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Bloody Beer | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bloody Beer is a lighter bodied beer with an appealing ruby red glow. Fermented with Roma tomatoes, and spiced with dill, horseradish, peppercorns and celery seed, a prominent aroma of spicy tomato juice emits from the beer. The intense initial tomato flavor is followed by a lingering finish that allows each additional ingredient a chance to resonate on the palate. When slightly warm, this 2009 Great American Beer Festival silver medal winner’s magnitude of flavors can be fully appreciated.

Bloody Beer was beer number 8 of 13 from our 2007 Imperial Beer Series and it was the 290th batch of beer ever brewed at Short’s.

Added by hoppymeal on 09-06-2007

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Photo of aclockworkchris
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of BenHoppy
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For what it is its not bad. A bloody Mary beer? Shorts did a hell of a job. Smells like tomato soup with flavors of horseradish, dill, tomato, and malt. First beer ever had that tastes better with a pickle and a few drops of hot sauce. I highly recommend adding the pickle and got sauce.

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Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near spot-on. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this one since Bloody Mary's - and tomato juice in general - is something that I have to be in a specific mood to enjoy. I don't think ive ever craved after it. After having a few I've discovered that it's the texture of Bloody Mary's that I have difficulty with.
Poured from bottle to goblet. Color is that of raspberry jam with a collar of off white foam. Head quickly dissolves, leaving a clean glass. Aromas of spice: celery seed, pepper, dill, all riding a wave of savory/sweet tomatoes. Flavor is tomato forward, with dill and celery upfront and a peppery/horseradish finish. Spicy without becoming too hot. Thin feel.

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Photo of 4snowman4
1.42/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

As a huge fan of Bloody Marys and beer... this is just gross.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a copper color with a white head.

Smell - The beer had a salty Bloody Mary-like nose. Celery is also fairly evident.

Taste - The overall profile makes me think of a rye beer. I get celery salt, tomato, and char. There is something that reminds me of vodka. The horseradish or any sense of spice are not evident.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was pretty straight forward like an average pale ale.

Overall - I wonder if I add a pickle or celery stick if this would improve. Perhaps adding Bloody Mary mix would help.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

i have been a longtime critic of the overly flavored beers, found them gimmicky and havent been shy about saying so. this though, goes beyond that into such a weird space i dont even know where to begin. for one, its wholly unique and special, tastes wonderful, and like it or not, is about as well done as such a thing can be, like a bloody mary on a hangover with a nice beer back of pale or blonde ale. the beer is light as a beer, minimally malty or strong flavored or anything, but brewed with all the necessary components of the famous cocktail, including things like roma tomatoes and celery seed and horseradish! there is so much going on here in the taste, its herbal for one, lots of tomato puree flavor, black pepper, a little spice to it, even celery flavor, its crazy. gnarly strong too, brings you right back, sneaky strong. im not sure id want to make a day of drinking this, but its much more than a novelty and frankly not a gimmick at all. shorts seems to do these crazy flavored beers better than anyone, and i have come full circle from disdain and scorn to admiration and stoke on pretty much their whole range of them, but this is far and away my favorite. as good as it could possibly be, nothing offensive about it at all despite all the weird ingredients, definitely not an easy beer to pull off, but this is super well executed! wanting a stash of it for those hungover sunday mornings!

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Photo of Nuggetz
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TurboBrew
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ok. So.... I was not expecting to like this beer at all. Had on tap at Shorts!! August 2015. Ive always seen the wall sign...but....never....ever.... had the pleasure of drinking this beer... until NOW! :)

Let me also add that I do not enjoy drinking any liquor at all.. and have never had an actual bloody mary ... ever. Well.... maybe a sip and a EW WTF face followed........... hmmm ..

With that out of the way....

Pours a light red/orange with minimum head n little lacing. Nice.

Smells like spicy tomato...tomato juice.. citrus.. some pepper

Taste is tomato... spice..peppercorn... light hop presence... can even pick up the dill / celery a bit which is awesome! Not overpowering.. just there.. how cool. The horseradish actually adds a bit of spice also in the mix... a little nose stinging is there on the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly good. Not watery like expected. Spice and tomato... peppercorn... mmm.

Overall this beer is great. Must try. Please bottle it Short's ! :) A+

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Photo of Eziel
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Segnem5
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice reddish color body
taste is spicy, tomato.
Different but tasty

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BHansen214
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of F2brewers
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a HF stemmed glass. Served at ~ 55F.

A: Orange-red hue, nearly clear in appearance. Pours with a fluffy , but thin head that dissipates to nothingness in a minute or two. As I drank it, this beer left a thin lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Tomato...yes, surprising, but it is definitely the essence of tomato juice with a touch of celery spice, fresh dill and ground pepper.

T: Reminds me of the base for a nice boody mary. Tomato balanced with herbal notes of dill and celery and a tocuh of spice from pepper and horseradish. The carbonation helps blend the flavors so no single one dominates over the foundation of tomato.

M: Obviously this doesn't have the thick, body of tomato juice and it is carbonated, but that keeps this beer light on the tongue and more drinkable than I expected.

O: This beer exceeded my expectations...surely it can be polarizing and it's not for everyone, but I wondered how tomato could work in a beer...Short's shows that it can be done. Impressive for what it is and surprised it works so well from the bottle.

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Bloody Beer from Short's Brewing Company
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