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Captain Fantasy - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-22-2011)
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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very hazy light orange liquid with a very creamy white head that settles to a thin covering.

S- Pears, apples, white bread, a bit of pepper, and a touch of farmhouse funk.

T- Pears, lemon rind, pepper, maybe a bit of alcohol, some white bread, and a bit of farmhouse funk.

M- A very creamy mouthfeel with abundant carbonation to keep things light. Just a tad astringent on the finish.

O- Interesting and kind of fun. Tasty but a bit rough around the edges.

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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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5/5  rDev +34%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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 mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of doughanson78
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/30/2011

Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks! Snifter.

A: Transparent orange with a small head.

S: Pear accompanies peppery phenols and a touch of clove. Floral notes are pronounced, and there's a dash of orange and earth.

T: Pear and orange with a lower moderate bitterness and big floral notes. Light peppery spiciness with a touch of grainy malt.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice stuff. A well made hoppy fruit Saison.

Photo of jmunsters
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 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 MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -33%
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 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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High 5 to yeahnatenelson for putting this one on my porch today. Always a fan of collabs and been loving Half Acre.

a - popped the bottle and filled my E snifter. Wow...really nice murky golden copper with a nice frothy foamy head that hung out and left nice chunky lacing. classic to style and my mouth is starting to water...

s - the first thing i noticed when i popped the bottle was a wonderful sweet fruity smell. after the pour i went in for a closer look...YUM. bubblegum and tangy tart grapefruit. peppery citric pears. candied sugar with a splash of sour lemons.

t - again, rather impressive. classic saison flavors with an angle of pears, pepper, grapefruit and a bitter finish. certainly has representation of both short's and half acre. there is an offbeat tanginess reminiscent of many short's brews and a nice full bodied hop reminiscent of half acre. this ain't your pappa's saison.

m - much more full bodied that your average short's brew. a touch fizzy, but nice carbonation. finishes with a bitterish tingle. dry on the back of my pallete.

o - overall this feels like the mix of what i know of short's and what i know of half acre...with actually a dominance towards half acre's beers. the tanginess that i normally associate with short's is pretty present and seems to detract a bit from the brew. i'd be really interested to check out the half acre version, but much like freedom of 78, looks like this one is just the short's. pretty enjoyable, but not a classic saison...a saison with a short's twist...but the body of a half acre brew and extreme hopping to tame back the weirdness from the pears.

Captain Fantasy from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.