Key Lime Pie | Short's Brewing Company

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Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Dirty_Hippy
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Hazey copper color. Look's exactly like apple cider. Zero lacing, zero head.

S= Lime and lots of it. You can also smell the graham crackers in this along with a hint of lactose.

T= I'm rating this beer based on what it is supposed to taste like. Key Lime Pie. Short's hit the nail on the head with this beer, it is absolutely amazing! On first sip I taste lime, a little lactose, sweet marshmallow and a burnt graham cracker taste. Flavor lingers on tongue for a long time. Beer is quite tart, but not very sweet which I honestly enjoy.

M= Creamy with low carbonation.

O= Short's Key Lime Pie is an excellent experimental beer! One that I will definitely be looking for in the future! I'm glad that I was able to score a six pack of this when I was able to!

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Photo of barmut2
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have tried KLP on tap and in the bottle. I enjoyed it on tap, I drank four of them. You get a taste of key lime, the crust and some whipped cream. Crazy in a good way. Smell is good you think its going to be really sweet but is balanced nicely. Try one or four!

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Photo of bmanning
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer from notes at EBF 2010 in hopes that Short's will bottle this beer. Of all the incredible beers that I sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest 2010, this was the highlight of the day.
The sweet, tart lime and graham cracker aroma hits you immediately after this beer is poured. It smells like my mom's key lime pie just as it comes out of the oven.
The taste is fantastic. You know that sweet, tart, rich creamy taste of a well made key lime pie right as it hits your tongue? Well this beer nailed it - it tastes JUST like that. How they pulled it off, I have no idea.
For the mouthfeel, this liquid key lime pie has the acidity yet creaminess of the real thing with just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out.
Drinkability - If I could, I'd buy several cases of this and drink one every night for dessert.
Please Short's - bottle this! It's the best thing you've made so far, and that's saying something as you guys have made some great beer.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.59/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was half heartedly expecting this to be green like a hi-c ecto cooler, but it is a nice dark amber tone with a slightly off white head. A thin transparent layer of sediment sits on the bottom of the bottle and pulls up with ease. Smells limey like a lime yogurt, very fruity ad sugary. An exceptional taste. Creamy and fluffy like a key lime pie followed by a pleasant backing that doesn't take away too much from the lime flavor. A really great surprise. Short"s pulls through yet again with another great brew. Very clean feeling and a great drinkablility.

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Photo of mikey711
4.56/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber color with hints of a bit of red. Nice off white head that left a little bit of lacing.

S: Some hints of lime with marshmellow and citrus acid.

T: It has a sweet yet sour tangy lime note. definitely some marshmellow notes, especially in the finish and some gram cracker sweetness. it definitely tastes just like key lime pie and I love it

M: It's light and not cloying sweet and there is no heat. it works well for the style

D: Yeah, i am very partial to this beer. its wuite refreshing but can also be a slow sipping dessert beer. I would love to have a ton of this around

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Photo of kbeals
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter glass unveils a red/orange brew with a finger of off-white head. Good head retention with just a bit of lacing.

S- Hints of tart lime and a bit of sugary, marshmallow like sweetness. The graham crackers come through slightly, but I really had to dig to find it in the aroma over the limes.

T- WOW! One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. It tastes exactly like Key Lime Pie. Lime flavor is both tart and sweet with the graham cracker coming through nicely. A hint of marshmallow in there too. Soooo good!

M- Light-medium body with some prickly carbonation.

D- I could drink this beer all night long. This was most definitely the highlight of the night and is quite possibly my new favorite Short's beer. They definitely need to bottle this at some point.

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Photo of portia99
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade with kbeals with great thanks and appreciation for the hard work Kevin went through to get this growler to me.

A - Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a thin wisp of foam that dies fairly quickly and leaves behind just an extremely thin collar around the glass.

S - Smell is pretty light overall - very mild limey citrus and some creamy fluff-like marshmallowy quality. Wish there was a bit more here...but what is here is good.

T - If there was any doubt before tasting, there isn't any more. There is an unmistakable tart, sour citrusy lime flavor that sits way up front. Almost like beer mixed with some limeade. Then there is the graham crackers...blends together with the fruit perfectly. Layered with some vanilla'y marshmallows too. I get next to zero grain/malt flavors and same thing with hops...but who cares, this tastes great.

M - Somewhat thin in body, but definitely not watery. Carbonation is light with a smooth creaminess to it that works really well. Graham crackers sit well into the aftertaste.

D - A great summer time session beer. I could sit with this beer all day long and be totally content. A very unique and interesting beer. Shorts - please bottle this one! If you can get a hold of this one, definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Adam!

Hazy orange color with reds and browns. Very little white creamy head.

Holy Key Lime aroma.

Smooth, creamy, delicious. It's like pie in liquid form.. Flavor is spot on key lime pie with appropriate bitterness and sweetness. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but it works.

A really strange brew... A very fitting flavor for the label. Highly recommended if you like experimental/unique brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When it was announced that Short's Brewing was going to be getting distro into PA, my heart went pitty-pat! I have known these guys since the early part of the century when they were coming to the BeerAdvocate fests at the Cyclorama. I have embroidered cloth patches from them & sport them proudly on my vests & jackets. We did not get everything from them, initially, but as time has passed, so has the depth and breadth of what they are sending us increased. Accordingly, I am trying to keep up with their releases.

From the bottle: "Beer brewed with marshmallow and lactose with lime and graham crackers added".

One of the limes on the label puts me in mind of Haystack Rock in Pacific City, OR! That is the home of Pelican Brewery & well worth a visit.

Once more, I was forced to Pop! the cap before anything else could occur. So be it! I followed that up with a gentle pour since I am going to the movies Short'sly & I did not need a mess to hamper my plans. A vigorous in-glass swirl generated two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head with modest retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a mild lime tartness, but I could not identify any of the other adjuncts. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was truly up to billing! I have not eaten Key Lime Pie in years, but this mimicked it perfectly! I had to laugh at the audacity and the mastery to pull it off. The tart lime was prevalent, but the sweetness of the marshmallow (unidentifiable) and graham crackers (easily identified) was running a close second. Finish was semi-sweet/sweetart and it struck me as more of a novelty than something that I would want consistently, as opposed to Strawberry Short's Cake. It also might make for an interesting blend with some of their other far-out beers. Good on ya, lads!

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dabecassis for sharing the growler.

Moderately hazy brownish-amber with a solid white cap. Rich graham cracker pie crust aroma with a squeeze of key lime. Smells amazingly like key lime pie, dessert-like but not excessively sweet. I'm amazed at how well they captured the buttery graham cracker crust aroma. It tastes exactly as it smells: Graham cracker pie crust with tart citrusy lime. Nice malty graham cracker pie crust sweetness up front with only the slightest hint of bitterness behind it. There's also a mellow toasted malt background and ample tart lime flavor. This was a surprisingly great beer, completely unique and actually fairly drinkable, though probably not something I would reach for often.

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many, and I mean MANY, samples at EBF 2010.

A-Hazy golden brown color with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Graham cracker and caramel sweetness with a backing dose of tart lime and bit of citrus.

T-I was initially worried that this beer would be too sweet and thankfully I was pleasantly surprised! A near perfect balance of graham cracker sweetness and the lightly tart bite from the Key limes. The malt sweetness is slightly dominate but most likely because that is the initial flavour. The Key Lime zing comes in quickly after and lingers on and on.

M-Medium-light bodied with good lingering flavours.

D-BAM! Short's does it again with an amazing fruit beer that no one has done (to my knowledge) and they freakin' NAIL it. I am a HUGE Key Lime Pie fan and this is about as close to it as a beer could get IMHO. Kudos to Joe and the crew for once again creating a masterpiece,

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Sheffields 4/7/10.

A: Served a rich golden brown. Smallish wafer of off-white head on top sticks around for a while and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Very interesting aromas of key limes, lemon, and crackery/buttery malt.

T: Opinions may differ, but I thought this tasted really close to Key Lime Pie. Fresh, home made whipped cream, key limes, and both (BOTH!) types of KLP crust. Dry, cocoa-y Oreo cookie crust and buttery Graham cracker crust. Incredible!

M: Slick and smooth with a nice tangy edge that keeps it from being too sweet. Excellent balance.

D: I has a little more than a glass and was pleasantly surprised when I went back the next night and it was still on draft. Completely oddball beer that Shorts managed to pull off.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body. A care pour produces a rather minimal head with slight retention. As the head recedes sporadic splotchy lacing is left.

The aroma is huge. Overall sweet combination of lime, vanilla cream and graham cracker. Aroma is beautifully layered in perfect proportions to match the dessert.

Wow! This is crazy good. Sweet vanilla cream is strong up front, if there was ever a beer which tasted like a milk shake this is it. Marshmellow cream is certainly a different ingredient but it shines. Lime flavor is bright and fresh with a slight biting tartness. Crusty graham cracker flavor is softer and more complimentary.

Medium bodied beer, oh so smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Sweet flavor blankets the tongue creating a long finish.

I love this beer. My lord this is completely differentthan any beer I have ever had. Not a beer for every occasion but this may be the best dessert beer. Easy to drink, flat out awesome beer.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids. The bartender offered my wife and I a sample pour.

I was ... amazed. It tastes like a very mild beer with key lime pie - exactly as you'd expect. All of the tastes of a key lime pie are there - the lime filling, the cream topping, and the crust.

Definitely not a beer to drink when you want a beer, but if you want something different - this is a good drink!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love it or hate it, this is one of the most amazing beers I have ever had. One gets all of the qualities of the desert while still being a beer. A big warning to drinkers, the quality of this beer does not age well. The taste was better when I first bought the beer than it was two months later.

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, one gets a big hit of ... dessert-like lime. A dark straw color was the appearance with a soft white head. The initial taste was the tartness of lime, the crispness of the graham cracker crust, and the creaminess of the lactose sugar. The lime really hits the sour parts of the tongue and leaves a strong impression. These elements come together to make the key lime pie impression. The lime lingers heavily in the aftertaste. It is not the like the lime that one gets in a Corona to add taste to an otherwise bland beer. While the lime taste dominates Short's Key Lime Pie, there is a lot going on in this beer. The aftertaste holds the tart lime without being a full assault. The smoothness of the lime makes it even more pleasing. Nicely done Shorts! And this comes from somebody that is not a fan of the desert.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex lime aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Heavy creamy lime flavor with a medium to heavy sour lime finish of long duration. Refreshing brew that is a standout.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. A nice surprise that my guitarist picked up....thanks a million for this one Vince!

A- Pours a orange color with some light amber highlights. One finger white head shows pour retention and lacing falls back down into the beer itself.

S- I get the lime right off the bat. A little on the artifical side with a nice strong hint of the lactose they use. There in the background is the signature "Short's malt base" which only comes through in hints. The marshmallow comes through with a grahmcracker like aroma in the backend. Nothing is off putting like others have said. Maybe I got a good non-infected bottle?

T- Once again a creamy like lime comes through in the front although not as strong as in the aroma. The lactose gives it a light sour kick too it. Or maybe that might be the infection everyone was talking about? Either way it gives a nice dimension to the taste. The base malt comes in the for a second in the middle before getting covered up by the marshmallow. Light grahmcracker hint toward the back with another splash of sourness and the distinct "Short's malt base".

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Elements of Key Lime pie are left the palate with the same in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. The flavors for what they were were balanced nicely I thought. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Only off flavor might have been the sour notes but it actually went well with the overall feel of the beer. Creamy in the mouth at times as well from the lactose.

D- I thought this beer delivered to what it said it was going to. If you don't like Key Lime don't try this beer. My bottle might have had light infections to it but it still worked out well in its favor. I wish I could get my hands on this bottle again to try it out. I personally thought this beer was lovely and like the fact that Short's is doing its own thing and doing it nicely.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint glass. This is a burnt orange/brown color with medium carbonation. Smell is sweet and citrusy with a slight hint of lime. Taste is creamy and sweet with a strong lime presence in its finish. Has a mellow lime sherbet type of flavor with some tartness as well. Almost no alcohol presence and excellent drinkability. Very unique and very well done.

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Photo of MikeyRx
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint, dark straw with haze and minimal head, receded leaving an oily sheen and what appears to be pie crumbs.

S- Caramel malt, graham cracker and marshmallow predominate with hints of sweet lime.

T- Tastes like key lime pie! Sweet lime with minimal citrusy tartness are noticed first, followed by marshmallow with lasting graham flavor.

M- Medium in body with minimal carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

I was expecting bold, imbalanced flavors when initially considering this 'experimental' brew, but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors are all well balanced in a delicious and unique brew. Any hop character in this beer escaped me. Great beer that doesn't taste like a beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple goblets tonight at the Short's party in Chicago.
Brewed w/ lime puree, graham cracker, marshmallow and milk sugar; 5.75%

Tawny orange copper color, slightly hazy, a quick fizz of foam that fades fast into a ring. The color is nice, almost suggestive of a pie crust.

Aroma was the highlight, very desserty, sweet with hints of graham cracker and crushed oreos. Possibly some lime zest under that but subdued.

Creamy oreo filling, mild cocoa, marshmallow/toffee, and graham cracker, some tangy lime zest upfront that fades into the sweet confectionary pie crust buttery breadiness. Not especially tart. A bit thin in the body, but the creaminess saves it. Had to have two, although others were not as enthusiastic about it.

Super interesting Willy Wonka style experiment, not your typical fruit beer, very ambitious and successful at recreating the nuanced elements of key lime pie. Sounds crazy but it's true!

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Photo of kruthar
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FoodBeer!? I'm freaking on it. Im so excited to try this, i got a sixer.

A - Light auburn color, brown with a thin head the dissapates quickly to a light greenish tint.

S - smells strongly of citrus but not quite lime more like an orange aroma. definitely have a sweet bready graham cracker smell.

T - The first taste i get is that sugary bready graham cracker wheat grain taste, some sour bittin gfruit that turns into a sweet finish that finalizing in a sweet tart.

M - very bubbly, attacks the tongue, longer it sit out the more smooth it gets.

D - thsi is a great beer, apparently peole feel differently but i could sip this all night.

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Photo of glazeman
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. I was quite skeptical of this beer prior to drinking it, as I really wondered how well they could meld this ingredients into a beer.

A: pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a ½ finger white head that has pretty good retention and nice lacing

S: I can see what they were going for here, but I don't think it quite came together all the way. I get a little bit of lime and marshmallow on the nose, but overall it smells like sweet fruit with a little bit of acidity. Not much of the creaminess on the nose that I would expect from a pie. Pretty good smell overall though.

T: The lime flavor in this doesn't really come across as an acidic bite like it does when you put a lime in a corona. Instead, the lime is a little sweeter due in part to the marshmallow like taste that comes through. I get a little bit of the graham cracker at the finish that gives the beer a nice ending. Well rounded overall.

M: Fine, nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing wrong with it either. Nice level of viscosity, carbonation, and a nice aftertaste.

D: Not sure I would really want 3 or 4 of these in a night, but overall extremely interesting and well worth a try. It went down easy and was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for a couple of these in trade.

Pours a hazy copper, with a ½ finger of smooth white foamy head. This peters down fairly quickly but swirling gets some richness back up on the edges and still manages to leave some a cascade of spotty froth on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a bit muddled smelling. I'm definitely getting some tart lime, with hops and sugary sweetness all jumbled up together into a deep earthy tang. I mean, I can pick up the different flavors but some more definition to the nose would have been welcomed.

Luckily the taste is much more defined and pretty darn spot on for the flavors that are supposed to be at work here. The fruity tartness of the lime. The creamy milky sweetness of the marshmallows. And even the sugary dough of the graham crackers. It is all so tangy and delicious, with the lime flavor in particular hanging on the lips after each sip. There is just enough earthy bitterness present as well, which helps cut some of the more possibly cloying aspects of the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with an even blend of prickly creaminess and easy slickness that helps keep this lively but smooth on the palate. There is just a touch of lingering warmth present as well but it doesn't distract from the flavors in the slightest.

I was initially worried about this, after hearing some early complaints about the bottles, but was very pleased with what I got out of this. This did taste like a piece of key lime pie in a glass and was pretty representative of what I tasted on draft at the Extreme Beer Fest last February. This is one Short's experiment that worked for me.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting snifter. Thanks to Urbancaver for this one.

A-Pours a hazy amber with no head. A thin ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass, no lacing.

S-Bready, sour yeast, limes, graham cracker.

T-Good, but not quite as much lime as I would have liked. I expected this to be a little bit more like a lambic. It has a mild lactic sweetness, and some nice graham cracker breadiness in the finish. I'm impressed with how they managed to pull back on the sweetness. It's a pretty subtle beer.

M-Thin to medium-bodied, with a soft finish.

D-A really interesting beer. Not something I would want all the time,

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Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second time having this beer, the first time had definitely begun to sour slightly, tasaty, but totally different from this experience. The color is a hazy straw, whispy quick head. Aromas of graham cracker and lime pie, definitely nailed the nose on this one. Flavor is as expected, although it leaves with a tangy bicuit malt flavor that I'm not crazy about, similar to the Shortscake. They did a great job of pinpointing flavors of the namesake, but I still wish it was bigger. Maybe an Imperial Key Lime Pie?

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