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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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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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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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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Short's Kind Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 224 ratings