1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Short's Beard Of ZeusShort's Beard Of Zeus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 177
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mzeld
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

mzeld, May 20, 2013
Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

HopHeadHerman, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of MgoJohnStamos
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

MgoJohnStamos, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of goblue1994
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%

goblue1994, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of rjcoy06
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

rjcoy06, May 17, 2013
Photo of Vuaspeliador
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Vuaspeliador, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of JamesZ
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JamesZ, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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...

Roman5150, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mikerap100
4.36/5  rDev +15%

mikerap100, May 25, 2013
Photo of dmhurdle
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall:
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.

Appearance:
Hazy golden color (think Oberun)

Smell:
Honestly not that great or strong, really faint smells.

Taste:
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.)

Mouthfeel:
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.

dmhurdle, May 22, 2013
Photo of CMUbrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

CMUbrew, May 30, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Gonzoillini, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

TheSamKuehn, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of BEERschlitz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sparty55, May 27, 2013
Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

dfillius, May 18, 2013
Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jemarent, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Slay40, May 16, 2013
Photo of tclang
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

tclang, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of FinchSCF
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

FinchSCF, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Stickler
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Stickler, May 27, 2013
Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

amishbooze, May 22, 2013
Photo of ygolordned
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ygolordned, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mjw1200, Jun 04, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Short's Beard Of Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.