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Short's Kind Ale - Short's Brewing Company

Short's Kind AleShort's Kind Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.57%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
40-50 IBU

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 12-06-2009)
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go Jeff (ImperialKing) for handing one of these over (and before the second round of torture!) Into The Bruery Tulip glass...

A - Light gold translucent body with light orange highlights. Nice bone-white head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Very resiny with big fruit highlights (orange, graprefruit) and mild earthy and spice notes. Malt is clean, sweet, and light, not getting in the way of the hops. Smelled like hops, nice dank hops and that's all I ask for in a wet hopped ale.

T/M - Very mild pale malt sweetness in the entry, swallow, and lingering in the finish. The hops are spicy, earthy, and citrusy, overall very bright and sticky. Nothing to complain about here.

D - This is like the anti-Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. The bittering hops and malt flavors are held back, preventing them from muddling the aroma and flavor hops, and as such it's m,y new favorite wet-hopped ale. Fantastic, another great product from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:43:24 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Very clean, clear, golden yellow body. Pinkie finger of creamy, soft, light beige-white head. Some lacing. Nice fresh hop nose. Spicy pineapple, pine, weed, and citrus (esp. mandarin orange) notes. Candied fruit malt backing. Toasted malt and spicy hop bitterness greet the tongue in tandem. Pine sap and oily resinous hop flavors and bitterness take hold. Sugary fruit and caramel malt in the background provide some balance. Peppery, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering pine. Nice, hoppy, and fresh-tasting. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel and an oily finish. A very kind ale, indeed!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 01:15:37 | More by alexgash
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LSUExplorer03

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this beer from mjd83goblue in the Local Goods II BIF. I got about 9 Short's Brewery Beers and this is the first one I've tried.

A - Poured into a mini snifter (which is so cool looking -- probably about 4 or 5 oz.) so I couldn't get too aggressive with the pour. Still, had a nice lacing of cream colored head which faded slowly. As for color, I'm seeing hazy copper.

S - The smell is pretty impressive. I had to sniff this one about 8 or 9 times -- you know, get my nose way down into this snifter -- to figure out what that smell was. I'm getting some bananas and then some strong raspberries, followed by a hint of hops in the background.

T - Taste follows suit -- Slight hops, but some bananas and a lot of raspberries.

M - Mouthfeel is nice - medium bodied, fairly creamy. Not too abrasive.

D - Very drinkable! I would both recommend this beer to others and have a few more myself!

This was my first beer from Short's Brewery -- sounds like they have a lot more great beers to offer!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:19:00 | More by LSUExplorer03
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malty

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours into my stemmed tulip glass a darn near perfectly clear light golden copper with a creamy white 1" head. Not much in the way of uprising visible carbonation. Sheets and sheets of thick white lace all the way down.

Mmmm...Creamy sweet vanilla pudding scents with the tropical fruitiness of some fresh wet hops. Being the hops are not processed or dried, there is a little earthiness that's apparent, but not in any exact discernable way. The sweet pale malts and the subtle hops nose promises to be a great tasting...

...Pale Ale here. Hops are taking a back seat ride by letting the sweet & soft malt bill take the wheel. A very balanced malt/hop profile that isn't heavy handed in either direction. Simple and to-the-point. Mild spice with an orange backdrop. Very lush and juicy with the hops asserting their somewhat bitter edge.

Mouthfeel is very soft and between light & medium. Carbonation is perfect while the semi-sweet and tad chalky finish beg for more gulps.

More gulping has taken place quickly because this beer is highly drinkable. Very pliable with many different (simple) foods & cheeses I'd bet.

Overall a fine Pale Ale whose merits stand firm, upholding this sometimes overlooked and under appreciated stlye - in lieu of all the hardcore DIPAs and Barrel Aged craze. An elegant and flavorful brew that tastes very balanced and is quite satisfying. Here's to masterful subtlety!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 23:42:16 | More by malty
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a crisp, clear golden with a finger of white foamy head. nose is immediate dank hops; pine, floral, citrus but also resinous and pure hop oil: as a wet hop ale should be. Taste follows the nose closely; very bitter hops upfront. Citrus rind, grapefruit peel, pine needles; a palate wrecker. There is hardly any malt balance but don't think I'm complaining. Its a great hop forward pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, very dry sensation, heavy chew.
Overall, this is a fresh wet hopped ale that really delivered for me. I wish I had of grabbed the full 6-pack now! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 19:15:47 | More by heebes
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a translucent golden/copper color with medium head. Smell is extremely fruity, primarily peaches with some apples, oranges, and lemons coming through as well.

Taste again brings out a mixed bag of gummi bear fruit flavors, finishing with a strong bitter hoppy punch. This is a pretty interesting and unique beer for the style. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 03:07:55 | More by webmanspidey
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks saisonrichbiere

The beer pours a relatively clear amber with a thin halo of a white head. The nose is distinctly hoppy with fruity notes of cherry, unripened banana and papaya, and a hint of indistinct citrus. The taste is equally complex and fruity hop forward. It has a formidable grain bill to balance out the beer's immense bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a heavy grapefruit rind bitter aftertaste. This beer is pretty tasty and is easily described as a complex and heavily hopped APA!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:34:46 | More by ThePorterSorter
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lovely clarity shines through the honey colour. Little bitty carbonations wiggle up to the surface where frothy spittle forms and clings as lacing to the side of the siciliano's pint glass. Minimal head formation, but still a great looking brew.

The nose is a bit mild but has some sweet, juicy citrus pings popping off when you stuff your beak down into the glass. Smells produce anticipation of the flavor. Fresh and juicy.

The taste is very enjoyable. I enjoy the fresh and juicy taste that the wet hopping procedure produces in beers produced in this manner. On top of the lovely hop inflections, the malt produces a great accompanying sweetness that makes this thing quite delicious. Sweet, citrus, kind, green, juicy wetness.

The mouthfeel is wet with a medium body that perfectly supports the flavor profile. It feels quite refreshing and lively whilst dancing down the face.

The deliciousness and the mouthfeel allow a great drinkability factor. This beer would make for a tasty and satisfying session. This is a great example of an american pale ale. Hops are not overly rambunctious and remain clearly within the constraints of the style without blurring into the ipa category. That can be hard to find these days. Good stuff right here. I am a fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 18:55:50 | More by SupaCelt
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/10/11, poured into a nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour created a 1-1/2 finger, off-white head. The body was a slightly hazed, golden-orange with light to moderate carbonation. The head settled and sustained at a foamy, 1/2 finger. There were awesome, sticky webs left about the glass.

S- While in the bottle, it came off as very hoppy, fresh, and organic. In the glass, there was a nice mix. It had an underlying sweetness and hops like fresh cut grass. At points I picked up very leafy, minty, herbal, and grapefruit hops. It really ran the spectrum of organic aromas.

T- Very pleasant and fresh. It had a grainy and sweet backbone with leafy hops throughout. Hints of aspirin toward the end. Smooth grapefruit in the clean finish.

M- Slighty thinner than expected. Medium carbonation and a light hop tingle. Very dry and clean in the finish.

O- This is a great example of a harvest style pale ale. It seemed really fresh. While showcasing the hops, it was nicely balanced with sweeter malts. I could put a few back in a single sitting and would definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:55:41 | More by GRPunk
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slightly less than aggressive into a nonic. Apricot colored body sits beneath a rather large bone white head. Head measures to be about three fingers and has some staying power. Clumpy, spotty lacing is left as the head finally works its way back. Lacing clings to the glass for the duration.

A rather green hop aroma is present with out being obstructive. Pleasant tropical and citric hop smell. Pale malt lends a sweetness to the nose, comes off quite clean and not muddled in the least.

Very balanced and pleasant taste. Crisp clean malt bill provides a standard APA sweetness. The resinous green hops come through very well. Citric in flavor, the light bitterness provides the perfect counter point to the sweet malt. Moderate spiciness hits the back of the palate and tends to linger there for a while.

Medium body, carbonation is well suited providing a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel. Aftertaste lingers, finish is a bit less dry than many APA's.

Quite a drinkable brew. I find this to be rather enjoyable and very unoffensive. Though the ABV is unknown at this point, Kind Ale seems to be easily sessionable. Solid offering from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 19:06:03 | More by kzoobrew
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost three-fingers of pale tan colored froth. The beerr is a brilliantly clear, light copper hue. Ahh, nice and hoppy, the aroma is a just about even mix of herbal and fruity hop aromatics; grapefruit, lychee, fresh tangelo zest and a candied citrus zest note define the fruit-hop aromatics, while a herbal, lightly pine scented, and hint of hemp oil seem to be the most notable "herbal" components. The longer I sit with this beer the more fruit focused the aroma becomes. Nice and hoppy, exactly what I want from a Fresh-Hop beer; the malt plays a distant secondary role here with perhaps a touch of biscuit-malt like aromatics being noticeable.

The beer is a bit overcarbonated as the texture is definitely on the fizzy side. It has a pungent, herbal hoppiness to it up front though and finishes with a green, grassy, slightly hemp like, herbal hop character that lingers on the palate with some astringency as well as a biting bitterness. The hop fruitiness is much more evenly matched with the other hop notes in the flavor and contributes notes of lychee, floral apricot, kumquat, tangelo and bright citrus oil flavors. Light bodied and quaffable this is a really nicely hopped pale ale that I could quaff quite a bit of on a warm day.

My biggest complaint about this beer is that it was excessively carbonated, but some vigorous swirling forced this to a manageable level pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:16:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind Ale pours a classic looking light to medium amber color that is typical for a pale ale. It has a delicate cap of foam that slowly fades to a thin layer over the top of the beer. It leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is quite different than most wet hopped ales I have tried thus far. It is dank and resinous with notes of pine and grapefruit, but it also possesses some herbaceous, almost minty notes. The hop aromas are not as pronounced as in many other ales of this style, but they definitely dominate the fairly neutral smelling malt sweetness in the aroma.

The flavor is way smoother than I had expected it to be. The hops seem to take on even more of a minty quality and mingle well with the bready malt that also has a bit of a toasted grain character to it as well. Some floral notes also make their way into the flavor. I have to say that I would prefer this to be a bit more in my face, but at the same time I am enjoying all the different flavors and the fact that this is different than your usual wet hopped ale.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly low amount of carbonation. It still seems appropriate for style though. The finish is resiny, but not overly so. It leaves some nice hop flavors after swallowing.

This is definitely not your standard wet hopped beer, but I really dig all the different flavors as well as the balanced approach. I can’t say that I like it more than a beer like Founder’s Harvest Ale, but I can say that I think it is a lot better than many people give it credit for.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:11:01 | More by zoso1967
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oline73

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance; The beer poured a clear amber color with a quarter finger of off white head. The bubbles are quite large. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of hops in the nose. Slightly fruity with some pine and citrus peel notes. Just enough malt to balance things out.

Taste: As in the smell, the taste is full of hoppy goodness. Pine and citrus peel bitterness hit the tongue pretty hard. Just enough malt to take the edge off. I'm getting a slightly fruity note. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one had a very nice bitterness level. It was quite easy to drink and I'd have more in the future. One of my favorites from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:49:51 | More by oline73
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer of the night for me last night, I cracked this one open the second I walked into the house. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was very nice for the style. Lightly clouded amber in color with a nice head of off white that clung to the sides of the glass and was continually reinforced with carbonation that was easily visible. Aroma was wet, resin filled hops dominate here and really start to push through the air the more it warms. Light touches of sweet malts balance it nicely and provide a buttery depth to the palate that comes across very well. Smooth, well balanced flavor here lets the hops settle on the back of the tongue with a sticky softness and allows the pine flavor to take front and center, warming however tends to bring out more mellow and subdued bready notes. Long finish was subtle and sweet and really capped off a very nice session.

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. An above average harvest ale for sure and a nice way to start an evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 18:14:04 | More by mikesgroove
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SallyBirkhart

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit hazed with a frothy thin halo of suds. Nose is fresh fruit with loads of pineapple and maraschino cherry & canned peach. Flavors are mostly the same with a perfect malty foundation underneath allowing the fruity flavors to fully rejoice. Clean and refine with a bit of an alcoholic aftertone. Not much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 18:45:06 | More by SallyBirkhart
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stabzmcgee

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light yellow transparent. Aroma is of a wet field of grass. Taste is much of the same. Wet grassy sweetness comes on strong. The palate is slick and light. Overall a good after work beer. Thanks to Chi81 for the extra! much appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:54:16 | More by stabzmcgee
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with a white head.

S: Very dominant smell of rich hops

T: Smooth taste of hops and sweet malts

M: Has a very well balanced flavor of hops and almost a pine taste. Finishes smooth, no real harsh bite.

O: Very good wet hop ale - best I've had so far as I'm just starting to get into these harvest ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 03:02:50 | More by BeRanger
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Kind Ale last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so I made sure to get a couple bottles to try this year and I'm in the mood for a Harvest Ale,, so lets see how it goes. This is the first time in awhile that I have actually seen a bottle date on a Short's brew, hopefully they will be more consistent, bottled on September 25th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a nice picture of one of the Short's staff holding up a freshly cut hop bine, i like it. It poured a nice and hazy golden color that took on a nice orange and amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of sticky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts out with tons of citrus hops that impart a very fruity aroma with some blood orange, mango, and orange juice aromas with grapefruit and apricot seeming to stick out the most. I also get a light bready and caramel like malt aroma that has a medium amount of sweetness, but it's quickly overpowered by the citrus hops. This beer is full of hop and citrus aromas, I really like it, I could be a little more balanced but I wouldn't want to lose any of those kick ass citrus fruit aromas.

T- The taste starts off with lots of nice citrus hop flavors, all those nice citrus fruit aspects that I got in the aroma show up nicely with the apricot and grapefruit still sticking out the most. After that comes some nice earthy hops flavors followed by some sweet malts that impart a bready and grainy flavor. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with an earthy and citrus aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it was a little unbalanced but the hops really shined through like intended and deliver lots of nice fresh hop flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly dry on the finish, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it felt a little thinner then I would like, but the mouthfeel still worked well with this brew.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and true example of a Harvest Ale, I wouldn't have this listed as an APA, if you tried you would know that it's much more similar to an American IPA, but it fits nicely into the Harvest Ale category for me and it delivers in all aspects. This beer had good drinkability, it went to down pretty smooth while still having a good amount of bitterness and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink two or three of these but the bitterness could start to be to much after that. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and taste they were both pretty good and full of fresh hops which is exactly what I want in this kind of beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad by any means but it just felt a little watery and I think a slightly fuller mouthfeel would make this beer just a little better. I would buy this beer again, I will for sure be buying a six pack if it's released next year, I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves hoppy beers, the fresh hop flavors are sure to satisfy. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it was full of fresh hop flavors that dominated this beer and were very nicely done, good job Short's you guys can make some crazy and unusual beers but when it comes down to it Short's produces some of the best hopped up beers in Michigan which I think can go head to head with some of Bell's and Founders popular hoppy beers, keep making great brews and I'll keep drinking them. I also like this one a little more then Ale la Reverend.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:46:46 | More by StoutHunter
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle to pint

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is piney with some citrus notes. Taste has a good fresh hop bitterness, with some with some of the flavors from the nose. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall it's pretty good, crisp and clean flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:01:30 | More by Jas45678
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to hoppymeal for sending this my way and kicking my ass in trade.

Pours a very lightly hazed golden amber, a bit of orange, thick white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and thin layer, nice chunks of lace stick all over the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat too, fresh and hoppy, quite herbal, lots of citrus rind, some orange and tangerine, a bit of pine, some grapefruit, tea like hoppiness, lightly malty, some biscuit and caramel sweetness, good base underneath the hoppiness.

Taste is neat, lots of citrus up front, a bit lemony, good orange and tangerine, caramel sweetness, some biscuit and a bit of toast, touch of wheat, grapefruit, a bit leafy in the finish, some nice herbal and spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a nicely balanced and drinkable APA. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:07:15 | More by Viggo
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/25/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, mango, orange zest, peach, herbal, grass, pine, honey, caramel, floral, bread, and light earth. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, mango, orange zest, herbal, floral, grass, honey, caramel, and bread. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pine, herbal, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of hop flavors with a fairly nice balance of malt sweetness. Some moderate cloying bitterness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Big hop flavor with good balance; fairly smooth and crisp to drink. Definitely enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:49:43 | More by superspak
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grinnellj for sending this one out to me. This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a nice thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on here. The smell of the beer was pretty well balanced, not as hoppy as some fresh hop ales I've had in the past but still had plenty to offer. The taste of the beer is nicely bittered with a subtle malt sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very drinkable with a dry resin-like finish. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:45:16 | More by Knapp85
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JimmyP


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if you are a hop head and you can get it then do so, it is only available in the fall as it is a "harvest Ale" or "wet hopped ale" basically it is only available shortly after the new years hops crop is harvested. The hops are put into the wort and fermenting beer still fresh off the vine.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:15:24 | More by JimmyP
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bmanning

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously given to me by Thorpe429 after a recent tasting.
Pours clear golden / light copper with a thin white head that quickly disappears.
Smell is mild for a wet-hop ale - I was expecting a lot more hops in the aroma, but what little was there was pleasant - tropical, citrus, grassy, and a bit earthy.
The flavor was also a bit of a let down at first. I was expecting in-your-face wet hops like a west coast APA, but what I got was very balanced and mild hops with just the right malt backbone to balance. This gives it a very good crisp, lingering earthiness that I've come to appreciate in a well made sessionable Pale Ale.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, but a bit on the thin side, and the drinkability is high.
Overall this is a very well made East Coast Pale Ale, but don't expect a burst of hops typical of wet hops ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 20:59:28 | More by bmanning
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to stickman1220 again for the Short's haul.

A: Pours a clear orange color. 1/4 finger white head with tight white bubbles. No lacing.

S: I get a much cleaner smell than Huma gave, which happens with the fresh hop beers. I get fruitiness, peach and grapefruit, then I get some piney notes too. But again, the Short's smell. Their yeast strain is very evident.

T: It's a mild hop bite in the tip of the tongue. And then you get the hop and malt balance at the middle of the mouth. And a clean finish. It's a wet hop ale, lots of sweet hop character with mild bitterness and good balance.

M: This is actually almost medium bodied. You get some nice hop bitterness.

O: I'll go with a B to B+ on this one. I really enjoyed Founders Harvest and Surly Wet more than this, but this is definitely a nice contender. The Short's IPAs have certainly been a step above their strange stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 16:26:25 | More by inlimbo77
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Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.