Captain Fantasy - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy, gold color, that has some slight clarity when settled. A small head appears, a finger at best that has poor retention, but yields a fair amount of soapy lace. The aroma is fruity, certainly from the pear, but decently so from the hops, although the beer is quite bitter and astringent, even on the nose.
Belgian yeast, or any funkiness known to a saison are afterthoughts with this, the hops really dominate. The flavors are bitter, earthy, but with some juicy fruit flavor, but a substantial amount of mustiness, somewhat in line with a traditional saison but it's mainly due to the hops, bitter and dank with some dryness that confuses the flavors. The body is very crisp, a bit thinner than expected with a very dry and sharp finish.

Verdict: A creative and ambitious take on the saison, but it's a big miss for me. It's one dimensionally bitter, lacking any depth or complexity, the pear comes across well at times, but the profuse hopping doesn't do this beer any justice.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another Short's offering from klipper. Served in a tulip. No bottle date on this one. Wow, the bottle art is ugly, particularly compared to the Half Acre version.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving a few spots of lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Sorachi Ace hops impart a lemon zest hop character that mingles with peppery Saison yeast, pear skins, stone fruit malt, a hint of pear flesh, and some bread. The pear skin is a bit musky and perfumed.

T - Taste is less sweet, with more pear skin and spicy Saison yeast. The hop character is more herbal and less citrusy - surprisingly light on the lemon, although perhaps it's faded in the last two months. As it warms up a bit more stone fruit sweetness comes out, but still not as much as the aroma suggests. Thankfully doesn't have the bitterness of the Half Acre version.

M - Feel is bizarre - somehow this is watery, tannic, and overcarbonated at the same time. Medium body is adequate, but otherwise this is harsh and flaccid.

D - I prefer the Half Acre version this time around. Even though this came in a 12oz bottle I found it harder to finish the bottle than I did with the Half Acre 22oz. I'm curious if all the differences are attributable to house yeast strains, or if the ingredients were sourced from different places.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tectactoe for my annual load of Short's, which I need just to remind myself that there are still people brewing push-the-boundary beer in the world...every day at Short's, evidently. 12 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark, dehydrated after a day of hiking yellow, skimpy carbonation. Nose brings lemon, pear, lime, & a side order of sweetness. Yeast doesn't really reach the nostrils.

Captain Fantasy jukes to the left of the nose as the yeast takes over. Gentle funk suffuses the beer; this is classic saison. The advertised fruit comes in a distant second as slow hints of lemon & pear, slightly sweet. White grape a bit stronger. Smattering of earthy hops. Six ounces is OK with me, though I could have done the 'whole' bottle.

Put a picture of this in the dictionary next to 'typical saison'. I'd have liked the hopping or the pear to make more than a cameo, but one plays with the hand one is deal. Pretty good, but very low on the Short's-weird-o-meter.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another shout out to Nate Nelson for this extra.
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass

A: Pours Golden pale yellow, hazy, with a beautiful 2+ finger white head (tight bubbles with frothy top). Great head retention and leaves lots of lacing as it recedes.

S: Funk yeast, mustiness, lots of pear and almost a fleshy unripe mango, sizable citrus (lemon zest) and floral hop presence, typical bubblegum.

T/M: Lots of that funk right up front with bubble gum phenols/esters. Unfortunately the pear and citrus take on almost a rotten or at least over-the-hill flavor. Semi sweet (clean sugar) body that doesn't really dry out until well past the finish. Not that clean or crisp overall. Light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a big fan of how intense the funky phenols are right up front, while the citrus is in the background and not very bright. Also too sweet for my taste, I'd much prefer it more crisp and clean. Not terrible for a US brewery, but no where near my favorite either.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to wintbs379 for this bottle.

A: Pours a murky straw with slight hues of pinks. There is about a half finger of pure white head that seems to last forever. There is some serious lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells of lemony citrus, spice, tart cherries, cracked wheat, and a splash of vinegar. It seems like a wacky mixture, but it's quite enticing.

T: The initial hit is prickly carbonation, vinegar, and tart cherry. There are citrus and spice notes that come in a little later, but it almost seems a little too late. The finish has a spicy earthiness that just doesn't come off well.

M: Light bodied beer. This beer is too highly carbed for my liking, and the flavors just don't seem to mesh together well on the palate.

O: I was really excited to try a pear saison, but this beer falls a bit short of the mark (even for experimental purposes). The carbonation is prickly, and the spice is a bit overdone in this brew. I'm grateful to have tried this beer, but I wouldn't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of warnerry
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: fruity, citrus, pear, sweet

taste: pear, citrus, dry, crisp, clean

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a pretty decent saison. wish it did not have such a dry finish. Other then that glad I got to try it.

The cpj

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer pours the color of liquid gold. A modest white head clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma initially makes me think of banana liquor, but then I get the pear. The saison notes hover between liquor and funk.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect a bitter wash of farmhouse funk. The bitterness hovers amid the carbonation. I am made to think of soured banana chips or a dry sour candy. The beer finishes a mediciny sour taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is quote present and almost attacks the tongue. It does sweep away the taste rather nicely.

Overall - Shorts eccentric brews are sometimes an adventure. Some are winners and some are not winners. While I love the Elton John reference in the beers namesake (my personal favorite album from Sir Elton), I am not a fan of the beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StormKing47 for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. The brew appears a pale yellow with slight haze. 2 and a half fingers of fluffy white froth sits atop the brew composed of larger than average bubbles. It maintains an uneven froth completely across the top supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a thick webbing of lacework sticking to the glass.

The nose on this brew has an interesting mixture of fruity aspects. Lemon hits first that blends into a bit of tropical quality. Notes of sulfur are fairly strong coupled with peppery spice, straw-like grain and herbal to veggie-like hops. As the brew warms up, it picks up an interesting aroma that almost smells like cooked cabbage.

The taste is mildly fruity with a lemony tartness. More sips bring out an earthy flavoring with toasty straw grain flavoring. A bit of peppery spice is noted along with some clove and more earthy flavors that blend with something along the lines of cooked vegetables. A touch of bittering hops is noted towards the back and comes out as the brew warms and it mixes with the earthen flavors. Light hints of fruited quality are present but never really gives a true nod in the direction of pears as listed on the label. If anything, the pear quality of this brew is present with a skin flavor and earthy feel, not so much the fleshy ripe aspects.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation. It finishes quite dry which increases the drinkability quite a bit. By all means this is an interesting brew that is worth a try if you like your saisons with a fruity twist. All in all I think this one worked pretty well but it should probably be drank on the cooler side since that awkward cooked veggy/cabbage aspect is quite distracting when it comes out. Thanks again Josh for sharing this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow pour with a ton of bubbles racing to the top, which hold a wispy white head. The beer actually becomes quite clear once it has sat for a while. Not much retention here, but the lacing is quite nice.

S: There's a lot going on in this guy's aroma! Typical saison funk and yeast, but with definitely some pear and far more than your average hoppiness. The label is not lying to you here folks.

T: The taste here really surprised me, I thought I was ready. Huge hit of pears start it off, followed by some fruity and bitter hops. A bit metallic at times, the beer does still boast some barnyard funk. Something about the taste is putting me off, and now that I taste it, I smell it as well. Just an odd metal like character that I do not like.

MF: Over-carbonated, but light and crisp in body. The beer stings the palate ever so slightly and has a dry finish. Not all that drinkable with the strange, disjointed taste.

O: This was damn interesting. I liked parts of it, and hated parts of it. I would certainly recommend it to someone who wanted to delve into something they've never had before.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A hazy light apricot color. Big two finger white head with great retention and pretty good lacing.

S: A blend of pear and apricots that mixes very well with the slight Belgian funkiness. A touch sweet and a touch tart.

T: The blend of pear, apricot, and funk doesn't come off as well as it did in the nose. It has a slight ashy flavor to it. Leaning a tad to the tart side.

M: Light bodied. High carbonation. Not near as crisp as most other Saison's I've had. A bit acidic in the back of the throat.

O: It's decent. Definitey better out there. But worth a try for the well blended aroma.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of deadchef
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint glass from bottle

a: light gold, short and quickly dispersing head. slight haze.
s: tropical, floral, light belgian funk.
t: pear flavor there. bitterness from hops seem a bit high for the style. slightly bready.
m: a bit dry. light heat from alcohol.
o: overall interesting beer. aggressively hopped saison with some pear flavor. i don't dislike this beer but i wouldn't buy another.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a bright white head.

S - Fruity, citrus zest, pear, yeast, bread dough.

T - Fruit forward - apples, pears, wine, followed by the hops and yeast. The hops take over to finish. This is a unique concoction.

O - This is such an interesting brew. After one sip, I thought wow, this might be a drain pour, but after each sip I began to enjoy the marriage of saison and IPA. I would try it again.

Notes - Shorts label purchased from Copper Vine

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Captain Fantasy from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.