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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
Ranking:
#34,249
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
1,181
pDev:
16.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
282
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,181 |  Reviews: 351
Photo of habaceeba
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
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 +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Remmy800
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakea
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -8.5%
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 +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mongrel
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +24.4%
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 -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1,181 ratings
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