Key Lime Pie | Short's Brewing Company

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Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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1/5  rDev -70.9%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.25/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark gold color, sort of ugly looking with it's murky body and lack of head. Like a cup of pond water. Smells sweet with very faint lime and cracker. Weird nasty lime and sugar taste and a honeydew finish. more like old rotten honeydew. This beer is just flat out disgusting and cloyingly sweet. The combination of flavors are strange and don't work at all. I wonder if there is some sort of translation lost when going from tap to bottle because I've heard people that have only had the tap version say it tastes exactly like key lime pie, which I love. This is like key lime pie if I left it out on the counter in the sun for 3 months. Doesn't seem like this is infected but with such strange ingredients I wonder if I'd even be able to tell if it were.

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Photo of domtronzero
1.26/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Murky orange copper with a short-lived, quickly collapsing whitish head. No Lacing. Kind of ~blah~.

S - Acetic, infected, funky, dirty aroma. Dry bready malts and a weird artificial fruit smell.

F/M - Tart acetic infected with a funky/dirt flavor. Sweet bready malts. Muddled flavors otherwise. No distinguishable key lime or pie crust. Quite disappointing and just plain terrible. Medium body with very high carbonation.

D - Drain-pour for sure. Hard to drink more than a couple sips. Get it together, Shorts.

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1.43/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received as an extra from Jeremiah. Even though I didn't like this beer, I am EXTREMELY grateful for the opportunity to have tried it. Sampled 9/14/11. 12oz bottle to pint glass. No ABV or batch number indicated.

A: Pours with a large light brown head, fizzy and soapy in texture, and rapidly diminishing. The body is medium brownish-orange and very murky with decent-sized white flecks of adjunct floating on top. An endless supply of bubbles race ferociously to the surface. No chance of lacing.

S: The label warns: "Beer brewed with marshmallow & lactose with lime & graham crackers added." Well, most of those ingredients were evident but I've had more marshmallow-forward beers that didn't actually include them in the brewing process. Toasted cereal (think Grapenuts) and the faintest hint of chocolate. Lime-y hops. A little must. This is all very odd. I swirled the glass to bring out more aroma and kill off some of the extra effervescence - but all I effectively did was arouse more chunks of sediment.

T: Stale graham cracker, sour milk and Chinese food. I get the key lime pie flavor to a degree, but I fear it is more from the power of suggestion than anything else. Long lasting flavor (is unwanted and) leans toward the sweet side. Unexpectedly acidic. My stomach is starting to turn lol.

M: The body is light and thin with a mineral-like texture. Carbonation is way too high.

O: Gotta love Shorts - and their risky brewing endeavors! This didn't work though. Perhaps fresh on tap from the source is another story...

Despite my poor review, again, I'm very happy to have tried this beer.

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Photo of Skye1024
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of KCM
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
1.57/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/31/14

06/18/2014 stamped on the bottle

Much too rusty an orange color for something with "lime" in the name, I can see MbpBugeye's (RIP) concern that the beer is too dark even as I pour the beer. A flash of bubbles begins to form immediately which I find promising, if only for a brief time. Mere moments later the head is gone leaving patches of suds that look like mold spots.

I find the aroma has a rotten fruit disposition amid perfume and aerosol abrasiveness. Hints of fusel sweetness against a cream-scented backdrop. Any impressiveness found in the easily appreciable graham cracker aroma is rudely undone by and overarching watery characteristic. As the beer warms is exhibits yeast, mildew, and suggestions of minerals and salt.

As I take the first sip, and before allowing the beer to be perceived by taste, I notice a peculiar sensation with the liquid itself. The beer is medium bodied, sluggish and wont to easy reception; perhaps not mutually exclusive descriptions but certainly unlikely to find all at once. The carbonation is low, too low to compensate for what would better be described as a dirge-like, depressed mouthfeel. Truly awful.

The feel is disappointing so much as to render forgettable the first taste of this beer. I remember it being bad but have no immediate recollection of it. I must have been in self-preservation mode; subsequent sips reveal a flavor profile more dire than that of the nose. Salinity is intrusive, downplaying the graham cracker sweetness. Lime flavors are murky at best, having just the faintest tartness trickle around the middle. The ABV does not seem particularly high but there is an oily slickness that blurs the flavors into an jumbled mess.

In closing I offer a quote regarding Short's Key Lime Pie. I'll say it so he doesn't have to:

"There's too much beer there for a beer that isn't supposed to taste like a beer."

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1.66/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Acquired from tburkhart, courtesy of the Under 100 IV BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts and an odd aroma that I can only assume comes from the combination of marshmallow, graham crackers, lactose and lime that are all listed on the label.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and lime that are quickly followed by bready flavors from a hearty malt character and the added graham crackers. The lactose and marshmallow are faintly in the background. It's a unique concept but the flavors do not seem to mesh well at all. The hops presence is very faint, but I have a feeling that any more would make this beer taste even worse. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Not very smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but not tasty at all, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, original representation of style, not a beer that I would recommend.

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1.71/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a very cloudy orangeish color, with a thin white head. Head is gone in a flash and leaves no lacing.

S- Is some what tart. Quite a bit of a bready smell and a bit of a fake lime smell. Very odd smelling beer.

T- Taste is more of the same. A very odd lime twist, a stale cracker and a bit of a cream flavour.

M- Medium in body and pretty low in carbonation.

D- Wow this one was bad. I tried to drink this but only could through about a third of it when I called it quits.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Sabtos
1.84/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Body is dark copper topped with an oddly chunky, tan foam head--it looks like little balls of bottom-of-the-bag Honeycomb cereal crumbs are speckled throughout the foam. The head fizzles out instantaneously to absolutely nothing, looking like apple cider with those Honeycomb crumbs floating on the surface like ugly yellow pimple-buoys.

Smell is bready, sticky Aunt Jemima and honey, just barely. To be honest, there's actually barely any aroma at all.

Taste, funnily enough, is Honeycomb cereal milk. I swear this is not some kind of subconscious association from the appearance. I also get a little caramel. It becomes sticky dry and very sweet, practically causing pains in my temples like an incoming sugar crash headache. I get no graham. I get no lime. Just stale honey and cardboard--again, overly sweet barleywine-esque booziness without the booze or the complexity of a good barleywine.

Feel is slick, sticky, thin and weirdly dry.

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Photo of entenduintransit
1.96/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Another one of shorts' novelties that just doesn't work out.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of bushdere
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of dksl16
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of dhbiker0889
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Duff27
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not much to look at. Kind of a murky dark fold color. Head recedes very quickly. Floaty crap on top of the liquid...graham crackers?

Weird lime aroma.

Peppers?? This weird taste, hard to describe. For whatever reason I get a lot of lime and peppers in this. Not desirable.

Over carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

Worth a try? No. Don't know what Shorts was going for but I'm sure its not this. Thanks TATURBO, I think.

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Photo of 700Uave
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

321Jeff gave me this as an extra.

Slightly hazy, amber color beer. minimal white head that dissapates quickly, eventually into nothing.

This beer smells wrong. I can sense honey sweetness and cracker smell that is listed on the bottle but overall the smell is borderline rotten....after a minute of smelling it I figured it out- the lime has gone bad. call me crazy but behind the sour rottenness I can smell some ginger-esque spices. more graham cracker?

I dont want to taste it. but i will. the taste isn't horrible, surprisingly. its not good at all and i don't want another sip but its not horrible. yea, I get the lime maybe some cracker if I want to find it. really sweet, i'd guess its the lactose among other things. Marshmallows and lime i'd bet.

very thin mouthfeel. the carbonation really, really subsided fromt the initial pour.

this is the opposite of drinkable

by far the weirdest beer i've tasted. not apalled, not impressed. i appreciate the creativity behind this and the balls that Shorts has to bottle this.

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