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Key Lime Pie | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jrallen34 on 02-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,909
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
559
pDev:
19.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stadmo1
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kyle86
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hopnado
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of beerhan
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 12 oz bottle

Poured into a glass with almost no head and a few floaties, I am not quite sure what they were but did not seem intimidating.

Smells pretty mild and creamy. It really has a subtle scent of key lime pie and graham crackers and yeast.

Tastes very limey at first then you get that creamy aftertaste. The lactose really comes through here and you can taste some molasses. Definitely better than I remember it tasting.

Feels very creamy and goes down incredibly smooth. I can't complain, it is very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall this is a mighty drinkable late summer/fall beer. I can't have too much of it but I am rather impressed. Better than the short's cake I will say that much.

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Photo of waston
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of malty
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra Fresh batch that just hit the shelves this week. Can't be more than 2 weeks old.

Poured into my stemmed old school Coors chalice a slightly murky copper orange with a settled 1/4" off white loose head.

Such a peculiar scent. Definitely smells of graham cracker crust and twangy citrus. You can also smell the lactose (milk sugar) weaving in-and-out of the vanilla creme (brewed with marshmallows) too. A wacky but very accurate depiction of the noted ingredients is clearly detectable.

Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. And I love it. All of the aforemention scents are accurately translated into the taste category. The key lime is there, but muted compared to the scent. The marshmallow is more dominant in the flavor as well as the lactose. The maltiness of this beer is multi-dimensional and transmits on several different wavelengths. Now that I'm more than halfway through, the marshmallow and lactose is taking over. The slight tartness from he key limes are a nice counterbalance to this sweetness though.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick and medium bodied. The creamy and low carbonation make the subtle flavors really 'pop'. A light tart and sweet finish is long lasting.

Drinkability is very good. Being this is such a unique and tongue twister, one is satisfying enough.

Put another notch in the belt of Short's Ales of Oddities. This ale really delivers what is advertised here. A bit richer than the draft version I enjoyed at HopCat's birthday bash for (owner) Joe SHort last December, but still very enjoyable nonetheless. Short's continues to school the 'extreme' beer trend and leave most everyone scratching their heads and asking for more.

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Photo of a_beckman25
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BBP
2.37/5  rDev -31.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a very cloudy medium amber color with a somewhat thin off white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of key lime and pretty musty. Tastes of key lime pie just like at a decent restaurant. With a little crust and everything. Some light malts. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is light. Drinkability is okay.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of DannyDan
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out an orange hue with no retention or lacing and lots of carbonation. The nose consists of citrus, graham crackers, lots of yeast and sweetness. The taste starts out with citrus followed by some sweet tasting stuff and finishes off with some graham cracker and pie crust. The mouthfeel has the consistency thanks to the high carbonation and feel of a sweet wine while giving it the smoothness of a cream stout making it very easy to drink. Overall this beer is not bad for a beer that most breweries would not try making, but it really doesn't do much for me and won't be going out of my way for this one.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 559 ratings
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