Good Humans | Short's Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 533
Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +22.7%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +15%
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 -1.3%
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 +24%
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 +11.3%
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 +5.3%
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 -47.2%
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 jasonpeckins32
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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 +0.3%
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 -9.5%
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%
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 -16.6%
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 +2.9%
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 good. 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 good 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 -2.6%
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 -11.9%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A-amber color with a creamy white head

S-aroma is nice with coffee, caramel, chocolate, malt, pine, and hop

T-light roasted coffee with hints of pine and chocolate with a hop finish

M-medium light body with light carbonation

O-good dry hopped brown ale could use more complexity

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown color but with a touch of clarity. almost no foamy at all and quickly leaves nothing behind

Smell: roasted malts. some candy sweetness and citrusy hops

Taste: roasted slightly smokey malt taste. hop bitterness but not much taste to the hops. some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: some bitterness and a touch of stickiness. medium body

Overall: I like the hint of sweetness and i wish there was more of it. I don't like the hops and roasty malt combination outside of stouts. Also a little bit weak on flavor for so strong of alcohol

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Brown in color with ruby edges in the light. Some off-white foam sitting on top, though it is mostly present due to the etched Founders glass I am using.

S: The smell is excellent. I can really pick out many different aromas, a rare thing. Biscuity malt, caramel, soft citrus and floral hop, brown sugar. A delicious aroma indeed.

T: Delicious caramel/toffee biscuity malt profile, sweet. Light floral hop flavor without any bitterness.

M: Surprisingly this is very light bodied. Carbonation is terrific though.

O: This is a phenomenal brown that may become a six-pack purchase for me in the future.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice 2 finger head. I love the rich amber dark brown clear color. Some lacing and the head settled to a thin ring.

I got more hop and citrus than I expected from the smell. Great fresh dry hopped flavors. Grassy and earthy. My guess is drink this early, ageing may loose the punch of the dry hops.

This one really is growing on me. For a brown it has more hops than expected with the ibu only at 19 you really get hop flavors but not the bitterness. I get caramel and toffee flavor and a mix of the floral and citrus of the hops. I like the lingering aftertaste .

The sweetness is balanced with a clean fresh feel. You do get some lingering stickiness but it's not cloying.

This is more complex than other browns and I liked it better the second time I had it. I like the changes as it warms and it was easy to finish. I would look for this one again. 12-15-2012

I tried it again and I love it even more a year later, it really stands out for me. 11-27-2013

Returned to it 2-4-2015 This stands out again. Very drinkable and better than most for it's price. Compared with many of the other beers I've had lately, I'm enjoying this a lot. And that compares with Hopslam. Not saying it's like it, just that I am enjoying it.
Outstanding, well done. Thank you Short's

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Photo of Morakaton
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First review, let's see how amateurish it comes off!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

I'll start off by mentioning I am relatively uninitiated in the world of Short's beer. I haven't had much outside of their year round offerings (besides Publican Porter, which is my absolute favorite in the style), and was curious to try Good Humans!

The beer pours nicely with roughly a finger length head. It's bold and dark brown in appearance, almost black like a porter.

It smells of citrusy aromas, some malty goodness, and has a surprisingly hoppy aroma.

The taste was much like the smell, but also had a unique tinge of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar to accent the citrus. A bit of biscuit and malts were swirling around on the tongue, as the bittersweetness struck my palate. The beer was pretty hoppy, but nothing compared to a normal strength IPA. The ABV was extremely well masked, I could not detect any booziness, which is both surprising and pleasing in a beer at 8% ABV.

The beer is medium bodied, so it enters the mouth with some viscosity. The beer isn't exactly super characteristic in mouthfeel, but it holds it's own without feeling watered down. Overall, very pleasing in the mouth.

With that said, I was more than happy with this beer, definitely one of the best Brown Ales I've had for such a great value ($9.99 a sixer at Champane's Wine Cellars in Warren, Michigan). The bold flavors accented by the hops will satisfy both hop heads and people looking for something to savor alike. I'm definitely going to be jumping on the Short's bandwagon for awhile, and look forward to trying this year's winter variety pack next.

Stay tuned for more reviews yet to come!

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Good Humans from Short's Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 533 ratings.
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