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Pistachio Cream Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Creme Ale brewed with Pistachios

Added by icetraxx on 02-22-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 48
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Lord Hobo for the Shorts tap takeover.

Gold with a thin head that was quick to collar and disappear. In fairness, not a lot of great pours were coming off the bar tonight. Served on a sweet Short's Pandemonium pale coaster which is now part of my collection.

Smells like light grains and toasted pistachio. Tastes very nutty, toasty, kinda swampy...just like pistachio nuts! An excellent job of getting what I'm assuming is a tough to get flavor, into the beer. Mild sweetness and natural smooth body of the cream ale adds to the pistachio and whipped cream effect. Grainy, mildly aspirin (not really aspirin but I can't think of how else to describe it) flavor to each swallow which flaws an otherwise good beer.

I'm always a fan of nuts in my beer. I'm generally a fan of nuts in my anything. Make of that what you will. So for I've had peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans and now pistachios. Good stuff.

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Photo of oline73
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a little bit of off white head that disappears quickly. Mild lacing after each sip.

Smell: Some sweet malt with citrus notes. Mildly nutty.

Taste: Pistachios up front. Some malt sweetness. The bready backbone kind of disappears in the finish leaving you with a watery finish. Not very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked the malt to stick around until I was done with each sip. Also would have liked more of a creamy flavor. Still not bad and the Pistachio came out well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a bit of a brownish tint. Off-white head falls quickly with a few spots of lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of pistachio and the cream doesn’t enhance the brew – it has too much of a diacetyl component to it, which is quite unfortunate. Some moderate cream in the flavor along with buttery toffee. The butter works a bit with the nutty notes, though everything is still a bit of a contrast. Medium creamy body with average carbonation. Very strange brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA) on 3/11/11. Served in a pint glass. I believe that the full name and true style of this is Short's Pistachio Cream Ale. I will put in the change to correct this.

Pours a crystal clear gold in the glass, topped with a thin head of bright-white colored foam. This retains with some foamy edges and thin wisps that sit in the middle of the glass, leaving back a creamy cascade that slowly sides down the sides but doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing back. Wow, those pistachios are strong here in the nose, nearly overpowering the aroma. A creamy sweetness and some floral hop character combine to give this an earthy tang in the back of the nostrils. I'm picking up just a smidge of alcohol warmth as well.

That bold pistachio flavor carries over to the taste as well, with an almost green nuttiness going on with it. This gently segues into that sweet creamy graininess of the Cream Ale portion of this. Just a tingle of hop bitterness runs through the profile, finishes this with a dry earthiness that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess that spread out into the mouth and is undercut by just a touch of oily slickness. Not sure of the ABV on this (I didn't pick up any of the warmth from the nose in the body itself) but this overall drank pretty decently.

Wow, this was another interesting Short's concoction that gave you exactly what it advertised. A ton of pistachio flavor set against a well done Cream Ale. While I thought that maybe the nutty flavors here came on a bit too strong at first, the sweet creaminess and balancing hops of the base helped balance this and keep it fairly approachable throughout the duration of the glass. I'm glad I gave this one a look.

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Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Sunset Grill and Tap 3/10
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a a hazy, light orange, copper color. No head or lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is all over the cream and pistachio buttiness. Mild vanilla notes are detectable. Wow, actually there is more cream presence than pistachio in the nose.

T: Taste starts with light nuttiness and cream. There is a LOT of cream in the fore front. Pale malt and yeast fill the out the middle. The finish on this is fantastic though. Pistachio, pistachio, pistachio with a mild cream and light vanilla flavoring to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily at first but becomes crisp and dry in the finish.

D: Goes down pretty easily, pretty tasty, not too filling, mild kick, another interesting take on the style. This brew takes some getting used to. I wasn't a fan of how creamy the start of the beer was, but the finish on was fantastic making it more easy to sit with.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured am amber brown into a heavy goblet at Uptown Grille in Commerce, MI. A one finger head soon dissipated into a cap that hung around the entire trip.

S: A hint of malty sweetness and a whole lot of pistachio nuttiness. There is also a hint of sourdough-like lactic acid kick to the aroma. Quite pleasant overall.

T: The malt backbone of this beer is very strong, it is almost balanced by the nuttiness from the pistachios themselves. Hop bitterness is quite low, though not completely missing. There is quite a bit of lactic acid in this one, I assume this wasn't done on purpose, and this means this one is definitely showing signs of infection. There is also some infectious funkiness going on that slowly builds on your palate as you drink it, making the beer nearly undrinkable in the end. I did enjoy the fact this beer embodies the flavor of pistachios almost verbatim.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth and creamy feel, perfectly carbonated.

D: The infection makes me want to pass on this one again, I could barely finish my pint once the flavors from the bad bugs built up on my palate.

O: An interesting attempt that was tainted by the soils of bad bugs, too bad.

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Pistachio Cream Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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