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Honey Badger - Short's Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
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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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tectactoe Short's has been constantly on-deck for the past couple weeks as I've thinned the ranks. Time for another reaping. 12 oz. bottle with a cultural reference I keep seeing but I'm never going to bother to look up.

Pour is the love child between black & ladybug red. Attendant carbonation is low. The nose is a cup of coffee that's been spilled into the top of the Christmas tree & just dripped onto the neutral carpet. Interesting.

Honey Badger is damn aggressive & if that's the reference, it's hit the target. Coffee claws its way through the roof of my mouth & right up into my upper nasal cavity: damn. Piney hops get fifth or sixth fiddle. Plinky sweetness right at the end. Lack of complexity & the finishing sweet (honey?) makes this a nice sipper I could drink through a straw.

Simple, direct, tasty. Not earth-shaking, but a good, solid beer.

maximum12, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Westmi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Westmi, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of thickgirth
3/5  rDev -17.4%

thickgirth, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of mvanwoerm
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mvanwoerm, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dave_in_GR, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of GinsuDave
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GinsuDave, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

adamant1912, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of BlissJunkie
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BlissJunkie, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of GoldenChild
3/5  rDev -17.4%

GoldenChild, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Matthew607
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Matthew607, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +10.2%

DruC4, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tommy5, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Mitchster, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jmich24, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of DrBirdman1995
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DrBirdman1995, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of BHansen214
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

BHansen214, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev +10.2%

GRFounder, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Buck_Jones, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev +10.2%

BEERschlitz, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of cistercian12
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

cistercian12, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Localdrinklax, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

FlyingHellfish, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Doublicious, Mar 01, 2014
Honey Badger from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.