Ale La Reverend - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by djeucalyptus:
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!

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 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 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 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 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 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 buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours gold with a chill haze. It is topped with an inch of off white head.

S - Big citrus nose. It smells like fresh grapefruit.

T - The taste is bitter grapefruit. Tastes fresh.

M - Smooth. Little carbonation

O - It says "wedding ipa" on the bottle and I thought ipa more accurately described it. I though it was very good. Big citrus notes and refreshing. I could drink it all night.

Photo of merrittwithmerit
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Ale La Reverend (Wedding Session IPA) was recently brought out of retirement. It has a nice golden color with a slight head and minimal lacing.

This beer smells great; with heavy citrus and pine. It smells pleasantly sweet, which is a bit misleading. This beer is more bitter than one would expect from the smell.

Ale La Reverend is an easy drinking brew with a smooth, lingering mouth feel. Overall, it's a good beer for hanging around the fire, but it doesn't make me want to run out and grab a stash of six packs.

Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber with a half finger of off white head that sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Sweet and malty but dominated by citrus hope. Hints of pineapple and tangerine.

Taste: Very disappointing compared to the smell. Some hops up front, citrus and herbal. There is a mildly off taste in the finish. Not a lot of malt here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was super disappointed with the taste, especially after smelling it. I wouldn't have this again.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Ale La Reverend a few days ago for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer when it was released last year so I made sure to get a bottle of this years release, I'm in the mood for something hoppy. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, the artwork is nice and vivid, it poured a hazy and lighter golden color that took on a little bit of an orange hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a slight bit of spotty lacing. This beer looks ok, the color was nice but the head and lacing were a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of hops that impart a big grapefruit aroma followed by some nice tropical fruit aroma and a little bit of floral hops. After that I get a slight bit of malts that impart a medium sweet bready and grainy aroma. I really like the aroma of this beer, it's dominated by grapefruit and tropical fruit, very well done.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with loads of hops that impart big grapefruit flavors followed by some nice tropical fruit in the background, but it's the grapefruit that sticks out the most. After that comes a slight bit of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart a slight grainy and bready flavor. Towards the end comes a little bit of spicy hops that impart a high amount of bitterness with a grapefruit rind like aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer, there's a lot of great flavors in such a small beer, but the bitterness could be toned down just a notch.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked nicely with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and a great example of a Session IPA, it had all those big hops flavors you would expect from a strong IPA, or DIPA, but without all the alcohol. This beer had pretty good drinkability, I could drink about three of these but I think after that the bitterness would get to be too much, but the flavor does a great job at holding my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and taste, they were both great and some of the best I've encountered in a Session IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the color was nice, but the head and lacing were a little disappointing. I would for sure buy this beer again, I'm kinda bummed I only bought one bottle, hope it's not all gone, I will get a six pack if they release it next year and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good Session IPA. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I think this is better Session IPA then Prolonged Enjoyment, it's just got better hop flavors while still being very light, this is up there as one of my favorite Session IPA's, great Job Short's this is an awesome beer.

Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A La Reverend pours a slightly cloudy light amber color that has a nice, slightly orange hue to it. The head is parchment in color and has great retention. It also leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass as I imbibe this beer.

The aroma is amazingly fresh and bursting with juicy hop aromas. They run the gamut of citrusy and piney to quite tropical and are supported by a nice cracker like malt backbone.

The flavor is equally enjoyable, with the hops letting the malt show through just enough to let me enjoy its slightly doughy malt character. The hops are very fresh with plenty of grapefruit and pine accented by tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Very tasty.

The body is on the lighter end of the medium spectrum and has a very nice texture to it that I will describe as smooth, but with a bite. The finish is super dry with plenty of resinous hop flavors left lingering after each swallow.

I have to say that this is right up there for one of the best “session” IPAs I have ever had. It seems just a bit less in your face than many and that is something I really appreciate. Especially in a beer that is meant to be enjoyed one after another.

Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz extra from Zaphog. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy light gold with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrusy hops, caramel, grain.

T: Light, dry bitterness, a hint of honey-like sweetness, pleasing grain.

M: Light with slight carbonation.

O: Pretty decent low-ABV offering. Hoppy and dry.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a touch hazier than expected with great carbonation and over an inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of a very nice IPA with citrus and grapefruit hops with some crystal malts and bready base. Smells hoppy for a session IPA.

T - Got a nice bitterness that starts the sip then quickly to crystal and bready malts and even some bitterness that clings to the finish. Taste is balanced to by the way.

M - Light to medium bodied.

Overall I kind of like this IPA and ABV is nice but it's availability staggers it's session ability. A very good session IPA which is only slightly better than Founders all Day IPA since it is more bitter.

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides, and layers of rings as it went down. A really solid looking IPA out of the bottle.

A very surprising smell, with big citrus hops up front, including grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, caramel, malty sweetness, piney hops, fresh cut grass, hay and sweet floral hops like the hops were just pulled off the vine and dropped into the glass. This is a very fresh and airy smelling beer, like a perfect summer night.

Tastes a lot more muted than the smell, but still pretty tatsy; the flavor includes floral hops, flowers, grass, hay, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, caramel, sweet malt, butter, piney hops, light grains like wheat bread or graham cracker, yeast or wheat and light spices like pepper and coriander. The flavor is soft and the hops are tame, bringing this brew down towards a pale ale status with just enough oily hop flavors to maintain IPA bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick with light carbonation, a medium chewy body, and an overall sweetness that has a finish on the dry bitter side.

Since this is an IPA I will get the one negative aspect out of the way first; the flavor seemed a bit timid, and while balanced pretty well, I expected a huge hop flavor after the wonderful aroma coming out of the glass. With that being said, I think that this was a great beer and I was very pleasantly surprised by my overall enjoyment of this beer. Who would think that 4% ABV could smell so good and taste so good, and go down like a glass of lemonade. A definite session beer that is worth seeking out. The strange art work on the bottle and my lack of knowledge of this brewery allowed me to really be taken by surprise, and I am an immediate supporter of this fine brew.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color. a touch of hazy and a big foamy off white head

Smell: hops, citrusy floral smells. bitter with not much else to balance

Taste: strong hop bite. resiny, floral and citrus. some slight pale malts

Mouthfeel: extremely strong hop bite with a light body

Overall: a good ipa, but for a light drinker I want less of a bit more refreshing, the hop strength would go better with a heavy complex beer

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff!

A: The pour is a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Smells quite nice. Very heavy on the peaches with some nice grapefruit peel and other citrus notes. Hints of pine with lots of floral hops. A very mild bread/malt aroma.

T: Perhaps a bit too bitter, but otherwise a very solid flavor. Lots of grapefruit and citrus peel with just as much pine. There is also a nice little fruit note, as there was on the nose.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

O: A pretty nice, low alcohol hoppy beer. I would like to see more of these.

Photo of claminat420
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a slight transparent copper color with a frothy white head. left a nice amount of lacing.

S- nothing but citrus/ floral hops. delicious!

T- a light hop bomb! the smell but x10. not so much melt but just hops from hell. really crisp and citrusy.

M- light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- i'm gonna go to the store and buy the rest while i can.

Overall- this beer kicks ass! i hope they will release this once a year on their anniversary. as a hophead this beer totally hits the crave.

Photo of robwestcott
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold from the bottle a semi opaque honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a white head

great big grassy hops aroma, detectable across the room.

big hops bite up front. lemon rind in the wayback.

light bodied, bitter hops all over the tongue.

enjoyable, very drinkable. big hops.

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+.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/4/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; with no cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic session IPA! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks kirk (florida9) for hooking up some more short's!!! much appreciated.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. crisp opaque honey yellow with a finger plus of frothy white ipa head with sticky lacing. looks pretty good.

s - nice subtle, yet hop forward smell. citric sweetness. smells quite good. not sure how fresh this is, but with the first review about a month ago, seems pretty fresh. i'm diggin it.

t - the taste differed quite a bit from the smell. again, hop forward, but not as citric, more bitter on the finish and not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests.

m - as with all shorts, a bit watery but not thin.

o - overall this is a pretty good ipa. it is pretty timid on the hop forwardness so get this one while you can and as fresh as possible since there isn't much for the hophead here. i dug it and if i could get this locally i'd be more than happy to tear through a few 6'ers of this when it hits shelves, but this is not one to wait on.

Photo of david131
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably the most beautiful label I have ever seen.

A- Pours a nicely hazed light orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation that help to maintain the thin white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrus, mango, pineapple, caramel, and a touch of oats. Very aromatic and inviting.

T- There is an emphasis on the hoppiness, with a lot of the fruitt flavors coming through. The malty flavors fall a bit flat on the finish.

M- Oily and bitter with a bit of light carbonation. The body feels a bit thin.

O- At 4% ABV, this is a very sessionable beer. Nice for a change of pace.

Photo of BBP
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little pour when compared to the average IPA with considerably good head, retention, and lacing compared to the average Short's beer.

The smell was instantly inviting with an unmistakable hop presence which was partially floral, and suggested it was bitter and clean at the same time.

The taste is solid, and phenomenal for the ABV. There's floral hops and pin initially with a slight allotment of caramel malt. The aftertaste is fairly bitter with a slight hint of roast. Due to the malt lack, it was mostly bitter, which was to my liking, but with a low ABV, low malt beer, it also came across as a bit thin.

The mouthfeel was inbetween light and medium. A medium high carbonation offsets this a little, but it's hard not to notice that this part feels lacking. The finish is good though, so it's partially redeeming. Slightly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, I'm quite surprised that they did such a great job on an IPA with such little alcohol. If this were a regular offering, it could very well be one of my staple beers.

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Ale La Reverend from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.