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Nicie | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nicie is an American Wheat Ale brewed with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, and a hint of peppercorn. Orange-gold in color and light in body, Nicie is infused with the scents and flavors of fresh citrus. The subtle taste of coriander and spice of peppercorn makes this ale both refreshing and complex. Nicie is the perfect accompaniment to a summer day.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep golden, nearly amber color with a pretty wispy, white head that recedes pretty quickly to a small outline of the glass. The aroma is... different, to say the least. At first, it's like mixing together a bunch of random spices off the rack and taking a big whiff. Upon settling down and taking repeated sniffs, some clarity begins to form - peppercorns are the heaviest spice, as expected, because that's how it's advertised. Nutmeg? Maybe. It's hard to tell. Coriander? Definitely, but it's not very strong. There are some other ashy, leafy spices lingering around, may just be a product of ingredient clashing. Intense fruity, sweetness spikes hit the nose as well, bittersweet orange rinds and a peppery lemon zest, almost in a wood-polish, Pledge kind of way. Certainly stings the nostrils.

The taste is full of many things. Oranges? They're there. Lemon zest? Big time, again, taking on an almost too-strong, cleanser profile. Coriander? Yeah, certainly in the backdrop. Hops? Sure. A present leafiness hangs around, almost on the herbal side, along with a slight pungent, citrusy-pith character. Malt? Of course. Nice malty background, slightly toasted with a nice bread character and some light caramel even (very light, however). BUT - none of these flavors are any match for the peppercorns. My GOD, the pepper is strong in this one. It's like sucking on a pepper mill. Strong and overpowering, to the point of tickling the back of the throat. I like pepper. But not this much, and it certainly doesn't belong in a beer. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

As always, Shorts is trying something out-of-the-box, which I love. This is one of the few that miss the mark for me... Surprising, since I enjoy the peppercorn additions in Anniversary Ale. It was just a touch overdone in this brew. I'd like to give the next batch a go, and perhaps the balance will be there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no head on a hazy golden with slight orange tinge body. Aroma is a little pungent with grains, honey and light lemon custard. Flavor is a little spicy with quite a bit of honey, lemongrass and maybe some ginger on a grainy base. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. I was hoping this to be spicier. The sweetness isnt very well balanced and it feels too syrupy.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nise pale gold hue with a fluffy white head that recedes leaving minamal lacing

Tart wheat and peppercorn with a hint of hops. Almost sour note on the nose that leaves a nice spice from the peppercorns.

Well, again a nice tart wheat like brew with a lacto type sour that leads way to a BIG peppercorn taste thaty does not overwhelm the wheat. well done.

Medium bodied brew that satisfies.

Well, We have a nice peppercorn wheat that I enjoyed.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear yellow color with a short-lived head, and no lacing. Really a pretty sad looking brew. It looks like stagnant urine.

Smell: Faint on the aroma after the head bubbles away. Some spice is certainly there, as is some hops and malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Taste/Feel: Very, very interesting. There's a whole lot of everything going on. My first thought was that it tasted a lot like tea... like an Earl Grey or something. Then the zest comes in so you get some citrus in the background, but on the finish you get a slight burn on your tongue from the peppercorns. Very bizarre but also enjoyable. The carbonation is medium, despite seeing very little bubbling in the glass. The feel is pretty light.

This is one strange yet tasty beer by Short's. I should also note this is the first Short's I've ever had. It essentially tastes like a tea with pepper in it to me, which isn't a bad thing. It's just very unusual. I'm not sure I'd drink this too often... I see it as more of a novelty. I'd still get it again in the future just because it's so strangely compelling.

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Photo of smalenberg
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - Slight bubble gum ester character with a wonderful fruitiness and pleasant citrus that is at least in part from the coriander.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is just right - too much would have hidden the best characteristics of this beer.

Overall - the peppercorn lingers on the tongue along with the lemon zest. Very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose had me very worried on this one as it was so much orange zest. Thankfully, it did settle down a bit. Unfortunately, it settled down to an orange tang thing, The flavor is a wad of crap and spices. At least that was my first impression. Then it seems like it starts to work. Then it seems like an obnoxious contrast. I'm ready to move on here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 06/27/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow colour with a golden glow around the edges. A small layer of white head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big lemon zest aroma up front, followed by black pepper. Belgian yeast is also present along with lighter orange zest and clove aromas.

T - Lemon zest and peppercorns are dominant at first with lighter Belgian yeast notes present. The orange zest is detectable as well, but is somewhat overpowered by the lemon. Not specifically detecting the coriander, but there is a big spice presence from the peppercorns that it likely plays in to. Very good balance of citrus and spice.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to makdeco for picking this one up for me. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent golden yellow with absolutely no head at all. Some light carbonation of sporadic carbonation bubbles of varying sizes.

S- Lots of spices, pepper, lemon, some grass, leafy herbs, mint, kind of a lot going on and definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Lemon, spices, pepper, mint leaves, a tiny bit of medicinal herbs. Finishes with lemony mint and pepper bitterness, the lemony mint lingers for awhile.

M- Light to a little bit medium bodied, not much carbonation but fits well with the beer, goes down easily.

O- This was definitely an interesting beer. It was definitely very different then anything I'm used to. Lots of interesting flavors that makes for a fairly complex beer. While it was interesting to try, I didn't particularly like a lot of the flavors going on. It was a little bit too spicey and I didn't really care for the pepper or leafy mint flavors going on. I would maybe recommend trying this beer if you like interesting beers, otherwise I probably wouldn't.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is smacked with cracked pepper, lemon, and orange. The spice and citrus additions almost form a spicy lime-like aroma - extremely pleasing and welcoming. Soft sweetness.

Incredibly balanced citrus and spice palate. Lots of orange up front, lots of peppercorn. Those are the two major players, supported by the coriander spice and lemon (and that damn lime again). Behind all this, is a well made American wheat that's able to withstand all these additions, while holding its own.

Lingering pepper is quite prevalent but not overbearing. Soft citrus and sweetness are there, just in the background. Refreshing, smooth. Light bodied with generous carbonation.

This beer is incredibly good - my first shorts and now I have to drink everything they brew. The flavors are so powerful and bold, and yet the beer is unbelievably smooth and easy to drink. The lingering spice is shorts way of saying "don't you ever forget what we are all about." outstanding!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light orange rind notes up front, a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast "funk", and light pepper notes all play off the nose in wonderful fashion. At least with the aroma, the beer is as advertised.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light amber pour with a very low, thin white head. Head retention is poor.

Flavor: Wow! Mouth-filling flavors that continue to play on the orange and pepper theme. Just a hint of both and they interplay in a lovely fashion off the back of the palate. A bit of earthy bitterness and some grainy sweetness that is quickly over-powered by all the spicy and fruity overtones. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lively, high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A lovely spiced beer. I'm not a fan of spiced beer but this is light and refreshing with hints of spice that provide lovely accents while not killing your palate. A winner from Short's!

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into wine glass.

Pours golden orange with thin white head that fades quickly. Translucent.

Smells of grass, citrus, spice in general.

Awesome complex taste. Mild pepper up front and then I keep getting a taste that reminds me of chamomile tea in the middle which really balances the pepper. Then a long warm pepper burst at the end. Very unique and very very good.

Smooth dry with warming elements from the pepper.

Excellent beer all around. Reminds me of a saison but with more pepperiness. Will be requesting my local store to stock some.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.79/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to wintbs379 for this brew...

A: Pours a translucent golden straw. There is very little head and only a thin white ring lingers on the glass.

S: Mmm. I get a lot of pepper, some mild citrus, but mainly it's delicious peppercorns. I'm loving the nose.

T: Wow. I'm seriously shocked. That massive pepper nose is nothing when it hits the palate. This beer starts out super wet and juicy. There is a ton of orange and a bit of lemon. The peppercorns hit the palate late and make this beer really flavorful. It's delicious.

M: Light bodied beer. It's juicy all the way from start to finish. There is a really solid pepper heat, but it's not overwhelming. This is super drinkable, and the pepper lingers on the palate for quite some time.

O: I need more of this ASAP. Damn. Massive pepper nose and massive orange taste. The brain plays tricks on you and mixes both aspects of the beer beautifully. This has to be my biggest surprise of 2012 so far. I'm seriously loving this beer.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy golden straw color. Left one finger of white head that quickly disappeared in to nothing more than a very thin layer of bubbles.

Tons of cirtus. The orange and lemon zest are the main aromas I picked up, with peppercorn and other spices riding beneath. A little bit of yeast rounds it all out.

Very citric with a light orange and lemon taste. It's almost like some one mixed lemon juice and orange juice together and then diluted it. Coriander and peppercorn follow it up and make things interesting. A bit of yeast tries to keep things kind of mellow. A bit of peppery spice lingers behind while everything else quickly vanishes.

Light bodied and a little bit thin in the mouthfeel, but it is very clean. Very creamy carbonation as well.

I thought that this was an incredibly refreshing brew. The light body seems like it would make it easy to knock back a few bottles, but I could see the spice from the peppercorn making it a little hard to session. Perfect for a hot sumer day.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass meant for wits and such on 6/25/12

Thanks to beesy

Pale, golden yellow; faded straw tones. Some chill haze. Foam is fizzy and minimal; a 1/4th inch layer is gone in no time. No retention, no lace.

The aroma is heaviest on the orange zest, trickling down from there - lemon, clean and dusty wheat, hints of coriander. There is an earthy, herbal crackle mixed in back; I reckon that's the peppercorn talking.

It's a good thing the spices are part of the name; the nippy peppercorn and milder coriander are about the only thing this beer has going for it. Beyond the spices are notes of timid wheat and over-watered orange juice concentrate. The finish has fairly strong herbal lingerings. Dry zest bitterness emerges as the beer warms.

The feel is thin and watery. Carbonation is thin as well, lacking any bodily support. I'm inclined to call the over feel "pesky."

This one seems to be fashioned haphazardly. Not terrible, but I'm alright leaving it at one.

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Photo of beerdilly
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - poured a hazy golden straw color with a thin fluffy white head. little lacing and head dissipated quickly. excessive haziness was likely due to the yeast that had settled in the bottle. i had a couple pints of this beer while visiting Shorts last month and i would say the added yeast is a nice little addition.

AROMA - one of my favorite things about this beer was its smell. after the pour, there are strong notes of citrusy orange and peppercorns. a spice beer shouldnt be overpowering and wafts of yeast and mild lemon zest round out this beers bouquet nicely. hints of coriander may be present further into the beer. no hop aroma is present which is appropriate for the base style.

FLAVOR - nice wheat flavor with notes of orange citrus, lemon twang and peppercorns. little to no hop character is present, which is appropriate for the base style. notable spice character as a result of peppercorns in the throat.

MOUTHFEEL - light bodied with medium carbonation. appropriate for the style.

OVERALL - i thought this beer was great. im not really a fan of american style wheat beers. not even in these summer months do i find them all that refreshing. that said, the spicy additions with this beer really round out what can already be considered an interesting and refreshing style. also, the resulting burps are phenomenal.

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Photo of beesy
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a cloudy, medium dark straw with a finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly.

S - at first, loaded with citrus. As the minutes pass the citrus faded significantly leaving massive amounts of peppercorns.

T - just as in the nose, lots of citrus initially that changes over to lots of pepper that leaces a drying effect on the tongue and palate.

M - light. Appears lighter because of the drying affect of the pepper.

D - this is tough, it goes down easy but the pepper keeps me from wanting to have another right after.

Overall, not a bad beer, and I love the pepper, but it might be just too much if you were looking to drink a few of these. But again, its what makes this different than the normal wit, plus its memorable. Worth a shot if you have a chanc to try it.

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Photo of Ruds
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass to a hazy gold colour with a thinnish white head.

Smells of orange peel/zest, other hints of citrus and some peppercorn, corriander and a pinch of other 'unidentifiable' herbs!

Flavour wise a sour orange and to a lesser extent lemon dominates the mouth allied to background flavours of wheat and moderate spice. Also get the peppercorns again particularly in the finish however there was also a background 'sweetness' to the beer which I don't think overly helped the balance of flavours!

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body, perhaps a little too thin and watery?

Overall not impressed. Not a particularly well balanced beer and a little thin.

Slightly 'spicie' but not so 'nicie' - they must have set themselves up for a review along those lines and I'm sure I'm not the first to quote that and I won't be the last!

Would not seek out this beer in any way shape or form in the future. I would imagine the only likelihood of me drinking again would be on a hot summers day as I guess it has 'refreshment' potential in such conditions, but someone would have to give me a bottle!

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2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Tulip glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Golden color.Clear appearance.Brief crown, white in color.Mildy malty,orange zest & subtle peppery aromas.Dry bitter & lemony at first sip.Orange & slightly sweet fruit flavor.Light body,low carbonation.Coriander & hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste.Well balanced beer but quite bland eventhough.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is a bright yellow with a touch of haziness. Head is minimal I get only a sticky lace that turns to nothing.

S - Sweet lemon and grass smells. I could also pick up on the orange zest and coriander

T - Wheat and lemon with spicy peppercorn flavors first. Orange peel is nicely integrated giving it a bittering edge. A tad bit spicy making it sort of acidic.

M - Light to medium the ABV is spot on.

Overall I looked to this beer as a Voodoo "White Magic of the Sun" with a more sessionable ABV and I was right. Flavors are just as good as the Voodoo beer if not better since its not as yeasty. Good beer overall.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin frothiness that hangs sudsy foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of spice, lemon, and wheat. The fruit in particular really gives this a refreshing feel in the nose.

The taste has crisp tartness to it from those wheat and lemon flavors, with various spices that are sprinkled throughout. That tartness really picks up as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling on the tongue with a prickly carbonation that blows up a bit along the back of the palate.

While I didn’t find this super complex or anything, I did really appreciate the super refreshing and easy drinking feel here from that combination of wheat, fruit, and complimentary spices. I’d go for another bottle of this.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fairly clear golden color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly to a ring around the glass leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - I thought the nose was rather weak. There wasn't a lot that came out you do get some spices in there with a lot bit bit of citrus but like I said they didn't stand out and you really had to dig to get that out of this beer. I also did detect the peppercorns used in this one also but there is a lot going on in the nose of this beer it's kind of hard to pick something that stands out. IMO it just had a weak nose.

T - I thought the beer started off kind of on the citrus side which was kind of surprising because I thought it would be more spices. In the middle of the beer is where the spices and peppercorns come out and play. It was nice just wish it would have been more spiced that's all.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Smooth with a tart and spiced finish.

D - Easy to drink but don't think I would want a lot of this just because it's not my style and like I said before I thought there would be more spices. Glad I got to try but wouldn't buy a whole six pack of this would just put a bottle in a mixed six pack or something like that.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a big, bubbly white head. A few dripping lace trickles stuck to the glass by a thin skim or retention.

Smells like dish soap (in a good way). Dry, farmy light grain, zesty kitchen soap citrus (lemon and orange) and an almost Gueze-like corn chip wheat sweetness.

Bright citrus with a sour wheaty twang. I don't notice the peppercorn until it fades away in the swallow. Light but plush body.

My girlfriend brought this home ecstatic that she found some Shorts. I wasn't at all excited because I was expecting another stupid nutmeg/cinnamon/clove winter warmer type beer. This is summary, fresh and the antithesis of what I was expecting. Good stuff.

Sorry babe.

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Photo of fvernon
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice gift from Corbet - thanks! First time trying anything from Short's, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. It pours a muted and hazy coriander yellow with tinges of red and the off-white head keeps building from below. This is a very well-carbonated beer - not an explosion, but a constant re-creation.

The aroma is of lemon zest, honey, sour cherry, and a slight medicinal finish. My first sip was surprisingly up-front with the coriander, which, on second thought, was the medicinal aspect of the aroma. It takes digging in to get through the coriander, but the lemon zest and a rather bitter hop bite are definitely there, along with a hint of sour cherry funk.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry except for the lingering sourness in the back of the throat, and because of the nice carbonation it's always a pull through the foam. As I go on and the beer warms up, the sour cherry comes more to the front and the coriander begins to take its place as a finisher.

All in all, it's a very interested and unique take on a wheat; I'm glad I got to try it and can definitely see enjoying this quite a bit with a caprese salad on a hot summer day (we're having a freak warm day, which is one of the reasons I opened this up).

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to NBB globe glass. The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with a nice 2 finger white head. Good retention. Some lacing. Interesting blend of spices on the nose: coriander, lemons, citrus, and a lot of pepper. The flavor follows suit with a good amount of lemon on the front end. As the beer develops the spices come through and dominate, especially the pepper flavor. A mix of citrus, clove, all spice flavors along with a mild bitterness. A mild malt bill of what seems to be wheat and toasted barley provide a decent background. Spices linger on the tongue. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a bit too much pepper for my liking as I feel it dominates the flavor and aroma. If that were toned down this could be a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

weird brew. pours a lovely golden color with a moderate haze to it and a quickly fading white head, bits of lace on te glass. smells a little sour, almost like a brett beer, but notes of herbs and citrus override the sour. middle malt undertones. tastes like excellent cannabis, tangy and zesty, tangerine notes, still some sour in the finish.a very very light peppery, flavor too, really nice in the finish. this one is growing on me. mouthfeel really transitory, first sour, then orange grove, then steak au poivre, then belgianish yeast. really nice, not delicate but less than sturdy. good carbonation. i like this one a lot, much better than the other shorts offerings ive tasted. nightcap supreme

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Nicie from Short's Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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