Short's MMMKAY - Short's Brewing Company
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Reviews by GRPunk:
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-31-2013 22:24:11 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-25-2013 22:33:59 | More by tectactoe
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-20-2013 20:36:54 | More by Brenden
4.3/5 rDev +10%
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.
08-01-2013 18:39:50 | More by king75
3.44/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-12-2013 22:59:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
Short's MMMKAY from Short's Brewing Company
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