Short's The Magician | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The MagicianShort's The Magician

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A rich lustrous dark red London Ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers."

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champagne's seasonals. Reddish tinge. The head dissapears quickly. Neutral smell. Creamy mouthfeel, however, the sourness I associate with this brewery was everpresent in the finish, and added and subtracted to the experience. I would rather it was not there. A malt experience nevertheless.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A short mug at Old Chicago, home of '110 different beers' - that marketing shtick aside, they do have a decent 10-or-so-strong selection of local 'specialty drafts'. The bartender indicated that this was actually around 9% ABV.

This beer appears a clear, dark reddish amber, with one finger of creamy beige head, which renders a thin slowly dissolving wall of painted lace around the glass as it gently settles. It smells of sweet toffee nougat, some leafy bitter hops, and a bit of warming alcohol. The taste is weirdly thin caramel, tangy dark bread, earthy, leafy hops, and a very slight booze twinge. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight and quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, a tipsy malt sweetness holding up the door frame, buoyed by a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

A good strong ale, the heat hidden well enough, and with a healthy balance of sturdy malt, and peppy, yet restrained hops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with a modest cap that fades rather quickly leaving just a few dots behind

Smell: Caramel forward, with a tart stone fruit character behind

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel character, but by mid-palate, the tart, sour cherry character dominates; after the swallow, the profile contains a blend of the two polar flavor opposites, though the finish winds up the sourness outlasting the caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Sour caramel? What will they think of next? Not sure this was intended - interesting but disappointing

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slighlty darkened amber with a little head and little lacing. Smell is of slighlty roasted malts, bread, light fruit, some hops, and a bit of caramel. Taste is similar, but a bit bland even though i'm getting quite a few flavors. Medium body. Okay drinkability. Not a great representation of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a thick ring. Color is a dark ruby color with a brown hue to it.

Aroma: Mainly of malts and grassy hops. Caramel malts with some dark fruit flavors. Raisins in particular.

Taste: Has a sour flavor to it. Cherries and raisins. Very malty. Caramel and bready flavors. Uniquely odd.

Mouthfeel: A bit tart and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Ends a bit dry but I like it.

Overall, decently drinkable. The sour notes surprised me a bit, but they fit well with this beer for some reason and I didn't mind it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to grub that temporarily ended up in MA, but awesome for it anyways, and perfect for St Pattys Day.

An aggressive pour yields a smaller 1/4 finger head that barely covers, over copper lighter maroon reddish color.

Nose brings light toasty malts, reddish malts, a light sweet caramel malt, and slightest mild hop aroma. Typical red ale.

Taste is a typical red ale as well, smooth toasty malts, a semi sweet crystal malt, light caramel flavors, plenty of reddish medium malt flavors, this one brings a bit more bitter hops though, fairly bitter but not too much, a nice light crisp ale, some light spicy and touch of earthy hops. Finishes drier but a little sticky, lingering hop flavors, semi bitter, a bit earthy and spicy hops, some lingering toasty and slight biscuit malts, red malts all around.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation, it def could have been more carbonated.

Overall not bad, nothing special, just a typical reddish ale, with a decent hop base and decent malts, very drinkable, but with a slight sticky finish.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber, topped with a ½ finger of foamy off-white head. Retention looks more like that of the thin and fizzy wisps variety, leaving back a gentle cascade of light lacing which slowly recedes down the sides. The aroma smells of toasted bread, caramel, and a little bit of cocoa powder. I'm getting some overripe fruit character here as well, along with some herbal dankness.

The taste is rich with buttery toasted bread and some sweeter light toffee notes. There is a good bit of dark fruit here, which mixes with the earthy textures of the hop bitterness that is present to impart a gritty feeling tartness that lingers hard into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess that keeps this smooth. This is actually pretty easy feeling overall, which really helps the deep twang of the flavor profile.

I could swear at first that the sharp souring/tart tang of this was an infection but as this warmed; it became more readily apparent that this was actually part of the flavor profile. It was definitely interesting but I don't see myself wanting to get into another bottle of this anytime soon.

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Photo of billab914
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill shaped glass. It poured a deep mahogany color, with a bit of a cherry red hue coming through when the light hits it. It had a thin, tan head barely covering the top of the beer after the pour

The aroma has a pretty big butterscotch and caramel sweetness to it. I also get a good dose of tart fruits coming through with some apple and grape, but more cherries then anything else. Definitely a very strange aroma, and not what I expected at all.

The taste also shows the tart fruits to it throughout the beer. I get more of a apple and strawberry flavor up front, while the tartness of the cherries come out in the finish and linger for a bit. I get a bit of the caramel and malty sweetness, but not nearly as much as was in the aroma. The flavors wouldn't be half bad if it was a fruit beer.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side and carbonation was below average. Drinkability wasn't that good, it had some very strange flavors for the style. It felt very fruity and tart, which just didn't seem to fit at all. It didn't taste sour or infected at all, but something didn't seem quite right given the description of the beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was unsure what this one was going to be going into it, but was pleasantly surprised by the result. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/25/2010

The pour was a nice light brown color, hazelnut highlights are riddled throughout with a wonderful mix of colors. A smallish head of light tan then pops up from the bottom of the glass and reaches about a half an inch before settling back down again.

Aroma is of light caramel, roasted nuts, light touches of butterscotch like sugary notes. Warming brings out a very earthy and pronounced flavor to it. Really nice done but a touch light. This is my only complaint as it did not have the pop I was really looking for at the time. Smooth, even flavor really did not deviate much from beginning to end as the overall impact was nicely put together. A bit light on the feel but this helped to keep it very drinkable and the subtly sweet finish was the icing on the cake.

Overall a pretty darn solid offering here. Not the best I have had from them, but not the worst by any means.

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Photo of smcolw
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Starts with a small head that dies quickly to only rim lace. There's some initial slippery lace, but in the end there is none. The broth light brown with a strong red hue. Cloudy.

Smells toasty and very dry. There's a nice hop kick at the end aroma. Seems balanced.

Slightly sweeter than the smell would suggest. There's an element of fresh blackberries. Decent hop presence but it is subtle. The aftertaste is sour but short-lived. Decent body.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Thorpe for this.

A: The beer pours red in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Some sweet malt and toffee aromas with a strange roast aroma. There is some toasted malt aroma and a touch of caramel. A slight metallic note and some fruitiness.

T: Sweet toffee and bread with caramel and toast. As on the aroma, there was a little bit of metal, maybe even some roasted malt. A strange fruitiness, maybe a little bit of tartness.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not a very good red ale. The strange fruitiness and metal note didn't do much for me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I'm getting proud of the beers my brother is bringing home from the store nowadays. This one pours a clear crimson topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuits, rye bread, and some strong-ish flowers. The taste follows closely, but adds a nice layer of blood orange flesh, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a velvety feel. Overall, a pretty tasty red, which makes me even prouder of my brother.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears amber in color with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings malt, slight sweetness, and a hint of caramels. The flavor is pretty simple - malt with a bit of caramel. It's decent enough, but rather bland. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. An OK beer, albeit unexciting.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with cloudy glowing reddish highlights when put to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, chocolate, sulfur, tart cherries, misc dark fruits. A rather odd smattering of aromas waft from my glass. Thankfully the raw sewage aroma that I thought I smelled after I first poured subsided. Taste is tart and fruity with a creamy finish. Mostly tart cherry maybe some plums mixed with some caramel or toffee malt flavors. Thinnish body, light level of carbonation. I don't know what I have here. It's listed as an Irish Red Ale, but tastes like a fruit beer. I would say its infected, but there is very little carbonation. It tastes ok if a little tart so how the hell do I rate this? Irish red this is not!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info. Pours red tinged amber, minor lite tan head, stays around a bit, film, thin collar and ehh lacing.

Slight sour note in the nose, along with some fruit (cherry) and malts.

Slightly sour note picked up, cherries, raisins, woody....Interesting brew, moderate complexity. Toffee malts come through loud and clear. Moderate, drying hop bite late. Not bad, but unlikely I'd go for this one too often...

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight hop, maple syrup, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hop, pale malt, sweet malt, hop, slight roasted malt, and slight yeast. Overall, a good body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is amber with a small thin head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass under mild to moderate carbonation.

The aroma is sweet and not much else.

The beer is sweet and not much else. I guess it doesn't taste bad it is just a bland plain Irish red ale. Nothing to see here, move on.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.38/5  rDev -30%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shorts - The Magician

Appearance: Pours a reddish hue wity a chill haze, soapy off white head, patchy lace.

Smell: Toffee and bready notes abound, boasting a very malty bouqet. Somewhat roasty and chocolatey.

Taste: Malty with faint toffee and dusty cocoa. Twang of hops lending sour citrus and tea notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, wierd sour twang lasts after the sip.

Overall: An interesting beer with a few strange flavors pitting against each other and a deliciously simple malt backbone in the distance. Unique albiet confused.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Ithaca pint glass thanks to Charliedvrs. My 1st from Short's Brewing.

Billed as a dark london red, the hue does not lie with a ruddy red splashed in with some brown coating. Stealth pour yeilded nothing, barely a cap, no stick.

Smell is real large for the style and malt forward. Probably one of the better Irish Reds in recent memory based on scent, meaning it does not smell old or watered down, sorry to my Irish brethern. Caramel malt, dark bread, semi toffee, chocolate.

A rich tasting IRA, heavy on the malts with tasty bread mixed in with the aforementioned flavors, also getting some ripe apple with warming. This is very balanced. Hops are nowhere in the picture, not bitter, a smooth ride.

A smooth ride once again, no interference whatsoever, I could gulp the whole thing down pronto. Carb on this is very light and kinda non existant under the cloak of malt. A big medium body and tons of apple aftertaste.

A great Irish red, one I would drink more than one of. I may seek out a sixer of this for next st. Patty day. Nothing extravagent, pretty basic, but the bodty sparks my interest, Im not use to irish style beers to have this much depth, and that's what im looking for.

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Photo of akorsak
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle from Plum Market in A-Squared.

A: The red ale pours with an appropriately ruddy color, a darker hue that looks like an older penny, say an amber look. The ale had a small head on pour that quickly disappeared in my glass. A thin film covers the entire beer.

S: The red ale has plenty of caramel to go around, a sweet aroma with plenty of strength. Very syrupy with toffee running alongside the caramel.

T: While the nose is solid, the taste doesn't quite deliver. Roasted malts, with caramel in tow, are there. Unfortunately a metallic staleness keeps up step for step. The off flavors are mild but to control the ale. Another questionable bottle from Short's.

M & D: The off flavors ruins it the ale. Too bad too, because the nose has a really nice aroma.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, reddish brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, dark cherry, and chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, dark cherry, chocolate, and some hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, sweet with slight bitterness, medium-high carbonation

Overall: I love the complexity of this brew with the dark fruit and malt combo. Glad I got a six. Not sure how true to the style this one is as I get no tea flavors, but it tastes amazing.

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Short's The Magician from Short's Brewing Company
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