Short's The Golden Rule | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -46.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Gigantis
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this, no really knowing what to expect since it is called a "golden pale beer", whatever that means. Ergo, it unsurprisingly pours a golden gold with a nice white frothy head. It looks like a pale ale but one with a healthy glow to it. It has a little citrus in the nose but not much else. Really, almost nothing there - which I find disappointing. It tastes good and crisp with light citrus overtones and smooth malt. It is hoppy, but not overtly at all. It has a good amount of carbonation for such a beer - sessionable, it seems at 5.80. Overall, I am not entirely certain what this beer is but it tastes like a good pale ale with less in the hops department and.... well it has not real aroma to speak of, which in my mind is it's main failing.
Still, a tasty little beer that you won't get sick of.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 2/23/2012. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass as you drink. Aromas of lemon zest, pine, grass, orange peel, herbal, floral, bready grains, earthiness, and light tropical fruit. Some pretty nice and interesting aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon zest, pine, floral, pine, grass, orange peel, grapefruit, bread, earthiness, and herbal spiciness. A good sized spicy and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, bread, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of malt flavors with the hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Good balance of citrus flavors with earthy hoppiness. An enjoyable brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jakers90 for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden-straw color with a nice white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries some earthy hops with a slight floral character plus a bit of backing malt. The flavor has earth and a touch of citrus plus some backing grainy malt. Body is light and crisp with a nice bitterness. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of tophers
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with quite a thick head that is creamy on top with small, tight bubbles underneath. Color is straw colored with hazy clarity. Lots of lacing down the side.
Aroma is citrus hop with a slight spiciness noted.
This beer is pretty much all hop bitterness with grapefruit hop flavor in the background. There may be a bit of raisin in the background too. Some earthy notes are also tasted.
Quite a light body that leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste.
This beer is VERY hoppy (bitterness – not so much aroma). If it had some other notes to it, I think it would round the bitterness out a little more.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ryantho00
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PPours a bright hazy golden straw orange with a fluffy white 2 finger that falls away quickly.

I get a slight citrus and tropical fruit smell on the nose with a toasted malt/grain whiff with a hint of lemon zest. Nice light smell.

This has a crisp and light medium carbonated mouthfeel. I get hints of citrus, and some slight bitterness from some refreshing (cascade?) Hops, piney grass, lemon, some toasted malt near then end and a slight dry finish.

Overall, a nice summer brew, good crispness and refreshment with just enough bitter hops that blend well together.

Hangin' Frank (controversi-ale) is slightly sweeter and less fresh, similar though.


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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeRanger
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Short's pint glass.

A: A light orange with a rim of white head that disapates quickly. Not a lot of lacing present.

S: Not much to the smell, a little tropical fruit smell with more earthy tones.

T: Not really bursting with flavors here however it's very light and refreshing. A touch of lemon, coriander, earthy tones. Slighty dry finish.

M: Very light and crisp, low amount of carbonation but thats just right.

O: Nothing special here but Short's did another good job at brewing another session beer. This certainly has drinkability and you could knock back multiples without a problem. A good start for a unseasonably warm day. Bring on the summer IPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Jim Grubola for some awesome Short’s brews.

A – It looks like a dehydrated person’s urine. Hazy and golden in color, it had a big, fluffy two-finger head that lasted for a long time. There was also some brown sediment on the top of the head. The bottle did not open correctly, and there was some loss of liquid.

S – At first whiff, there was dirty water mixed with some mango smell. Lemon and some earthy funk, an interesting hop blend, no doubt.

T – I’m getting some lemon zest, and some sweet grain with a bit of the old aspirin taste in the middle. The more I drink, the more I dislike the aspirin taste that is sticking around. Finishes dry and bitter.

M – High carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. Feels crisp, and this is one of the more highly carbonated brews I have had in a while.

O – “Organic Golden Ale” this is; however, is it an English IPA? Whatever the style, it’s an interesting brew. An interesting assortment of hops create a earthy flavor in this brew. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 4/19/11

A - Pours a somewhat sickly straw color. Hazy, with a lot of suspended material. One-half finger of white head dissipates but leaves a nice color. Not a very attractive beer to be sure.

S - Subdued aroma with a faint hop presence, slightly earthy/musty and a hint of coriander, though I don't think this was brewed with coriander.

T - Has a nice hop bite up front and is very earthy. Quite bitter on the finish, but not really in an appealing way.

M - Light mouthfeel with a snap of carbonation and lingering bitterness. A bit drying.

O - Overall this was a bit of a miss for me. Not clean enough to be a solid pale ale, and not particularly tasty.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 103 ratings