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Short's Kind Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Kind AleShort's Kind Ale

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 BeRanger


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
Photo of TasteTester


5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-17-2011 00:33:54 | More by TasteTester
Photo of AleWatcher


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from surlytheduff. Thanks again man!

This beer had very little head... And I was worried it was an issue- but no, it has nice carbonation.
The body is honey/apricot color with minimal head, lace, and retention.

Smells assertively hopped. The hops are floral and citrus and quite nice.
The flavor is VERY dry, and well-hopped. A strong bitterness lingers on the exceptionally dry finish.
Feel is pretty good-- a touch on the thin side, but good carbonation.

Overall-- hey hey! It's a shorts beer I liked. It's an Xmas miracle!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:03:29 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of cgrz


4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-11-2011 11:01:10 | More by cgrz
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-30-2011 03:46:39 | More by hotglassmama
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-29-2011 00:30:25 | More by McCranky
Photo of MarcatGSB


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River MI. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into DFH signature pint glass. I saw my boy Collin just reviewed this fine Michigan product, so I wanted to see what he was tasting, here we go.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a really persistent foamy white head, lacing is fairly decent as the drink diminishes.

Smell: Sweet sticky hop aroma, with some nice citrus notes coming forward. Fresh cut grass support the tangerine and mango.

Taste: Just a really nice easy drinking wet hopped pale ale. Nice citrus profile followed by a bright bitterness, that tends to stick to the back of my tongue. Thin malt with some biscuity character.

Mouth: Light bodied, yet fulfilling. Crisp and good carbonation.

Drink and overall: Enjoyable Harvest Ale. Right there with New Holland Hopivore, but not of the likes of Founders Harvest Ale. Good beer, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:33:09 | More by MarcatGSB
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:26:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-25-2011 12:30:44 | More by cates1tg
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-23-2011 12:45:41 | More by mmcnaughton
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-22-2011 02:03:49 | More by Another6Pack
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2011 22:54:22 | More by sculls65
Photo of youngleo


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to about a one fingered head. Head was a slight offwhite in color. Had some nice lacing that left rings with every swallow. Brew itself was golden in color. Smelled of citrus and pine. I actually thought the smell was a little on the light side. I didnt taste a lot of malt. Just the citrus pine taste. Also had a bitter aftertaste. Felt a little thin in the mouth. Carbonation I thought was right. Decent brew. Id buy again. I just wouldnt make it a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 19:38:47 | More by youngleo
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 04:20:58 | More by Yulles
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-17-2011 06:59:12 | More by adamant1912
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-17-2011 02:24:44 | More by MacStinson
Photo of warnerry


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a yellowish honey color with one finger of head. Head as decent retention. Pretty nice lacing.

S - A lot of citrus and a bit grassy. Don't get much malt in the nose.

T - Again, nice grassy and citrus hops up front. A bit of biscuit malt. Small amount of pine on this finish. Not bad, and better than some of Short's other hop-forward beers that often seem to have a harshness to them.

M - A little thinner than I would like, but a nice dry finish with bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O - A pretty good wet hopped ale, but not something I need to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:10:54 | More by warnerry
Photo of inlimbo77


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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 13:13:18 | More by GoldenChild
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 05:54:35 | More by mjtiernan
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 17:50:30 | More by dnh2
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow in body with a clear transparency. White powder dusting and a white ring around my pint glass.

S: Strong citrus , mandarin orange, pale malt and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Taste is a slightly watery APA. There is a great hop profile here but the malts are no match for the hops contained inside. I get a nice bitter taste with some light caramelization. I think this would be twice as good if the malts were bumped up a notch. Without the abv % listed, it is hard to judge, and i would happily drink this over many other APAs, but have to say that it is so well hopped (deliciously) and overwhelming the malt base, that it suffers from a slight imbalance.

M: Light mouthfeel with a medium carbonation.

O: Great hop profile, overshadowed by a lower abv. This would be a great session beer on a sunny day for a hop lover . Really great lupulin presence here.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:07:22 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of FosterJM


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

925th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- A medium density in color yellow with a one finger head. Good lines of cling and stick.

Smell- Fresh, dense, citrus, vibrance and some lemon. A little grassy on a big whiff.

Taste- This is a bit lacking in APA qualities. Its more of an earthy grassy with some butter qualities. More pine resin and more dry. Lacking the vibrance from the nose.

Mouth- A medium body and a medium carbonation with some lemony citrus and some grass notes.

Drink- This was okay. I had more high hopes and more of a big citrus light APA. This was more pine/resin but it was okay. Not the greatest APA but more a small piney IPA flavor/finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 04:04:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of 33nickadams


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color that's translucent with not much head. The smell is piney and grassy. This pale ale seems to be more malty than hoppy. I do pick up light citrus notes. The mouthfeel is light. Overall, a little disappointing but still an OK beer. I think I would look for other wet hops before this.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:48:25 | More by 33nickadams
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you pimpmyporter for the extra!

Appearance - Pours an awesome hazy, lemon like golden orange. Beautiful one fingers worth of bright white head that sticks around through the duration.

Smell - Very hop forward pale ale. Not juicy or piney, more grass like hops. Kind of unlike anything i have ever smelled because every PA or IPA is either on the juicy or piny side. This one smells great. The grassiness is right up front and follows with some pine notes, i dont detect many malts but the smell on this one shines.

Taste - Follows the nose, grassy right up front and a kiss of pine to end the dry finish of this beer. Malts stick around in your mouth. Great stuff

Mouthfeel - perfect carbonation for a pale ale, thin over the tongue and washes down nicely.

Overall - This is such a good pale ale. I am drinking it on a fall night but i could see this being a staple in the summers, however this is not available to me in MA and i got it as an extra from ohio. It goes down smooth and being a hop head it is a great beer when not in the mood for a heavy IPA. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:36:42 | More by aorloski
Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.