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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 168
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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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.

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3.32/5  rDev -4%
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...

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2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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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.

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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.