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Short's Kind Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Kind AleShort's Kind Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
40-50 IBU

Added by seaoflament on 12-06-2009

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 213
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.28/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1


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...

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry! largadeer was there and looking at his rating below, it seemed he really like this one.

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is rough fresh leafy and citrus hops and some very slight vegetal notes. Smells good, but hints at a little DMS.

Flavor is very vegetal with cooked corn and a little butter. Lots of DMS/diacetyl in this one. Leafy hops and sweet malt play a supporting role.

Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Mildly palate wrecking. Overall this was close to being a good beer, but the off-flavors really threw me.

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Photo of largadeer
1.28/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours hazy pale orangey amber with a small pure white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a bunch of spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. light alcohol. resiny hops. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. woody and a bit floral. cracker, white bread, and a bit of biscuit. bit of cat pee.

taste is nice. orange and tangerine. light grapefruit. much less pine and a less resiny hop presence overall. touch of sweetness, but more citrusy than caramel or sugar. cracker and white bread. touch of biscuit. light alcohol. about medium-low bitterness level. the hops are less assertive than i expected from the aroma.

mouthfeel is nice. fairly night body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly balanced, but everything seems more muted than i expected. i thought there'd be more hops, more body, more malt... it just leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this (among many other Short's brews) from iceicebaby, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a somewhat hazy sunset orange hue with a full two finger off-white head. The foamy crown remains for a while leaving a sticky wall of lace on the sides of the glass, wonderful looking brew. Very nice wet hop aroma; hop forward with brown sugar sprinkled grapefruit. A touch of caramel malt with some gritty earth in the nose as well. Taste falls off a bit from the smell. A strange popcorn flavor with biscuits and orange candy flavor, not a fan. Aftertaste is sweet and bready with a cucumber taste...meh, weird. Mouthfeel is kinda strange, a bit too slick with very little carbonation. I was really disappointed with this beer. Not sure if the hops they used grew in between a vegetable patch but the flavor just seems off. I've got a Liberator waiting for me in the fridge...had it at GTOM and I'm pretty sure that will make up for this let down. Thanks for the chance to try this Sean!

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Photo of bmanning
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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Photo of kbeals
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a slightly hazy golden colored brew. A good finger of fizzy white foam forms the head which leaves pretty decent lacing. Head dissipates down rather quickly but leaves a good ring of foama round the outside.

S- Definitely a sweet malt bill in this one along with a bit of a fruit smell (tropical fruits perhaps?). A little different and not really what I was expecting, but still good.

T- A good shot of sweet malts hits you up front ended with a good, bitter finish. In between reveals the tropical fruits that were alluded to in the smell, although the fruits seem somewhat artificial in the taste. Sort of like gummy worms.

M- Light bodied with good amounts of carbonation. Nice and crisp feel like a good pale ale should have.

D- Light body makes it a good quaffer, but I'd be interested to see what the ABV is on this one, it seems pretty high.

Overall, it was pretty good. Would I buy it again? Yup, sure would. This was definitely interesting and a good change from a normal pale ale.

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Photo of david131
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear, light orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing. About right for the style.

S- Cooked asparagus and a bit of fruit. Not my bag.

T- Sweet fruit, honey, vegetables. Not as vegetable oriented as the aroma would lead me to believe. Still, this is not what I look for in a beer like this.

M- A nice carbonation level and a bitter lingering at the end that is right on.

D- The vegetable aspect diminished the more I got into it, but looking at it objectively I realized that this is still not what I really enjoy. Drinkable, but there are many better options out there.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light head and a beautiful amber colour

Aroma- hoppy earthy... can smell a hint of yeastiness :)

Taste- Much lighter hop taste then I was expecting... light maltiness mixed with a touch of almost caramel. A bit watery though

Mouthfeel- Light and tasty on the tongue... Heavy carbonation with a bit of bitter on the front

Drinkability- Very drinkable number... Not as hoppy as I think it should be but overall wonderful

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Photo of claminat420
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a light copper color. one finger white head. little lacing.

S- notice a heavily earthy hop scent. not citrusy in any way. smells like a belgium????

T- the wet hop doesn't present itself which i would imagine. the malt really blends well in the brew tho.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- could work on a 6 no problem.

Overall- well short's went in a different direction with the hop choice. most wet hopped have the citrusy and strong kick going. this has the opposite thing going on. to be honest i'm disappointed!!! for 13.99 a six it's def not worth it. if you can grab a single then i would say do it. not really hoppy which i was hoping for.

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of spartanfan
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear honey color with a luxurious, fluffy white head that shows great retention and leaves a wall of lacing all around the glass.

S: Powerful aromas of fresh grassy, herbal hops. A bit of pale malt sweetness as well.

T: I'm not a huge fan of fresh hop beers in general, but this one is pretty good. Flavors of grassy, earthy hops, not much malt there, and perhaps to the detriment of the overall flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing. Good carbonation level adds to the body and flavors.

D: As noted above this one is not too heavy and it would be easy to knock back quite a few.

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Photo of danielharper
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent yellow/orange body, thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Decent.

S: Wow. Lots of aromatic hops, very bitter with only a touch of the floral. I can't identify the specific hops, but they are quite earthy. A twinge of citrus way underneath.

T: Earthier than most pales (likely due to the wet-hopping), with a light, sweet malt body matched with the taste of crisp hops. Very dry finish and aftertaste.

M: Thin-to-moderate, with a heavy dose of hops and moderate carbonation.

D: It's well-made. I could see ordering a few of these if I was in the right place.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden copper with great transparency topped by a tiny dense white head. Smells hopoliciuos. Berry fragrance mostly strawberry swirling in there. An earthy metallic taste of hops takes over the mouth. A smoked meat after taste dwells on my pallet. Feels like a bitter punch biting my taste buds. Not bad.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.