Space Rock | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Space Rock is a light-bodied American Pale Ale with prominent floral and orange peel-like hop aromas. Only the slightest grainy malt qualities are detectable, as assertive bitter flavors of citrus rind and dandelion leaf take hold. The finish lingers with a waning bitterness that’s not overly dry.

All Space Rock packaged on or after 8/1/2015 is proven to be gluten removed. Space Rock sold on tap may contain trace amounts of gluten from beer poured previously.

Added by superspak on 12-17-2014

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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by vtisme:
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of eskildow
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks like something between Tang and white wine, definitely cloudy. It has a pronounced evergreen and citrus aroma. The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops. Great for those hop heads out there, as it feels like being hit in the mouth with a pine tree.

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Photo of Raime
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shorts Space Rock.

Not really feeling much like drinking tonight but I figured I'd have one before heading off to bed because why the hell not. For se reason I'm excited for this one. Maybe it's the cool label art. Who knows

Look - Pours a moderately murky golden with a slight copper tint along with a one finger white head that lays down to a nice cap of froth on the top of the beer. Carbonation appears to be pretty high with an ever steady rising of bubbles. Read retains throughout the drink and leaves some attractive lacing. 4.25.

Smell - This is a very orange heavy beer based on the nose. Almost smells like a glass of Orange juice. Bit of a floral aspect without any noticeable malt presence. 3.25

Taste - Ripe oranges and a big ass dosage of citric acid. Not really bitter, but pretty noticaby sour and lip puckering. Malts are there but only in small amounts in the form of some light wheats. 3.5

Feel - Body is pretty well rounded and fuller than you would expect with a moderate amount of carbonation. Sour as well which builds as you let it sit 3.75.

Overall - Had somebody told me this was an orange juice esque beer I would have believed them. The bottle states the flavors will be alien. Maybe alien to the style, but not alien in general as it took me one taste to know what was going on. It's a good beer, but maybe be a bit too sour for some and an absolute nightmare if you have acid reflux. 3.5..

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy yellow-orange body, wispy white head, lots of lacing.

S - Dank. Lots of pine and herb. A bit of menthol.

T - Follows that nose, with a big hop punch in the front, a moderate malt core with biscuit aspects, and a spicy bitter close.

M - Moderate drying, lots of crunchy hop.

O - I've had IPAs far less aggressive, and the malt is just not strong enough to bear up to the hit. As a result, the beer is somewhat taxing over time.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste: citrus some orange lemon zest nice grapefruit hop bitterness.
Overall: this is a decent beer but just a bit to waterd down. It does have a nice hop presence and has a light body. Which makes this a beer you can session drink pretty easily.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Before we go to the beer, just take a minute to enjoy the artwork on the label on this one. Short's has some pretty great label work, and this one is right up there. As a Michigander, a guy flying a snowmobile through space speaks to my soul.

The beer is yellow golden goodness, with an inch of frothy white head that dissolves rather quickly. Leaves behind sticky, soapy lacing all the way down.
Smell is citrus, orange and lemon, some malt appears as the ale's consumed.

Taste is grapefruit, lemon zing, some pine bitterness on the backend, but not much. My wife usually won't go near anything with "pale" in the description, but she digs this one. Easy going down, a little thin on the mouthfeel.

Another sessionable ale from the folks at Short's

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Photo of okcommuter
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

There are Clutch lyrics on the bottle. What more do you need? It's a bitter bomb that, while lacking in sweetness usually found in this style, is another solid offering from Short's.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint a dull burnt orange infused lighter golden with a thin white head atop.Nice fruity hops in the nose like tangerine and orange,there is a bit of sharp grapefruit as well,a slightly sweet doughy note as well.Alot like the nose the flavors of juicy hops are big along with a doughy caramel base,a bit of grapefruit rind came into play as I drank more.Alot of hop flavor packed in this beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy yellow orange with a medium meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and fruity, floral hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, tropical fruit and some fairly bitter floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. It's a bit watery.

Overall, a nice pale ale that seems more like a session IPA.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcorn
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours clouded medium tangerine , light and whispy off white head, leaves nice fine strands and fields of fine sheeting.

Fruity/hoppy nose

Pleasant pale with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple up front with a lite spicy hop bite in the finish. I'm becoming a big fan of short's brewery....distribution to NY state please....

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsquared59
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickG
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 08/25/17

Appearance - Pours with a slight haziness, golden in color with a white, half-finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing comes through as broken webbing and spotting.

Smell - Aroma is displays fair dank, a hint of citrus and a touch of lightly toasted bread.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderately dank hops with a slight citrus edge. Solid biscuity malt undertone. Quick finish turns decidedly bitter with a grapefruit pith character that lingers long in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, nigh watery body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a dry finish.

Overall - Fair pale, but like the other gluten-free or reduced brews Ive had it comes across incomplete. I guess it's a great brew for those sensitive to gluten; I'm glad I'm not.

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Photo of king75
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice pale ale, pours a clear golden color with some foamy white head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells mainly of some bitter citrus zest hops and a little piney hops. Tastes similarly, along with some malt, herbal hops and biscuit. Fair amount of bitterness but pretty well-balanced with the malt backbone. Smooth thin mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not the best beer I’ve had from this brewery but still a solid brew. Also amazing that it’s made gluten-free.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short's Brewing Co. "Space Rock"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "02/19/16 16:11:59" - I'm assuming that's a packaging date

Notes: Beautiful aroma, like a bag of fresh citrusy hops; but also with woody-spice and earth, and a mild floral component. Somewhat hazy golden body. Excellent head retention and lacing. The flavor follows, and it's really quite unique. I'm inclined to believe that the earthy/spicy/woody character is coming from the grains, but I'm not sure. It's also grassy, which must becoming from hops, so perhaps that's it. Lots of citrus pith! It's solid, but balanced... quite bitter, reaching into IPA levels, but with a full enough malt that it balances without becoming sweet or heavy. It's decidedly medium-bodied across the palate though. I wouldn't call it watered down as some others have.

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Photo of seakayak
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Space Rock from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 349 ratings