Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,579
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,227
pDev:
16.44%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
296
Trade:
4
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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Bottle, no date. New Michigan Pilsner glass!

A: pours an ever so slightly hazed pinkish amber with 1/4 inch off-white head that fades quickly. Little visible carb. Very nice lacing.

S: Berry blast! As labeled, loads of strawberry and raspberry aroma. Really like the “mixed berry” flavor candies. Smells super sweet and fruity.

T: arrives mildly sweet, with alcohol, quickly followed by loads of fruit. Surprisingly, the blackberry is the one that stands out on the taste most, but strawberry and raspberry are there, too. As it trails off, the alcohol increases. Alcohol and raspberry linger.

M: thickish; a hefty medium body with low carbonation. Very clean finishing.

O: I am not a fruit beer fan, but I like this. Not too sweet, but the ABV is high, and you can taste it. A once a summer treat, but I don’t think I could put back six of these. Give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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3.65/5  rDev 0%
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2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1,227 ratings