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Good Humans - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 477 | Reviews: 177
Reviews by langchops:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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 mikerap100
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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 TCJosh
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jmrybak
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of king75
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Burmei23
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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 dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Beezee
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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