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

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Short's The Golden RuleShort's The Golden Rule

Brewed by:
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 ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to viggo and his fridge of treasures - just look inside and pull something out! Grabbed this one because of the sweet label of Jesus and a pint.

Neat beer. Pours a light golden with a finger of head. Earthy, spicy hops on the nose, a bit of apply fruit. Drinks the same, add some toast, a little earth, a light sweetness, moderate hop bite. Dry and earthy, the hops provide a unique quality to this one. Easy drinking. No wow factor, just a well made drinkable beer that would pair well with food - like the arugula salad suggestion that was made earlier. Thanks viggo!

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Photo of MIMicrobrews
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours light and yellow; slightly cloudy with a slight head that retracts quickly but provides some nice lacing. This threw me off a little as I was expecting a little more color to it. That said, don't judge a book by its cover. It smells almost like a bitter lemon; pleasant, refreshing, light & airy, but not over-hoppy or bitter. The taste is not what I expected at all. Light, crisp, slightly bitter up front with a prominent but not strong citrus presence. It's a very pleasant, easy to drink, yet still hoppy flavor. The aftertaste was very interesting. At first, thought I tasted peanuts... and this is Short's so I wouldn't be surprised. But it's almost peat-like... for lack of a better descriptor, it is very earthy. To me, this tastes as organic should taste. A lingering sensation of fresh malty hoppiness (I know...) with a flavor that tastes like the smell of a blossoming garden.

Overall, this isn't a different or unique brew that we're used to seeing from Short's, but I do see it as one that appeases drinkers of all types. From those who enjoy hoppy beers to those who enjoy lighter or session ales, this brew is a daily drinker. Just don't expect anything out of the ordinary. With all the big beers out there, it's refreshing to see quality session ales come through and provide endless refreshment without sacrificing flavor or hoppiness.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy copper/golden color. Smells of mandarin oranges, clementines, lemons, and hops. Taste is full of citrus, more oranges and lemon with a piney hops-filled bitter finish. Very fresh and smooth, this is a nice easy to drink beer.

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Photo of BierFan
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Hazy golden orange with a thin off-white head. Light flowery, and fruity hops. Very drinkable with a very nice bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Not alot to the taste once you look beyond the bitterness.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy yellow liquid with a little bit of orange and gray highlights around the edges. The white head is creamy and has some good retention.

S- Citrus rind, orange meat, some cooked vegetables, and Swiss cheese. Rather unique and enjoyable.

T- Earth, citrus, and butter. Pretty unique and much tastier than I anticipated.

M- Creamy but seems to leave a lasting bitterness and and an odd coating in the mouth.

D- A tasty unique take on the style. Well balanced and enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of semibaked
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with decent carbonation and a half inch of white head on top.

S - Smells of bright hops, oranges, grapefruits, and honey. Really nice and inviting.

T - The bitterness from the hops comes out right away and has a lot of depth to it too. Also orange peel and zest, pine flavors too.

M - Slick oiliness and thin, but I didn't expect anything else.

D - Definitely good and will buy it again. Nice, crisp, and refreshing!

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Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer hard into a mug. Nice fluffy head that dissipated into a ring around the class. Hazy golden in color.

This beer smells a lot like pepper, but there's a good nutty malt that cuts it--think roasted sunflower seeds. The label refer to this as a "golden ale" which through me off a bit because I expected something more Belgian in nature.

Upon tasting the beer, I was definitely taken aback. I have never had a beer that tasted like this. There was a great, crisp hoppy bitterness, but instead of going in the floral or citrus direction I've come accustomed to, these hops were earthy and spicy. I could taste black peppercorn, banana peppers, and hints of garlic. None too overpowering though as the malts washed in that nice nuttiness that I sensed in the smell. The smell very well foreshadowed the taste, but the taste grew on my tongue and really expanded on what was presented before.

I think I've come to think that the best, most flavorful beers are all of 7% ABV or more, but this offering from Short's is a great beer. On its own, and at its ABV, I could drink it all day, but I could only imagine what this beer could do with food--I'm thinking some garlic naan, arugula salad, battered on tempeh, or alongside a nutty curry.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-10-10

Pours a hazy pale golden color, with a filmy white head and thin but chunky lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, with a delicate citrus hop aroma that is extremely enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, light and slightly fruity malt flavors with a tasty citrus hop kick. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a spicy lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but with nice carbonation to accent the hop flavors.

Drinkability is very good, a tart but light session beer.

Overall, a very good beer and worth keeping around.

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Photo of alexgash
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Great label art! "Brew unto other as you would have them brew unto you." Pours a partially cloudy, glowing deep golden. Finger of dense, whipped, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Somewhat of a subdued nose, with notes of fresh hops (piney, resinous) and cookie dough malt.

Lightly toasted grainy malt up front. Bready, with a hint of fruit. Earthy, resinous hops gradually move in and build up a little momentum. Slightly metallic and citrusy near the finish. Earthy, herbal bitterness dominates the finish. Some lingering biscuit malt. Moderate body with a creamy feel. A nice, sessionable beer. Keep up the special releases!

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Very well done English IPA. Aroma was some hops, but also dishrag aroma. Very light yellow, offset by lots of lace. Some citrus in taste, very decent bitterness that's just spot on, and I guess would be subtle to the hophead. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of johnd513
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this growler on a recent trip to the brewery. The brewery describes this beer as an organic English style IPA. Pours a light golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of malted barley and grains. The taste is fairly light and clean with with muted citrus flavors that are toned down compared to an American IPA. The mouthfeel has medium to high carbonation and finishes smooth. Drinkability is extremely high. I will have no problem finishing the growler. This is my first experience with organic beers. Organic is not something I would be willing to pay extra for but this one is right on the mark.

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