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Honey Badger - Short's Brewing Company

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82
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double India Black Ale brewed with orange blossom honey

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

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-19-2014 23:24:51 | More by thickgirth
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-17-2014 01:39:13 | More by mvanwoerm
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Dave_in_GR

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance is a very dark brown with a small amount of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is delicious, a nice mix of floral and citrus hops, sweet notes of honey, as well as roasted malts.

Taste is a bit less appealing, it is very bitter, almost astringent, followed by overwhelming roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. The roasted flavors really stick to your tongue.

Overall I feel kind of let down, the smell of the beer is great but the flavors aren't balanced, with the bitterness and roastiness overwhelming any sweetness.

04-15-2014 23:17:02 | More by Dave_in_GR
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GinsuDave

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-05-2014 01:49:26 | More by GinsuDave
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-01-2014 06:57:02 | More by adamant1912
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-27-2014 22:26:41 | More by BlissJunkie
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GoldenChild

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-27-2014 22:25:36 | More by GoldenChild
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Matthew607

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-24-2014 17:19:15 | More by Matthew607
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-24-2014 04:03:14 | More by DruC4
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-24-2014 03:00:04 | More by tommy5
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

8.6% ABV per the website. Brewed with orange blossom honey. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a deep black, forming a small light tan head which quickly recedes into nothing, no lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose open with the required hop charge, grapefruit hops with the required roast profile, cleanly fermented, with some subtle fruity yeast esters. Nice nose. Mouthfeel is bracing with a firm hop flavor and acidity, combined with copious roast acidity, with a medium dense body and a slightly oily mouthfeel in the finish. The taste opens with the firm grapefruit hoppiness then is followed by a pronounced roast. This is roastier than most versions of the style, with burnt chocolate, burnt marshmallows and soot. The bitterness is quite firm, lingering long into the aftertaste. Probably the most burnt black IPA I've had. The finish is astringent and biting. There is no way anyone is going to taste the honey in this. I would argue it's a waste of money.

This is a very aggressive black IPA. Too much for my taste. The roast is way overdone and the bitterness is too bracing when compared to the best examples of the style. I'll pass on this one.

03-22-2014 03:18:25 | More by Mitchster
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-19-2014 13:01:06 | More by tectactoe
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jmich24

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-19-2014 04:12:44 | More by jmich24
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-17-2014 21:28:20 | More by DrBirdman1995
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Michigan

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03-12-2014 21:29:30 | More by BHansen214
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-09-2014 23:36:19 | More by GRFounder
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-05-2014 23:49:55 | More by cistercian12
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-04-2014 08:19:52 | More by Localdrinklax
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, honey, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine resin, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, light char, toast, floral, grass, and roast/pine earthiness. Sizable amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine resin, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, floral, grass, and pine earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a solid malt/hop flavor balance and a moderate amount cloying pine bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this was a very good imperial black IPA. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hops; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

03-03-2014 01:25:46 | More by superspak
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Flopjack

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black, 1 finger off white head nice lacing.

Smell - Spent coffee grounds, noticeable floral aroma from the orange blossom, malts, and just very subtle hop character.

Taste - Very roasty right from the start. Dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and subtle smokiness. Slight dried out citrus and biscuit more towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall - Good beer. This beer has a very unique smell and taste from other beers. Having said that the smell and taste also do not line up perfectly with one another. Reminds me of a smokey stout or porter by taste.

02-27-2014 02:34:32 | More by Flopjack
Honey Badger from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.