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)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
562
Reviews:
189
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
106
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Ratings: 562 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Champagne's Cellar. This tastes a lot more hoppy than 19 ibu. More or less neutral aroma. Crowning white head on Brownish body with tons of lace at the end of a very drinkable brew. Grapefruit citrus taste, some herbal - lemongrass? A little sting on the palate.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oline73
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label design (and name) is odd yet cool... i'm sure there's a good story behind it.

Light brown pour, it ends up much darker with a glint of ruby when held to the light. A finger of foam when first poured, receding quickly to a patchy skim over the surface.

Some clear piney hops when the cap is cracked, and in the glass there's some solid hop herbals overlaid on a woody, toasty malt base.

Flavor is similarly green and roasty, interesting combo. Smooth feel, some coffee, ash, and wood elements, with some grassy & citrus notes coming through. Dry finish. Well hopped brown ales may not be for everyone, but this seems pretty well integrated. The body has a moderate weight to it, but drinks light.

I like it. This seems perfect for Fall/Winter weather.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 mothman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic hoppy brown. Earthy and citrusy. Caramel and chocolate. A lot of flavor here.

Nice lace and retention.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice caramel brown color bordering on chestnut. Nice white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really nice, with some sweet and roasted brown malts along with some nice piney, floral, and earthy hops. Really love the concept, as this seems to be done differently than the typical hoppy brown. The taste scales back a bit with some slight bitterness, roast, and slightly-sweet malt. Good body and carbonation with a nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well and I'm glad that put this into bottles.

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a small fizzy head covering that barely exists before disappearing, not too bad for an 8% beer but not great either, slightly hazy dark mahogany slightly chocolate brown color with some ruby light coming through.

Nose is interesting, a blend of brown malts and floral hops. Hops bring some floral, slightly noble like grassy aromas, touch of pine and earthy hops, and a decent malt base, light toasty brown malts, little caramel and hint syrupy, little nutty toffee too.

Taste brings a juicy brown malt right out first, plenty of toffee, nutty, caramel, hint buttery toffee, nice malty base with mild sweetness but mostly dry, almost candy like toffee nutty flavors almost brittle but without the sweetness. Then hops, milder hops, just a touch of bitterness, mostly grassy floral almost noble like hops, just a touch of earthy and faint piney hops. Finish gets bit more bitter, spicy earthy hops lingering, grassy hops as well, semi dry but a little sticky and some buttery toffee and nutty brown malts lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb, booze is hidden well.

Overall not bad, I'm surprised by this one. The Short's normal beers don't seem to do anything special and are usually fairly lackluster. And I wasn't expecting a dry hopped brown ale to do anything nice, but this is well balanced, not too bitter, nice profile of both hops and malts that seem to somehow play off each other, since I think they picked the hops and malts well.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Deep amber with a frothy light mocha head. This retains with a creamy richness, leaving sticky swathes of lacing behind. The aroma smells leafy with green citrus, cocoa and roast all mixing together to give the nose a fresh ripe twang. The taste is fresh ripe citrus with a firm bitterness at its core. Tropical and herbal notes hang on the edges while a malty backbone of cocoa sweetness and roast flavor that leave a touch of char lingering in the finish along with some leftover green bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a firm creaminess that spreads out. This is pretty easy going in the mouth overall with just a touch of warmth to the proceedings. This was a more than serviceable take on the hoppy Brown Ale style with a good bit more going on with it than I expected. The really easy drinkability for 8% helped as well. Glad I picked a bottle up.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of billab914
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured a deep mahogany brown color with a big and fluffy off white head to it. The head settled a bit, but overall had some pretty good retention. Some very nice lacing as i drank it as well.

The aroma shows a pretty hoppy, pine and grapefruit citrus flavor along with some underlying malty, caramel, brown ale characteristics. The flavors all come together pretty nicely actually, and both hoppy and malty get a chance to shine.

The taste starts off with some of the brown ale, malty flavors. It really takes a sharp turn pretty quickly though. I get a sugary sweet, but yet also a tart fruitiness that just doesn't seem to fit at all. It's kind of a similar flavor I got in many Short's beers. In the finish some of the hoppy, grapefruit like flavors come through along with a moderate, lingering, herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was below average for me, the hoppiness was nice but that sugary sweet, tart fruity flavor hurt the beer overall for me. It just didn't seem to fit the beer style at all. As I said it seems like a flavor I get out of a lot of Short's beers. Not a terrible beer overall but not a great one either.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

an absolutely exceptional beer to say i was thrilled to death to be able to try this would be the understatement of the night. pours out a nice medium brown color with a short lived head of off white that has just enough to it that it is able to coat the sides of the glass with a light lacing.

a really nice and healthy dose of hops great you as you take the first breath in. warming with a definite alcohol nose but this is shunted by a ridge caramel malt that balances it perfectly against the rest of the profile. smooth, rich and much fuller then one would expect the richness of the flavor wastes no time at all in coming across here. really well done the brown sugar and earthy base is cut by deep, piney hops and a resonant alcohol touch that really warms the belly. smooth finish leaves a dry touch that is both a nice and clean finish but has a small hint of roasted nuts that pops up.

overall would take this any day over an arrogant bastard or other strong ale. just really, really well done.

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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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, huge thanks go to hoppymeal for sending me this bottle.

A: The pour is a rich mahogany color with plenty of red highlights and a thin white head.

S: The nose is full of floral and citrus hops which really steal the show from the usual caramel and nutty sweetness of a brown ale.

T: The hops stand out in the flavor as well. An interesting combination of citrus (grapefruit) and sweet brown sugar and caramel. Even with all the hoppiness, there isn't much in terms of bitterness.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is a really interesting beer, and the description was enough to intrigue me. The hops really come through and make you forget that you're drinking a brown ale for a second.

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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 Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 562 ratings.
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