Short's Stroker Ace - Short's Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/18/2014. Pours fairly hazy gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthinss. Very nice aromas with big juicy citrus/tropical hop and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel/rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, biscuit and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and a moderate amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this was a really good session IPA. Nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and a fair amount of pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 03:52:43 | More by superspak
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I picked up a bottle of Short's Stroker Ace from their new variety pack last week at Boyne Country Provisions. This new variety pack had three first time bottle releases in it and I thought I would start off with this Session IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.
A- The label looks ok, it's a little odd looking but I guess it goes with name, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a hazy yellow color that took on more of golden orange color when held to the light with just about two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some rings of spotty and patching lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice citrus and fruity hops aroma with some citrus rinds seeming to come through the most and there's a little bit of piney hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which are on the light side and impart a light grainy and sweet malt like aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was dominated by some nice and fruity hops.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the fruity hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and there's also a lot of herbal hop flavors that I didn't really get in the aroma, but this time there's a nice grapefruit flavor that works well with the citrus rind flavors. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast and it's followed by the malts that stick out more than they did in the aroma and they impart some slightly grainy, sweet malt and light caramel like flavors. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a fruity hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Session IPA, but I thought it might be a little too balanced for the style.
M= Fairly smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average and unique example of a session IPA, it was different because of the balance, some of the beers in this style can almost taste like hop water, but in this beer the malts showed up a good amount in the taste, but that proved to be just a little too much balance for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think two would be my limit any more than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice and to me they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, in most beers balance is the key, but this one had a little to much of that and it would be nice if the malt flavors were just toned down a little bit. I would buy this again if it was available on it's own, but I don't know if it's something I would buy a whole six pack of and I for sure wouldn't turn one down. I recommend trying it if you want a unique and balanced Session IPA. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it's seems just a little rough around the edges and I think with just a little bit of work that this could be a pretty good beer. It isn't my favorite Short's beer or favorite Session IPA, but it was pretty unique for the style and because of that it was a little memorable. I appreciate the effort, but I think this one needs just a little work, but it was still solid nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 03:50:10 | More by StoutHunter
3.69/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
3/18/14 date. Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 7/7/14.
Appearance: Super hazy yellow color with orange tints in the glass. Soapy looking head with some clinging lace. (4/5)
Smell: Unexpected. A lot of citrus and malt. Grapefruit and orange rind aroma are a little heavy. Resinous. A buttery bisuit malty quality as well. (3.5/5)
Taste/feel: More buttery biscuit. Wow. Almost like a caramel popcorn flavor initially. Butterscotch as well? Boy was this unexpected. Moderate feel all around with a middle-of-the-road bitterness. Finish is a lot of biscuit/white bread flavor. Bitterness lingers a bit on the finish with light citrus rind. (3.75/5, 4/5)
Maaan, is that a different tasting session IPA. Pretty malty with some truly unusual characteristics, but it's tasty. I have to wonder what malt and hops were used in this beer because it's pretty unique. I don't love the flavor, but I still appreciate this beer's uniqueness.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:41:34 | More by Alextricity
Short's Stroker Ace from Short's Brewing Company
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