Short's Beard Of Zeus - Short's Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +16%
bottle into Duvel glass
appearance: clear orange-ish yellow with foamy white head
smell: piney citrusy hops with a bready lager aroma mixed in
taste: pretty bitter, lots of hop presence, some floral and citrus notes throughout. Not much on the backbone, the hops linger in the aftertaste creating a refreshingly sweet bitterness.
mouthfeel: very light like a lager, average carbonation
overall: To me this tastes like the bastard step child between a nice lager and an IPA, leaning more towards to the IPA side. Very earthy hop bitterness that ends with a cold lager smoothness that goes together oh so well, this may be my favorite beer from Short's, hopefully ill be able to find it again someday, I made this 6-pack last quite awhile, so fresh...
06-01-2013 07:39:24 | More by Roman5150
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
I drank this next to another IPL (india pale lager). Wolverine brewing company (in Ann Arbor MI) has a few beers in the same style. I was able to taste the orange rind up front, but there is something about those Zeus hops (and rind blend) that really gives the beer something unique- and made it taste much different than the Wolverine IPL.
Hazy golden color (think Oberun)
Honestly not that great or strong, really faint smells.
I would describe the taste in a few sequences:
1. The orange rind gives an almost Oberun-like taste upfront
2. The hops hit you and you taste something completely different
3. Not long after the hops hit you, you also start tasting the traditional flavors of a good lager, and you can still taste the hops
4. The finish is something mixed between some traditional IPA-like flavors and some smokey wood notes (hickory, cedar, etc.)
Good. A lot of carbonation on the tongue, a lot of fluidity elsewhere.
This beer was good, and the complexity of the taste was welcome. I'm not sure what it is about Short's beer, but they quality of their beer has improved greatly. I'm not sure what their changes have been over the years, but I also had a softparade recently and don't remember it tasting so good since the last time I had it.
05-22-2013 19:35:01 | More by dmhurdle
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
4.24/5 rDev +11%
Appearance: Amber/ orange like an IPA, but crisp and clear like a pilsner.
Smell: Like a hoppy orange. A very pleasant aroma if I do say so myself.
Taste: Very refreshing. I could drink this all day. Short's did a very good job in combining flavors from an IPA and pilsner. They captured the best of both styles. The added orange zest compliments the flavors well and adds to this already refreshing beer.
Overall: Very good and unique. Short's does it again - An excellent example of how a brewery can think outside of the box and pull it off.
05-16-2013 20:09:05 | More by Supergenious
4.21/5 rDev +10.2%
We crack the tops and pour a brew of pale copper coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a creamy two finger head of eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving sticky, cratered lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, with clarity sitting quite high until the dregs of the bottle give the lightest haze. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is fresh and zesty, with your standard pale malts, rusty metallics, freshly pulled bean sprouts, green strawberries, tangerine flesh, bittered citric rind, light lactics, and chalky zing of Smarties candy. The hops come to meet with big juicy grassiness and simultaneously contrasting dirty, drying earthiness. Our first impression is that the hops afford great bitterness, exhibiting all of the flavors hoped for from the nose, while blending nicely with the softer grain bill. As we sip, the flavoring opens with big citric orange bitterness, baker’s yeast, lightly nectary and grassy hop bite, lightly toasted pale and pilsner malts, sweet tangerine juiciness, and root vegetable bitterness. These blend, coming to a peak of tinny metallics, lactic acidity, pale grain, and a flash of honey sweetness before that drying, muddy, vegetal quality and the earthy hops pull us to the end. This finishing wash comes with most of the punch of the grain, with graphite, cardboard, solidly pale malt bitters, faint wheatiness, and raw barley. Again, to meet are green resiny plant stems, dandelion leaves, copper, and heavily bittering grassy, earthy, and floral hops. The aftertaste breathes of lemon hand wipes, biting citric rind, mustard greens, black pepper, white flour, mineral, basement dustiness, bitter grassy hops, crispy autumn leaves, and the faintest echo of sweet alcohol. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation bubbles at a medium. Each sip gives great slurp, smack, and pop, with surprisingly nice creaminess and frothiness to boot. The mouth is left wet and coated, with eventual astringent dryness down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is sessionable, and the beer drinks very easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma, its feel, and its drinkability. The nose started juicy, nicely hopped, and well balanced. Sweetness mixed in, as well as bittered fruitiness, for a very organic feeling blend. The flavoring followed nicely, giving quite the kick between the bitterness of the pale and more metallic pilsner maltiness and the dirty, earthy, and grassy hops. The feel, again, was beautifully surprising, giving much more softness, cream, and slurp than would be expected for the style. This is a fantastic beer from a great local brewery, and definitely one to keep you sipping by the pool all summer’s day long.
05-15-2013 23:49:24 | More by TheBrewo
Short's Beard Of Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.