Psychedelic Cat Grass
Short's Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #95
Ranked #2,267
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Psychedelic Cat Grass is a triple dry hopped American India Pale Ale originally brewed for HopCat. Aromas of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit accompany the brews slightly hazy, pale orange color and lasting white head. A dry finish is preceded by balanced flavors of tropical fruit and bitter hops.

Now this beer is most notably associated with our #WithoutDelayIPA project, where the beer is packaged, delivered, and served within 24 hours. In 2019, Psychedelic Cat Grass will be packaged and distributed throughout Michigan on Friday, May 17th. Look for it to hit Great Lakes Region and Florida stores and restaurants the following week.
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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trouble sleeping, thanks @superspak for this tasty can. Pours a very attractive and slightly cloudy orange with a massive 3 finger sticky white head that leaves massive streaks of lace with excellent retention. 4.25

Smell tangerine, guava, pineapple, apricot, and a nice hit of grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows tangerine, guava, pineapple, apricot, and a big hit of grapefruit in the bold finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, a touch dry, plenty of life not soft, and goes down easy enough with a ton of flavor not sure about the ABV. 4.25

Overall this is really tasty, a cross NE and West Coast but really balanced and tasty. 4.25

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and brilliant amber body topped with a thick, sticky and creamy white head; thick, sticky patches of foam cling to the glass. Sharp grassy and spicy aroma; notes of crystal malt sweetness; earthy. Excellent malt backbone with the taste; caramel; snappy hop bite and bitterness balances the malt sweetness; some pepper. Medium-heavy body; medium presence of residual sugars; some sticky sweetness yet the beer finishes with a distinct dryness.

I really like this beer. It has an old school American IPA aspect to it, malty with a bold hop bitterness. My sample was canned 05/17/19, so is not so relatively fresh yet it still delivers a potent hop experience. The alcohol is not really noticeable. Balance and depth are there. What might a fresher version entail? Perhaps one day I'll find out...

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with a dense off white head nice retention. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Lemon, grapefruit, orange and citrus peel. Floral grassy hops, touch of honey.

Taste - Nice bitter west coast flavors dank hops, orange, citrus peel, grapefruit, grassy hops, pine.

Feel - Medium bodied good carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - Well done IPA, easy drinking.

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Photo of defunksta
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, deep and moderately cloudy, deep orange color. Such a deep orange color with a strong, sticky, lacy head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of ripe pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit. Some pine and earthiness.
Flavor: Strong garlicky , onion and pine flavors upfront. Bitter and grassy. Not really any fruit in the flavor, (maybe some pineapple) because afterwards a huge wave of pine, onion and garlic bitterness cleans the whole palate out. The bitterness is so strong.
Feel: Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Not too heavy or sticky. Tons of bitter astringency left on the palate.

Overall: Wow this is a deceptive beer. The aroma really provides the dry-hopped fruit flavors of pineapple and mango. However, one sip and a bitterness tsunami tells me I'm further west than the eye can see. Never had an IPA where the aroma and flavor are so different. It's the Lagunita's Phase Change but no malt finish and bitter on the bone. Tons of fruit aroma, but nails the west-coast bitterness. Garlic, onion, grass on the flavor here. Not the deep or earthy tropical flavors, but definitely the light and bitter pine and onion. Put this up against your most bitter.

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can stamped 05/17/19 (14 days old) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with eggshell colored head. The head slowly settles to a nice cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is dank, with grapefruit peel, pine and cat pee all mixed in. The taste is dank, earthy and bitter up front with slight caramel malt sweetness only peeking through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is huge, prickly, sticky hop shellac left on the tongue after each sip. Overall, very good (if you like tongue buckling dank bitterness). This is a beer intended to be consumed fresh. I had one last Friday at 7 days old and it was the dankest beer I've ever had. I waited to review until 14 days and it's better for balance, but the triple dry hop aroma is starting to fade.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids

Clear copper / amber, pencil thin fizzy white layer, some lacings

Aroma is citrus grapefruit , floral hops

Taste is grapefruit juicy hops

Medium sudsing mouthfeel , fizzy , slight hop bite

Good beer

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, coppery coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with hints of grapefruit and pine. Taste is hoppier than the nose, but still dominated by bready, caramel malt, with a resinous, herbal, even somewhat spicey character and light citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and a bit of pine lingering in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

For a triple dry hopped IPA, this is surprisingly malty, despite its resinous, bitter character and light citrus notes. My can is dated 5/25, so this either holds up extremely poorly or that can is from 2017...

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Photo of Raime
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have wanted this one for several years but due to craft hiatus and shorts apparently only putting it out sometimes, I've only yet to find it. Here we go.

Look - A pretty nice sunset orange that glimmers in the light with a finger of thick white head. Carbonation appears to be quite low.

Smell - Flowers and a nice worthy level of grapefruit. Juicy as all get out and in one of the better ways. Slight pine with a touch of orange.

Taste - Retains the floral aspects pretty well and much like the nose implies the fruit goys hang around. Details in the nose hang well into the flavor.

Feel - Easy bodied with a high level of carbonation. Swallows easy though a touch sweet.

Overall - Like a somewhat toned down version of Born Yesterday. A pretty damn good IPA from these guys much as I would have anticipated. Not an earth shattering brew, but a tasty one.

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Photo of DavidRandall
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this fresh at Ashley's in Westland.. Brewed, tapped and poured the same day. Not a bad beer but not outstanding. I would drink it again but I wouldn't look for it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This came slightly oversold. The distributor was in the store yesterday and said he would personally drive from Michigan to Mentor with this beer today. So I went back for some (it's like a mile and a half to the good beer store for me) and sure enough, the date on the can is today. What a cool name too - like a strain of marijuana (I've been studying cultivation lately).

I'll say this, it smells amazing. It pours dirty golden with loads of medium sized lacing. The hoppy, piney smell is to die for - worth the blip of the extra trip it was for me to get some this exceedingly fresh. The taste is kind of midland - and that's a good thing - hoppy and malty, but with loads of piney taste, tangy malts and hops. Balanced but big, and very much a success. The aftertaste lingers happily.

I am pretty certain this would have been very good through more normal channels, but I am thankful for the effort by the brewer and distributor. I will save the other can (I bought two) for my son (also a connoisseur) to drink in a little picnic in a couple days, but in the mean time, let me get back to enjoying this.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a pour of Psychadelic Cat Grass on tap in August of 2017 - it was a bit of a sleeper as I was far more interested in the Rye Hipster Brunch Stout on tap.

Cat Grass is tremendously hoppy, but also drinks fairly easy with a nice clean finish. It's surprisingly low in ABV for a triple dry hopped beer and doesn't feel heavy or overwhelming in any way.

I keep hoping that bottles will make it to distro in my neighborhood. Perhaps this year.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl. oz can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours a hazy, amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head the leaves a little lacing.

The smell is dank and earthy with citrus. The finish has a vegetal bitterness.

The taste starts out with citrus. Dank and bitter flavors quickly creep in. It has a dry finish with a pronounced, lingering bitterness.

Medium and a little chalky

I dig it.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange-caramel color. Decent head that receeds quickly-leaves nice glass lacing. Some citrus, herbal grassy notes and biscuit malt on the nose and on the palate. Both are decent but land on the weak side. This one goes down smooth but the mouthfeel is pretty thin. Finishes kinda watery. Not a bad beer but I prefer many others in this category.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a moderately transparent copper color to it. Slight finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a mild pace that left a thin messy lace running all about.
The aroma was absolutely awesome pulling in dried sweet danky onion to some sweet pine and gently embracing a good firm bitter citrus sweetness gliding in underneath.
The flavor leaned towards the bitter side initially and then seemed to find it's way through keenly in the malts to glide together and give off a semi-crisp sweet piney to citrusy to subtle danky onion-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed spot on. ABV felt as projected by the brewer. Finish clung just a touch of acceptable stickiness.
Overall, well, that's an extremely well done AIPA that I would love to have again. And if a Vermonter speaks this highly of this beer, the first 116 people that spoke highly of this beer before me weren't joking around either. Highly recommend!

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Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 8/9/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; small off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some sweet tropical and citrus fruits. Grapefruit and orange lead the way. Some floral notes. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More sticky grapefruit along with some more orange. Subtle hints of peach. Some fresh grass and pine in the mix. Malts do their thing once again. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's slick and smooth. Easy to drink.

This is a nice IPA. Solid hop aromas and flavors. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 8/9/17; drank 8/16/17 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big bright white head; frothy lace.

Peanut butter, urine & faint grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peanut butter & urine flavors up front; bitter pine notes on the finish.

If a cat has ever pissed on your carpet and you thought, "what a delight", have I got a beer for you...

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Copper color with an initial head and skimming.
Smell - Lots of citrus orange some grapefruit mango along with floral and pine
Taste - a lot less taste than smell. slight bitter citrus but I can't really pin point what kind, maybe yellow grapefruit. Also has some pine in there.
Feel - medium body with slight carbonation and pretty dry
Overall - I wish it tasted like it smelled. Those scents are incredible but the taste is lacking.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brief Review:

O: Ah, the infamous Cat Grass. The only bottled beer I think I've had fresher was Zombie Dust, and that was picked up at the brewery. This 19-hour old IPA is just bursting with flavor. Nice notes of grapefruit, papaya, starfruit. Quite light and balanced, very drinkable. Honestly one of the better IPAs from Short's in recent memory.

Recommendation: Fresher than any beer you'll see at your store, grab it before it's all snatched up on release day.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours orangeish gold. Foamy, medium, white head that fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells citrus, pine, earthy fruit. Dank.

Tastes citrus peel, orange, grapefruit, pine, light bready malt. Finish is dry with a piney linger. Tastes like a lighter Waldo. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation .

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Photo of Viperonetwoone
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure my unbiased my review is, as Shorts is my favorite brewery, keep that in mind.

L: looks like someone poured liquid amber into honey. No haze on this one surprisingly, but I do enjoy being able to pour the entire bottle for my dad or grandma who can't handle the haze by-product

S: Funnily enough, the bottle smells better than the poured glass. From the glass I get subtle grapefruit, orange rind, and pine, nectarine, and pineapple. Don't mistake me, however. It doesn't smell like a California IPA. It smells like a 'modern' west coast ipa. One that has been left behind as our palates evolve.

T: Sharp. Grapefruit, orange rind, spruce and pine, valencia orange

F: I very much enjoy the mouthfeel. Occasionally, with a hazy ipa, it feels a bit too light for the style, but this Trumps that by yards.

O: Delicious, yes, but behind the times. I'd buy this over and over again. It matches so much with the beers that made me fall in love with Shorts Brewing in the first place.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled today, 8/9/17. Picked it up this afternoon at Binny's in St. Charles, so it made a quick trip to Chicagoland. Looks like a typical IPA with a slight orange hue. Smell is great, very fresh as to be expected. Very bitter, herbal taste. Mouthfeel is prefect for me...very dry and prickly. You know you are drinking a well crafted beer. It's taking me back to the first time I tasted some of the best West Coast IPA's.

I follow Short's and drink a lot of their beers as I spend a lot of time in Michigan. This is certainly one of their best. The same day freshness certainly helped.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled at 1:27am 8/9/17 and drinking @ 5:27pm same day, so this is 16 hours old!

I feel sort of bad saying this, but it looks and smells like pretty much any IPA these days. Dry hopping, which is done in this beer per Short's, is supposed to introduce additional aromatics, but nothing is really standing out to me.

Taste is definitely where this shines the most, but it has that same distinctive Short's IPA aftertaste (not necessarily a bad thing). Seriously crushable!!

One last thing, I guess I'd have to revisit, is that I don't know if the whole 16 hours old thing is anything more than a gimmick at this point. I did have this last year (2016) and don't remember if the ones I drank a week or two later were any different.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

cat pissy, oniony, burnt grassy, oily hop juice with minimal malt backbone. a bit of hype about it, but pretty cool to be drinking distro bottles only 8 hours old.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Golden with lots of carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of yellow, fluffy head. Leaves a frosted lacing.

Smells of catnip, very dank, with skunk grass. Reminiscent of Laginutas Sucks. A light sweetness, and a little tropical fruit.

Tastes like 'Sucks' but a lot lighter body, and less overwhelming bitterness. Like a session version of 'Sucks' only with a higher ABV than a session ale.

Covers the alcohol in a big way. Feels light, with a little carbonation, dry finish.

Got at Oppermans Cork and Ale in Saginaw, MI. Drinking in Birch Run Oct 6th, 2016. Very well done IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottleneck says 08/17/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice aroma of sweet cereal grain and soft citrusy hops.

T- Good balance of sweet malt, piney hop flavor and moderate bitterness. ABV is hidden quite well. The dryness of the hops entwined with the malt sweetness adds to the drinkability.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- One of the better IPAs I've had from Short's next to Hopstache.

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Psychedelic Cat Grass from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 167 ratings