Soft Parade
Short's Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #226
Ranked #39,574
3.69 | pDev: 15.99%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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ovaltine from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Nass from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Libbs1994 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red color with a minimal white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of fruit. Sweet taste of fruit with a dry, bitter finish. Medium mouth feel.

Sep 02, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jul 03, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Reddish dark gold – the color of berry juice poured into apple juice - and hazy. A half-finger of off-white head fades fairly quickly. Average visible carbonation.

S: Sweet berries and bready malts. Toffee, vanilla, and brown sugar sweetness as well. Some corn starchy sweetness, and a creamy sweetness akin to a cream ale - or maybe cream soda? Any sort of style guidelines are difficult to apply here, but while it doesn’t smell bad it isn’t very appealing.

T: Mixed berry sweetness – some natural, some weird concentrate flavors. Then bready malt sweetness with some corn or vegetal aspects, and toffee sweetness. Still getting a cream soda impression from this - perhaps from a mix of the vanilla and berries and other sweet flavors. Then more flat blueberry/raspberry/boysenberry fruitiness in the hang with continued vanilla sweetness.

M: Average body, though carbonation sensation is a bit low. The alcohol is noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: The berries remind me of the old school Dannon Fruit-on-the-Bottom Mixed Berry yogurt fruit mix. The corn and cream sweetness is a little much, especially without the big juicy natural fruit flavors I was hoping for from this one. Fruit/Vegetable beer is a wide-open category, so I’m largely rating this to preference...but I don’t "preference" this one at all. I don’t think it’ll be a drain-pour, but it might be a struggle to finish. I can’t see having this one again.

Jun 17, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/12/18; drank 4/8/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through ruby red appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy off-white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Strawberry, honeyed wheat & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Strawberry & faint blackberry notes in the nose; honeyed wheat notes on the finish.

Such a pleasant, fruity sipper; not ideal on this chilly evening but a home run in the summer.

Apr 09, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Wonderfully clear (until the final pour- I guess there's sediment here) reddish-amber body with a fizzy lightly pink head that leave a web of lace, sprightly carbonation. The nose is predominantly red berries (strawberry, cherry, raspberry) with hints of sweetness and tartness, with a bit of grain and butter thrown in there, too. The flavor is not such a fruity paradise; the raw grain/chalk/spice flavor has been juiced up to an unfortunate level (after reading the description, why would they use an aggressive grain like rye in this??), plus a little bit of a metallic flavor, and the fruit has been greatly toned down. I'm pretty sure the high alcohol has an invisible hand in here as well. The body is medium-full, solid, and the visually spirited carbonation only gives a flash of power before fading into the full body. Surprising.
Makes me more appreciate all the low-ABV fruity beers. High ABV with delicate, sweet fruit might not be possible. But thanks to Short's for trying. The fruit kept its integrity in the aroma, but succumbed to the necessary bolstering in the flavor and feel.

Mar 14, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance – Thin layer of head on an amber-pink, hazy body.

Aroma – Sweet, strong mixed berries with a hint of sourness.

Taste – Mixed berried but not sweet. Grainy under the carbonation. Very low carbonation.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat flat and grainy, astringent.

Overall – Not overly well balanced, did not bring out the fruit well. A touch of sweetness would have been welcome.

Feb 25, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My 1st Shorts. Would be refreshing, but Had in November. High gravity. Must induce naps in the summer sun. Given that it is a crummy, rainy November day and that this beer cannot wait another 8 months for summer, I decided to not waste the world's resources and Have it now... but not review it.

But as the beer wore on and I did not nap, I decided it deserved a review.

Interesting on two counts.
First, the abv of 7.5% is unusual for fruit beers. Some obvious chemistry both above and, eventually, affecting my head.
Second, it is not too sweet and, I suspect, it is because of the spicy rye... which is quite different than the soft wheat commonly found in fruit beers and shandy-likes.

However, the consequence of using rye and not much wheat is it creates a Taste and after-taste that is too unusual.
Obviously an accomplished brewer in the middle of nowhere six months a year... I think I'll try another Short's next year.

Nov 12, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 092117

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear ruby red/amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries. The taste is pretty nice, malty, kinda yeasty, with a nice touch of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, slight tart. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely with this one, a nice little complex brew. Overall, this one surprised me, very tasty for what it is.

Nov 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a couple of things about this beer really set it apart. for one, fruited drinking beers like this rarely sneak up this high in abv. it tastes like a fruity summer beer, but has a nice punch to it, but only in effect, not in drinking experience. i like that, and it makes this unique. the rye malt also makes it distinct. in a lot of fruit beers, the malt is an afterthought, or at least intentionally played down, made simple on purpose, and relegated to the background so the fruit can stand out. the rye here is dry and earthy and classic pale rye malt tasting, but we can taste it, and thats a positive. it i think works great with the fruit, and its nice to have it there, it keeps this beery and not juicy, nice touch in the recipe! the other thing i will say for it, is that usually "generic berry" as a flavor descriptor is a negative, its like i get fruit but cant place a raspberry or cherry or something, and so its often a critique, but when i ascribe it to this beer, its a huge positive. its such a well rounded and balanced berry complexion that none of the four berries stands out in the beer above any of the others, its the whole fruit experience without the simplicity or vagueness that some have, and i dont need blueberry specifically to appreciate what it adds to this beer. thats a unique comment to this single beer i think, and it kind of blew my mind. this isnt the kind of beer on paper that i normally reach for, but huge cheers to shorts for making something like this have so much beer geek appeal. this is a unique beer in the world for that reason... bravo!

Nov 05, 2017
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, though not nearly as good as Short's sour ale - Annivers-Ale. This one has a touch of sour berry in the aroma and taste. The taste is not unpleasant, just not that memorable. I get more of the berry smell and taste as it warms.

It looks kind of like a berry soft drink, though with almost no head or lacing. Carbonation is adequate.

I applaud the concept. The execution is kind of middle of the road to me.

Oct 26, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish orange color with pinkish head. Aroma is really fruity with strawberries and raspberries coming out most. Also some cream/yogurt like notes. Taste is just slightly fruity with some astringent bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not what I expected from the aroma. The flavors don't combine well together.

Jul 07, 2017
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skepticnibble from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up 6pk of bottles from Meijer in SW Michigan for $10. Poured from bottle dated 6/19/17 into tulip glass.

L: Clear rose colored copper with thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.
S: Fruit, especially berry and green apple, but mostly because you expect it; not terribly aromatic.
T: Mild fruit and rye, but very little body. Tannic, almost sour finish. More of a soured wine than infused beer.
MF: Light and crisp but under carbonated. Acidic bite but little alcohol presence.

Overall, interesting and possibly worth a try if you're interested in beers with wine characteristics, but ultimately not something I'll seek out again. Some easy tweaks that might improve the posture: more rye to add definition to the malt body, lower tannins from fruit skins, increased carbonation.

Jul 06, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no date

Murky pinkish dark copper color. No head. Aroma is muted berries. Taste is oxidized and stale with fruity aftertaste. Old bottle? No date so no more buying their beer for me. Medium bodied.

May 26, 2017
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mattlerjor from Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In general this one of my favorite overall beers that exists. It has a dark look to it but sweet to the taste with its fruit enriched flavor. For such high alcoholic content it goes down smooth and then hits you like a cannon. Be careful they're good, but more than 4 and you will forget where you are.

Apr 14, 2017
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handmuffin from Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled on 1/3/17. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours pale rose in color, medium low clarity with short lasting white head. Aroma of red fruit and berry, like strawberry or raspberry jelly, and a mild graininess. Some floral character noticeable as well. No hop aroma detected. Flavor is primarily more red fruit and berry, less definable than the aroma. Finish is dry, almost wine like. Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Overall this beer is underwhelming. The aroma and flavor are both simple somewhat artificial fruit and berry. The dry finish, body and carbonation make it very drinkable. There are very little "beer" characteristics, to the point that if I was handed this I would assume it was a wine cooler. I appreciate the attempt but feel as though there are better ways to make a fruit and berry focused beer.

Apr 04, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Meijer's in the 'wego and tries it with neighbors. It poured a clear faint pink with white head and no lace. The scent had ripe fruit. The taste was mix of sour with ripeople fruit. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

Feb 03, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rosy pink-ish peach with asmall ring of head. 20% opaque.

Some beery malty aromas with hints of blackberries, peaches, and raspberries.

Taste is super clean and fruity. Blackberries, raspberries, and peaches on the tongue, with lots of effervescent carbonation and a soft malt profile. Tastes a bit like sherbet.

Feel is super carbonated, with a semi dry finish.

Overall, Soft Parade is a really delicious beer with suggestions of frozen fruit yogurt and berries. I like it a lot.

Jan 16, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is sharp raspberry, grain, sweet strawberry, and floral dominant.

Flavor is sweet, lacking the sharp promise of the raspberries and blackberries. Fairly muddled, grainy, bitter finish.

Dec 04, 2016
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