Pinball Whispers
Short's Brewing Company

Pinball WhispersPinball Whispers
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 8.61%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
26
From:
Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Pinball WhispersPinball Whispers
Notes: Private Stache Beer #1. The Private Stache is our pub-only bottled beer series. Launched in the spring of 2015, this series is comprised of beers that are experimental, barrel aged, sour, or otherwise exceedingly rare. Private Stache beers are only available for purchase at the Pub in Bellaire. Pinball Whispers is a Sour Ale brewed with cherries and apples.

8 IBU
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a small dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing, some clinging bubbles, and streaming carbonation on the glass. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy cherries, red/green apples, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, apples, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy cherries, red/green apples, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy cherries, red/green apples, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white grape/wine, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, leathery/musty/lacto funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, apples, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, spicy yeast, and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.1%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, apples, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; dangerously smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the big ABV, with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of juicy/jammy fruit, Brett/Bacteria complexity, and malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. Very well attenuated for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example. Age probably helped this one out vs the other ratings.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Pinball Whispers that my brother picked up for me at Shorts for their first ever Secret Stache Release. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while, but I thought I would wait for a little bit to make sure the wild yeast has enough time to do it's thing and I was waiting for my 1400th Review to try this one, so lets celebrate 1400 reviews and see how this one goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks nice, the design goes with the name and it's a little eye catching . It poured a nice orange/ red color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a fingers worth if bubbly off white head that dies down to a cream ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had just a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some nice, brett, funky, wet straw and horse blanket like aromas with just a little bit of a musty basement like aroma that leads into a tart aroma. Up next comes the fruits which make for a nice mixed fruity aroma with no single fruit sticking out the most, but I can tell there's cherries an apples in it, This beer has a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same funky barnyard aspects that I got in the aroma. Up next comes a somewhat lighter amount of medium sourness followed by the fruits which impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the apple and cherries showing up a little and neither one sticks out the most. On the finish there's a little more sourness with just a slight amount of bitterness with a funky and fruity aftertaste. This is a really nice tasting beer, the balance was really nice.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, not too acidic, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a really nice beer and I thought it was a really nice example of the store, it was a ways off from being word class, but it came out to be pretty good, I enjoyed the balanced and I liked how there wasn't a single aspects that was too overpowering. This beer had good drinkability, one glass was good, but I wouldn't rule out drinking the full bottle and it makes for a good summertime beer. What I like most about this beer is the balance, it was really nice and just how it should be. What I like the least about this beer is that the apple and cherries didn't show up just a little more. I would for sure by this beer if I ever had a chance and I;m interested to see how it ages. I would recommend trying this if you like fruited sours. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, I didn't know how shorts would do with a style like this, but they proved once again that they really are a jack of all trades. This isn't my favorite Short's beer or my favorite example of the style, but it's above average that's for sure. Great job guys, this was a very tasty beer, keep it up. Heres to 1400 more reviews.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep apricot/orange color. 2 fingers of a white head and has good retention. leaves a frothy lacing on the sides. fairly clear up top but last pour is quite hazy and has lighter yellowish hues.

Smell: vinegar and tart green apple skin. brett comes through with pineapple and oak/funk.

Taste: opens with slight maltiness that is slightly sweet and rather subdued. brett and fruit quickly take over. Apple skin and flesh along with some apple juice. dark fruits, mainly cherry come in with some vinegar qualities. pineapple come in late along with oak and decent amount of funkiness.

Mouthfeel: bone dry, sticky and funky. moderate acidity.

Overall: an impressive first sour from Short's. I really like the funkiness going on in the back ground, this certainly get my hope up for future sours from them. great mix of flavors and fruit quality.

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Pinball Whispers from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings