Soft Parade
Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #173
Ranked #25,247
3.66 | pDev: 16.12%
Apr 23, 2022
Jun 18, 2004
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Notes: Soft Parade is a Fruit Rye Ale brewed with rye flakes and loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The rose colored ale has aromas of ripe strawberries and grain. With flavors of fresh berries and rye, Soft Parade finishes dry and eminently drinkable.

Soft Parade was originally developed because Joe Short wanted to create a beer that incorporated a medley of berries, had a great color, and appealed to wine drinkers. The name Soft Parade stemmed from two moments in Joe Short’s life. First, because Joe worked as a brewer at the Traverse Brewing Company and The Doors album, The Soft Parade, played every day at the end of the brew shift. The second moment occurred when Joe was driving by himself, flipping through CD’s in his car, and came across The Soft Parade album again. At the time, The Soft Parade beer had not been named and it dawned on Joe that the medley of fruit infusing into the golden beer reminded him of a soft parade. That day the beer was named!
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3 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Apr 23, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bottom_ramen

One of my go to's when I'm out to dinner

Feb 23, 2022
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3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

Not for me. LOOK : color is a that of a rose wine. Light bubbly pink white two finger head, leaves nice lacing. SMELL: fruity, delicate, with blueberry, strawberry and raspberry all present, nicely intertwined. TASTE: Here's where it all falls apart. The flavors are weak and washed out. Raspberry is stronger than the other two, but all are subpar, and they converge into a muddy, barely distinguishable berry lightness. The sweetness is nicely present, but overall it tastes like flavored water. Aside from the carbonation and the slight buzz developing, there is little to indicate you are actually drinking a beer. Hops taste? Malt Taste? Ale Taste? No, no, and no. The mouthfeel is weak and watery also. Perhaps the flimsiest taste ever, in my experience, on a 7.5% ABV ale.

Dec 04, 2021
3.79 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 02, 2021
4.75 by zachkrauter from Indiana on Sep 19, 2021
3.85 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jul 17, 2021
3.77 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Jul 06, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, shared with OleR at Olympen, Oslo. Red colour, moderate pale pink head. Strong aroma of ripe and over-ripe berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries) - the raspberries come out up front. Fairly dry and slightly tart and mildly sour flavour, with a distinct presence of said berries. Does not feel as strong as 9%.

Apr 30, 2021
4.07 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Apr 20, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BigIronH from Michigan

Very fruity beer. Almost jelly like flavors and very juicy. Undertones of wheat. Very enjoyable.

Jan 13, 2021
3.68 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois on Nov 14, 2020
4 by Maillard from Ohio on Nov 01, 2020
3.96 by mpolewan from Ohio on Sep 27, 2020
3.25 by trickynicky from Maryland on Sep 06, 2020
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3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by K-sweet from Florida

Smells great. Fruity and high alcohol content. Good summer beer

Aug 23, 2020
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 25, 2020
3.7 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 21, 2020
3.24 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 18, 2020
3.53 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 18, 2020
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
3.53 by redleg64 from Michigan on Oct 17, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

This is a fruity beast. You can taste all of the berry flavors at once. At 7.5% it is still very drinkable as well as extraordinarily flavorful with every sip. Great summer time fruity brew.

Aug 18, 2019
3.56 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Aug 12, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Achellman13 from Florida

Like drinking jelly from jar. Not as sweet as it seems at first taste but not a flavor for me.
My wife is a fan and I’m a fan of the abv, yeet!

Jul 21, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. This is one of those "how have I not had that one yet" beers. Strawberry blonde body with white cap, wonderful look for a fruit beer. Smells of rye, malt, and berry skins. Taste has the strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, with a biscuit like finish. Feel is light, fruity, and on the drier end of things.

Jun 22, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ovaltine from Indiana

A rose colored amber with an off-white head, the nose is redolent with berry aromas, which transfer very well to the taste. There’s a faint rye flavor, and the mouthfeel is just a bit soft for a beer this big (7.5% ABV).

This is an interesting take on a fruit beer. Glad I tried it.

Jun 14, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Kaltes_Bier26 from Michigan

Very sweet

May 11, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Nass from Florida

Nice looking can artwork, great use of color. The date on the bottom of the can indicates that this beer is 4 months old, that's not too bad. The beer pours dark pink to light red type of color with a medium sized head that does not linger around very long, but there is a good amount of carbonation in the glass. The aroma is sweet & almost champagne like. The taste is a little bitter with some sweet berry type of taste, slight sour. A lot of berry action going on & the beer sort of reminds me of some rose wine. This beer is not soft as I thought it would be it's actual a little rough but it's okay. Oh well, at least now I can say I was able to try a beer with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, & raspberries added to it. The beer does not drink like a 7.5% beer at all, I actually thought it was at 5.5%. There is some slight pepperiness from the rye flakes. This is an interesting style of beer. I gotta admit it, this is pretty taste stuff guys. Them Michigan fellas do not slouch around when it comes to brewing a good beer. Cheers! B

Apr 11, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Libbs1994 from Virginia

A little harsh tasting, not sweet, fruit notes are backdrop to rye tasting beer. Smell is on point of strawberries. Doesn’t come close to comparing to a sweet fruit beer like delirium red. Not tart at all. Isn’t the smoothest mouthfeel, thin and light carbonation, no head at pour.

Mar 22, 2019
3.5 by Jdra from Michigan on Mar 01, 2019
3.93 by rjd722 from Maryland on Feb 26, 2019
3.75 by Muss42 from Michigan on Feb 15, 2019
3.98 by AuntBea from Illinois on Jan 15, 2019
4.11 by Kiral from Michigan on Dec 26, 2018
4 by bucrogers26th from Illinois on Dec 09, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Nice, safe, not-too-sweet fruit beer from a great local brewery. Nice dark pink-amber color with some fluffy white head and nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells surprisingly faintly of fruity berries and a little malt. Tastes of lots of fruit - predominantly raspberries and strawberries, but also a little blueberry and cherry - along with malt, vanilla, biscuit and some grain flavors. Smooth, thin mouthfeel and great carbonation. The sweetness wasn't overpowering or too cloying and the malt was well-balanced with some of the mild alcohol flavors.

Nov 13, 2018
3.73 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 22, 2018
3.83 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2018
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5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Once again, another awesome beer from the mitten, another classic one to have for the summer time and another one with plenty of variations on the fruit and field recipe. This is a good one that has every great note from this category. WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 08, 2018
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