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Honey Badger - Short's Brewing Company

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Matthew607

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-19-2014 04:12:44 | More by jmich24
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DrBirdman1995

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-17-2014 21:28:20 | More by DrBirdman1995
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BHansen214

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-09-2014 15:40:03 | More by Buck_Jones
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-09-2014 15:02:16 | More by BEERschlitz
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-01-2014 18:09:12 | More by FlyingHellfish
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Doublicious

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-01-2014 03:04:34 | More by Doublicious
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Flopjack

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:34:32 | More by Flopjack
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this as a gift. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a basically opaque black color with a short tan head with minimal amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, barley, citrus, hops, coriander

T: Mellow flavor, tastes of wheat, barley, malts, citrus, with a slight tinge of hops at the finish

M: Full bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation. Balanced flavor with a kick of hops at the end.

O: Overall this was quite an interesting combination of flavors and profiles. Although I didn't see anything negative to it, it didn't quite fit my fancy. However, to each his own and since this is a limited run, I would suggest trying it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:49:41 | More by Mavigo
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-26-2014 01:59:07 | More by Gtg642
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core42

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-20-2014 00:48:11 | More by core42
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TheConnMan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-08-2014 01:51:52 | More by TheConnMan
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kyle86

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-06-2014 20:44:31 | More by kyle86
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

$2 single poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pitch black. Aggressive pour still didn't yield much of a head at all. Reasonably good lacing.

Smell: Wow, no kidding. Floral as hell. That orange blossom isn't messing around. Actually smells a bit like some sort of sour orange candy, but that's probably just because I read "orange" blossom. Honey sort of sweetness. Very strange, but nice.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man this beer's complex. I don't know where to start. Alright, the first thing I notice going in is the mouthfeel. It's probably-maybe the honey, but there's a creamy feel to it with a very nice body. Then, all at once it seems, there's some dark, roasted, bitter malts, the orange blossom honey, an almost sour orange candy sort of flavor (that I think many people could think tastes like medicine), a slight alcohol warmth, more orange blossom/floral flavors, bitterness, and then a bit of a roasty+orange blossom aftertaste. It is a strange, strange beer. I keep taking sips of it to try and explain it. It is pretty nice, but damn is it strange.

This surely isn't a beer for everyone. Then again, if you read the label, you got what you had coming. The badger on the label makes me think of the slight slap of bitterness and roastiness this beer provides, the snake is for the slightly "venomous" alcohol flavor and warmth, and the orange blossom, of course, is for the only-Short's-would-do-it orange blossom flavor.

One hell of a unique beer. I don't LOVE it, but it's an awesomely different beer for those who are open to trying new things. Hey, "Life is Short's". Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 16:46:02 | More by Alextricity
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marcb105

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-06-2014 01:02:23 | More by marcb105
Honey Badger from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.