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Good Humans - Short's Brewing Company

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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 pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

pwoods, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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 corby112
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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 jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

12oz bottle from a road trip to MI.

Mahogany brown, red highlights, with a white head.

Smells of rich roasted malt and fragrant hops (with piney and citrus leanings).

Taste is brilliant. I love their normal brown ale, but this is kicking it up 10 notches. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, bright citrus hops, and a wonderful finish that cleanly looses everything but a nice lingering pleasant bitterness. Really good experimental beer!

Mouthfeel was creamy but nothing exceptional.

Overall a great beer that was truly original.

jampics2, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Super clear, reddish brown.

S - Lots of spice, malty, little bit of vanilla, brown sugar.

T - Malt forward, brown sugar, but a strong hop presence. I even got a little bit of mint in the flavor, not strong.

M - Medium, slightly cloying on my tongue.

D - Really like it, good drinker.

enfield249, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

nickd717, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours a deep but clear chestnut brown with a small creamy off-white head that shows very good retention and leaves good lacing.

Ooooh, I like the smell of this one. It's got the sweet caramel malts and nutty character I expect in a brown but the most impressive and noticeable part of the nose is the hops, which seem to be a mixture of pine resins and sweet citrus, oranges maybe.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, as the hops seem to be much more understated and the sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and toasted nuts. The finish has a slight citrus hop bitterness but definitely not to the extent of the nose.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy but with a slight prickliness from the hops. Strong carbonation.

This is an outstanding brown ale, especially if you like a hefty hop presence to mix things up a bit. Highly recommended.

gford217, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Another 12oz Shorts beer from Wadsey. This one pours a dark copper orange, almost brown color, clear with a thin tan foam.

The aroma is very odd, almost off, dry hopped to the point of near sourness. More pine resin than citrus, which worked as the pine paired well with the roasted malts. The beer tastes very odd, the hops are so bitter that I get a puckering sour feel in my mouth. Not expected in a brown ale, which I guess is the point for Shorts. Other than the bitterness I get a little toasted malt / roasted malt flavor, but I think the dry hopping is the main attribute I'll remember.

This strikes me as an interesting experiment, but not one I'll return to. Good on Shorts for trying new things.

TurdFurgison, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 1/26/10.

A - Poured a somewhat murky brown body with reddish hues and a sparse, bubbly beige head that settled into a thin, patchy foam and spotty lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a slight catbox aroma and fairly heavy citrus twang. As the liquid warmed up a bit, hints of molasses, brown sugar and vanilla emerged, as well as a subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Opens with a sweet, gooey caramel character up front with hints of molasses and toffee, then segues into more of a citrusy hop character suggesting grapefruit. Finishes with an earthy hop bite and a slight herbal flair amidst an extremely toasty malt character suggesting toasted grains and barley.

M - Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Really interesting brew here. Sweet and toasty, Good Humans offers a unique twist on a brown ale by incorporating quite a bit of citrusy hop character. Yum!

ffejherb, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of PretzelCity
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

PretzelCity, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of brc
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours very clear, chestnut colored liquid. A small tan foam settles pretty quickly without lacing.

Nose of red grapefruits and wood barrels. Kinda wierd but inviting.

Lots of sweetness, headed by a dark caramel flavor. Definite citrus, more grapefruit, especially in the finish. It has medium to low bitterness. It's sort of like a classic brown ale with a grapefruit twist.

The mouthfeel is creamy, fairly thick for a brown ale. Certainly not approaching a porter, but pleasantly full. The finish has a bit of zing.

I haven't had anything like this before, and I'd go for another.

brc, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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 sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy brown amber color that produced an immediately dissipating off-white head even after a vigorous pour.

(S)- Has a nutty brown ale background, with a large dry citrus foreground of peach, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only each character in its presence, is flipped. The dry, yet fruity hops take the backseat to a creamy yet nutty classic brown ale. Dont count that citrus fruit out yet; this finishes in a crisp yet dry peach & pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. I thought this would be more fruit-driven by the smell, but the taste proved me wrong. An interesting mix of dry hops and a brown ale.

(D)- Yet another unique, yet tasty brew from Shorts! Certainly a different take on a brown ale with the addition of dry hopping. Not the best out there, but I respect Shorts for thinking outside the box.

sweemzander, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Trippy label. The beer poured a bright, clear chestnut with a thin beige/tan cap of fine bubbles. A bit of sticky lace, decent head retention. Big citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit, with some caramel and earthy malt in the background. Sort of surprising, but nice. Bold hop flavour, juicy citrus, grapefruit, moderate to high bitterness with enough malt sweetness, caramel, faint nuts and chocolate, to provide some balance. It finished with a hint of alcohol and lingering combination of malts and bitterness. The body was lighter than expected, not thin exactly but headed in that direction. Carbonation was medium-low and the texture was malty with a bit of dryness once the sweetness dissipated. An interesting beer, plenty of flavour and quite tasty.

DrJay, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of BeerTruth
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Another Short's brew courtesy of iceicebaby, thanks again!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a pretty clear rustic amber brown with a two finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer. Bits of lacing here and there, but not much. Aroma is one of a kind; roasted coffee, citrus hops, and bready malts. I like the smell, but it could be bolder. Taste begins with toffee and caramel sweetness. Midway a good combination of earthy and tropical hop flavors emerge. Chocolatey Brown Ale characteristics linger in the aftertaste with just a splash of Cara Cara oranges. The taste is a wonderful (and totally unexpected) blend of Brown Ale and hoppy Pale Ale. Medium body with a steady carbonation and a slight tingle that remains on the tongue. Another solid and unique brew from Short's, I could definitely put a few of these bad boy's down.

BeerTruth, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of stevenseg
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Good Humans, a "dry-hopped double brown ale", is one of six stout-like beers I picked up during my last trip to Michigan. This one was recommended to me by a gent tending the shop off 44th & Byron Center. I am expecting a hop-heavy, malt-heavy concoction with heavy body and alcohol content.

I love the cloudy brown color, but the head was not as present as I'd like it to be. Barely a film at the end of a medium pour. I was expecting a little more, which would indicate a greater viscosity.

It smelled pretty much how I expected. Heavy on the hops with just a little sweetness of the roasted malts. I think a little more nutty malt character would have been nice.

Besides tasting like an over-roasted IPA, this beer was pretty characteristic of a dry-hopped beer. It's supposed to be a brown ale with a lot of hop character, and the brewers held true to form. The hops almost overshadows the malts. I would like a beer that reverses that character...where the nutty malts just overshadow a strong hop character, but that's not the purpose with this one.

I expressed some small disappointment with lack of thickness to the body. I would say it has the body of an amber...definitely not a double brown. This is the only category Good Humans took any real hit. I think if they labeled this thing a "dry-hopped dark amber" I would have had different expectations and Good Humans would have rated even higher.

The bottom line is that I like different characteristics when they mesh together. Stouts are malt-heavy and lightly hopped. IPA's are hop-heavy and have small malt character. Short's attempted to bring the two most notable parts of beer together by producing a malt-heavy IPA, and pretty much succeeded. I could tip a few of these back because it's delightful, but what's its ABV? Its goal? I usually look this stuff up on the Internet before reviewing so I know exactly what the intent of a beer is. Short's, if you brew it again, let's call it a "dry-hopped dark amber ale"...that would have been perfect.

stevenseg, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of bmanning
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this to a recent tasting.
Pours light brown with a beige head.
Smell has a lot of citrus, with orange, pineapple, lemon, apples. Also very floral and grassy. I love what the dry-hopping has done for the aroma.
The taste is very different for a brown ale. The floral and citrus hops are the main component here, and the typical brown ale flavors of toffee and caramel are in the background.
This is a very unusual beer, but I really like it.
The mouthfeel is pretty good - light to medium body with moderate carbonation - very drinkable.
This is now one of my favorite brown ales, and I prefer it to Surly Bender. Great job, Short's!

bmanning, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz. bottle.

Brownish-amber body. Clear. Fat finger of moderately creamy, dark beige head. Some lacing. Nose is rather hoppy. Fresh notes of pine, resinous weed, and some zesty orange. This hoppiness is contrasted nicely with malty aromas of plum, brown sugar, and nutty, toasted grains.

Starts off with toasted grains, soapy sweetness, and subtle hop bitterness. Cola and caramel sweetness increase, along with herbal, resinous hoppiness. Slightly earthy, tobacco and chocolate flavors near the finish. Fruity alcohol contributes some warming. Grainy, herbal bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body with a somewhat sticky feel. Not bad, but a tad rough around the edges and not as cohesive as it could be.

alexgash, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

A very dark amber nearly burgundy with a smooth off white head. Smell is hopped with small hints of roasted malts. Taste is a whirl of the smells. Malts, hops, and roasted goodness playing tag across my pallet. Sweet brew. Another triumph from Short's.

JordanEllwanger, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Telix
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head chalice.

A: It comes out of the bottle as a fairly opaque reddish brown, with a normal head that quickly disappears. It's nice enough, sure, nothing special, nothing unappetizing.

S: A heavy dose of citrus hops hit the nose, I'm fairly sure they are cascade. Some sweet and appetizing herbal aromas are evident. Nice.

T: Not quite as good as the smell, unfortunately. Fairly bitter, with some caramel malts and mild chocolate flavors. It begins with bitterness and sweetness, then a clean finish with the malts. You get some lingering tongue tingle from the hops.

M: Normal. Effervescent, good carbonation levels.

D: If you are into this style, I can imagine wanting to have a few. It's clearly the best of the Short's limited releases that I've had, which isn't saying much, but it's pretty good. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled!

Telix, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of danielharper
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

A: Amber/brown body, thin brown-white head that dissipates slowly. Transparent body. Looks appetizing.

S: Interesting. Grassy notes, very unexpected for a brown. Underneath notes of coffee, toffee, and hints of chocolate. Quite nice.

T: Sweet earthy flavor, with those same grassy overtones. A nice nuttiness follows, and a strong alcohol astringency resides in the finish, leaving a not-unpleasant burn on the way down.

M: Moderate thickness, no significant hops, slight alcohol bite on the tongue.

D: This has got to be at least eight or nine percent ABV, but it goes down smooth anyway. Clean and delicious.

danielharper, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Sampled on 1-6-10

Pours a hazy orange/brown color, with a thin white head and a few bubbles of lacing. Looks thick and strong.

Smell is strong spice and hops, tons of booze and a great fermented character. The end is all hop resin, with a sweet malty kick. Absolutely outstanding.

Taste is slightly smoky malt, followed by a spicy alcohol kick. The hops add huge fruity flavor and massive bitterness. The finish is tart and a little drying.

Mouthfeel is very slick, with lots of sharp carbonation.

Drinkability is tough, the flavors are huge and the aftertaste is thick and bitter.

Overall, an awesome beer that will only get better with time in the cellar.

BMoney575, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of spartanfan
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a rich mahogany with a small white head that leaves spotty lacing behinds as it fades to a thin layer.

S: Wow! This is a fantastic aroma, the dry hopping is great here. Bursting with flowery and citrus fruit flavors. Mainly oranges, pineapple, and green apples. Definitely not your typical brown ale, but would be fantastic for any IPA, still, I'm really digging it. I could smell this one all day

T: Taste is more typical of a brown ale, flavors of toffee and caramel with the flowery hops taking a big step back. I detect a tiny bit of oxidation on the back end as well, which is disappointing, but is easy to get past.

M: The body on this beer is light to medium with a good level of carbonation Alcohol is not apparent.

D: The flavors in this one are not too heavy and lend themselves well to drinking. The combination of the dry hopped aroma and the sweetness of the brown ale make a great combination.

spartanfan, Dec 25, 2009
Good Humans from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.