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Good Humans - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | 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:
19 IBU

(Beer added by: webmanspidey on 12-20-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Sammy, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice caramel brown color bordering on chestnut. Nice white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really nice, with some sweet and roasted brown malts along with some nice piney, floral, and earthy hops. Really love the concept, as this seems to be done differently than the typical hoppy brown. The taste scales back a bit with some slight bitterness, roast, and slightly-sweet malt. Good body and carbonation with a nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well and I'm glad that put this into bottles.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a well=formed head; very good retention and shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Brown sugar and caramel dominate the nose; the alcohol is readily discernable as are the hops

Taste: The sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors dominate at the outset but are joined by a bitterness that verges on sour; I cannot tell if this is what the brewer intended or whether it is another example of Short's quality control problems

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I was hoping for much more from this brew and don't think the sourness was intended

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

an absolutely exceptional beer to say i was thrilled to death to be able to try this would be the understatement of the night. pours out a nice medium brown color with a short lived head of off white that has just enough to it that it is able to coat the sides of the glass with a light lacing.

a really nice and healthy dose of hops great you as you take the first breath in. warming with a definite alcohol nose but this is shunted by a ridge caramel malt that balances it perfectly against the rest of the profile. smooth, rich and much fuller then one would expect the richness of the flavor wastes no time at all in coming across here. really well done the brown sugar and earthy base is cut by deep, piney hops and a resonant alcohol touch that really warms the belly. smooth finish leaves a dry touch that is both a nice and clean finish but has a small hint of roasted nuts that pops up.

overall would take this any day over an arrogant bastard or other strong ale. just really, really well done.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, huge thanks go to hoppymeal for sending me this bottle.

A: The pour is a rich mahogany color with plenty of red highlights and a thin white head.

S: The nose is full of floral and citrus hops which really steal the show from the usual caramel and nutty sweetness of a brown ale.

T: The hops stand out in the flavor as well. An interesting combination of citrus (grapefruit) and sweet brown sugar and caramel. Even with all the hoppiness, there isn't much in terms of bitterness.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is a really interesting beer, and the description was enough to intrigue me. The hops really come through and make you forget that you're drinking a brown ale for a second.

womencantsail, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really do like the nose on this one. Really nice hop influence going on. Overall, the hops really do stick with the beer on this one, providing a constant influence that clearly speaks of dry hops. A different take on brown ales that works out pretty nicely.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a small fizzy head covering that barely exists before disappearing, not too bad for an 8% beer but not great either, slightly hazy dark mahogany slightly chocolate brown color with some ruby light coming through.

Nose is interesting, a blend of brown malts and floral hops. Hops bring some floral, slightly noble like grassy aromas, touch of pine and earthy hops, and a decent malt base, light toasty brown malts, little caramel and hint syrupy, little nutty toffee too.

Taste brings a juicy brown malt right out first, plenty of toffee, nutty, caramel, hint buttery toffee, nice malty base with mild sweetness but mostly dry, almost candy like toffee nutty flavors almost brittle but without the sweetness. Then hops, milder hops, just a touch of bitterness, mostly grassy floral almost noble like hops, just a touch of earthy and faint piney hops. Finish gets bit more bitter, spicy earthy hops lingering, grassy hops as well, semi dry but a little sticky and some buttery toffee and nutty brown malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb, booze is hidden well.

Overall not bad, I'm surprised by this one. The Short's normal beers don't seem to do anything special and are usually fairly lackluster. And I wasn't expecting a dry hopped brown ale to do anything nice, but this is well balanced, not too bitter, nice profile of both hops and malts that seem to somehow play off each other, since I think they picked the hops and malts well.

jlindros, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red tint. There is under one finger of off white head, of which just a little bit remains throughout.

Smell: I'm getting a bit of nutty roast along with some fruit. Quite a bit of citrus hops in there as well.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a fairly tart fruity sweetness, I wasn't quite expecting that. There is also a bit of nutty roast and some hop bitterness. The fruity notes are overpowering to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and quite dry at the finish.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of this one. I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what, but the fruity flavor really turned me off.

oline73, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Rifugium, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A vigorous pour produces a trace amount khaki colored head on a murky ruby brown body.

Aroma has very little hop presence or typical brown ale flavors. Slightly sour with dark fruit and mild solvent.

I'm guessing this is infected as the flavor is immediately artificially sweet, like orange and strawberry Starburst and finishes with an astringent sourness. Under that mess there is some nutty malt flavors, but still no hops. The more i drink, the less sure I'm that this is infected, but regardless I'm not enjoying this and will pour out the rest of the glass. Oh well.

yourefragile, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

duceswild, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with deep golden ruby hues when held to a light source and a two finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap and ring.

Very hoppy aroma with lots of sweet citrus character and a touch of earthy pine. Lots of sweet citrusy lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit, subtle mango and pineapple. The nose is dominated by these hop characteristics but underneath there are some slightly roasted dark malt notes with hints of hazelnut, toffee and caramel. It is shocking to me really how hoppy this beer smells. The typical brown ale notes are over shadowed but are faintly noticeable.

Very hop forward, especially for the style with lot of dry bitter pine notes as well as a very prominent sweet citrus presence. Hints of orange and lemon peel along with some grapefruit and mango. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture mid palate. The hops are prominent and linger throughout but are nicely balanced by a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee and hazelnut as well as some biscuit. These notes are noticeable underneath but this beer is truly dominated by the dry bitter and sweet citrus hop notes. This beer is truly unique and a welcome twist to the style. Very complex and flavorful with a very dry finish.

corby112, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, cocoa, light coffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, cocoa, brown bread, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt flavor with moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the beer, Adam.

A: brown, moderate head and lace

S: both hops and malt are strong in the nose. very interesting and intriguing, cocoa

T: Nice hop flavor up front, an enjoyable sweetness, slight chocolate aftertaste. The hoppiness and maltiness together is strange and delightful. An odd brew, but well done. An interesting treat.

M: creamy with a nice carbonation level

D: a nice brew that I'd be happy to have again.

Notes: I wrote Short's Brewing inquiring about the ABV%, and have yet to receive a response.

Huhzubendah, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

akorsak, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rab53, Mar 21, 2013
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Good Humans from Short's Brewing Company
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