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Short's Soft Parade | Short's Brewing Company

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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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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1.07/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

In no way you could call this beer, the closet thing to that is a product that was put out by Oliver wine in Indiana. That product was never labeled a beer, but a wine. If you are a fan of a very dry wine you might like this, but I did not. I thought it might at least a little sweet, nope.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly sweet berry aroma on the nose....I'd say that I can percept blackberries, raspberries and a hint of blueberries in there. Although I will definitely say it isn't syrupy smelling...in fact, there's a twinge of tart there as well for balance. Make no mistake though, it's certainly a fruit beer.

If this was a beer made for wine drinkers, I'm unsure how it would fare with most because it isn't really all that sweet tasting and there's no real dryness to it either. What it does taste like is a very natural tasting, semi-sweet beer with definite notes of berries in it like you'd expect. Which berries? Always somewhat hard to discern, but I lean towards raspberries first and also blackberries above all else. Not sure I really can get any strawberries out of this. Hops are nearly non-existent, which isn't surprising. I'd never be able to tell this beer packs 9 percent by the way. I would have guessed 5. I'm actually stunned by that. Pretty dangerous stuff!

It's very drinkable, but those hoping for an over the top experience are going to be disappointed. It's just an easy going, natural fruit beer with a way higher ABV than it tastes like.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. No date that I could locate. Poured into pint glass.

A: I probably overchilled this one. Pours dark amber with a tinge of red. Barely noticeable white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Smells extremely fruity. Lots of cherry, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry. Sweet, syrupy, candy smell, as well. Doesn't smell like a beer....more like a merlot or cab sav.

T: Very fruity in the taste, as well. Definite red berry up front. Little or no hop presence. Sweet malt base. Extremely drinkable with no perception of alcohol.

M: Smooth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink considering the 9% ABV.

O: This is a pretty interesting beer. They say there's rye malt, but it's overpowered by the strong fruit presence. Not necessarily a bad thing, though. One of the more drinkable and complex fruit beers I've had. This is more akin to a wine than a beer.

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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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