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Captain Fantasy - Short's Brewing Company

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erric for the hookup!

A bright, very pale beer with a nice head. The beer smells nice, there is a little spicy phenol, juicy pears and herbal hops. The beer tastes sweet like ripe anjou pears but also pretty bitter with a lingering resiny oily finish that is slighly unpleasant. There is just a weird interplay between all of these ingredients that just doesn't mesh well, but it doesn't taste bad. Not a bad beer, a nice one to try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear honey color, with some fine suspended material leading to a slight haze. Two fingers of boe white head has good retention.

S - Sweet pear, a bit of yeast funk and some grassy hops. Pretty interesting aroma that mostly works.

T - Pear is prominent up front. I got both a pear cider taste, and also a sweet pear that tasted a bit like the syrup from canned pears. There is also a hop bite right away, with Belgian yeast coming in the middle and lasting through the finish. The pear, yeast and hops flavors never really come together for me, but seem independent from each other, which takes away from the enjoyment.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is both a bit syrupy and dry and bitter on the finish.

O - I was looking forward to trying this, but I came away disappointed. It certainly isn't a bad beer, but not something I would revisit.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. This is bottle number three of the crazy Short's beers from MarcatGSB. This one, admittedly, doesn't sound anywhere near as crazy as the others.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a fluffy white head. Nice retention and great sticky lacing. Not enough bizarre food additions to kill the head on this one, apparently!

Smell - Fruity aroma with a slight Belgian funk. It's definitely an aroma with some depth, though. Behind the fruitiness is a distinct hop aroma. It's dank and grassy in the back. Interesting, for sure.

Taste - Ok, interesting yes. Good, perhaps not. I get the pear at the beginning. It's even a touch cidery. The sweetness fades to a complete palate-bashing of hops and black pepper. It runs the complete gamut from sweet and fruity to bitter and peppery at the end. Definitely complex, although in the realm of saisons, I'm not looking to be beaten over the head by complexity.

Mouthfeel - I don't know what the ABV is (come on, Short's!) but it feels like a heavy saison. I'm always looking for lightness from saisons, but often the fruit additions make them a bit syrupy. The bitterness in the finish is also a big detractor.

Overall - I can't call this good, but it's certainly interesting. At first I didn't think I could finish it, but it really is growing on me. I won't have any problem if I take it slowly. Not the refreshing saison I was looking for on a hot afternoon, but decent nonetheless.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack picked up at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a quarter inch of head that settles to a thin cap. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of pears, yeasty phenols, and some tropical fruit. Some herbal qualities linger in the background.

Do not know if it is the yeast strain a lot of American brewers use for their saisons, or the way they use them. But not a fan of all the phenols that seem to perpetuate in the style. If it was not for the bright, pear flavor, I would not have liked this beer. The pear offsets the yeast qualities. A little herbal bitterness in the finish.

Light and lively body. A touch thin with a lot of fine carbonation.

Another example of a Short's beer that would probably be better on-tap at the brewpub.

Photo of Flopjack
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Golden yellow light maltiness, smaller head that settles quickly leaving an intricate lace like quality atop the beer. Ring wraps around the glass

Smell - Juicy and fruity. Starts out with pear and a wheat like Saison note. Hops notes enter more towards the end but not extremely citrus like. Spicy herbal notes, yeast. Lots of floral like aromas.

Taste - More hop forward in the taste as opposed to the smell. Starts out with notes of pear, not to sweet also not tart. Hop character comes forth in the middle part of the taste with citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon. Ends with a herbal spicy ness with coriander and some wheat. Hop character also lingers a little in the after taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Highly carbonated refreshing crisp feel.

Overall - Good beer. Has a floral like character that reminds me of a flower shop. The taste offers a unique experience. Not only are you getting pear and sweetness but you get a sticky pungent goodness that is like an IPA. Still has that earthy spice to it with ginger and coriander notes. Try one and decide for yourself.

Photo of jmunsters
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewing in steps.

A - Accidental moderately vigourous pour produced a serious head (shocking) that dissipated quickly with a beautifully knit lacing around the edges. Brilliant blonde tone. Can't wait.

S - Hops and lots of them. Grapefruit and the citrus for sure with a certain nose of pear. It might be stretching, but a bit of yeast?

T - If you blind folded me, I'd say a Huma with fruit. Very, very hoppy that finally settles down to something that seems like a farmhouse.

M - Very good. Perfect carbonation, crisp, clean, thin and refreshing like a saison should be, but it's not a saison...

O - Picked this up with a pick 6 on a visit to the brewpub. It's not a saison. Maybe it started off with that intention, but it was overly dry hopped and disguises that. Regardless, I love it. It comes off as an extra carbonated DIPA with fruit, and if they want to bill that as a saison, then I'm an American Belgian. Very happy I have two left. Saving them for good company.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavor

Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle

A - This beer is hazy and has a golden hue with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - It is light and fruity. I notice the pear but not the hops.

T - The hops are definitely present in the taste. The citrus hops almost cover up the pear and musty flavors. I still taste them, but the finish and aftertaste are all citrus hops.

M - Medium and highly carbonated.

O - It is a pretty good beer. Although, I am starting to find hoppy styles of nontraditionally hoppy styles of beer tiresome.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like that one girl that Raul had his eyes glued on every morning as he passed her while on his way to Biology class, this one is unique. Funky, slight bite, and a good dollop of pear... Yeah, like when Raul thinks of the success of Nicky Manaj, this one leaves him scratching his head.

I like it, but...

Like Raul's high school fantasy girl, the main man may never fully grasp the enigma that is Captain Fantasy, but it will always keep him intrigued.

Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split single bottle from Spartan Sprits

A&S: as advertised its has lots of floral and citrus hops pair nicely with... pear haha. The color is hazy yellow. There is some liveliness to it from vigorous carbonation bubbles. There is also unfiltered elements. Poured two fingers of off white head that hangs around at about a full finger of foamy head. Lacying clings very well.

T&M: on the hopper side of the saison so of course I liked it. Good quantities of citrus hops. Other elements of the beer include: spricness (peppery) and lemon zest. The pear doesn't come through as well in the taste as the smell. Has a bitterness present in the finish but its not overpowering. Medium bodied and on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum.

O: The best saison I've had to date, I thought this beer was excellent. I thought this beer was great and for the style it was amazing!

Photo of ThickNStout
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No easily dicernable bottle dating. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a briliant, hazy gold with a tight cap of white head that quickly fades to a neat ring. Little lacing.

Smells yeasty with notes of hay, spice, fruit skins and earthy hops.

Taste matches the description. I get pear, dry yeastiness and floral hops in a nice balance. Pear, apple, hay, yeast, grass, pine, clove and green peppercorns. A good bit of depth without any noticeable booze.

Medium light feel with generous carbonation. Dry, bitter finish with pear skins, pine and slight yeasty funk.

Is it a hoppy saison or a Belgian IPA? If there is a line between the two, this stradles it well. The addition of pear to the mix is enjoyably inspired. Arguably the best hopped up saison I've had.

Photo of danwho
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though not usually a fan of saisons, this one tastes different to me.
Must be the pears, there is a pronounced sweetness on the palate. Very nice and totally unexpected.
Got this bottle from FourKicks as an extra, last October.
Poured into a tulip, nice head, lasts a while, with lacing.
Smells more sweet and less spicy than most farmhouse ales.
A pleasant surprise.

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellow with hints of orange. There are two fingers of off white head that fades quickly but leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Very nice. Sweet and fruity from the pears with a strong herbal hop note from the Sorachi Ace. Add some more herbal notes from the yeast and you're in business.

Taste: A bit sweet up front from the malt and just a hint of the pear. The finish is dominated by the bitter herbal and citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a super dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this take on a saison. I would have like a little more pear and a little less fruit, but I was quite happy drinking this one.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Short's Captain Fantasy today for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this ever since I heard about Short's collaborating with Half Acre to make a Pear Saison, I didn't get a chance to try the first release of this beer so I made sure to try this years release and this was the beer that I voted on when Short's had people vote for a beer to be bottled this year, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks weird, it's not bad, but it's far from the best looking Short's label. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a slightly thicker ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some Saison aromas showing up first imparting a lighter barnyard funk aromas with some more and Saison like aroma with a very big spicy aroma. Up next comes come orange rind and lemon grass like aromas with some pear aromas sticking out the most and imparting a nice fresh pear aroma. Towards the end come some earthy, slightly grassy and spici hop like aromas. This beer has a pretty good aroma, there's a good balance of Saison and pear aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some some grainy, bready and slight wheat like malt aromas, up next comes some yeast flavor that it isn't very farmhouse like and it's pretty spicy tasting and it's followed by some c citrus rind flavors and a nice amount of noticeable fresh pear flavor. On the finish there's a pretty big hop flavor with some earthy, grassy and spicy hops really coming through imparting a pretty high amount of medium bitterness that bordered on being highly bitter with a lingering bitterness, grainy and fruity aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, I liked the pear flavors, but I thought the bitterness was a little too much for this beer to handle.

M- A little smooth, clean, crisp, linger bitterness, medium bodied with a medium amount carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, I wouldn't say it's a good example of a straight up Saison, but Short's calls this as highly hopped Saison brewed with pears and as that it's pretty good, it's neither a Full on Saison, fruit beer, or IPA, it's a mixture of all three. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, not filling, and the taste did a good decent job at holding my attention, I think a bottle or two would be nice, but anymore than that and I think the bitterness would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and it had some nice Saison aromas along with some really nice fresh and juicy pear aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, the hop flavors weren't bad, but I wish the bitterness was toned down a little, it seems to be a little overpowering. I would buy this beer again, I only bought one bottle to see if I liked it, but I'm sure I'll grab a couple more before they are all gone and I would recommend this to anyone that thinks Short's description of this beer sounds good to them. All in all I didn't love this beer, but I didn't hate either, it was nice to have a chance to try this beer. I've tried many different styles from Short's but I've never had a Saison from them and while I wasn't super impressed with it I still enjoyed up. Nice work guys, thanks for keeping the creative beers coming.

Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Undated 12 oz. bottle. Reviewed from notes. The body was a hazy yellow gold with minimal head.

The smell was an interesting musty pear. There was a Belgian yeast pungency too.

The taste was funky, sweaty wool up front with enough bitterness to cut through. Pear is fresh and evident. The components are distinct and work well together.

The body was medium with an assertive carbonation. Enjoyable.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/20/12
*From notes

A: Gorgeous cloudy lemon in color. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Really sticky and thick lacing rims the glass as the heads refuses to fall.

S: I get some blue cheese funk at first, and as I really inhale, I detect tart, acidic citrus.

T: Mildly funky. The balance here is pretty on-point. Plenty of acid and biting citrus. I do continue to get some blue cheese, but it's not overwhelming. There's a lasting lemon rind and hop quality to it. Pretty nice stuff.

M: Bubbly as it should be, and with a bit more texture then your average farmhouse ale. It really helps to bump up the flavors.

O: I haven't had many Shorts beer, well....many I've liked anyway. This, though, is quite nice, and something that paired beautifully with my dinner. One-of-a-kind and tasty. What more could you ask for? Recommended for sure.

*Paired with grilled chicken gyros

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: light yellowish orange color. almost no head but a small off-white foam that leaves just a touch of lacing on the edges.

Smell: slightly tart flavors mixed with a yeasty spiciness. a mixture of fruits, some sweet some bitter. not super fragrant

Taste: opens up with pear, yeast takes over with a spicy taste. finishes off with a good dose of super lemony hops. and equal bitterness. almost like biting a lemon skin at times. some bready and pale malts fill out in the backside

Mouthfeel: has a bit of warmth for the alcohol content. huge lingering bitterness and very dry.

Overall: a vastly complex and interesting beer. Its pretty good but is a sipper due to the dry warmth and bitterness.

Photo of AgentZero
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangish yellow beer with a bit of haze. White head that leaves some spots on the sides.

S - Pears, bitter pear skins, phenolic yeast, sorachi hops. A bit harsh.

T - Somehow this is significantly worse than the Half Acre version. Combination of Sorachi hops and phenolic yeast is hardy har hard to drink (there's a legally retarded pirate on the bottle).

M - Somehow feels watery with too much fine carb. Medium bodied.

O - Don't like it, split the bottle with MasterSki but I didn't drink tons of it.

Photo of crossovert
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a clear gold with a foamy bright white head that sticks for a bit before leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is good. It is initially spicy, then fruity. It is very flowery as the yeast dominates, the pear is in the back ground and is a pleasant compliment to the yeast and hops.

The flavor is good. Very yeast-driven. The pear comes in underneath and provides a nice accent. A nice saison.

Photo of waltonc
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sarro for sending me this along with several other nice shorts brews.

Pours hazy honey in color with a nice white head. Nose of spicy saison yeast, hops, and pears. Lots of bitter hops on the palate complement the earthy, spicy saison qualities, while supported by a nice dry pear note. Body is medium with lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head.

S - Some yeasty funkiness, light amount of sweetness from the pear.

T - Nicely balanced. Funky yeast up front, followed by a good amount of pear sweetness. Finish is pretty much all hops producing some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Good saison. Hoppiness tends to take over he finish, otherwise a very well balanced beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Short's half of the collaboration. Never a dull moment...Thanks Derek!

A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head.

S: The pears really come through on this. There are lots of fruity hop aromas as well as the fruity ester qualities. A bit of pepper and some spicy notes that seem to be from the yeast. A light bread and malt aroma to round it out.

T: Mildly bitter and peppery with a ton of apples and pears. There's some yeast and quite a few different esters and phenols going on here. Some mild tropical fruits and a pretty nice citrus hop note.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Really a different beer, but the pears came through nicely. I liked this one.

Photo of dfillius
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1.25 fingers of white rocky head with good retention. Hazy golden color.
S: Lemon, lime, pear, Brettanomyces
T: Fruity sweet and tart right up front with pear lingering in the aftertaste. Not as much Brett dry funkiness as in the aroma. Thank goodness! Just a tiny bit of funkiness. Unique. Some whole wheat breadiness lingers on with some pear as well. Nelson Sauvin or citra hops maybe? Not readily apparent.
M: Smooth, tart, dry.
O: Unique and enjoyable. Very nice. I'd order another. Perfect for a sunny day. I wouldn't buy 6 probably, but I do want it again.

Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Clean, golden body. 1-1/2 finger, fluffy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Great stick.

S- Tons of pear up front. Underlying hops hint at citrus or tropical fruits as well. Light doughy element.

T- Fruit overload, though not just from the pear. The hops add a huge grapefruit flavor, getting pithy even by the end. Some cracker-like flavors. Clean, hoppy finish.

M- Full bodied. Though carbonation may be significant, it struggles to keep up with the viscosity of the body. Quite dry (pleasantly).

O- By no means a bad beer. However, the hopping takes away from the overall enjoyment in my opinion. Both the pear and any farmhouse/saison qualities get lost. It reminds me of more of some of the popular American pale wheat ales which have been overly hopped (which I can generally take or leave). Certainly good for what it is, just not in my wheelhouse. Maybe I'm more of a saison traditionalist.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/2/2011. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a very nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some very nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apricot, herbal, grape, orange peel, lemon zest, grass, pepper, yeast spices, and light funk. Nice, complex, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of pear, apricot, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast spices. Light tartness on the finish, with lingering notes of citrus zest, pear, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great malt and spice flavor balance, with the malt being stronger. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. Nice fruity flavor and balance; and very easy to drink.

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Captain Fantasy from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.