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 / 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
Ratings:
1,164
Reviews:
345
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
16.9%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
273
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,164 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +6.6%
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 -7.8%
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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Photo of habaceeba
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recently started getting Shorts in the Chicago market. So much hype. Picked this up in a mixed 6 pack. Glad I only have one of these. Aroma is sickly sweet strawberry. Taste... Imagine Leinenkugels Berry Weisse as a malt liquor... Not good.

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Photo of deereless
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Remmy800
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakea
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 durwood64
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,164 ratings.
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