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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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marcb105

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-14-2013 02:06:41 | More by marcb105
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alex021224

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

05-19-2013 01:59:03 | More by alex021224
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dmhurdle

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 19:35:01 | More by dmhurdle
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ygolordned

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-27-2013 00:53:55 | More by ygolordned
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swtchuck

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

06-04-2013 01:40:45 | More by swtchuck
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:24:36 | More by CMUbrew
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rjcoy06

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-17-2013 17:40:10 | More by rjcoy06
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HisBoyElroy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-18-2013 02:52:50 | More by HisBoyElroy
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GRBLUE12

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

09-05-2013 16:22:23 | More by GRBLUE12
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

05-19-2013 01:36:45 | More by Tee2Grn
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McBAINx

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2014 00:22:33 | More by McBAINx
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mattvandyk

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

06-25-2013 22:29:24 | More by mattvandyk
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MMBrew

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-14-2013 02:25:53 | More by MMBrew
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

06-17-2013 01:23:30 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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emac1224

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-28-2014 02:44:35 | More by emac1224
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FlyingHellfish

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-18-2013 22:13:47 | More by FlyingHellfish
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Roman5150

Spain

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 07:39:24 | More by Roman5150
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miffsudd

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-22-2014 15:53:09 | More by miffsudd
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gashmoney

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

06-22-2013 15:30:49 | More by gashmoney
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JamesZ

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-08-2013 01:42:03 | More by JamesZ
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Vuaspeliador

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-20-2013 18:26:33 | More by Vuaspeliador
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brudz2134

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-02-2013 02:30:04 | More by brudz2134
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kirkfrailey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-20-2013 14:20:47 | More by kirkfrailey
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JoshuaWagy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

08-20-2013 18:25:07 | More by JoshuaWagy
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a small half finger eggs shell white head that dissipated rather fast. The body is crystal clear and light yellow.

S - Lovely sweetness of orange and a punch of hops (pine, citrus, grapefruit) that go rather well with its malt bill. No detection of Alcohol.

T - Wow this has a bite right from the beginning which lingers throughout and take over this one. Can you say lemon rind. Not very balanced with the extreme bitter bite and the low malt bill.

M - Light bodied and really easy drinking. Carbonation is good and the bitterness is left on your palate with a heck of a bite.

O - This beer is easy drinking but is unbalanced in my mind. It could use a bigger malt bill to match this seemingly unbalanced bitterness of the lemon rind. Session beers that are this hopped up just do not seem to work in my mind. Not my favorite from shorts but never the less another interesting beer to try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:41:29 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Short's Beard Of Zeus from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.