Shorty's Revenge
E.J. Phair Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #146
Ranked #22,101
3.88 | pDev: 6.7%
E.J. Phair Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/16/15. 7.75% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, burnt caramel, earth, and dirt aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, roasted nut, earth, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas, but the flavors on this one come together slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of droomyster
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a clear copper body with a small tan head with good retention. Big malty aromas with a light brown sugar and molasses-like character are balanced with a fresh leafiness. Taste is sweet and toffee-ish up front before a grapefruit peel and salad green bitterness balances the finish. Full bodied, a very big beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes from tasting)

E. J. Phair's Shorty's Revenge: English strong ale

Appearance: medium honey brown;

Smell: grapefruit with a touch of cocoa;

Taste/Mouthfeel: char, slight licorice, slight coffee;

Pretty good.

Poured in to a beer sample glass.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark reddish color, nice size head

Smell- malty

Taste- malty but well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Definitely one to drink again. It was quite malty but also very well balanced. Very nice!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This does not drink as a strong ale. The color when pouring into a glass was a medium light brown with a very light tan head with a medium amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of a sweet fruit, caramel and roasted malts. The taste was very well balance of fruit, (almonds and figs), with a nice hint of caramel along with the fine flavor of roasted malts. The alcohol was evident, but, not so it compromised the flavor and smoothness. Great taste while drinking and a great aftertaste on the palate and tongue. Just the right amount of sweet and bitterness to make this strong ale one of my top choices!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a clear copper-red color with a thin layer of white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich tasted caramel malts with some light dark fruit sweetness and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with sweet rich caramel malts with a touch of spice. Through the middle some more malt flavor comes through with a bit of hop and some light booze. The finish is a mix of rich malts with some light spice and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a mellowing warming and a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty good balance of flavors but just maybe a touch thin bodied.

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Photo of RachelAnn
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drink this beer whenever it's on tap at the E.J. Phair in Pittsburg, Ca. Always a good choice when you want something strong and tasty. It's appearance isn't as intimidating as it's name and it's enjoyable it with various meals, even salad.

Their newer version called "Vendetta" is even stronger with a similar, smooth and familiar taste. But if they have Shorty's, give it a try!

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Photo of lechroy
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board another interesting brew tasted on site in Concord's EJ Phair.

A - Warm brown color with nice 1.5 finger head. retains well.
S - Nuttiness and toasted almonds. Very nice aroma, but light at best. Slight twist of fresh hops.
T - Yum, like a brown ale gone hoppy. Yes, I liked it for sure. A little thin in the mid section, but the hopiness is delicate and extremely pleasing for this style. A unique fusion beer, an atypical strong.
M - goes down nicely, but as I said a bit thin at times
O - Great work by EJ. Really an interesting brew with lots of spunk. Yes, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley. Pours chestnut brown with decent body. Short head that sicks around as a cap. Smells of sweet malt, some stone fruit, a bit biscuity. Tastes fairly sweet and fruity with lingering apricot and plum flavors and some sweet malt to round it out. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous and hot, but smooth. A bit thick, but not bad as a sipper.

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Photo of Maudite
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

A- Pours a copper reddish brown with a nice thick finger of tan creamy tan head with sticky lacing. The head fell away quickly, but the bar glass smelled like soap, so I have a feeling this is the culprit. I can't fault it.

S- A sweet caramel scent with slight floral hops, a roast, biscuity aroma that was balanced well with the bittering hops that gave off a piney grapefruit aroma.

T- A nice hop presence in the body that blended well with a sweet, roasty maltiness. The finish was all hops with a strong bitterness. Tasted like a strong, heavily hopped amber. It was delicious, crisp, clean, relaxing. That 8% was sure hidden well.

M- A nice dry feeling. Sweet, yet bitter. Crisp, clean, and dry, yet sticky. The alcohol could be felt sharply on the edges of the tongue, but it was a pleasing, almost acidic bite. Warm and pleasant going down.

D- I'd try it at least once if I were you, but I can say I'll be going back for another!

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Photo of stephendr
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown hue with a tint of red –almost no head, small bubbles – nose of dark berries, cherries, and caddied fruit– Light to medium body – black cherries and a roasted malt taste, bright - aftertaste is long coffee and hops
Normally only available on draft I received a bottle version from the brewery

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 25 ratings