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Short's Hopstache - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright orange color with a very nice white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose pounces with really strong citrus notes with some floral and pine characteristics in the background. Highly resinous and pungent. Grapefruit dominates. The flavor is quite bitter and provides a bit of hop flavor, though not as much as I was expecting from the aroma. The fruit comes through atop the dryness that follows with the bitterness in the feel. Really tasty and a great finish.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/11/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, orange rind, floral, light pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus and tropical fruit notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, orange rind, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hops with grapefruit flavor; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great balance of hops with the grapefruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer of this at Discount Drinks, glad to see this stuff in bottles - I've heard nothing but good things about it in the past. Hopstache pours a very pure golden color; very mellow with some light amber hints in the middle and faint straw on the edges. The cloudy white head settles at about a finger-and-a-half and leaves some nice, long webbing and lace as it crawls down the glass.

I stick my nose in to get a whiff... Fucking faaantastic. Sticking Citra hops in my nose has the same effect as playing "Your Body is a Wonderland" for your girlfriend on the first date. I'm such a goddamn sucker for them, and after one sniff, Hopstache already has me on my knees. The citric-centric hops blow up; grapefruit bonanza, mild pineapple, citrus peels dangling all around. So juicy, raw, and in-your-face. The hops cut in hard; pine, oil, resin, with a lightly dank character in the finish. Somewhere in the background lies a faintly spicy and earthy aroma as well. So many of the things I love are just jam packed into this beer right now. My slacks are getting tighter.

Hopstache hits my palate and the first thing I get is a lovely mouthful of pines, oily resins, and dank, earthy, leafy hops. Huge hop flavor, undeniably explosive. And despite their heavy and controlling nature, they make themselves assertive without cutting up the palate too much - bitterness is apparent but low enough to retain drinkability and quaffability (how do you like that word? ) as it hits the back of the tongue and settles to a residual bitterness halfway through. The amount of raw hops that are packed into this brew is impressive and after only a few sips, I like where this is headed.

The citrus on the palate is lighter than it was on the nose, which is to be expected, but it still explodes in a big way. Once the initial pine and resin attack subsides a bit, you're hit with a concoction of grapefruit peels, citrus skins, and unripe pineapple. The fruits adhere to the bitterness theme; pith, peels, and skins, just biting at the taste buds, little by little. Heading into the aftertaste, some of the hop flavors begin to grow again, leaving a mild earthy, herbal and almost peppery flavor to carry away the finish.

Malt doesn't become apparent until the very end where it actually has some heavy bread and toast flavor, but not much else. Overall, the flavor was, at times, a bit watery considering how dense and packed the aroma was, but given the low ABV of the brew (I believe it's even lower than the 6% ABV listed on this site), it's forgivable to a point. Mildly sticky mouth feel, lots of carbonation, medium bodied.

Far and away the best IPA I've had from Shorts, and they put out some other good IPA's. Drinks almost like an APA with the relatively mellow and easy-to-maintain bitterness and low ABV. Could polish off six of these without thinking about it. I may be a Citra hop slappy, but there's no denying that this is a damn good beer. If you see it, get it. You won't be disappointed!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, my thanks to tectactoe for a burgeoning box of Short's - I'm getting through it, alternating nights of hoppy with evenings of malts. This is a hoppy night. Clearly. 12 oz. bottle savored all by myself.

Pour is a moist, slightly eclipsed yellow with revving carbonation climbing the glass. The nose is one of those treatise beers: one could write one. Pungent oils, freshly squeezed lemon, citrus, pine, bitterness. No idea what kind of hop bill is hiding in here, but it's brought out the best, aromatics-wise.

Hopstache lowers a grapefruit & hop boom...wow. Oily grapefruit slinks out of the glass & molests the palate without any tickle whatsoever. Once past, it allows a honeyed sweetness, pine bitterness, & lisp of citric acid to wash past. Bitterness seizes the aftertaste & washes away even the grapefruit, leaving a clean, jarring IPA experience. Sluggable. I could easily go through a bomber of this in the time it would normally take me to do a single.

Combo of bite, grapefruit, & complexity makes this one excellent IPA. Brewers should buy this beer & study it like an IPA manual. A winner that'd be welcomed on the slopes of Mount Olympus.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks a ton to zaphog for hitting me with this in the Easter BIFsket. enjoyed from a sierra nevada ipa glass.

a - brew poured a murky orange with a fresh ipa head (think pliny foamy, not classic ipa)...lacing was a bit spotty. looks juicy and murky. can't wait.

s - zing!!! fresh citric blast...ever so subtle earthy malt but the fresh fruit is the star of the show here. a bit sweaty. can't wait!!!

t - fairly big bitter blast slaps me in the palette then i'm slimed by some earthy malts and then the citricness slides in followed by what seems to be some mentholated booziness and big pine cone bitterness.

m - clean and crisp a bit mentholated.

o - overall, the nose is the star of the show on this IPA. feels like it is hotter than 6%. nice ipa...i'd definitely drink this all the time if i was local...

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before makings its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lovely burst of tropical fruit and a bit of sugary malt. Notes of mango, papaya and peach.

T- Flavor isn't quite as excellent. The high bitterness kind of downplays the tropical fruit tastes but it still works. Resinous hops are continuously assertive on the palate. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple and grass.

M- Sharp and bitey from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is for IPA lovers only which I certainly am but this was almost too bitter for even me. Though not very balanced, it has a terrific aroma and pretty much everything I look for in a great IPA.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Hopstache last week at for $10.89 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time this beer has been bottled and since Short's has been killing these hoppy beers lately I have some high expectations for this beer so I decided to give this one a try tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's Imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it's a drawing of Joe Short with a mustache, enough said. It poured a slightly clear golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This was a very good looking beer, the color was nice and the head was much better than I normally get from a bottled Short's beer, it looked really good.

S- The aromas starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness followed by a huge punch of grapefruit that smells juicy and pithy and it's followed by loads of citrus and tropical fruit hops aromas with some mango and pineapple sticking out along with a little bit of floral hops. I also pick up a light amount of bready malts and a slight yeast like aroma. The aroma is very good, it's not the most balanced but it's full of the best combination of fruity and hoppy aromas, it's simply awesome.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts of with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice authentic grapefruit flavor, I get the juicy middle and the rind of the fruit. After that comes loads of hops that impart some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors with some light mango and pineapple flavors with grapefruits still sticking out the most. Up next I get a real light grainy and bready flavor with a hint of yeast and on the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that has bitter grapefruit like taste to it and there's a nice fruity, grapefruit rind, and bitter aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, it's a citrus bomb of an IPA with grapefruit being the main attraction, I really enjoy it.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, refreshing, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and very good example of the style, Short's really knows how to pair real fruit flavor with really fruity hop flavors and the combination really complements this beer and it really does a good job at showcasing the grapefruit in this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, refreshing, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention and keeping me coming back for more, I could see myself drinking a few of these but I think after that the bitterness might start to wear on me, but other than that I think this would be a great beer to enjoy in the warmer weather. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, all aspects of this beer were pretty damn good. There wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer but I do wish this was a year round beer but I know that probably won't happen. I would for sure buy at least a six pack if they released it again next year, I bought a six pack of it and after I tried one I went back to the store to buy some more but it was all gone so I'm happy I got a six pack. I recommend this beer to anyone who loves citrus heavy IPA's and if you love that grapefruit taste in hoppy beers then I think you will love this beer. All in all I was very impressed with this beer and it exceeded my expectations, everything about it was either good or really good and Short's did a great job at capturing that pure grapefruit essence. Short's really hit it out of the park with this one, but I still like Freedom of 78 and Anniversary Ale a little more but I think this beer is just about on the same level, Short's has always been know for there crazy and unique experimental beers, but with all the great hoppy beers they have been putting out lately I think they will start to be known for their great hoppy offerings soon enough. Good job Short's, keep kicking ass.

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Short's Hopstache from Short's Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.