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Short's Kind Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Kind AleShort's Kind Ale

Brewed by:
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

Added by seaoflament on 12-06-2009

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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeRanger
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Another Short's beer thanks to MarcatGSB. This one appears to be pretty normal.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a minimal head. No retention. Minimal lacing. Kinda blah.

Smell - Citrus hops and a touch of grass. Not a lot from the malt. Nice hop aroma. Weak, but what's there is nice.

Taste - Hey, this tastes pretty good. Hop-forward pale ale. Hardly a trace of malt. The hop flavor is nice. The only downside is an intense bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - That bitterness is killer, really. It's an easy drinking beer aside from that. Decent carb and a decent body for putting it away easily.

Overall - I'm surprised the reviews for this aren't higher. Usually a B rated beer has some sort of off-flavor, but this tastes pretty good. Not stellar, but good.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of youngleo
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to about a one fingered head. Head was a slight offwhite in color. Had some nice lacing that left rings with every swallow. Brew itself was golden in color. Smelled of citrus and pine. I actually thought the smell was a little on the light side. I didnt taste a lot of malt. Just the citrus pine taste. Also had a bitter aftertaste. Felt a little thin in the mouth. Carbonation I thought was right. Decent brew. Id buy again. I just wouldnt make it a session beer.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

A - Pours a yellowish honey color with one finger of head. Head as decent retention. Pretty nice lacing.

S - A lot of citrus and a bit grassy. Don't get much malt in the nose.

T - Again, nice grassy and citrus hops up front. A bit of biscuit malt. Small amount of pine on this finish. Not bad, and better than some of Short's other hop-forward beers that often seem to have a harshness to them.

M - A little thinner than I would like, but a nice dry finish with bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O - A pretty good wet hopped ale, but not something I need to revisit.

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to stickman1220 again for the Short's haul.

A: Pours a clear orange color. 1/4 finger white head with tight white bubbles. No lacing.

S: I get a much cleaner smell than Huma gave, which happens with the fresh hop beers. I get fruitiness, peach and grapefruit, then I get some piney notes too. But again, the Short's smell. Their yeast strain is very evident.

T: It's a mild hop bite in the tip of the tongue. And then you get the hop and malt balance at the middle of the mouth. And a clean finish. It's a wet hop ale, lots of sweet hop character with mild bitterness and good balance.

M: This is actually almost medium bodied. You get some nice hop bitterness.

O: I'll go with a B to B+ on this one. I really enjoyed Founders Harvest and Surly Wet more than this, but this is definitely a nice contender. The Short's IPAs have certainly been a step above their strange stuff.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow in body with a clear transparency. White powder dusting and a white ring around my pint glass.

S: Strong citrus , mandarin orange, pale malt and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Taste is a slightly watery APA. There is a great hop profile here but the malts are no match for the hops contained inside. I get a nice bitter taste with some light caramelization. I think this would be twice as good if the malts were bumped up a notch. Without the abv % listed, it is hard to judge, and i would happily drink this over many other APAs, but have to say that it is so well hopped (deliciously) and overwhelming the malt base, that it suffers from a slight imbalance.

M: Light mouthfeel with a medium carbonation.

O: Great hop profile, overshadowed by a lower abv. This would be a great session beer on a sunny day for a hop lover . Really great lupulin presence here.

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Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 224 ratings
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