Short's Soft Parade
Short's Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #176
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,634
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 16.26%
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
1,237
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Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Year-round
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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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Reviews: 363 | Ratings: 1,237
Photo of ffejherb
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Imperial pint glass on 5/25/09. Thanks to brewslut for sharing!

A - Poured a dense, opaque hazy crimson red body with a solid finger's width of creamy beige foam on top that retained quite well and laced up exquisitely.

S - Slightly tart and sour nose with plenty of berry sweetness hinting at raspberry and blackberry. Subtle woody and rye notes are also present.

T - Fresh berries offer a fruity sweetness with a mild tart character and leafy bitter tea-like hops in the backend that last through the finish, while still maintaining a slightly tart character to complement the bitterness. Slight dryness from the rye presence and a mild astringency is also present.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Finish is on the dry side with a fair amount of residual sweetness left on the palate.

D - Mmmm... I sure am glad we're getting two more bottles of this when Deuane returns from his trip to MI. This is a unique and outstanding beer from Short's, and I can't wait to have more! Thanks to the wife for sharing this with me!

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Photo of AVDeuph
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing after the actual serving, which was on tap earlier this evening at the Uptown Grille.

First of all I need to mention that my girlfriend ordered KBS on tap, and I ordered the Soft Parade. It made for a rather hilarious-looking moment (in my defense, I've had KBS on tap recently, and have some bottles at home).

This came to me looking all sparkly and dainty in a pint glass. Nice candy-red color and a cute one finger pink head.

Jokes aside, this beer is pretty good. Nice and strong fruit aroma that makes no joke about what you are about to experience. Taste is aligned with the nose, very fruity, like a mixed fruit lambic. Cherries, strawberries, you name it.

Strong carbonation that makes the beer light and refreshing. Drinkability, if you like sweet-ass fruits, is excellent of course. If I was in a fruity mood, I'd throw down several easily. I had this before my dinner and it made a very nice appetizer course.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the HopCat (Grand Rapids, MI) on 4/23/09. Served in a cervoise glass.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby with a thin head of brite-white foam. Good flareup around the edges that leaves some thick swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of lush berry fruitiness and rye notes, with some floral hop character in the back. I'm finding it hard to pinpoint exactly what berries are in this from the nose, but raspberries are sticking out to me the most. I'm also getting a layer of heavy warmth as well, that gives away the ABV a bit.

The taste is the same, with tart berry flavors up front that blends into some big rye accents in the back. Much like the aroma, this is all nicely blended together to the point that I had trouble pinpointing the extact berry flavors that I was tasting. Dry notes of rye and light bitterness pull up the finish. The mouthfeel has a medium bodied carbonation but the overall feel is very soft in the mouth, giving this a surprisingly easy feel despite the higher ABV. Very nice!

Very interesting imperial style fruit beer from Short's. Lots of fresh berry flavors going on in this and the rye character added a different layer of complexity to it. Plus it definitely earned it's name with that mouthfeel, remaining soft and easy despite the alcohol presence in this. Well done!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant, reddish copper with a thin white film for a head.

S-Like fruit infused sweet tart punch. Bit of sugary sweetness in the background.

T-Sharp, tart and biiter (like citrus rind) complex fruit flavours that run wild in your mouth! Hard to pinpoint any one dominate flavour. A VERY fruit forward concoction that uses "beer" as it's delivery method.

M-Medium-light bodied, tart, very sharp, crisp with a lingering rind like bitterness.

D-Without question, a most impressive complex fruit combination. A very interesting and flavourful brew!

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Photo of johnd513
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a growler fresh from the brewery.
Pours a ruby color with a small head that quickly disappears. Huge smell of strawberry and other fruit flavors. The taste is not as sweet as I expected and is very different from the smell. Tastes of rye with a fruity sweetness and finishes dry. The mouthfeel has medium body and has decent carbination. Drinkability is good and is hindered only by its high abv. The board at the brewery said 8.0%. Overall a solid choice from Short's for those who enjoy fruit beers.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery, durring one of the best vacations ever. Shared a glass with my wife...

A - Not a ton of head on this one, with a very murky body. The color is a brown-peach color that lacks astetics.
S - Fresh raspberries seem to dominate here, hitting my nose with good, refeshing tartness. Strawberry sweetness seemed to highlight the aroma, and added to the farm fresh nature of the aroma. I did not pick up much from the rye malt.

T - The first flavor I noticed was raspberries, and lots of them. Right off the bat my mouth was flooded with tart, good raspberry flavor. This was again sweetened by some mild strawberry flavors. I found the rye to give the beer a nice balencing quality, adding dryness and spice to the beer at the midpalate. This spiciness combined with the tartness from the blackberries to keep my mouth happy until the surprisingly assertive spicy hops showed up, more than balencing out the finish.

M - Nothing particularly shocking here, as full as one would expect from this 9% APV brew.

D - I was really impressed by this one. The fruit tasted fresh and did not hide the fact that this was beer. The only fruit that I did not notice that was used in this beer was the blueberry, which to me says a lot about the expressiveness of the fruit in this beer. The use of rye not only helped balence the beer, but also added a nice level of complexity not always found in fruit beers. A great extreme beer in every possible sense of the word.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bgramer for my first Short's beer. Cheers dude!

Pours a vibrant ruby red with a little white head that lasts for a few minutes and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells absolutely amazing for a fruit beer. Tons of fresh amazing fruit smells, dominated by strawberries for me. There is a slight bit of spiciness from the rye but the smell is definitely fruit dominated.

The taste is a 100% reversal. It tastes like a hearty rye bread with some slight fruit sweetness and a relatively dry and bitter finish. Really interesting to have such a 180 flavor turn like that.

Extremely dry finish with a medium body feel.

Wow, no one could convince me that this was 9% ABV this is just hidden so well and its one of the best fruit beers I have ever had not to mention being extremely interesting. Thanks again Brendan!

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Photo of drxandy
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at reno's west on w.saginaw, Lansing, MI
Served in a 25oz mug, but they call them schooners.
A reddish deep brown, nice white head

smells of sweet malts, an indistinguishable berry blend, raspberries pop up front though, very fruity, slight bitterness

tastes extremely berry upfront, malts play in perfectly as with berry infused brews it can be hit or miss, sweet with the right amount of bitterness, light hops, lemon/citrus peel - very nicely balanced, one of the best berry concoctions i've ever had.

mouthfeel is crisp, sweet and easy to drink, very sessionable - i had no idea of how many berries were used untill reading the description here, an extremely easy drinker for an ABV of 9.

Another great shorts beer!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I was happy to see a Short's beer on tap but was not prepared for it to be a fruit beer... The beer was slightly hazed, reddish orange colored with a laceable head. The aroma was very berry, I couldn't tell which berry varieties but I would guess raspberry. There was a pleasant aftertaste, a little yeasty as well as sweet and berryish. Easy drinking if not a little too sweet. Not my cup of tea as it were, but not a bad accomplishment either.

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Photo of bgramer
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at HopCats with 3 other Short's beers.

This is probably my favorite of the 4 they had. I got a growler to go as well. This beer poured out a light berry color with very little head but lots of carbonation. The berry taste was very prominent without being too sweet or overpowering (like a sick sweetness if you know what i mean)

There's some tart dryness and a medium body - the berry flavor blooms just before you finish it - where you can taste some zest.
This is probably a good beer to share with ladies who prefer fruity beers but find lambics too fruity.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer (a dark pink color) initially scared me thinking that it would be an over the top fruity beer. In reality it was surprisingly balanced on the fruit. There was not an overly sweet taste but rather a dry finish a little like champagne. I could not pick out the specific fruit although I know it has Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, and Raspberries. It is a kicker at 7-8% (they have an imperial at 10%+) hence the nickname "Ye Olde Leg Spreader". It was not one that I would drink too much off, although it is good it is very powerful and I like too many of the other beers to pass out that quickly.

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Photo of Crosling
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Unique cloudy magenta color with a very lightish pink head. One dimensional, non-vibrant berry aroma. Thin texture with a medium body. Extremely well hidden alcohol, with a non cloying fruit medley flavor and not much else. One dimensional, not enjoyable.

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Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brewery rep claimed at the Beer Fest to be using hundreds of pounds of actual berries per batch.

I believe it. The second of two potent, natural fruit beers at the Michigan Beer Fest didn't disappoint.

For Michiganders, this will be visually similar to Faygo Redpop -- maybe a bit more pink -- and the aroma is packed with berries. You don't even catch a whiff of all the alcohol -- just fresh raspberries, blueberries, and some sweet cherries that have all been left in sugar for a day, sweetening them up.

Fruit syrup sweetness. Torani only wishes their shit was this potent and accurate in its fruit flavor. Well, almost. Surprisingly, this isn't really cloying or sickly sweet -- balanced by a dry acidity in the finish. 11%? Fruit barleywine? This damn drinkable? Methinks so.

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Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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