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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
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.

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 233
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy orange straw body. Thick cushion of dense, implacable, bright light beige head. Very nice lacing. Passion fruit, pear juice, grapefruit, vinegar, and pepper on the nose. Intriguing.

Soft wheat and sweetened bread notes up front. Fruit moves in quickly with notes of pear, papaya, passion fruit, grapefruit, and guava (?). Very fruity, but not overly sweet (which is good). This might be due, in part, to the wall of herbal, leafy hop bitterness that comes in near the finish. Lingering hop bitterness and fruit sweetness in the finish. Some tartness throughout, but not very "funky," like some saisons. Medium-full body. Nice.

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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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head hangs around for quite some time before fading down leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet pear, with some yeast esters, floral elements, citrus hops, and a touch of peach. More complex than expected in a very good way.

T - The flavor starts off with some sweet and lightly tart pear and light peach with some yeast esters and some farmhouse flavors. Through the middle, some floral flavor with some citrus hops comes through. The finish is a mix of tart pear, yeast, citrus hops, with a bit of a spicy note.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, tart, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting mix of flavors but the tartness of the pear and the citrus hop flavor really work very well in this saison.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a frothy foam on top. heavy lacing

S: Musty peach and pear with fruity citrus aromas. Nice Citra grapefruit hop aroma with citrus and lemon notes.

T: Nice and refreshing Saison. Light and fruity with hints of pear, peach, citra or other citrus forward hops. Slight mothball presence. (same mothball flavors I got from my homebrew saison this summer).

M: slightly thicker in mouthfeel than most saisons I have had. Light carbonation

O: Overall a very tasty saison. It is a little hazier and thicker than others I have had recently, but very good overall . The hop flavors are very pronounced for a Saison, but you can clearly pick up the saison characters along with the saison yeast.

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Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of chadcsu (thanks Chad) poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, earthiness, lemon and light pine. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, pear, earthiness, light lemon and a hint of pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

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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 david131
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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


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.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

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