Strawberry Short's Cake
Short's Brewing Company

Strawberry Short's CakeStrawberry Short's Cake
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #242
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3.69 | pDev: 16.53%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Strawberry Short's CakeStrawberry Short's Cake
Notes: Strawberry Short’s Cake is a Golden Ale brewed with the addition of strawberries and milk sugar. The flavors of shortcake and fresh strawberries transform this beer into rose-colored party nectar that is pleasingly sweet with hints of cream. Biscuit flavors and aromas arise from the use of large amounts of Victory malt.
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OfficerBob29 from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When poured the smell finds your nose quick. Heavy strawberry notes to sweet cake finish.

Pours with a thicker brown ale look but blasting with fresh fruit smells and taste. I would recommend to anyone looking for a fresh fruit treat.

Apr 28, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very disappointing - thought this would be better, coming from a great local brewery. But it just didn’t work. Pours a murky, lighter brown color with some barely lasting head and basically no lacing. Smells faintly of malt, vague hops and maybe some berry aromas - but surprisingly very weak. Taste follows the nose. Not impressive or complex. Not bitter, not sweet. Thin mild mouthfeel, decent carbonation. I’ll pass next time.

Feb 16, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmm, sweet and malty nose and taste. Not much of a real beer flavor. A lot of sweetness, but not in a bad way. Just an odd beer, but again not in a bad way.

Nov 22, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 6/22/16; drank 7/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy red/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy eggnog head; decent lace.

Rich strawberry, honeyed wheat & burnt caramel notes in the nose; bold!!

Medium mouthfeel.

Strawberry ice cream & burnt caramel flavors up front; dry honeyed wheat notes on the finish.

Bold yet quaffable on a summer night; absolutely delicious. This blows Soft Parade out of the water...

Feb 15, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

if you like outlandish flavored ales and funky buddha isnt available where you live, i cant think of anyone who does them better than shorts. this is another absurd idea, but its as well executed as i think it probably could be. the cool thing about these flavored shorts beers, this one included, is that even though the flavor is always over the top, anything but subtle, it always seems quite natural, and they often taste exactly like they say they will. the strawberry in here is sweet for sure, but it tastes like real fruit, and there is plenty of it. the cream aspect i dont get a whole lot of, more general sweetness than anything from the lactose. the bready cake aspect is there too in the malt, really pretty clever with the strawberries. the one real critique i have of this, outside of it being a bit of a novelty than i dont care to drink too many of, is that its really thin in the mouthfeel, almost more like a soda pop than a beer bubbly as they come but really light and almost watery. a bit more grain structure would make this even more cakey and appealing to me, but i respect this for being as good as it is. i think i prefer the carrot cake one to this, but its still highly original and pretty tasty for what it is!

Aug 27, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's Brewing Co. "Strawberry Short's Cake"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "05/24/17 11:28:43" and sampled on 08/22/17
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Darker than I thought it would be, it's a hazy deep copper that's almost brown. The label reads "Golden Ale". The tan head didn't last long at all and there's clearly something solid floating on the surface. I tried to get it out and it broke in half. Ahh, there's more of it at the bottom of the glass. It might be yeast that sedimented and combined and then broke apart into pieces. It's kind of off-putting though, because who knows what it is. Anyway, it smells mostly of caramelish malt but there's a berry-like fruitiness to it as well. The flavor, however, is packed with what really comes across as fresh strawberry. That's a treat. It even has some of that vegetal flavor you get when you're eating strawberries. Very nice. And it's nicely balanced. It's sweetish, but not too sweet, and it's certainly not cloying. I don't get a lot of bitterness, although there's some, and it still manages to finish mainly dry. Even the malt that's there in the finish doesn't seem sweet or overly malty; it is a touch toasty though. Overall, nicely done. I recall that they did a key lime beer that was quite nice as well. Medium-bodied with a smooth, median carbonation.

Aug 22, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a ruddy amber color with a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves pretty much no lacing.

It smells like strawberries and cream.

The taste is loaded with sweet strawberries. The lactose is there but not as prevalent as I expected.

Medium bodied

This is a nice fruit/dessert beer. I expected a sweet mess. It is not too sweet, and the strawberry taste is better than most strawberry beers that I have tried.

Aug 13, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is strawberry and cake batter. Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Enjoyable strawberry beer in true Shorts style. Good if you like fruit beer.

Aug 02, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown body, semi-opaque, pink-red highlights. White head, sticky lacing. Nose is lactic and yogurt, flavor introduces a sour fruit aspect over a biscuit malt core. Tasty, an interesting experiment.

Jul 02, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish brown. Foamy, medium, off white head that fades shortly.

Smells strawberries, cream, bready malt, sugar and light earthy.

Tastes strawberries, lactose sugar, bready malt and touch earthiness. Semi dry finish with strawberry linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jul 02, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a small white head. Smell is of milk sugar. Taste is the same with a strawberry jam aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium giving it a proper cake feel. Overall needed a more pronounced strawberry taste to balance it out. Too much sugar taste. Good, but not great.

Jun 10, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This rather nice brew pours a red tinged
peach color with a nice head of white foam that settles down to a thick ring and
subtle swirling pool with light lacing. Nose of strawberries and light malt notes with
a touch of grain. Flavors follow the nose with subtle grain notes and strawberries touched
with milk sugars. Decent mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation, and
subtle tart lightly dry strawberries on the finish.

Overall, a solid liitle brew.


Jun 05, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When it was announced that Short's Brewing was going to be getting distro into PA, my heart went pitty-pat! I have known these guys since the early part of the century when they were coming to the BeerAdvocate fests at the Cyclorama. I have embroidered cloth patches from them & sport them proudly on my vests & jackets. We did not get everything from them, initially, but as time has passed, so has the depth and breadth of what they are sending us increased. Accordingly, I am trying to keep up with their releases.

From the bottle: "Golden Ale brewed with fresh strawberries and milk sugar".

This has to be among my all-time favorite beers from Short's! This and Soft Parade, both fruit beers, which may seem odd, coming from this self-avowed, self-described hophead. Strawberries & I go back to my wee childhood, when I was one of the only freckle-faced children in my Nursery class & I was a bit of a curiosity. As it turned out, the other freckled classmate was a flame-haired cutie who became my first girlfriend. We became inseparable and held hands and walked side-by-side, while our classmates had to line up. There was some initial concern, but soon the entire school was abuzz about "The Little Couple". I was heartbroken when she moved away after our first grade year. How does this relate to strawberries? Back then, Funny Face drink mix ( )
was the rage & I had a book about the characters, including Freckle-Faced Strawberry, who became our hero! To this day, I have an unabashed fetish for redheads and have written an (as-yet) unpublished children's book about a strawberry.

Onward! It is time to Pop! the cap on this Cake & have some Strawberry. I let fly in my excitement and produced two fingers of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with limited retention. Color was a slightly-hazy Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22), but with a slightly reddish tint. Nose was redolent with strawberries, so fair dinkum for truth in advertising! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but nothing notable. I liked the way the taste was not wildly sweet, but still allowed for the strawberry taste to be in the forefront. The milk sugar gave it a creamy, vanilla-like sweetness and by closing my eyes, I could taste my late-paternal grandmother's signature strawberry shortcake. Oh my! No wonder I have always enjoyed this beer in the past. Finish was sweet, but not cloying or over the top. Instead, it left me longing for summer and the return of fresh strawberries. Would I drink it again? Unquestionably, without hesitation!

Jan 29, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance of strawberry puree and golden ale mixed together. 1/2 finger of slick head.

Well, this smells like a PB&J sandwich (strawberry jam of course). Spot on. I know that's not what they were going for, but impressive nonetheless.

Flavors of strawberry jam, white bread, golden malts, and a slight dirt quality. (whatever you do, don't drink this from the bottle)

Feel is light to medium bodied, crisp, with mild carbonation.

Overall, I think if this were rebranded a PB&J Ale, it would do wonderfully. I didn't taste shortcake or any sort of dessert. I got total PB&J made with strawberry jam dropped on the playground.

Jan 09, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strawberries, cream. Taste is damn good! Strawberry jelly, cream, light malts, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and unique beer worth trying.

Sep 07, 2016
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MuFugga from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The nose is of sweet strawberries and sugar and the taste follows. You can definitely pick up on the strawberry shortcake flavor. Other than that though, this beer is basic AF which is what I've come to expect from Short's with no complexity and leaves much to be desired. I suppose it's worth a try if you can buy a single and are a Short's fan, but not work getting a sixer.

Sep 04, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says 06/22/16 so I assume that's the bottled on date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/reddish color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like strawberries, strawberry shortcake, lactose and some bready/grainy malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but with some strawberry jam noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy enough to drink. I'm glad I got to try this one, $2.79 a bottle.

Jul 30, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a little deeper in color than most golden ales, this one is nearly a shade of auburn or amber in color. It smells absolutely delicious. I've never imagined a beer to smell the way this one does. Buttered biscuits are the first thing I notice about it's aroma, and quickly become obsessed with smelling it. Not at all buttery like diacetyl, yet buttery like your grandmother is baking something in the kitchen and that smell is teasing you for most of the day. Strawberry hints rise from the glass as well. This beer smells like none other. It smells like delicious food.

It's flavor is nearly as good as it's aroma. It actually tastes like strawberry short cake. Now, strawberry short cake is not anywhere even close to my top 10 favorite desserts. However, somehow it goes so blissfully perfect in this beer, and the simple fact they were able to nail this creative idea so well is worth bonus points.

You have to try it!

Jul 23, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ow man OW MAN! Been meaning to try this beer every since I heard of the brewery and its experimental awesomeness.

A - Not much head which pulls back to a pathetic lace ring. Color is not at all what I expected for a blonde ale very dark ruby brown.
S - AH! There it is! Fresh jammed strawberry puree mixed with lactic sugars to give it a sort of vanilla cookie like smell.
T - Aside from a touch of dry yeast or hops it tastes like it advertises very sweet then tart strawberries mixed with some vanilla sweet lactose. Repeated sips are the same in that order of tastes so complex!
M - Very smooth light to medium body I am enjoying it!

Overall I can really get into this beer its sweet and sour and then hop bite/yeast keeps it interesting and each sip is consistent. Really don't get the bad reviews since its everything it says it is right on the label and it tastes GOOD!

Jul 21, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 06/22/16 printed on the bottleneck. First time seeing this offering from Short's in the Chicagoland area. "Golden Ale brewed with fresh strawberries and milk sugar". No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Central Waters snifter.

A - Pours a murky pinkish-brown colored body, conjures about half a finger of thin frothy off-white head that leaves some okay fluffy lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks nice.

S - Aroma definitely embodies the spirit of freshly cut strawberries - super juicy & authentic smelling, with lots of nice creamy milk sugars coming in second.

T - The taste strikes me as very nutty & earthy initially (peanuts & hazelnuts mostly) but its probably just the combination of fresh cut strawberry goodness and the milk sugars. Definitely invokes true flavors of strawberry short cake when you look for them. The strawberry flavor comes through very fresh, juicy, & authentic.

M - Feel is extremely smooth, crisp, & creamy. The juicy strawberry & milk sugar is a wonderful pair. Light-bodied and easy drinking stuff with excellent carb.

Overall, an awesome, unique, and delicious beer from Short's. Would definitely try this again.

Short's Brewing Strawberry Short's Cake -----4/5.

Jul 20, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, fairly deep orange, with a one finger head. some lacing. Geez. it really does smell like strawberry shortcake- strawberries, cream/lactose, yeast, light malt. The taste... is kind of a drop off from the aroma. Fruity flavor- still some strawberry, yeasty, more of a malt presence, good amount of lactose. A little earthy bitterness on the finish. Smooth, light bodied.

The aroma is great. especially on the first pour, decent flavor, fun to try.

Jul 19, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/22/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy copper with a fluffy light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of sweet strawberries and vanilla. It does have a "cake like" vibe going on. Malts are there. The flavors are sweet, but not cloying at all. It's slightly earthy. Lots of fresh strawberries. Very subtle bitterness in the finish. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and thin, but still has a solid body to it with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brew. It's pretty unique as well. It definitely has a strawberry short cake vibe. Very refreshing stuff. Well done, I like it.

Jul 13, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby Amber color. Aroma is a little malty and cakey with some strawberry sweetness. Flavor is pretty bland and average. You can taste the strawberry shortcake but nothing special. Overall very average, worth trying once but I don't need to drink this again.

Jul 07, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pils glass. It is a lighter amber color with a dirty 2 finger head. Aroma is very nice with fruity, jammy notes of strawberry and caramel notes. Flavor is similar with a nice sweetness of strawberry jam and cake. I don't it overly sweet, but quite pleasant. Medium feel that is buttery with some softer carbonation. Just an easy drinking enjoyable beer that works well after a meal.

Jul 02, 2016
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug, not much of a head, if any. Nice maple syrup color to it.

Smells sweet like strawberry, with a creamy or even cake softness.

Tastes like a strawberry cheesecake blended to drink. Quite tastey, though not very beer like.

Smooth, and pretty good if you liek sweet things.

Not much of a sweets person, or veggie beer person but this is nice. Whim purchase that worked out.

Jul 02, 2016
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