Strawberry Short's Cake | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 07-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
498
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
30.6%
 
 
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132
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61
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.76/5  rDev +30.1%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of stortore
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a true dessert beer....almost to the point where I would expect this would work well to actually cook with...put in a mousse or ice cream. It is a very unique drinking experience. The milk sugar element is very evident, with a biscuity, cookie piece that comes out clearly. Sticky and sweet, with a slightly artificial aftertaste. I write this as I drink, so not sure how I will finish this off. More fruit layers come out as this warms and brings a little bit of a buttery piece too.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

once again, big thanks to the bandit1 for that stupidly insane LIF box that included this. enjoyed from a wine glass from a local pub.

a - pours magenta w cream colored head that didn't hang.

s - nose is strawberry cheesecake. so inviting that I may murder someone to get to it.

t/m/o - definitely like falling off a cliff of letdown in the flavor. overly earthy malt. dirt. strawberry. makes me feel like I am picking strawberry in the hot sun in some tattered clothes and as a truck zooms by brushing up a small storm of dirt I choose a underdeveloped strawberry from my pickings and pop it in my mouth. nor and look steal the show. far from a drain pour but a bit of a let down based on the look and smell.

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Photo of 98green
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This one did nothing for me. And I'm a sucker for fruit flavored beer. There was plenty of strawberry in there, but whatever they used to aim for the "shortcake" piece did not work for me. There was simply any unpleasant aftertaste that turned me off. Shorts usually hits the mark, but not on this one

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful ruby/amber with a creamy and billowing off-white two finger head. A thin white collar lingers with a few fingers of lacing after the head drops.
S: Huge liquefied strawberry jam, lots of sweetness, hints of caramel.
T: Bright jammy fruits, strawberry puree, ripe, sweet skins; undertones of caramel and lots of lingering sweetness and cream.
M: Creamy and luscious, the beer really washes over the palate with a pleasant crispness of carbonation but velvety lactose texture.
O: This beer couldn't be named any more accurately, it's literally strawberries and cream. Maybe not something I would drink multiples of back-to-back but damn it if I am not enjoying the single.

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Photo of MittenBrewLover
4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this brew. Every year when it comes out I look forward to it. This year's batch has a strong strawberry flavor which I am really enjoying. The biscuity flavor of the malts really gives it the taste of the dessert. So happy I was able to find some.

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Photo of justinp444
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rosy orange with a soda like inch thick frothy carbonation. Smell of fruity esters, light malt, caramel, freeze dried strawberry ice cream, and a bit of banana. Taste is light with lots of watery fresh strawberry flavor, sweet cream, and a light sweet malt flavor. It had a little bit of a floral taste, light body, and a light mouth feel.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Just picked this beer up. I was surprised by the color - it was a darker orange/red - I was expecting something lighter. Quite a bit of carbonation. The smell was odd to say the least. I got no strawberry at all in the aroma. Had my daughter smell it and she said it smelled like olives. The taste - not good at all. Again, I'm not getting any strawberry or anything like that at all. Hate to say it - just poured half of my pint down the drain. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with this beer - I don't know how it cold be skunked though because it was just bottled - the bottles just got released today in MI. Not a fan of this beer and looking to unload the other 5 bottles I got.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +9%

Bottle received as an extra.

Pours a jammy looking red, not very dark, or very light, right in the middle. There's a half inch head, with a small amount of lacing.

Smells quite like fresh strawberries, they translated the flavor pretty well. I am also picking up some vanilla.

The taste is similar. The wonderful fresh strawberry flavor, like sweet jam, is the overwhelming flavor, but I am getting some vanilla flavor that brings whipped cream to mind. I am not getting a whole lot "cake" flavor, however. This is really one-note, but luckily, I like that note.

This one is fairly light bodied, with a sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. I'm glad the carbonation is lower, or this might have approached fruit soda territory.

A very interesting and tasty beer from Short's, a great fruit beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Pours a dark red with a one-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing. Lots of floaties.

S - Aromas of strawberry and toasted malts.

T - Just like the aroma. Lots of strawberry right upfront. The strawberry is followed by the toasted malts. There is a faint lactose sweetness throughout. Finish is more strawberry.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - This was better than I expected. Not something I would seek out, but definetly an interesting beer.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Just got back from a mini Michigan vacation and was able to trade for a nice size sampler of Shorts bottles.

Strawberry Cake was better than expected. The fruitiness isn't overwhelming, but one bottle is definitely enough. It's perfect for sharing as an after-dinner treat; obviously it pairs well with pie or cake.

Overall a very unique beer and I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +9.3%

doesn't look like a short cake. kind of hazy orange/red. hmmm. head is dismal as well. smells sweet and grainy. a sort of artificial sweetness. not finding this too shortcake-y quite yet. until I sip it! yeah that is a whole lot of strawberry. some vanilla in the finish and a little bit of body make this cake-like as well. very interesting. while this is artificial tasting and gimic-y, it certainly comes off with many strawberry shortcake characteristics. this is my first review from short's and from what I understand is this is their bag, so in that case, well done!

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Photo of MrPlayboy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

2014, just picked up two six packs from Hardings in Kalamazoo.

Appears dark rose and copper colored with an off-white head. Slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma of strawberries and malts.

Taste is very confusing. It starts with fresh strawberry but immediately I pick up a harsh malty note. The finish is very pleasant with a graham cracker and shortcake flavor. If you wait for it, the taste of shortcake really does appear.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable with good carbonation and its pretty smooth.

Overall a decent and interesting beer

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Bottled dated 7/14, it's now 4/15. This is the longest I've held onto one, usually drink them fresher (within a month of bottle date). Seems to make a difference, most of the fresher ones have a tartness to them, this one is sweet with very little tart. Not a bad thing at all, either way, but something I'm going to pay attention to later this year.
Pours a pinkish red, or reddish pink, with some fizzy head that dissipates quickly to nothing no lacing. Some floaties, always floaties in Short's cake. I let them settle, then swirl as I drink.
Smell is of strawberry jam. Pleasant, summery. Sweet, sugary, some graham cracker.
Taste is sweet berries, nothing artificial about it. Some bite on the back end for this session, usually it's a little more tart upfront, too.
One of my favorite fruit beers, always a must buy for me every summer, along with Key Lime pie.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Bottled 07/28/14

A- Deep amber, good clarity, small head that quickly dissipated, some floaties.

S- Medium strawberry, some toasted malt, light floral notes.

T- Sort of watery strawberry, doesn't taste artificial though which is good, toasted malt that doesn't really grab me as "cake"-like. Finish is slightly sweet and strawberry, maybe some light floral notes but not too much more in the way of hops.

M- Full and silky yet also thin.

O- Your opinion of this beer will probably come down to how you like fruit beers in general. I prefer them like Founders Rubeaus or how New Glarus does them with big fruit forward and right on the edge of being too sweet. I found this to be a bit lacking in flavor and kind of just a watered down version of their Soft Parade.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to sarro for the bottle. Tasted 14 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clean amber, mostly but not totally clear (can't quite see through it). Half-finger of whitish head, okay retention and lacing.

Smells like strawberry shortcake! Sweet and sugary and strawberry. Like sponge cake and strawberries in a crazy beery combination. Always impressive when people can make beers smell or taste like weird non-beer things.

Taste doesn't have as much going on as the smell; more toasty bready malts than cake or berries. Gets more interesting as I progress through it.

Medium-bodied. Juicy and expansive, but a little flat.

A nice strawberry beer (not that I've had all that many). Pretty tasty, definitely fruity and interestingly sweet. Unique, with that sweet cake and strawberry.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dessert in a glass. A beer I've never reviewed before and now have the chance thanks to mtomlins.

Pours a beautiful copper colour with a respectable head that has good retention. Aroma of pure strawberry syrup, with a malted barley crust. If smelled with eyes closed, could be surprised that there was no strawberry shortcake present. The flavour likewise has the best of the dessert elements, albeit in liquid form.

Not a beer in any traditional sense, but delivers very well on the promise of the name.

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