Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
1,123
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
31.02%
 
 
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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured mine into my Sam Adams glass.

Pours a light berry colorwith a smallish foam head that sits thin on the top.

Smells of a fermented alcohol. Like an ale would, with slight fruity notes.

Has a mildly bitter flavor with that of mixed berries.

Light, almost no carbonation, giving it a thin almost water like feel for smooth drinking.

Overall, interesting, a bit fruity as it implies, but not bad. Strong in alcohol content.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear, pastel red with a soft, thin beige head that dies to a thin ring in short order.

Smell is buttery biscuit with fresh and wild strawberry jam.

Taste is fresh, wild and bright strawberry. A little raspberry comes forward, with something bitter and almost metallic at times.

Tangy, near tart, but not sour.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like asparagus, which is a little tough to get past. Tastes pleasant enough, with plenty of berry fruitiness and nice balance, but there are still some vegetal off-notes in the background. Feels thinner than I expected for a "high gravity ale." Just an odd beer all around. Would be enjoyable I think if not for the smell.

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Photo of JacobKimerer
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding fruit ale. Has an amazing profound taste of berries, but isn't too sweet like some fruit ales. Just the right amount of bitterness. Aroma is sweet. Pours a nice-looking hazy red.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy amber red, white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus, grapes, and mixed sweet berries.

Tastes of citrus, grape, raspberry and blueberry. Light mild biscuit malt undertone. Tart aftertaste.

Light to medium body with lightly tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice fruity ale, drinks easy for its strength but has lots of flavor too. Wine-like in appearance, aroma, and flavor. Worth a try for something a little stronger that still drinks nicely and refreshingly in the summer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pour is a medium brown body with a lighter orange hue. One finger white head, plenty of retention, bits of lacing. Smells of raspberries and a light strawberry fruitiness, a bit of spice, cereal grain sweetness, touch of dark fruit. Smells fairly nice, even if a little muddled. Flavour is similarly fruit-forward, mostly raspberry and strawberry, not so much the blueberry. Light raspberry tartness, a small amount of lactic acid. Grainy sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a decently hefty body for the style, a heavier carbonation, nice fruity finish. Overall a solid fruited beer. A bit heavier in body than I would expect from the taste, but I won't complain all that much. A solid fruited ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish orange in color (almost like the color of berry jam) with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint purplish highlights. The beer has a finger tall slightly pinkish white foamy head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering a little more the 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to medium amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of jammy berries - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are all detectable at different points of the beer warming up. Very light aromas of grainy malts. Overall there is a fairly sweet aroma.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of rye spiciness. That is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of sweet jammy berries - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries in descending order of intensity and sweetness. Just a hint of berry tartness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of soft carbonation. Very light amounts of acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: A very enjoyable rye fruit beer with a decent amount of complexity and I can easily see this appealing to beer and wine drinkers. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and I would probably have this one again if I ran across it.

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Photo of DadsDrunkAgain
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical fruity beer. The Strawberry stands out, but not sweet. You get the bitterness right away. This chick beer has two stinky nuts swinging off it. Not bad.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Great beer. Very fruity (obviously), but enjoyable - especially on a hot, summer evening. You can actually taste the different fruits, but the beer taste is also fairly prevalent. I enjoyed this one and will get it again if I have a chance.

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Photo of drpimento
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best thing about this beer is, by far, the aroma: berries, wheat, wet grain, yeast. Short lived pink head, no lace. Flavor's awful. Reminds me a bit of an antibiotic I had to take for tonsillitis as a kid. Texture is oily. Finish makes me grimace.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a reddish color. The head was frothy, but dissipated quickly. The nose of this beer is fruity, and tart. The taste is light, fruity, slight tartness. It's a very easy drinking beer for the ABV.

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Photo of bnes09
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange, reddish berry color. Descent head and white lacing. Aroma of fruit punch. Lots of berry flavor. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Descent offering. A little sweeter than I prefer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Church Key. Poured into a small snifter.

This beer would have a place in on my tap list. Different, but still beer. Very wine like in that this beer has the fruity vinous tastes but the alcohol breaks through to give a sharper mouth feel. Almost like a rose? Shorts may have made this for the wine drinkers but it still has its beer qualities. 3.75

A - Pours a clear, burnt pink with a thin white head and low carbonation. 4

S – Vinous, strawberries, kiwi. 3.75

T - Fruity, strawberry, but not sweet, with some tang and the slightest bit of alcohol sharpness. 3.75

MF - Medium body with a semi-dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of OZ_BORN
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a summer must-have! It's too sweet to have more than one or two but it's a great brew to sit with while you're watching the sun set.

A guilty pleasure is to mix it 50/50 with a Perrin Black, making a "Black Parade".

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best brew in my opinion. Kind of tasted like wine. Then again, it is a fruit beer. Pours a red/purple color Not a whole lot going on here. Does have a decent mouthfeel though

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Photo of brian44556
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 2/29/16.

It pours a ruby red hue with a thin, almost purpleish head. Decent lacing lines the sides of the glass. Very sugary, almost artificial, fruity smell. Strawberries and raspberries highlight the aroma, could be mistaken for a wine cooler. There is a lot of overly sweet fruity tastes here. Specifically strawberries, not a necessarily a bad taste, but it comes across as artificial. I was hoping it would be a bit more tart, but the sweetness is overwhelming. Light-bodied, overly sweet, and a bit refreshing. I have hard time finding a great fruit beer. This one is no exception to the rest. Mediocre at best.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice beer to drink w/ the lady if you are planning on sharing a 6 pack or what not. There is so much fruit in this beer to the point you question if you are actually drinking a beer or not. It's not a bad beer, but is definitely a beer to take the beach or drink on some of the hottest summer days. It goes down really easy for that 7.5% w/ no alcohol taste. The beer is just a little to over powered by the fruity flavors.

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Photo of basaywhat
2.11/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. A slightly hazy red beer with a huge pinkish head. The aroma has strong notes of strawberries, which is smelled far from the glass. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of berries to start off with, leading to a dry lightly tart finish. Not a fan.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. The bottling date of 2/18/2016 printed on the neck of the bottle. The description of this beer on the label reads "a high gravity ale fermented with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Pours a beautiful bright red color with orange and golden hues when held up to the light. The head is fizzy and quickly dissipates. The nose is very fruity with the raspberries being most notable along with faint strawberries as well. The first thing I though of when I tasted this beer was that it was far less sweet and a lot drier than I expected. There is a little bit of tartness up front with a moderate amount of sweetness giving way to a lingering medicinal bitterness and warmth from the alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with prickly carbonation hitting the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Overall, not bad but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear reddish color, looks like a strawberry cooler. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Tart strawberry nose, flavor is light tart strawberry reminds me of a unsweet wine cooler. Slightly higher ABV is hidden. $2.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's Brewing Company "Soft Parade"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded "02/18/16" and sampled on 04/05/16

Short's "Soft Parade" has a pinkish cast to it beneath a bright white head. The retention isn't great but it does leave some nice lacing behind. It smells like berries and fresh green leaves. Is the leafy aroma coming from the rye? Perhaps a combination of the spiciness of the rye and something else? Hmmm, that vegetal note carries over into the flavor a bit as well, although it's mainly fruity over a soft, grainy-toasty malt base. A spritz of alcohol comes through as well, helping to dry it in the finish along with a moderate bitterness and subtle spiciness from the rye. Perhaps it's the hops, as the finish is a bit grassy? Odd. It's not bad though, just a little distracting, and I can't tell if I like it because it gives it a bit more character, or if it bothers me because it's distracting. At the very least it feels authentic, the fruit is absolutely real and there's no hint of anything artificial, so I'd take this warts and all over a smoother but more synthetic version any day. Finally, probably it's biggest strength is the way that the berries come through, each showing its character at times rather than melding into a homogenized berry-blend. On the down-side I detect some higher alcohols, although I think most people wouldn't really notice them. Interesting for sure, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottle on 02/18/2016 printed on the bottleneck. "High Gravity Ale fermented with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries". Sounds good to me. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a nice juicy bright pink body, one finger of thin wispy pinkish tinted white head that doesn't stay for too long. Some thin scattered fluffy lacing. Very nice color.

S - Fresh, fruity, authentic berry aromas. Earthy, fruity, juicy, vegetal / grassy. Definitely evokes notes of fresh picked jammy berries. Very fresh, fruity, and authentic smelling.

T - Bit of a subtle alcohol bite, but lots of very fresh juicy authentic berry goodness. Juicy, with subtle tartness. Berry flavored fruit roll up. I feel like the strawberry and the raspberry come through the most. Very nice stuff. Minor warming alcohol on the finish. A touch of bready yeast / malt base noticeable on the finish also. Very interesting stuff.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, juicy, with minor tartness. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Very nice drinking stuff.

Overall, a very enjoyable berry fruit beer from Short's. Reminded me of a much more drinkable and accessible version of Dogfish Head Fort. Very nice stuff.

Short's Brew Soft Parade -----4/5.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the scent it's obviously a puréed fruit beer, but the taste seems a bit over run by a sharp spritzer taste. I get blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries with a light champagne. All the while the spritzer is harsh and at times overwhelming.

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Photo of BB1313
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/24/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a ruby red with a white head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are nice. Lots of strawberries and blueberries. Malts are there with a touch of wheat. The flavors have a nice blend of berries. You name a berry and I'm sure it's present. It's sweet, but definitely not cloying. It has also has a subtle earthy bitterness to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's thin and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not the biggest fan of "fruit beers", but this one is very enjoyable. This would really hit the spot during the hot weather. I really like this one. Well done.

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Photo of DeFaz
1.48/5  rDev -59%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

I picked it up because I'm a fan of fruit beers and have a special liking for the berries, and this had all of them (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries). But this is so, so bad. Let me explain...
Look: Pleasant enough copper color, small head recedes quickly, minimal head, dashes of lacing
Smell: Strong fruit smell, but overly sweet and cloying and artificial. Sniffing too much I literally gagged (and I don't use the word literally in a figurative way...)
Taste: Odd, yeasty? flavor like a wine cooler. Disgusting. Doesn't taste like beer. Heck, doesn't taste like real fruit either.
Feel: Thin, undercarbonated, overly sweet mess. A chore to put down.
Overall: Drain pour, and an expensive one at that. Considering the price and the fact that I love the fruit that this "beer" is supposed to contain, this fits right on my list of the top worst "beers" I've had to date.

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