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Strawberry Short's Cake - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 444
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.03%
Wants: 133
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: akorsak on 07-20-2009

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Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that has been a big want, courtesy of jpmclaug as a great extra in a recent trade. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bright medium amber color that is clear, but has well defined floating particles throughout. Three fingers of rocky off-white foam sits on top and shows decent staying power...lasts for a couple of minutes slowly fading to the surface - very sparse lacing left on the glass.

S - A strong fruitiness that definitely has a big strawberry component to it but seems like it is complemented by some other fruit I can't quite place. A solid malt base that is sugary sweet and a bit biscuity. I'm also getting some whipped creamy aromas too.

T - Hmm, I'm gonna guess this is the same base beer used in Key Lime Pie also. Has the same crusty, almost graham crakery flavor at the base. The strawberry comes thru nicely on top of it...Strawberry is difficult to get to come thru in beer, but Shorts does a good job making it fairly forward in the flavor profile. I also get a bit of toasted marshmallow/merangue type flavor too.

M - Perhaps a bit over-carbonated...quite fizzy on the tongue. The carbonation gives a bit of a false sense of body here and makes it feel almost medium in heft. Works here pretty well...might also amplify the fruit thru the effervescence getting the strawberry flavors out and open to the senses.

O - Another good fruit beer from Shorts. I remember this one from EBF a couple years back and have been wanting more ever since. Doesn't disappoint at all. Not sure I could make this an everyday beer, but I could see myself coming back to this as part of a semi-regular rotation. (1,636 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for sharing.

A - For starters, the bottle gushed, not a good sign. Medium copper colored beer, off-white head. Some decent lace, looks solid.

S - Some mild strawberry smell and something that smells pretty moldy. Not a good smell, seems this is infected.

T - Not a good tasting beer, like moldy bread and strawberries, stale malts. Something has gone horribly wrong here. There is some okay strawberry flavor on the end, but not redeeming enough to save this beer.

M - Medium bodied with too much carbonation.

O - Highly disappointing, I've heard that this is good, but this bottle turned bad. Going to have to try this one again, but wouldn't seek it out due to Short's lack of quality control. (716 characters)

Photo of Brambleman
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to badnewsbeers for throwing this in as an extra! Poured from bottle into tulip.

A- Beautiful dark golden color. Looks almost Belgian. Light carbonation w a very thin head.

S- smells like a sour/wild ale....then hint of tart strawberry, followed by the milk which adds both sour and sweet

T- very interesting...this one tastes just like it smells. Tart/sour/and finishes with a touch of milk sweet. Again, makes for a very good wild ale/sour.

M- pleasant feel and light carbonation...just as I expected it to be from it's appearance (543 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed a couple weeks ago, just now posting it.

Poured from the bottle into my Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Whoops, a little aggressive on the pour! Pours a deep reddish amber with a good amount of off white head. Retention is very formidable, with about half a finger's worth of head laying atop the glass.

S - WOW! Smells SUPER strawberry, with a hint of shortcake behind it. Almost exacty like the smell of freshly baked strawberry shortcake! Short's really hit this one on the head!

T - Taste is a bit of a letdown from the smell. The strawberries dominate and there is a definite tartness to it, so much so that it mostly drowns out the shortcake present in the nose. Hard to get past the tart strawberry right off the bat, as it really overpowers everything else. As good as the nose was, the taste is severely lacking...

M - VERY carbonated, which I feel contributes to the strawberry tartness dominating the taste. Gives a decent burn around the mouth as I let it stew in there for a few seconds. A little too much for this style.

O - The smell of this beer was absolutely PHENOMENAL. Now Short's just needs to match the taste to it, and this one would be a total winner! (1,191 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. At the sight and name of the bottle, my manhood is in check, but I will try not to hold it against the beer. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. At the opening of the bottle, there is a huge "POP" and a hiss, with a little bit of gusher action. Putting my nose into the bottle reveals a metallic aroma, and possibly some infection flavors. Pouring into the snifter, the head is out of control, full of cloudy fluffy head. Is this one infected? Smell- plastic hardcore. some sugary strawberry aroma, maybe like what you would get out of a Sara Lee strawberry pie filling box? It is artificial in nature. At second inspection, plastic is all I get.

Taste- better than I expected. I do get some real fruit flavors- and it is much more muted than I expected it to be. Was thinking by the nose that I would get some of the off putting flavors that were on the nose, but this strangely enough kind of works, and is pretty refreshing. It seems to be all about the fruit here- but not in a tart overdone type way. I might have even gotten some chewiness, perhaps a strawberry seed? I could be imagining that, it might just be a floatie that took on some sort of fruit flavor.

Overall, I don't hate this beer, and I was expecting to. I don't think I would seek it out again, but this was an interesting take on the fruit beer. (1,383 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry Short’s Cake is a dark copper color. Looks very hazy. Much moreso than I expected. It has a nice orange tint when held to light. Carbonation seems very active. The cap popped with force, and the head is off-white and stands about three fingers tall. Retention takes quite a while. Lacing was very sticky and thick.

The nose is just alright. Not very good. It’s interesting though. It has a strong lactic, sour scent. It smells much sourer than I would’ve guessed. There are some berry notes there, but they’re secondary to the sour scent. Definitely smells sugary and sweet. Some light, malty notes linger throughout. Smells a little like caramel. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Eh. It’s just okay. Could easily be better.

The flavor performs a little better than the nose. Enough to warrant a score bump. It’s definitely quite sour. I really didn’t anticipate that aspect of this beer at all, but it is a big part of it. Lactic is the word. The sour aspect isn’t quite as strong in flavor as it is in scent. That’s a good thing. There is definitely a strawberry flavor, but it’s still secondary. Should be more prevalent in my opinion. Having said that, it does complement the sour flavor better than you’d think. Milk sugars definitely give it a sweet taste. Light caramel adds a little more. Alcohol is buried. Finishes a little sour, fruity, and sweet.

Strawberry Short’s Cake has a light-medium body. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel pretty soft. It is relatively smooth and easy drinking.

Strawberry Short’s Cake is one of Short’s trailblazing brews. It’s definitely unique and quite the novelty. How is it? It’s alright. The sour, lactic aspect of it doesn’t exactly bring strawberry short cake to mind, but it’s not all that bad. A little more strawberry and a little less sour would probably improve it though. It’s worth a try, especially if you’re into exploring fruity beers. (1,955 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: strawberry, sweet, malts,

taste: strawberry, malts, lacto,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting beer. glad I got to try it. still nothing what I was expecting but atleast they try.

The CPJ (315 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with billowing white head that is quick to subside, clear amber at first with a bit of sediment towards the end, it may be slightly red...strawberry or just amber/red ale?

S: pungent strawberries, almost artificial in sweetness. slightly bready as well, perhaps that is cake part. there is none of the cloying, almost fuzzy sweetness of raw, over-ripe strawberry, but a lot of the fresh zest.

T: significantly less strawberry, slightly yeasty, perhaps vienna malts too, the "house" short's character is quite present, almost a generic amber ale that had tons of fruit treatment.

M: medium body, easy drinking, not much of a lingering aftertaste. most of the flavor was in the front with the smells.

O: another tasty beer from short's. i would not buy a sixer of this, but it was fun to sample, and i'd probably take another pour, if given at a bar. (865 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pinkish hue in the glass, a generous inch of foam shoots right up and mellows in the glass, yay for 16oz snifters. Really great looking beer. Smell is of light fruit, bready sweet grain as well. Taste is easy, medium bodied. A metallic undertone is mellowed by lightly sweet strawberry and cream flavors, finish is off. The sweet fruits dies out very fast and leaves an undesireable flavor, much of a vegetal bandaid quality. Not a bad beer, for once, I wish it was more rich/sweeter. (484 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aapp for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle, no date.

Pours with gusto - golden amber with some thin, off-white head. Nose smells like peanut butter waffers, or maybe vanilla ones, or the strawberry ones...you know those generic "waffers" with the "cream" in-between that come in tri-color bundles?...yeh. That.

Palate is sharp and biting...too cold. Tastes like peanut butter cake/waffer. Hold on, let's warm it up...Ok, it's starting to taste more like shortcake, but with strawberry "sauce" on it. I can dig it. Spot on afterall.

Kind of a bizarre beer, but I suppose nice and tasty. Only want one at a time, but worth checking out. (655 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a Weizen glass. I traded to get this beer for the wife, I had told her of the different beers that Shorts offers and she was interested. I poured into glas and was fighing back a huge amount of head, slowed down the pour and let it sit for a bit. The color is of a rich amber, with a good 2 inch head, with very little lacing. The taste is best described by the title. Tastes like a Strawberry shrtcake, taste of yeast, strawberry and sweetened malt. Easy to drink, if you like fruit beers. I do not, but she loves it. I asked her to review it, but felt I could do it justice. Its sweet, but flavorful. So if you dont mind a dessert beer, this is a great offering. (688 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- Even a conservative pour created a 2-finger, khaki head. The body was a hazy copper that sports heavy carbonation. The head at great retention at about 1/2-finger and left great sticky spots on the glass. Neither quality is generally helped by this glass.

S- It smelled like strawberry short cake (strawberries, angel food cake, and whipped cream). The strawberry aroma was most prominent at first. A cracker-like (graham) grainy quality took over a bit with warmth.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Lots of strawberry, graham cracker (cake), and some lactic (cream) flavors. The lactic quality adds a twang in the finish. The strawberry does kick in again as an aftertaste. With some warmth, the grainy flavors really stepped up through the middle.

M- It's fairly light bodied. Heavily carbonated. The lactic flavors are a bit puckering.

O- This is an awesome experimental beer from Short's. It definitely tastes like strawberry short cake. My wife likes it (thumbs up). I can drink more than 1 without getting overwhelmed. I would definitely buy it again, especially as a fruity dessert drink. (1,127 characters)

Photo of kdmcguire10
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber color, with an ever-so slight red-hue

S- Smell is great. You get a wonderful fresh strawberry scent, as you'd expect. Sweet. Really looking forward to taste....

T- Hmmm....not what I expected. The strawberry is barely there. Good taste, but not at all what I was hoping for based on the smell.

M- Medium, sweet and smooth.

D- Taste is a bit of a let down, but a really nice beer for an early summer day. (417 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Plum Market in Ann Arbor. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

I thought I remembered this being a little bit lighter in color when I at it at last year's MI fest. I guess there are a lot of factors here though, more beer, thicker glass, darker lighting. Its a pure, strawberry red. Very vibrant and chromatic. There are some chunky bubbles that form a loose head.

Pure, fresh strawberries, especially before swirling. It really does smell like fresh cut strawberries that are about to be scooped onto a piece of angle food cake. Swirling brings up a milky creaminess and vague suggestions of very light malts.

Its flavor loaded with strawberries, but not as much as the aroma. Lots of sweet strawberries up front with a little bit of milky creaminess throughout. A faint malt base acts like the pound cake in the strawberry shortcake equation. It really does taste strikingly like it's namesake.

Light and very juicy. Supremely thirst quenching.

This is an excellent beer that really hits the mark. I wish I had more of this stuff. (1,093 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a bright copper body and quite a bit of yeast/pectin floating about. Head is excellently retained thanks to an uppity carbonation level, and the creamy tan foam leaves behind some good lacing. Who knew strawberries made for good head retention? Smell is unique, something Short's has managed with almost every one of their dessert beers. Musty, almost over-ripened strawberry flesh backed up against a doughy bread note, lactose, and a hint of tartness suggesting green berry vines.

Flavor is less focused on the fruit and comes in stronger with the maltiness, laying down a semi-nutty, bread crust and graham cracker backbone upon which flashes of strawberry and star fruit are painted. Again, a tinge of sourness like a Wild Ale in its infancy--tastes like it should be there though, so no worries of infection. Mouthfeel is crisp and inviting in its medium-full body. Big bubbles lull across the tongue and make for easy drinking. Once again, Short's manages to pull off the unthinkable in the beer world. Gimmicky? Perhaps, but the craftsmanship is always solid. (1,110 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

696th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12 oz

Thanks to @kzoobrew for this one

App-  A nice mix of oranges and yellows with a two finger head.  Leaves a nice layer of small bubbles as it falls.  

Smell-  Spritzy berries with a bit of aciditic crispness behind it.  No cake follows but get scents of sugar 

Taste-   Very crisp across the board.  The acid and fruits are a bit tarty with a nice sweet sugar balance.  Strawberries are a bit over ripe.

Mouth-  Medium bodied and high carbed.  A crisp tart feel follows with a strawberry note

Drink-  Much more spritzy white wine than a beer to me.  Pretty good though.  Shorts makes some very unique beers and im very thankful to kzoobrew for the box (712 characters)

Photo of ahking
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is actually tart like a strawberry yogurt. It pours a beautiful reddish amber color, very appealing.

If you think of the sour/syrupy, creamy spongey part of strawberry shortcake, you can certainly image where this beer is going.

Nice tartness, can be refreshing. Quite light in body. Very little hop bitterness, which of course, would ruin this beer.

I don't think I would buy a six pack of this beer, but I would order a pint in the bar or brewery. (461 characters)

Photo of superjose
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Pours amber with a frothy white head that fades slowly

S - very strong strawberries, sweet and slightly tart with some sweet malty scents

T - same as smell, sweetness is dominate, more syrupy strawberry then fresh strawberry, light biscuit malt flavor that i wish there was a bit more of

M - light and fizzy

O - I think they pretty much hit the mark they were shooting for here, an interesting and tasty beer but not something that sends me back to the store to buy more, more than worth picking up a few when it when it comes around in the seasonal rotation though (587 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strawberry Short's cake pours a light amber color that has a bit of a reddish cast to it. The head is beige and dissipates fairly quickly, although it does leave some pretty decent lace.

The strawberry definitely comes through in the aroma, but it is a surprisingly "real" and somewhat tart strawberry character that melds well with the biscuity malt aromas. This gives this beer an aroma that is sort of close to strawberry shortcake, but far from spot on.

The malt components come through much stronger in the flavor with a definite bready and biscuity character to them. There is also a slight graininess that plays off of the slightly tart strawberry to give the fruits a bit more of an authentic taste.

The mouthfeel of this beer is medium with a healthy amount of carbonation. It is sweet, yet also slightly tart and the bubbles keep it from being too overly sticky in the finish.

This is actually the third example of this beer I have sampled, but the other two were several months old and had somehow re-fermented in the bottle and were quite sour. I have to say I expected this to be a bit sweeter and more dessert like, so I was a bit disappointed. I really dig the strawberry character, but am not a fan of the malt component. Still a very interesting beer that is not much like anything else I have tried. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Roke87
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled and poured into a Fruli pint glass.

Appearance- Pours clear and on the dark side of the amber scale with a mild reddish tint to it, with two fingers of off white head that very slowly dissipates to a nice bubbly top that sticks around almost right till finish, average lacing throughout the glass till finish as well.

Smell- Strawberry definitely dominates the nose of this one with both sweet and tart aromas. Lots of biscuit malt comes through next with some sweet sugary whipped cream aromas in there as well. To be honest it actually does smell similar to the real deal.

Taste- Very similar to the smells , the strawberries come through right away with both that tart but sweet at the same time flavour to it, lots and lots of biscuit malts in there as well. Definitely get some sweet sugary flavours in there as well almost like the whipped cream on the top of the cake. I am getting a weird and out of place flavour like peanuts or something that really reminds me of Short’s PB&J beer, also a bit metallic taste to it in a few sips but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, with great carbonation, very smooth beer that goes down easy, especially on a hot summer evening.

Overall- Ever since I heard of this beer that Short’s offers, I always wanted to try it! Thought the concept alone was cool enough alone to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised and almost disappointed at the same time, I guess I just had really high expectations for this one. I mean don’t get me wrong this is actually a quality beer and well worth seeking out of this kind of beer interests you. It actually does what it says, and smells and tastes like a piece of strawberry short cake, the strawberries are both tart and finish off sweet like they should which tells me that they are real and not an artificial flavour just thrown in there. I did like it, I thought it was a pleasant surprise, although I’ve been searching this one out for a while and I finally got the chance to try it, I wish I would have bought more. (2,059 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Strawberry Short's Cake last week for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. I love trying the experimental beers from Short's so when I saw this newly released beer on the shelf I knew I had to give it a try and see what it's like. No visible bottling, but I know it's fresh since I got it a couple days after they released it. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, the pink background makes it look a little girly, but I like the drawing of a strawberry short cake crammed into a pint glass. It poured a nice amber/red color that made it look almost pink. It had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring.

S- The first thing I get is a nice dose of tart strawberry's that doesn't smell artificial and was not overly sweet. After the strawberry presence up front was all the nice biscuit malts that are pretty dominate. It actually smells similar to a strawberry shortcake, u got that sweet strawberry topping, slightly sweet cream, and a heavy presence of biscuits.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but some things aren't as balanced. The taste starts off with some nice tart strawberry's that are more tart then they are sweet, and that is the way it should be. In the middle I pick up some nice milky cream flavors that I assume are from the milk sugar in this beer, I like this slight touch to the beer, it's nice. After the milk sugar and through the finish, it's all about the biscuit malts, they impart a pretty dominating biscuit flavor that actually does resembles homemade biscuits. My only complaint is that the biscuit malts could have been toned down a little to allow better balance with the strawberry's and the lactose but I don't feel like it hurt the beer that much. I didn't really pick up any hops in this beer and I don't think it needs it.

M- Smooth and pretty light bodied, I think this beer could have been a little thicker, I think this beer is much more suited for a medium body. Carbonation was medium and good, better then most short's, but the head retention wasn't good.

Overall I thought This was pretty good experimental beer, Short's was going for a strawberry short cake in beer form and I think they came pretty damn close to that, making the beer exactly what the name implies, and in my book if you can do that with an experimental beer then it is a success. I liked the flavor and aroma the most of this beer, it is what a dessert beer should be like. I liked the appearance the least, it just didn't have great glass appeal. This isn't the most drinkable beer, but with the sweetness in check two or three of these wouldn't be out of the question and it makes for a nice after dinner treat after a long hot day. I am pretty sure one six pack is all I am going to get this year since this beer sells out fast, but if they release it next year I will for sure get some. This beer may not be for everyone but if you like beers that push the limits, I highly recommend it. This beer is classified as a fruit beer, but the high amount of biscuit malts makes this not overly fruity so even if fruit beers aren't your thing you may still like it. My only tip for this beer is to treat it like an IPA and drink it fresh, this beer does not age well and the milk sugar will cause re-fermentation and this beer will not be the same, also keep it refrigerated. Short's did a great job with this beer, they really are the kings of taking tasty food and making the beer equivalent of it, that can't be easy to do so I got to respect it, is it to much to ask for a Baklava beer, maybe Baklava Black Ale, think about it.

Update, just had the 2012 release fresh and I think it has a little more tartness to it, I like it and the body was a little better on this release, this is one solid experimental beer, not something I would drink everyday but I enjoy my one six pack each year. (3,913 characters)

Photo of J0E
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a reddish amber with a finger of white foam head.

s: Strawberry right up front. Very sweet like a soda. Very slight amount of yeast and malt as well.

t: Honestly, the taste fell short of the aroma for me. It seems almost watered down from what I got from the nose. A little bit of strawberry, not cloyingly sweet, but nothing really is popping out. Some cracker flavor from the yeast and malt. Kind of dry.

m:Much lighter than I expected. I would have liked a more syrupy feel here.

O: After just having Founder's Blushing Monk, I thought I'd give another fruit beer a try. This was OK. The aroma was good, but the taste and mouthfeel was more like carbonated strawberry tea to me. I'm glad I tried it, and it wasn't bad, but I'm not heading out to pick up any more. (782 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry Short's Cake

Served in an old fashioned glass. 

A: Pours clear light amber with modest head. Little effervescence, lacing and so forth. 

S: Smells like strawberry shortcake: strawberries and strawberry syrup, marshmallows/whipped cream, and biscuity shortcake. Fairly natural smelling, too. 

T: Smell doesn't translate very well to taste. Sure, the strawberries still make a showing, but the note is muted. Milk sugar is almost lost. Biscuity shortcake does present well.  I think a little sweetness would help taste substantially, but probably at expense of drinkability. Light berry tartness defines finish. 

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. A little drying. 

O: This is not an imperialized, cloyingly sweet fruit ale. I'm sure Short's was not aiming for that, either. Drinkable beer that suggests strawberry shortcake is more like it. And this beer accomplishes that. With that said, I'm not sure I would drink more than two bottles in a session.  (987 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber. Forms a very thin surface coating of whitish head. No lacing.

S: Smells of artificial strawberries, like an overly sweet strawberry soda. There is some sweet fruitiness. Along with an odd lactic quality and some vanilla this sort of smells like a cookie.

T: Light maltiness with lots of strawberry essence, but, unfortunately the strawberries just come off as tasting artificial. Sweet and effervescent. Some light vanilla and lemon on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied with heavy carbonation. Possibly of the beginning of an infection here, but the flavor didn't seem off.

O: An interesting, novelty of a beer. Not bad for what it is, but not something I'd ever want more than once. (712 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this as part of the Gang Bang BIF.

A: well we have a bit of a gusher here with bright white foam making its way out of the bottle. Once poured into the glass, it appears a cloudy red color with no head.

S: strawberry is the first thing I smell, the strawberry seems very artificial, like a Strawberry soda. Some vanilla comes through along with a bit of lactic acid.

T: the taste is a lot like the smell- strawberry soda that is tart and has vanilla undertones. While the strawberry is evident, I am no where close to comparing this to strawberry shortcake.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: another ambitious project from Short's brewery, but again the end product falls short. Not a lot of enjoyable qualities about this beer. (777 characters)

Strawberry Short's Cake from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.