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Short's Good Feller | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Good FellerShort's Good Feller

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hoppymeal on 06-04-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive rocky head rises to the occasion with sticky patches of lace all over the glass, dark amber color has more clarity than I expected for a highly hopped beer. Striking pungent hop aroma, the nose is bombarded with big herbal, flowery and soft citric overtones. The smell of malt and alcohol is second fiddle with hints of caramel sweetness and peachy fruit esters. Creamy smoothness combo makes it dangerously drinkable form the start, even with a full body. Hops are at an insane level, I am starting to wonder what this beer tasted like at bottling time on May 15th 2007 and if this beer has faded at all … it does not seem like it at all. Palate inhalation comes to mind as the bitterness scorches the taste buds. The malt backbone does peak in the middle with a juicy center of caramel that mixes with the delicate peach fruitiness from the estery alcohol which is pushed back by the hops. Hop flavor is beyond comprehending but I will try. The Amarillo hops do have a slight tone of aspirin but not enough for me to go on a tirade on why I hate Amarillo hops. Hops drop a mix of flavors; Tangerine, canned Mandarin orange and Celemetine with puckering herbal flavors in the drying finish. The finish does reveal a bit more of that aspirin tone but the alcoholic esters shadow most of it.

There is a level of balance within this Imperial IPA even with the thick blanket of hop presence, some how the timing of the malt and alcoholic flavors all works out. Yes, I will admit that I really really like this beer even though there is a huge Amarillo hop character to it. Perhaps my palate is maturing or evolving, maybe jonesing for a fix … or I could just be slowly assimilating to accepting Amarillo as a hop. Regardless, my hop fix has been taken care of and I will sleep good tonight.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. #290 of 798.

Pours into my glass deep amber red color, darker for a double IPA with a creamy half inch of head on top. Strings of lacing stick to the side of the glass. Nice clarity. Aromas start out with deep, sweet caramel, roasted and fruity tones that immediately flow into tropical, citrusy hop oil aromas. Somewhat floral and piney as well, with a nutty undertone. Quite nice for the age on this one.

First sip brings a robust caramel, roasted malt upfront that has a nice sweetness to it as well. It rolls into a nice tropical, citrusy hop flavor with green hop oils permeating the brew. Some floral and pine sap notes mix in. It flows down with a nice nutty flavor as the bitterness takes hold. Finishes slightly dry with a fruity, malty, hoppy finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and chewy. Mellow carbonation allows this one to go down easily. I really enjoy the body here...perfect middle ground between too light and too heavy. Overall, I will enjoy finishing this 750. It's a nice maltier double IPA and if you have any left I'd say drink it now! I imagine this would have been phenomenal fresh out of the gate.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy rustic copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust and dry caramel malts with good amounts of leafy and milder amounts of old citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are leafy and mildly herbal hop flavors. Right before the end of the sip the hops sweeten a bit, taking on more of a citrus edge before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this beer held up fairly well, although the veracity of the hops is certainly diminishing. Definitely worth drinking sooner rather than later if you have a bottle.

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Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this brew. I had no idea it was this rare. Derek, you're a great person. Traded at DLD.

#314 of 798
Bottled on 5/15/07
750ml brown bottle with a pretty cool trading card thingy
Poured into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby tinting, nearly opaque. 1 finger worth of lightly tinted head that holds great and gives nice lacing.

S: Hops have dulled a little but not that much. Loads of citrus and pine that swim in a pleasantly mellowed alcohol. Caramelly dark fruit malts. I bet this was a bitch when fresh.

T/M: There's stil a good bitterness left and again, I bet it was a bitch when fresh. Hops match the nose. Malts have m ore of a nutty and buttery flavor but still thick and chewy like a DIPA be. Nearly full and a bit sticky. Carbonation is still fine.

D: For 10% with a bunch of alcohol presence, this isn't hard to drink at all. The 750 will be plenty, though.

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

Bomber from the brewery. Orange body with lots of white foam. Some hop and citrus aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, with fruit ameloriating the hop bite. Did not seem to be overly hoppy, but it is there. A different take on the style.

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

Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for such a rarity. Much appreciated.

Bottle #344 of 798

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, reddish brown color. The head is vanilla colored and is roughly two fingers deep. Retention was a little on the short side (no pun intended) and lacing was spotty and light.

Smell: The nose is good, but is lacking in strength a little. It's citrusy sweet initially. There's plenty of grapefruit, pineapple and mango to go around. Hops are piney and citric. Caramel malts, in addition to the pale variety, appear to be pretty strong. Dark fruits (mostly raisin and prune) have a nice aroma and add some depth and complexity. It smells a little grainy. Alcohol is noted.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and pineapple kick it off. It's a little sugary. Hops are quite bitter and a little resiny. They have a nice, big piney flavor to them. Caramel and pale malts add more sweetness and some balance. It's still mostly bitter, but the malts are fighting their hearts out. It does have a slight grainy quality to it. Raisin and prune flavors are well done and complement the other flavors nicely. Alcohol is notable, but not overly so. It has a slight warming effect. It finishes sappy and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's somewhere between medium and full bodied. Carbonation is nicely done. It's relatively smooth, but falls short of being silky or creamy. Drinkability is good for being such a big beer. I'm tackling the 750, but would be hard pressed to take on more.

This has been a very nice first experience with Short's. Personally, I prefer my DIPAs to be more hoppy and less balanced. If I were told this was a Barleywine, I'd buy into it. It's still a very good beer. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to try it. Thanks, Derek.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a way too big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice cloudy gold with good carbonation. The head is small but thick, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is piney, sugary malt and pine.

The taste follows ans is very good in line of the style. Lots of piney hops and a huge thick malty back bone.

The mouthfeel is thick and has good carbonation.

The drinkability is in the great DIPA ball park. A huge thanks to one of my most favorite traders, Hoppymeal. Thanks for the nice brews, Derek!

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this 750 mL bottle. This is a 2007 vintage ale.

A: The DIPA is an amber color, a decent stand-in for the bottle it was served from. Not much head to speak off.

S: The DIPA has the extreme aroma of a barleywine. Hops are citrus and match up against a vegetal malt body.

T: The flavor trends toward the hops; the result is a barleywine-like concoction. As the ale warms, the citrusy hop profile intensifies. A peppery flavor lingers below the citrus, adding a deeper dimension. The caramel malts are big, strong enough to match up against the hops.

M: The ale won't disappoint hopheads. Even with a year under its belt, it can't hide the bitterness.

D: This is my first Short's beer and I am anxious to try some more. The hops were a little too big; I'm glad I had some people over to share it with.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on a recently found notebook full of reviews. This review was done back on 7-28-09. This was a time when Short's was much more of a buzz brewery.

The three finger honey biscuit colored head almost crests the top of my Duvel glass before it slowly starts to fade to a skim leaving dots of lace. Body is a deep honey amber tone with a rich murky tone. Nose carries a hop tone that is full of unique earthy notes including wheat, honey comb, buttered crackers and sweet citrus. With first sip you get big sweet fuzzy hops that resemble sweet bread and marmalade. A rustic full bitterness really coats the mouth but is not harsh at all. There is a bit of alcohol twinge on the end. Mouthfeel is a full complex affair with rich, bitter, sweet and bold all coming together very nicely. Drinkability is sensational. This is an amazingly unique brew. They really should bring this one back as it is no more then a fond memory now. This is just the kind of beer that would get them back in a lot of peoples faces.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier cracked this at his weekend tasting... thanks homeboy. Bottle #620/798

Pale orange brew... good head and retention.. nice lacing.

Nose is soapy hops ... a bit perfumy... hints of apricot hide in pale maltiness.

Big bitterness out of the gate.. too much in my mind.. plenty of very pithy grapefruit hoppiness mid palate, yet not enough maltiness to come anywhere close to balancing the bracing bitterness nor to really rein in the hops.

Big body.. nice carbonation.. oily mouthfeel from all the hops.

Thanks Eric!! Glad I got to try this, but I think it is on the steep downhill slope.


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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made it up to Bellaire from Detroit a few weeks after the release of Joe Short's Imperial Series. Very nice work on the bottle presentation as each comes with a booklet of info including series numbering. This guy is passionate.

Stoudt's Double IPA has been my IPA of choice the last few years. I figured this would match up closely as the ABV is similar and Short likes his hops.

Shared with a friend in tulip/goblets. Poured nicely, pub was dark but it appeared to be a darkened brown with a nice white foam head. Smell was wonderfulI mixture of heavy malt and hops. Simcoe and Amarillo hops were used per the booklet. This beer an amalgam of two of his existing IPA receipes.

Nice slow sipper. Felt light on the tongue with plenty of flavor. Hard to go back to normal IPAs after drinking these heavy ones. Alcohol was quick to warm, but not overpowering. I could drink this until my legs give out.

Glad I had a chance to try one before they're gone. Recommended if you can get one.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of hopdog
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, pine, and fruity. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from 12/17/07.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Deuane
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2007 bottle thanks to either dashirey or sailbretthd. Both of whom got me bottles on recent visits to Short's.

A-Deep copper-colored body with a thin, light tan head that receded into a thin ring and lwft minimal lace.

S-Earthy/piney and astringent with a malt up front featuring nice sweetness.

T-Being over a year old the hops have taken a back seat to the sweet caramel, toasted malts and dried fruit sweetness. Spicy/pine hops play in the background.

M-Medium-heav body with a thick, chewy feel. This one has become almost barleywinesque. Like snacking on a hop infused caramel fruitcake.

D-A bit long in the tooth but still tasty. I am sure I would have preferred this one fresh but....that was not an option. Glad to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tayner for this one. Number 380/798.

A - Pours thick, dark caramel. Small head leaves ring, sudsy but somewhat clingly lacing.

S - Crazy Deep Malt. Malt extract with bitter edges.

T - Viscous mouth of chewy, bready malt with a pretty competitive bittering presence. Alcohol there but not out of whack.

M - Thick, clingy, well carbed and fairly balanced.

D - For what it is, very drinkable. Each sip begs for another.

Really, seems more like an Old Ale or Barleywine, but good, non the less!

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Photo of Cotton_27
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Eziel
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BRLockwood was kind enough to give me the opportunity to try this Shorts gem. Thanks Brian!

750mL bottle #406 of 798 poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, deep hazy amber brown that clears up a little as it warms. The off-white head is small but lingers for quite a while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a beer of this age, with floral pine mixing with the citrus of grapefruit. There is also a huge caramel malt aroma underneath the hops with a bit of alcohol burn in the nose.

The taste didn't quite have the same hoppiness, but was still very good. There is a bit of pine bitterness up front but the taste is dominated by the huge caramel malt backbone. There is a trace of grapefruit on the tongue but I imagine this was a serious hop experience when fresh.

The mouthfeel was super sticky with good carbonation that enhanced the hop bitterness.

This is a big complex DIPA that was likely world class when first bottled. It's still a damn fine beer and one I'm glad I got to try. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my trip to Short's Brewery this past summer. Consumed on Aug.22nd, out of my Short's Imperial pint glass, just now getting around to the review.

A: Pours a nice deep amber with about a half finger of off white head that left small amounts of lace.

A: Great pine, grass, and citrus hops. So much going on. The sweet malts are overpowered by the hops, but are present enough to give it some balance.

T: Out of this world. The orange, grapefruit, and tangerine stand out, but the pine and grass also show through. Good feller finishes as a DIPA should, long and pleasantly bitter.

M: Medium body, slightly carbonated and slightly creamy for a DIPA.

D, and overall impression: Drinkability was limited due to the high ABV, 10%, but a 750 ml of the stuff goes down easy, and leaves me beggin for more. Short's continues to impress, and this one will be a staple for me every year on our vacation to Michigan. Skal.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rust color with a small thin tan head, and average lacing. Average carbonation with a smell of sweet, sweet, citrusy, juicy hops. Tastes of strong hops and sweet malts. Very hoppy yet very balanced with a strong enough malt backbone to support the massive hops. This one good DIPA. Drink and Enjoy!

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