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

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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 134
Gots: 42 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a murky orange with a huge 3 inch extremely bubbly head that boils down to random spots of film. Random tiny bubbles of lace dot the glass on the drink down. The look of this beer is pretty dirty. Smell is of malt, peanuts, and sharp citrus aromas (but not really lime per se). The peanut aroma reminds me of the Uber Goober and PB&J beers. The taste is interesting with malt and subdued peanut flavors. The citrus is more apparent on the aftertaste where it lingers on the back of the tongue. This is also when a slight graham cracker taste settles in. The citrus creates a slightly sour and acidic mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is an odd beer that sounds like it would be great but comes out being just OK really. I am glad I got to try it but I wouldn't trade for this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +16.6%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to my parents for picking up a sized in Michigan.

Pots a lgt orange copper color. Definitely different than what I thought, though I doubt even Short's would be making green beer. Nose brigs for a bit of sourness; doesn't seem citric though. That's about it. Quite generic. Taste brings a bit more with somewhat of a lime characteristic and some malty sweetness. Feel is a bit light with low carbonation. Drinks fairly well, although a few ounces is plenty.

Thorpe429, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

acurtis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2%

A: The beer is clear orangey amber in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose along with some notes of lime.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of sweetness and notes of limes in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because it’s not that sweet and the lime flavors are subdued.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: The liquid looks just like apricot nectar and it doesn't take long for the inch or so of head to fritter away, leaving just a few strands behind

Smell: The key lime pie ingredients are all there, key lime cream filling and graham cracker crust; not that it all smells that great on a beer, however

Taste: Tastes just as it smells, with tart key lime flavors mingling with the graham cracker and lactose elements; after the swallow, the tartness moves into a sour direction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: Glad I tried this novelty but I am unlikely to seek it out again; kudos to the brewer for dreaming up this recipe

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

so i decided last night to break out 10, thats right 10 new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

the pour was not at all what i expected, a light brownish amber with a smooth cap of white that stuck on the top for a good few minutes before settling down with a light lacing.

aroma was odd to say the least. tones of lime, graham crackers and buttery malts, but it seemed just too much for me. the limes were by far overly dominant and it did not seem to come together for me the way i would have liked. as i take the first sip i am not overly happy here at all. very big lime juice, lightly sweet lactose and a hint of cream, but it did not pull together the way some of the others have for me. it just seemed there was too much in the lime and it distracted from the overall balance. light finish with you guessed it, way too much lime in it led to an astringent taste.

overall no way i could do this again, but others here seemed to enjoy so to each his own.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +16.6%

kjkinsey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to MustardKrautFan (RIP) for this beer. Consumed on a dark and stormy day--the perfect weather for beer that is supposed to taste like food.

A: The pour is a light amber color with almost no head. There's a bit of an opaqueness to the beer.

S: The nose is a bit confusing. On the one hand, that could be lactobacillus there, but it could also be the limes providing that tart fruitiness. There's a bit of a funkiness which leads me to believe there's some bugs. A very mild sweetness to the beer at times.

T: Lime zest really stands out on the palate as I take the first few sips. Again, a slight tinge of lactobacillus, but it could just be the funky nature of this Short's beer. A mild graham cracker sweetness and hints of sugar to go along with the tartness.

M: The body is medium but the carbonation is on the low side.

D: Hmmm, I'm still scratching my head on this one. There were some things I liked about it, but things I didn't. A bit like limeade, truth be told, with a bit more sweetness.

womencantsail, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.5%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Knapp85, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to dug for this bottle!

I've never really had key lime pie before, so hopefully the beer version is kind to me. It pours a cloudy tawn' topped by a short-lived bit o' dirty white foam that doesn't quite rise to half a finger. The nose comprises graham crackers, toasted marshmallow, sour lime, caramel, and a sort of light brett character. Judging from the nose, I'd say the label does not advertise falsely. The taste is very similar, though the bretty bit is toned down significantly, there's decidedly more graham cracker, and the lime comes across a little fake. Moreover, everything kinda comes in and out cacophonously, like a scene out of a Boccioni painting. The body is a medium light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this was definitely an interesting beer. Though I don't think it turned out quite as well as I'd hoped, I like the inventiveness.

TMoney2591, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

A couple goblets tonight at the Short's party in Chicago.
Brewed w/ lime puree, graham cracker, marshmallow and milk sugar; 5.75%

Tawny orange copper color, slightly hazy, a quick fizz of foam that fades fast into a ring. The color is nice, almost suggestive of a pie crust.

Aroma was the highlight, very desserty, sweet with hints of graham cracker and crushed oreos. Possibly some lime zest under that but subdued.

Creamy oreo filling, mild cocoa, marshmallow/toffee, and graham cracker, some tangy lime zest upfront that fades into the sweet confectionary pie crust buttery breadiness. Not especially tart. A bit thin in the body, but the creaminess saves it. Had to have two, although others were not as enthusiastic about it.

Super interesting Willy Wonka style experiment, not your typical fruit beer, very ambitious and successful at recreating the nuanced elements of key lime pie. Sounds crazy but it's true!

emerge077, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%

Thanks to dabecassis for sharing the growler.

Moderately hazy brownish-amber with a solid white cap. Rich graham cracker pie crust aroma with a squeeze of key lime. Smells amazingly like key lime pie, dessert-like but not excessively sweet. I'm amazed at how well they captured the buttery graham cracker crust aroma. It tastes exactly as it smells: Graham cracker pie crust with tart citrusy lime. Nice malty graham cracker pie crust sweetness up front with only the slightest hint of bitterness behind it. There's also a mellow toasted malt background and ample tart lime flavor. This was a surprisingly great beer, completely unique and actually fairly drinkable, though probably not something I would reach for often.

largadeer, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +16.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.63/5  rDev -52.5%

Acquired from tburkhart, courtesy of the Under 100 IV BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts and an odd aroma that I can only assume comes from the combination of marshmallow, graham crackers, lactose and lime that are all listed on the label.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and lime that are quickly followed by bready flavors from a hearty malt character and the added graham crackers. The lactose and marshmallow are faintly in the background. It's a unique concept but the flavors do not seem to mesh well at all. The hops presence is very faint, but I have a feeling that any more would make this beer taste even worse. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Not very smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but not tasty at all, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, original representation of style, not a beer that I would recommend.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for a couple of these in trade.

Pours a hazy copper, with a ½ finger of smooth white foamy head. This peters down fairly quickly but swirling gets some richness back up on the edges and still manages to leave some a cascade of spotty froth on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit muddled smelling. I'm definitely getting some tart lime, with hops and sugary sweetness all jumbled up together into a deep earthy tang. I mean, I can pick up the different flavors but some more definition to the nose would have been welcomed.

Luckily the taste is much more defined and pretty darn spot on for the flavors that are supposed to be at work here. The fruity tartness of the lime. The creamy milky sweetness of the marshmallows. And even the sugary dough of the graham crackers. It is all so tangy and delicious, with the lime flavor in particular hanging on the lips after each sip. There is just enough earthy bitterness present as well, which helps cut some of the more possibly cloying aspects of the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with an even blend of prickly creaminess and easy slickness that helps keep this lively but smooth on the palate. There is just a touch of lingering warmth present as well but it doesn't distract from the flavors in the slightest.

I was initially worried about this, after hearing some early complaints about the bottles, but was very pleased with what I got out of this. This did taste like a piece of key lime pie in a glass and was pretty representative of what I tasted on draft at the Extreme Beer Fest last February. This is one Short's experiment that worked for me.

Kegatron, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%

Gift from Thorpe..thanks.

I deserve a medal I drank 12 ounces of this thing. Proving once and for all that I have no palate.

Beer is amber and clear with minimal head and no lacing.

The aroma is grainy with MILD lime.

I can taste the lime...in the aftertaste...other than that this is a fucking TRAIN wreck of a beer. Its light in body and hard to pound. It's not drinkable, I've had this on draft and it was quite good, but the bottled version is a disaster. what happen?

drabmuh, Dec 09, 2010
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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.