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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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Golden amber color. Small head no lacing.

S= To me you smell a little citrus smell but it had a biscuity / doughy malt backbone.

T= To me the taste was the same as the nose but the biscuity/ doughy malt really took shape kind of kind of a sweet aftertaste though.

M= Medium body with low carbonation.

D= Not that hard of beer to drink but I'll don't want to drink many of them nice try though.

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Photo of tpd975
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from my Kuhnhenn Mead hookup. I would give him a shout out by name but I don't want you to steal him from me :)

A: Pours a nice golden orange with a very small whispy head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of light citrus and mild lime zest. Mild sweetness beneath with hints of cream and bread.

T: The citrus is there but it is not at all biting. Hints of lactose sugar, crust, and a dash of half and half. Creamy and smooth, but I wish it had a bit more of the bite that key limes pack.

M: Rather mild in carbonation. Smooth, but pretty still on the tongue.

D: Pretty good. It was a great shot, but it fell a bit short of hitting the mark. I love that Short's experiments like they do. Some are dead on, others are a bit off. This one is the latter.

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Photo of koopa
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy and dull iced tea with honey folds. The crown in 1 finger, slightly off white, displays moderate retention and little lace.

Smell: A hint of citrus (lime / lemon) with a me-range sweetness about it, and hint of biscuity / doughy malt backbone.

Taste: Same as nose but the lime comes through even less. Pretty disjointed and just not that enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not hard putting this one back but it doesn't inspire me to do so either.

Swing and a miss....

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Photo of davod23
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Pour is a burnt umber, very nice clarity. A small, fizzy white head develops immediately but doesn't stick around. Light lacing. After a few minutes in the glass looks a bit lifeless.

It smells of a citrus lime zest, a sweetness that I think I can identify as marshmallow. Interesting, but not as complex or dramatic as I'd like.

Taste is pretty good. Citrus lime, marshmallow. It's quite sweet. A bit of the graham cracker comes through here. Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, little fizzy. I'd like more body to this beer - you call a beer Key Lime Pie, you'd maybe want it to be a bit more decadent.

Drinkability is high. This goes down easily. Despite the sweetness, the tart citrus component makes it pretty refreshing.

Good effort on a weird concept.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been fiending to review this one after I had about 10 samples of it at EBF. Finally able to get my hands on a bottle. Thanks to biernutz. 120z. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear orange-amber. Lacing is spotty and with little cling.

S: Super sweet. This one actually smells like Key Lime Pie. Amazing. Tart, creamy, and even a little bready!

T: Opens with a yeasty sweet and slightly tart lime that is unmistakable. Dissipates partially towards the middle and gives way to a distinct gingerbread flavor. Creamy. Lime returns towards the end and is slightly pleasantly boozy. Finishes sweet with a key lime aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and slightly watery in the mouth but this one smooths out as it warms up a bit. Finish is messy and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: I'd give this one a 6 if I could. Like drinking key lime soda, only alcoholic. This is good at any time of the day and during any season of the year. A supremely sessionable beer and definitely one of Short's better creations.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced a good white head with decent retention. Some thick lacing left behind.

(S)- Kind of a citrus lime zest that turns a tad tart, yet has a light nutty caramel-like sweetness.

(T)- Same like the smell. A nutty caramel sweetness with a light yet tart lime citrus zest.

(M)- A good carbonation level to it. Sweet, with a citrus kick. Has a weird nutty character I was not expecting in this.

(D)- I always applaud Shorts for trying new ways to push the boundaries of certain styles and this is no different, however I was expecting it to be far more like the name implies. Yes, there is lime, but the marshmallow and graham cracker parts seemed to have meshed into a nutty caramel-like malt that does not quite agree with the tart/acidic lime.

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Photo of regspeir
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lighter amber with little or no head and minimal lacing. Nose is boozy sweetness, with cinnamon and graham cracker. Taste definitely has some lactose with elements of breadiness, citrus and sourness (lemon?). This is pretty sweet but tempered by the tartness of lime. Interesting. Body is thinner, carbonation light and feel is creamy. I couldn't drink a lot of this but Key Lime Pie is certainly what they achieved here.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have JALE to thank for this bottle, I owe you Jim! The beer pours a dark copper color with a fine haze, with a very thin white foam that dissipated quickly. It's a little hard to describe how it smells, sort of neutral but the aromas that I can detect are somewhat sweet, maybe a little bit of lactose. There's a bready quality that I'll attribute to graham crackers, at least because the label says they were used in the making of this beer.

I thought it might be a citrusy beer due to the limes, but really this is less so than many IPAs. Until the aftertaste, which tastes a bit like lime juice (different type of citrus than I'm used to in beers). It tastes a bit bitter too, and I wish I could detect the other ingredients but I can't. It's pretty much one of a kind, and lime juice is the closest I can get to its essence.

The body is thicker than you'd expect from lime juice, probably due to the addition of graham crackers and marshmellows more than malt, at least that's what it seems like at 5.75% ABV. Definitely a unique fruit beer, glad to have tried it but I think 1 is enough for me.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is caramel in colour with no head and no carbonation.

The nose is sour and a bit graham like although not distinctively lime laden.

The taste is sour and has a decent graham flavour that cuts through the acidity. The name seems misleading at this point.

This beer is thin, but appropriate for the key lime style. Since this beer invented the key lime style it has the authority on body.

The drinkability is fine. This beer is likely not one that most would hurry to repeat.

It is surprising that this beer, while nothing particularly spectacular, appears to be well liked and highly regarded by many BAs. Perhaps it is the novelty. This one is definitely not one of Short's best productions.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with golden edges with a very thin layer of head that fades quickly.

Aroma is of sweet citrus and an occaisional hint of graham cracker, but it's heavily overpowered by the citrus.

Taste is very sweet and creamy with a with some hints of tart citrus, but much more like eating a piece of pie than eating a lime. The graham cracker really comes through in the finish. There's also enough malt in the flavor that you won't forget you're drinking a beer and not liquified key lime pie.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation. I could drink a couple of these but it's definitely not an anytime beer. It is perfect though when you're craving a sweet dessert.

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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 MrMcGibblets
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to jrags8 for this one.
A: every short's beer i've had so far has about the same color, and this is no different-hazy amber w/orangeish/reddish highlights. unlike the others (which tend to have phenomenal heads), this had almost no head and lacing.
S: every short's beer i've had so far has that same short's smell that i can't quite place. earth? funky? spicy? other than that, limes, caramel, and possibly graham crackers show through, the latter possibly through suggestion.
T: medium to full creamy sweetness and a light bitter sour twang, the sour more reminiscent of lime peel and pith than straight juicy sourness. finishes semisweet.
M: carbonation lacking. slick. medium body seems full with the lack of Co2.
D: more Co2, less of that strange short's signature smell, and more key lime aroma, and this would have nailed it. a bump for creativity again by short's. got a bit cloying with the lack of carbonation.

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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 fear025
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Sweet and sugary, and not much more.

Appearance:Dark orange in color, very little head, low retention, poor lacing.

Taste:This beer is hugely sweet on the foretaste, no hops at all. There's a big non-sour lemon-lime flavor that exists in the foretaste and midtaste, along with some graham cracker flavor. The midtaste just dilutes the previous tastes a little bit. The aftertaste includes just a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium in body, light carbonation, a little astringency in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This very unique beer is a dessert beer with a lot of sweetness, almost sickly-sweet, and not at all sessionable.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a thin and creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Graham crackers, lime, and a bit of earthiness. Very interesting and intriguing. The lime is not as apparent here as it was on tap.

T- Graham crackers, earth, lime, and a sweetness that can probably be attributed to the marshmallow.

M- Very smooth in body, but a strange lasting astringency.

D- One of the most unique beers I have ever had. The sweetness is a bit much, but the uniqueness of the beer makes up for it. I would imagine this will only be good fresh.

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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin creamy off-white head. Hazy amber body.

Smell: Graham cracker, marshmallow, lactose, and lime flavors are mingled together as one.

Taste: All the ingredients I picked out in the aroma are also in the taste. Lactose gives it a nice smoothness. If I had one complaint about this beer it's that I would like a bigger lime presence.

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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 drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to nonic pint, pours a lowly carbonated hazy reddish peach, off white head fades quick

smells of sweet malt, heavy graham cracker presence, not bad but heavy on the predominant scents

taste is definitely interesting, sourly sweetness fades straight into grahams and roasty malt, lactose smooths out the finish. not getting a lot of marshmallow flavors but the balance and how the beer changes flavors so smoothly is really nice - reminds me of like a flemish brown ale with a twist

mouthfeel is kinda syrupy, sweet, and roasty

overall i don't think i would want to drink a lot in a sitting, but a nice after meal beer or to enjoy by itself

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Photo of a74gent
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Short's for finally putting this one in a bottle.

A - a nice hazy amber with lingering head that leaves mild lacing

S - the smell is a bit of blur for me. There is definitely something going on, but it isn't clear to me that it is lime or graham.

T - Mostly graham for me combined with the sweetness of the milk sugar. Milk sugar flavor is noticeable when compared to the Short's Cake. The faintest key lime flavor if you really force a hard taste.

M - A nice creaminess from the milk sugar I presume. Not overly carbonated..just nice.

D - I could put a lot of these away, but the flavor isn't good enough to make me want more than a couple.

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Photo of malty
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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 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 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 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 younger35
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just received a growler of this from northernbrews. I've been wanting to try it for quite some time I just wish I had someone to share it with. It's coming up on 6 days old though so I wanted to drink it soon. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly dark reddish orange with a decent half finger dirty white head. Not much of a cap or collar remains and zero lacing.
Smell- Full of the earthy sweet graham crackers that give this a very cookie like scent. Maybe a touch of chocolate and caramel mixes in for good measure. Very light fruitiness as sort of a lime zest like character is noticeable. For the most part though this brew smells like Cookie Crisp.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a VERY unique flavor profile. The lime is noticeable but it's not a tart lime that you would expect. It's sort of subtle and the main flavor at the same time. The graham cracker isn't as graham cracker tasting as it smells as it's sort of a light caramel, almost butterscotch like quality. Something marshmallow like as well as the finish has some citrus qualities and some sweetness that can get cloying.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that borderlines on thin with very light airy carbonation. Not sure if it's just the growler but it could use a bit more carbonation.
Drinkability- A extremely unique beer that is dessert like and perfect for exactly one glass. Anything more than that is a bit much and this whole growler probably won't get finished. Gotta love the unique stuff that Short's is putting out though. One of a kind. Thanks much Jeff!

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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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Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
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