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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Deuane
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sailbretthd for sharing a bottle of this. Wasn't sure how well an Imp Pils would hold up after almost a year in the bottle but....

A-Brilliant golden yellow topped by a beautiful, pillowy, enormous, off-white head. Head holds on strong and leaves massive clingy lace.

S-Biscuit grains with a rather fresh leafy/grassy hop aroma. Surprising for a brew with age on it.

T-Like a honey covered biscuit with a spicy fruit compote on top! Again, surpisingly fresh, bold flavour.

M-Medium-light body with the super sharp crispness you expect in a quality pils.

D-Well done. Again, wasn't too hopefull considering the age on this one but...it came through strong.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with OHLRangers, thanks for the opportunity Ed, bottle #774/1000, brewed on April 21st two years ago, sampled this when it first came out, so this is my second go at this brew, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color that is pale and murky, huge two inch foamy white head that stayed around for close to ten minutes, good retention, impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness, grassy accents, bananas, corn, pine and floral accents, lemon juice, various spices, very light pilsner malt, pepper, sugar, and toasted bread
T-Starts off with a hop profile that could be compared to a fresh IPA, then the pilsner feel is in the middle with chewiness and toasted biscuit malts, finish is still hoppy and very dry, does not change much as it warms except that the corn taste really comes to the surface, never got much sweetness, just an agressively hopped pilsner that has held its ground for nearly thirty months, no big deal, but it really is, and is quite amazing, nicely balanced and enjoyable
M-Super dry mouthfeel, also slightly chewy and citrusy at times, medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingers for quite some time
D-Could have drank the whole bottle but glad I did not, alcohol is hidden well, only thing is that taste gets a little tiresome, light on the stomach, goes down pretty easy

One of the better imperial pilsners I have had, cannot believe that it has not changed much since it was fresh, still nice and hoppy like it was brewed yesterday, real dry for its age which was not a bad thing, even smells really fresh still, would drink again but probably not for eighteen dollars a bottle, recommended, it is bottle conditioned and you can definitely tell with how well this tastes at this point in time

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into sampler glass at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy light orange color. The head was white with good retention and lacing. Fruit forward nose including the likes of citrus and a bit of white grape. Nose was cereal grains, some butter, and light grass. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Effervescent with spruce, toffee, and a little apricot in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Decent crisp pils beer.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 205 of 1000

Pours a deep yellow/gold/copper blend that is clean as a whistle. A largh carbonated brilliant white head emerges yet fades quickly leaving little lace.

A nice pilsner maltiness leads into the wonderful amarillo hoppy aromas. There are slight hints of lemon rind and citrus as well.

Well I really like this beer. It has a component too it that reminds me of what the terroir of a dry Austrian riesling posseses. As a matter of fact this is the closest I've experienced a beer too tasting like a wine. I read about many people saying this beer or that beer is "wine like" and can never really see the connection. This on the other hand may actually be a Austrian Riesling and Shorts bottled it and called it a beer:)

On with the review. Nice pilsen malt leads a full mouthfeel and dry mid palate that is encoutered with the dry hoppiness of the amarillos that leave a good minute finish for you too digest. Hints of apricot, peach and lemon fill out this complex pilsner. Probably the best Pils I've tried to date. Only wish it were more available.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of gordavidson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yellow liquid with a thin but creamy looking white head. Simple but fitting for the style.

S- White bread, some light fruit, and some grains. Pretty simple.

T- Sweet white bread, some light fruit, and a bit of grass. Simple and tasty.

M- A nice amount of carbonation followed by some alcohol warmth.

O- A well executed take on the style. Drinks nicely.

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3.6/5  rDev -7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a local, but not for long, yokel. Thanks Tom.

Pale yellow with a thin white cap and some minimal streaky lace.

One taster smelled fireworks, which we determined to be sulfur. I pulled the more delicate and distinct scent of day old urine; the type that has sat and slightly funkified beyond it's deliberate freshness. There is a finishing twang of tropical hops...pineapple? Unless you're a fetishist for this type of nasal pummeling, I'm not sure you'd dig what this beer lays on your olfactory glands.

Taste thankfully improves upon the smell. Taste is spicy hops, a touch of sulfur, and grain. The pineapple quality that slightly confounded me from the nose plays here along the back end. There is some redemption here.

The mouthfeel is extremely grainy: as if there is sand mixed into the glass. Makes for chewy and slightly unpleasant overall feel.

Grand result: this beer smells bad and has a poor mouthfeel, but ranks higher in the categories of looks and taste. A mixed bag but once I'd be fine not opening again. Thanks Tom for the opportunity.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to gratefulbeerhead for this beer!

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows light retention. Light streaks of lace left on the glass.

S- I could pick up on bready pils malts, grain, and high alcohol in the front of the nose right off the bat. The alcohol mixes well with floral hops but lends to a scent that I was not the biggest fan of. The ending showed off some wet grain and lots of alcohol. Hints of tropical fruit linger in the ending as well but are cut off by the alcohol.

T- Floral hops in the front with a nice dose of grain. Middle of the beer shows off a big bready pils malt flavor. There is grassy note to the ending along with more bready malts. Grain and alcohol hit hte enidng of the beer with a trailing floral hop behind it. Plain and simple but to the point and big!

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Huge amounts of grain and bready malts are left on the palate along with a light sulfer like taste. Aftertaste is lots of warming alcohol, hints of hops, and a boatload of pils malt. Flavors were bold at times but very well balanced. No off flavors when sipping this one. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with this one!

O- This beer kicked my ass which I told Andrew (betsona) when we were drinking it. The malts were a little over the top at times but nicely done. The style itself was a little messy at times but then again I never realized why a lot of brewers are doing this as a style. Not a typical Short's beer and therefore I don't know how I really feel about it.

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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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