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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 8
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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4/5  rDev +16.3%

MIP229, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

montyeric, Feb 20, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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…

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 18, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

donkeyrunner, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Dope, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

goast8127, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

TCJosh, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

msuspartan22, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Gtg642, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Brittmb29, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

PittBeerGirl, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

madeofsteel, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

twkirkby, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

JizackFH, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

brydog22, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

nukem5, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

buddyvelt, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

amrozga, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

McCranky, Dec 05, 2011
Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.