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

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 500
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 141
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Verecund
2.12/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

September 25, 2011.

Pours a watered-down bronze. It's hazy and has tiny chunks of something resembling bread crumbs that cling to the side of the glass.

Light lactose, sweet lime, and buttery, bready maltiness.

Hmm. When I first smelled and tasted this, I thought: "This can't be right." But I think I was mistaken - it's odd, but it does seem like what a key lime pie masquerading as a beer might seem like. Sweet, bready malts [graham cracker?]; somewhat metallicized lime; sweet and milky lactose. It's hard to get more than the muddled lime and sweet maltiness out of it. I like key lime pie well enough, but this is just a bit off. The lactose and sugary sweetness combine with an almost indiscernible tartness, which gives off an aura of spoiled milk. Just a weird beer.

Medium, with medium-low carbonation. As mentioned, there are junks of something in it.

Adventurous, but not a very good beer. Had no real desire to finish this. (945 characters)

Photo of heebes
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/09/11
Pours a cloudy brown with a bubbly soda like carbonation head that dissipates immediately leaving some sediment to float at the top. Nose is sweet caramel, graham cracker, sugary. Taste is strange, dominated by sweet graham cracker mostly, marshmallow appears briefly with only a hint of lime. Lager like yeast is apparent at the end and a bitter/sour note before it all ends abruptly with almost no aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.
Overall, a very strange take on a beer. Not something I really enjoyed drinking or could stand too much off. Recommended as a single bottle for a try. (608 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes

A - cloudy amber body, a head that comes and goes very quickly.

S - light citrus, vanilla/marshmallow notes, some graham cracker

T - sweet cracker and marshmallow, and very mild lime

M - flat, light, dull

O - not terrible. An interesting experiment, not quite successful (286 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- weird hazy yellow with ni head what so ever. Got s little bit of flosting Graham cracker in my beer

S- little bit of Graham cracker. Little bit of lime, but not very appeasing

T-little bit of lime and grahm but not as much as ii would have liked and it turns out to be not a good beer

M- medium body and ok

O-so disappointing wow (336 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one ! looking forward to it.

poured cold from the bottle a murky copper to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger, super short lasting beige head that fades to an endless supply of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

aroma, as advertised, of lime and not much else.

hmmm, not sure what to make of this - like a lime aid I'm thinking. "A" for effort, easily the most unique beer I've sampled.

big to medium bodied, big carbonation, bubbly, sweet and sour.

overall - wow, original - good ? I'm not sure. (544 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Short's guys are known to be big Ween fans, so the question needs to be asked: How much ether to you need to huff before you come up with the idea of Key Lime Pie beer? This beer is way too scary sounding to assume the risk of a six-pack, so the opportunity to split a bottle at a tasting party was much appreciated.

It is a weird-looking beer, looks like your standard ale after you've crumbled graham crackers into it. Somehow it looks like your finger would dissolve if you dipped it in.

Lime and graham are present and accounted for in terms of aroma. Can't pick up the marshmallow, but I don't know what marshmallow smells like 'ceptin' if it's on fire. Smell is pretty good. Un-beery though, vaguely Zima-esque.

The taste is a bizarre mishmash of tart, sweet, and creamy.

Finishes dry, reasonably carbonated and much less harsh on the mouth than I expected.

Final verdict, well, they get 10 points for originality. It is definitely a unique beer that you should try if you get a chance. I don't think I'll have one again, but it does pique my curiousity about Short's other brews from the Land of Misfit Beers. (1,125 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Previous a very murky orange with three fingers of very effervescent, khaki head that quickly recedes into a few fizzy bubbles with no lacing.

S: Lots of lemon/lime citrus with some light graham aromas. Not much going on--smells like a Sprite.

T: Lots of lemon/lime flavors . . . sour and tart. There are some graham cracker flavors towards the finish with some slight chocolaty notes.

M: Medium-light body with light, spritzy carbonation. This beer feels like a soda.

O: I can't call this a good beer, but it's very unique. It doesn't quite taste like a true key lime pie, but it's definitely got some lime and graham flavors going on. Definitely worth a try just to experience, but one bottle is enough. (714 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with very little off white head that disappears completely. Not very attractive.

Smell: Very mild, not what I was hoping for. Sweet and mild citrus hints, a bit creamy.

Taste: Really sweet, too sweet in fact. Citrus fruitiness and a creaminess as well. I think there needed to be more lime flavor to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wish there was more lime here. If you're going to do a beer like this, I think it's best to go big. I think I remember having this at the Extreme Beer Festival, and it reminded me a lot more of the pie. Don't think I'll have this one again. (766 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just don't get how anyone can look at this and give it a rating of "average" or better. It looks f'ing disgusting. Flat, murky, dingy brown-orange, no head, and chunks of graham crackers (from what I'm told)... I hope. If Short's reputation didn't precede them and I know what I was getting into I would take one look at this and pour it down the drain.

Thankfully, the smell is more pleasant. All the desired aspects of key lime pie are there... lime, graham crackers, and marshmallow, yet they don't necessarily tie together as key lime pie.

But the taste goes back to being not so good, borderline putrid. The lime is sour, but there's also a milky taste about it and when those two are combined it reminds me of sour milk. The graham crackers are sweet and the only saving grace because the aftertaste quickly turns to stomach bile.

Mouthfeel is flat and thick.

I was able to scrounge up a "3.0" for overall simply because of the "what the f*ck" factor. It's interesting and I'm shocked that these flavors can be infused in a beer, but I'm also shocked it would be intentional. Short's does have the ability to make some pretty good beers so they get a pass from me, but I can't handle this one. (1,209 characters)

Photo of monitorpop
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally tried this at the 2010 Michigan Winter Beer Festival and thought it was great. My taste may have changed since then, but this bottle does not quite live up to the original sample I recall.

A: Murky golden orange with (graham cracker?) floaters on the surface.

S: Very faint smell of sweet graham cracker.

T: Slightly sweet tart lime and hints of graham cracker.

M: A bit thick with light carbonation. Smooth film remains in mouth.

O: Certainly worth trying if you're in the mood for something different. (521 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (701 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (868 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple bottles of Short's Key Lime Pie a couple weeks ago for $2.09 a piece at The Lager Mill. This is one of the main experimental beers from Short's that I have been wanting to try and since I missed out on it last year I figured I better get them while I can so I got the last three bottles that The Lager Mill had. As usual with Short's there is no visible bottling date, but it's fresh. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer isn't the greatest, but I don't mind it, it's pretty unusual. It poured a hazy orange/amber color and with a pretty aggressive poor I managed to get two fingers worth of a strange colored head that was one of the fastest fading heads I have ever seen, in two seconds it had all disappeared to just a couple small patches, this beer doesn't look that great.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is lots of moderately sweet biscuit malts that gives this beer a pretty dominating biscuit like smell that is very similar to the way that Strawberry Short's Cake smelled. There is a graham cracker like aroma that is quickly followed by a somewhat light does of Key Limes. After that I pick up some nice sweet creamy aromas from the lactose. I couldn't pick up any hops, this beer has a very unique aroma.

T- The taste is pretty sweet, but I expected that, it's also pretty similar to the aroma. The first thing I pick up is loads of sweet biscuit malts that along with something else I just can't put my finger on that gives this beer a graham cracker like taste. After the graham cracker comes the key limes, they stick out a little more then they did in the aroma, but a stronger key lime presence might help this beer taste closer to what a key lime pie tastes like. Next I get a little more biscuit malts then there is a nice creamy dose of milk sugar that gives this beer a flavor that is a cross between a marshmallow and whipped cream. The finish is pretty sweet and a mix between lactose and biscuit malts. A unique taste to go with a unique aroma.

M- Creamy, medium bodied and the carbonation was pretty fizzy that almost gave this a soda pop like mouthfeel that I feel like would only really work with beers like this.

Overall I thought this was a slightly above average beer. Admittedly I am not a fan of Key Lime pie, but I will eat it and I know what it tastes like and it seems like this beer was going in the right direction but the over abundance of biscuit malts gave this more of a biscuit in the Strawberry Short's Cake kind of flavor instead of being more like an actual key lime pie crust. I also thought the key lime presence could have been bumped up a little, but the lactose was a very nice addition and it was right where it should be. The sweetness makes this beer not too drinkable for me, So I treat this as a dessert beer and would only want one of these for a nice after dinner treat, but nothing more. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, an odd beer like this needs an odd mouthfeel to go with it and the fizzyness of the carbonation made for just that. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance it looked more like a type of soda pop more then it looked like a beer and the lack of any type of head retention made for a dare I say ugly beer. If I had to chose between this or a Strawberry Short's cake, I would take the Short's cake, its close tasting to the actual dessert. This beer is so unique that I think it should be tried once but rather you think it's genius or a fail is up to you. If I can't get my hands on this next year I won't be too disappointed, but I think I would still buy a bottle and I would love to try it on tap. While not the most impressive beer from Short's, you have to respect them for going out on a limb and taking a well known dessert and making it into a similar tasting dessert beer, it takes balls to put your name on a beer like this and toss it on the shelfs, but Short's is never afraid to take a chances and neither am I, that's why I will always take a chance on these crazy Short's brews. (4,076 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received yet another Short's beer from Scoot1969. Thanks again Scott!

A- Well, this shit doen't look to good. Burnt orange and extra cloudy. Real dirty looking. A giant head that when it recedes it looks like a ballon that suddenly deflates.

S- Typical Short's smell. Weird funky smell, somewhat sweet.

T- I have to admit, I was expecting something nasty, but this is refreshingly different. Kind of funky, I would guess they use the uber goober style base or something similar. I LIKE this beer's flavor.

M- Average at best. Seem right for the style. I would prefer it slightly thicker.

Surprisingly, I liked it. (618 characters)

Photo of techfed87
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strangely-colored head. Color is dark cloudy amber. Also, a couple big particles coming up to the surface, hopefully a good thing? Smell is buttery sweet. First sip is quite interesting, almost like a crust in the mouthfeel and the flavor of the beer. This really is kind of like having a Ben and Jerry's pint in beer form. A little tart, although I expect it could be a little more. Still, I think this is another example of Shorts going onto the cutting edge on par with their Strawberry Shorts Cake. Sweet, Fruity, nice. (531 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out an orange hue with no retention or lacing and lots of carbonation. The nose consists of citrus, graham crackers, lots of yeast and sweetness. The taste starts out with citrus followed by some sweet tasting stuff and finishes off with some graham cracker and pie crust. The mouthfeel has the consistency thanks to the high carbonation and feel of a sweet wine while giving it the smoothness of a cream stout making it very easy to drink. Overall this beer is not bad for a beer that most breweries would not try making, but it really doesn't do much for me and won't be going out of my way for this one. (612 characters)

Photo of mcomben
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Sam Adam's glass on 8/22/2011.

A - Burnt orange hue, almost no head, and carbonation bubbles on the glass that would expect to see in a glass of pop.

S - I was expecting to get more citrus from this beer. Instead just the smell of graham and sweetness.

T - Mostly graham and marshamallow. I honestly could not taste any lime at all, and would be hard pressed to guess this was key lime pie. Still scratching my head on this one.

M - effervescent. not unpleasant, but a little more fizz than i like to see in my beer.

O - I love Shorts beers. Their Huma and Brown are among my favorite daily drinkers, and i would imagine what the company relies on to pay the bills. This beer undoubtedly falls into the 'experimental' category, something Shorts is known far and wide for. While it wasn't something i would drink again, I'm glad i had the opportunity to try it and welcome a brewery that is willing to think this far outside of the box. (962 characters)

Photo of zachary80
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2011 Poured into a pint glass

Hazy Orange body. Large head fades immediately; more like bubbles from a soda or something. Poured it with intent to leave the yeast in the bottle but still ended up with some disgusting floating blobs. There is a layer atop the beer that seems oily

Aroma is sickly sweet and smells mostly like a super sweet pie crust

Taste starts with a little citrus then tons of sweetness, mostly crust. Only would guess Key Lime Pie because of its name

As my girlfriend said, "I need to go back in time to before I tried that" (548 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 12 oz bottle

Poured into a glass with almost no head and a few floaties, I am not quite sure what they were but did not seem intimidating.

Smells pretty mild and creamy. It really has a subtle scent of key lime pie and graham crackers and yeast.

Tastes very limey at first then you get that creamy aftertaste. The lactose really comes through here and you can taste some molasses. Definitely better than I remember it tasting.

Feels very creamy and goes down incredibly smooth. I can't complain, it is very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall this is a mighty drinkable late summer/fall beer. I can't have too much of it but I am rather impressed. Better than the short's cake I will say that much. (707 characters)

Photo of MikeyRx
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint, dark straw with haze and minimal head, receded leaving an oily sheen and what appears to be pie crumbs.

S- Caramel malt, graham cracker and marshmallow predominate with hints of sweet lime.

T- Tastes like key lime pie! Sweet lime with minimal citrusy tartness are noticed first, followed by marshmallow with lasting graham flavor.

M- Medium in body with minimal carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

I was expecting bold, imbalanced flavors when initially considering this 'experimental' brew, but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors are all well balanced in a delicious and unique brew. Any hop character in this beer escaped me. Great beer that doesn't taste like a beer. (709 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second time having this beer, the first time had definitely begun to sour slightly, tasaty, but totally different from this experience. The color is a hazy straw, whispy quick head. Aromas of graham cracker and lime pie, definitely nailed the nose on this one. Flavor is as expected, although it leaves with a tangy bicuit malt flavor that I'm not crazy about, similar to the Shortscake. They did a great job of pinpointing flavors of the namesake, but I still wish it was bigger. Maybe an Imperial Key Lime Pie? (515 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy copper color with a off-white head that thinned out to a ring.

S - smells like limes and graham cracker crust.

T - taste like liquid key lime pie, I guess they hit the mark on this one, just not my style.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - not a big fan but I'm glad I got to try it. (397 characters)

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids. The bartender offered my wife and I a sample pour.

I was ... amazed. It tastes like a very mild beer with key lime pie - exactly as you'd expect. All of the tastes of a key lime pie are there - the lime filling, the cream topping, and the crust.

Definitely not a beer to drink when you want a beer, but if you want something different - this is a good drink! (411 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Tonight I will be using one of my trusty workhorse glasses for this funky ale, my bubbled pint glass that once had the Dogfish Head logo on it but from using it so much and putting it through the dishwasher it rubbed off. But none the less it is still a great glass and ready to be filled up at a moments notice. As I pried the cap off the bottle I was greeted by a slightly less than average hiss from the carbonation gases and came and left quickly. On the pour, I decided to tilt the glass pretty hard to ensure I don’t have a foam over and when I was done I was left with a light coffee froth colored head with a half finger thick head that dissipated quite quickly. When I hold my glass up to the light I can get a deep hazy rust color that resembles a very light Irish Red beer, with some orange hues around the edges. When I give a glass a slight swirl there seems to be a very light presence of viscosity and hardly no legs to mention of.

Smell:

On the front end I am surprised to smell a large amount of malt and burnt caramel. Although there is a very prominent aroma of lime and other citrus fruits available there is just a tinge of a brett that I am hoping doesn’t mean its infected. Brown sugar all throughout the middle and some of the gram cracker is poking through with more sweetness and maybe cinnamon? There is absolutely no hops to mention of here and I am not surprised since I expected this to be a dessert in a bottle.

Taste:

I am thoroughly pleased with the taste on this, and I know it sounds so cliche to say but it honestly does taste like a liquid key lime pie. Loads of fresh sliced limes and toasted buttery malts are the front and center stage here. I really do not get any of the marshmallow as described on the bottle but I imagine there is lactose or another form of sugar in this to make the body feel heavier and taste sweeter. When you take the initial swallow on this one it really catches you off guard and makes your mouth pucker a little bit and I am liking that. As in the nose, a touch of cinnamon and other spices are floating around to dub down the citrus sweetness. In the finish I am pulling out more caramel and toffee like flavors which remind me of a dessert drizzle that they put on some cheesecakes and pies.



Drinkability:

I think this was an awesome beer to review and I am really glad that I had the opportunity to give it a shot. Sweet and tart just like the pie and a fine summer time beer. I love the novelty of the strange and unique flavors that Shorts put out but I always feel the same way after I drink a bottle. “One is enough for me.” I think that this would be a great beer to have around and to have one every once and awhile but this is not one of those beers that you will sit down and have four of in one evening. At least I don’t think that I could. But none the less a fantastic beer and in my opionion spot on to the flavor and another piece of art from Shorts. If you can trade or find this I would say give it a shot becuase not too many breweries out there make unique beers like these guys. (3,099 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been wondering about this beer for a while. the first time i ever heard of short's a co-worker was talking about this specific beer and how much he enjoyed it, so nice to get to finally try it. BIG thanks to Florida9 who tossed this my way when I hand delivered a box for a BIF to him. much appreciated (and unnecessary).

a - opened and poured into my capt lawrence taster tulip. beer poured a dark opaque orange amber with a very thin bubbly head (almost champagne like). i'm not gonna lie, i was hoping that this would be green, but none-the-less pretty ok looking beer...to style for a vedgie beer.

s - i can smell the sourness from the table. upon closer inspection, very fruity and tart. key lime for sure. nice candied sweetness, borderliine too sweet.

t - at first very tart...almost wine-cooler like. pretty sweet, then goes into a bit of a sour and then finishes pretty thick and heavy. quite unique, quite key lime.

m - has the typical shorts fullness, but the carbonation is very champagne-like and helps round out the feel.

o - overall, my experience with short's has been very up and down. i really loved some of the beers and others were a bit too science project like and not fully baked ideas. i give them credit for pushing the envelope and still getting a drinkable (and at times delicious) product. this was a good one. like many other short's beers, you have to realize what you are getting into when you drink a beer called "key lime pie" and with short's track record that typically means a beer that actually tastes somewhat like the namesake. for making a beer that resembles key lime pie, i gotta say that they did a pretty good job. (1,663 characters)

Short's Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.