: A bit tart and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Ends a bit dry but I like it.

Overall, decently drinkable. The sour notes surprised me a bit, but they fit well with this beer for some reason and I didn't mind it.

07-28-2010 04:03:49 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

A bottle into a Ithaca pint glass thanks to Charliedvrs. My 1st from Short's Brewing.

Billed as a dark london red, the hue does not lie with a ruddy red splashed in with some brown coating. Stealth pour yeilded nothing, barely a cap, no stick.

Smell is real large for the style and malt forward. Probably one of the better Irish Reds in recent memory based on scent, meaning it does not smell old or watered down, sorry to my Irish brethern. Caramel malt, dark bread, semi toffee, chocolate.

A rich tasting IRA, heavy on the malts with tasty bread mixed in with the aforementioned flavors, also getting some ripe apple with warming. This is very balanced. Hops are nowhere in the picture, not bitter, a smooth ride.

A smooth ride once again, no interference whatsoever, I could gulp the whole thing down pronto. Carb on this is very light and kinda non existant under the cloak of malt. A big medium body and tons of apple aftertaste.

A great Irish red, one I would drink more than one of. I may seek out a sixer of this for next st. Patty day. Nothing extravagent, pretty basic, but the bodty sparks my interest, Im not use to irish style beers to have this much depth, and that's what im looking for.

03-29-2011 05:22:49 | More by BARFLYB
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -27.9%

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.

06-12-2011 19:33:45 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

Shorts - The Magician

Appearance: Pours a reddish hue wity a chill haze, soapy off white head, patchy lace.

Smell: Toffee and bready notes abound, boasting a very malty bouqet. Somewhat roasty and chocolatey.

Taste: Malty with faint toffee and dusty cocoa. Twang of hops lending sour citrus and tea notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, wierd sour twang lasts after the sip.

Overall: An interesting beer with a few strange flavors pitting against each other and a deliciously simple malt backbone in the distance. Unique albiet confused.

08-01-2011 06:43:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.