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Prolonged Enjoyment - Short's Brewing Company

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85
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Session India Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 09-08-2011)
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Reviews by kojevergas:
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2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Session India Pale Ale." 12 fl oz bottle with branded white pressure cap and clever label served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired from the very generous surlytheduff in a trade; I received my box today. Thanks again, buddy! Expectations are high; I've heard great things about Short's. I'm reviewing this as an IPA because that's what the brewery/label identifies it as.

Served cold, straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream and average (~2 minute) retention. Disappointingly thin. Lacing is light and even. Body colour is a somewhat hazy nontransparent pale copper. Murky yet translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of an IPA, but there's nothing unique or special here and I'm a bit disappointed in the head - especially considering the low ABV. No egregious flaws, though. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Oily and floral as all hell. Lightly nectary. Grapefruit punches through heavily. Dank citrusy oily notes. Light pine. Oily hop character is dominant here; I like that. An impressive aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pale malts. Grains. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

T: Oily and floral. Fairly hefty grapefruit citrus bite - a dominant note here. A blip of hop bitterness on the climax and then it reverts to its default oily hop-meets-pale malt body. Some graininess rounds it out nicely. Fairly piney. The hop selection here is interesting; it's not exactly my preferred flavour profile for an IPA but it's nice for what it is. I can see where if you were in love with the hop varietals used this would float your boat, but I'm a columbus and amarillo man. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Regardless of what you make of the hop choices alone, the sheer quantity of flavour in this beer cannot be ignored - especially for such a low ABV, seemingly innocuous brew. The balance isn't ideal - again, that bitterness does creep in - but it's pretty well pulled off. I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth, wet, oily as hell. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Good body. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Not at all weak. Good thickness.

Dr: It succeeds in its aims; it's a sessionable IPA packed with flavour. And while I like it in a general sense, I doubt I'd get it again. I chalk this up to personal hop preference. But it does get me really eager to try more Short's beers; this one justifies their reputation - even if it's not quite oriented towards my own personal preferences. A tasty brew from Short's that tests the boundaries of how much flavour can be packed into a small beer. Every fan of the style should give this one a go.

Constructively, if we put aside appreciation for what it's doing as a small/low ABV beer specifically, it comes off as rather average for the style. I doubt praise would be as high as it is if it weren't tempered by the understanding that this is meant to be a sessionable brew. There are bigger bolder IPAs that clobber this one in terms of a 1v1 comparison. I review beer on an individual basis, not 6 pack to 6 pack. I appreciate this one for what it is, but the fact remains - it's merely average for an IPA when compared against all other IPAs irrespective of sessionability.

High C

kojevergas, Apr 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for letting me take a bottle from his sixer. I don't know how this release slid under my nose so easily. Pours a bright and vibrant orange color with some solid golden pastel mixed in. The head is made of huge bubbles and transforms from a half-inch thick to nothing but a transparent skin in less than a minute. Some lacing at the top of the glass, but very minimal.

The aroma is almost tropical-like, pretty fruity. Mandarin oranges and tangerines seem to be the biggest proponents, followed by maybe some mango and light pineapple. The hops are pretty pungent and will bit your nose if you get too close. Slightly oily with a huge does of fresh grass and an unmistakable floral essance. This one actually smells a little more sweet than bitter, but don't let that remark understand the presence of the hops. Citric hops and pine hops are definitely battling for the forefront here, but I think the citrus wins out by a narrow margin. Malts are muted and light, maybe providing a touch of sweetness in the background, but not much else.

I take a taste and it's just slightly watery - but I've gotta say, for being only 3.5% ABV, it's not bad at all. I definitely have to cut it some slack. The hops hit the taste buds first, starting off with some spiciness; light white pepper, mildly herbal and ashy. Citrus character is still high, however, combating back with some tangerine, grapefruit, and an assortment of other fruity citrus. The fruit lends a hand to the bitterness, perhaps, by coming off as a big-time peel, pith, and rind component. Maybe the fact that this thing is so low in alcohol also makes the bitterness stand out. Hops come back with a nice, oily pungency in the finish, along with a handful of bread-like malt and a fading peppery spice. Bitterness is sharp, yet balanced. Light-medium bodied, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation.

Very impressed with this one. Packing that much flavor into a beer clocking in at 3.5% ABV can be tough, but Shorts found a way to do it. The mouth feel and "robustness" that you'd find in a regular IPA or a DIPA may not be there, but the flavors certainly are. And being able to drink this all day without falling over is definitely a big plus. Much better than their Ale la Reverend, in my opinion. I'll be on the look out for a sixer (or more) of this.

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

warnerry, Apr 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

mikejonze, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mikerap100, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

richkrull, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

johnyb, May 16, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reasonably sizeable fluffy white head with some density and stick to it rests on a clear, bright yellow-amber brew. Retention is good, as what remains of the head sits until the beer is gone. It its wake, it leaves some good, patchy lacing.
The aroma is very nice, pure and pungent. It's got a good strength for a "session" IPA. It consists mostly of citrus in the bouquet, lots of grapefruit and some zest against a sweet malty backing that balances nicely. A bit of grains as well as grassiness usually found in certain lagers or lighter ales sits underneath. A bit of mint sneaks through, telling of a nice rounded use of hops.
In the flavor, the bitterness pushes itself out beneath the malts and becomes stronger even than the hops profile itself. It edges the taste just slightly off-balance, leaning into a more perfume-like note in the finish.
This is a bright, light and crisp beer, and the mouthfeel fits the bill. Given that it's attempting to reach IPA territory and may technically fall into APA range makes it just a bit too light.

Brenden, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

king75, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

dmorley21, Apr 01, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good amount of taste and drinkability for a lower abv beer, kudos for that craftsmanship.
Not the usual hop flavour, citrus and the like. Yet the IBU is clearly there if not a bold taste. Drying finish. Lighter yellow with a quarter-inch of retained head.Thanks Steve for this recent creation.

Sammy, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

beertooth, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-translucent golden amber color with a slight head. I get a very piney, almost minty, smell with undertones of citrus. Very refreshing smell. Taste is very hopforward, with citrus notes. There is a good amount of bitterness. The malt background has a touch of sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, very easy drinking and would be great in the summer on the water.

33nickadams, Mar 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Prolonged Enjoyment from Short's Brewing Company
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