Bloody Beer | Short's Brewing Company

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Bloody BeerBloody Beer

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hoppymeal on 09-06-2007

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Photo of mjn5036
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not going to lie; I am kind of horrified going into this one. What a strange combination of ingredients; Roma tomatoes, peppercorn and horseradish. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a hazy orange that turns into a blood orange when all the sediment from the bottom of the bottle enters the glass. A small off-white head rises from the pour and quickly dispels. No lacing is left on the sides of the glass but with a swirl soapy suds cover the sides and slink their way downwards.

The nose is spicy, sweet and slightly acidic. Maybe it is in my head but I feel like I can smell the tomato, the peppercorn and horseradish.

The taste is...different. It is like a Bloody Mary mix with a beer base, not vodka. Pepper, horseradish and stewed tomatoes work together in this one. I think I'll stick to the vodka to be honest. Shorts has successfully integrated all the flavors of the Bloody Mary into this beer so kudos for that, but it is just not for me unfortunately.

Medium bodied with a strong spiciness throughout and good carbonation.

I am struggling to finish this bottle. I am not ready to write off Shorts because of this one beer as I have heard far too many great things about them, but this one didn't do it.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade. Not sure how I feel about tomatoes and beer, but I'll give it a chance. 12oz bottle...

A: A murky copper color with a tiny off white head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace. Decent.

S: I get some tomato and olive scents upfront with a quick earthy hop in the middle. A hint of rye on the backend. Decent.

T: I get some celery and tomato rye upfront with some spices in the middle and a hint of brown sugar hidden on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. A peppery finish. Good.

D: The strange flavors kind of make this weird. Goes down decent.

All in all, this is a strange beer. Maybe it's just the thought of what was in it, but the taste is lacking. Just a weird array of flavors. Try if you want something different.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) who sent me this beer months ago but I was waiting to "share" it with some fellow BA's at a tasting (muhaha). Cheers friend!

Appearance - Poured into a standard glass with a somewhat off-putting burnt orange/tomato juice look and a slight layer of white head.

Smell - Whiel I have never drank a bloody mary per-say, I sure have tried a couple sips here and there over the years so I know what they are/smell like/taste like. I'll be damned if this does not smell exactly like one. What I have learned about Short's, is they either get the smell down perfect, the taste, or both...when they are going for some crazy beers. Some smell better than they taste, or visa versa, etc. This beer smells so much like a bloody mary - heavy tomato juice, olives, peppercorn/pepper, celery, etc. Insane.

Taste - Now, this is a beer that smells "better" than it tastes. While this beer is not repugnant by any means, it isn't exactly something I'd want to drink every day. While it tastes somewhat like the nose, there is more tomato and peppercorn than anything. Still, again, not bad.

Mouthfeel - Lighter to medium bodied, decent carbonation, ends with spicy dryness.

Drinkability - Again, not the most drinkable thing out there, but sometimes Short's misses with beers, but they got this sucker dead on. Surprisingly accurate and for that you just gotta give them points.

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Photo of inilegna
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Reddish orange, slightly opaque with a nice even distribution of what I assume is tomato pulp. Beautiful color with light behind the glass.

S - Fresh tomato juice with a very subtle malty undertone.

T - Fresh squeezed tomatoes cover the tongue. Slight acidity, nice malty finish and faint bitterness hanging out in there somewhere. It's a bloody mary in a beer!

M - Quite light in the mouth, slight umami style tartness around the cheeks and back of tongue, almost no alcohol on the tongue.

D - Goes down really nicely. The sort-of tartness leaves the mouth watering for another sip. I could drink one in a night.

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Photo of orangesol
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a mini pint.

A - Pours pale yellow, with some red accents mixed in, with little to no head leaving no lacing down the glass.

S - Some course ground black pepper and horseradish heat up front mix with the tomato's, a good amount of them, to make it seem like a bloody mary. I would say it smells closer to a 50/50 mix of beer and bloody mary.

T - Well that was about as good as I thought it would be. Plenty of tomato pulp and skins, spicy black pepper and horseradish, and some dill and other herbs. This one really did a number on my pallet. I am not a fan of this one.

M - Medium light body with heavy, viscous, flavors; moderate carbonation. The over the top flavors wore my pallet down quite quickly.

D - One and done. I was not a fan. I love pizza and bloody mary's but this one really didn't do it for me. I still wanna try some of the other short's beers before I pass judgement on them but this was not a good start.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Urbancaver, you are my hero. Thanks again getting me this Short's beer!

Pours a cloudy, reddish copper to cherry in color with a small white fizzy head. Head retention is lacking leaving a small halo and swirling of head as it sits idle in my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Smells like V8 with mild malts. Tomatoes and celery on the nose.

This beer is surprisingly tomato-forward flavored. The tomato flavor pierces away with salt and celery in the flavor profile. Almost watery at times with butter qualities and pepper; all pleasant if you are a fan of Bloody Mary's like I am.

Creamy carbonation and bubbly in the mouth.

For what it is, it's very unique and well made! I enjoy drinking V8 and this is like a nice, milder/alcoholic version!

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Photo of portia99
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received from jpmclaug in a recent trade. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter. This beer scares me a bit...not much of a bloody mary - deep breath, and let's give it a try.

A - Pours with major particlulate in the body with spoils a bit an otherwise pretty red/orangey light amber color. A thin collar surrounds the edge of the glass although nothing resembling a head ever formed on top of this beer.

S - An odd combination of herbs/spices...I pick up black pepper and celery most of all, but the tomatoes certainly can't be ignored...and maybe just got this from reading the label, but I also can detect a bit of horseradish in there too. Not much can be said for finding any typical beer aromas here.

T - Buttery, celery, tomato juice, pepper, a bit of malt underneath all of this. Can't say this is much of a surprise, given the name and the stated ingredients. A noticeable horseradish tingle/burn? felt on the back of the throat. I'm trying hard to give this a shot, but it really isn't hitting me at I said, not a bloody mary lover at all though.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Loaded with flavors that I'm not accustomed to having in beer, or any other beverage (mostly by choice as I typically stay away from the vegetable based juices/drinks). Horseradish tingle into the aftertaste.

D - Well, I'm pretty sure that I won't be coming back to this one again. I definitely appreciate the unique effort put forth on this one and also the opportunity to give it a shot. Suffice to say, this isn't up my alley at all. I'm not the best judge of this given my flavor preferences, so take this review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Jim for the chance to try this!

A- Body is a murky light orangeish/reddish pink hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so off white head that fades to a thick collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass. Many tiny particles are suspended throughout the brew and collected on the bottom-indeed a bloody beer.

S- pale malt, vegetable juice (V8 like but not as thick), salt-well there you have it-what else to expect from a bloody mary beer?

T- Salt comes through the most initially with some tomato and celery over a pale malt base. A hint of pilsner like flavor comes through for the finish along with more salt and celery, and a mild peppery spice. A hint of salt and pilsner flavor linger.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light, crisp and drinkable body-salt is minimal.

D- I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. The thought of a bloody mary beer scared me-but this is light, drinkable, and impressionistic. Its everything I like about a bloody mary without the gross tomato paste consistency. Job well done by shorts. This is 8.5%? No I dont believe that. Unfortunately-as I drink it-the novelty wears off and it becomes more cloying 7-8oz is great 8-10 is plenty 10-12oz is way too much

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Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bill at Princeton Liquors for letting me sample this!

Pours a rosy orange color with all kinds of particles suspended about. Looks like tomato pulp. Pretty minimal head.

Smells along the lines of a bloody mary or tomato juice. Getting some herbal notes and acidic tomato.

Tastes exactly like a bloody mary mixed with a light beer. Getting the tomato juice white pepper and celery salt. Very interesting and actually pretty tasty as long as you understand what it's meant to be.

Light body, very little carbonation.

I couldn't see having more than one of these, but it would be better on a warm day. I must admit that Short's really pulled this one off. It tastes like a bloody mary beer. Very unique and worth sampling for the novelty of it if nothing else. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of nodaybuttoday08
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, though it's definitely not your typical beer.

The taste reminds me of drinking vegetable or tomato juice, which is why I think it's such a drinkable beer. It's completely unique, not hoppy, and full of tomato-y goodness. I saw several reviews comparing it to a bloody mary, and I find that to be fairly accurate. At 8.5% ABV, it's hard to complain.

I should add that, although I drank this beer several months ago and have had many others since then, I cannot get it out of my head and look forward to having another.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. I chilled this in the refrigerator a while before opening.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange to light red in color. Not much of a head on the pour. Leaves a nice lacing throughout drinking.

Aroma: Strong stewed tomato notes really stand out here. A touch of horseradish and dill are here too. I'm a bit surprised here at the amount of tomato present. Nice balance of savory and herbal while still maintaining qualities of beer.

Taste: Peppercorn spice hits here pretty hard. The tomato is significantly more subued. A touch of herbal bitterness here too (not sure if its from hops or a side effect of the peppercorns. Some nice smooth malt notes here too. I was surprised at how well the Bloody Mary flavors were integrated without the beer struggling to find a flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little syrupy, but with enough carbonation to stay lively.

Drinkability: The ABV really feels lower than 8.5% and the flavors are certainly not offputting. I still just cannot imagine more than one as it is sort of a novelty beer.

Overall, a pleasant surprise that integrated the Bloody Mary with beer quite well. The flavors were enjoyable and subdued but I do wish that the tomato played a more significant role in the flavor, not just the aroma.

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Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a light orange color with a faint white head.

Aromas are of light tomato, hints of horseradish, and pepper.

Taste is way more mellow than I thought they would be. Mellow tomato, hints of horseradish, and a touch of peppercorn. Light cream malt flavors and not much else. This really just tastes like a light amber ale with subtle hints of bloody mary flavors.

Mouthfeel is decent, some fullness, and mildly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is ok. This is an easy to drink beer, mellow bloody mary flavors that are mixed with mild amber beer flavors. Not bad, but I was hoping for a lot better.

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Photo of glid02
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a murky copper-red color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of huge amounts of tomatos with moderate amounts of peppery spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly salt-like malt flavors with large amounts of ripe tomato flavors kick things off. Pepper-like spices come into play midway through the sip and carry through to a nondescript ending.

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

Drinkability is not great. Finishing my glass wasn't the easiest thing in the world and I wouldn't want to do it again.

Overall I probably ranked this higher than most others but for a vegetable beer I can't imagine it being any better. That being said, the drinkability reflects my thoughts on how much I could have of this beer. Very interesting for curiousity's sake just know what you're getting into.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Mikesgroove for sending me this extra, which has been one I have been after for a while. The color on this beer is an impressive pinkish red, with just a small amount of lacing. You really can smell the tomatoes here, along with some spice, much like a bloody mary smells. The similarities to the bloody mary aren't as clear in the taste, but ya still get a good dose of those tomatoes and spice. Mouthfeel is medium in body, and the 8.5 ABV is not apparent at all. Drinkability loses some points only because it is such an out there brew, and therefor one is more than enough. I tried this beer on tap a couple years ago, and was blown away by the creativity it showcased. Fans of the cocktail like myself should seek this out. Another winner from Shorts line of beers that push the smell and flavor limits. Cheers

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass.

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is murky hazed burnt rustic orange.

Aroma: Pretty close to a bloody mary. Peppers, tomatoes, celery flavors, and a bit of hot sauce. Pretty unique. I like it.

Taste: It tastes like a lighter bodied bloody mary. It has all the flavors, just a thinner feel to it. Tomato juice, hot sauce, crushed black pepper, celery sticks, and a hint of olives. This is pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and clean. Light to medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some more spice.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome beer. I enjoy bloody marys and this compared well to one for being a beer. This is one I would like to see around MN. Thanks Dave for sending this one out!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a reddish hued cloudy color with a slight white head. Haahaha, the smell is just like a bloddy mary with spice. This beer is very interesting. It's very much like a tomato vs. spice forward bloddy mary that is a little watered down. Pepper, tomato, and celery dominate both the flavor and the nose. Personally, if I want a Bloody Mary, I get the standard with vodka but as a beer that is trying to mimic a bloody, it does a really good job. Probably just a touch too much pepper for me. Great morning beer but not sure if I could ever drink more than one. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours an awkward darkish yellow. There is a bit of red after the sediment from the bottom of the bottle gets poured in. Cloudy red, like a blood fart. Meh. Not bad.

Let this one warm up. The aromas and flavors absolutely pop with some warmth. Lots of savory tomatoes. Basil, dill pickle. Horseradish absolutely pops out of the glass. The aromas are pretty nicely achieved but the flavors are stupendous. I say this as someone who doesn't even like bloody marys. Short's has nailed what they're trying to achieve here. So much horseradish and tomato spicy/savory goodness. I could never finish a bottle myself, but plenty of people are going to want to.

I have to score the drinkability as average. I have to. It's my own fault for not liking bloody marys. For someone who doesn't, this beer is crazy undrinkable. For those who love them, this will be a pleasant drink (though I don't know why they wouldn't just opt for a real bloody mary. The malt flavors are totally obscured by the spices and tomato). I evened it out to a 3.0.

Strange, but successful, experimental beer. I would love to try their Key Lime Pie beer now that I know Short's can pull off something like this.

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Photo of klikger
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Cloudy dark amber with a touch of red, tons of visible sediment (i.e., individual particles), decent head which shrinks quickly, fair lacing

S - Tomato juice, yeast, pepper, and celery salt

T - Tomatoes, garlic --> pickles, horseradish, salt & pepper --> yeast and grainy malts --> Robust tomato juice & citrus hops on the back end, resulting in a rich, soupy, pleasantly bitter finish.

M - Body isn't thick, but there is definitely some chewiness. Good carbonation. The variety of flavors in this reward swishing around in the mouth.

D - This is so tasty that one is perfect to savor. That said, if I had regular access, having a couple wouldn't be a problem - again, I'm a Bloody Mary fan, so I'm biased.

What an interesting beer! If you're a fan of Bloody Marys, you need to try this. Short's has pulled off a bona fide replacement beer for my favorite mixed drink - I'll revisit this whenever given the opportunity. And I'll be adding dried habanero flakes or powder - adds heat without ruining the flavor.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_Burnt orange with a thin white head. No lacing. Red floaties. Im guessing tomato peel.

S_Smell is exactly that of a bloody mary. Tomato juice,celery seed,pepper and alcohol.

T_Same as nose. Tomato,celery seed, pepper,horseradish.Very bold flavor. Sligh heat.

M_A little thicker than I would prefer.

D_One is good enough for me.

Not much of a bloody Mary man myself. Actually I don't drink any liquor at all. But this beer is spot on for what shorts was aiming for.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber pumpkin orange color with a slight off white head covering a plethora of still floating sediment like pieces of fruit in a jello mold. Celery salt, peppercorn, and dill waft into the nose very defiantly giving you the impression of a double dog dare from the sent to sample the flavor. A very subtle yet still very upfront amount of spice in this. Short's is really good at combining spices without leaving too much of a spice heartburn in my throat. It is my guess that the horseradish is to blame for the burn that rises as the tomato taste that lingers after the initial spice blast resides. It is quit considerable in its thickness being a beer. I don't think I could drink more than one in a row of these, but for what it is it is a well made beer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle of the 2010 release shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with a light white head that sticks around on the edges only. Not much by way of lacing. Smells like, well, a bloody mary. Tomato juice and celery seed dominate, but you can really pick up the horseradish, cracked pepper and dill as well. Taste is much the same with tomato juice and celery seed up front and the dill and cracked pepper on the midpalate. The horseradish really shows up in the finish with more spicy tomato juice and celery seed lingering on the finish. Light bitterness with some spice on the finish make it rather unpleasant for me. This could be because I don't care much for tomato juice/bloody marys, but I really disliked the finish. Surprisingly light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a balanced finish. There is a light boozy warmth on the palate. For me, this is not very drinkable at all - I labored to get through my 4 oz. pour. I think Short's did a pretty good job at replicating a bloody mary in beer form here, but there is just something that really awkward and off-putting about the flavors. Worth a try for novelty even if you don't like bloody marys, but you should definitely seek this out if you are a fan of the drink.

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Photo of revolt914
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Wow... this beer is extremely interesting! I poured this one and I smelled it and was taken back by it. Needless to say I'm glad I tried this one but definitely don't want another one. It was everything I expected... pretty much a good beer spilled into a good bloody mary... To most if a beer spilled into your bloody mary you'd dump it but this is the case where it happened and you though, 'maybe I should just go ahead and drink it?' and then you did.

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Photo of otto251068
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Beer pours a golden color till the glass fills up a little more, then turns into a dark pumpkin color. Plenty of small bits of sediment at the bottom of this bottle which stay suspended. This beer is pretty transparent. Tiniest bit of head after a hard pour which dissipates after a few seconds. No lacing.

Smell: Going to take my time with this one. Strong odor of fresh stewed tomatoes. Celery, fresh ground black pepper. Plenty of herbal notes.

Taste: Lots of tomatoes right off the bat. A warm and lively flavor. Wow, impressive. Plenty of herbal spices, dill pickles, finishes with a nice dash of pepper, a little alcohol. I don't get any heat, no horseradish or tabasco. Good taste though.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium carbonation. Taste lingers for a while. There is significant sour taste in the back of my throat that I'm not crazy about.

Overall: Same as a bloody mary for me. One and done. It would be tough for me to drink two of these. Gotta give it up to Shorts though for always coming up with new beers that push the envelope and our taste buds.

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Photo of malty
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An ultra-fresh 12 oz. bottle recently released.

Pours a dirty light copper with very good clarity. The very light beige head stays sturdy at 1" with a beautiful density & creaminess. Nice rings of lace all the way down.

Very, very accurate representation of scents which are listed on the bottom of the front label; Roma tomatoes, peppercorns, celery seed & dill. Horseradish is also listed, but I'm not smelling that one. Let's hope I can taste it.

Very peppery (just how I prefer my bloody's) with a nice dill element in there. The tomatoes are very well-rounded and almost stewed tasting - in that the acidity is nicely cut/quelled. The celery seed is very realistic/accurate and very well placed in this mixture. As this beer warms, the horseradish does come out right at the end. I believe Short's didn't want the Horseradish to steal the show, and they've done a great job in placing it last.

Mouthfeel is very airy and pretty spot-on medium bodied. Carbonation is very fine and at a moderate level. The lush, SAVORY tomato flavors and all its glorious spices linger long into the finish.

Drinkability is very good for such an odd specialty beer. I will have no problem drinking this, but will not long for another right after.

Overall this beer a spectacular representation of the listed ingredients. There is nothing fake or contrived tasting about this ale. The ingredients taste very high quality and are all perfectly balanced. Just like the Strawberry Short's Cake, this baby really delivers what it's advertised to be. To fully appreciate the quality craftsmanship that is Short's, you should really try to get a hold of these and experience the quirky and spectacular world of Short's.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy, particulate-filled blood orange body with a small, gauzy, off-white head. A very much expected interesting nose: lots of peppercorns, definite tomato juice (sans salt), a little dill, and some vague maltiness. It is what we thought it was!

Brief bready maltiness quickly gives way to tomato juice pulpiness. Spicy peppercorns and tangy dill fill out the palate. Herbal, vegetal bitterness mixes with the peppery spiciness nicely. Lingering tomato in the finish. Good umami in this beer! Medium-full body with a pulpy feel. Well-executed and spot on for what it wants to be. Definitely not an everyday, session beer, but it has its place. I feel like this would pair nicely with pizza, or simply with a late morning hangover. Keep up the great original work Shorts!

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Bloody Beer from Short's Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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