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Good Humans - Short's Brewing Company

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178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 504
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 81 | 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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Reviews: 178 | Hads: 504
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour; khaki head.

Grassy, piney aroma aroma. Chocolate and nut nose.

Sharp tingly hop bite. Resinous and piney. Chocolate and toasted nut flavor follows. Some caramel malt sweetness. Very enjoyable. Reminds me of Ellie's Brown; maybe a little hoppier. Definitely hoppier in the nose. Alcohol had a kick on the palate. I rather enjoyed this one but I have a soft spot for hoppy brown ales.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to wintbs379 for this bottle.

A: Pours a simplistic, but perfect, murky brown. There is very little head, but a thin khaki colored ring forms along the top of the beer. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel malt, citrus hops, a touch of balsamic vinegar, and some dirt/earthiness. Honestly, it's not the most appealing scent.

T: This beer starts off with a nice caramel backbone, but the dirt and vinegar come through right after. Afterwards, there is a nice citrus hop profile that shines as the beer lingers on the palate. At the exact moment that this beer starts to get good , I'm bombarded with flavors of dirt and old grass. Something is a bit off. The finish is dirt and lemon.

M: Medium bodied beer. This has low carbonation, and the flavors stick to the palate as it drinks. Some of the flavors are unwanted.

O: I'm not a fan of this beer. I don't know if it's been sitting for too long, or if this is how it's supposed to taste. I have had a lot of bad luck with Shorts' beers in the past, so I'm not surprised that this is yet another flunker.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- The appearance struck me as almost thin or watery at first. While I saw a good deal of sediment slide from the bottle, the body was still a cleanish, brown-red with moderate carbonation. A sloppy pour produced a 1-finger, tan head that sustained as a light foam that left really good, sticky rings.

S- The aroma puts aside any notions of "thin.". Organic hops explode from the bottle with herbal scents. Powdered hot chocolate plays a part in this very deep and rich nose. Hints of brown sugar. It moves fairly malt forward with warmth.

T- So good! Chocolate and nuts combine to remind me of some overpriced, milk chocolate peanuts I purchased to help a fundraiser. Hints of butter. Nice hop finish is leafy and herbal. No alcohol in flavor, saved for warmth in mouthfeel.

M- Medium bodied, almost full bodied considering the style. Moderate carbonation. Light hop bite and the slightest, ABV warmth.

O- Wonderful American brown ale. Rich, yet extremely drinkable. It's a great fall/winter brew. Higher ABV is deceptively well-hidden. It went really well with the considerable snow we received over the weekend.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some last weekend in MI. Poured into a snifter.

Great smell, herbal/ slightly spicy biscuity breads.

The dry hopped character was fantastic.

I certainly wish I could get this beer on a regular basis. Hopefully they will up their distro to OH someday soon.

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Photo of cetherid
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been awhile since I've reviewed a beer. Seemed like a good night to start back up.

poured into a tulip (bottled about a month ago)


Beer is a murky brown/mahogany color with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring around the glass. No real lacing going on either.


Malty right up front. Very nutty with notes of caramel and chocolate...slightly reminiscent of breadcrust. Hops subtle but still noticeable.


Similar to nose. Very sweet and nutty but those hops that were modest in the nose are more detectible here in the taste, before finishing off with a light caramel sweetness.


Beer is rather thin. Carbonation rather light but the slight dry finish is rather enjoyable. At first sip it feels like it's going to be a little cloying on the palate but I think the added hops help prevent that.


Overall this is a fairly decent brown ale. This is one of my least favorite styles but I still tried to rate accordingly. The ugly lifeless appearance and thin mouth feel knocked it down more than anything really.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into tulip.

Appearance: medium brown almost a mahoganey bodied beer with a whitish/tan colored head. 1 finger of head from a moderate pour. decent lacing from this brew.

Smell: This beer smells both nutty and roasty. not much hops presence in the nose.

Taste: DAMN! Another infected shorts beer. Sour cherries up front. That definately not what this beer was intended to taste like. Surprised that this beer did not smell infected. Got a little bit of nuttiness and roast, but it dominated by sour sour cherries.

mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It infected and really give this beer a fair shot. I drain poured this beer and I don't do that very often.

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Photo of claspada
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle/extra courtesy of ROBORB from in a recent trade.

Pours is a rich, hazy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights and a small but nice white head, some chunky yeast floaties which I was able to avoid most of, but a few snuck in... Not as dark as a brown ale, almost an super dark amber.

Aromas begin with a plethora of floral and citrus hops which attempt to steal the show from the caramel and nutty maltiness of your typical brown ale. Toffee malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin with an initial injection of hops; an interesting combination of citrus and floral hops but soon is complemented with the sweet brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Even with all the hoppiness, there isn't much in terms of bitterness, which I enjoy. Hoppy darker ales usually are way down my list but the flavor profile work here for me surprisingly. The lack of bitter hop flavors are important to the balance of this brew.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel. Finish is not too dry or bitter for such a hop forward ale, but the dry-hopping allows for a great deal of hop flavor with minimal acrid bitterness.

Overall, this is quite an interesting beer, and despite the fact that it a hoppy darker style ale, I enjoyed it. The hops really come through and make you forget that you're drinking a "brown ale" for a second, but the maltiness is there to help the balance throughout and create quite a pleasant flavor profile. Not something I need to revisit anytime soon, but pleasant enough

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Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Kalamazoo in December, 2011. Haven't tried this brew before, but love most Short's beers I've had in the past. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown, persistent head. Very nice looking, changes and leaves some nice slick lacing as I drink.

Aroma: Pick up a rich roasted malt quality, but the hops are there to add an earthy crispness too.

Taste: Definitely some fun flavor play here. Earthy, grassy hoppiness is at first sweet when combined with the roasted nut malt. About half way through the glass, the flavors have evolved more to be much more bitter, lending a coffee note to it all. Toffee flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really light for such a rich beer. Heavy flavors could not dance as much if it wasn't for the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: Really well made beer. Great earth and sweet combo of flavors. I've had other kinds of brews that aim to combine the two in the past. At best, they come out like this brew. At worst, they taste like dirt.

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Photo of BBP
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fairly nice for a Short's brew. That being said, it had a head and held it for the first half of the drink. A tad of lacing.

The aroma was quite enticing at first. The smell has a decent amount of hops. Later on as it warms up, it smells considerably sweet and focused on what makes a brown ale a brown ale.

The taste is interesting. Right after the sip, I love it. There's hops a plenty and rich malt to back it up. The hops seem to fade nearly instantly after though, leaving it a tad too sweet for my tastes. It seems to bring a lot of sweetness that goes unchecked while the hops aren't around. I could see this appealing to the masses, but I've grown to need a bit more bitterness. To be fair, it really is on par in that regard for the style though.

The body is low to medium thick with a medium weight. The finish is fairly dry with a moderately sticky finish.

Overall, this was a good brown ale, but not so much what I was looking for. It's surprisingly normal for a shorts beer, and while it's well crafted, it seems like it's aimed more towards making everybody happy. Somewhat fitting for a beer named Good Humans.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm, light chestnut turning a rich amber when backlit. Clear with a few streams of large bubbles rising to a small off-white head. Very good retention once it settles to a skim and it leaves some good lacing.

S: Malty richness – lots of toasty bread crusty goodness, a fair bit of caramel / toffee sweetness, even a soft chocolate note. Hops are a bit dank, herbal, and some citrus hints – but all soft and easy. Very rich & inviting.

T: Very, very rich malts – toasty, nutty, bread crust, bread, toffee, light touch or chocolate, faint roast notes that border on coffee, and some flashes of dark fruits. Surprisingly robust & dark tasting for how relatively light it looks. A touch of biting alcohol creeps in as it warms. Hops offer a super nice counterpoint. Fair bitterness that stays just behind the malts. Dank resin, earthy, herbal, and some citrus dancing around the edges.

M: A bit over medium body with lots of dextrins & some sticky residual sugars. Carbonation is rather under-matched and soft – helps to give it a smooth, big & rich feel. Starts sweet, but finishes quite dry. There is hint of sneaking warmth.

D: A big, robust, very tasty and very easy & pleasant drinking beer. It would be super easy to over do it with this one. It has a ton going on, but is just so drinkable and well crafted that the glass swiftly empties as you attempt to contemplate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founder's snifter. Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River, MI. No visible date stamp on this guy, but I know it's 2011 vintage.

A: Your straight forward dark brown translucent body. Good one finger off white/khaki colored head with some sticky lacing, doesn't last too long, 7-15 seconds.

N: Instant gratification after pouring this fine beer. The dry-hopping really jumps out of the glass, over taking any malt, giving a nice resinous character. Good nutty character coming from the glass.

T: Real big sweet malt body, followed by some peculiar strawberry like characters. This beer has that typical "Shorts" character. Little off, some funky ness, but not really FUNKY...just Shorts. Very unique. No complaints. Those nutty notes are coming out in the background, very subtle, but suitable.

M: The malt sweetness is balanced nicely by some bitterness, and drying. Really pleasant to quaff. Bit thin.

D and O: Review to style? This is a good brown ale, one of the better I have had in a long time. Very drinkable, even with the elevated ABV. The dry hopping goes nicely with a fairly well rounded brown ale.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours kind of a raisin brown, slight white head with mild retention.

S: Roasted Malts and some nutiness

T: Kind of the standard brown ale taste, roasted malts and nuts flavor. Finishes smooth, no harsh aftertaste.

M: A pretty light brown ale with a little carbonation.

O: A very good double brown ale. While it's nothing spectacular, it's certainly one of the better brown ales I've had with plenty of drinkability. Another good Short's beer where I could sit back and have multiples without getting sick of the taste.

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Photo of dankster
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jamie for this bottle.

A- dark brown with tan head and small amount of lacing.

S- clean malt with funky sour hops.

T- more like a sour brown than a dry hopped double brown imo but still very good. toffee and hops with clean malts and a sour dry finish

M- dry crisp and clean. no more needs to be said

O- A fantastic brew from shorts here. wish i could get this all the time in colorado

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -24%
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

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Photo of sendsilk
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of several Shorts beers I have been reviewing thanks to Scoot 1969, thanks again Scott. He loves sending me this off center stuff.

A- Dark and murky, less than impressive

S- This throws me off. I am learning what kind of weird scents and flavors to expect with Shorts. This smells like a funky, hoppy tart brown ale. I'm only calling it a brown ale because it is totally brown.

T- Tart, funky, shorts brew. The hops aren't as prevalent as I anticipated. I actually really DIG this beer. This is probably my favorite tasting beer from Shorts, Uber Goober a close second.

M- A little lighter than the color would lead you to believe. Pretty nice.

O- This looked like it would be a total 'try it once and never think about it again' beer, but I was pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of Brez07
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter

A: Caramel colored with some amber highlights. Thin layer of white head with limited retention and no lacing

S: Dark malt, roasted malt, burnt caramel, bitter hops (faded)

T: Bitter hops mixed with light bread malt. Has an earthy flavor to it. Touch of brown sugar sweetness

M: Light to medium bodied. Wish this was a bit more full. Slightly dry finish with the hops

D: Easy drinking. Bigger hop presence was a nice addition to a rather standard brown. Try it

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Photo of Franz4
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- poured with a solid 2 finger tan head, color is dark brown, almost opaque.

S- scent is toffee and toasty, just the slightest hint of a cappucinno like presence as well.

T- it has a nutty flavor, hazelnut, I think that's what I was picking up in the nose. Really drinks quite well, only a very slight hop bitterness that's well disguised by this malt-dominant brew.

M- This really shocked me, it's drinking very smooth. Carbonation is present in just the right amount, it makes this go down real easy.

O- I really enjoyed this one, it brought something different to the style that in my opinion, improved upon it. Nice work Shorts.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.20.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep medium brown in color with a tan head. Good retention.

S - Malts, wheat, barley.

T - Lemon sour, malts, nuts, hops.

D - Good carbonation.

O - Very interesting. It is a nice hoppy sour ale.

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Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a 16oz. Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

I'm gonna start out by saying that this is a Short's beer that I really enjoyed.

Pours a medium brown with a decent size tan head that leaves some lacing. Smell is really nice with a good mix of traditional brown ale elements along with citrus and piney hops. Taste is exactly what you would look for in a hoppy brown ale. Hops are well integrated with the roasted malt. Feel is slightly creamy with a fuller medium body.

Very well done beer, but reading other reviews it appears that Short's quality control continues to be an issue with this beer as well. Very unique brewery, but very disappointing and unprofessional considering that scale and scope of their infection issues.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rtepiak for this weird bottle!

A: Perfectly translucent dark brown color. Beige head, creamy looking. Retention is very good as well as lacing.

S: First thing you notice is the dry hopping. There is some very nice hops that gives nice tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Light grapefruit and clementines juice with lemon peel. The brown ale base is quite strong too, there is nice amount of toffee, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. It's an american brown ale in the same sense that the new american black ales. Hop forward but solid malt foundation. Great!

T: Sweet mango and pineapple juice all the way. Very good, juicy and tropical. Again, there are clementines and red grapefruit with some lemon peel. The hopping is much much better than "the liberator" (that bottle might have been a little "too" fresh though). Good with the brown ale base with the (again) molasses, nuts, maple syrup and vanilla. The fruitiness of the beer combined with the brown ale elements create a kind of earthy sourness which is nice.

M: Medium to heavy body with stickiness. Carbonation is also medium. Kind of soda like. Correct

O: This was surprisingly very good. I didn't expect much after the other brew from this brewery I had before. The brown ale elements and the strong dry hopping mixed much better than anticipated.


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Photo of kevinv
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on the bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown with reddish hues around the edges. Zero head. No lacing.

S - Tropical hoppy notes with an odd astringent smell. Very light notes of brown sugar. The (intentional?) sourness really seems to dominate, though.

T - Slightly bitter with a mild caramel characteristic. The longer I keep the beer in my mouth, the more sour it tastes. I can't imagine what I'm tasting is the intended result - think I've got a bad bottle unfortunately. I only get a hint of what I think this beer should have been with a lightly toasted malt and floral hops.

M - This one's thin. Near zero carbonation.

D - I couldn't get through my glass and had to pour it... it just wasn't enjoyable. I'm almost positive this was a bad bottle. Fortunately, there seems to be more positive reviews here than neutral/negative.

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Good Humans from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.