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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A - poured out a small half finger white head that dissipated fast with a dark brown/amberish body that you can not see all the way through. Has a layer of yeast in the bottom so watch out if you do not like the yeast.

S - The smell is rather malty with a bit of roasted quality, along with woody and vanilla notes. Smells sweet and smooth. Can not detect alcohol on this one.

T - The taste is strong with alcohol. Slight roast quality and smooth with some earthy hops. Not a lot redeeming with the taste, it seems the last time I had this I liked it.

M - This is a nice smooth with a full mouth feel. Kinda oily in the mouth.

O - This beer is hot and boozy in my opinion. I usually feel brown ales are easy drinking and smooth as this one seems to be but its just slightly on the boozy side. Not one to gravitate to, but one I liked at one point. For some reason this bottle is not doing it for me. Better luck next time cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nice to see a few new Short's beers hitting the area again around EBF time.

A- 12oz bottled poured into an oversized snifter with a dark brown body. Light tan head forms to about one finger in height and has a bubbly, frothy texture. A ring stays around the top of the beer with big, creamy bubbles. Lace is impressive relative to the small ring present around the beer, thin but plentiful rings.

S- Big brown ale elements and a good hop presence. Roast nuts, hazelnut, toffee, brown sugar, leather, dark fruits and roast malts (some cocoa) make for a good backbone. The hops lend some citrus peel and pine hints.

T- Opens up with toasted nut, cocoa, leather and caramelized sugar notes. Other flavors include raisin, dark fruits, yeast bread, hazelnut sticks out and then there are the hops. The hops are strong for a Brown Ale but still balanced enough not to affect the good malt and yeast flavors. Hop profile to me is mostly citrus juice with some floral and grassy hints. Somewhat buttery but pleasantly so. With time I get a distinct cherry jam, raspberry feel coming to mind for what I just listed as dark fruits, not sure where it comes from, maybe just the overall combo of flavors.

MF- Moderately high carbonation in a body that lends a bit of a silky feel. The overall consistency is just a bit thin/watery to me but just a little. Fairly bitter finish for a Brown Ale.

The mix of hops and brown ale malts works for me but the malt flavors actually are my favorite part of this beer. A good hazel-nutty, leathery and caramel cocoa feel to them, good stuff.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 560 ratings.
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