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 Biffster
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So the beer was poured from a bottle into a snifter. It is a deep copper/brown, with some amber and mahogany highlights. It has a strong off-white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma starts with an enormous toffee, graham cracker, and chocolate blast with some low to medium hop aroma. There is lots of dark fruit, like overripe strawberries and plums. The toffee aroma grows as the sample warms. There is a very small, but perceptible, coffee aroma as it opens up.

The beer is big and bold and malty at the sip, but it gives way quickly to a bitterness that is, I expect, intended to counter the malty sweetness. It has a substantial hop flavor. In fact, it ends up not balancing all that well. It finishes malty but with a touch of hops, and not a small amount of warmth at the swallow. The finish is pleasingly dry and leads to a lingering hoppy but very malty finish.

It's rich and creamy, but light. A touch fluffy, but the alcohol does more than warms. It is a little hot.

This is a big but very drinkable beer I loved it, but there were a few issues that kept it from greatness.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Nice curtain and spotting of lacing on the glass.

S- light roast, hazelnuts and some pine

T- sweet toasted malts, hazelnut, almost a light peanut butter, and some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and slightly slick.

O- pretty tasty brown ale. More hazelnut, nuttiness than most others but still has nice flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really do like the nose on this one. Really nice hop influence going on. Overall, the hops really do stick with the beer on this one, providing a constant influence that clearly speaks of dry hops. A different take on brown ales that works out pretty nicely.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 1/9/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber colour with plenty of orange glow around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - Big nutty aroma up front with a hint of chocolate and some caramel. Some bitterness is apparent but only a faint floral hop aroma is present.

T - A huge bitterness up front with some floral and grassy flavours. The brown ale characteristics take the back seat here but are still very present, providing roasted nut, caramel and bready flavours. An interesting beer but something is just off and not coming together for me here.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of minterro
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle got from Keweenaw Co-op, pretty nifty store in Hancock MI.

Very cloudy dark copper colored beer. Not much but bits if off white lacy head

Lots of maltyness and caramel, but there is also a lot of sweetness.
Caramel and floral hops.

Pretty sweet flavored beer, Upfront very bready and caramely but then the finish is bitty and has floral hop qualities.

Medium to full bodied, moderately low carbonation but it works really well with the beer.

It grew on me while I was drinking it, it was overall very good.

Head died very quick. beer not as cloudy as noted last year. Many of the normal brown flavors just amped up.

Overall: decrease appearance and mouthfeel and increased taste and overall

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Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a lighter bodied dark amber in color with a slight off white lacing. It smells of slightly smoked malts and raisins. It's definitely on the malty side. The flavors are dry and hoppy with a nice malt backbone. I'm glad the hops are present here since they were absent in the nose. The flavor builds with time as well. It drinks light in body with a nice after taste. Overall this is a solid brown. I'm glad I could try it.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Nut brown beer body. Nice two finger coffee colored head. Nice and foamy stuck around for awhile had some nice lacing.

S: Nose is pretty strong smells nutty. Like a typical brown ale. You can also pick up on some carmel maltiness in those pretty strong nose.

T: Flavor is very good. Smooth caramel,nuts, and nice hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is thin. Which I kind of expected given the style. Nice carbonation.

O:Overall, I'm pleased with this offering from Shorts. I really thought they did a good job with this brown ale. Really goes well with the season. Decent beer worth a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown but clear at the base. Head is tan in color and I got at least an inch of foamy goodness.

S - Smell doesn't give way to much dry hopping which is a good thing since these guys can sometimes take hoping to far. Mostly sweet with caramel and toffee with only slight floral hops. Smells balanced.

T - Well it doesn't have much roasty nutty flavors but mostly sweet malts and citrus/pineapple hops in the finish. I do like how balanced it is starting sweet and finishing mildly hoppy.

M - Medium body the ABV is hidden very well in this.

Overall nothing really bad to say about this except maybe could use more roasty or nutty flavors. Kind of drinks more like a mildly hoppy amber ale if you ask me (nugget nectar like...)

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Photo of koleneack
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice dark carmel color. Pretty typical for Browns. Loved the Dry Hoppped flavors. Good cure for boring browns. The smells doesn't give you a whole lot but it does have a good carmel smell with just a bit of flower in there from the Hops. Very sweet smell. Probably one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Didn't expect it given the smell. Very smooth given the high alcohol content.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a MI Whole Foods.

A: Root beer brown body. Very thin paper-white head.

S: Nose is almost non- existent. Probably a result of the shaker pint cold pour they give you here, but I can't rate it higher for supposition of smell.

T: Flavor is very good. Smooth caramel maltiness melts into a huge hop bite on the finish. Great hoppy brown!

M: Mouthfeel is thin. No real surprise here, given the style. Moderate carb. Slick and slightly tart.

O: Higher than I expected. Tasty and quenching. A very solid and respectable session brown with hopitude.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour; khaki head.

Grassy, piney aroma aroma. Chocolate and nut nose.

Sharp tingly hop bite. Resinous and piney. Chocolate and toasted nut flavor follows. Some caramel malt sweetness. Very enjoyable. Reminds me of Ellie's Brown; maybe a little hoppier. Definitely hoppier in the nose. Alcohol had a kick on the palate. I rather enjoyed this one but I have a soft spot for hoppy brown ales.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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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Photo of madeofsteel
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a nonic, pours a murky dark reddish brown. A fairly hard pour yielded about half an inch worth of off-white head. Little retention, but some nice lacing.

S - Warming malts, faint booze.

T - Nutty, a little bready, with faint hints of caramel. Hazelnut or somesuch definitely seems to be the main flavor. No hops to speak of, which is just fine for this brew.

M - Creamy, but leaves a bit of funk afterwards.

O - It's a bit sweeter than Bellaire Brown, which I honestly like. But I don't know how it holds up against some other Michigan browns. Not bad, though.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- The appearance struck me as almost thin or watery at first. While I saw a good deal of sediment slide from the bottle, the body was still a cleanish, brown-red with moderate carbonation. A sloppy pour produced a 1-finger, tan head that sustained as a light foam that left really good, sticky rings.

S- The aroma puts aside any notions of "thin.". Organic hops explode from the bottle with herbal scents. Powdered hot chocolate plays a part in this very deep and rich nose. Hints of brown sugar. It moves fairly malt forward with warmth.

T- So good! Chocolate and nuts combine to remind me of some overpriced, milk chocolate peanuts I purchased to help a fundraiser. Hints of butter. Nice hop finish is leafy and herbal. No alcohol in flavor, saved for warmth in mouthfeel.

M- Medium bodied, almost full bodied considering the style. Moderate carbonation. Light hop bite and the slightest, ABV warmth.

O- Wonderful American brown ale. Rich, yet extremely drinkable. It's a great fall/winter brew. Higher ABV is deceptively well-hidden. It went really well with the considerable snow we received over the weekend.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some last weekend in MI. Poured into a snifter.

Great smell, herbal/ slightly spicy biscuity breads.

The dry hopped character was fantastic.

I certainly wish I could get this beer on a regular basis. Hopefully they will up their distro to OH someday soon.

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Photo of cetherid
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been awhile since I've reviewed a beer. Seemed like a good night to start back up.

poured into a tulip (bottled about a month ago)


Beer is a murky brown/mahogany color with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring around the glass. No real lacing going on either.


Malty right up front. Very nutty with notes of caramel and chocolate...slightly reminiscent of breadcrust. Hops subtle but still noticeable.


Similar to nose. Very sweet and nutty but those hops that were modest in the nose are more detectible here in the taste, before finishing off with a light caramel sweetness.


Beer is rather thin. Carbonation rather light but the slight dry finish is rather enjoyable. At first sip it feels like it's going to be a little cloying on the palate but I think the added hops help prevent that.


Overall this is a fairly decent brown ale. This is one of my least favorite styles but I still tried to rate accordingly. The ugly lifeless appearance and thin mouth feel knocked it down more than anything really.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
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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Photo of claspada
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle/extra courtesy of ROBORB from in a recent trade.

Pours is a rich, hazy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights and a small but nice white head, some chunky yeast floaties which I was able to avoid most of, but a few snuck in... Not as dark as a brown ale, almost an super dark amber.

Aromas begin with a plethora of floral and citrus hops which attempt to steal the show from the caramel and nutty maltiness of your typical brown ale. Toffee malt sweetness emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin with an initial injection of hops; an interesting combination of citrus and floral hops but soon is complemented with the sweet brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Even with all the hoppiness, there isn't much in terms of bitterness, which I enjoy. Hoppy darker ales usually are way down my list but the flavor profile work here for me surprisingly. The lack of bitter hop flavors are important to the balance of this brew.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel. Finish is not too dry or bitter for such a hop forward ale, but the dry-hopping allows for a great deal of hop flavor with minimal acrid bitterness.

Overall, this is quite an interesting beer, and despite the fact that it a hoppy darker style ale, I enjoyed it. The hops really come through and make you forget that you're drinking a "brown ale" for a second, but the maltiness is there to help the balance throughout and create quite a pleasant flavor profile. Not something I need to revisit anytime soon, but pleasant enough

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Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Kalamazoo in December, 2011. Haven't tried this brew before, but love most Short's beers I've had in the past. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown, persistent head. Very nice looking, changes and leaves some nice slick lacing as I drink.

Aroma: Pick up a rich roasted malt quality, but the hops are there to add an earthy crispness too.

Taste: Definitely some fun flavor play here. Earthy, grassy hoppiness is at first sweet when combined with the roasted nut malt. About half way through the glass, the flavors have evolved more to be much more bitter, lending a coffee note to it all. Toffee flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really light for such a rich beer. Heavy flavors could not dance as much if it wasn't for the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: Really well made beer. Great earth and sweet combo of flavors. I've had other kinds of brews that aim to combine the two in the past. At best, they come out like this brew. At worst, they taste like dirt.

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Photo of BBP
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks fairly nice for a Short's brew. That being said, it had a head and held it for the first half of the drink. A tad of lacing.

The aroma was quite enticing at first. The smell has a decent amount of hops. Later on as it warms up, it smells considerably sweet and focused on what makes a brown ale a brown ale.

The taste is interesting. Right after the sip, I love it. There's hops a plenty and rich malt to back it up. The hops seem to fade nearly instantly after though, leaving it a tad too sweet for my tastes. It seems to bring a lot of sweetness that goes unchecked while the hops aren't around. I could see this appealing to the masses, but I've grown to need a bit more bitterness. To be fair, it really is on par in that regard for the style though.

The body is low to medium thick with a medium weight. The finish is fairly dry with a moderately sticky finish.

Overall, this was a good brown ale, but not so much what I was looking for. It's surprisingly normal for a shorts beer, and while it's well crafted, it seems like it's aimed more towards making everybody happy. Somewhat fitting for a beer named Good Humans.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber brown with one finger of light tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a Tootsie Roll, toffee and chocolate. Also some citrus hops. Smells good.

T - Taste is brown bread with chocolate and toffee, with citrus hops coming in midway through. Finish is semi-dry with some nuttiness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts off a bit sticky sweet and gradually turns to semi-dry with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

O - The dry hopping is a nice addition to the brown ale base. Wouldn't mind seeing more hoppy brown ales.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm, light chestnut turning a rich amber when backlit. Clear with a few streams of large bubbles rising to a small off-white head. Very good retention once it settles to a skim and it leaves some good lacing.

S: Malty richness – lots of toasty bread crusty goodness, a fair bit of caramel / toffee sweetness, even a soft chocolate note. Hops are a bit dank, herbal, and some citrus hints – but all soft and easy. Very rich & inviting.

T: Very, very rich malts – toasty, nutty, bread crust, bread, toffee, light touch or chocolate, faint roast notes that border on coffee, and some flashes of dark fruits. Surprisingly robust & dark tasting for how relatively light it looks. A touch of biting alcohol creeps in as it warms. Hops offer a super nice counterpoint. Fair bitterness that stays just behind the malts. Dank resin, earthy, herbal, and some citrus dancing around the edges.

M: A bit over medium body with lots of dextrins & some sticky residual sugars. Carbonation is rather under-matched and soft – helps to give it a smooth, big & rich feel. Starts sweet, but finishes quite dry. There is hint of sneaking warmth.

D: A big, robust, very tasty and very easy & pleasant drinking beer. It would be super easy to over do it with this one. It has a ton going on, but is just so drinkable and well crafted that the glass swiftly empties as you attempt to contemplate.

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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 MarcatGSB
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founder's snifter. Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River, MI. No visible date stamp on this guy, but I know it's 2011 vintage.

A: Your straight forward dark brown translucent body. Good one finger off white/khaki colored head with some sticky lacing, doesn't last too long, 7-15 seconds.

N: Instant gratification after pouring this fine beer. The dry-hopping really jumps out of the glass, over taking any malt, giving a nice resinous character. Good nutty character coming from the glass.

T: Real big sweet malt body, followed by some peculiar strawberry like characters. This beer has that typical "Shorts" character. Little off, some funky ness, but not really FUNKY...just Shorts. Very unique. No complaints. Those nutty notes are coming out in the background, very subtle, but suitable.

M: The malt sweetness is balanced nicely by some bitterness, and drying. Really pleasant to quaff. Bit thin.

D and O: Review to style? This is a good brown ale, one of the better I have had in a long time. Very drinkable, even with the elevated ABV. The dry hopping goes nicely with a fairly well rounded brown ale.

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Good Humans Ale (Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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