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

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Reviews: 195
Hads: 510
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 32.15%
Wants: 141
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to jrags8 for this one.
A: every short's beer i've had so far has about the same color, and this is no different-hazy amber w/orangeish/reddish highlights. unlike the others (which tend to have phenomenal heads), this had almost no head and lacing.
S: every short's beer i've had so far has that same short's smell that i can't quite place. earth? funky? spicy? other than that, limes, caramel, and possibly graham crackers show through, the latter possibly through suggestion.
T: medium to full creamy sweetness and a light bitter sour twang, the sour more reminiscent of lime peel and pith than straight juicy sourness. finishes semisweet.
M: carbonation lacking. slick. medium body seems full with the lack of Co2.
D: more Co2, less of that strange short's signature smell, and more key lime aroma, and this would have nailed it. a bump for creativity again by short's. got a bit cloying with the lack of carbonation.

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Photo of mikey711
4.56/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber color with hints of a bit of red. Nice off white head that left a little bit of lacing.

S: Some hints of lime with marshmellow and citrus acid.

T: It has a sweet yet sour tangy lime note. definitely some marshmellow notes, especially in the finish and some gram cracker sweetness. it definitely tastes just like key lime pie and I love it

M: It's light and not cloying sweet and there is no heat. it works well for the style

D: Yeah, i am very partial to this beer. its wuite refreshing but can also be a slow sipping dessert beer. I would love to have a ton of this around

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Photo of fear025
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Sweet and sugary, and not much more.

Appearance:Dark orange in color, very little head, low retention, poor lacing.

Taste:This beer is hugely sweet on the foretaste, no hops at all. There's a big non-sour lemon-lime flavor that exists in the foretaste and midtaste, along with some graham cracker flavor. The midtaste just dilutes the previous tastes a little bit. The aftertaste includes just a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium in body, light carbonation, a little astringency in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This very unique beer is a dessert beer with a lot of sweetness, almost sickly-sweet, and not at all sessionable.

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Photo of david131
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a thin and creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Graham crackers, lime, and a bit of earthiness. Very interesting and intriguing. The lime is not as apparent here as it was on tap.

T- Graham crackers, earth, lime, and a sweetness that can probably be attributed to the marshmallow.

M- Very smooth in body, but a strange lasting astringency.

D- One of the most unique beers I have ever had. The sweetness is a bit much, but the uniqueness of the beer makes up for it. I would imagine this will only be good fresh.

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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin creamy off-white head. Hazy amber body.

Smell: Graham cracker, marshmallow, lactose, and lime flavors are mingled together as one.

Taste: All the ingredients I picked out in the aroma are also in the taste. Lactose gives it a nice smoothness. If I had one complaint about this beer it's that I would like a bigger lime presence.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body. A care pour produces a rather minimal head with slight retention. As the head recedes sporadic splotchy lacing is left.

The aroma is huge. Overall sweet combination of lime, vanilla cream and graham cracker. Aroma is beautifully layered in perfect proportions to match the dessert.

Wow! This is crazy good. Sweet vanilla cream is strong up front, if there was ever a beer which tasted like a milk shake this is it. Marshmellow cream is certainly a different ingredient but it shines. Lime flavor is bright and fresh with a slight biting tartness. Crusty graham cracker flavor is softer and more complimentary.

Medium bodied beer, oh so smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Sweet flavor blankets the tongue creating a long finish.

I love this beer. My lord this is completely differentthan any beer I have ever had. Not a beer for every occasion but this may be the best dessert beer. Easy to drink, flat out awesome beer.

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Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to nonic pint, pours a lowly carbonated hazy reddish peach, off white head fades quick

smells of sweet malt, heavy graham cracker presence, not bad but heavy on the predominant scents

taste is definitely interesting, sourly sweetness fades straight into grahams and roasty malt, lactose smooths out the finish. not getting a lot of marshmallow flavors but the balance and how the beer changes flavors so smoothly is really nice - reminds me of like a flemish brown ale with a twist

mouthfeel is kinda syrupy, sweet, and roasty

overall i don't think i would want to drink a lot in a sitting, but a nice after meal beer or to enjoy by itself

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Photo of a74gent
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Short's for finally putting this one in a bottle.

A - a nice hazy amber with lingering head that leaves mild lacing

S - the smell is a bit of blur for me. There is definitely something going on, but it isn't clear to me that it is lime or graham.

T - Mostly graham for me combined with the sweetness of the milk sugar. Milk sugar flavor is noticeable when compared to the Short's Cake. The faintest key lime flavor if you really force a hard taste.

M - A nice creaminess from the milk sugar I presume. Not overly carbonated..just nice.

D - I could put a lot of these away, but the flavor isn't good enough to make me want more than a couple.

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Photo of malty
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra Fresh batch that just hit the shelves this week. Can't be more than 2 weeks old.

Poured into my stemmed old school Coors chalice a slightly murky copper orange with a settled 1/4" off white loose head.

Such a peculiar scent. Definitely smells of graham cracker crust and twangy citrus. You can also smell the lactose (milk sugar) weaving in-and-out of the vanilla creme (brewed with marshmallows) too. A wacky but very accurate depiction of the noted ingredients is clearly detectable.

Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. And I love it. All of the aforemention scents are accurately translated into the taste category. The key lime is there, but muted compared to the scent. The marshmallow is more dominant in the flavor as well as the lactose. The maltiness of this beer is multi-dimensional and transmits on several different wavelengths. Now that I'm more than halfway through, the marshmallow and lactose is taking over. The slight tartness from he key limes are a nice counterbalance to this sweetness though.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick and medium bodied. The creamy and low carbonation make the subtle flavors really 'pop'. A light tart and sweet finish is long lasting.

Drinkability is very good. Being this is such a unique and tongue twister, one is satisfying enough.

Put another notch in the belt of Short's Ales of Oddities. This ale really delivers what is advertised here. A bit richer than the draft version I enjoyed at HopCat's birthday bash for (owner) Joe SHort last December, but still very enjoyable nonetheless. Short's continues to school the 'extreme' beer trend and leave most everyone scratching their heads and asking for more.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint glass. This is a burnt orange/brown color with medium carbonation. Smell is sweet and citrusy with a slight hint of lime. Taste is creamy and sweet with a strong lime presence in its finish. Has a mellow lime sherbet type of flavor with some tartness as well. Almost no alcohol presence and excellent drinkability. Very unique and very well done.

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Photo of portia99
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kbeals
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter glass unveils a red/orange brew with a finger of off-white head. Good head retention with just a bit of lacing.

S- Hints of tart lime and a bit of sugary, marshmallow like sweetness. The graham crackers come through slightly, but I really had to dig to find it in the aroma over the limes.

T- WOW! One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. It tastes exactly like Key Lime Pie. Lime flavor is both tart and sweet with the graham cracker coming through nicely. A hint of marshmallow in there too. Soooo good!

M- Light-medium body with some prickly carbonation.

D- I could drink this beer all night long. This was most definitely the highlight of the night and is quite possibly my new favorite Short's beer. They definitely need to bottle this at some point.

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Photo of younger35
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a growler of this from northernbrews. I've been wanting to try it for quite some time I just wish I had someone to share it with. It's coming up on 6 days old though so I wanted to drink it soon. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly dark reddish orange with a decent half finger dirty white head. Not much of a cap or collar remains and zero lacing.
Smell- Full of the earthy sweet graham crackers that give this a very cookie like scent. Maybe a touch of chocolate and caramel mixes in for good measure. Very light fruitiness as sort of a lime zest like character is noticeable. For the most part though this brew smells like Cookie Crisp.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a VERY unique flavor profile. The lime is noticeable but it's not a tart lime that you would expect. It's sort of subtle and the main flavor at the same time. The graham cracker isn't as graham cracker tasting as it smells as it's sort of a light caramel, almost butterscotch like quality. Something marshmallow like as well as the finish has some citrus qualities and some sweetness that can get cloying.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that borderlines on thin with very light airy carbonation. Not sure if it's just the growler but it could use a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability- A extremely unique beer that is dessert like and perfect for exactly one glass. Anything more than that is a bit much and this whole growler probably won't get finished. Gotta love the unique stuff that Short's is putting out though. One of a kind. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex lime aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Heavy creamy lime flavor with a medium to heavy sour lime finish of long duration. Refreshing brew that is a standout.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Sheffields 4/7/10.

A: Served a rich golden brown. Smallish wafer of off-white head on top sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Very interesting aromas of key limes, lemon, and crackery/buttery malt.

T: Opinions may differ, but I thought this tasted really close to Key Lime Pie. Fresh, home made whipped cream, key limes, and both (BOTH!) types of KLP crust. Dry, cocoa-y Oreo cookie crust and buttery Graham cracker crust. Incredible!

M: Slick and smooth with a nice tangy edge that keeps it from being too sweet. Excellent balance.

D: I has a little more than a glass and was pleasantly surprised when I went back the next night and it was still on draft. Completely oddball beer that Shorts managed to pull off.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sheffields Short's Event. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a golden hazy with a very slight head that quickly vanishes into a thin ring around the glass.

S - Tart lime, sugary sweetness...not getting the graham cracker that others spoke about. Pretty much just some tart notes mixed in with some sweetness.

T - Tart lime, zest, sweetness. Huge tart lime kick on the finish.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - One of these and I was done. Not something I could drink multiples of at all. That said, it's def a nice change of pace beer. Short's comes up with some crazy stuff, this one included.

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Photo of bmanning
4.66/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer from notes at EBF 2010 in hopes that Short's will bottle this beer. Of all the incredible beers that I sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest 2010, this was the highlight of the day.
The sweet, tart lime and graham cracker aroma hits you immediately after this beer is poured. It smells like my mom's key lime pie just as it comes out of the oven.
The taste is fantastic. You know that sweet, tart, rich creamy taste of a well made key lime pie right as it hits your tongue? Well this beer nailed it - it tastes JUST like that. How they pulled it off, I have no idea.
For the mouthfeel, this liquid key lime pie has the acidity yet creaminess of the real thing with just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out.
Drinkability - If I could, I'd buy several cases of this and drink one every night for dessert.
Please Short's - bottle this! It's the best thing you've made so far, and that's saying something as you guys have made some great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many, and I mean MANY, samples at EBF 2010.

A-Hazy golden brown color with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Graham cracker and caramel sweetness with a backing dose of tart lime and bit of citrus.

T-I was initially worried that this beer would be too sweet and thankfully I was pleasantly surprised! A near perfect balance of graham cracker sweetness and the lightly tart bite from the Key limes. The malt sweetness is slightly dominate but most likely because that is the initial flavour. The Key Lime zing comes in quickly after and lingers on and on.

M-Medium-light bodied with good lingering flavours.

D-BAM! Short's does it again with an amazing fruit beer that no one has done (to my knowledge) and they freakin' NAIL it. I am a HUGE Key Lime Pie fan and this is about as close to it as a beer could get IMHO. Kudos to Joe and the crew for once again creating a masterpiece,

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Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer is a murky brown color with a white head that doesn't provide memorable retention or lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, lots of lime and citrus dominating. At the end a hint of graham cracker.

The taste is very sweet, that's all you get. Its a little to sweet for my liking without being rewarding, like a Belgian Red for example that is super sweet but provides a little sour balance. The sweet is all limes, but should limes be this sweet? I wish somehow the graham cracker presented itself becaus it would totally balance this out and maybe make quite an interesting beer. I know this is a lot to ask but I wanted just a little green in the color here too. They do it for St. Patty's day, this would be an awesome addition.

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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.