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 tykechandler
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mongrel
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like asparagus, which is a little tough to get past. Tastes pleasant enough, with plenty of berry fruitiness and nice balance, but there are still some vegetal off-notes in the background. Feels thinner than I expected for a "high gravity ale." Just an odd beer all around. Would be enjoyable I think if not for the smell.

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Photo of JacobKimerer
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding fruit ale. Has an amazing profound taste of berries, but isn't too sweet like some fruit ales. Just the right amount of bitterness. Aroma is sweet. Pours a nice-looking hazy red.

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Photo of Eman17
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lelampp
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drwatson32
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of APH
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morgangrace28
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy amber red, white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus, grapes, and mixed sweet berries.

Tastes of citrus, grape, raspberry and blueberry. Light mild biscuit malt undertone. Tart aftertaste.

Light to medium body with lightly tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice fruity ale, drinks easy for its strength but has lots of flavor too. Wine-like in appearance, aroma, and flavor. Worth a try for something a little stronger that still drinks nicely and refreshingly in the summer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pour is a medium brown body with a lighter orange hue. One finger white head, plenty of retention, bits of lacing. Smells of raspberries and a light strawberry fruitiness, a bit of spice, cereal grain sweetness, touch of dark fruit. Smells fairly nice, even if a little muddled. Flavour is similarly fruit-forward, mostly raspberry and strawberry, not so much the blueberry. Light raspberry tartness, a small amount of lactic acid. Grainy sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a decently hefty body for the style, a heavier carbonation, nice fruity finish. Overall a solid fruited beer. A bit heavier in body than I would expect from the taste, but I won't complain all that much. A solid fruited ale.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toddstolarski
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamison85
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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