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Strawberry Short's Cake | Short's Brewing Company

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Strawberry Short's CakeStrawberry Short's Cake

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by akorsak on 07-20-2009

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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 510
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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Photo of GJ40
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Thanks surge1311.

Light copper with great clarity and a small beige head. Fine bubbles continually arise. Aroma is strong strawberry like candy or a strawberry milk. Taste follows closely with loads of artificial strawberry flavor and a firm sweetness. The flavors linger for some time. Too long in fact. Consistency is a bit thin with a low carbonation.

Not much beer to this beer. It seems better suited to someone that hates beer but wants to say they had one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a 6 pack purchased in Ann Arbor as it came in off the delivery truck. Served in a snifter. Pours red-amber with very good clarity and small, shot-lived head.

An interesting fruit beer, with a bitter/sweet/tart taste tha leans a bit toward the sweet side, but leaving all 3 components apparent.
The strawberry smell and taste more like preserves than fresh berries and, while obvious, are nearly matched by the flavor of light malts. Aroma is too vegetative.

O: A fun and refreshing beer that's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short’s Strawberry Shorts Cake pours an amber-caramel color, like a malty ruby-tinged syrup. There’s an enormous up-front aroma of strawberry jam with a hint of vanilla ice cream on top. The flavor has a sweet, rich, jammy cream flavor and a slightly bitter edge. It’s tangy and sweet and definitely lives up to its name. Although a full pour or bottle might be too much this would make a great dessert beer in small amounts.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A deep caramel brown, clear and no real head; thin bubbly collar; no lacing.

S: Wow, a big hit of strawberries and biscuits; no hops (thankfully); sweet nose and no acid to speak of.

T: Sweet bread/biscuits and ripe strawberries, wow! There is an underlying tartness that dries the taste out, balancing the sweetness. The dryness prolongs the finish though and the beer finishes with a strange dry or bitter aftertaste. The flavor starts amazing but the finish is off.

M: Medium body and carbonation; smooth and round.

O: A very interesting beer and a great take on a summer seasonal. It is an incredible take on Strawberry shortcake in a bottle that starts out fantastic, but ends a bit off. I give the brewery a lot of credit for trying something way out of the box and coming very close to matching the flavor profile of the dessert.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep orange, with a distinct pink/red tint - very small head, fades to a borderline nonexistent cap, leaves a few specs of lacing

Smell: Strawberries, strawberries everywhere - fresh, ripe, sliced strawberries - some milky sweetness and powdered sugar - very pale malts, undercooked dough, wouldn't really describe this as shortcake-like (I can accept this)

Taste: Lots of strawberries - not as fresh and juicy as the nose, but definitely fleshy and whole - lactose, with lots of milky sugar - buttery, pale malts - more like raw dough than shortbread, like the smell - finishes sugary, but that makes sense for the intent of this beer

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, low carbonation, smooth, nice to sip (even though I wouldn't consider this a sipper due to the low ABV)

Overall: I like cake

The strawberry and sweet components of this are quite exceptional. But the cake is a bit underdeveloped. It could be more decadent and full of cake. Worth a try though. I think I need to eat some cake.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Red tinged orange copper. Slightly hazed. Tiny white collar, no cap or lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Fresh strawberries. Light lactose sweetness over a bready graham cracker malt base. A very light hint of pale malt sweetness as well. Juicy with some strawberry jam. A hint of butter and shortbread. A very slight dairy backing. Not a ton of complexity, but solid on the name.

Taste: A little less fruit forward than the nose, but still pushes a fresh strawberry flesh. Some bitter underripe strawberry as well. Malts are light and slightly bready with some slight buttery notes. Lightly sweet thanks to the lactose and surprisingly clean. Slightly sweet strawberry.
Not particularly complex or anything, but nice.

Mouth feel: Light moving toward medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and easy drinking.

Overall: Oh snap, it's dessert.

Not crazy, but might be the best dessert-like Short's beer I've tried. Clean and straight up use of strawberry make it delightful. Not complex, but solid.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another experimental Shorts brew, another anxious me, waiting patiently all year to finally indulge. Red, not quite dark enough to be called ruby or crimson, rather it's just an ominous red color, with even a little bit of orange at the edges. Mild clarity with only a slight haze, a soapy film rests on top without growing large enough to qualify as a true head.

Pure strawberry juiciness comes gushing out of the glass as I bring my nose forth. Sweetness is present, almost like some residual sugars, but nothing that's going to rot your teeth out. Hefty malts lay down a bready aroma that undercuts the strawberry near the end. There's a mild creaminess here and there, also kind of sugary in character. A fruity explosion, no doubt. It actually smells slightly reminiscent of the beer's namesake.

The taste is a little more mild in terms of downright fruity sweetness than the aroma, and that may actually turn out to be a good thing. More strawberry puree and a good amount of backing creaminess with a touch of sugary, milky sweetness to travel alongside. Yeah, it's sweet. Of course it's sweet - it's called "Strawberry Shorts Cake" for Christ's sake. What did you expect? But, it's not overwhelming. It's sweet in a light, dessert-y kind of way.

The malt provides the breadiness that controls the entire "cake" aspect. It's certainly bready and doughy, and mixed with the mild residual sugars, I guess I can see where you'd pull "cake" from. It is pretty biscuity. Some light whipped cream and granulated sugar mixed with tingly strawberry juice in the finish. Lighter bodied, as you'd expect from a 5% ABV fruit beer, with decent carbonation and a mouth feel that's not as sticky as you might think.

Well, well, well... I was a bit nervous going into this one (albeit still excited) but things turned out well after all. This beer is basically exactly what it states. Strawberries, biscuit and bread malt, and some creamy sweetness. Strawberry short cake, right? It's sweet, it's dessert-like, and it's a nice way to compliment a hefty dinner. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and it's one of the better Michigan fruit beers out there, if you ask me.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a light brown with a reddish hue. Pretty clear. Small tan head that quickly fades.

Smell: sweet. Strawberry sweetness. Milk sugar sweetness and a bready scent

Taste: interesting how much it is actually like strawberry short cake. Opens up with sweet strawberries that give way to a bread taste and finishes off with sugar. My complaint is that the flavors are very artificial. The strong sweetness is overkill and adds to the artificitialty.

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy and full for the low alcohol. Finishes way to sweet.

Overall: this one is a dud in the shorts lineup. They usually do so well with this type of beer. But the sweetness is off putting and the taste is too artificial

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$2 bottle purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor... I'm glad I managed a couple bottles of this, as I wanted it last year but was too late. Bottled 15 days ago on July 26th.

Appearance: A red-amber color with a slight haze. A super fizzy two-finger head bubbles away quickly. Very little lacing's left on the glass.

Smell: Initially I was getting a mostly roasted malt quality that kind of confused me a bit, with strawberries in the back. After a few more whiffs, the strawberries definitely took over, though the malt is still there. Definitely smells like strawberry shortcake.

Taste/feel: An excellent sweet, tart strawberry flavor hits the front, and then the "cake" part of the beer comes through in the finish. It's really not all that complex -- it is essentially what it says it is... a strawberry shortcake beer. Super thirst quenching, which I don't say for too many beers, and very refreshing. Not overly sweet at all. The aftertaste also has a bit of that cream flavor thanks to the lactose that's infused in this beer, just adding more to the illusion that you're having yourself some shortcake.

This is just about what I was expecting. My initial smell and taste wasn't awesome, but it grew on me a little bit. It's a shame Short's doesn't make more of this stuff, because it's really a unique, tasty beer.

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Photo of dbc5
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into Barley Creek wine style glass.

A: A surprisingly good looking beer. The first time I opened one of these, I was expecting something more similar to Shorts Key Lime Pie which is full of little floaties. This one pours clear, is red hued, and yields a nice 1.5 finger white head. Looks nice in the glass.

S: Tons of ripe strawberries on the nose. I'm highly impressed how much strawberry scent is packed into this one, and there is nothing artificial about the scent, which isn't always the case with fruit beers.

T: Strawberry is the star flavor on the palate, although it isn't as one dimensional as the nose suggests. Some milk sweetness is there: I must commend Shorts for the really nice job they do with the lactose on this one. Some lactose infused beers are heavy handed in such a way that I can't get past the dairy presence. In this case, lactose is complimentary. Also picking up a bit of caramel and biscuity malt presence, which carries through the "short cake" concept.

M: Thin to medium body with moderate carbonation. Once again, I'm impressed by the use of lactose here, as some lactose beers case come across as a bit gritty on my palate. Not the case with this one.

O: This is a release I look forward to each year. This beer is just what it claims to be, a strawberry packed fruit/concept beer. They do a great job of packaging strawberry short cake in beer form, and I enjoy this beer both as a concept and as a drinking experience.

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to give this a full write up since it is retired.

Mine poured with a very lively head, I had to wait for it to finish the pour. A nice off-white heat, but too much. I don't think it's a 'live' beer, but that's the kind of head it had. Amber color beer.

Strong strawberry smell. To be expected for sure with a name like this, but almost, ok, really it was too much.

The taste was similar, a distinctive strawberry. Not much of the milk flavor comes through and no real suggestion of biscuit or cake to me, which is fine. I had the Key Lime Pie by Short's and you got the full range in that. With the key lime, it didn't really work. The strawberry took some getting used to, but it was a beer with strawberry, albeit too much. Contrast that with a strawberry lambic or a strawberry drink with a hint of beer.

Overall, not great, but it was ok. I was able to finish it. Not my mug of beer, really, but not the drain pour I feared. Kudos to Short's for the spirit of experimentation!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HA! Shorts did it again!!!!

Super easy pour into a tulip receptacle. Off-white soapy head falls quickly. Brew is deep ruby red, pretty cloudy.

Super strawberry aroma, lots of cream on the base too.

Surprisingly not overly sugary. Very smooth and strawberry. Very delicious. Perfect light carbonation, no off-flavors, no bitterness, and not a sugar bomb.

Quite possible the funniest brew i've ever had. Very unique and enjoyable on a hot day. Its definitely a strawberry shortcake. If you like Fruit Brews, this is a MUST try! Thanks Adam for sharing.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the beer was a deeply red tinted golden color with a modest white head. Only a very slight lacing left on the glass, but that it is not what we are here for. The aroma on this beer is amazing. It is like walking through a strawberry patch in June. Notes of carmel and a distinct beer note are also present in the aroma. This is such an easy drinker. The tang of the strawberry comes through in a big way in the initial taste. It tastes as though the strawberries might have been picked a hair too early, but it is still fabulous. The backbone is a smooth creamy sensation that coats the mouth nicely. It puts the cream in the strawberry short cake. Notes of carmel and a mild grassy note are also present. The strawberry tang continues into the aftertaste, but fades quickly. The fact that the beer is thin makes it an easy drinker, but does not allow the taste to linger. Short's did an amazing job of capturing the taste of Strawberry Short Cake in this beer. It is a nice desert beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks jbck109 for this one.

A: Pours a light pink tinged orange with a finger of off-white head that faded into thin collar.
S: Very sweet notes of strawberry syrup and strawberry candy on the nose. Very fruity, sweet and slightly funky.
T: Follows the nose with dominant flavors of strawberries. This drinks like a slightly less sweet and carbonated melted popsicle. I don’t know if I’d call it shortcake, but there are a few other sugary flavors in there as well. Thankfully the sweetness isn’t cloying, and I guess I’d call this refreshing.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, light, sweet and smooth. Thankfully not heavy or syrupy.
O: A strawberry lover’s beer. Glad it wasn’t infected. Drinks pretty well actually. Worth checking out, thanks Jay.

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Photo of rudzud
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into Dogfish Head Chalice.

A - Pours a clear dark reddish amber hue with a light one finger head that fades quickly to leave a light, thin halo.

S - Faint strawberry and shortcake. LOTS of cake (but of old cake) with some slight sweetness.

T - Nice light strawberry and cake, like stale shortcake. Lingering sweetness with some light vanilla. Strawberry is faint but noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is nice with solid carbonation, albeit a bit on the sweet side.

O - Overall too much overcooked shortcake for my liking. Tone that one back and amp up the strawberry and this ones a winner.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orangey-red barely translucent brew with a tiny ring of head and minimal sprouts of carbonation.

Strawberry preserves and white english muffin/ sourdough in the nose, just like the name would lead one to believe! Getting some nice ting of dark-fruit skin- grapes and blueberries. Suggests a mild tartness, which is exciting.

Lots of bready malt with a tiny fruity sweetness and a prominent berry taste. There is a wheatiness that seems to un-balance the flavors, but is ok after a few sips, once you know what to expect.

Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy- in small amounts. Overall, a thin-bodied beer that could even be called refreshing.

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Photo of Drk93TT
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I hunt this beer down every year, draft and bottles. Its very much worth the searching.

A: Pours a half finger head with light red/pink hues. Actively carbonated, appetizing.

S: Freshly cut strawberries and busciut/malt on the nose. Can even smell a hint of the milk sugar thats added oh so nicely.

T: Very sweet and tart at the same time, the strawberry flavor is perfect! A little over-carbonated I suppose, but it works perfect with this particular beer.. any less carbonation and it would be flat in my opinion.

M: Really a great feel to this one, sugary and sweet. Sticky strawberry mouthfeel with a nice aftertaste of buscuit malty-ness.

O: Excellent. Another home run for shorts. Like a beer anniversary every time I crack one open.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome extra in a recent trade. My first ever short's brew

Pours deep clear red with almost no head. Smell is strawberries with some slight medicinal hints. Tastes much better than it smels strawberry comes through on the first sip that leads into a delicious pound cake like sweet malt taste. Carbonation is on the lower side and mouthfeel is faurly light. Overall I think they got what they were aiming for with the taste on this one, pretty good but not really something I could drink that much of.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle opened on 7.25.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby. A fizzy light tan head forms and then is gone instantly.

S - Old strawberries.

T - Old, over-ripe strawberries.

D - Lower carbonation and a very light body.

O - Hmmm...close, no not really. I did not enjoy this one at all.

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Photo of shand
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to Corbet!

This beer pours out a hazy amber with a large head. The aroma is tart, fruity, and cakey, as expected. Not quite as expected are the rubbery notes in the background. The taste, again, is good, plus a little bit of that burnt rubber. I can get by it for the delicious strawberry flavors let along by a bit of cake flavor and some grainy malts. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is fine. Overall, it's actually a good beer that achieves what it should. Shame about the whole rubber thing.

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Photo of BBP
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a very slight tinge of pink. The head is slightly lacking, but the lacing is nice.

The aroma is slightly fruity, and a ton of biscuit malt comes through. A creaminess manages to reveal itself as well.

The taste is quite true to the goal. I found that Short's Key Lime Pie was far too sweet, but this beer had much more moderation and balance. It has its share of sweetness, yet it doesn't overwhelm at all. The beer actually has a strong resemblance to strawberries, cake, and cream, and the only thing that keeps this from being perfect is how the cream flavor falls off a bit too fast.

The body is creamy and smooth. Carbonation is on par. The finish is dry and mildly sticky.

Overall, this was one of Short's successful attempts at not only replicating a flavor, but making it drinkable. Short's is just about always good for replicating flavors, but making them taste good is normally another story. Luckily this was a success, and a testament to their brewing abilities.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating(this has to be pretty old). Pours cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of of big strawberry, cream, vanilla, angel food cake, biscuit, strawberry syrup, a some slight herbal. Very nice and authentic aromas going on here, with good strength and balance. Taste of big strawberry, cream, angel food cake, bread, vanilla, light caramel, and light herbal. Quite dry on the finish; with some light lingering notes of strawberry, bread, cake, and cream on the finish for an instant. A minimal amount of fruity tartness as well. Nice balance of flavors, and the crispness of the finish makes it very easy to drink and never get too sweet on the palate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that seems to work well for this. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice experimental beer from Shorts! The flavors are well balanced and work together; with a nice crisp finish that makes this incredibly easy to drink without being cloying. I would definitely have more of this when it is bottled again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening this one up, one of the beers from Shorts I have wanted to try the most.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a slightly reddish tint to it. Small off-white head forms and lasts for a few moments, spotty lacing.

S: Wow, the aroma reminds me of strawberry filling, and definitely get a little bit of angel food cake and biscuity malt. There is a little vanilla too.

T: Very similar to the aroma, plenty of sugary strawberry with some biscuity malt. Very sweet, certainly reminds me of its namesake.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a sweet finish.

O: Extremely impressed, spot on with the flavor. Had no problem drinking it, would love to try some of the other off the wall offerings from Shorts.

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Strawberry Short's Cake from Short's Brewing Company
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