Short's Beard Of Zeus - Short's Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-19-2013 15:58:18 | More by tectactoe
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-04-2013 02:31:19 | More by srv33
4/5 rDev +4.7%
I picked up a bottle of Short's Beard Of Zeus last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time Short's has bottled this beer, they call it an India Pale Lager. Shorts has been brewing some great hoppy beers this year and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just came out, so its pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- I like the label, it kind of looks like Zeus is puckering his lips, but other then that I think it looks pretty nice and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy golden yellow color that took on an orange hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some citrus rind aromas that seem to stick out a lot. Up next comes a nice mixture of hops aromas, i get some piney, grapefruit and some lighter pineapple aromas in the background. Up next comes some nice grainy and bready malts that impart some nice balance and there is also a light pepper like aroma. The aroma was good, it's very IPA like with some lighter lager aromas in the background.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off the same with some citrus zest flavors followed by lots of hops that impart a medium amount of higher bitterness with some piney, grapefruit, and slight citrus hop flavors. Up next comes a pretty spicy flavor with white pepper sticking out the most with some grainy, bready and lager yeast like flavors on the finish with a bitter, piney and slight citrus hop like aroma. This beer tastes good it has some decent balance, but I still thought it was more IPA then Lager, but in the end it tasted nice.
M- A little smooth, a little crisp, clean, on the fuller side of being lighter bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had some nice aspects of both styles and while it wasn't as balanced as I would like I still found it to be a pretty enjoyable beer and I thought the orange rind worked pretty will with this beer. It had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, clean, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think the bitterness is a little too high for me to a drink a few of these, one or two would be the perfect amount. What I liked the most about this beer was the orange rind addition, it wasn't overpowering and it blended well with the other flavors and aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, if it was toned down some it would really help the drinkability and make it more session able, and that's the way I feel most Lagers should be. I might have bought a couple more but I'm sure they are all gone by now and the store had a 3 bottle limit, so I got the limit, I would check it out again if they decide to release it again and I recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy Lagers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was a nice example of a hoppy lager, and while it was a little rough around the edges it was still pretty enjoyable. I still think I like a Shift a little more than this one, but it's still a very solid beer. Good job Short's you guys are really raising the bar when it comes to hoppy Michigan made beers.
05-21-2013 03:38:36 | More by StoutHunter
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
A: Light golden straw color, fast fading white head, moderate amount of micro bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, very clear.
S: Prominent citrus nose with lemon, grapefruit rind, orange peel. Also has some pine and earthy undertones.
T: As one would expect with the IPL label, this is a very hoppy lager. Bitter orange peel (not surprising), ruby red grapefruit, piney resin, and faint grassy earthy notes. Bitterness is substantial, though it is not the most bitter IPL I've had.
M: The massive hoppiness attempts to trick the palate into making you think this is a bigger bodied beer. However, this most definitely feels like a lager, leaning more towards the thin side, though it does not approach watery. Carbonation is a little bit lower than I would like.
O: This compares well to Sam Adams IPL, and I think Beard of Zeus edges it out by a small margin. Extremely hoppy and delicious lager that I will be sure to buy more of next year if it is released.
05-30-2013 03:24:36 | More by CMUbrew
Short's Beard Of Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.