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

Added by webmanspidey on 12-20-2009

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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1.71/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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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2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A vigorous pour produces a trace amount khaki colored head on a murky ruby brown body.

Aroma has very little hop presence or typical brown ale flavors. Slightly sour with dark fruit and mild solvent.

I'm guessing this is infected as the flavor is immediately artificially sweet, like orange and strawberry Starburst and finishes with an astringent sourness. Under that mess there is some nutty malt flavors, but still no hops. The more i drink, the less sure I'm that this is infected, but regardless I'm not enjoying this and will pour out the rest of the glass. Oh well.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.


A: A nice clear mahogany with a one-finger creamy head that sticks.
S: Plums and cranberry juice, very earthy hops (almost woody), strawberry syrup, mild nuttiness, and a brown sugar base. Not very strong and slightly musty, which makes it messy.
T: Tart cherries, walnuts, woody hops, fresh oak... cherry or cranberry root beer is probably a pretty good description. The bitterness lingers on kind of awkwardly with the dry tartness. It's not a total disaster.
M: Thinner with a cream soda carbonation.
O: This had the possibilities of an incidental oud bruin, but fell short. Either way, I wouldn't recommend it, based on the high probability of infection.

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2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on the bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown with reddish hues around the edges. Zero head. No lacing.

S - Tropical hoppy notes with an odd astringent smell. Very light notes of brown sugar. The (intentional?) sourness really seems to dominate, though.

T - Slightly bitter with a mild caramel characteristic. The longer I keep the beer in my mouth, the more sour it tastes. I can't imagine what I'm tasting is the intended result - think I've got a bad bottle unfortunately. I only get a hint of what I think this beer should have been with a lightly toasted malt and floral hops.

M - This one's thin. Near zero carbonation.

D - I couldn't get through my glass and had to pour it... it just wasn't enjoyable. I'm almost positive this was a bad bottle. Fortunately, there seems to be more positive reviews here than neutral/negative.

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2.36/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into tulip.

Appearance: medium brown almost a mahoganey bodied beer with a whitish/tan colored head. 1 finger of head from a moderate pour. decent lacing from this brew.

Smell: This beer smells both nutty and roasty. not much hops presence in the nose.

Taste: DAMN! Another infected shorts beer. Sour cherries up front. That definately not what this beer was intended to taste like. Surprised that this beer did not smell infected. Got a little bit of nuttiness and roast, but it dominated by sour sour cherries.

mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It infected and really give this beer a fair shot. I drain poured this beer and I don't do that very often.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this one after a few while downtown in Ann Arbor. Pours dark cloudy brown with not much head. Smells of booze, roasted grain, piney hops, some sweet molasses. Taste is pretty harsh, and I am not sure what they were going for here. Heavy burnt booze flavor, some bitter but not balancing, molasses, roast. Mouthfeel is a lot of booze, a little syrup, with low carbonation. This one was just unpleasant for me. Not a fan.

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2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red tint. There is under one finger of off white head, of which just a little bit remains throughout.

Smell: I'm getting a bit of nutty roast along with some fruit. Quite a bit of citrus hops in there as well.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a fairly tart fruity sweetness, I wasn't quite expecting that. There is also a bit of nutty roast and some hop bitterness. The fruity notes are overpowering to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and quite dry at the finish.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of this one. I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what, but the fruity flavor really turned me off.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark ruby-brown with a moderately sized creamy head.
Aroma is malty sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts, mocha, but a a woody aroma.
Taste is not what I expected from the smell – first it is sweet and malty, but that is followed by a lot of fruit (cherries and plums) and it finishes a little tart. Only a touch of bitterness, no real hop character. Although it is a winter seasonal and I'm drinking it on April 2, so the dry-hopped character may have faded a bit.

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2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to wintbs379 for this bottle.

A: Pours a simplistic, but perfect, murky brown. There is very little head, but a thin khaki colored ring forms along the top of the beer. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel malt, citrus hops, a touch of balsamic vinegar, and some dirt/earthiness. Honestly, it's not the most appealing scent.

T: This beer starts off with a nice caramel backbone, but the dirt and vinegar come through right after. Afterwards, there is a nice citrus hop profile that shines as the beer lingers on the palate. At the exact moment that this beer starts to get good , I'm bombarded with flavors of dirt and old grass. Something is a bit off. The finish is dirt and lemon.

M: Medium bodied beer. This has low carbonation, and the flavors stick to the palate as it drinks. Some of the flavors are unwanted.

O: I'm not a fan of this beer. I don't know if it's been sitting for too long, or if this is how it's supposed to taste. I have had a lot of bad luck with Shorts' beers in the past, so I'm not surprised that this is yet another flunker.

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2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy chestnut color with a well=formed head; very good retention and shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Brown sugar and caramel dominate the nose; the alcohol is readily discernable as are the hops

Taste: The sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors dominate at the outset but are joined by a bitterness that verges on sour; I cannot tell if this is what the brewer intended or whether it is another example of Short's quality control problems

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I was hoping for much more from this brew and don't think the sourness was intended

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

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2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
110410 on the label, no other info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for yet another beer!

A - Good Humans pours a brilliantly red mahogany color with nice clarity and a dense caramel head. Solid retention and thick foam coats the glass.

S - Willamet hops immediately push forwards with an aggressive earthy tone of mulch and soil. Deep amber malts exude some toast qualities and provide a good backbone. Earthy to the max.

T - The biting hop profile completely overwhelms the malt to the point of it being thin. Toast on the finish, but the taste is almost completely earthy hop. There is a touch of what tastes like a sour infection but it plays out more in the mouthfeel.

M - Thin, light-bodied, and under-carbonated, there is a dry bitterness from the hops but it's more of a dry, almost lactobacillus-like sourness that seems to be taking a hold of the brew. (No, I'm not just assuming this because of Short's past problems.)

O - Honestly, this beer isn't awful, I just find it lightly offensive between the over-the-top hop profile that's not balanced very well. Also, I'm not sure if the date is a production or best before (although the hops haven't faded it seems) but there seems to be some sort of bug in it. Lastly, the label calls it a double but there's no alcohol anywhere. Then again Short's excels at covering up alcohol levels.

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 568 ratings
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