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Strawberry Short's Cake - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 129
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-20-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Yes, strawberry delight fruit beer. Reddish colour with Caesar head, and some lace. Average mouthfeel.Strawberry aroma,surprisingly tasty as a fruit beer. Not too sweet,was getting lactose, appropriate carbonation. Yes, dessert.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light reddish-brown with a huge 3 inch bubbly white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random steaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is strawberry jam/jelly, biscuit, and strawberry candy. Taste is of the strawberry jam/jelly and artificially flavored strawberry candy. A bit of a sourness comes through as well. This beer is way too carbonated to the point where it almost hurts to drink. Much more carbonation than a soda. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a better smell than taste. I have a feeling there is some infection issue at hand with the sourness and the excessive carbonation. None the less it's another interesting offering from Short's that I could imagine would be pretty good if things were under control.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to RyanMcFly1985 for grabbing me this bottle as an extra. Thanks, Ryan! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice color with some pink shading. A bit of head and lace. The nose is quite incredible and this is just a truly well-executed concept. I can pick out individual notes of cream, cake, and strawberries. Even the non-beer folks with us with were impressed with this one. While the notes were present and noticeable in the nose, the taste really just pulls everything together so that this really tastes like strawberry shortcake. I've heard that some of their other brews do this, but I've never had a successful experience with them converting this to the bottle. Lightly creamy and delicious. I did not have any problem finishing this.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

acurtis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

this was by far my wifes favorite beer of the night and i have to admit i did not mind it one bit either. a nice light yellow pour with a moderate amount of haze to it and a nice white head that fizzed up quickly and then settled down with a thin film of lacing..

aroma is strawberries and rich, sweet cream and cake. spot on given the name and by far the best food themed beer i have ever smelled. it was just soo dead on and at the same time not too much for me. light body with a clean and definite strawberry presence that again was not too much and hit it off just about right. really very nicely done with a huge sweet flavor that came in mid palate and cut right through the tight strawberry flavor. remarkably done and really just beyond a pleasant surprise for sure.

overall a wonderfully done experiment here that out of all the oddball shorts beers we tried worked really, really well for me.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sending me this on.

A: We've got a gusher...once things settle down the pour is a red-tinted orange color, perhaps some pink, with a big white head.

S: Lots of sour (lactic) notes which you can smell far away from the glass. Definitely some tart berry notes as well, and I can pick up some sweetness from the milk sugar. A hint of buttery graham cracker crust.

T: Quite tart and dry with some moderate strawberry flavor. I get some of the same graham cracker crust as the nose exhibited, but not so much the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with tons of carbonation (due to the infection) and a very dry, tart finish.

D: This was pretty tough to drink due to the intense sourness. It's too bad Short's has so many problems as these beers all sound really great.

womencantsail, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.1%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Key Lime Pie didn't really taste like it's name would indicate, so let's hope this one does. It pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises slightly fake strawberry (like the syrup used to make snow cones), vanilla, cinnamon, and light tart berries. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some buttercream and light graham crackers. Gotta say, this stuff is kinda tasty. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a heavy carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, it's clear at least the onset of infection has taken hold in this bottle, but it hasn't really negatively affected it too much. In fact, the resultant tartness lends some authenticity to the strawberry flavor. Frankly, though infected, I sorta enjoyed this beer.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Several samples of this @ the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest on 8/8/09. One of my favorites of the fest.

Pours a hazy, well..., strawberry! Topped with a layer of foamy off-white/pinkish head, this stayed rich the whole way through. The aroma is unbelievable in how is recreates a strawberry shortcake. Fresh strawberries up front, bready biscuit malts in the middle, and hell, there is even some sugary sweetness thrown in to mimic some whipped cream on top! A touch of floral hops in the back is the only thing that reminds me that this is a beer for crying out loud!

The taste, fortunately, mimics the aroma to a tee. Juicy strawberries, sugar and milk, and the shortcake like biscuity malts, which really makes this, giving the other flavors something to wrap around. Some moderate bittering hops ride throughout, once again dragging me back to the real world and reminding me that I'm drinking a beer. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp prickle up front, that then gives way to an extremely silky feel underneath. This just moves those delicious flavors effortlessly across the palate.

Wow, just WOW! First it was Uber Goober. Then it was the PBJ beer they had at Extreme Beer Fest. And now this? Once again, they just NAILED the flavors here. I honestly can't think of a more delicious beer to enjoy during the summer.

Kegatron, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of Short's in general. I think all of these PBJ beers and Key Lime pies never quite come out like they want but in the case of this beer, in a blind taste test I would have guess strawberry short cake. Congratulations, you've done it. Now perfect the pot roast beer.

Beer is kind of brown and has some haze to it. White head of small bubbles breaks in the middle and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate.

The aroma is strongly strawberry and has almost a cream like note to it. I have to say that I'm generally weary of strawberry smelling and tasting beers. It is very difficult to pull off.

This beer tastes like it smells with one big important difference. Its actually quite bitter. I'm not sure what the bitterness is doing there or if its helping or hurting the strawberry flavor. The strawberry is definitely there though, its up front and proud. Right next to the creamy sweetness and mouthfeel. I guess the bitterness isn't really playing a role. Get rid of it and this would really be a strawberry short cake beer.

drabmuh, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
2/5  rDev -44.8%

mendvicdog, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sharing this bottle. I have heard a lot about this beer so I am glad I got to try it. The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the strawberries with some caramel and bready malt. Very interesting. The flavor is more complex but just as good if not better. In addition to the strawberries, I get some caramel, graham crackers, vanilla and some light tartness. The fruit in the beer is very juicy and very enjoyable. I am not sure if the tartness is from an early infection or if it is intended, but it adds to the beer’s flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

(It should be noted that I had two of these beers, presumably from the same six pack. The other beer was drank a few days after the one I rated and it was badly infected and undrinkable).

Mora2000, May 04, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +10.5%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle shared by 321Jeff. Thanks!

Ewww. ewww. ewww. First whiff I get is of rotting garbage with spoiled strawberries freshly added to it. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a slight strawberry tinge and a fizzy, foamy off white head that has nice retention. The aroma definitely has a real seedy, strawberry presence but as mentioned before is also incredibly rancid. Carbonation is turned up way too high and is extremely fizzy. Flavor has hints of real, fruity strawberry with a mild lactic sweetness providing the illusion of cream. The combination of the spoilage, and hyperactive carbonation really kills any enjoyment I might have had of this.

yourefragile, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

orangesol, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to give this a full write up since it is retired.

Mine poured with a very lively head, I had to wait for it to finish the pour. A nice off-white heat, but too much. I don't think it's a 'live' beer, but that's the kind of head it had. Amber color beer.

Strong strawberry smell. To be expected for sure with a name like this, but almost, ok, really it was too much.

The taste was similar, a distinctive strawberry. Not much of the milk flavor comes through and no real suggestion of biscuit or cake to me, which is fine. I had the Key Lime Pie by Short's and you got the full range in that. With the key lime, it didn't really work. The strawberry took some getting used to, but it was a beer with strawberry, albeit too much. Contrast that with a strawberry lambic or a strawberry drink with a hint of beer.

Overall, not great, but it was ok. I was able to finish it. Not my mug of beer, really, but not the drain pour I feared. Kudos to Short's for the spirit of experimentation!

wrightst, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of duceswild
2/5  rDev -44.8%

duceswild, May 30, 2012
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Strawberry Short's Cake from Short's Brewing Company
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