Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Soft ParadeShort's Soft Parade

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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!

Added by fantome on 06-18-2004

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Photo of pinkgengar
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dkloubec
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jeswasgui
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Kmatthews
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joran
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KennethBeer
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atlandy
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tjb14
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ode_to_Silence
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vabeerguy
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this twice about five years apart and both times did not like it, horrible tasting.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jrutherford87
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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