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Superfluid - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zaphog on 06-14-2013)
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-29-2013 19:04:31 | More by TypsiYpsi
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ucis

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-18-2014 22:38:53 | More by ucis
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, papaya, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, papaya, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, papaya, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of bright citrus/pine hops with light-moderate malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity of citrus/pine hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:42:56 | More by superspak
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange body. Small, fleeting head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Citrus and a very distinct herbal aroma. The citrus overpowers it, along with some pale malts.

Taste - Orange citrus. Grapefruit. Gets more grapefruity. Musty finish. Slightly bitter. That herbal flavor comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet up front and then a pretty aggressive bitterness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Strange herbal flavor, but it doesn't detract. I rather like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:12:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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Gemini6

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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BMart

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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of golden peach skin into our Founders snifters. It offers up a two finger head of jiggling, gelatinous white foam that shows excellent retention. Lacing is thick, caking around the glasses in sheets. A chill haze cuts through clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose blends notes of freshly juiced pear, tangerine, and peach fruitiness, orange skins, sticky aloe, sunblock creaminess, lactic acidity, fresh vanilla bean, pale, caramel, and cereal malt notes, toasted rye breadiness, oil crayons, soft buttery diacetyls, tree oak and sap, cooked toffee sugars, shortbread cookies, and grassy, herbal, and softly citric hoppiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is fresh and intensely hoppy, but much, much bitterer than the nose would suggest. As we sip, the taste begins with bitterness of piney and oily citric hops, fusel booziness, metallic yeastiness, black pepper and burnt cinnamon spiciness, heavy musk, aromatic fruitiness and sweetness of nectarines, tangerines, and peaches, with enhanced notes of tropical mango and pineapple wash. The middle gives cereal and powdery pale maltiness, oat, bitter herbal and piney hops, green walnut skins, continued fusel ethanol, carrot tops and parsnip rootiness, white wine grape, mineral laden soil, creamy cheddar cheese mustiness, lavender, and medicinal phenol bitterness. The end comes through with a curious oaked muskiness, along with grassy hop resins, dripping wet pine cones, breakfast tea tannins, pencil lead, puckering grapefruit rind and pith, sidewalk chalk, melty candle waxiness, granular white sugar sweetness, dandelion petals, chewable vitamin dust, coconut oil, and pale, crystal, and softer rye maltiness. The aftertaste breathes of fumy ethanol, the craziest and sappiest piney hoppiness, coiny metallics, crushed aspirin and chemical phenol bite, rye and pale malt base, light caramel malt toastiness, buttery diacetyls, acrylic paint chips, and evasive hints at spent charcoal. The body is chewy and on the full side, while carbonation is medium but pervasively present. Each sip gives nicely creamy slurp, smack, froth, and foam, with gentle pop on the back. The mouth is coated and left dripping and syrupy, but is deeply puckered shortly thereafter. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather nicely and conscientiously.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its aroma. It somehow finds a place between big and juicy and powerfully hoppy and resinous. This, by no means, prepares you for the flavor, which hits you like a speedboat cruising atop the superfluid. The hops are explosive, tangy, juicy, twiggy, oily, and above all, bitter. The manner in which you drink this beer actually has a profound effect on this flavoring. If you taste and assess, letting it linger on the buds, it becomes almost too intense, as the booze and resinous hoppiness really dig their heels in. If you gingerly sip it, on the other hand, you get almost an entirely different beer, with topical fruitiness striking an otherwise imperceptible balancing smoothness that is erased by too long a sip. Once you kind of figure this out, it makes the whole experience much more enjoyable and smooth. You can find your rating notes, but not get killed so you won’t taste anything else for the rest of the night. For the style all you would expect is there, and you will most likely not be disappointed if you can handle some of the more hoppy beers on the market. We are quite pleased to have tried this offering from Short’s as we were not too long ago discussing how we have yet to be blown away by one of their beers. This is a step in the right direction towards that goal.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:14:56 | More by TheBrewo
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StoutHunter

Michigan

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Short's Superfluid last week for $1.89 at The lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer and I was happy to see it on this years bottling schedule, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's got a nice look to it and I like the story behind this beer, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly orange golden color that took on more of a orange hue when held to the light with two fingers of somewhat creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stays till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was very nice looking beer, the head and lacing were nice and I really like the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a huge fruity aroma with some tropical fruit and peach like aromas sticking out the most with some piney and slightly floral aromas in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a light sweet malt and slightly grainy aromas with some doughy yeast aromas in the background. Towards the end I get this real unique coconut and pineapple like aroma. This beer had a really nice aroma, it was full of nice fruity aromas and that coconut and pineapple aspect was pretty unique and not expected.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart that same aspect that they did in the aroma, first comes that fruity/tropical fruit flavors with some piney and floral hops in the background and right after comes the coconut and pineapple with the coconut seeming to stick out a little more. Up next comes a light malt flavor with some sweet and slightly grainy malt flavors showing up with a light amount of doughy yeast in the background and a slight alcohol flavor. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness, with some lingering bitterness, fruity hops, pineapple and coconut flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, it was really unique tasting and i can't say that I've had a DIPA that has tasted similar.

M- A little smooth, fairly clean, crisp, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice and unique example of a DIPA, it had all the bitterness that I would expect from the style, but instead of a typical DIPA hop profile this beer went in a different direction that I don't think I've seen any other DIPA go and it's a little hard to believe that there were no crazy adjuncts thrown into this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was a little smooth, fairly clean, crisp, a little refreshing, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one would be my limit since I think the bitterness would start to wear on me a little. What I like the most about this beer was how unique it was, there's no confusing this beer with an average DIPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, it wasn't bad, but i think if the bitterness was toned down just a slight bit then it would make it a little more drinkable and I would contemplate having two. I would for sure buy this beer again, I think it's all gone around here, but I would for sure get a six pack if they bottle it again next year. I would recommend this to people who like DIPA's especially if you like them pretty bitter. All in all I was little impressed with this beer, since it's a Shorts beer I expected it to be good, but I had no clue it was going to go in the direction that it did and I didn't mind it one bit, like a lot of Shorts brews it sets itself apart from the pack and I like that. It isn't my favorite DIPA, but it's up there as one of the more unique ones I've had and I think it's one the better DIPA's that Shorts makes that I have tried. Great job Shorts, this was a really nice beer, keep up the great and creative work.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:42:33 | More by StoutHunter
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Superfluid from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.