Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) | Short's Brewing Company

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale)Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale)

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.15%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Good Humans was originally created to showcase one of Briess Malting Company’s new malt varieties. Originally planned as a one-off beer, it quickly became a favorite brew. Good Humans is a Double Brown Ale made with Carabrown Malt and dry hopped with Simcoe and Golding hops. The brew has sweet malty esters that are met by huge toasted caramel and toffee flavors. The finish is dry with a bouquet of hops.

40 IBU

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Photo of jzlyo
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is piney hops, malts and sugar/mild candy. The flavor is grapefruit, caramel malts, mild earthiness, hops and a bitter/slightly tart/nutty finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently ran through a bunch of Short's beers as a part of a horizontal in support of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one subsequently became available, so I am reviewing it as a part of my New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 625) in order to keep as current as possible before embarking on a lengthy horizontal later this week.

From the bottle: "Passion[;] Humility[;] Wisdom";"We're HUMANS! We're the best thing ever!"

After Pop!ping the cap, I gave it a fairly heavy-handed pour. I am always fascinated by these darker-colored beers & their ability to produce a pseudo-cascade. It finally settled into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with great retention. It looked like the top scoop on a coffee ice cream cone. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a subdued maltiness, lightly chocolaty with a slightly minty hoppiness, leading me to think of a Girl Scout Thin Mint. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for this style. The taste had a pronounced piney, minty quality underlain by the chocolate maltiness that I noted on the nose. It was quite cool, very minty, especially when inhaling after the swallow. Finish was semi-dry, but cool and minty, almost as though I had been gargling with it. A definite change of pace from what I usually get in this style.

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Photo of Brewsuite229
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a rich brown with a hint of red. Plenty of light brown (almost yellow), lasting head. There's a little lacing but nothing lasting. A little bit of haze or cloudiness is there but nothing like that of wheats.

Smell - Plenty of toffee. Very sweet but there is a little bitterness that sort of sneaks it's way into a sniff after a good swirl. It seems to be very well balanced. Letting it settle before you take a sniff gives off an almost boozy presence.

Taste - This is a tough one ha. There is certainly a toasted sweetness that gets pushed aside by a pleasant bitterness. The dry finish came up just before the bitterness gets "too real".

Feel - Medium to full bodied. It seems to ease itself right over the palate. The hops don't give a "sting" to the jaw but the malt doesn't coat your teeth either so I would consider pretty clean. There is a pretty medium amount of carbonation.

Overall - Surprisingly well balanced. the character of a brown ale being dry hopped was extremely pleasant. Neither seemed to overpower one another during a taste. The smell offered a more malty presence. I feel if there were any more of a hoppiness then you would get a first time home brewer's first batch of beer. But they seemed to do a nice job of providing a blend of the characteristics of a brown ale with an ipa.


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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Meijer's. It poured a clear brownish red with no head and no lace. The scent had rich malt and hints of bread loaf. The taste is nicely balanced with sweet malt being slightly offset by bitter hop. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a medium, creamy, light tan head that fades slowly. Good lacing

Smells roasted and caramel malts. Earthy/piney light dank. Some orange

Tastes earthy and pine with caramel malt. Getting some citrus. Light nutty. Slightly dry finish with a light bitter linger. Lighter needing body. Medium smooth carbonation

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours auburn with some ruby hues and has solid clarity; big chunky light khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some spicy aromas along with some chocolate and caramel. Malts are there. Subtle hints of citrus. The flavors seem to follow the nose. It has a "woodsy" vibe going on. More chocolate and caramel along with some toffee. Nice hop bite with a solid malt backbone. It finishes slightly spicy. Possibly some rye and black pepper in the mix. There's a mild warmth and alcohol in the finish, but nothing crazy or boozy. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy. Slightly thin but slightly creamy. Smooth stuff.

This is a nice hoppy brown ale. It's also somewhat unique. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. Well crafted stuff. I like it.

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Photo of BRIGHT
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer. Unfortunately it is seasonal (winter), I would love to be able to enjoy it all year long...... though I recently found a few bottles this summer. Good Humans has a smooth feel with a solid end, yet not over robust for a brown. If you like reds and are looking for a bit more body Good Humans is a good choice.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Brown with a hint of red and a 1/2-finger head
S: Roasted malts, caramel, and some earth/baking spice
T: Matches the nose. A distinct pepper/backing spice/earthy note up front with roasted malt and a bit of bitterness on the back end
M:Medium-bodied, spicy but disjointed
O: This doesn't know where it's going. It's a bit malty/nutty, fairly spicy/earthy but no coherent notes or direction show across the beer. No single part of it is bad and there are tasty notes throughout but in whole it just doesn't jive

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nutty, toasted malt, fairly fruity amber character.

Flavor is similar, with more fruit dominance than expected, and a dry, toasted finish. Doesn't drink like the high abv.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, deep brown color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet pine and citrus hops. Hoppy but with some caramel and earthiness as well. The taste is some piney hops mixed with caramel malts, brown sugar and a hit of chocolate. Hazelnut comes out more towards the end. Nutty finish with some more of the piney hops. Velvety mouthfeel. Mild alcohol presence. Overall, a very solid hoppy Brown Ale. I'd buy this one again, given the chance.

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Photo of ghbishop
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know someone will deny this, but it's better than last year. Very good. Doesn't seem like a high ABV brew. Went back and bought more. This is too good to not share.

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Photo of gulli
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huma Lupa licious Brown ???

Very hoppy smell and taste right off the bat.
Brownish reddish color.
2 finger head, which reduces but never leaves.
Good lacing, staying all the way down to the bottom of a pilsner glass.
Very good carbonation.
As it warms up the taste feels more brown ale , but still kicks back with the hops.
Different, combo of brown, ipa, and amber ale.

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Photo of Forest_Feighner
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Actually a fan of Short's actually liking them more than, cough cough, Bell's. Very good brew without getting into the particulars...

I just want to know who the middle man is? Briess? ;)

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip. Revisiting this one again, loved it each time it's out and somehow have neglected to review. Pour produces several fingers fluffy off white/tannish head that dissolves to a thin cap, leaving thin traces of lacing on the way down. Aroma is nutty and bready, chocolate, with floral and citrus undertones. Feel is creamy smooth, and the taste is also nutty/ bready/caramel/cocoa/brown sugar with some sweet raisin in the aftertaste. Bit of a bitter bite, but not too much to be distracting.

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Photo of Mikus
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the snifter as a standard-looking brown ale with a 1/2 finger of khaki head and nice ruby highlights in the light. BIG chocolate nose, with roasted malts, some light citrus (definite orange), and a hint of hop bitterness. Punch of sweet orange and bitterness, over top of a background of delicious roasted and chocolate malts. Surprisingly balanced for all of that going on. Nicely carbonated, medium mouthfeel with nice creaminess to add to the enjoyment. Excellent brown, or maybe according to the new BJCP style guidelines a brown IPA? I would say it is borderline at least. Great stuff, and looking forward to more Shorts.

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Photo of clager
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear brown, lacy head

Smell: citrus hops, nutty

Taste: Hard hitting caramel malt with nut and raisin flavors dominating. Good level of bitterness but citrus smell not appreciated in the taste. Tastes like fermented raisins mixed with brown sugar and walnuts - not my favorite beer.

Feel - appropriately carbonated, hard for me to get over the taste

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Photo of jp32
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color and thickness (or thin) of black plain coffee. Head dissipates quick. Smells hoppy. Tastes hoppy (earthy, herbal hops) for a brown ale, but I think it was supposed to. Overall a decent beer but it's far more hop forward than how I usually like my brown ales. Good beer, it just had me a little confused.

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Photo of rkat32
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar glass. Couldn’t locate the date code, but it was a relatively-fresh, seasonal release. Consumed on February 14, 2015.

L: Deep amber to amber brown in color. Eggshell white head; nice lacing with good clarity.

S: Nose is roasted malt with nutty undertones. An impressive combination of caramel malt and citrus / piney hops, wet and green smelling if that makes sense.

T: Pine, nutty, brown sugar, caramelized malts. Picking up some raisin with more earthy hops. Rustic brown bread crust.

F: Robust but slick mouthfeel, bitterness lingers after each sip; sticky, slightly sweet aftertaste, medium carbonation.

Overall: A well-done version of a hoppy brown ale.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours clear brown until the end and I fail to save my beer from a slosh of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Ends up being pretty murky. Medium off-white head. Thick collar persists.

Smell - Citrus hops when it's cold. Turns a little more towards pine as it warms. The brown malts smell very nutty.

Taste - Hops are much less intense. A hint of them at the start, but it's much more an emphasis on the malt. Toasted malt turns to light chocolate and even some coffee. Nuttier in the back end. Very slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Drinks well enough, but it's a little bigger than it really needs to be.

Overall - Solid, if not really interesting.

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Photo of Vogie
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/13/15. Served in a Spiegelau tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown with 1 finger of soapy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of earthy hops, milk chocolate, and malts. Taste starts off with a splash of earthy piney hops and ends malty with no lingering bitterness from the hops. Medium/light body and smooth.

A decent hopped brown ale. I wish the malts would have shined more. I taste the hops upfront but then it gets a little lost where it wants to go from there. Wouldn't rush to buy this one again but for those that love ipas and brown ales I would definitely recommended this.

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Photo of mikejonze
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour - ruby red where the light passes through on the edges - with a thin, soapy head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate and even a little bourbon. Tastes like brown bread with raisins, very light coffee roast & bitterness. Warm, fairly boozy finish. Pretty good for a brown ale, but brown ales aren't really the greatest to begin with.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, cocoa, light coffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, cocoa, brown bread, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roast malt flavor with moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown with a ne-finger white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Some roasted malts with a bit of piney hops.

T - Sweet roasted malts with some coffee and caramel notes. The hops show up in the finish giving a light bitterness.

M - Medium body wih light carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Decent beer. Nothing bad, nothing great. Would drink again, bu wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 12 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a mahogany brown, clear. Looks brown, but turns reddish with light behind it. Yellowy-orange head, about half a finger. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is kinda funny. It's almost in the realm of a black IPA, with a powerfully woody, nutty roast that reminds me of brazil nuts with some char, plus an overlayer of some slightly citrusy herbal hops. An unusual combination.

Taste is a moderately sweet, moderately alcoholic brown ale. It's nutty but very dark; not sweet nuts but dark nuts like walnuts and pasty almonds. Has a slightly chalky bitterness that nut skins sometimes have.

Feel is medium-bulky. Carbonation is rather low. I'd like it to be a bit lighter and a bit more carbonated.

This is an odd beer, which I suppose shouldn't surprise me from Short's. It's like they throw all kinds of stuff in a blender to see if it works, and if it doesn't work they throw some other stuff in a blender. Occasionally they get hits, but often they get oddballs like this one.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good brew for Raul. I'm not on the top of Mount Vesuvius, I'm not in the Hanging Gardens Of Babylon, but I'm feeling this one well enough that I can close my eyes in the garden section of Home Depot and feel that I am in some unearthly place.

Nice malts, nice caramel, smooth and mellow like a player would want it... Just a good one to have when you're feelin' good.

Ya feel me, my peeps?

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
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