Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

1,169 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Short's Soft ParadeShort's Soft Parade

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,169 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lucasrjoel
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SeanHMechEngineee
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jmrybak
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Markus98
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of angelmonster
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink hazy color. Head was 1/5 of and inch, white with a pink tint. Head retention and lacing were mediocre at best but the beer was such a pretty color, I decided to boost up the rating a small amount.

Smell is of strawberries and raspberries, similar to a jar of jam. Pale straw malts are also detected, apparently this beer is made with rye but i don't get any on the nose.Getting some smells of belgian yeast similar to what you'd find in a tripel. Aroma of alcohol is light in the end.

Taste is full on fruit; lots of raspberries and strawberries with some blackberries in background. Very light malts are also in the mix, again, I don't get any rye. No hops are detected either, some medicinal alcohol is tasted in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and effervescent, similar to a champagne or rose. No head is present which is a shame, could have used some to cut astringent aftertaste.

Overall, this was a tasty fruit ale but it was pretty one note. Could have benefited from more body but it is a good alternative to sparkling wine or hard ciders. Good beer but not available in my area, wouldn't try too hard to trade for it

 1,146 characters

Photo of drchaseums
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of deakin
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MJCASRoma
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MIbeer27
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wingsman
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Aznyinyang36
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Zaybertooh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ThatsStout
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Travitten
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of todesengel135
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of LukeBliss
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NickyPogs
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Scott_Anderson_
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,169 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.