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Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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1,181 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#34,249
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
1,181
pDev:
16.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
282
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,181 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of Timc32
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on January 29, 2017. Bottled on 10/04/16.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dovers
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Jglaser451
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justincolts
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours very little head, has a soft red, or rose, color. The smell is fruity. It doesn't really have much to the texture or feel.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muchos
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LennyBound
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pretty much always dig on beers that are this shade of fruit juice, just looks cool and unconventional to your non neckbeard. Also makes BMC dudes proclaim you're a sissy boy, which is fun in and of itself.

Anyways, pink hue, soft, 1/5" head, off white in color. Aroma of berries. I dig the rye usage, seems to give the beer a bit more heft than just a barley beer, makes it hold a manly edge to all the sweet fruits. Some tartness not in a spontaneous fermentation way, but in a fruit that isn't overly sweet and has that tart berry skin thing going on.

Hides the alcohol well, good format, a neat little beer, would bang again.

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Photo of Drinkalot
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12oz bottle.

Look: dark pink/red, light foamy head & lacing
Smell: fruity, berries
Taste: berries, but more tart than sweet; hints of malt & hops
Feel: smooth, light bodied, lightly carbonated, & easy to drink

Overall: I'm not typically a fan of fruity beer, but this is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured orange/red with slight pink and a red/orange head. The aroma is fruity. The taste is fruity blackberry with some hops. The mouthfeel is good. This is a pretty good fruit beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy red pink raspberry color with very little head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Tart strawberry and raspberry with some blueberry. With some toasted grain, but the berries are really what stand out. Berries are more tart than sweet.

T: Lots of tart strawberry and raspberry, a nice toasted grain. I wish there was a little more sweetness, the berries just seem too tart in it.

F: Mouthfeel is a little watery and needs a little more carbonation.

O: If you like lots of tart berry this is the beer for you, but it is not really my thing.

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1,181 ratings
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