Sticky Icky Icky
Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #620
Ranked #7,404
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Tuesday at 01:57 AM
Oct 22, 2013
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Notes: Sticky Icky Icky is a radiantly clear, copper-colored American India Pale Ale. It is loaded with citrusy hop aromas of oranges, nectarines, and apricots. This light, yet full bodied ale is perfectly balanced by equal parts sweet malt and juicy hops. A medium bitterness along with a subtle earthiness lingers in the finish.

This new American India Pale Ale is what Ryan Hale, the head brewer at the Bellaire pub, referred to as his quintessential IPA. Ryan combined all of his favorite hops resulting in what he described as “pure juicy goodness”. This beer is loaded with all of the big citrus and fruity flavors American hops can offer.

70 IBU
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3.92 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Tuesday at 01:57 AM
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

I had this in an old bottle and it wasn’t great. Had again fresh on tap and it’s good! This rating reflects the fresh vey. Nice IPA. Hazy golden yellow color and ample white head. Smell is ok, kind of a cross between citrus fruit and malt. Taste is also such a fusion, but to even better effect than smell. Nice orange flavor, light malts, bitter but not too bitter. Nice resin flavor but not dank and overly “weed-like”. Feel is viscous but not overwhelming. Overall very solid IPA.

Apr 14, 2022
3.74 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Oct 07, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by dannydetox from Ohio

Interesting. Pleasing brassy tones beer with tons of lacing left on the sides of the shaker pint. Head never fully fades despite lower carbonation feel. Nose is straight up apricot jam with a note of hay distantly in the back. Bitter finish counters the jammy attack, but feels flat on the palate. Resinous on the teeth at the after i finish.

Oct 05, 2021
4.08 by jgarvis from Illinois on Aug 15, 2021
4.13 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Aug 11, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Creevo from Michigan

Had this in bottle at the request of a bartender in Bellaire, 7/17/21 because she says it replaced Catgrass for the time being. It was very good and I’d buy again. Was refreshing and not to hoppy for a summer quencher.

Jul 25, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark copper colored with a half inch of of frothy brown on top. Heavy soapy lacing. The aroma is of earthy, dank cannabis. I’m tasting earthy dank piney to vegetal hops with a light crackery malt finish. The mouth is lightly resinous and, fittingly, sticky.

Jun 30, 2021
1.94 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on May 04, 2021
4.21 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana on Jan 12, 2021
4.46 by Mikeking99 from Florida on Jan 03, 2021
3.8 by BigIronH from Michigan on Jan 01, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Taybeh from Minnesota

From a 3 1/2 month old 12 oz can into a willibecher. Looks good in the glass, Golden amber with a 1 finger pill white head that sticks around for awhile, reducing to a thin crown that stays a long time, and leaves some nice lacing. Nose is lots of orchard and citrus fruits, a little grass, along with some solid shortbread-like malts. Taste: follows the nose, but better and more full. This is both juicy (in a bright and sharp way, not a sweet and soft neipa way) and very pleasantly (for me, anyway), bitter (grassy and a little dank). The malt is solid, too, and though it isn’t exactly sweet, I think it adds a lot to the overall flavor profile. Carb is just right...moderate, mouthful is full without being heavy, bitter hops being plenty of liveliness, and it dries out on the last third or so.

This is a very fine ipa...right up my alley. Wish I had regular access to it, and wish I could see how it sings when it’s a little fresher.

Dec 26, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz can, canned on 9/14/20, into Ploughshare wide mouthed glass.

This beer pours a foggy deep gold with a creamy cap of 2 fingers that stays around for awhile. Lots of broken gloppy lace up the sides.

Aroma is fresh, citrusy, and green. I get oranges, mango, pink grapefruit, pine, grass, gunpowder/fireworks, blueberries, and apricot.

Flavor is a good mix of west coast and east coast. It's so deliciously juicy and fruity yet dry, resiny, and piney. Grapefruit and lemon open this up, followed by juicy mandarin orange, mango, and blueberry. Then as the resins build you taste mostly grapefruit peel, lemon peel, grass, pine, and oils.

Feel is resiny, crisp, dry, and oily. Heat is moderate but within spec for its' ABV. Sticky and dry finish.

Overall, tastes great in the beginning but doesn't have the legs to stay enjoyable over the course of a can. It builds too heavily on the palate with resins and bitterness and pretty soon the oils are all you taste. I'd buy it again if it weren't for this factor. It's a tough beer to finish.

Price paid : $3.25 / can
Would buy again : nah

Nov 24, 2020
4.21 by minterro from California on Nov 20, 2020
3.9 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois on Nov 14, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Weisenbeer from Ohio

Very sticky and icky for sure... A top tier IPA ... Smells, looks and tastes very nice ... Surprised I had not consumed one prior ... Perhaps I just forgot to review

Nov 08, 2020
4.16 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 07, 2020
4.14 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Oct 16, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a 6pck of this beer from my local meijer store. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had waifs of citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with fruit peel spice presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Sep 21, 2020
3.59 by Danzifer from Ohio on Sep 20, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

Update 5/15/22:

May - August 2022 Seasonal Release - 6 pack
12 oz. can dated 040822 (04/08/22) - 7.1% ABV / 83 IBU
Brewed and canned in Elk Rapids, MI
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours a dense and fluffy, off-white head that retains itself very well. Slightly cloudy, golden copper color with a good amount of streaming bubbles. 5/5
Smell - The scent is very citrus and stone fruit forward. Also getting some hints of pineapple, coconut, and floral qualities. 4.75/5
Taste - The taste is mostly dominated by bitter orange rind, but the bitterness isn't super strong and it fades pretty quickly. There's also some peach and melon flavors subtly hanging out in the background. Zero alcohol taste. Picking up more of a caramel maltiness as it warms. 4.75/5
Feel - Medium bodied with a resinous and sticky mouthfeel and finishes with minimal dryness. 4.75/5
Overall - A very juicy and satisfying brew that is an absolute pleasure to drink. 4.75/5

Sep 18, 2020
4 by paulish from New York on Jul 26, 2020
2.95 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Jan 01, 2020
3.92 by WDJersey from Colorado on Dec 30, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHDoyle from Ohio

Description: Orange, apple cider color and cloudy (like cider). Small amount of white head. Smell is dank, sweet, candy, papaya and mango - not pine or bitter at all. Taste is not super similar to the smell and is less dank and more bitter. Even a little bit musty. Body is medium with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Not memorable or standout, but a good, respectable beer. Pretty middle of the road.

Nov 05, 2019
4.1 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on Oct 10, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by oberon from North Carolina

Canned on 8/6/19.Poured into a pub style mug a slight orange tinged golden with a full finger rocky meringue-like head atop.Citrus punch in the nose with a bit of grass,full on northeast here.Much drier on the palate wich is great,citrusy but with a drying mild bitterness that lingers in the finish,it never gets overly sweet.Not a dank bomb but an ipa that never gets overly sweet and is highly drinkable.

Oct 10, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RoyalT from Michigan

Appearance – This is a solid, murky orange in color with an easy persistent head.

Smell – Big orange rind and some pink grapefruit rule the nose. It’s doesn’t smell dry-hopped but is otherwise an extremely pungent AIPA. After a few minutes of whiffing it comes on with a more sweetish orange character. There is actually a plausible malt base so kudos to balancing this monster nose.

Taste – The malt balance comes on a bit strong at the taste but the hopping runs this show for sure. A little bit of the sweetness is gone and the ale becomes more rindy.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with plenty of drying throughout.

Drinkability – This is a master class. Big but not overbearing, balanced but hop-heavy, enough drying that it’s not a session ale but smooth, and clearly consists of high-quality ingredients. Well done Short’s Brewing!

Oct 04, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden with a very slight haze and a nice thick layer of foam
S: citrusy with a strong hop tone. very sweet and pleasant to inhale
T: sweet at first with a nice bitter after taste
M: very light and astringent. Does not quench thirst very well. Almost has a dry champagne like mouthfeel
O: overall i would recommend it for a try. It is far from my favorite but definitely worth tasting.

Sep 29, 2019
3.84 by Dduquette from Maryland on Sep 22, 2019
4 by robotic_being from Florida on Sep 22, 2019
4.25 by JmpJckFlsh from Maine on Sep 17, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a golden/amber color and a one finger head; a few strands of lacing

Smell: Floral and juicy, with fruity tones of papaya and apricot as well as an orange burst

Taste: Papaya and apricot forward with a hint of biscuity malt underneath; the middle brings forward a hint of clementine orange; low to moderate bitterness lingers into the finish but plays a supporting role

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A precursor to the New England style, this is a delicate IPA that is easy to drink

Sep 04, 2019
4.18 by eljabak from Michigan on Aug 17, 2019
4.03 by Grazzini19 from Illinois on Dec 15, 2018
4 by n2492004 from Michigan on Nov 03, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Partly cloudy, deep gold colored body. Half a finger of white head settles back to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a pattern of small lacing spots.
Citrus hops and malts in the aroma.
Taste has citrus and apricot flavored hops, along with a good base of malts. Has a touch of bitterness but this does not linger, and has some earthiness as described.
Medium mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Good carbonation.
Good IPA with a balance of hops and malts. Tastes a little old but cannot tell with no bottling date. At whatever age this is, there is a little honey aspect that shows up. Would try again if the bottling date was known, and it was not aged.

Oct 23, 2018
4.24 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey on Sep 07, 2018
3.75 by aasher from Indiana on Aug 31, 2018
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