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Short's Beard Of Zeus - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super hopped American pale lager brewed exclusively with Zeus hops. The wet green dank aroma of the Zeus hops pour out of this beer with sweet hints of orange. Pleasant resiny hop essence dominate the flavor profile transitioning quickly to a bold bitterness that seems amplified due to the light clean lager finish

(Beer added by: TheBrewo on 05-15-2013)
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Reviews by andrewjraab:
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Straw color, not much head, lots of carbonation.
S - Citrus, piney, dank, grass.
T - Citrus and piney hop smack, resin, bitter all the way through and not really balanced.
O - Decent, but not really digging the category much. Give me a IPA or give me a lager.

andrewjraab, Jun 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

DanGeo, May 18, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beard of Zeus pours a somewhat hazy, golden-amber color. When held in dimmer places, it appears as more of a burnt orange color. The head is big-bubbled, soapy, and foamy, though it shows decent retention and leaves nice patches of lacing along the side of the glass. A good amount of yeast is left at the bottom of the bottle after pouring, too.

The aroma is pretty damn nice. A quick jolt of heavy citrus and pine to the senses; pineapple, grapefruit peels, pine needles, hop oils, heavy orange zest, white pepper. I can't decide if the hop bill is more on the citrus side or more on the pine-y side, but maybe that's what makes it so great - excellent balance. There's really no mention of malt or yeast, and if I didn't know any better, I'd think this was an IPA from the aroma. I was kind of hoping for a crisp lager-yeast smell, but it just gets buried under the large (albeit, very nice) hop aromas.

A quite abrasive and brash bitterness invades all corners of the palate after taking the first sip - much more assertive than I was expecting, though it's not a bad thing. After the initial bitterness mellows out, the flavors start to unravel; pines, hop oils, ashy white pepper, grapefruit rind remnants, pineapple, and the coup de grace - the oranges. Though the label says that this was brewed with only orange rind, it gives off a much more lively and "juicy" orange flavor that really gets amplified with each successive sip.

The mouth on this one is a bit thin and watery, but it's carbonated well and has a nice, crisp, refreshing snap on the tongue and couples well with the flavors. The finish is very clean, also, with a nice fruitiness that resembles orange, lemon, and grapefruit, somewhat akin to a heap of Fruity Pebbles. The bitterness still resonates deep into the aftertaste and on your palate long after the beer is gone.

If it weren't for the label's explicit citation that this was an "India Pale Lager" , you'd think it was an IPA. One must ask the question - why make an IPL? One of my favorite things about lagers are the beautiful and distinct flavors you get from the yeast, all of which are buried by hops in an IPL. Nevertheless, this beer was tasty and drinkable as all hell, so whether it be an ale or a lager, it's still good. I'm just missing the point, I guess.

tectactoe, May 19, 2013
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Photo of srv33
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slightly cloudy golden pour with little lacing and a few larger bubles. Scent of very fragrant hops, grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lavender. Taste is predominately of a rather earthy hops, a bit of sweet citrus, and little else - which strikes me as unbalanced. I feel like this is predominately a brew that showcases the specific Zeus hops used in it and is therefore lacking in balance. I feel it would have been much better balanced with a bit more of a malt component. Mouthfeel has a bite from the beginning, but doesn't linger long and the carbonation is very light and fine. Overall an interesting brew, considering the hops, but I believe could use a second revision with better balance.

srv33, Jun 04, 2013
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Short's Beard Of Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.