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Short's Kind Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh batch from December. Pours creamy, very lacey and foaming over golden coloured body. Aroma of the wet hops, taste of the wet hops. Hoppy and good wet hop bitterness, without shredding the palate. Abv not listed, but feels in the 6-7% range. Very decent mouthfeel for an IPA, which it is rather than a pale.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

The color is a light golden orange color. A bit of a white head without too much lacing. The nose brings some very light citrus hops but not too much else. The taste is some really timid hops as well as a bit of pale malt. Feel has good carbonation and the appropriate body, but utterly lacking in hops for an APA. Nothing wrong with the beer as brewed, but not a very good pale ale.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of largadeer
1.25/5  rDev -67%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks, Barry. Hazy gold with a small white cap that recedes to a ring. Bizarre vegetable aroma; cabbage, tomatoes, celery. There's not much I can pick out in the way of standard hop aroma, though the vegetable character seems to be coming from the hops. Maybe. On the palate it's rather slick and buttery up front, semi-sweet with more weird vegetable hop flavor. It cleans up quite a bit in the finish, ending on a dry and bitter note. What an odd beer. The diacetyl and strange hop flavor are pretty horrendous.

largadeer, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, May 06, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of iceicebaby. Thanks again Sean!

pours a very dark cloudy amber orange color with light golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with only a subtle citrus and pine presence. Strong lactic creaminess, prominent malt backbone and sweet alcohol. The hops smell very fresh but i was expecting the hop presence to be much more prevalent in the nose. Unfortunately it's completely overpowered and almost unnoticeable.

Very chewy resinous mouthfeel with some nice dry bitterness up front with a lot of fresh earthy/piny hops. The bitterness lingers throughout but is countered mid palate by a strong biscuit/caramel malt profile that is a bit overpowering. There's also a good bit of heat and alcohol warmth in the finish. This beer's not bad but i was expecting it to be much hoppier considering the style. Kind of a let down really.

corby112, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +5.5%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Telix for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The pale ale is a radiant golden color, clear as day except for the stream of carbonation. Not much head to report on in this beer.

S: The pale ale is mildly hopped, offering just a splash of concentrated bitterness. What the ale offers is a little bit of citrus, some grapefruit, and pepper. The leafiness is strong, leaving a lush vegetal aroma.

T: Mmm, the ale starts off sharp, with carbonation leaving a bite. Following that, the hops take over. First, a medicinal aspirin flavor emerges, followed by vegetal hops and citrus. As the hops settle down, caramel malts, biscuity, pick up the slack. Mild bitterness sees the ale away.

M: The mouthfeel is robust, to say the least. The vegetal fresh hop flavors are strong, off-putting even, but deliver a solid resiny presence.

D: The wetness of the hops is unmistakable, only with a much stronger vegetal presence. The ale takes a bit of time to get used to but it works.

akorsak, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of billab914
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Redhook shaped pint glass. On the first pour I get about 3/4 of a glass full of foam. Way too foamy for a pretty relaxed and easy pour. This is going to take a while to get this beer into my glass. The color of the beer as the foam fades is a murky orange amber. It did leave some good lacing from that huge head though.

The aroma has a mild citrusy hop presence to it with a bready, sweet, yeasty flavor as well. Slightly tart and moderately fruity. The aroma actually reminds me of a Saison.

The taste has some of the tart and yeasty flavors found in the nose. It had a dry bitterness in the finish but overall the hops were pretty mild. It had a moderate bready malt presence to it as well. Overall not what I expected, and not really that impressed overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and despite the huge foamy head the carbonation is pretty moderate. Drinkability isn't good, I really didn't care for it and wouldn't have another. It was moderately hoppy but had some other flavors going on that I just didn't care for. Perhaps something was wrong with it maybe?

billab914, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Zaphog, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
1.25/5  rDev -67%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2/1/2010

Consumed in a snifter, the beer is dark orange with a standard beige head and standard retention.

The aroma is of buttery tomatoes, cabbage, cooked carrots, and a slight white peppery floral presence. This is...hmmm...like a grainy buttery vegetable stew. I mean no disrespect when I say this smells horrendous. It's a DMS and diacetyl bomb of an aroma.

The flavor is equally as bad. It's of cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, celery. Wow. This is simply terrible. It's a buttery vegetable garden.

Two drain pours in as many nights from the same brewery. I won't recover from this...

HopHead84, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Another Short's beer thanks to MarcatGSB. This one appears to be pretty normal.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a minimal head. No retention. Minimal lacing. Kinda blah.

Smell - Citrus hops and a touch of grass. Not a lot from the malt. Nice hop aroma. Weak, but what's there is nice.

Taste - Hey, this tastes pretty good. Hop-forward pale ale. Hardly a trace of malt. The hop flavor is nice. The only downside is an intense bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - That bitterness is killer, really. It's an easy drinking beer aside from that. Decent carb and a decent body for putting it away easily.

Overall - I'm surprised the reviews for this aren't higher. Usually a B rated beer has some sort of off-flavor, but this tastes pretty good. Not stellar, but good.

Alieniloquium, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -20.8%

xnicknj, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

vfgccp, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
1.53/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I got a bunch of Short's beers in a recent trade with schro126. Thanks, Nathan!

The pour is quite gorgeous, crystal clear golden orange with a dense white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving little lace.

The nose is rather awful - cooked vegetable with a blend of spinach, cabbage and some citrus hops, some honey and some sugar. It brings to mind the Bud Clamato and Mamma Mia Pizza Beer.

The palate opens with a blend of solvent character, bitterness with grapefruit zest and the cooked vegetables of the nose. Quite harsh, this beer is medium-light in body with high carbonation, causing a prickly session that worsens the flavors and sensation. Drying on the finish with some bitterness, this just isn't very good, a drain pour for sure.

DefenCorps, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy golden amber with a tight slightly off white head. Nose has some pale malt coriander, a hint of dried orange peel and citrus. Taste has a fair bit if stale bread a d grain, hops are juicier and a bit resinous. The dried orange peel and citrus notes are present with a moderate bitterness on a lightly carbonated finish.

cpetrone84, Apr 27, 2010
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Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.