Good Humans - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 19
Gots: 74 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: webmanspidey on 12-20-2009

19 IBU
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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic hoppy brown. Earthy and citrusy. Caramel and chocolate. A lot of flavor here.

Nice lace and retention.

Photo of jedifoot
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a hop head so I love this dry hopped take on a brown ale. My new favorite brown ale.

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super deep amber and brown color, with a light-tan / off-white head leaving respectable amounts of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a heavy, heavy canvas of chocolate wheat, rich caramel, and burnt brown sugar with huge splashes of floral hops and pines. The brew has a strong nutty flavor, backed with cocoa beans, toffee, and hazelnut, intertwined with a crusade of roses, trees, and floral hops that float in and out. The malt and wheat flavors are the strongest up front, midway through, they give way to the heavy floral hop flavor, with a nice bitterness spike as it begins to fade out. The creamy, malt flavors are present all the way through - full of nuttiness, caramel, and sweet sugar. Medium body and a pretty average amount of carbonation.

Strange brew, as are many coming off of Shorts' line, but this one hits the mark pretty well. Is it an IPA? Is it a brown ale? Why can't it be both? I didn't know how a double-brown dry hopped beer would be, but the caramel flavors from the malt mix and the jungle flavors from the hops play nicely together.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes scratched out on 1/19/11.

These Good Humans pour dark brown with a ruby tint into my snifter. From a medium-hard pour a half-finger light brown head emerges. A film with dots like sparklers resides on top of the body as the head burns off. Lacing on the glass looks like a huge cascading firework.

A sweet citrusy hop smell is the first impression on my nose. When first I tried this beer it reminded me of Founders Harvest Ale. That's how freshly hoppy this smell is. Supporting the hops are deeper aromas of brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, and just a hint of roasted malt. I really like how the hops and dark malt play off of each other in the bouquet. With deep inhales, I detect some nuttiness, as well.

Roastyness is more prominent in the taste than in the smell at first, followed by sweeter malt flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate, and a citrus hop presence. Right before the finish the taste is just a tad buttery, and is followed by a nutty, roasty, earthy, bitter conclusion.

This is a medium-bodied beer which starts a bit hot on the sides if my mouth, transitions to a creamy middle, and ends with a bitter pucker from the hops and roasted malt. It is a varied and interesting feel.

I find these Humans to be very drinkable. They are a great combination of a nutty, malty brown ale and a hoppy, citrusy pale ale. This is a tasty treat that I will enjoy much over the years.

Photo of nickadams2
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a half inch khaki colored head. Good retention and thick lace.

S_Grapefruit,,hops,vanilla and brown sugar.

T_Same as nose. Pine and citrus hops upfront then make way to smooth vanilla,brown sugar,and molasses.Very solid imperial brown with a good kick from hop addition.

M_Medium bodied,moderate carbonation,smooth and creamy.

D_Very drinkable.

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

A - Pours a clear amber brown with one finger of light tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a Tootsie Roll, toffee and chocolate. Also some citrus hops. Smells good.

T - Taste is brown bread with chocolate and toffee, with citrus hops coming in midway through. Finish is semi-dry with some nuttiness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts off a bit sticky sweet and gradually turns to semi-dry with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

O - The dry hopping is a nice addition to the brown ale base. Wouldn't mind seeing more hoppy brown ales.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a clear brownish-red with an off-white head. The aroma is chocolate, mint, caramel malt and some piney hops. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate with some pine. You also get caramel. Not too terribly complex but a very nice, easy drinking brown ale with some nice hopping. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mikejonze
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour - ruby red where the light passes through on the edges - with a thin, soapy head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate and even a little bourbon. Tastes like brown bread with raisins, very light coffee roast & bitterness. Warm, fairly boozy finish. Pretty good for a brown ale, but brown ales aren't really the greatest to begin with.

Photo of arthurry
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best brews from Short's. I really recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of Brown ales

Photo of madeofsteel
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a nonic, pours a murky dark reddish brown. A fairly hard pour yielded about half an inch worth of off-white head. Little retention, but some nice lacing.

S - Warming malts, faint booze.

T - Nutty, a little bready, with faint hints of caramel. Hazelnut or somesuch definitely seems to be the main flavor. No hops to speak of, which is just fine for this brew.

M - Creamy, but leaves a bit of funk afterwards.

O - It's a bit sweeter than Bellaire Brown, which I honestly like. But I don't know how it holds up against some other Michigan browns. Not bad, though.

Photo of pwoods
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Main Party Supply in Ann Arbor, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brownish amber with some clarity still. Shorter head on the pour but retains at a skim creamy skim. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Good brown ale sweetness. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Big hop profile. Casc or Cent but maybe some Amarillo in there?

T/M: More of the caramel and toffee notes, as well as some sugary dark fruits. A bit too sweet. More of the big hop profile as well. Lots of American hopping going on. Body is medium or maybe a touch bigger and carbonation is about right.

D: I'm sure the ABV isn't below 6%. This is pretty drinkable, though it is pretty sweet. I probably wouldn't have more than 1 at a time.

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

This beer is a lightish to medium brown with clarity. A small, light tan head has fair retention and leaves moderate lacing spottily down my glass.
This is a hoppy brown. An interesting mix of floral, citrus, and a touch of spice balances in the nose with bready malts that also offer a touch of nuts and a tint of something more maple than caramel. Really, though, citrus and hops bitterness are put forward to push the "double brown ale" idea.
Not much different can be said for the flavor. Citrus really sets the stage, oily hops giving some grapefruit and rind zest up front. A bit of sweetness pulls through, again a bit maple, with roasted malts balancing well. There's a touch of alcohol that's just enough to compliment without being enough to detract.
This is a medium-bodied ale with adequate carbonation to add life without being spritzy. There's a bit of warmth, and the hops add a dryness to the body to result in a body that's overall semi-dry. Each sip goes pleasantly creamy and a nice complexity lingers in the finish.

Photo of nkersten
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Erik, thanks! Poured into New Belgium globe, dark opaque brown with light tan one finger head that fades to a cap with some lacing. Smells sweet and resinous, roasted malts, some tobacco and hints of sour notes, slightly hoppy. Taste is interesting - a fruity sourness up front, slightly roasted malt, some coffee flavors, hazelnut finish. No alcohol Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Good drinkability for for a double brown, would be interesting to find out what the abv is.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Champagne's Cellar. This tastes a lot more hoppy than 19 ibu. More or less neutral aroma. Crowning white head on Brownish body with tons of lace at the end of a very drinkable brew. Grapefruit citrus taste, some herbal - lemongrass? A little sting on the palate.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle. You're the man, Derek.

Good Humans pours an attractive copperish-brown color. It's a little hazy, and looks deep red when held to light. It's topped with an off-white head that stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was good. Lacing was moderate and sticky.

The nose is good. It features a little bit of a lot of things. It seems to have a solid, sweet caramel malt base. Something about it smells a little smoky and burnt. Hops are noted. They have a primarily citric scent and feature grapefruit and mango scents. It smells sweet, but not overly so. I'm picking up a good bit of yeast. Hints of dark fruit emerge on the tail. Alcohol is held in check pretty well. It smells good.

The flavor is similar to the nose. An array of flavors are present. It is a little sweet and has a sturdy caramel malt base. The hops seem to be equal parts citric and floral. Grapefruit and mango flavors are noted, but there's definitely a floral flavor there, as well. It's nice and bitter, but doesn't destroy the palate by any means. There's a distinct peat-like, burnt flavor throughout. Secondary dark fruit and yeast flavors emerge and add some nice depth. Alcohol is masked very well. I have no idea what the abv is, but it can't be that high.

Good Humans has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It goes down easy to say the least. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor. It's easy drinking and doesn't seem too strong. I wouldn't object to another bottle.

If there's one thing you can say about Short's Brewing, it's that they're trailblazers. Good Humans is further proof of that. I don't think I've encountered a Brown Ale quite like this one. It has a deep flavor profile that seems to feature a little bit of everything. At the end of the day, it has a good flavor, but doesn't quite strike me as great. Nonetheless, it's very interesting and worth your attention. Thanks, Derek. I really enjoyed the bottle.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown and is slightly translucent. It's got a great color to it, especially since I usually drink beers that are either much lighter in color, or much darker. When poured, it gave about a finger of sticky head. The smell is still very nutty, and even though it says it is dry-hopped, I detect very little citrus on the nose. I do sense smells of butter and strawberry. Very interesting. Nice bready malts are the base here along with some nutty notes in the background. A small amount of alcohol is picked up at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated. It does leave the mouth a little dry like an IPA would.
I am liking brown ales more and more. I really do think its an underrated style and can be done in many different varieties. I like the fact that this is a double brown ale and that its dry-hopped. I'd like to see more breweries stretching the boundaries of the classic styles.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one thanks to Telix. Pours a nice light golden brown with a thin white head that quickly fizzles to lacing. The smell is decent, some lightly roasted malts, a faint whiff of hops, coffee and chocolate. The taste is very similar, with lightly roasted malts providing subtle hints of coffee and chocolate, with hops providing a little bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and good drinkability. Overall this a solid beer, with some nice complexity and excellent flavors. I could see enjoying quite a few of these.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry!

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color with a light tan head and a little lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, leafy and citrusy, as typical of Short's hoppy beers. Some caramel and mild roasty/coffee notes in there as well.

Sweet malty flavors - caramel and brown sugar - along with mild roast, lots of citrusy and leafy hops, and a very slight vegetal note that I've also experienced with a lot of Short's hoppy beers.

Medium body with average carbonation and some serious hop resins.

Overall, decent I guess, but nothing too amazing. Drinkability above average.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours clear brown until the end and I fail to save my beer from a slosh of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Ends up being pretty murky. Medium off-white head. Thick collar persists.

Smell - Citrus hops when it's cold. Turns a little more towards pine as it warms. The brown malts smell very nutty.

Taste - Hops are much less intense. A hint of them at the start, but it's much more an emphasis on the malt. Toasted malt turns to light chocolate and even some coffee. Nuttier in the back end. Very slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Drinks well enough, but it's a little bigger than it really needs to be.

Overall - Solid, if not really interesting.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Deep amber with a frothy light mocha head. This retains with a creamy richness, leaving sticky swathes of lacing behind. The aroma smells leafy with green citrus, cocoa and roast all mixing together to give the nose a fresh ripe twang. The taste is fresh ripe citrus with a firm bitterness at its core. Tropical and herbal notes hang on the edges while a malty backbone of cocoa sweetness and roast flavor that leave a touch of char lingering in the finish along with some leftover green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a firm creaminess that spreads out. This is pretty easy going in the mouth overall with just a touch of warmth to the proceedings. This was a more than serviceable take on the hoppy Brown Ale style with a good bit more going on with it than I expected. The really easy drinkability for 8% helped as well. Glad I picked a bottle up.

Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Eric (gratefulbeerhead) for this bottle.

A- Pours a brown color with red hues as it is held to the light. Half finger tan head shows medium retention. Lacing was good with light streaks on the sides of the glass.

S- Piney earthy hops in the front of the nose. Some light citrus hops in the ending of the aroma. Middle of the aroma is base beer notes of caramel, toffee, and light chocoalte malts.

T- Piney hop bite in the front of the beer at first. Caramel base malts show up toward the ending front. Toffee malts with a light nutty flavor in the middle of the beer. There is chocoalte malts in the ending of the beer that have a splash of citrus hops in it. The alcohol kind of show up there as well in the ending before dying off quickly.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good but seems a little light like most Short's beers. Piney hops with toffee malts and light nutty flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, chocoalte malts, and other base brown ale flavor. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were clean and I thought very well balanced.

D- This beer is drinkable not a problem. The ABV I would suggest is higher making it kind of a deadly combo with the drinkability. I don't think Short's really makes a beer that is great in the carbonation department which I expect from them. This alone makes it drop half a point in this category.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! A big thanks goes out to kzoobrew for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby red/chocolate brown into my SA Perfect Pint, achieving about a finger worth of head that quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Honestly, and I kind of feel bad typing this, but when I really take in the nose, it smells like a musty basement. I have no idea why but that is literally the only smell I am getting? Also, a slight alcohol aroma is present...oh boy here comes the taste.

Taste - Tastes MUCH better than the nose. I have no idea what was going on with the nose. Maybe my scent perception is out of whack today? I taste a bit of coffee up front. I am getting heavily roasted malts/coffee out of the initial taste. I am not getting much of the "hops/pine" taste that a lot of these people are mentioning. Dang it, as I drink this more and it warms up, holy cow, I taste nuts, nuts, and more nuts! That's what that is...I'm relatively new to brown ales but this one is growing on me. It honestly is beginning to taste like candy to me...a coffee flavored espresso bean mixed with a cashew. Is this really growing on me this much? I honestly first smelled/sipped this and was NOT impressed...yet here I am re-typing this and being defiantly swayed from my initial reaction. I had to have it warm up I guess!

Mouthfeel - Good - medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I like this, but not enough to sit back and drink a six pack of it. Very interesting beer and I would like to have it at least one more time and share it with my brother in law. I feel he would appreciate it.

Photo of Bung
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Your standard brown pour, very little off white head, just a few surface blobs.

Very herbal aroma, hops and tobacco. Some malt in there. More resiny hop.

Taste is tart cherry and some citrus. Malt is there, barely, with some peat and tobacco. The tart is weird. Herbal grass and hop finish.

Lively mouthfeel, maybe too much. Easy lighter body, but it just isn't easy to drink because of the tart.

Maybe this would have been better in the warmer summer months...will need to revisit.

A really odd brown ale, and yet another Shorts brew with a tart/sourness. Makes me wonder if this is really what they are intending. I know they had some infections issues, but across different brews still? The experimentations maybe starting to hinder at this point.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Telix. The bottle is right, we are the best things ever.

A: The brown ale is a syrupy red-brown color, a full color that looks like the horizon as the last of the sun slides away each night. The first pour of the bottle generated a quarter finger of head that left thin patches of lace behind.

S: Roasted malts, burnt biscuit and nuts, share the stage with oily hops. The hop profile is citrusy and formidable, easily making it out of the roasted malts.

T: The hops strike first, delivering a strong citrus dose that registers immediately. Grapefruit and orange peel are immediately evident, cutting through the thick morass of burnt malts with ease. The only downside is a syrupy sweetness that seems out of place right at the end of each sip. I really like the subtle strength of the hops.

M: The mouthfeel seems like it wants to emphasize the malts but the hops have other plans. The sweetness of the hops lulls the tastebuds to sleep.

D: It's difficult to criticize Short's. This is no exception. I like the syrupy hoppiness and how it gradually builds up its strength.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label design (and name) is odd yet cool... i'm sure there's a good story behind it.

Light brown pour, it ends up much darker with a glint of ruby when held to the light. A finger of foam when first poured, receding quickly to a patchy skim over the surface.

Some clear piney hops when the cap is cracked, and in the glass there's some solid hop herbals overlaid on a woody, toasty malt base.

Flavor is similarly green and roasty, interesting combo. Smooth feel, some coffee, ash, and wood elements, with some grassy & citrus notes coming through. Dry finish. Well hopped brown ales may not be for everyone, but this seems pretty well integrated. The body has a moderate weight to it, but drinks light.

I like it. This seems perfect for Fall/Winter weather.

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Good Humans from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.