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

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

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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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North Carolina

4.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 13:25:46 | More by kbeals
Photo of younger35


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

05-14-2010 00:06:25 | More by younger35
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4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 01:12:46 | More by tmoneyba
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4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 01:58:43 | More by GbVDave
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3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 03:34:28 | More by Sean9689
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 14:30:52 | More by bmanning
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 02:39:04 | More by emerge077
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4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
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,

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 12:06:37 | More by Deuane
Photo of jrallen34


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 03:06:54 | More by jrallen34
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Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
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