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Short's The Magician - Short's Brewing Company

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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
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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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-16-2012 21:33:26 | More by Gtg642
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Brittmb29

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-05-2012 14:50:27 | More by Brittmb29
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-02-2012 23:26:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-01-2012 01:00:56 | More by whartontallboy
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-29-2011 20:01:34 | More by TCgoalie
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LornaLee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-29-2011 05:12:57 | More by LornaLee
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

12-27-2011 22:30:43 | More by madeofsteel
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twkirkby

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-26-2011 20:08:58 | More by twkirkby
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JizackFH

New York

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

12-25-2011 00:58:22 | More by JizackFH
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brydog22

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-19-2011 02:16:20 | More by brydog22
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-17-2011 00:35:02 | More by TasteTester
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

12-14-2011 06:39:28 | More by nukem5
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bezakjon

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-11-2011 16:35:32 | More by bezakjon
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buddyvelt

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-11-2011 06:42:26 | More by buddyvelt
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amrozga

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-09-2011 21:14:18 | More by amrozga
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McCranky

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-05-2011 22:29:02 | More by McCranky
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-02-2011 20:16:36 | More by FreshmanPour77
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

12-01-2011 02:49:07 | More by barnzy78
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brandoman63

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

11-30-2011 03:09:06 | More by brandoman63
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rsitarski

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2011 00:54:35 | More by rsitarski
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RudiNicole

Michigan

3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-29-2011 19:33:18 | More by RudiNicole
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lnashsig

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

11-26-2011 02:08:06 | More by lnashsig
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 16:25:57 | More by joelBfrasier
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Jips

Kansas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 19:25:24 | More by Jips
Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.