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

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Short's The Golden RuleShort's The Golden Rule

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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 DannyDan
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden amber color with a thin white head. It has good retention and good lacing to it. It has a pleasant honey lemony orange aroma with some earthy hops. The taste starts out with a grassy taste followed by some honey lemon and finishes off with an orange and floral hops taste. The mouthfeel starts off kind of watery since this seems to be a light to medium bodied brew and leaves a dry, but sticky feel to the lips. Another good IPA from Short's.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow body, fairly clear and free of sediment. Three finger bone white head perched atop. The head slowly fades back leaving plenty of moth eaten lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Soft bready malt base is set beneath a blanket of lemongrass and floral hops. The balance between the hops and malt is on point for the style. The clean grain aroma works well with the earthiness of the hops.

Toasted bread and a bit of a grassy hop flavor combine at the front of the tongue. The hop presence increases as the the beer travels towards the back of the palate. The grassy flavor never fades but does pick up the lemon citrus flavor to compliment it. Light peppery hop characteristic noted through. Admittedly, I strongly prefer the citrus packed American hops to the earthy English variety on display, but it is hard to deny that they work in this beer.

Light to medium bodied beer with lively carbonation. Slight oily texture as the beer glides across the tongue. The finish is rather dry though some of the grassy hop flavors seems to want to linger.

The flavors remind me of spring but seem more appropriate to drink in the summer heat. I see the English IPA influence but I am not sure I would label it as such. Very pleasant beer although you that does not suit my personal tastes. One who enjoys the flavor profile more would have no issue drinking several in a sitting.

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Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow looks like a wheat beer. White head has good retention. Apparently organic (+0.5 for that). seems like a Pale wheat.
S: Very little aroma, some slight malt and hops - whiffs. Estery alcohol becomes apparent.
T: Little flavor at first finishes with brutal grapefruity bitterness. Great bitterness but very one dimensional.
M: Exceedingly bitter - punishing! A bit thin
D: Good. I'd have another, and probably buy a sixer cause I love the bitter.

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Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle three of my huge Shorts haul courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice big white head, good lacing too.

Aromas remind me of a Belgian Pale, some bubblegum, mixed spices, and lemon zest.

Taste starts out dry, with light sugary sweetness, and settles into some pretty bitter hop flavors. Some mineral, crushed aspirin, and lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty strong, but it works well with the golden pale ale like qualities.

Mouthfeel is a little lacking, not bad, but it feels thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty little beverage, reminds me almost of a Belgian IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a lacey crisp head.

Smells of aromatic hops and yeast. It's very citrusy and has a strong orange smell.

The taste has bitter hops and pine. This is more of an IPA than a golden ale. It has a higher balance of hops than malt.

It has a creamy feel. Its medium-bodied and finishes smooth.

Good drinkability, not as much as I was expecting from its ABV. Great seasonal brew and very tasty like all Shorts Brews. Great beer label!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

the last in my long run through the shorts catalog last night, i actually had forgotten about this one and we found it in the fridge still while cleaning up. pours out a nice light amber color with a smooth, even head of white that faded too quickly on me leaving me hoping for a little more pop.

nice tight aroma of dirty citrus hops, floral herabl notes, fresh grass an a healthy dose of nice cereal grains that served to balance it out quite nicely. a nice and rich flavor was then brought to the forefront with a quick hitting dose of hops that soon wash the palate with rich notes of orange peel, doses of fresh grass and a nice and well balanced malty profile that really puts the finishing touches on a light an fantastic mixture. nice light and smooth finish with a light dryness.

overall a very solid example of an ipa, english or american this really worked quite well for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of rich foamy head. This hangs around with about a ΒΌ finger of creamy froth, leaving back some thick soapy lacing which clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy, punctuated with sharp notes of earthy rind and fruity citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Pleasant smelling Pale malt accents of toasted bread float along the back. There's a nice hoppy brightness to this but I'm also unfortunately getting a bit of an off smelling mineral tinge to the nose as well.

The taste is bitter with citrus peel and gritty earth but is well balanced by a flush of sweet toasted grains. The finish is all spice and green rind notes, lingering with a steady dry bitterness. The mouthfeel has a lighter feeling medium bodied presence about it, with a lively crispness to the carbonation that prickles the mouth with. This stays relatively easy feeling the whole way through the glass, with maybe just a touch of warmth being present in the body at times.

This was pretty darn decent. Beyond some small issues with the nose, I liked how the English hops were boldly flavorful here, without being overly bitter, while the body on this kept things pretty easygoing all around. One of the better bottled efforts that I've had from Short's so far.

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Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white crown that displays medium retention and lace.

Smell: Earthy hops, floral hops, and citrus hops over pale malt...almost a wheat quality in the nose for some reason.

Taste: Same as the nose with a moderate bitter finish. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with great carbonation but the finish is a bit thin.

Drinkability: This is so sessionable...

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

Another thanks to Brady for this extra.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a huge stark white pillowy foam composed of big bubbles. Great retention and a ton of lace.

Some subtle earthy, dirty hop flavor in the nose. Not grassy, but more of a character of some shrubs that are in your side-yard. A little bit of graininess, and some nice malt character. Was picking up a touch of a dull peach note toward the end as well. The taste is much of the same, light bitterness, balance between the malt character and earthiness of the hop profile. Good drinkability. Low-medium bodied and not as carbonated as the appearance would've indicated. A nice brew, though I can't say it was what I expected for an English IPA....?

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head. Head is tons of little bubbles that leave behind some nice lacing.

S- Smells of pale malts, Earthy, floral hops with a bit of citrus too.

T- Took me by surprise at first on the taste. A very nice hop bite, quite a bit bitter, citrusy and floral. Along with this odd metallic taste. Took me off guard at first but this one really grew on me and I liked it a lot.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- A very interesting brew for sure. I really enjoyed this one and it was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a few bottles of this at International Beverage in Grand Rapids this week. The nearly blasphemous label gave me no pause, any indecision was based purely on no knowledge of the type of beer (golden ale was all it hinted at). After trying it I agree with the category assigned on BA, a nice subtle English India Pale Ale.

The beer is hazy and light golden colored with a huge rocky foam, solid looking. The aroma is very light on hops, floral and earthy, very near to a honey-infused aroma, really nice. The taste is light and delicious, at least on a 92F+ day like today on my deck. Very light citrus, more of the floral tastes but again not too strong, just right for an English IPA.

Light-medium bodied and easy to drink on a hot day, this is another winner from Shorts.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12'er in an Epic trade with Kbeals... Been sitting on this one for a bit, but decided to share this one with the Bro tonight...

Pours with a foamy 3/4" white head.. nice lacing.. little retention.. the brew is hazy straw golden.

Nose shows not quite what I was hoping for.. pretty simple yet elegant.. pale malts.. lite fruitiness and a bit of herbal hops.

Flavor begins with a bit of a metallic bitter twang... pale malts come in marching but it is a bit of a tap dance around a herbal boot.. some biscuity malt picks up the pace toward the finish where some minor citrus hops polish everything.

Body is lite/medium.. carbonation seems a tad high.. still a nice creamy mouthfeel pervades..

Meh.. glad I shared this with Steven.. too little and not enough for a small tasting.. okay all around but seems a bit lacking.


Thanks again Kevin.. this is sorta starting to seem repetitive, but it isn't.. Kevin is a badass that deserves big props.

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

12 oz bottle, picked up at Champagnes.

Pours a mostly clear yellow gold, very thin head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is plain but neat, light caramal maltiness, a bit of toast and biscuit, lightly fruity, some apple skin, a bit of mineral, herbal and floral hopping, not bad.

Taste is similar, caramel sweetness, biscuit and toast, light fruit, apples/pears, some floral, solid but balanced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty solid beer, nothing fancy but done well.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a good white head that clung to the sides of the glass leaving lacing behind.

(S)- A fresh citrus of pineapple and lemon with a big pine dryness. Some honey and banana in there.

(T)- Very very dry with a citrus of peach and pineapple. Piney damp wood with a bitter background.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A decent hop profile with crisp citrus; refreshing.

(D)- A good beer for the summer time. Crisp and refreshing. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kickass bottle label would be considered non-PC by some circles.

Golden pour with a fluffy white head that put down some lace as it dropped to a film. Earthy, spicy nose with some fruity esters is clean and pleasing. Flavour is straightforward and replicates the nose almost exactly. Somewhat toasty with a dash of biscuit and only a mild hop bite. Really nothing too complicated going on here, but a nice brew to knock back over the course of the evening. Medium-light body and medium carbonation is okay.

Pretty decent and easy to drink, but overall nothing remarkable.

Thanks to viggo for sharing.

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Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve for the great extra!

Pours a hazy golden straw with a thin white head. Some light lace as well. Nose has bready malts, earthy hops and tropical fruits. Nice malty flavor with a hint of hops. More of an American Golden Ale than English IPA. Clean body, but carbonation a bit heavy.

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Photo of Shumista
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks rather unassuming, clear golden yellow with a white head. One of those beers that just looks like beer. Smells of earthy hops, biscuity malt...and reefer? I definitely smell a bit of the sticky stuff here. Flavor is earthy hops, and biscuity malt from the nose and it finishes dry with a lingering hoppy bite. Light to medium mouthfeel and very highly drinkable. With its low abv and interesting flavor profile I could drink golden rule all night.

Not sure exactly what Jesus is doing on the label, is he the origin of the golden rule...? My sunday school teachers would be quite dissapointed in me.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -1.3%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +7%
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 +11.8%
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 +5.1%
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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Short's The Golden Rule from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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