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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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Ratings: 1,185 |  Reviews: 351
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shorts Soft Parade comes from Shorts Brewery in Bellaire, MI

This beer is often labeled as a "girl beer," simply because it contains a variety of fruit. To think of this beer in that way would be serious mistake. At 7.5% ABV this beer packs a serious punch, while being extremely drinkable. Soft Parade is a high gravity ale fermented with strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries. This beer was created by Joe Short with the intention that it would appeal to wine drinkers, and it certainly has a wine aspect to it. The smell is full of berries, and the taste is very similar. In pouring the color is a pomegranite red and a bit hazy. The head lingers.

Drinkability: This beer while absolutely delicious, would be a dangerous one to consume in bulk due to its high alcohol content. Perfect for a summer day on the boat though!

I highly recommend Soft Parade (to boys and girls alike)!

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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purpley amber in color with a finger of head. Very intriguing looking beer. Smells awesome.. Like a berry salad, candy, and a hint of booze to remind you that you're a responsible adult! The flavor is very nice.. Lots of bready rye notes up front leading way to a mellow sweetness and the fruity berries hit you in the finish. Damn, this brings back find memories of smuttynose's hanami ale. Just as "beery" with a strong hint of fruit.. Medium in body, medium canon action and a hell of a thirst quencher. This beer is awesome.

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall this is a great fruity beer with high alcohol content! It pours light/golden yellow. Aromas consist of strawberry and raspberry. The taste is consistent with the smell with a little tartness and malt flavors. The aftertaste overall is excellent and sweet. I would recommend this beer 100%!!

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I believe this fruity beer could be enjoyed even by those who typically do not prefer fruity beers. It has a dark pomegranate red color and very thin head. This beer isn't cloudy or hazy but a very dark red clear pour that looks as appetizing as it smells.

You will immediately detect the strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry aromas that define this beers taste. The mild berry tartness of this beer mixes quite well it's light malty flavors leaving a very pleasant, slightly sweet, aftertaste. I've enjoyed this beer on tap as well as bottled; I would recommend people try it on tap first as the bottled version is slightly less carbonated, which I feel detracts from it's overall flavor.

Overall a delightful fruity beer even if you are not typically a fan of fruity beverages.

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is a little fruity but not too fruity if you don't like fruity drinks. There is still a beer mouthfeel, unlike some other fruit beers out there. Carbonation is not very high, not a big head when poured. Much better from tap than it is in the bottle. I enjoy fruity drinks so I enjoyed this beer a lot but I would also recommend this beer to someone who does not enjoy fruity drinks as much.

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4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark red, ruby color with hints of pink. A little cloudy with a little head. The aroma is delightful--all sorts of fruit notes. I definitely picked up on all the different berries. The taste is just as great. Can taste strawberries and all the fruit. Its a great beer for summer. It tastes and feels light, yet also has strong alcohol content and is so packed with flavor. Definitely one of my favorite beers!

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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft Parade is a fruity beer. It has the perfect balance of a beer taste and fruity. This has a very high alcohol percentage. It is around 9% alcohol. The color is an autumn color. The aroma is fruity. I smell strawberry and raspberries. This is a cloudy beer and served on tap and also in a bottle.

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4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: dark ruby red
Clarity: very cloudy
Aroma: fruity with strong strawberry and raspberry hints
Flavor: very fruity (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry) with a very good balance of sweet and bitter flavor
Overall: I love this beer! It is fruity, smooth and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful brick red with poor white head and minimal lacing. The smell on the the other hand is robust and very fruity. Strawberry, raspberry, and blueberries all very noticeable. The taste is a good bitter followed by the fruitiness. The alcohol warmth is quite nice in my opinion. A the mouthfell makes this a pretty drinkable brew overall. Id say in the end this is a really drinkable brew without the the artificial taste of berries.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Short's Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company
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