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Superfluid - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zaphog on 06-14-2013)
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Reviews by szmnnl99:
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

szmnnl99, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DanGeo, May 17, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. I've been excited to try this one ever since Short's announced it at their taproom, so I made sure to make a special trip to their booth to try it. It pours a befuddled amber with some lighter, orange peel tints at cascading outward. A foamy, off-white head beams up and softly sits on top of the beer for a good, long while. Some chunky spots of lacing are left behind.

Hoppy! Full of leafy, kind of grassy-resinous hops with some ashy and herbaceous undertones, like eating a mouthful of greens. Citrus peels and grapefruit pith abound; you're getting the bitterness and astringency of the fruity notes on the nose, rather than the juicy and sweet, fleshy aromas. Isn't it amazing how hops can introduce both leafy/green and citrus/fruit notes in both flavor and aroma? Superfluid does a great job showcasing the American hop varieties.

The description lists Superfluid as 177 IBUs... a number like that is something to gawk at. I begin thinking of beers around 100-120 IBUs that are insanely bitter and it makes me shiver to think of how this one will taste. The first sip, though, is not as intimidating or insane as the numbers might make you think. Sure, the hops are mildly abrasive and bitter, but after all, it's a double IPA, right?

Leaves, faint ashy, and some piney resins bite the tongue with some white pepper sprinkled grapefruit peels and orange skins. The malt backbone is actually quite nice - toasted bread, with a very light, imparted balancing sweetness that doesn't distract. I like seeing monster IPAs like this without the use of "caramel-or-darker" malts... Those beers often tend to be too sweet. I'd much rather have out of kilter bitterness than a sticky, messy, sweet DIPA.

Back o' the tongue bitterness in the finish with some more dry hops and bitter citrus remains. Superfluid leaves your mouth and palate feeling coated and resinous for sure, but falls just shy of being too sticky or tenacious. Medium bodied with a medium-high amount of carbonation that rolls nicely across the palate; slick, oily, resinous, and sharp.

Aside from The Liberator (which, to be fair, is only around 7.4% ABV), I think this is the only "true" double IPA that I've had from Shorts, since I've missed out on Aww Jeah the last few times it has been out, and I'm quite impressed. This is a very solid DIPA with a heavy, but not overly insane amount of bitterness and the perfect amount of malt parity. I'd love to see this stuff in bottles one day - it's too good not to share with the masses.

tectactoe, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

warnerry, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

77apm, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

mikejonze, Aug 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

mikerap100, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sammy, May 11, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a small, one finger solid white head. Brew is a beautiful cloudy orange-gold amber, translucent with a lot of action if you look closely. Head retention is solid, and not much lacing to speak of.

Major hop bomb aroma! Tangerines first, but then mangoes and passionfruit, and a hint of dankness. Biscuit malts in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: it's not as aggressively bitter or acidic as you might expect, instead really continuing to ride a wave of tropical fruit notes, with a hint of grapefruit peel in the background (and on the aftertaste). It finishes on a wave of starfruit and peach. Really unbelievably juicy. Malts and water I'm sure provide it a nice back-bone, but beyond a hint of biscuit, I'm not getting much malt.

A little syrupy on the feel, but it's sufficiently lively and definitely drinkable.

This is truly excellent; I'm really digging it.

Thanks to beer-wheezy for sending along this fantastic local brew!

Roguer, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

fthegiants, Apr 22, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -10%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

beergorrilla, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Flopjack
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange when held up to light, some copper tones, 1/2 finger white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of tropical fruit citrus, mango, pineapple, papaya, floral pine, and subtle grapefruit.

Taste - Starts out with tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, papaya and even ever so subtle coconut. Now moving into a tart bitterness you get floral pine, resin and grapefruit zest and even subtle zest of orange and clementine. A little alcohol presence that becomes stronger as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Double American India Pale Ale. Complex, unique, and I'm glad I tried it.

Flopjack, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ScottRansom, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

md655321, Mar 22, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark copper with some golden orange, minimal head that fades quickly. Leaves a very sticky lacing.

S: A herbal hop symphony, reminds me of spring salad mix - Amaranth and Mizuna (California Peppergrass). The hop profile is very spicy with a moderate amount of grapefruit, I personally get minimal pine on the nose. Faint notes of a boring malt backbone.

T: Bitter and biting. All the way through. Its a double IPA - it does it well but is slightly exaggerated. There is a very early caramel malt sweetness that is quickly and entirely enveloped by the hops. The grapefruit is much more pronounced on the tongue. That bitterness lasts well through the late palate and just wont die in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect. Full mouth coating and "resinous" as described by the brewer. The malt balance and viscosity is absolutely perfect for the style.

O: An excellent / very good example of the style. +1 for grapefruit. Not the absolute best I have ever had, but at the price point the best you can probably get for your dollar.

Copernicandream, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

tommy5, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

mtomlins, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

gauldk, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SpartyJoe, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

injuredreserve, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Buck_Jones, Mar 22, 2014
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Superfluid from Short's Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.