Short's Hopstache - Short's Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We pour a brew of pale sunrise orange into our Great Lakes pints. It gives off a one finger head of sand colored bubbles that sit milky and creamy atop the beverage. Cakey, sheeted lacing is left around the glass as it simmers away at a moderate pace. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be rather active. The aroma is fresh, offering notes of steely grassy and citric hops, metallic and mineral-laden yeastiness, pale and clean adjunct grain, vanilla extract and sweet ethanolic coolness, orange and cucumber flesh, lactic acidity, honeys, light magic marker phenols, and a toasty amber grainy grit that comes more forward with warmth. Our first impression is that, as with the nose, the flavoring comes across as highly fresh and robust, but with a bit more dank bitterness than we were expecting. As we sip, the taste begins with sticky, tannic, and sappy green-grass and citric-oil hoppiness, glazed doughnut puff, toasty pale and lightly wheaty maltiness, watered-down orange juice, fatty gravy, and red apple and pear fruitiness. The middle peaks with granular white sugar sweetness, mineral water, orange pith and lemon zest, continued wheaty graininess, metallic yeastiness, bittering green grassiness, and nylon. The end comes through with more soured grain of corn and white flour, citric peel and seed, oily citric and softly piney hoppiness, nectarine and peach meatiness, grassy and piney hops, tin, sweet booziness, and plastic phenolic bite. The aftertaste breathes of white pepper and turmeric spice, orange juice, peel, and flesh, citric and grassy hop shells, pistachio, alcohol, sheet plastic, envelope adhesive, pale malt graininess, and toasted table crackers. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The sip offers satisfying and wet slurp and smack, while giving up a little lightness to any cream or froth. Finishing pop is crisp and clean. The mouth is wetted and slightly slimy, but this follows in form as a pucker, giving the illusion of frank dryness. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains quick and high throughout.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is its flavoring and its ease of drinkability. The hops here are quite zesty. They zing and pop through each sip, showcasing heavy oiliness of citric varietals, sticky pine, and a clean grassiness, for a fresh and organic feel to it. The malt bill actually reminds us of their Beard of Zeus, an IPL. Now that we’re thinking about it, the hops are similar as well in that they are both more bitter than sweet or fruity. They each have a cheapness to the grain, with a high metallic factor, but it works in both cases. This one is fruitier, we suppose, if you count the bittering zesty oiliness of oranges in the equation. Either way, this is a fine beer, and a sixer that we will likely blow through with eagerness and ease.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 22:18:42 | More by TheBrewo
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