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

Short's Key Lime PieShort's Key Lime Pie

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BA SCORE
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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 21.87%


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:
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(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010)
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wrightst

Maryland

2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A strange beer to be sure. I went out of my way to find me one of these. You know what they say - be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
It pours a relatively normal beer - medium amber, no head.
The nose is key lime pie all right. Lime citrus is unmistakable. The graham cracker I was promised and the marshmallow were not detectible in the nose or the taste.
The taste was reminiscent of krieks with the up-front tartness. Like the nose, the key lime flavor was obvious and in your face. Too much so.
I love being a beer drinker in the current age; so much experimentation going on, and I'd like to get a sample of just about all of it. The bolder the experiments, however, the more likely to miss. I applaud the attempt. Keep trying Shorts! I'll keep coming back for more.
I did grow accustomed to it, and was able to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:37:01 | More by wrightst
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Dirty darker orange, offwhite head without any retention or lace. Nose has artificial lime notes (extract?), almost some minty mouthwash character as well. Everything else appears to be muddled together. Taste has more artificial lime notes, minimal malt character (although it's perhaps a bit crackery), leafy and spruce notes I think. Thin body, low carbonation. Almost unpalatable, couldn't finish my sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 15:32:57 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:34:03 | More by Sammy
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Caramel-orange, almost totally opaque. One finger of fizzy, light tan head fizzles away very quickly.

Ooh, weird. Lime zest, vanilla an toasted marshmallow met with a weird bready, biscuity note. Honey, something funky.

The flavor starts with bitter, pithy lime. A touch of sweet marshmallow, a flash of tangy sugar, a hint of toasted bread. Becomes more rounded as it warms.

Medium-light body. Mild carbonation, a touch of fizz. Clean, spritzy finish. Bitterness like gin and tonic.

Weird coagulated bubbles in the appearance. Too much marshmallow? Good, though. Tastes like the name says.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:39:34 | More by Phelps
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love it or hate it, this is one of the most amazing beers I have ever had. One gets all of the qualities of the desert while still being a beer. A big warning to drinkers, the quality of this beer does not age well. The taste was better when I first bought the beer than it was two months later.

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, one gets a big hit of ... dessert-like lime. A dark straw color was the appearance with a soft white head. The initial taste was the tartness of lime, the crispness of the graham cracker crust, and the creaminess of the lactose sugar. The lime really hits the sour parts of the tongue and leaves a strong impression. These elements come together to make the key lime pie impression. The lime lingers heavily in the aftertaste. It is not the like the lime that one gets in a Corona to add taste to an otherwise bland beer. While the lime taste dominates Short's Key Lime Pie, there is a lot going on in this beer. The aftertaste holds the tart lime without being a full assault. The smoothness of the lime makes it even more pleasing. Nicely done Shorts! And this comes from somebody that is not a fan of the desert.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:45:45 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grinnellj for sending me this one. This brew poured out as a copper/orange color with a fizzy white head on top. There are also some floating chunks on top of the beer also. The head fades and doesn't leave much lacing behind either. The smell of the beer is definitely Lime, major Lime aromas spewing out of this beer. The taste is a combination of tart lime, with some additional sweetness in there and finishing with the graham cracker. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated. Overall this is a pretty interesting brew, I can't say I would drink this again but I am pretty glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:47:39 | More by Knapp85
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Adam!

Hazy orange color with reds and browns. Very little white creamy head.

Holy Key Lime aroma.

Smooth, creamy, delicious. It's like pie in liquid form.. Flavor is spot on key lime pie with appropriate bitterness and sweetness. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but it works.

A really strange brew... A very fitting flavor for the label. Highly recommended if you like experimental/unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:17:18 | More by chugalug06
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pour is a darker amber color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose has tons of lime, faint vanilla and cracker. Taste is artificial lime, bitter behind, light vanilla, lingering bitterness, lighter body, decent carbonation. Flavors are a bit flabby, and there is an off chemically flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 13:34:39 | More by cpetrone84
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jegross2

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company out of Michigan.
Score: 78

August 2012 release bottle. Served in a Three Floyds teku glass and enjoyed on 09/15/12. I received this one in a box from Raymo55 for whooping his butt in fantasy this year.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish orange color that you cannot see through. Some floaties are definitely hiding in the murkiness of the beer. Less than finger of tan head off the pour settles completely. Below average lacing, average retention. 3/5

Smell: You know what the green colored lime flavored ice popscicles smell/taste like? That kind of limey aroma smacks you in the nose from a distance with some graham cracker too. There is also just a hint of sweet and sugary vanilla. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes like sugary-sweet key lime pie. The lime is kind of candied, but it is not the the flavored ice Popsicle lime flavor that the nose lead on. Graham cracker crusts and a little marshmallow too. The key lime pie flavor yields in the finish to an American adjunct lager-esque aftertaste following the swallow that is not the most pleasant. In this regard, the beer reminds me of New Glarus' Apple Ale. There is a faint tartness from the lime, and I am noticing the lime flavor really lingers. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation that has a lot of life from the tartish lime flavor. Super sweet, slightly tart and juice-like. 3.5/5

Overall: A great nose, but this beer is way too sweet and has a poor aftertaste following the swallow. I appreciate the opportunity to try this beer, but it is not one I will seek out again. I guess my quest to find a good Short's beer continues.

Recommendation: Skip this one unless you really like diabetes-inducing key lime pie and Miller light.

Pairings: Key lime pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 20:31:02 | More by jegross2
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1516th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12oz

No bottle date
Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A bit of a golden color. Maybe a bit darker than Peches. Small 1/8" head that was fizzy and white. No cling or lace. A bit of a good density in the center of the glass.

Smell- When somone says Key lime pie, I want it. And well by George here it is in liquid for. An amazing amount of huge lime, sweet marshmellow fluff with granulauted sugar, just like a pie.

Taste- It's actually really tasty. I would say more of a boozy margarita. And No I wont buy the BL lime-a-rita. This had a good balance behind it. A lot of the sweet lime, whipped sugar, hearbal and slight booze. Nice compact package.

Mouth- A lighter medium body & lighter creamy carbonation level. Had a lot going on in the finish but mostly you get sweetness, booze and limes.

Drink- Okay. I get short's novelty beers. This wouldve been good to pair, but sadly no where around here has a good key lime pie. Nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 18:32:58 | More by FosterJM
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours hazy reddish color with a small creamy head that fades immediately with no lacing. Had a few what looked like graham cracker chunks in the beer.

The nose is assaulted by massive lime aroma. Really does smell like key lime pie with some crackery sweetness.

Some tart lime up front although dreadfully it tastes very artificial. Stale graham cracker with a little tartness and milk. Didn't really get much marshmellow. More than 4 oz of this would have been unbearable. It kind of tastes like dipping a stale graham cracker in spoiled milk.

Carbonation levels are on the lower side which doesn't do the sweetness any favors although the mouthfeel is pretty creamy.

Drainpour for me. I appreciate the concept, but feel the execution beyond the smell was off. I've come to the determination no matter how many times I try, I just don't like much stuff from Short's no matter how good the concept sounds.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 15:49:39 | More by jmarsh123
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Dirty_Hippy


5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Hazey copper color. Look's exactly like apple cider. Zero lacing, zero head.

S= Lime and lots of it. You can also smell the graham crackers in this along with a hint of lactose.

T= I'm rating this beer based on what it is supposed to taste like. Key Lime Pie. Short's hit the nail on the head with this beer, it is absolutely amazing! On first sip I taste lime, a little lactose, sweet marshmallow and a burnt graham cracker taste. Flavor lingers on tongue for a long time. Beer is quite tart, but not very sweet which I honestly enjoy.

M= Creamy with low carbonation.

O= Short's Key Lime Pie is an excellent experimental beer! One that I will definitely be looking for in the future! I'm glad that I was able to score a six pack of this when I was able to!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 05:22:37 | More by Dirty_Hippy
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MikeTD to sending this beer. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a nice one finger head that fades almost immediately. a couple big, chunky whitish brown particles were floating at the top of, which I scooped out when I poured; marshmallow or graham cracker chunks. No head retention or side lacing.

S - So this EXPLODES with key lime aromas. Its worth noting, when I bury my nose in it I get more of a coppery type beer with grains, however, when I Swirl and take a wiff from a foot or so away I smell key lime pie. Great lime notes, crushed graham crackers, and light marshmallow type sweetness. Dont get any creamy lacto though.

T - This is tough to judge for me. So, theres more of that tasty, tart key lime that fades almost immediately to a strong slightly burnt graham cracker. The fact that theres a very faint lacto creamy tasty in the middle is what bumps this up to a 3.5 for me. Barely.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Super tart, which is to be expected. Slightly creamy, lowerish carbonation but that keylime sensation keeps this from feeling flat.

O - I really, really wanted to like this beer but that burnt graham cracker on the aroma and especially on the back of the taste kind of ruined it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 17:22:10 | More by rudzud
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birchstick

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a copper, caramel color without much of a head on it

S - the nose has lime, cinnamon pie crust, and vanilla all weaving together, with the lime being the strongest scent

T - starts off with sweet lime flavors up front. The limes hold strong through the palate. A little bit of crust and vanilla show up toward the middle and back, but the lime overpowers it. Interesting beer here.

M - a little watery and medium bodied

D - overall this is an interesting beer. I like trying new concepts, and key lime pie conceptualized as a beer is new to me. I would definitely recommend it as I think Shorts pulled it off well and it is also not your run of the mill style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:53:02 | More by birchstick
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded for a six pack of this because my wife loved it at EBF one year. Review from notes sampled spring 2011.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a bone white head that has great retention. Smells of lime, bread, caramel, and tartness. The flavor is tart with the lime dominating the taste. Bready malts and a hint of caramel round out the flavor. Medium to light body with a more than spirited level of carbonation and a tart sugary mouthfeel. I tried this at EBF and thought it was so much better than this bottled version! I swear I could taste meringue when I first tried this, but this bottled version lacks the wow factor of our initial taste of this beer. I'm not sure how fresh these bottles were.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:58:57 | More by johnnnniee
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks TheSevenDuffs!

Appearance. Pours a cloudy deep gold-amber with 2+ fingers of sticky, bubbly, pale yellow head.

Smell. Sweet graham crackers while I was pouring, but not as much from the glass. Some tart citrus and light grains.

Taste. Tart and sweet limes, some caramel and toast. This isn't bad at all.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. What can I say, they made a beer taste like key lime pie. Actually tasted just fine ...as long as you're expecting it to taste like key lime pie anyways.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:13:56 | More by Rutager
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has semi-cloudy orange/amber color to it. It has a thick extremely bubbly off-white head that dies down quite fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of lime, lactose, bready notes and vinegar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very straight forward sweetness and sourness from the lime and lactose along with some bready notes from the graham cracker and that off putting vinegar taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with ok flavors and aromas. This one is definitely not for me, I don't even think i'll be able to finish the bottle and that's rare!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:22:20 | More by SebD
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duceswild

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Was really looking forward to trying this beer.

Pours an amber color, with a fizzy head. Right away got a sense of carbonation. Smells of lime and gramcrackers. Taste was similar although I felt like I could actually taste pieces of gramcrackers. I also got some slight sourness to it. Definitely hits the main areas of key lime pie and is interesting for sure.

Was glad to try this one, but won't be looking for it in the future. Really appreciate the way Short's pushes the creativity.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:27:04 | More by duceswild
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter. No date.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a couple white chunks floating around. Finger width white head that vanishes in seconds.

S- Okay how to describe this... I'm getting limes, and marshmallow, I can get the graham cracker but it's more in a generic "sweet cookie" smell than anything else. I sense something resembling soy sauce or something "off"... It's more obvious after every swirl.

T- Okie dokie, this is odd. Right up front you get the tang from the limes, followed by that "off taste" which I'm assuming is the lactose. I can taste the graham cracker and the little chunks taste like marshmallow. It literally is key lime pie. You have to close your eyes and think about it but the essence is there and it mostly works.

M- Light to medium bodied, light on the carbonation. Cheek tingling from the limes and slightly chewy.

O- This is really something else, it's odd and original, sweet and sour and just an overall strange experience... I can't imagine buying a whole case but I would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:17:57 | More by korguy123
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle date. Pours hazy orange amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big tart limes, lemon, biscuit, graham cracker, and a bit of toasted malt. Interesting aromas to say the least, but the tart lime notes overpower everything else for the most part. Taste of lime, caramel, biscuit, graham cracker, lemon, and slight cream. The taste is actually very nice and balanced, and lightly tart compared to the aromas. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lightly tart lime, biscuit, and lemon for a short bit. Sweetness is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed at all. Overall this is a very nice experimental beer from Short’s. Nice flavors going on here and not offensive by any means. Really enjoyed this one, they nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:30:28 | More by superspak
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inlimbo77

Delaware

2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short's Brewing Co.
Key Lime Pie
No bottle date, but I've had since November
DFH signature glass

A: Light amber/orange color. Initially it was was very eferesant but the head faded quickly. No lacing or alcohol feet. Some weird white bits in the beer too.

S: All breadiness really. Maybe some graham cracker stuff going on. Some sweetness from the lactose.

T: I'll be honest, this is old and I owe it another review. But it's really strange, like all the Short's beers that I have had. Sweet and malty. No bitterness. Maltose sugars sweetness. Strange close.

M: Medium because of the coating

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 14:54:23 | More by inlimbo77
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

1.45/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received as an extra from Jeremiah. Even though I didn't like this beer, I am EXTREMELY grateful for the opportunity to have tried it. Sampled 9/14/11. 12oz bottle to pint glass. No ABV or batch number indicated.

A: Pours with a large light brown head, fizzy and soapy in texture, and rapidly diminishing. The body is medium brownish-orange and very murky with decent-sized white flecks of adjunct floating on top. An endless supply of bubbles race ferociously to the surface. No chance of lacing.

S: The label warns: "Beer brewed with marshmallow & lactose with lime & graham crackers added." Well, most of those ingredients were evident but I've had more marshmallow-forward beers that didn't actually include them in the brewing process. Toasted cereal (think Grapenuts) and the faintest hint of chocolate. Lime-y hops. A little must. This is all very odd. I swirled the glass to bring out more aroma and kill off some of the extra effervescence - but all I effectively did was arouse more chunks of sediment.

T: Stale graham cracker, sour milk and Chinese food. I get the key lime pie flavor to a degree, but I fear it is more from the power of suggestion than anything else. Long lasting flavor (is unwanted and) leans toward the sweet side. Unexpectedly acidic. My stomach is starting to turn lol.

M: The body is light and thin with a mineral-like texture. Carbonation is way too high.

O: Gotta love Shorts - and their risky brewing endeavors! This didn't work though. Perhaps fresh on tap from the source is another story...

Despite my poor review, again, I'm very happy to have tried this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:23:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Duff27

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not much to look at. Kind of a murky dark fold color. Head recedes very quickly. Floaty crap on top of the liquid...graham crackers?

Weird lime aroma.

Peppers?? This weird taste, hard to describe. For whatever reason I get a lot of lime and peppers in this. Not desirable.

Over carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Worth a try? No. Don't know what Shorts was going for but I'm sure its not this. Thanks TATURBO, I think.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:59:23 | More by Duff27
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle - received in a trade with pushkinwow

Appearance - Copper colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only 2 minutes before it was gone. There is also some little white chunks floating around.

Smell - Lime, vinegar, graham cracker, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lime, vinegar, and a rustiness. There are also notes of graham cracker and a bit of funk. It ends with a tart lime aftertaste.

Overall - Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this. It's got a very interesting appearance and an even more interesting taste. Kudos to Shorts for pushing the envelope, but this isn't the type of beer for me. Still worth a try just to see what is possible in the world of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 19:19:27 | More by spinrsx
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot look with about an inch of head that goes away relatively quick - mild lacing.

S: Smells like Key lime - hints of lime and graham cracker.

T: As expected, tastes much like a key lime pie in a medium beer.

M: Medium body with some carbonation

O: Certainly another interesting brew from Shorts. One of those beers with a unique taste that is great in limited quantity however I don't expect anyone to pick up a six pack and drink them all while watching a game, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:47:07 | More by BeRanger
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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.