Short's Raisin Apollo - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: copper-brown pour, small head, little lacing
Smell: raisins and weird hops, as well as some off notes
Taste: possibly infected, very boozy with only a touch of raisins.
Mouthfeel: very boozy
Overall: Not enjoyable, these things are hit or miss.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with one finger of light tan head that quickly dissipates , leaving only a collar. No lacing and very little carbonation rising.

S - some sweet golden raisin is the most abundant aroma, followed by earthy hops and some caramel malt. Not bad.

T - Initially quite sweet with a big raisin presence, quickly transitioning to bitter, astringent and boozy. Finishes very bitter and dry. Decent.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts sticky sweet and ends very bitter and somewhat astringent.

O - Decent DIPA, but I wouldn't have this again. The flavors were ok, but the astringency, which seems to be common in Short's DIPAs, and booziness aren't very appealing.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony412 for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a clear golden/copper with a small white head that reduces quickly, leaving a ring around the edge. Thin lacing coats the edges.

S: Certainly get the raisins on the aroma, but no really that much in terms of hops. It is earthy and almost has a white wine hint to it.

T: More raisins here with some citrus mixed in, a little bit of grapefruit and pineapple. Slight grassy flavor comes out. A little on the sweet side as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O: Interesting for sure, as most Shorts beers are. I would have liked a little strong hop presence and the raisins dialed back just a bit.

Photo of 33nickadams
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Transparent amber color with a slight sticky head. You can see right through it. I can't remember the last time I had a beer like that. Really dank, weedy, earthy hops with undertones of citrus on the nose. Upon tasting, the maltiness comes first. Not really getting any golden raisins, and I'm not sure what their role is in this. Bitterness is evident. Also dryness. At 9%, alcohol is noticeable. Mouthfeel has a medium body and lightly carbonated. Overall, disappointed and not really getting how this all goes together. In other words, I'm glad I just bought the single.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 2/2/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Translucent golden orange with half a finger of cream coloured head that slowly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Bitter pine, earthy and slight citrus hop aromas up front with a fairly big sweet malt backbone. Not getting the golden raisins.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with grassy and earthy flavours. The malt backbone provides a good balance. The golden raisins are slightly evident. There is a strange somewhat off-putting sweetness that I can't pinpoint, that I assume is from the raisins. The bitterness returns in the finish.

M - Medium body with some good sticky hop oils. Moderate carbonation.

O - This wasn't a bad beer, but wasn't a good one either. Interesting enough to try once but not to buy again.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Raisin Apollo last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. A DIPA brewed with Raisins peaked my interest so I just had to pick up a couple bottles as soon as hit the stores, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer for sure sticks out, not a big fan of the almost naked dude, but when you work for Short's and wear a cape you can do whatever the hell you want. It poured a nice slightly hazy caramel amber color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a great looking beer, no complaints here.

S- The aroma starts off with sweet malts that impart some nice grainy, brown bread and caramel aromas. Next comes a big earthy aroma with some slight hints of raisins. The hops are dank, earthy and a little citrusy, a pretty unique hop combination. There aroma is nice and little different from the normal DIPA.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. The first thing that I picked up was the hops which imparted some earthy, dank, and slightly citrus aspects that I picked up in the aroma, these Apollo hops are quite different from the usual hop profile you get in DIPA's. The hops imparted a pretty high amount of bitterness in the middle. Next came some malts that weren't as sweet as they were in the aroma and impart some grain, brown bread, and caramel flavors that combine with some raisin and earthy flavors that come from the golden raisins. This was a good and unique tasting DIPA.

M- A little smooth, a little sticky, dry, on thick side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation that suited this beer nicely. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, I don't think there is anything about it I would change.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a pretty good and unique DIPA that seems to take this style in a different direction that most brewery's dare not tread, I like that. This beer went down smooth but with the high amount of bitterness I think two would be more then enough for me for the night. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and how different this beer turned out with addition of Apollo hops and golden raisins. What I liked least about this beer was the high amount of bitterness, I know it's a DIPA and it's suppose to be bitter but it got to be a little too much and if it was toned down a little it would really help the drinkability. I would for sure buy this beer again, I already went back to the store and got two more and I see a couple more in my future before this beer is all sold out for the year. If your tired of the typical heavily citrus hopped DIPA's give this one a try, it takes the style in a different direction that isn't half bad. Once again Short's impressed me and seems like they do what they always do and take the path less traveled and I thought that worked out pretty well, there are more then enough citrusy DIPA's to go around, give me something different and on the other side of the spectrum, and that's exactly what they did, good job guys.

Photo of Burl41
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- Bottle, poured into a Tulip

Appearance- Great starting head about 1.5-2 fingers, then diminished but outstanding lacing and clear deep amber.

Smell- Punch in the face hops. Citrus, a bit of grape fruit with resin. To me, it's similar to Centenial's Hops aroma with more bitterness.

Taste- The High Alpha Apollo Hops are intense. Think of Huma with a bit more kick. I get an initial taste of something raisiny but really it fades quickly, and you're left with all Hops. There is a bit of malt, but really nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel- Good, solid feel. There is no cloying oily feel that I normally get with high IBU beers, but it does have some body to it.

Overall- Well, if you had some great spicy food, Mexican, Thai, or anything with some heat and salt, this would be a beer to go for.

Don't expect to detect a ton of raisin, you won't get them. This is a Short's beer through and through, they got a bitter Hop, and put a shitload of it in there. It's a good brew, fun to try a new variety of hop, and while bitter, the abv is well hidden, so it is fairly drinkable for its style.

A fun beer from them, great for hop heads.


Photo of abraxel
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich orange, absolutely crystal clear, capped by dense, pillowy foam that recedes fast, but leaves nice lacing and a thin layer on top.

S - Nicely sweet, with raisins and some caramel, and a good amount of earthy, dank hops.

T - The hop profile is totally unique, but this might be the first time I've had apollo hops. It's very earthy, with resin, pine, and citrus. The hop profile finishes with plenty of grapefruit pith. The malt is tasty and complex, with a little caramel and raisins (though if I didn't know it was brewed with raisins, I probably couldn't name it). This is unlike any other beer I've had. I like it a lot.

M - Moderately full and sticky. Rather nice.

Overall, I really like this beer, but it's definitely unusual (I could understand how someone wouldn't enjoy it as much). I first had this at the brewpub and was among the positive feedback that spurred them to bottle it. I'm happy to say it's just as good bottled.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-Gold body. Thin to no white head.

Nose is spicy, earthy hops. Piney, but something else as well, cooked vegetables maybe?

Flavor is tart, sticky hops with a solid maltiness. Good, but has a bit of that weirdness I smelled in the nose. (Could this be the raisins? I'm not getting that, but I could be wrong.)

Mouthfeel is solid DIPA. Tart, crisp, aspirin like.

Overall is a bit mixed. It's a decent beer, but it has some flavors that just throw me off.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a thin off-white head and not much lacing. The nose brings forward a strong raisin component along with some earthy, dank hops. Strong presence diacetyl there as well, unfortunately. The flavor falls down hard. Fairly-strong alcohol burn along with quite a bit of butter. Raisin is the only real flavor, with just a touch of hops in the background. Feel is butter cream with a lot of booze. Very out there and not something I enjoyed.

Photo of Donerik
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Yellow straw colored, nor crystal clear, not murky.

S: Sweet malt, and hop goodness. The smell was the best part of the experiance.

T: Raison + Hops = just okay.

M: Shorts bottle refermented ales hit spot on mouth feel every time. except when I find a old bottle in my basement and it's a gusher.

O: Meh I tried it, and now I have some to give to my friends, everyone wins? Hides that ABV really well under the raisin and hops flavors.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottle 2/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pineapple, grape, herbal, floral, earth, and a touch of alcohol. Interesting and unique aromas; very pungent hoppiness is present as well. Taste of grapefruit, raisin, herbal hops, earth, grape, biscuit, caramel, pine, and peppery spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, pepper, and earth on the finish for a while. Great malt balance with the bitterness make this very enjoyable. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with hardly any warming present. Quite smooth to drink, but is still definitely a sipper. Overall a very nice experimental DIPA from Short’s. Very enjoyable to sip on, and it definitely grew on me the more I got into the glass. Very unique and balanced.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thank you to decadence for tossing this in a box that showed up today. sounds interesting. enjoyed out of my urthel oversized tulip.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my glass...brew poured a semi-transparent orange with an offwhite frothy head. some bubbling could be seen in the glass, but not much. lacing was semi sticky and mildly streaky.

s - very a fat tire kind of way. big malt presence with some sticky hop presence and mild fruitiness, but definitely whacky for a IIPA. the earthiness dominates. the raisin is not obvious if not more than just a mental suggestion from the name/description.

t - as the nose suggests...earthiness explosion. the alcohol is also rather apparent in the flavor. some figgy raisins are there, but if the label didn't call it a double ipa, i'd think it was miscategorized. grainy.

m - boozy. full bodied but not syrupy. pretty good compared the feel of other shorts i've tried. i've always found the feel to be different than other beers and somewhat watery, this is nicer.

o - overall...skip it, unless you are a big fan of fat tire as this one has that extreme earthy handful of dirt vibe. raisins in an ipa doesn't sound like it would work, and i guess this is what you would expect, but i was surprised by the earthiness of the flavor...i was hoping it would be more of an ipa with a grape twist. alas this one is not for me. not bad, but in the world of double ipas, reside some of the best beers of all time...

Photo of david131
2.04/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a clear golden orange with a thick and creamy white head that has excellent retention.

S- White bread, white grape juice, golden raisins, some tropical fruit, and a bit of earthiness. A little odd to say the least.

T- Very earthy and bitter with an odd astringency. Not appealing at all.

M- The lasting astringency is brutal.

O- Sounded appealing. Just not very tasty to say the least. The label is also creepy as an added bonus.

Photo of BarrytheBear
1.73/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thank you for the opportunity. 12 oz bottle with no evident dating.

Pours a near bubble free and quite tepid cloudy apple juice.

Smells borderline disgusting: sickly sweet, cooked cabbage, green raisins in a big way, and the smell that lingering along your bedroom sheets after a few days of sweaty wrestling against the flu. Scratch borderline, this smell like sickness.

Green raisins, apple juice, big cutting bitter finish and some pestery fruitiness that I attribute to the yeast, though who knows...this could be the funky hop profile.

Carbonation is still. This is a dud. Davey Jones Locker for this little guy.

Photo of BeRanger
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from it's bottle into a Short's pint glass.

A: Pours copper with about one finger of off-white head. A fair amount of lacing.

S: Citrus and Grapefruit, raisins, earthy hops - no real alcohol smell.

T: Citrus and raisins up front with a mellow earthy hop backbone. Finishes very smooth.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation - I feel like it could use a little more. It tasted a little thin, would have liked more flavor.

O: I did enjoy it, the raisins add a unique flavor to it however I do wish it had a little more flavor. One thing to note is that the ABV for the bottle release is 9% and not 13% as currently noted.

Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber hue with a thick white head that leaves some retention, and very little lacing. The smell consists of some raisins and hops. The taste starts out with some caramel, raisins and follows with some fruit, sweet malts and in the end comes some hops that give it a pine taste. The hops give it a strong, but bitter taste in the end. The mouthfeel is the usual for an IPA which leaves the drinker with a very dry mouth, but also has a rather smooth feel for a DIPA. Overalll, this is a rather pleasant surprise that brewing with golden raisins would turn out so good, but it is the risky and unexpected ideas that make Short's beers fun to try.

Photo of birchstick
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangish amber caramel color with a nice looking fluffy white head

S - nose consists of lots of floral, piney hops with a little bit of earthy onions in the mix

T - starts off with sweet raisin and grape flavors. These move on to a little bit of grain and cookie malts, but are quickly overtaken by bitter onion, pine, and juicy citrus hops. Ends with bitter hops and a little bit of hot booziness.

M - Full bodied and smooth; goes down well

D - overall, another unique, interesting beer by Shorts. The reasons weren't as noticeable as I had anticipated, but they worked well in the DIPA style, which I feel is a hard style to add anything to. Recommended if you can find it.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. It is a dark golden color, moderately carbonated. Smell is heavy on hops and citrus, with some sweet brown sugar and white grape juice mixed in. Taste is a nice balanced combination of sweet sugary raisins and hops. This is pretty heavy on the alcohol at first, but mellows up on you after a while. Tasty and interesting.

Photo of syu3003
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured 1FH orangey and hazy. a little darker than expected.

S- aroma of moderate hops, notes of citrus but with a sweet tone probably from the raisins.

T- with the aroma a bittersweet character with dank hops. more malty than hoppy from what i remember when i had it on tap last year. raisiny sweets initially with a pretty strong alcohol finish.

M- a fairly balanced DIPA that seems to achieve what joe was aiming for. very drinkable.

I- I had this on tap in bellaire last year and was very excited for its release. 2011 on tap I remember being much hoppier with more citrusy hoppy characters and a hint of raisin, which is what hyped me up about the beer. this year's bottle release was a bit disappointing, but nonetheless a very drinkable and delicious beer. will have no problem finishing off my sixer! Cheers!

Photo of kawilliams81
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark copper with a 1 finger light tan head. Small blotches and bubbles on the glass.

S- Citrus, pine and grape juice.

T- Sweet caramel malts, citrus and pine bitterness, plum and grape juice.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight dry with a astringent after taste that lingers.

O- Raisins in a IPA doesn't sound good and it isn't. Take the raisins out and this is probably a good dipa.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to michibrew for this one. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Ink dating below the label is tough to make out, but I'm pretty sure it says 02/02/12.

A - Pours a pure bright copper. Almost no head despite an aggressive pour but the lacing is pretty nice.

S - Overwhelming smells of dank hops, sour grapes, and mossy earthiness. Smells a bit like a white wine/IPA hybrid. Very interesting aroma.

T - Very bitter on the start which gives way to a sweetness of malt and raisins. The finish is an unbalanced mix of grass, raisin sweetness, and an alcohol burn. The aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and long lasting.

M - Solid carbonation with a medium feel. Finishes very dry. Pretty good feel, probably one of the better things about this beer.

O - The aroma and taste were pretty unique, probably a result of the raisins. I think there were a bit too many flavors going on which made for a slightly unbalanced, boozey, beer. Not very drinkable, but I could enjoy one once in a while.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper colored. Aroma of stale sticky dried out beer from last night's party, and very slight pine. Taste is bitter mostly, with stale malts and some muddled hay and funk. Don't get any raisins here. Slick mouthfeel, dry finish, high carbonation. Not easy drinking at all with the ABV level. Only okay at best. Disappointed, since I loved Huma Lupa.

Photo of travMI13
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep reddish-orange with a finger of white head that recedes quickly, leaving some nice pitting and lacing. Looks fairly thin.

S: Whoa, does this smell unique. White grapes and funk dominate the nose with some citrus hops trailing far behind. Not what I expected at all.

T: Sweet and hoppy up front, all at the same time, but not with the citrus flavors you might expect. The sweetness is the white raisins presiding over the citrus. The mild hoppiness and sweetness quickly turn into a very dry, earthy finish. This is bizarre. Never had an IPA quite like it. If you crossed an IPA with a dry white wine, I think this is what it would taste like.

M: Very dry and very thin. I generally like my DIPA's to be have an oily mouthfeel. This does not. However, it is going down smooth.

O: Short's is great at providing a challenge for the palate, and I like that a lot about them. I don't know how much I am really into this; I don't think the raisin flavor is for me. However, I am glad I bought a second bottle, and I am really interested in cracking it in a few days to give it another shot. Without question, the most unique DIPA I have ever had.

Photo of tmoore600
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Woodstock Wine and Cheese in Devils Lake, MI

A- Caramel color ~ Light head that is staying well


T-Very Earthy and Hoppy Cant make out the raisesn, butthere is deffinitely something in there that is not in other double IPA's. very dry

M- Nice mouthfeel for a heavy beer.

O- Just an average double IPA with an earth taste from the raisins. Very odd label also.

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Short's Raisin Apollo from Short's Brewing Company
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