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

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Short's Key Lime PieShort's Key Lime Pie

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454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 135
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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 portia99:
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4.55/5  rDev +32.3%

Growler received in trade with kbeals with great thanks and appreciation for the hard work Kevin went through to get this growler to me.

A - Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a thin wisp of foam that dies fairly quickly and leaves behind just an extremely thin collar around the glass.

S - Smell is pretty light overall - very mild limey citrus and some creamy fluff-like marshmallowy quality. Wish there was a bit more here...but what is here is good.

T - If there was any doubt before tasting, there isn't any more. There is an unmistakable tart, sour citrusy lime flavor that sits way up front. Almost like beer mixed with some limeade. Then there is the graham crackers...blends together with the fruit perfectly. Layered with some vanilla'y marshmallows too. I get next to zero grain/malt flavors and same thing with hops...but who cares, this tastes great.

M - Somewhat thin in body, but definitely not watery. Carbonation is light with a smooth creaminess to it that works really well. Graham crackers sit well into the aftertaste.

D - A great summer time session beer. I could sit with this beer all day long and be totally content. A very unique and interesting beer. Shorts - please bottle this one! If you can get a hold of this one, definitely give it a shot.

06-12-2010 21:26:08 | More by portia99
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

05-30-2013 03:28:05 | More by DanGeo
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3.49/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

02-14-2013 17:56:38 | More by tectactoe
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-01-2014 21:20:28 | More by warnerry
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-12-2014 16:31:57 | More by mctizzz
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3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

09-25-2010 04:26:04 | More by Mora2000
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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

05-12-2012 19:54:11 | More by Skye1024
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-15-2014 13:59:48 | More by mikejonze
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-27-2012 03:32:30 | More by 1Adam12
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

06-27-2014 23:03:41 | More by sculls65
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

05-25-2013 06:12:51 | More by mikerap100
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-27-2011 16:00:46 | More by SPRichard
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3.68/5  rDev +7%

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.

11-21-2010 22:36:44 | More by glid02
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3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

01-07-2011 17:19:28 | More by goast8127
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3.41/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

07-07-2014 15:35:27 | More by beatenbyjacks
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-24-2011 03:39:25 | More by SolarMikey
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New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

12-05-2011 00:28:17 | More by acurtis
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3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

10-06-2010 15:22:13 | More by Brenden
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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

10-19-2010 02:53:49 | More by king75
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3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

10-21-2010 20:16:56 | More by nkersten
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

01-27-2013 03:34:03 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-21-2011 05:33:01 | More by jh1982
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

09-03-2012 22:14:07 | More by Beezee
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

08-03-2012 02:57:27 | More by MSEGUIN


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz bottle into pint glass. 2011 bottling.

A: Pours a murky orange hue, with a thing white head, that dissipates very quick into a nonexistent presence. Floating pieces of marshmallow show it's present in the visual. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Aroma is light in intensity, with a good level of spicy, lime like gram cracker. Hops seem to be at low levels showing other characters.

TM: Juicy on the the mouthfeel, with a spicy zing of lime. Very sweet on the finish. Malt show fullness in the body, but very beady and fades into a nice level of lime. Carbonation is at good levels and if full, but not dominating.

O: For the ingredients used, this does blend well and overall turn out drinkable and good. I did get the "what's in your beard? - Check- oh thats marshmallow from the key lime pie.."

09-30-2011 02:19:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
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