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Short's Kind AleShort's Kind Ale

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
40-50 IBU

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Photo of FBarber
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden bronze color with a thin momentary white head.

Smells like a freshly mowed lawn with a hint of fresh orange and grapefruit.

Taste is very crisp and vivid. Lots of freshly mowed grass up front. Extremely bitter, hint of citrus rind is noted with a strong malt backbone. Again, very bitter on the back end with a lingering cat piss like flavor.

Feel is a bit too thick and heavy for a pale ale. This is solidly an IPA. Prickly carbonation. Bit syrupy.

Overall its not a great pale ale, but as an IPA its a solid beer. Definitely on the bitter side of things.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing honey gold with a couple fingers of rocky foam that exhibits good retention and leaves lots of sticky rings around the glass. Aroma is big, almost from the pop of the cap: floral and grass, syrupy fruits, and caramel. Taste gives up rotating floral, grassy, and pine resin hops flavors with biscuit and caramel malt. Feels fizzy, prickly, semi dry and medium. This ale is indeed very kind.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, dated 09/19/16

Bottle into Short's goblet with a slightly hazy, golden hue and moderate, one-finger white head.

Aroma is predominately grassy, with big dank pine and some underlying citrus. Unrefined and raw.

Taste matches the aroma with a raw greeness that coats the mouth. The grassiness and dank pine are the stars of the show here, with a crackery malt sweetness backing it all up.

Mouthfeel is resiny with a building bitterness. Carbonation is moderate, but the resinous nature of the beer leaves hop oil all over the tongue.

Overall, Kind Ale is an unabashed hop assault on the palette. Unbalanced is probably the right word here, but this is what I was expecting in a wet hop beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 09/19/14

A- Pretty hazy pale yellowish orange, can just see the shadow of my finger through the glass. Two finger white head.

S- Pretty unique. Big bubblegum and berry aroma with some underlying citrus and melon.

T- A bit disappointing considering how nice the aroma is. Mostly floral and pine, light fruit notes in the middle.

M- Pretty good considering the lower ABV. Didn't feel thin at all to me.

O- This one just reminds me of some many other of Short's hoppy beers that deliver on the aroma but not the flavor. Still worth trying though as I actually find a beer's aroma to be jsut as important as it's taste.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop a bottle, pouring into our Hop City pint glasses. Seems highly appropriate. The beer shines the color of dusky sunset and holds a cakey one and a half finger tall head of sandstone colored foam. This retains well, leaving soaking wet and drippy dots of lacing around the glasses. In fact, a dense ring of bubbles rims the liquid for the length of the entire tasting. Haze is definite, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma includes notes of apricot and fuzzy, nectary peach sweetness, herbal, floral, grassy, and airy citric hoppiness, dusty pale malts, dry barley, subtle caramel sugars, coppery coininess, sharp sappy and twiggy plant notes, white table crackers, gentle bready esters, buttercream, oily sunblock, and sweet but musky women’s perfume. The flavoring begins strongly with a blend of pale biscuity malt punch and oily, bitter, sappy hoppiness. The latter comes in the form of surprisingly bittered and vinous piney hopes, with progression to include a more floral citric component. Otherwise, notes include chemical and plastic phenol twinge, soured fusel booziness, under ripe peach flesh, bright orange zest, aloe, nail polish remover, aluminum foil, cardboard, wet shoe leather, lactic acidity and creaminess, rubber cement, ceramic, black pepper, powdered barley mash, dried acorns, flavorless cotton candy, and unsweetened lavender tea. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, but more foamy than prickly. The mouth is coated quickly, but almost immediately thereafter puckered and dried with this vinous astringency. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth all remain pleasantly intact. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips and glugs away nicely.

Overall, the really nice thing about this beer is just how well it captures the “wet hop” vibe. At least through the taste the flavoring is incredibly dense with vinous, sappy oiliness. This makes for a bittersweet beer, but it is so very welcomed on account of its obviously and glowingly fresh execution. Many of those additional included bitters help to significantly draw out the finish to a lingering foray of bitterness, stretching from one end of the tongue to the other. This is actually one of their better beers this year. Honestly, we’ve had this one in the past, but for one reason or another never paid it much mind. As far as just seasonal stock this has got to be one of Short’s best. They kill it stylistically, offering relatively unprecedented robustness to what we’ve thought of until now as a sleeper brew.

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Photo of Billet
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Hoppy, with very citrusy hops right up front. I thought it was an IPA. It smells like sweet grapefruit. It is pretty well balanced though, with a very nice quality flavor overall. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- golden color with a small head that disappeared after a short time, a little hazy

S- mostly the hops come through on the smell, maybe some citrus but nothing overpowering

T- strong hop taste with citrus mingled in, and at the end I get hit with a strong hop flavor that lingers

M- mild nothing over powering, not as smooth as I would have figured from looking at it

O- not bad one of my first wet hopped beers in awhile, mine sat in the fridge a little longer than probably is ideal, so I weighed that in but a beer that a hop lover should try at least once

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Nice amount of heavy lacing.

S - Not much going on here. Some faint pine and sweet citrus.

T - Lots of piney hops with some sweet citrus in the nose. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Hops really dominate the flavor.

M - Thin body with medium carbonation. Dry sticky mouthfeel.

O - A nice harvest ale. Very easy drinking and quite enjoyable. Would definetly drink again.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a orangish yellow color. good clarity. a finger of white head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell: juicy hops. mango, lots of citrus. lighter on the bitter hop aspect.

Taste: starts off with a lemon-bread taste, partially from hops and partially from malts. transitions more towards a juicy hops taste. ends with a huge hop resin bitterness

Mouthfeel: huge lingering business. too much that takes from the drinkability.

Overall: good taste but overly bitter. a good beer for the wet hop lover but nothing that blew me away

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a medium bodied and Easy drinking wet hopped fresh brew. Oily head ( two fingers) and not much retention. Tastes fresh with some resinous hop flavors. Juicy hops. Nice brew I picked up at the Shorts Brewery. This is a definite try if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Jas45678
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle to pint

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is piney with some citrus notes. Taste has a good fresh hop bitterness, with some with some of the flavors from the nose. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall it's pretty good, crisp and clean flavor.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks saisonrichbiere

The beer pours a relatively clear amber with a thin halo of a white head. The nose is distinctly hoppy with fruity notes of cherry, unripened banana and papaya, and a hint of indistinct citrus. The taste is equally complex and fruity hop forward. It has a formidable grain bill to balance out the beer's immense bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a heavy grapefruit rind bitter aftertaste. This beer is pretty tasty and is easily described as a complex and heavily hopped APA!

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Photo of Fanhitter
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet

In the glass, this elixir resembles a glass of fresh apple cider in color, with a nice half inch of cream colored head. The head is rather frothy and dissipates slowly, leaving a few large bubbles prominently resting on the top of the pour. Nice transparency, a bit leggy, but not syrupy.

Immediately the aroma gives off a fresh musty smell, ripe with hop tang. In all honesty, it smells mixed-fruity; a predominant apple aroma hangs in the glass.

Taste is bitter and musty, but finishes exceptionally smooth. Leaves a bit of a bite on the tip of the tongue, and a strong bitterness at the back. Very smooth and dry, with an even balance of malt. The second sip adds a nice sweet tartness on the draw.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bubbly. Easy to drink; doesn't leave a coating on my teeth for how syrupy it feels as it nears room temp.

Overall, this is good. In a weird way, I would like to say that this is what would be on tap in Mordor-it has a rather primitive flavor that is robust and not flashy. For a harvest ale, I think it's great. It's not quite developed as much as Founders Harvest, but is a bit superior to New Holland Hopivore if I had to compare MI wet-hop ales. I've had it in the past, and this years batch is better than ones I've had in the past. I will look forward to future batches of this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clarity is struggling a bit, but head is nice and white fluffyness, lacing is good too. Brew is orange and looks like iced tea.

Not much nose. Mild (for a Pale) citrus hops. Apricot and pineapple dominate.

Very bitter, but not in a Goodyear kind of way. Flavors are a bit of a miss, nothing is overly developed. Kinda of bland, but not flavorless. Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. Sweetness is lacking too. Brew is sessionable, light, and refreshing.

Very sessionable for being a Pale. Recommended for a try, but not as a must have. Thanks Abanton for the extra!

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Photo of JimmyP
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if you are a hop head and you can get it then do so, it is only available in the fall as it is a "harvest Ale" or "wet hopped ale" basically it is only available shortly after the new years hops crop is harvested. The hops are put into the wort and fermenting beer still fresh off the vine.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance; The beer poured a clear amber color with a quarter finger of off white head. The bubbles are quite large. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of hops in the nose. Slightly fruity with some pine and citrus peel notes. Just enough malt to balance things out.

Taste: As in the smell, the taste is full of hoppy goodness. Pine and citrus peel bitterness hit the tongue pretty hard. Just enough malt to take the edge off. I'm getting a slightly fruity note. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one had a very nice bitterness level. It was quite easy to drink and I'd have more in the future. One of my favorites from Short's.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grinnellj for sending this one out to me. This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a nice thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on here. The smell of the beer was pretty well balanced, not as hoppy as some fresh hop ales I've had in the past but still had plenty to offer. The taste of the beer is nicely bittered with a subtle malt sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very drinkable with a dry resin-like finish. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I would drink it again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first wet hopped beer.

Appearance: Poured with a surprising two-finger, creamy head. The lacing lasts from beginning to end. The beer is slightly translucent and orange. Probably this beer's highlight.

Smell: It smells pretty good, but it doesn't rock my socks off. Hops. Mostly of the earthy variety. Pretty much bursting with the hops.

Taste/feel: Almost all hops from beginning to end. This beer gets more and more bitter throughout the sip... I really didn't mind it that much though. I'm not familiar with wet hopped beers -- as I said, this is my first -- but it could have used a bit more malt. There was some spice and a touch of malt maybe at the end, but not quite enough. The feel of this one makes it pretty drinkable... appropriate for the taste. It's fairly thin, but not bad.

Overall, meh. It has a good bit of hop flavor, but there's just not enough malts in here, and the bitterness is a bit too much for me. This beer was best enjoyed -- for ME -- with a small bag of munchies. Funyuns, to be exact. A decent offering by Short's.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Kind Ale last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so I made sure to get a couple bottles to try this year and I'm in the mood for a Harvest Ale,, so lets see how it goes. This is the first time in awhile that I have actually seen a bottle date on a Short's brew, hopefully they will be more consistent, bottled on September 25th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a nice picture of one of the Short's staff holding up a freshly cut hop bine, i like it. It poured a nice and hazy golden color that took on a nice orange and amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of sticky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts out with tons of citrus hops that impart a very fruity aroma with some blood orange, mango, and orange juice aromas with grapefruit and apricot seeming to stick out the most. I also get a light bready and caramel like malt aroma that has a medium amount of sweetness, but it's quickly overpowered by the citrus hops. This beer is full of hop and citrus aromas, I really like it, I could be a little more balanced but I wouldn't want to lose any of those kick ass citrus fruit aromas.

T- The taste starts off with lots of nice citrus hop flavors, all those nice citrus fruit aspects that I got in the aroma show up nicely with the apricot and grapefruit still sticking out the most. After that comes some nice earthy hops flavors followed by some sweet malts that impart a bready and grainy flavor. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with an earthy and citrus aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it was a little unbalanced but the hops really shined through like intended and deliver lots of nice fresh hop flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly dry on the finish, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it felt a little thinner then I would like, but the mouthfeel still worked well with this brew.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and true example of a Harvest Ale, I wouldn't have this listed as an APA, if you tried you would know that it's much more similar to an American IPA, but it fits nicely into the Harvest Ale category for me and it delivers in all aspects. This beer had good drinkability, it went to down pretty smooth while still having a good amount of bitterness and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink two or three of these but the bitterness could start to be to much after that. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and taste they were both pretty good and full of fresh hops which is exactly what I want in this kind of beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad by any means but it just felt a little watery and I think a slightly fuller mouthfeel would make this beer just a little better. I would buy this beer again, I will for sure be buying a six pack if it's released next year, I highly recommend this beer to anyone who loves hoppy beers, the fresh hop flavors are sure to satisfy. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it was full of fresh hop flavors that dominated this beer and were very nicely done, good job Short's you guys can make some crazy and unusual beers but when it comes down to it Short's produces some of the best hopped up beers in Michigan which I think can go head to head with some of Bell's and Founders popular hoppy beers, keep making great brews and I'll keep drinking them. I also like this one a little more then Ale la Reverend.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/25/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, mango, orange zest, peach, herbal, grass, pine, honey, caramel, floral, bread, and light earth. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, mango, orange zest, herbal, floral, grass, honey, caramel, and bread. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pine, herbal, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of hop flavors with a fairly nice balance of malt sweetness. Some moderate cloying bitterness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Big hop flavor with good balance; fairly smooth and crisp to drink. Definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of buddha5050
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy apricot color, with a 1.5 finger white head, well carbonated.

S: Apricot, grapefruit, citrus, alot of hops

T: Apricot flavors with citrus and well hopped. I did'nt pick up much malt flavor, it finished with a big dry bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel wasn't bad a little thiner then I expected, nice carbonation to cleanse the palate.

O: Decent beer, refreshing but a little harsh on the bitter finnish too me. I would drink it again just not as a session beer.

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

Pours a bit hazed with a frothy thin halo of suds. Nose is fresh fruit with loads of pineapple and maraschino cherry & canned peach. Flavors are mostly the same with a perfect malty foundation underneath allowing the fruity flavors to fully rejoice. Clean and refine with a bit of an alcoholic aftertone. Not much to complain about.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with a white head.

S: Very dominant smell of rich hops

T: Smooth taste of hops and sweet malts

M: Has a very well balanced flavor of hops and almost a pine taste. Finishes smooth, no real harsh bite.

O: Very good wet hop ale - best I've had so far as I'm just starting to get into these harvest ales.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from surlytheduff. Thanks again man!

This beer had very little head... And I was worried it was an issue- but no, it has nice carbonation.
The body is honey/apricot color with minimal head, lace, and retention.

Smells assertively hopped. The hops are floral and citrus and quite nice.
The flavor is VERY dry, and well-hopped. A strong bitterness lingers on the exceptionally dry finish.
Feel is pretty good-- a touch on the thin side, but good carbonation.

Overall-- hey hey! It's a shorts beer I liked. It's an Xmas miracle!

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

Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River MI. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into DFH signature pint glass. I saw my boy Collin just reviewed this fine Michigan product, so I wanted to see what he was tasting, here we go.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a really persistent foamy white head, lacing is fairly decent as the drink diminishes.

Smell: Sweet sticky hop aroma, with some nice citrus notes coming forward. Fresh cut grass support the tangerine and mango.

Taste: Just a really nice easy drinking wet hopped pale ale. Nice citrus profile followed by a bright bitterness, that tends to stick to the back of my tongue. Thin malt with some biscuity character.

Mouth: Light bodied, yet fulfilling. Crisp and good carbonation.

Drink and overall: Enjoyable Harvest Ale. Right there with New Holland Hopivore, but not of the likes of Founders Harvest Ale. Good beer, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

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