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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Caramel-orange, almost totally opaque. One finger of fizzy, light tan head fizzles away very quickly.

Ooh, weird. Lime zest, vanilla an toasted marshmallow met with a weird bready, biscuity note. Honey, something funky.

The flavor starts with bitter, pithy lime. A touch of sweet marshmallow, a flash of tangy sugar, a hint of toasted bread. Becomes more rounded as it warms.

Medium-light body. Mild carbonation, a touch of fizz. Clean, spritzy finish. Bitterness like gin and tonic.

Weird coagulated bubbles in the appearance. Too much marshmallow? Good, though. Tastes like the name says.

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Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of FishPondManager
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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 Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grinnellj for sending me this one. This brew poured out as a copper/orange color with a fizzy white head on top. There are also some floating chunks on top of the beer also. The head fades and doesn't leave much lacing behind either. The smell of the beer is definitely Lime, major Lime aromas spewing out of this beer. The taste is a combination of tart lime, with some additional sweetness in there and finishing with the graham cracker. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated. Overall this is a pretty interesting brew, I can't say I would drink this again but I am pretty glad I got to try it.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pour is a darker amber color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose has tons of lime, faint vanilla and cracker. Taste is artificial lime, bitter behind, light vanilla, lingering bitterness, lighter body, decent carbonation. Flavors are a bit flabby, and there is an off chemically flavor.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of jegross2
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company out of Michigan.
Score: 78

August 2012 release bottle. Served in a Three Floyds teku glass and enjoyed on 09/15/12. I received this one in a box from Raymo55 for whooping his butt in fantasy this year.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish orange color that you cannot see through. Some floaties are definitely hiding in the murkiness of the beer. Less than finger of tan head off the pour settles completely. Below average lacing, average retention. 3/5

Smell: You know what the green colored lime flavored ice popscicles smell/taste like? That kind of limey aroma smacks you in the nose from a distance with some graham cracker too. There is also just a hint of sweet and sugary vanilla. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes like sugary-sweet key lime pie. The lime is kind of candied, but it is not the the flavored ice Popsicle lime flavor that the nose lead on. Graham cracker crusts and a little marshmallow too. The key lime pie flavor yields in the finish to an American adjunct lager-esque aftertaste following the swallow that is not the most pleasant. In this regard, the beer reminds me of New Glarus' Apple Ale. There is a faint tartness from the lime, and I am noticing the lime flavor really lingers. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation that has a lot of life from the tartish lime flavor. Super sweet, slightly tart and juice-like. 3.5/5

Overall: A great nose, but this beer is way too sweet and has a poor aftertaste following the swallow. I appreciate the opportunity to try this beer, but it is not one I will seek out again. I guess my quest to find a good Short's beer continues.

Recommendation: Skip this one unless you really like diabetes-inducing key lime pie and Miller light.

Pairings: Key lime pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1516th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

No bottle date
Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A bit of a golden color. Maybe a bit darker than Peches. Small 1/8" head that was fizzy and white. No cling or lace. A bit of a good density in the center of the glass.

Smell- When somone says Key lime pie, I want it. And well by George here it is in liquid for. An amazing amount of huge lime, sweet marshmellow fluff with granulauted sugar, just like a pie.

Taste- It's actually really tasty. I would say more of a boozy margarita. And No I wont buy the BL lime-a-rita. This had a good balance behind it. A lot of the sweet lime, whipped sugar, hearbal and slight booze. Nice compact package.

Mouth- A lighter medium body & lighter creamy carbonation level. Had a lot going on in the finish but mostly you get sweetness, booze and limes.

Drink- Okay. I get short's novelty beers. This wouldve been good to pair, but sadly no where around here has a good key lime pie. Nice dessert beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours hazy reddish color with a small creamy head that fades immediately with no lacing. Had a few what looked like graham cracker chunks in the beer.

The nose is assaulted by massive lime aroma. Really does smell like key lime pie with some crackery sweetness.

Some tart lime up front although dreadfully it tastes very artificial. Stale graham cracker with a little tartness and milk. Didn't really get much marshmellow. More than 4 oz of this would have been unbearable. It kind of tastes like dipping a stale graham cracker in spoiled milk.

Carbonation levels are on the lower side which doesn't do the sweetness any favors although the mouthfeel is pretty creamy.

Drainpour for me. I appreciate the concept, but feel the execution beyond the smell was off. I've come to the determination no matter how many times I try, I just don't like much stuff from Short's no matter how good the concept sounds.

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Key Lime Pie from Short's Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 557 ratings.
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