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Short's Rye Not? - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: webmanspidey on 03-02-2013)
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Reviews by webmanspidey:
Photo of webmanspidey
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a Rye IPA from Short's that has just been bottled for the first time.

Appearance is a medium golden orange. Smell is light and citrusy. Taste has a decent amount of hops but remains very balanced and drinkable. This is a light-bodied, easy-drinking IPA with a slightly different character from the rye.

webmanspidey, Mar 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another seemingly new brew from Shorts, an American style IPA made with malted rye. I'm pretty mixed as far as rye beers go, so I had to try this one for myself. It pours a solid amber with some golden hints at the edges of the glass. It's pretty muddled and therefore mostly opaque. The head is huge, frothy, and somewhat slow to form. Eggshell-white in color leaving a good amount of sticky lacing behind, all up and down the glass.

The aroma has quite an impressive malt bill for being an India Pale Ale, but that isn't always necessarily a good thing. Hops are present, though, with a good amount of the bill leaning towards a slightly leafy and mostly citrus profile. Peppery orange and citrus peel. The rye adds a less-than-harsh dryness that stings the nostrils and invokes some nice earthy, spicy, and almost herbal aroma. Perhaps some of those are coming from the hops as well - they mesh well with the hops, here. Overall, it's pretty pungent and the smell tells me that this is gonna be nice and bitter - it's hitting my saliva glads already.

The taste actually starts off much more mellow and laid back than I anticipated. The mouth feel is surprisingly thicker, also, and maybe even lightly creamy. A white pepper covered citrus peel is the first thing that comes to mind. The rye doesn't take long to make its presence known - it hits quick and contributes a spiciness and dryness that flows well into the aftertaste. Bready and almost borderline caramel flavors pop from the malt and couple with the hoppy citrus to create a light sweetness.

Aside from the citrus imparted flavors, the hops also bring a bit of piney and oily resin to the table - something I've always enjoyed. It's not pungently bitter, but the pines are more on the soft side, backed up by some seriously thick hop oils. Bitterness is somewhat low at first, but it builds over the course of the sip and has a nice, lasting presence in the finish. The more I drink, the heavier the bitterness gets, actually. By the end of the beer, the bitterness is quite potent, even right out of the gate. This beer seems a little watery at times, but the mouth feel is still thick. Some palate-coated stickiness in the finish with the taste of dry rye, herbal hops, and mild citrus peel.

Pretty good brew from Shorts, I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. The rye adds an interesting aspect to a classic style, as it usually does, but unfortunately that doesn't put it above a regular IPA for me (at least, Shorts' flagship IPA). Tasty for what it is, but gimme a Huma Lupa any day.

tectactoe, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely hazy orange pour into my glass like the leaves covering the ground on a brisk autumnal day. Creamy white fizzy head that slows fades atop the brew. Aromas entice with sweet caramel malts tinged by spicy rye notes and earthy accents. Citrusy, resiny hops meld in quite harmoniously.

First sip brings a solid balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness - as it flows to the back of the palate the bitterness becomes more pronounced. Great mix of caramel malt flavor alongside a spicy, earthy rye kick that I really enjoy. The resinous citrus and pine hops are heavy handed without going overboard. Just a solid IPA all told.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and medium bodied, enough heft to carry the brew and spot on carbonation. Easy drinking IPA that I could enjoy well into the evening. Overall, I really enjoy the rye addition and would definitely drink this one again if given the opportunity!

orbitalr0x, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

warnerry, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

dmorley21, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

beergorrilla, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrIPA, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of SimcoeJoe
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

SimcoeJoe, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

redleg64, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

brudz2134, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Lurkerson, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Emnmarko, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of minterro
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Spartan Spirits for about $2 a bottle. Personally love rye beers so this one was a must try for me.

A&S: huge part of the smell are composed of rye, has some spice to it aswell, hints of earthy/grassy tones. hazy yellow/orange colored beer. unimpressive white head that dies relatively quickly.

T&M: Upfront citrus and dank/piney hops dominated the taste. then wow! this beer is a surprising bitter tongue bruiser toward the back end. Any maltyness is pretty over-powered by the rye bitterness. On the heavier side of medium and the high side of medium for carbonation.

overall: I thought this beer was excellent. I really hope they continue to brew and bottle this beer down the road. Would really like to do a side by side with founders rye. I think founders has them beat on drinkable and smooth mouthfeel but I might go with shorts for overall taste.

minterro, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks for the extra!). No discernable bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy amber with about an eighth finger pale head. Head fades quickly without leaving much lace to speak of.

Smells of oranges,peach, papaya and a little spice. Very inviting.

Very citrus tasting. Notes of mandarin orange, papaya, mango, a bit of sweet bread and just a hint of spice. All in all an enjoyable little mix.

Medium light body with a nice thin carbonation. Mildly bitter, orangey sweet aftertaste.

Not sure why this isn't rated better. Maybe it just fit my mood but I really enjoyed it. Great sweet citrus notes in a smooth body that wasn't overly carbonated. I'd most certainly buy this if it were a available to me.

ThickNStout, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

DMarlinJ, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

HardyA, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Rye Not? a few days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm always excited to try a new beer from Short's and since they make some pretty damn good Rye Beer's I have some high expectations for this brew, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and unique with what appears to be a guy wake boarding in a field of rye. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I really like the color, but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a light bready malt aroma followed by a good amount of rye that imparted some nice earthy and spicy rye aromas. Up next comes the hops which are pretty abundant with some nice earthy and citrus hops aromas with a slight piney hop aroma. The mixture of hops is nice and it makes for a pretty balanced aroma, I thought it was pretty damn good and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by a slight bit of bready malts that lead directly to a good amount of rye that imparts some nice earthy and spicy flavors. After that comes the hops which seems to be an even mixture of earthy, citrus, and piney hops with not one aspect sticking out more than the other. On the finish there's a higher amount of bitterness that has a bitter aspirin like flavor with an earthy and bitter aftertaste, This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the citrus hops showed up a little more and the bitterness was toned down a little, that would make this beer taste very good.

M- A little smooth, crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation, the mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it had pretty nice balance, neither the hops or the rye were overpowering, but the bitterness was a little overpowering which made this beer just a little rough around the edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth and the flavors held my attention, but the high amount of bitterness would prevent me from drinking multiples of this beer, one seems like just the right amount. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really good and nicely balanced, the spicy rye aromas and the citrus and earthy hops aromas worked nicely together. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of bitterness and the drinkability, if the bitterness was toned down some it would help the drinkability out a lot. I would buy a couple more of these, but I don't think I would get a six pack of it and, I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Rye Beers. All in all I thought it was nice beer but there are a few other rye beers that I like more from Short's, its nice but it isn't a groundbreaking Rye IPA. Nice work Short's with just a little tweaking I think this could be a really good Rye IPA. As it was I liked it, but I didn't love it, it didn't meet my expectations, but it wasn't a bad beer by any means.

StoutHunter, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy brass-orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Smells of sweet grapefruit, candied orange, lightly spicy rye, brown bread.

T: Taste brings bready rye, very light grassy bitterness, mild yet juicy citrus, caramel malt.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty and drinkable.

Etan, May 15, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Zaphog, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of robhbest
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. 1 finger white head with good lacing.

S: Low grain smell from the rye, some citrus characters come through with the hops.

T: Starts off a little boozy like, grainy from the rye. Definitely can taste the grains throughout. Citrus and earthy notes come through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: A little hoppy for the style but for a hop head like myself its not offensive. I think that there is a little too much booziness for it to be a great beer, it is however good and I'll probably mix another in with my mix and match six packs.

robhbest, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ROBSTARR, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

cwxc818, Apr 21, 2013
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Short's Rye Not? from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.