The Magician
Short's Brewing Company

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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #207
Ranked #45,470
3.5 | pDev: 15.14%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
The MagicianThe Magician
Notes: The Magician is a lustrous, dark-red, London style Red Ale with a rich grain bill. The grain combination lends complex notes of toasted caramel, raisins, chocolate, and roasted toffee. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters show throughout this beer.

20 IBU
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Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewery in Bellaire. A very good beer. Deep in its appearance and flavor profile. This is billed as a London style ale. (Not to be picky, but I drank this with a Brit who said that it was a little malty.)

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body, semi-opaque, thin head but lots of tan lacing. Nose is heavy with the booze, flavor has caramel and a dry close. Decent malt oriented beer, with an easy feel that makes it quite drinkable.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Jul 08, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours reddish amber – fairly clear – under a thin cream colored foam collar. S: Toffee, nuts and light toast. T: Malt driven with toffee, rich malts, cola, traces of darker roasts on the finish. F: Medium to medium low carbonation, medium full body O: This is more ho hum than a lot of Short’s beer.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 04, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a dark red, slightly hazy, can see a bunch of small particles floating around in the beer. No head. Sparse amount of carbonation seen rising.

Smell - 3/5
Slightly sweet, maybe slightly fruity malts, some roastiness, some alcohol. Aroma is not very strong.

Taste - 3.75/5
Sweet fruity malts, grapes, cranberries, berries, apple juice, a hint of hops bitterness. Overall, the flavor is fairly complex and fairly fruity. The flavor is decent, but not anything special. I appreciate the complexity, at least this beer isn't boring.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, a medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation, fairly crisp, and the carbonation kick adds to that. Happy with the mouthfeel overall.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent brew, not one that I would have regularly or probably buy again, but I have two more of these left (got 3 as part of the Short's Autumn variety pack), I definitely won't mind drinking them.

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michiganmatt from California, Mar 22, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a one-finger off-white head. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Faint aromas of caramel, toffee, and bread.

T - The flavors follow the nose. Malty with flavors of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and some light dark fruits. The finish has a faint earthy ho bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O - A nice easy drinking Red Ale. Would definetly drink again.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Dec 18, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours moderately hazy deep red/copper color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 08, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark red-brown color. A head forms and then disappears almost as quickly.

S: Nose is predominately raisin and fig dark fruitiness. A tiny bit of chocolate is buried in there also.

T: There's a lot going on here. Tea flavors appear on the front end, moving into bready and biscuity sweet malts. Dark fruit is in the background and the trace chocolate notes appear again. Sweet overall.

M: Light body, quite under-carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

O: A quality beer that would be much better with some bubbles. Underrated beer overall in my opinion.

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CMUbrew from Michigan, Jul 04, 2013
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2.41/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Out of the bottle, my pour has a full amber color with a moderate off-white head.

The aroma is nearly non-existent. What smell does come out of the glass is toasted bread, caramel,

Some sweet caramel or toffee go along with a touch of toasted bread. Unfortunately, this is a very faint flavor and there is a processed, metallic flavor that is almost as noticeable.

The Magician has a very light body and medium carbonation.

This beer really does nothing for me except encourage me to dump it out.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a half finger of tan head over a ruby body. Head disappeared in seconds, with no lacing on the glass.

Malty, with bread and caramel notes.

The taste is to the nose, only a little more complex. It adds a good earthiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied. It washes down rather quickly. It leaves a faint coat near the back of the tongue, and finishes slightly dry.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark, brownish red. near opaque. almost nonexistent tannish head. leaves a slight lacing on the sides.

Smell: bready, caramel malts, some fruits

Taste: strong bread and caramel malts upfront, slight notes of fruit. backside is taken over by bitter chocolate. I am bigger fan of it up until the chocolate

Mouthfeel: pretty light and smooth, slight lingering chocolate bitterness.

Overall: This is a decent one. not overwhelmed by it. I think it would improve with out the chocolate taste at the end.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to genuinedisciple!

A: Amber/brown color with a small tan head that instantly receded.
S: Reminds me of my first homebrew. Fruity and floral. Some bready scent in there. Toffee.
T: Lots of dark fruits and maltiness. A floral hops finish.
M: Thin bodied, crisp and refreshing.
O: A good, easy drinking brew. I'd have more if I had the chance.

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standardcherry from Massachusetts, Feb 01, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks great. A deep, somewhat hazy red color with a tan head. The head doesn't last long, but there's some good looking lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Dark fruits, malts. Almost a bit of chocolate, but that doesn't come out in the flavor. Caramel in there a touch as well, and alcohol can be traced.

Taste/feel: I haven't had many Irish Reds, but this is my favorite of the four or so that I've had. As I'm not familiar with the style, I'm not completely sure about how they're SUPPOSED to taste, but this is just a good tasting beer. The malts up front with the dark fruits, tartness, and sweetness on the finish makes me want more. There seems to be a mild hop presence there, too. Just tastes great. The feel is fantastic -- a somewhat prickly carbonation, but the beer still goes down smooth.

Overall, I'm shocked at the 77/100 rating. That's a decent score, but I actually thoroughly enjoy this one, and it's one of my new favorites from Short's. That sour smell, tart flavor, malty finish.. all of it comes together well. May I have another?

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SerialTicker from Michigan, Dec 16, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hate when you try beers when you're...well..."tipsy" and then make an effort to try them sober and things seem totally different. I remember this being such a nice harmony of styles with such interesting character. This version seems so-so. Kind of a mildly sour dish of amber tones and I can't quite say what else. I really wish I had taken notes when I tried this first, wherever it was. But, alas, more sober ponderings are probably more accurate ones.

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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, Aug 31, 2012
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3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a brownish ruby with very little tan head that dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing worth mentioning.

S: toast. With a touch of sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. The dark bread toast aroma dominates.... I don't find the smell unpleasant, deffinatly reminds me of toast with a light touch if sweet jelly.

T: much like the nose, dak toast flavor dominates, with a light touch of sweetness, deffinatly still have that while toast and jelly thing going on.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, feels a bit grainy to me, and finishes dry.... not a huge fan of the body on this brew. A bit of a lingering dry bread crust after taste.

O: a strange brew, not to sure what to make of this one, kind of one, Alot different then any other brew I have had latley, deffinatly not bad, Not a huge fan of the aftertaste though...

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PeterIngemi from Massachusetts, May 14, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle without a visible bottling date poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium translucent amber/brown colour with one finger of tan coloured head that quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Floral aroma up front with caramel, toffee and earthy notes. Not a very inviting nose.

T - Big floral hop flavour up front with a moderate bitterness. The malts add a lot of sweetness and big toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar flavours.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - This was a drain pour for me. There was nothing about this - from the floral hop profile to the overly sweet malt bill - that was inviting to me.

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TheSevenDuffs from Ontario (Canada), Apr 15, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint.

A- Slightly hazy reddish/brown pour. Finger width creamy off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Slight coffee, brown sugar grape skins and unripened stone fruits. Slight toast.

T- Strawberries, raisins, unripe stone fruits, coffee and bitter chocolate.

M- Light to medium bodied, slightly silky.

O- Good, much better in this style. The Great Lakes version reminded me of cooked cabbage.

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korguy123 from Ontario (Canada), Apr 03, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a solid 2 fingers of bumpy kahki colored cumulus head, color of the beer is a cloudy rich dark red/amber. I'm getting some nice substantial webbed lacing in my glass.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, a touch of tart dark fruit skins, and a touch of molasses and dark toffee, touch of breadcrust. Just a hint of bitter chocolate/black coffee way in the back.

Taste - Wow, this has alot of under-ripe dark fruits, tart plums, dried breadcrusts, some white pepper, finishing with some nice floral and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, but still crisp and refreshing. Carb is also nearly medium, providing a softer foaming feel with a few edges here and there.

Overall - A nice, complex, well balanced beer. Not overly sweet at all, and very easy to drink. Enough hops to hide any alcohol whatsoever. This would make avery good, interesting and refreshing sesssion beer.

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blackcompg from Illinois, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep garnet colored red with a finger of off white head. Head retention is pretty poor as the head recedes into a thin ring of bubbles.

S- great malt complexity on the nose with aromas of caramel, toffee and light chocolate. Some light fruity note blends in the middle with a cookie like malt character on the finish.

T- Again the malt really shine in this brew. Dry caramel and toffee flavors abound. Chocolate chip cookie like flavor hits mid palate with some continuing sweetness from the malt. Finishes with a balancing bitterness from the hops and a slight raisiny dark fruit character.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a light medium body. Good average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

Overall quite a solid brew with good malt complexity.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jim Grubola for hooking me up with my first Short’s brew.

A – Ruby chestnut in color. It’s very hazy. There’s a lot of sediment in the bottom. Barely any head with almost no lacing to speak of.

S – Woody scotch. Sweet toffee/syrup... It smells woody and malty/tart. I get some plum/raison at the end.

T – Interesting… my first thought is Dark Horse’s Scotty Karate. It’s probably the slight similarities in the noise and mouthfeel, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Malts and toffee with some funky raison in there at the end. I am enjoying the fruity sweetness with some nice funky tartness.

M – Slightly watery for my taste; however, it is very smooth. There is not much carbonation, which is disappointing.

O – A cool brew from Short’s. I was expecting more of a fusion-style brew, but this seemed to be more of a traditional style. Solid drinkability, it’s too bad I only had one bottle…

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm assuming The Magician is a smaller version of Short's Wizard?

Clear, ruby tinted copper color. Thin head is quick to vanish - what a cruel trick!

Aroma picks up the slack for such a poor looking beer. Chocolate rum cake and almond chocolate biscotti come to mind. Taste is beautifully malty fruit with caramel glazed chocolate biscotti.

I'm very impressed. I don't often buy malt driven beers that aren't either a stout or a porter. By far the best Irish Red I've had.

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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts, Feb 15, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep ruby pour with a dense, good sized tan head atop it. Retention is quite good and the lacing is solid.

S: A sort of herbal tea aroma like a lot of irish reds. Some toffee and caramel in there, maybe a hint of dark fruit - raisins mainly. Once it warms up there is just a hint of chocolate and roasted malt in fact.

T: Very malty. Some chocolate and toasted malt. Some toffee and caramel. A touch of that herbal flavor as mentioned in the aroma. Maybe some earthiness in there. Some creaminess to it too.

M: Thin and watery unfortunately. But otherwise smooth.

O: I wasn't expecting much but this is pretty good. Very malt-heavy, almost no noticeable hops, but at the same time it's quite light and thin.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Feb 12, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked a growler up earlier today, straight from the source!

A - Pours a dark reddish brown, with a finger's worth of head, sadly very little lacing or retention.

S - Very malty, with an almost sour bite to it. Toasty, with some hints of caramel.

T - Surprisingly balanced, there are just enough hops in here to keep it from being too sweet. That being said, it is very malty, sort of roasty with notes of raisin and caramel.

M - Sort of creamy, not a whole lot of carbonation. Odd sour twang near the finish.

O - Definitely not my favorite from Short's, but it's not too bad. None of the flavors are really overstated, which is a very good thing.

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madeofsteel from Michigan, Dec 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really nice clear ruby red color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice amount of lightly toasted malt and fruitiness. There are some good aromas of toffee, caramel, and a bit of brown sugar.

T - The tasrte follows the nose really well. It starts off with some nice maltiness and caramel. There are some nice fruit flavors like red apple and cranberry. I am also getting some flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and a little bit of eathiness. The finish leaves some lingering toasted malt flavors and fruitiness behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth feel to it. There is some nice fruity sweetness and just a little bit of tartness. There is also some earthiness going on.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down smooth and I could easily have a few glasses of this throughout the evening. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. It is definitely one of the better Irish Red Ales that I have had so far. I recommend trying it out if you come across it. I would buy it agian.

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JizackFH from New York, Dec 25, 2011
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3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice reddish/brown color with a nice foam cap which does not linger for long.

S: Aroma is of sweet malts and then you get some of those hops that strike out of nowhere.

T: Taste is that of bitter hops and malt which would be the "London style ale"not to shabby.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth not a whole bunch of carbonation, but a swift striking metallic flavor stuck in the middle of the swallow.

O: Overall I like it and would drink it again and would like to try this on tap somewhere.

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nukem5 from Pennsylvania, Dec 14, 2011
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2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this beer. So far, pretty impressed with Shorts, this is another offering I have never had before. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. This is an ugly looking beer. Looks like Storm drain water/something I would find in a rest stop toilet. Little to no head. Visible small bubbles streaming from the bottle of the glass. I assume this is going to be pretty carbonated. Smell- strawberries, a hint of plastic. Some off-flavors here on the nose. Taste- watered down plastic mixed with strawberries. Something is wrong here. I'm not sure I would call this a drain pour, because other than the plastic flavors, its a pretty easy drinking beer. There just aren't many redeemable qualities to this one. Overall, not a fan. Other offerings from Shorts have been very strong, this is an exception.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 403 ratings