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Ale La Reverend - Short's Brewing Company

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Ale La ReverendAle La Reverend

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: seaoflament on 03-26-2010

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- It had a clean, deep gold body with heavy carbonation. There was a 1-finger, fluffy white head that settled to a fully covering film that left great sticky rings on the glass.

S- Ooohhhh, hoppy goodness as I popped the cap. Medicinal and organic at first. Really fresh smellig with underlying sweet malts that come off as caramel-like and sugary. In the glass it really opens up and lets the hop profile shine with a piny edge.. This could be going somewhere.

T- Not as robust as the aroma would suggest. I'm always wary of the "session IPA." There's a solid hoppy punch amongst a grainy/cereal-like backbone. I could use more of a malty side to keep up with the generous hops.

M- As I expected, it's a little on the thin side. Medium-heavy carbonation. Drying quality I attribute to the hops even borders on a chalky feel.

O- My limited experience with session IPAs is that they end up coming off as a really hoppy pale ale. Until some new style guidelines come out, I have a feeling I'm going to grade these a little tougher than some. I love the idea of a hoppy beer that you can session, but it never comes out that way. There needs to be something of a maltier side to compensate, which is going to up the ABV. It's like when you're homebrewing and you think, "I'm just going to dump in this boatload of hops without adjusting the malt side." That lack of balance doesn't sit well with me. The peripheral traits of this beer are great. The flavor is just "ok." Without flavor, it's hard to get past Average+.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale-straw color, almost Kolsch-looking, very little bit of cloudiness in the middle but still fairly transparent. Very volatile, huge, white, foamy head, even with a modest pour. Aroma has tons of citrus, namely grapefruit and orange peel. Nice perfume-like aromas, very hoppy and floral. Picking up somewhat of a weird aroma as well, very reminiscent of dishwasher soap... Taste is full of dank hop bitterness all the way around. Peppery spice backs things up; leafy, dry - a bit different from the nose, as the citrus flavors barely come out in the taste; I'm getting mostly just florals, here. Slight piney and woody flavor on the end of the tongue with a slightly salty finish. Sad to say, the weird dish soap aroma come out in the flavor a bit, too. It was throwing things off just a bit, though not strong enough to ruin the beer. Pretty thin body with very high carbonation.

Decent IPA, especially for being only 4% ABV. Then again, a low gravity typically emphasizes bitterness, so it's no wonder this beer was still packed with hop flavor. Some weird soapy hints kind of made me scratch my head, but didn't completely kill the vibe. This is similar to a toned down Huma Lupa Licious, in which case, why not just have one of those? And if you're in it for the low ABV, Founder's All Day is the way to go. Still a decent brew, though.

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a sligtly hazy golden brown with one finger of off white head. Head leaves some lacing.

S - Quite fruity, with lemon, orange and peach. Also quite grassy with an unfortunate off aroma that I can't place.

T - Taste is quite bitter up front with orange and grapefruit peel. Also quite grassy. Thin on the back end with lingering bitterness.

M - light moutfeel with lingering bitterness. Slightly oily.

O - A decent session IPA, which I am happy to see more of. I've had others in his style that I would go back to before having this again though.

Photo of TCJosh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of lnashsig
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this beer. A session IPA! Something we need badly here in Houston. Poured from bottle to DFH snifter- pours a murky light orange color, the head overflows the glass and takes awhile to recede leaving cloud like fluff in the middle of the glass. Looks like an awesome IPA to me. Smell- rich pine, and potpourri smelly floral notes. Roses, sweet fragrance. Definitely a unique floral over the top aroma. Taste- tangy citrus blast! this has a balance problem but I don't mind. I prefer hop forward beers, this is for sure one. No real backbone at all on this. Citrus and floral are a major piece of the taste profile here. Almost a puckeringly sour finish along the sides of the mouth. No real bitterness, its all citrus and sour notes. If this is a session beer, it is the perfect session beer for a total hophead! Michigan doing it right here...I'm a fan.

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with immense foaming head. A by-product from the foam is wafting hop scent. Significant IBU (that leaves its impact on the palate) and very good drinkability, appreciate the sessionable abv,however flavour is just OK.Thanks to Steve for hooking me up.

Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger powdery, coarse, off-white head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy pale peach-bronze. Lacing is patchy and sparse with good cling. Decent overall but lacking for the style.

Nose is aromatic. Simple and very pleasant. Grapefruit, citrus, and cane sugar. Appetizing.

Opens pine, citrus, and hop bitterness. Sappy and resiny hop residues coat the tongue in the middle. More citrus at the end with a hop bite at the finish and a bark-like hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty one-dimensional. This one needs to be a bit more fruit-forward for me.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and refreshing and abrasive going down. Finishes clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

A very solid session IPA, I personally see this as being a touch too hop forward without the malt balance that could really put it far above average. A solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.85/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and slightly hazy golden hue. Good head and lacing.

Great aroma on this. Tons of orange, grapefruit, and a little pineapple. There's also pine. Not much in the malt category, but that's fine by me.

It's very dry and bitter. Citrus and pine hops dominate with a very light bready malt.

Lighter bodied and crisp. Prickly carbonation.

The amount of aroma and flavor they packed into a 4% ipa is exceptional. It's extremely easy to drink.

Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Acuity
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ScottRansom
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SimcoeJoe
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of redleg64
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fishmich
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI.

A: The IPA is coppery, a vernal yellow-brown melange that glows. The radiance doesn't mean that the ale is clear. Oh no, plenty of sediment here. A white head, sparse, is lacing in a few places.

S: The nose doesn't go light on hops, a citrusy bouquet wafting out of my glass. Leafy and fresh, the hops grab hold but don't scald. Orange and grapefruit are the stand-out citrus elements. A biscuity base holds everything together.

T: Vegetal, lush with hops, the ale has an undercurrent of spicy hot black peppercorns. Caramel malts are in abundant supply as well. Orange stands out when the ale is cold; it recedes a bit as the ale warms. Pine is late to the party, more of a finishing flavor. The ale is generally light, lacking alcohol or plodding depth, making it quite drinkable. A perfect early afternoon beer that won't wear me out.

M: Sweet and spicy but quite light, the ale doesn't have a big bold body.

Photo of alfie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to semibaked for sending this one my way. Pours a tangerine golden hue with slight haze. a brilliant three-finger head holds on for a long time, eventually receding and leaving decent sheets of lace.

aroma is stunning. bright vibrant citrus... lemon and tangerine... with a bright dose of floral hops. a hint of sweetness... apricot and a touch of crackery malt.

taste is bright and hoppy with an interesting astringent bitterness that isn't quite earthy nor citric - even and deliciously bitter. the bready malt is much more subdued in the taste - barely present. hints of pine, juniper, and more flowers... almost jasmine-like. a hint of citrus, jasmine and calamansi.

body is light, although not thin. ample carbonation is soft, almost fuzzy. like bitter marshmallows. drying and astringently bitter... almost too much so for the lightness of the style.

i've had a good number of session IPAs, and this is quite possibly my favorite. hits all the right notes and smells amazing. body is solid and the dry, floral hoppiness is refreshingly tasty. tons of flavor and bitterness for such a low abv. wish I had more!

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Ale La Reverend from Short's Brewing Company
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