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 BearsOnAcid
1.25/5  rDev -63.2%
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 -62.9%
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 -57.9%
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 Ryan011235
1.57/5  rDev -53.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.66/5  rDev -51.2%
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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Photo of nrbw23
1.71/5  rDev -49.7%
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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Photo of Sabtos
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
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 Duff27
2.02/5  rDev -40.6%
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 -37.9%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
2.12/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Devin. I needed this.

Light amber with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk, this is solid. The nose, OTOH, is disgusting. If I'm charitable, like John was, I'd describe it as sauerkraut and seaweed, but to me, it felt like someone took a dump on my face. Offensive, sweet and nasty. Thankfully, the palate is significantly better. No real lime or cream flavors, this is a little sweet and the lactose really sticks out. The finish is flabby, the body, medium and the carbonation, light. Awful.

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Photo of Verecund
2.12/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

September 25, 2011.

Pours a watered-down bronze. It's hazy and has tiny chunks of something resembling bread crumbs that cling to the side of the glass.

Light lactose, sweet lime, and buttery, bready maltiness.

Hmm. When I first smelled and tasted this, I thought: "This can't be right." But I think I was mistaken - it's odd, but it does seem like what a key lime pie masquerading as a beer might seem like. Sweet, bready malts [graham cracker?]; somewhat metallicized lime; sweet and milky lactose. It's hard to get more than the muddled lime and sweet maltiness out of it. I like key lime pie well enough, but this is just a bit off. The lactose and sugary sweetness combine with an almost indiscernible tartness, which gives off an aura of spoiled milk. Just a weird beer.

Medium, with medium-low carbonation. As mentioned, there are junks of something in it.

Adventurous, but not a very good beer. Had no real desire to finish this.

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Photo of robboyd
2.16/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a novelty brew. Does it taste like lime? Sure. Does it taste like keylime pie? No. I don't know if that would make it any better. My sense of smell was somewhat diminished due to allergies during tasting but two of my lady friends confirmed a strong scent of white vinegar, it was off putting.

I didn't mind the taste. It wasn't a drain pour but it isn't something I'll want to drink again. I've heard good things about Shorts and I was sad I couldn't stop in the last time I was in northern michigan on a golf trip but this beer didn't rep them well (although I didn't expect it to).

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Photo of zachary80
2.21/5  rDev -35%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2011 Poured into a pint glass

Hazy Orange body. Large head fades immediately; more like bubbles from a soda or something. Poured it with intent to leave the yeast in the bottle but still ended up with some disgusting floating blobs. There is a layer atop the beer that seems oily

Aroma is sickly sweet and smells mostly like a super sweet pie crust

Taste starts with a little citrus then tons of sweetness, mostly crust. Only would guess Key Lime Pie because of its name

As my girlfriend said, "I need to go back in time to before I tried that"

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Photo of SebD
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has semi-cloudy orange/amber color to it. It has a thick extremely bubbly off-white head that dies down quite fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of lime, lactose, bready notes and vinegar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very straight forward sweetness and sourness from the lime and lactose along with some bready notes from the graham cracker and that off putting vinegar taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with ok flavors and aromas. This one is definitely not for me, I don't even think i'll be able to finish the bottle and that's rare!

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Photo of anotherpg
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a strange experiment: a super sweet and sour beer. It was like drinking the beer equivalent of a sour patch kid - not a beer I'd have more than one of. Good color, a sweet odor, and given the strange sweet tart flavor not entirely drinkable. This is a one to bring out to impress and wow your beer buddies with it's oddity.

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Photo of BBP
2.37/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper chestnut shade with no head or lacing.

The smell was a step up from the appearance. There's a sharp sweetness to it that smells of lime and perhaps even a bit minty. The cloying sweetness is a little off-putting for me.

The taste again, is overly sweet. They did indeed create a key lime pie flavor, and they did it quite well, but the sweetness of this is too much. I really don't know how to describe it well. It's key lime pie in a beer. Cloyingly sweet though, even for KLP.

The body is medium to thin. Carbonation is just right. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this beer achieves what it sets out for. I'm wondering what kind of brew Shorts couldn't pull off. As far as drinkability goes, it's far too sweet for me to finish. If it's more bearable after warming up, I may complete it, but otherwise It'll likely be a drain-pour.

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Photo of LaLaCat
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, excited to try this one, thank you WeisGuy!

Nice cloudy amber pour. Aroma of sweet limes & sour milk. Perhaps the brewers were aiming for a tart creamy lime? Unfortunately, the tart and sweet are muddled and indistinct, yielding a strange and unappealing reversal of the ingredients' chief virtues. Taste is almost identical to the nose.

The uniquely delicious aftertaste redeems this beer somewhat. A distinct, lingering graham cracker crust - unusual, and most welcome, among novelty dessert beers. One could easily imagine this same crisp, bakery-fresh aftertaste in combination with other sweet-tooth faves, with very appealing results! I look forward to trying more Short's. Tart & lactic was not the greatest combo, IMO.

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Photo of liamt07
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Dirty darker orange, offwhite head without any retention or lace. Nose has artificial lime notes (extract?), almost some minty mouthwash character as well. Everything else appears to be muddled together. Taste has more artificial lime notes, minimal malt character (although it's perhaps a bit crackery), leafy and spruce notes I think. Thin body, low carbonation. Almost unpalatable, couldn't finish my sample.

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Photo of Brez07
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a snifer

A: Burnt orange color. Limited head on the pour but a swirl gets up to a 1/2 finger

S: Very sweet swelling. Semi-tart lime scent. Seems spoiled. Bit of cracker as well

T: Key lime and lactic flavors. Oh man, this is tough to drink. The sweetness is very cloying and the unintentional tartness is just harsh. Guess this is a lesson to be careful when brewing with lactose sugar

M: Medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Not a fan of the aftertaste... sour lime and burnt malt

D: Not a fan. Definitely infected. Another pass from the dessert beer category

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Photo of BMoney575
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 9-27-10

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown color, with a super thin and filmy white head.

Smell is very sweet and bready, giving way to sugary lime aromas and lots of wheaty malt. Not balanced, and not particularly enjoyable.

Taste is just what you'd expect, a weird fruity malt, tons of cloying sweetness, and many out-of-place, vegetable flavors. Short's QC problems really show through. Almost a drain pour.

Mouthfeel is very thick, adds to the sweetness, and lacking the carbonation that would lighten things up.

Drinkability is poor, bad flavors and disappointing mouthfeel.

Overall, probably decent immediately fresh and on-top. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle received from Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The appearance of the beer is still and orange, with a small head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is very odd. Unlike Strawberry Short's Cake (which I thought was great), this beer seemingly has no relevance or connection to key lime pie. The flavor has subtle hints of lime juice, but for the most part, the flavor is just weird and off-putting. The body is thin, with very low carbonation. I appreciate pushing the limits of brewing and creativity, but ultimately this beer is not drinkable or enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours the color of what I can only imagine burgundy and bubble gum would look like. Almost no head to speak of even at a hard center pour in a snifter. Very thin moss settles on top. 90% opacity.

Not getting much for aroma here, just some graham cracker, gingerbread, and barley. Very faint though, imagination required. do I describe it? It's some otherworldly dimension of awful. It's incredibly sweet, but that's the only thing that's actually keeping me from spitting it out. Clashes of spice, tomato juice, lime, sour milk, metal, and kids' bubble gum toothpaste. do you even??

Feel is cleansing and crisp, and leaves a nice semi-dryness on the palate.

While I was in Wisconsin I debated picking up a six pack of this, then I decided to put it back and purchase two singles. Well I changed my mind and grabbed one single instead. That was the smartest thing I did that day. This is just really, really cloyingly awful.

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Photo of n2185
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Previous a very murky orange with three fingers of very effervescent, khaki head that quickly recedes into a few fizzy bubbles with no lacing.

S: Lots of lemon/lime citrus with some light graham aromas. Not much going on--smells like a Sprite.

T: Lots of lemon/lime flavors . . . sour and tart. There are some graham cracker flavors towards the finish with some slight chocolaty notes.

M: Medium-light body with light, spritzy carbonation. This beer feels like a soda.

O: I can't call this a good beer, but it's very unique. It doesn't quite taste like a true key lime pie, but it's definitely got some lime and graham flavors going on. Definitely worth a try just to experience, but one bottle is enough.

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Photo of duceswild
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Was really looking forward to trying this beer.

Pours an amber color, with a fizzy head. Right away got a sense of carbonation. Smells of lime and gramcrackers. Taste was similar although I felt like I could actually taste pieces of gramcrackers. I also got some slight sourness to it. Definitely hits the main areas of key lime pie and is interesting for sure.

Was glad to try this one, but won't be looking for it in the future. Really appreciate the way Short's pushes the creativity.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The second of the crazy Short's beers I received from my MI hookup, Marc.

Appearance - I feared another overflow after having had the Strawberry Short's Cake yesterday. This one frothed quickly and violently, but never made it over the edge because the bubbles just vanished. What remained was a dark orange, murky beer with chunks of... I don't know what. I literally spooned off 4 or 5 large pieces of something gross. This is why these beers scare me.

Smell - I don't get a lot of lime out of the nose. I get peanuts again, inexplicably, and some sweetness that could be from the marshmallows (exactly what the hell are marshmallows doing in beer, anyway?).

Taste - Wow, the taste delivers the lime. The lime builds throughout the drink, culminating in a tart lime juice finish. Maybe I'm spoiled down here in Florida by delicious Key Lime Pie, but I think this misses the mark. It tastes like Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice more than key limes. The front end of the flavor is a mixture of slight sweetness and breadiness (graham crackers?).

Mouthfeel - Decently carbonated, despite its appearance. The flavors themselves detract from the drink, but the mouthfeel is ok. Drinkable, if it didn't taste this bad, I suppose.

Overall - I really don't like this. Innovative, sure, but definitely missing the mark.

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Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
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