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Gingersnap - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

107 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark English Brown Ale brewed with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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metter98

New York

3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and poured with a quarter finger high light tan head.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with hints of brown malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by favors of ginger, which linger and stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice holiday ale but seems lime it could use more malts to taste like gingersnaps.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:13:41 | More by metter98
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-28-2013 17:57:50 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

03-17-2013 14:06:32 | More by Jason
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-18-2013 19:11:07 | More by mendvicdog
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-19-2014 07:07:37 | More by zestar
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superspak

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge ginger root, cinnamon, molasses, toast, biscuit, nutmeg, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Decent aromas with some solid complexity and good strength; but has way too much ginger going on. Taste of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, toffee, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, light roast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of spices and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid spiced brown ale. Good robustness and solid balance of spice and malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A fairly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:50:51 | More by superspak
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-09-2013 00:49:23 | More by Zaphog
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for the Shorts vs. Greenbush Throwdown. This one pours the color of a stained armoire, deep-mahogany and mostly opaque, except for the very top and bottom. If not held to the light, it could easily be mistaken for black. The small, off-white head fades to a skin within moments, leaving basically nothing behind.

The aroma is kind of a "half-and-half" ginger split. Half of it smells like a gingerbread cookie and the other half smells like pure ginger root. The first, soft waves hit more like a cookie with the caramel and bread notes lending a helping hand from the malt. Cinnamon and nutmeg are faint, but definitely in the background. Deeper inhales reveal a more raw ginger aroma - like a straight up ginger root up your nostril.

As I go in for my first sip, I'm really hoping it's a little more on the cookie side than the root side, but sadly it is not. Tons of ginger on the palate, but it really is pretty akin to sucking a ginger root. Mildly spicy and potent with almost a sinus-clearing presence, this bad boy is loaded with ginger spice. All hope is not lost, though - some light caramel, toffee, and toasted bread malt flavors collaborate in the aftertaste to help things out a bit, also adding a little sweetness for balance.

The bad part is that as this warms up, the raw ginger flavor just grows heavier and more potent, turning the beer more and more into a liquid ginger root than a liquid gingerbread cookie. Eventually, even the help of the malts on the back end is useless, and the aftertaste just becomes a mouth full of ginger. Thin-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a slick, wet mouth feel.

Not a bad beer, but just too much ginger. I guess I was expecting more malt and cinnamon and nutmeg to give that "gingerbread" cookie feel - like Hardywood's stout, maybe. But this was erring more towards pure, raw ginger, especially as time went on. If I was going to drink a ginger heavy Shorts brew, I'd reach for Ginger in the Rye over this one - the ginger is better integrated into the base style and not quite as attention-grabbing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 10:59:41 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

11-21-2013 23:36:38 | More by warnerry
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

12-25-2013 04:04:05 | More by Dope
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

12-23-2013 00:18:03 | More by tommy5
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-01-2013 16:13:54 | More by tommyguz
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-09-2013 22:58:41 | More by DonFrap
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of Short's Gingersnap in their new variety 12 pack a couple weeks ago for $18.99 at Meijers. I tried this beer before when I visited Short's last winter, I liked it but I thought it was a little over spiced and I'm interested to see how the first bottled release of this beer is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but the new variety pack showed up recently, so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label nice, it fits the beer well and it's a little different looking label for Shorts. It poured a nice dark brown color that didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left behind lots of sticky lacing behind. This is the a very good looking beer, the head retention and lacing are better than most Short's beers.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a very molasses and blackstrap like aroma to it with a good amount of spices up that front impart some ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon like aromas with the ginger sticking out the most imparting an earthy fresh ginger rhizome like aroma. Up next comes the malts which are a little overpowered by the spices and impart a nutty and toasted malt like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice and it reminds me of a big chunk of ginger bread cookie dough.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a slight molasses like aroma to it and it's followed by some spices which impart a very light cinnamon flavor with that fresh, earthy, and spicy ginger aspect that I got in the aroma seeming to show up the most. Up next comes a light metallic flavor followed by a noticeable alcohol flavor. On the finish there's some lightly nutty and toasted malt flavors with pretty much no bitterness with that alcohol flavor taking it's place with a ginger and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that wasn't overly spiced, but I thought the alcohol could have been hidden better and the metallic flavor was not needed.

M- Not the smoothest. a little boozy,slightly sticky, a little creamy, pretty rich. on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, I wish it was smoother, but the lower amount of medium carbonation works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this a nice beer and nice example of a ginger bread themed beer, it isn't too recognizable as an English Brown Ale, but once it warms up I started to get some of that toasted malt base with some light nutty flavors. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it isn't the smoothest, it's a little boozy and a little filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention so i think one would be enough for me since I think it would start to wear on me if I drank multiples. This make for a great holiday time beer and it's perfect for the winter and late fall season. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they both worked really well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the metallic flavor and the noticeable alcohol flavors, i think the alcohol could have been hidden better. I would get a couple bottles of these if they release it next year, but it isn't something I'm going to really anticipate or buy a six pack of, but it seems to fit in nicely with this variety pack and I put one in the cellar as an experiment to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes ginger beers. All in all I liked this beer, but I think there's room for improvement and it's got a few aspects that make it a little rough around the edges, but it's pretty enjoyable on a cold and slightly snowy day. I thought this variety pack, the third different one released by shorts, was the best of the three with Black Diamond and Mystery Stout being by my favorite and I'm glad they threw in some of their higher abc beers in this variety pack. I thought the spices weren't as overwhelming as they were when I first i had it but, i don't know if wasn't boozy and slight metallic or if the spices just covered it up at the time. Solid work guys, it's nice to see more pub only beers make their way into these variety packs, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:03:39 | More by StoutHunter
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-16-2014 19:24:11 | More by Morey
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer pours a ruddy brown with an inch of tan head.

S - The smell is a jumble of aromas. The ginger is apparent. I get some indiscernible spices, too.

T - I get some ginger, clove, and cinnamon. I can taste a little molasses, as well.

M - Moderate

O - I was thinking this would taste more like gingerbread. It is in the vicinity. It is a ginger beer with some roasted characteristics. I was hoping that it would be better.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:49:33 | More by buschbeer
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mrebeka

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-24-2014 02:33:26 | More by mrebeka
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-08-2013 01:08:04 | More by beergorrilla
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elNopalero

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cola caramel with a thick creamy head.

The aroma is like a strong Christmas tree, with a herbaceous piney blend of goodness coming across.

The flavor is sharply bitter without being hoppy.

There’s a blend of Christmas spices, herbal and medicinal.

I like that flavor profile and the combination. Works for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:38:12 | More by elNopalero
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-07-2013 00:15:40 | More by JohnnieNepal
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-02-2013 04:37:26 | More by ssimpson89
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-11-2013 03:58:57 | More by szmnnl99
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-07-2013 02:04:19 | More by Kerrie
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dull black with a thin film of attractive sand-colored head. Good retention and some dots of lace. Smell is ginger, rich dark molasses, a little cinnamon and toast. Taste is nice gingerbread and dark molasses again, a little cinnamon, a mild but perfect level of sweetness to support the flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, lightish carbonation and medium, round body. Overall, they really nailed a gingerbread stout, highly drinkable and good balance in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:45:50 | More by pmarlowe
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-20-2014 16:53:08 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Gingersnap from Short's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.