Short's The Curl | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 40% more ingredients to bump any ordinary pilsner to an imperial level.  We hop the kettle four times, using a good amount of Amarillo hops to balance the malty sweetness from the pilsen malt and  lots of flaked maze. At 7.5% ABV and 50 Bittering Units, this beer is still very quaffable and packed full of flavor thanks to the help of our house American lager yeast.  This beer was brewed upon the request of every ones favorite beer tender, Jeremy “the curl” VanSice
7.1% ABV
50 I.B.U.’s

Added by BigDaddyWil on 05-22-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.18%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a light hazy golden-yellow body with a lumpy film of snow white and a quick little carbonation.

S-The flinty dry pils aroma has some hints of field corn and sweet sulfur in the finish.

T- The pils malt has a touch of sweetness that enhances the fresh character and a nice pungent hop bitterness that lingers for a moment in the finish.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a full fizz to it and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a great full Imp. pils that is very well balanced without the big sweetness or alcohol of many others in this style. It shows the hops and malt character in a clean lager. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's means a box from tectactoe landed recently. Not sure I've had a pils since I was in Germany last summer, but it changed my outlook on the style...i.e. that there aren't many good ones made in the States. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a impure & opaque yellow with a low carb load. Aroma lends lemon rinds, wet cut grass, grainy. Better than your average American-born pils. But I didn't see a born-on date on the bottle.

The Curl would be right at home das deutsches Gasthaus (good hell my German has practically worn away). Still lemony with a dash of ancient grains, hull & all, that gives it a roughness. There's a non-traditional bitterness mid-palate that gives the more more traditional trailers depth. Finish lends a rye-esque note of spiciness, sweetness, pale malts round out the bill. Easy to down; love these really good non-alcohol beers. Dangerdanger.

Despite the imperialization of the beer (imperial dogs!) this is one of the better U.S. efforts at a pils that I've come across. Nice & clean with a nod towards modernity. Like it more than I expected too, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Boston in May, part of Shorts temporary over-run of the eatern city. The beer was a clear gold color, thick eggshell foam, and had solid sheets of lace. Clean grassy hops in the aroma, not strong enough to earn imperial moniker in my opinion. It tastes way more bitter than flavorful, not exactly my preferred approach. Mouthfeel is on target, light and carbonated.

This wasn't bad overall, but unfortunately it's pretty damn far from the stalwart, SA Hallertau Pilsner

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! I'm only doing a brief write-up, because both of us knew this wasn't the freshest. The haziness was an immediate turn-off, but the big, foamy head looks good. There's still a hefty presence of Amarillo hops (read: lemon zest) appearing aromatically, with its malt backbone staying in the background - this has seemingly held up well. It tastes sweeter than the nose suggested, revealing its age better. I mainly get notes of caramel, white bread, and nuts. At least a slight finishing hop presence and a crisp lager bite helps it go down easily. It definitely doesn't seem fresh, but it's still good right now. I'd love to try this one fresh!

3.44/5: Even with a few months on it, it still has a good hop/malt balance

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Short's The Curl last week for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For the most part I have been enjoying the new releases from Short's, so when I saw they came out with an Imperial Pilsner I knew I had to give it a try. I don't drink many Imperial Pilsner's and the only one I can remember having was from Lion brewery. As usual with Shorts no bottling date, but I know it is fresh. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label art is pretty cool, I like the it looks like the C in the name is part of a crane, it has a different but cool look to it. It poured a nice clean and clear golden straw color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left plenty of nice lacing. This is one good looking beer.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is the malty backbone that is full of bready and grainy aromas. Immediately following that is a huge presence of citrus and floral aromas. The hops start out with big and dominating citrus notes then take on a subdued floral aroma. All the aromas in this beer are bold for it's style.

T- Just like the aroma, the first thing I notice is the nicely done malt backbone that has a lot of brown bread flavors along with some nice grains that make for a nice malt base for this beer. The hop aspect of this beer is nice and bold, its dominated by citrus hops that impart some lemon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is full of floral hops and is pretty bitter. The bitterness works very well with this brew, it may be a touch overpowering but after a couple sips it levels out and becomes a nice bold aspect of this beer.

M- Crisp, clean, and medium light bodied. It also had the perfect amount of carbonation. The bigger mouthfeel helped this bigger Pilsner.

Overall this was a very good Imperial Pilsner, the best I have had so far. This beer was basically everything a good Pilsner should be, but double that. The look and drinkability of this beer was fantastic, this is something I could enjoy during the summer while playing some disc golf. All in all this was a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed a lot and it gave me a new appreciation for this style, I wish there were more Imperial Pilsners on the market. If you like the drinkability of pilsners and the flavor of pale ales then give this beer a try, it has a great combination of flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/1/11; 12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours golden/honey brown with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a collar. Very little lacing.

S - Smell is slightly sweet malts with some faint bitter aroma. Simple and good.

T - Taste starts sweet, but quickly transitions to a crisp bitterness, which lingers for awhile.

M - Medium, somewhat slick mouthfeel with a bitter dryness on the tongue.

O - Very nice imperial pilsner. More bitter than I was expecting, but crisp and delicious.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very thickly clouded, the curl is a dense-looking yellow-gold, translucent on the one hand because of the murkiness and the other due to the paler color. The head , clean white, reaches one finger, and it's tight. It shows a rocky density and good retention, and it leaves lace starting thickly from the very top down.
The smell showcases pilsner malts with familiar earthy, grassy, dusty, herbal and sulfuric notes. It has a sort of raw dankness to it.
Whoa...the dankness in the aroma makes up the main aspect of the flavor. My tongue definitely registers a certain very dank weed found in nature that itself has a kind of sulfuric note. Earth, grass and bitter herb come in, the herb bringing a dryness and bitterness into the finish, as well as a woody sort of pith.
The body might slip into the medium range but doesn't get too heavy. Dryness cuts in partway through to finish it out. Crispness is firm and stays all the way through. The only issue is that it could be a little cleaner at the end of the sip.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DanGeo
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Hazed golden yellow color. Nearly four fingers of white, pillowy head. Retention is pretty good and it leaves a strange lattice of lacing.

3.5 S: This smells like it was jam packed with orange peel and lemon rind. Simply tons of it floating into my nostrils. Grassy and lightly spicy hops. Far from clean, but not too muddled with yeastiness. Bready and somewhat floral overall.

2.0 T: The taste, however, is a bit too muddled. Full of yeastiness with too much bread and biscuit. Grassy, earthy hops give a bitterness that is just too strong for the style. Orange peel and lemon rind are back, but they fall behind too many intense, but unwanted flavors. This is not what I want from a pilsner, whether imperial or not.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body from the intense yeastiness. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy without being equally creamy. Far from smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

2.0 D: This is the antithesis of what I would want from the style. Heavy, overly bready and yeasty, and far from clean. Not refreshing at all and otherwise not satisfying.

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Photo of birchstick
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jimmy the Curl is a rad nickname and even cooler that it is memorialized on a beer. Cheers to the Curl, now it's time to dive in.

A - pours a filtered, clear straw yellow color without much of a head on; however, nice lacing is left down the side of the glass

S - nose is sweet grainy malts, sweet; a nice amount of grassy and citrusy and fruity amarillo hops are also present.

T - the Curl opens up with fruity hoppy flavors. These move on to some of the grainy pilsner flavors that were expected. However, these were pushed aside by more of the amarillo hop flavors which finish it off; there is also a touch of spiciness and a modicum of bubblegum in the mix too.

M - mouth is full and smooth

D - really good double pilsner here...I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The amarillo hops were bold enough to provide a really nice balance to the grain malts. I love this hop and was glad to see it in this beer. Great beer, the best double pilsner I have tried so far.

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Photo of JoeMans
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #700 from 4-21-06. I didn't know what to expect from a nearly three-year-old bottle, but I'm damn glad I picked it up.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a towering bright white head that lasted forever. Tons of sticky lacing.

Fragrant aroma of floral and grassy hops, bubblegum, banana, sweet malts, bread, and candy sugar.

Oh man this is good. A mix of grassy and floral hops, plus a hit of banana and bubblegum, bread, and a classic pilsner taste on steroids. Finishes very clean.

Medium bodied, dry, and light-to-moderately carbonated.

Very tasty and much too drinkable. A scary combination. A must try if you can find it from Short's Brewing of Bellaire, MI.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1521st Review on BA
Bottle to Footed Pilsner
12oz

2012 Bottling
Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A semi clear yellow with some gold streaks around the outsides. A nice and puffy 1" head that fell slowly with a good amount of cling. 

Smell-  The imperial version of this one is quite unique. It smells like a blend of a triple and a pilsner. Peppery, lemon, malts. Pils malts with a bit of hops comes on a large pull.

Taste- So when the mix of flavors on the tastes all blends together. The pilsner malts come out and even a west coast bitter IPA flavor comes out. Small hops with a good bitter bite. Probably 1st pilsner ive truly enjoyed.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with semi bubbly medium carbonation. Little bit of butter and hops. Could use some work on the flavors on the finish.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. The balance was there with a good thick malt balance with a bit of spicy lemon and hops. A little bitter but works overall.

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Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mrebeka
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the 2011 batch.

Almost clear, deep brassy body. Finger of cottony, sticky, bright white head. Good lacing too. Nose shows a nice mix of pungent, funky, sea air hops and sugar cookie malt.

Herbal, minty hop bitterness up front, along with some sweetish, soapy, soft cookie malt. Hop bitterness crescendos, with notes of resin, sea air, and mint. It's rather dank, and also rather delicious! Honey and melon settle in beneath, but the finish is dominated by the funky, stinky hops. Dry and very appetizing finish. Medium-full body with a soft, creamy feel. One of the best Imperial Pilsners around.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!). 2006 Vintag. # 288 / 1000.

Poured a deep yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of citrus, grassy, and bready. Tastes of the same (citrus, grass and bread) with some caramel.

Notes from 7/11/08

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, in your face grassy aroma upfront. This had a light “pilsnery-y” flavor with a muted biscuit note at the end. Drying finish, more grassy hops. Imperial pilsner, indeed.

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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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