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 Ineedabeerhere
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found these notes in my drawer this evening. Thanks for the bottle, Randall!

Pours light brownish with some red hues, took an aggressive pour to form any type of substantial head.

Smells like some grassy hops and a bit of citric bite up front. Toasted nuts as it warmed with a little grainy malt in the background. The taste... is very unusual. What's the abv? What is going on here? Weird fullness to the mouthfeel without being too heavy and not your typical brown ale by any means. Firm bitterness and some grassy hop flavor with a moderate fruitiness but it's all in a very odd balance with the caramel malt and grainyness. It somehow works though. Pleasant enough and pretty drinkable, I would guess it's 7.5% or so...?

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a big-ass mug. According to the label, the good humans are: Passion, Humility, and Wisdom.

A: An "aged" brown pour with a light white frothy head that produces great lacing.

S: Wet grass, flowery, straw, toasted almonds, and the goodness of the dry hop at the end of the inhale.

T: Subdued fruitiness - grapes, pears, and melon co-mingle with the hops followed by a faint bitter and almost woody flavor. It's a 3.5 in terms of how I like it, but I gave it a 4 because of the complexity.

M: The beer lacks in this department. The carbonation is great, but it is a wee-bit thin for a "double".

D: Hmm? I had no problem finishing the bottle, who cares what the ABV is!

Overall, a solid beer - what doesn't Short's do right?

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out a fairly dark brown typical of the style, but with some pleasant amber highlights not often seen. The sticky, off-white head started off at about two fingers and faded down to about a half a finger fairly quickly. There was enough left over to leave some very nice lacing.

Smell: What a wonderful aroma of fruity hops. Pineapple, apricot and grapefruit! Oh my! This stuff smells like a basket you'd get from a fruit of the month club. The fruit basket hops are almost completely dominant, but there is some tasty toffee malt in the background. Would have been a perfect 5 if the smell was just a bit stronger.

Taste: Starts off with all the same delicious fruit orientated hops from the smell and they aren't quite as dominant this time around. They peel back in the middle and it's the malts time to shine. Some excellent toffee and perhaps even some nutty malts poke their heads up if only for a second. The beer finishes with a crisp floral bitterness that makes me want more.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body with just a hint of resiny slickness. Carbonation is spot on. Perhaps the slightest suggestion of creaminess, but I could be imagining things.

Drinkability: I'm actually quite upset that this is my last bottle of Good Humans. I could really go on to drink a couple more of these. It has some fantastic hop flavors and just the right amount of malt to balance it all out.

Overall this is hands down my favorite beer from Short's and I commend them for doing a great job fusing an IPA with an American Brown. Though the split is probably about 75/25 with the IPA ahead. It definitely works very well.

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Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jale for this one.

A: Pours an amberish brown hue with a tall off white head. Head dies to a ring but leaves behind huge chunks of lace.

S: Very hopped up aroma. Lots of grassy green hops, light roast, a bit floral as well.

T: Hints of caramel malt with only very mild sweetness. In the middle the hops push through. Bold grassy hops with hints of grapefruit. A bit of boozy burn in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, bit of burn in the finish.

D: Good, pretty solid unique take on the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received in another Epic trade with Kbeals... Kevin is a force to be reckoned with.. awesome trade! Enjoyed from my Delrium goblet.

1" off white head.. nice lacing.. descent cap ... the brew is fairly clear walnut brown.. pretty.

Nose is intriguing.. bunches of citrus hops don't exactly play well with toasty brown malts.. but it is interesting for sure..

WOW!! The brown malts translate into bushels of nuts on the palate.. hazelnuts actually.. not nearly as hoppy as the aroma shows.. instead a nice citrus that isn't over done and just sorta compliments the abundant malt character.. very tasty and a great body.. with a smooth carbonation. I would be interested in the ABV is on this one, because there is no alcohol to be had... hops show again a bit more on the finish as an oily citrus component.

Man... I wanna know how they got so much nutty character into this brew.. I really like it... Thanks again Kevin for another super trade.


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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bunch of Short's beers in a recent trade with schro126. Thanks, Nathan! This was a welcome treat after the infected peanut beers.

A harsh pour yields a deep caramel brown pour with great clarity and a thin, light brown head with decent retention and a little lace. Solid stuff.

Juicy citrus hops with candied orange and a deep, rich malt backbone are immediately present. Brown sugar, caramel and a touch of syrup are present. I like the combination of the malt with the dry-hopped character.

The palate opens with plenty of caramel and brown sugar, but this definitely isn't syrupy. These flavors are well complemented but the aroma hops with some sweet citrus present Hop bitterness appears towards the finish with a mildly grassy off-flavor, almost vegetal? The sweetness of the finish almost tastes artificial, like there's some Spleda/Equal present. As it warms up, there's a fruity yeast character present, which doesn't really work well here. Medium-light in body with a medium-high level of carbonation, this is solid stuff. I did like drinking this.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours fairly dark brown, but surprisingly a shade lighter than the belaire brown. plenty of ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. the small light tan head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. yep, definitely more hops than in the belaire. pine and a big herbal presence. bit of grapefruit. the caramel and toffee from the brown seems a bit muted. less buttery too. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. touch of alcohol. bit of smoke.

taste is great. starts off with a punch of pine, herbal hops, and a touch of grapefruit. this quickly fades to the toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit of the belaire. dark chocolate. caramel and toffee, but a little more dry than in the belaire. light alcohol. bit of coffee coming through now, probably mostly due to the combo of hops with chocolate+roasty aspects.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i really liked the belaire, but love the extra depth and character that the hops lend this one over the belaire. that one was delicious, but this one just has a little more "pop" to it. great balance. super tasty. good stuff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy dark orange/red, pretty nice colour, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some chunks of lace stick, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, very hoppy, big grapefruit aroma, some floral, lots of citrus, nice malt underneath, caramel and biscuits, very nutty, some raisin, touch of fruit, alcohol, light bit of toast, some brown sugar/maple, pretty neat.

Taste is neat, a lot like the Bellaire, light roast and some toast, caramel, alcohol, raisin and some fruit, very nutty with some maple, pretty boozy, some floral and a touch of grapefruit, sweet roasty finish, pretty neat and intense herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty thick, low carbonation, some warmth but goes down smooth. A pretty nice beer, thanks Russ!

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Photo of pwoods
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Main Party Supply in Ann Arbor, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brownish amber with some clarity still. Shorter head on the pour but retains at a skim creamy skim. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Good brown ale sweetness. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Big hop profile. Casc or Cent but maybe some Amarillo in there?

T/M: More of the caramel and toffee notes, as well as some sugary dark fruits. A bit too sweet. More of the big hop profile as well. Lots of American hopping going on. Body is medium or maybe a touch bigger and carbonation is about right.

D: I'm sure the ABV isn't below 6%. This is pretty drinkable, though it is pretty sweet. I probably wouldn't have more than 1 at a time.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Telix. The bottle is right, we are the best things ever.

A: The brown ale is a syrupy red-brown color, a full color that looks like the horizon as the last of the sun slides away each night. The first pour of the bottle generated a quarter finger of head that left thin patches of lace behind.

S: Roasted malts, burnt biscuit and nuts, share the stage with oily hops. The hop profile is citrusy and formidable, easily making it out of the roasted malts.

T: The hops strike first, delivering a strong citrus dose that registers immediately. Grapefruit and orange peel are immediately evident, cutting through the thick morass of burnt malts with ease. The only downside is a syrupy sweetness that seems out of place right at the end of each sip. I really like the subtle strength of the hops.

M: The mouthfeel seems like it wants to emphasize the malts but the hops have other plans. The sweetness of the hops lulls the tastebuds to sleep.

D: It's difficult to criticize Short's. This is no exception. I like the syrupy hoppiness and how it gradually builds up its strength.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with deep golden ruby hues when held to a light source and a two finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap and ring.

Very hoppy aroma with lots of sweet citrus character and a touch of earthy pine. Lots of sweet citrusy lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit, subtle mango and pineapple. The nose is dominated by these hop characteristics but underneath there are some slightly roasted dark malt notes with hints of hazelnut, toffee and caramel. It is shocking to me really how hoppy this beer smells. The typical brown ale notes are over shadowed but are faintly noticeable.

Very hop forward, especially for the style with lot of dry bitter pine notes as well as a very prominent sweet citrus presence. Hints of orange and lemon peel along with some grapefruit and mango. Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture mid palate. The hops are prominent and linger throughout but are nicely balanced by a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee and hazelnut as well as some biscuit. These notes are noticeable underneath but this beer is truly dominated by the dry bitter and sweet citrus hop notes. This beer is truly unique and a welcome twist to the style. Very complex and flavorful with a very dry finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the beer, Adam.

A: brown, moderate head and lace

S: both hops and malt are strong in the nose. very interesting and intriguing, cocoa

T: Nice hop flavor up front, an enjoyable sweetness, slight chocolate aftertaste. The hoppiness and maltiness together is strange and delightful. An odd brew, but well done. An interesting treat.

M: creamy with a nice carbonation level

D: a nice brew that I'd be happy to have again.

Notes: I wrote Short's Brewing inquiring about the ABV%, and have yet to receive a response.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a road trip to MI.

Mahogany brown, red highlights, with a white head.

Smells of rich roasted malt and fragrant hops (with piney and citrus leanings).

Taste is brilliant. I love their normal brown ale, but this is kicking it up 10 notches. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, bright citrus hops, and a wonderful finish that cleanly looses everything but a nice lingering pleasant bitterness. Really good experimental beer!

Mouthfeel was creamy but nothing exceptional.

Overall a great beer that was truly original.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super clear, reddish brown.

S - Lots of spice, malty, little bit of vanilla, brown sugar.

T - Malt forward, brown sugar, but a strong hop presence. I even got a little bit of mint in the flavor, not strong.

M - Medium, slightly cloying on my tongue.

D - Really like it, good drinker.

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Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry!

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color with a light tan head and a little lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, leafy and citrusy, as typical of Short's hoppy beers. Some caramel and mild roasty/coffee notes in there as well.

Sweet malty flavors - caramel and brown sugar - along with mild roast, lots of citrusy and leafy hops, and a very slight vegetal note that I've also experienced with a lot of Short's hoppy beers.

Medium body with average carbonation and some serious hop resins.

Overall, decent I guess, but nothing too amazing. Drinkability above average.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours a deep but clear chestnut brown with a small creamy off-white head that shows very good retention and leaves good lacing.

Ooooh, I like the smell of this one. It's got the sweet caramel malts and nutty character I expect in a brown but the most impressive and noticeable part of the nose is the hops, which seem to be a mixture of pine resins and sweet citrus, oranges maybe.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, as the hops seem to be much more understated and the sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and toasted nuts. The finish has a slight citrus hop bitterness but definitely not to the extent of the nose.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy but with a slight prickliness from the hops. Strong carbonation.

This is an outstanding brown ale, especially if you like a hefty hop presence to mix things up a bit. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12oz Shorts beer from Wadsey. This one pours a dark copper orange, almost brown color, clear with a thin tan foam.

The aroma is very odd, almost off, dry hopped to the point of near sourness. More pine resin than citrus, which worked as the pine paired well with the roasted malts. The beer tastes very odd, the hops are so bitter that I get a puckering sour feel in my mouth. Not expected in a brown ale, which I guess is the point for Shorts. Other than the bitterness I get a little toasted malt / roasted malt flavor, but I think the dry hopping is the main attribute I'll remember.

This strikes me as an interesting experiment, but not one I'll return to. Good on Shorts for trying new things.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12oz. bottle on 1/26/10.

A - Poured a somewhat murky brown body with reddish hues and a sparse, bubbly beige head that settled into a thin, patchy foam and spotty lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a slight catbox aroma and fairly heavy citrus twang. As the liquid warmed up a bit, hints of molasses, brown sugar and vanilla emerged, as well as a subtle waft of alcohol.

T - Opens with a sweet, gooey caramel character up front with hints of molasses and toffee, then segues into more of a citrusy hop character suggesting grapefruit. Finishes with an earthy hop bite and a slight herbal flair amidst an extremely toasty malt character suggesting toasted grains and barley.

M - Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Really interesting brew here. Sweet and toasty, Good Humans offers a unique twist on a brown ale by incorporating quite a bit of citrusy hop character. Yum!

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one thanks to Telix. Pours a nice light golden brown with a thin white head that quickly fizzles to lacing. The smell is decent, some lightly roasted malts, a faint whiff of hops, coffee and chocolate. The taste is very similar, with lightly roasted malts providing subtle hints of coffee and chocolate, with hops providing a little bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and good drinkability. Overall this a solid beer, with some nice complexity and excellent flavors. I could see enjoying quite a few of these.

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Photo of brc
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear, chestnut colored liquid. A small tan foam settles pretty quickly without lacing.

Nose of red grapefruits and wood barrels. Kinda wierd but inviting.

Lots of sweetness, headed by a dark caramel flavor. Definite citrus, more grapefruit, especially in the finish. It has medium to low bitterness. It's sort of like a classic brown ale with a grapefruit twist.

The mouthfeel is creamy, fairly thick for a brown ale. Certainly not approaching a porter, but pleasantly full. The finish has a bit of zing.

I haven't had anything like this before, and I'd go for another.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy brown amber color that produced an immediately dissipating off-white head even after a vigorous pour.

(S)- Has a nutty brown ale background, with a large dry citrus foreground of peach, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only each character in its presence, is flipped. The dry, yet fruity hops take the backseat to a creamy yet nutty classic brown ale. Dont count that citrus fruit out yet; this finishes in a crisp yet dry peach & pineapple.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. I thought this would be more fruit-driven by the smell, but the taste proved me wrong. An interesting mix of dry hops and a brown ale.

(D)- Yet another unique, yet tasty brew from Shorts! Certainly a different take on a brown ale with the addition of dry hopping. Not the best out there, but I respect Shorts for thinking outside the box.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trippy label. The beer poured a bright, clear chestnut with a thin beige/tan cap of fine bubbles. A bit of sticky lace, decent head retention. Big citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit, with some caramel and earthy malt in the background. Sort of surprising, but nice. Bold hop flavour, juicy citrus, grapefruit, moderate to high bitterness with enough malt sweetness, caramel, faint nuts and chocolate, to provide some balance. It finished with a hint of alcohol and lingering combination of malts and bitterness. The body was lighter than expected, not thin exactly but headed in that direction. Carbonation was medium-low and the texture was malty with a bit of dryness once the sweetness dissipated. An interesting beer, plenty of flavour and quite tasty.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Short's brew courtesy of iceicebaby, thanks again!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a pretty clear rustic amber brown with a two finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer. Bits of lacing here and there, but not much. Aroma is one of a kind; roasted coffee, citrus hops, and bready malts. I like the smell, but it could be bolder. Taste begins with toffee and caramel sweetness. Midway a good combination of earthy and tropical hop flavors emerge. Chocolatey Brown Ale characteristics linger in the aftertaste with just a splash of Cara Cara oranges. The taste is a wonderful (and totally unexpected) blend of Brown Ale and hoppy Pale Ale. Medium body with a steady carbonation and a slight tingle that remains on the tongue. Another solid and unique brew from Short's, I could definitely put a few of these bad boy's down.

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