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Short's Key Lime Pie - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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463 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 133
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010)
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Reviews by airohead2001:
Photo of airohead2001
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another great brew from Shorts. Thanks glazeman!

A - hazy orange with some touches of pink and light copper with a one finger off white head that fades away to nothing. No head retention and no lacing.

S - LIME, hops, and some general sourness. Insanely interesting and wonderful - what a fun beer.

T - lime and biscuit through out with some pilsner wheatiness in the finish with an awesome tangy sugar cookie aftertaste. Awesome.

M - Thin, reminds me of a regular ol' BMC brew.

D - Very sweet and tangy. This brew has a ton going on and I absolutely love it. I would stock a six pack of these at any chance that I had. However, the tanginess and sweetness makes this one a one-per-sitting type of affair.

airohead2001, Oct 08, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
2/5  rDev -41.7%

DanGeo, May 30, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago. Pours a soft amber color with a weird, olive-green tint to it - not heavy, but a little "sickly" looking. Translucent with a bit of haze in the middle. Head nearly nonexistent, except for a small, white ring around the edge of the beer, possibly due to the pour, however. Aroma definitely had some light grahama cracker, alongside toasted caramel from the malt. Lime? Yeah, it's there. Or, something is, rather. The aroma doesn't give off immediate sensors of "lime", but SOME kind of fruitiness that seems more flat and sweet instead of tart and vibrant. Zesty, but not exceedingly so.

The taste is.... strange, to say the least. Starts off with a bit of citrus flavor; lime and lemon - again, moreover it's just sweet and kind of "laid back", not at all tart or sour like lambics, wild ales, or some other fruit beers. Bread from the malt, as well as an even lighter presence of caramel, adds a bit to the sweetness. Lack of a bitter counterpoint can make this beer seem too sweet after a while, but my 12 oz pour was very manageable. After a while, the flavors grow, but they don't necessarily evolve. Sweet, light citrus finish with little hints of malt. Thin body with a heavy carbonation handle.

The first time I tried this beer, I wasn't exactly sold on it. But the more I drank it, the more I liked it. It's interesting, extremely unique, and very refreshing. Not my favorite Shorts brew by a country mile, but enjoyable nonetheless, especially when you feel like stepping out of the box just a bit.

tectactoe, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev +2%

warnerry, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

mctizzz, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. (I was hoping the beer would be green, oh well.)

The aroma is limes with some tartness. I also get some caramel and bready malt.

The flavor is very nice (but I am not sure if I am really tasting these components, or just imagining that I am after reading the label). The first taste I get is tart limes, but I also get some honey and bready malt - aka - graham crackers. I also get some creamy notes which taste about like marshmellows. The flavor has a nice mix of sweet and sour that I am really digging. After reading the label, I think I can pick out each of the components. If I hadn't read the label, I am not sure what the result would have been.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of the best Short's beers that I have tried. I love this brewery and hopefully I will get to try some more of their beers.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of mikejonze
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

mikejonze, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev +2%

1Adam12, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of sculls65
4/5  rDev +16.6%

sculls65, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of mikerap100
4/5  rDev +16.6%

mikerap100, May 25, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +2%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet crackers - half graham and half oyster. Also present are good amounts of indistinct and grainy light malts and slight amounts of artificially sweetened lime notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. Somewhat dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by sweet cracker flavors. Medium citrus flavors leaning toward lime but also with hints of grapefruit join in shortly thereafter before sweetening up midway through the sip, somewhat artificially. The citrus flavors fade out, allowing the cracker and malt flavors to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a very interesting beer that tried harder to emulate it's namesake than maybe it should have. The cracker flavors were the most off-putting and I think a more lime-forward beer would have been tastier. Still, despite the somewhat low score this beer is worth a shot to see for yourself.

glid02, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of goast8127
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/21

I had heard many good things about this beer, and although I'm not a fan of real Key Lime Pie, I felt it necessary to give it a try. The pour is a translucent medium brown color, with a thin, slightly creamy foam. You definitely get a nutty aroma right away. With a creamy, graham cracker taste up front, the beer finishes a little warm, with a slight, lasting lime taste at the end.

goast8127, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Burnt amber with red hues. No head or lacing on this beer.

Smell - very sweet up front, perhaps from the marshmallow. lots of tropical fruit as well.

Taste - wow is this all over the place and I am not sure how much I like it. sweet and tropical, but then a burnt flavor to follow that is interesting.

Mouthfeel - that burnt flavor is interesting and stays in your mouth

Overall - they tried something new and it was fun to try.

beatenbyjacks, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of SolarMikey
3/5  rDev -12.5%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

acurtis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I had to try again after having a very small sample in the 10/1/10 Toledo tasting. Thanks to a non-BA buddy up in MI, I was able to.

This one's sort of a hazy coppery orange in the glass. A spotty, thin white head forms with above-average retention, leaving thin spots of lacing on the glass.
Interestingly, there's not as much lime on the nose as in the flavor, and I've really got to pull to get some. It does smell like pie crust, though, and there's a nice sturdy malt backbone with what I assume is intentionally diacetyl aroma to add a buttery effect to the pie crust aroma. There's a bit of lactic sweetness as well (the marshmallow, perhaps?).
Here's where the lime kicks in, and when it does it pulls everything together. With a decent but not impressive malts presence and little hops to speak of, a hardcore beer critic might not be high on this one, but props definitely go to Short's for making this one what they intended. Lime is everything it should be: lightly acidic, tart, zesty and mildly sour, coupling with a milky, lactic, slightly sugary sweetness and a nice buttery graham-cracker crust. This is what key lime pie should taste like in a beer. It does get a bit too sweet at times, but it's accurate.
Carbonation is mild, but there's some life to this one. A medium body and moderate smoothness with a mix of sweet and sour in a mildly lingering finish make for a pretty nice mouthfeel. It could use a bit more life and gets a bit heavy.
Bravo to Short's. The temptation with many brewers would be to make a beer like this way too sweet, but that's avoided to the extreme here though it does rear its head. That and the heaviness take away a little from the drinkability, but I'll have another for sure.

Brenden, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of king75
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber in color, very little head retention, descent lacing

S-is of lime, sugar, and maybe just a hint of grand cracker

T- This is really, really different. Starts off with a strong bitter lime bite, but quickly turns to a sweet flavor of brown sugar and grand cracker. This one ends up crisp and clean, but with a slight citrus pucker feel.

M- Is light, very palatable and enjoyable.

D- A little too sweet and unique to drink more than one.

Notes: I had high expectations for this beer. Although it did not meet my expectations it did meet them. It almost taste like a red ale/american amber with lime and grand cracker thrown in. Very interesting and very unique. Glad I was able to try it.

king75, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden tan with little to no head. Swirling creates some white bubbles with no lacing. Smell is almost a bit sour - limes, some malt, no hops. Taste follows smell, mostly lime, a bit of graham cracker, light malts. Medium body with light carbonation. This is a one time beer, not terribly drinkable, but interesting.

nkersten, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spruce aroma. Decent mouthfeel. Carbnation is there. Lime and spice, spruce and sugar in the taste.Marshmellow. Bottle from Steve in Warren. Somewhat green colour.A bottle proved to be too much to solo.Would like more real lime and less sweetness, bring it on.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +16.6%

jh1982, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Beezee, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of MSEGUIN
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

MSEGUIN, Aug 03, 2012
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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.