Short's MMMKAY - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GRPunk on 07-31-2013

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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pokal glass.

India Style Pale Lager. That has me saying "Mmmkay?"

A- 1-finger, khaki head. Clean, deep golden body with just the slightest haze to start. Moderate carbonation. Great stick. Head retention is decent. It sticks around as a light film.

S- Very hoppy in the bottle. Lots of spruce and tropical fruit. Not much different after the pour. Maybe some spicy hops. Slightest hint of doughy malts. Bold hop aromas have me thinking "fresh" and "hop bomb."

T- More balance than the aroma would suggest. Lots of pine/spruce and grapefruit zest from the hops. But also a clean, malt I could barely pick up in the nose. Cracker-like I'd say.

M- Bone dry. Moderate carbonation. Less bite from the hops, more of a dry effect.

O- It should get hammered as an American Pale Lager, but I can't bring myself to do it. It's more like the ever-popular session IPA, and a good one at that. Just enough malt backbone that it doesn't strike me as hop-water. Given the options, I'd take this over most session IPAs. Maybe a side-by-side with Founders All Day is in store (though I'd generally rather buy Two Hearted, Huma Lupa, ect. And just drink less). I'm still baffled at the pricing points of the lower ABV beers. Please, somebody brew the low ABV stuff and drop the sixer price by a buck or two. I'd be all up on it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MMM'Kay, let's get down to business. Think rusty, stoplight amber with a sunset-like orange gradient that grows near the bottom of the glass. The head isn't quite white, it's not quite beige, and it's not really eggshell, either. Some off-white spin, I guess. Creamy and foamy, it perches around a half-inch as it slowly sifts away into nothingness, leaving behind some small sheets of lace.

The hop character on the nose is somewhat citric, but definitely on the "abrasively bitter" side of things... orange pulp, grapefruit pith, like sniffing old citrus peels. Lightly dank, with a heavy pine character, hand in hand with a grassy and heavy peppery presence. Ashy and piney would be the simple way to describe it. Some fresh, bready lager yeast is notable on the nose, and malt is all but a myth at this point.

Well, the nose didn't lie. MMM'Kay is bitter, and tongue-scrapingly so. The hop presence is huge, mostly because all that's supporting it is a pale malt bill and a bit of lager yeast. White pepper is larger on the palate than in the nose, and the pines are just as heavy... Actually, ashy and piney would be a nice way to describe the taste, too. Citrus is somewhat there, but it's far more hidden to my tongue than it was to my nose.

The finish contains the only thing in this brew that *isn't* hops; namely, a touch of that bready, crisp, and fresh yeast. With some warmth, malt actually comes through and shows a very slight toasty character... Problem is, this is the type of beer that'll be in your stomach long before it has time to "warm" (at least it should be, anyway). I'm assuming the yeast is also responsible for the dry, crisp finale, paving the way for a staunch, finishing bitterness.

Yet another hopped up lager that kind of strips the "lager" qualities away by the over-use of hops. Not to say that it isn't an enjoyable beer, though. I really enjoyed it, but you better be ready for a full-on, bitter assault, as the hop sidekicks are rather pushed to the side just a bit. I'm weird, though, because I'd take an aggressively bitter, lighter beer with pale malt before a hop heavy DIPA that's sticky and sweet from caramel malt. Nevertheless, another good drinking Shorts brew.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, slightly hazed but pretty bright orange gold beer, it develops a soft tan head. It doesn't have great retention, but when it's fallen it keeps what's left for the long term. Lacing is deposited in conservative spotting.
Big pine hits hard on the nose; needles, resin, the whole deal. This is a well hopped beer for sure. I could easily pin this for a pale ale. Malts come out clean with only enough to balance that assertive bitterness.
This is a step up from any pale lager I'm aware of. Typically a weak style, Short's tosses that notion out and puts up a big hop bill balanced by just enough sweeter malts and with plenty of flavor. The resinous bitterness keeps biting into the finish.
Crisp and clean in a light to medium body, the feel displays some depth. Smoothness rolls lightly beneath the bite and into a drying finish.

Photo of king75
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- transparent gold in color with an insignificant hue of auburn/orange when the light hits it. No head retention. Mildly carbonated. From the appearance nothing impressive going on here.

Smell- Now this one is a fragrant bomb in its complexity. Grapefruit and apricots are at the forefront and are the leads in this show of complex smells, followed by that of hoppy earth tones and a grassy smell. Very complex and well rounded, one of the best smelling beers I've had this year.

Taste/mouthfeel- This one starts out with a the citrus and apricot flavors being the first thing you taste followed quickly by a hop bitterness that is present near the point of being piney but never quite makes it to the piney flavor level IMO. Piney flavor is then alleviated by a light malt flavor that lessens the harshness of the bitter hop leaving a crisp, dry mouthfeel waiting for another sip. The body of this one is very light, a little too light but never does it reach the point of being watery.

Overall, this is a very nice beer by Short's surprisingly complex for the style without being overly bitter. The drinkability of this one is high and it would make a great session beer. The only real problem going on with this beer is that it is a limited beer and I will only be able to drink it for a limited time. Would love to see this one around year long.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to SurlytheDuff this one. An IPL (India Pale Lager)... interesting. I wouldn't expect any less from Shorts though. 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear orange-goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and spotty with good stick. Nice.

Nose is citrus, pine, cane sugar and a nice, crisp hop bitterness. Mildly aromatic. Pretty good.

Opens citrus, grapefruit, and pine. A barely-there malt backbone creeps up towards the middle but its quashed quickly by the pine and citrus hop bitterness at the end. Finishes dry and bitter with an earwax bitter aftertaste. This one holds it together right up 'till the end... where it degenerates into Rich's Rye... one of the most brutally bitter beers I've had to date.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down slightly dry. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste that really coats the palate. Very drinkable though the aftertaste is a bit much.

Looks good, smells good, feels good, and tastes good... but the aftertaste is so unpleasantly bitter that it really ruins the rest of the experience. There's hop bitterness, there's roasted malt bitterness, and then there's just BITTER. And this is the pinnacle of JUST BITTER. I'm not a fan.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Short's MMMKAY a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time that this beer has been distributed so of course I had to track down a couple bottles and give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it was just released so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's got the name in some different neon colors and reminds me of the early 90's, I think it sticks out nicely and it caught my eye. It poured a nice fairly clear yellow color that took on a darker golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a nice mixture of piney and citrus hops that have a nice and juicy aroma to it and the citrus hops seem to stick out slightly more than the piney aroma with some nice grapefruit aromas coming through. Up next comes a nice malt aroma with some bready and slightly grainy malts with some doughy yeast coming through in the background. This beer has a pretty good aroma, it's very hoppy, but it still have a nice malt and lager aspect that provides a little bit of balance.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by a large amount of hops that have a mixture of earthy, piney, and citrus hop flavors with the piney hops sticking out a little more than the others. Up next comes some malts that impart a nice clean, bready, slightly grainy, and slightly sweet malt flavor with a good amount of doughy yeast in the background. On the finish there's a lower amount of higher bitterness that lingers for a long time and pretty much takes over the aftertaste.

M- A little smooth, clean, crisp, pretty dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and an above average example of the style, the hops were pretty aggressive in this beer, but they still allowed the malts to provide a little balance to this beer. This beer had decent drinkability, it was a little smooth, clean, and the flavors did a nice job at holding my attention, but the lingering bitterness would prevent me from drinking more than two since I think it would really start to wear on me, so I think one might be the perfect amount for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very nice with a good hop profile. What I like the least about this beer was the lingering bitterness, it just lingered for too damn long, and I don't think I have ever had a beer where the bitterness stuck around this long. I would buy this beer again if they release it next year, but I think I would just grab a few bottles and not a six pack, I recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy lagers, it certainty isn't lacking in the hops department. All in all I thought this was a pretty nice beer, but it isn't my favorite of the style and I liked The Beard Of Zeus a little more than this beer. This beer had some great quality's but I think the really lingering bitterness held this beer back a little. This was another nice beer from Short's, but I think they make better Hoppy Lagers, but i'm happy to have a chance to try it.

Photo of CMUbrew
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color and clear. Small white head firms on the pour and stays only briefly. Decent amount of bubbles rising up.

S: Excellent aroma. Tropical fruits dominate and are backed by some pine.

T: Taste is more in the citrus peel and pine area than tropical fruit, surprisingly. Bitterness is up there.

M: Light and slightly crisp with a semi-drying finish.

O: Overall a very good IPL and another winner from Short's.

Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - golden yellow, pale, decent white lacing. 3.5, not going to knock a beer for it's appearance

S - Excellent bouqet of juicy citrus fruits, a hint of pine

T - Immediate dry bitterness. Huge amounts of hops for any extreme hop heads out there but completely unbalanced in terms of being an enjoyable flavor. Piney bitterness dominates the palate, leaves the mouth dry and begging for a more quenching beer. Practically hop water

M - overall pretty watery and unimpressive.

O - Without enough grain to back up the massive bitterness from an early hop addition, this beer falls "short" of anything worth drinking (no pun intended because Short's actually manages to brew some pretty good stuff)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a yellowish orange color. perfect clarity and a small white head that leaves just a bit of lacing behind

Smell: strong citrusy hops, fairly juicy. the hops almost cover up but not quite the bready lager yeast.

Taste: if you don't pay much attention it drinks a lot like an ipa. strong hops up front, both citrus and pine. these cover up the more subtle sweetness of the yeast.

Mouthfeel: ends surprisingly sweet. there is a strong bitterness at first but it gives way to a sweetness that lingers. very flavorful and full for a 5%

Overall: another great beer from short's (who deserve to be in the talk for best year 2013). very tasty, pretty drinkable and nice and complex

Photo of sweemzander
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours kind of a pale orange amber color. Produced some off-white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- A big resin & pine needle aroma meets some caramel malt and honey sweetness.

(T)- Plenty of pine needle on this with a touch of orange citrus. The finish is a tad strange that almost turns creamy with a subtle vanilla sweetness. A bit odd but interesting.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good bitterness level meets a whole lot of pine needle, though some citrus does poke through.

(O)- Overall, not too shabby. Good hop presence and balance overall that would keep me interested. If I lived closer to a source I might get this again if fresh.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a hin one-finger white head.

S - Piney hops and more hops. Smells like a Christmas tree.

T - Very bitter upfront. Nice dank hops throughout. I taste some citrus in there somewhere. Very piney and bitter.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Not bad by any means. There is a lot going in this beer. It's basically another solid beer from Short's.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 7/19/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, guava, pine, floral, grass, light honey, light bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with big citrus hops and a light-moderate malt backbone; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, light bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light bread, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a light-moderate malt backbone; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPL. All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with light malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear molten gold. Head is bright-white with almost no retention. Drops to a small smooth collar almost immediately. No head, no cap, nothing. Moderate carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Tropical and then some. Screams peach in that gummy peach ring kind of way. Some strong pineapple with a backing grapefruit bitterness. Juicy and light at the same time. Nice crisp pale malts. A bit of cracker snap layered over some light malt sweetness. Bitter pine needle and a floral/earthy combo. It's assertive and bright and clean.

Taste: Straight up bitter pine lingers well past the sip. Some juicy fruitiness on the back. Hits a solid peach with some pineapple. Bitter and floral. A touch of earth as it warms. Malts are light and clean, pushing some hints of complimentary sweetness and cracker. Super clean and hoppy. Bitterness pushes a bit too hard as it warms, overwhelming some of the lighter hop notes. Oh hello mega floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium trending toward light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean, but slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Better than a day with your guidance counselor.

If I didn't have plentiful access to Jack's Abby, this would be killer. As it stands, it's a bit out of whack, leaving too much bitterness with little support. It's solid, but not enough to draw me away from the local goodness.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Bottled 07/17/14

A- Medium yellow with some light gold, good clarity with a bit of haze, small white head.

S- Mostly pine with a pleasant amount of citrus and light tropical notes. Probably the best smelling lager I've ever had.

T- Mostly pine with a big lingering bitterness. The nice citrus and tropical notes are pretty suffocated by the bitterness, kinda disappointing. Light toasted malt.

M- Medium, very nice and full for a lager.

O- This one would be great if they toned down the pine but that is my problem with a lot of Short's hoppy offerings. It's especially disappointing when all the other aspects of this beer are great.

Photo of chugalug06
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Smaller fluffy dense white-yellow head rides atop light yellow-orange cloudy brew. moderate lacing.

WHOA. Unique aroma!!! Tons of lager yeast with piles of hops! To the untrained nose, it smells like a fart. A musty aroma, woody, earthy, dirty.

Delightfully bitter and forward. Pine, bread, wet, zero sweetness, mild skunk flavors. dank. Carbonation is subtle and well placed, nothing overwhelming.

A bit of a mess, but a beautiful mess... It could use some refining and has the potential to be a knockout!!! Recommended for sure. This brew packs a serious punch!

Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved loved loved this!

It pours a tan straw-golden color. The beer has a rounded floral character with a soft hoppiness to the aroma. There's a pleasing bitterness with a rounded feel to it. The beer has a mellow toasted-straw flavor character, with a light yet lingering body. It’s a hoppy pilsner that’s far better than its name.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tectactoe for this 12 oz. bottle among other Short's treasures.

Pour is a clear light orange, no sediment, no current. Nose promises plenty of pine boughs, sharp. Slow, faint undergrowth of biscuity yeast. Interesting contrast.

MMMKay may prove once & for all that lager & big hops don't go together smoothly. The hops are here, bright & full of pine & cones. Then the lager yeast brings breadiness, & the two just don't work together. It tastes almost exactly like aspirin. Bitterness takes control on the back end. I ended up splitting the bottle with my wife because I kind of like it, but it's just so...odd.

This isn't a bad beer, it just ain't my speed. I can actually appreciate the effort, but the combination leaves me with metaphorical hives. Mediocre doesn't begin to describe it.

Photo of kkleu357
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

3rd beer of Taste Eve. Hazy straw body. Not much head. Aroma is all citrus. Very tasty. Is this citra hops? Has to be one of the best lagers I've had.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another brew thanks to Another6Pack. Thanks again Trent!

It has pale in the name but it's quite good looking. Maybe an 18K gold with a 1" head of foam and loaded with lacing.

LOL! Okay, who dropped a pine cone into my glass, swished it around, and removed it before I could catch 'em? THE piniest beer I think I've ever smelled and it's not even an IPA.

Pine Pine, pine away! 5%abv with so much flavour of pine, and it's a Lager! Tree-mendous.

Medium bodied, medium carbo, nice mouthfeel.

Okay, this surprised me big time and I'm digging it big time. What a treat! And there's even a bit of a malty touch way in the background.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the price of $6 for a 24oz pour at BoatWorks in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

MMMKAY is a light amber color. A slight, somewhat creamy head. Mostly good lacing, though it tapers off about halfway through the glass. It smells and tastes of hops... really tastes like a light IPA or something, which isn't a bad thing. There's a significant hop bitterness throughout each sip, so this is a good choice for the hop heads, for sure. The hops in this are really grassy, with a sort of citrus flavor as well. MMMKAY is a super solid beer, but it's nothing that blows me away, as there's nothing about this beer that stands out and puts it above anything else. Another tasty brew from Short's.

Photo of MIbeer27
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 17/07/14

Bottle pours with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Color is a deep, golden yellow.

Aroma is a huge hit of tropical fruit (guava, mango, pineapple) along with a healthy amount of pine.

Taste generally follows the nose, begins with a balanced hit of tropical fruit and pine. Pine slowly takes over as the taste moves on.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin and crisp, perfectly carbonated. Piney bitterness is towards the high end, but cleanses the palate well.

Overall, MMMKay is easily one of my new favorites from Short's. The beer really drinks like a session IPA and its lager characteristics lend themselves well to the beer.

Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Really nice rich gold color with a thick foamy two finger white head with a wall of lacing.
S - Nothing really jumps out in the aroma, some bready malt, a little yeast, earthy pine hops, some dankness.
T - This flavor is the definition of this style, smooth maltiness that is not sweet or nutty, but light bread and cracker, big bite of pine and spicy hop resin, some light citrus notes in here too.
M - Smooth but with some added bite,
O - Its pretty agressive for an IPL, but solid none the less. Excellent brew.

Photo of Tim0003
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks like a simple ale, but don't let that fool you. It hits your tongue with a bomb of hops, and flavor! It was completely caught off guard from then color (even though I knew this was a great beer). It's a great beer, and a definite try if you love beer! TRY IT, you wouldn't be disappointed!

Short's MMMKAY from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.