Bludgeon Yer Eye PA | Short's Brewing Company

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PABludgeon Yer Eye PA

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dudecandle on 10-19-2010

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/18/14; drank 4/19/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown hue.

Tan head; decent lace.

Milk chocolate & grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee & grapefruit flavor; an overly bitter finish. As it warms, a slight pickle juice note emerges. No rush to have another here.

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Photo of hardysf
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic Black IPA. I am partial to the style though. The beer pours silky black with white foam that leaves nice lacing. In your face hop aroma with citrus and pine. Some coffee and chocolate on the nose too. Taste is also wonderful. Roasted malts on the front. Coffee and chocolate and then hop explosion. Citrus and pine smoothly balance the sip with a nice crisp dry finish. There are lots of floaties in this beer, but the flavors are phenomenal.

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Photo of justinp444
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a inch a half thick beige head. Citrus (grapefruit), roasted malt, lots of spice (peppery), and some small chocolate notes. Taste of citrus, lots of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and a whole lot of peppery spice. Moderate to full mouth feel and a medium body.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this one last year, just getting around to having it again for a fair review. A BA's work is never done, y'know.
This is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) ABA, so take that as read.
Pours from bottle to pilsner glass, a jet black color with some suspended floaties. Produces three fingers of mocha-colored head that settles to one fluffy finger with great retention. Lots of spotty, sticky lacing. The aroma is something else: roasted malts and cocoa powder, with floral hops and a little note of grapefruit coming up from behind. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth, with a pleasant creamy texture, and full body. The taste is creamy sweet roasted coffee malts, cocoa, citrus, floral hops with some pine underneath and on the finish. Has a great balance of roasted sweet and floral bitter bite.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a becker glass

It basically pours black. Just the faintest of ruby light comes through when held to a light. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head the sticks around for a while leaving rings of lacing with each quaff.

As I removed the cap I could smell grapefruit. The grapefruit masks over the roasted flavors. Hints of the roasted malt are intermittent with pungent wafts of grapefruit.

The taste commences with fleeting roasted malt. It is quickly overwhelmed with moderately bitter grapefruit leaving an aftertaste of not quite burnt popcorn and grapefruit.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is one of the better black IPA's that I have had. It tastes me back to my first experience with the style, Bashah. It comes across to me as having a lot of grapefruit, but it works well with the dark, roasted malt attributes. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this one works for my palate.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

holy hops batman, this beer is bitter & astringent & did I say Hop-y? I did.
the boon of this brew is the look. dark sexy bubbly cola colored, with light wispy head that stays thin for awhile after.
this beer is bitter, it's one that I'll remember that's for sure. some roasted flavor up front to prepare you for the hop onslaught.
it may not be the bitterest of beers, but I can't remember a time when I had one. at least recently.

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Photo of lochef81
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is Shorts such a hit or miss brewery? I never know if I'm getting an all star or a dud. This one lies somewhere in the middle. The appearance is an appealing near black with a thick tan head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is a bitter blend of hops and dark roast coffee, but unfortunately neither seem particularly fresh. The mouthfeel is rather light for the style, closer to a porter than a black ipa. The flavor is pleasantly bitter with heaps of hops giving way to an abundance of bitter coffee. This ale is good but by no means anything outstanding. If you don't like bitter, don't even try.

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Photo of gogreen99
1.85/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer was painful to drink very strong bitter tastes, unpleasant aftertaste with notes of coffee - not a coffee drinker. Very dark in color. Very strong coffee flavors and burnt beans tasted. Dark roast beer. Low malt beer. I would not recommend this beer - shorts has many better

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Photo of Jesswellick
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very strong coffee aroma and taste. Strong bitterness leaves unpleasant after taste. Not very enjoyable for someone that prefers lighter beers. Hard to drink more than a taste. Also has a burnt after taste with a maltiness that is unrounded. Not a fan, an acquired taste for sure

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
2.32/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer is painful to drink. It has a very hoppy scents and flavor and attempts to include a coffee flavor as well. The mixture leads to an uncomfortable flavor of bitterness. Flavors of burnt beans and nature. A little to strong for my palate, but for those looking for a challenge. This would be a good one.

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Photo of phartman133
1.67/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Very dark beer that smells like coffee and nature. Once you take a sip you will get an overwhelming taste of coffee. It is a very thick beer and it will leave a very strong after taste in your mouth. Not my favorite beer at all. I really don't enjoy it

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Photo of hosehead83
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a thick cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Luscious boquet of piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, then onrush of piney, citrus hops that take control all the way to the tasty and tingly finish. Its your tastebuds that come away bludgeoned by the big roasty malts and full-on hop assault. A great match for a loaded burger, chili cheese fries, or a plate of hot wings. Hop-head approved!

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Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with a creamy and batter like khaki head that maintains throughout. Leaves rings around the glass after each sip.

S - Big floral nose - citrus hops, malts, licorice.

T - A rush of citrus hops followed by a nice balance of malts and finishes bitter in the back end that lingers.

O -This is a really solid brew that drinks more like a Black IPA to me. It is definitely worth it to grab one if you see it.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger oamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Big scent of citrus and roasted malts. Awesome smelling beer.

T - Citrus is right upfront. Dark roasted malt follow. Hops come through in the finish producing a nice earthiness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice beer. One of the most balanced black IPAs I've had. Very drinkable with some nice bold flavors.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and no light is going to get through. A minimal wisp of beige foam. The hops are dominant in the aroma but there's almost a bit of a sweetness as opposed to bitterness. The taste is pretty sweet from the dark malt at the front of the palate and then followed quickly with an intense bitterness from the hops. That has some true staying power. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth with the bitterness really prickling your tongue.

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a dark coffee color with some brown mixed in and big 3 finger tan head. The head fades and leaves behind rings of lacing.

S - Juicy, citrus, and earthy hops mixed with a nice roasted malt aroma.

T - Starts off with citrus hops, grapefruit bitter and earthy hop notes. Roasted and smoked malts blend in nicely. Finish is a fruity bitter.

M - Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Feels smooth, bitter and dry.

O - Very nice Black IPA from Shorts that is on par with some of the better offerings in WI.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/08/13 (?) and poured into a shaker pint. Part of a $10 Mix-a-Six at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan.

Appearance: Crystal clear ruby black with a creamy sand colored head on top. Incredible sip-for-sip lacing. Perfect in my book.

Smell: Holy hops, they aren't fooling around with this beer. Massive pine and earthy notes, with citrus undertones. A slight roastiness, but that super hoppy smell doesn't match its dark color.

Taste/feel: More of those hops. Tastes nothing like a black ale to me until the beer reaches the middle of the mouth and on the finish, when the roasty bitterness couples with the hops. A pretty damn bitter beer, so prepare yourself. Very dry, resinous, pleasant lingering hoppiness on the finish. Medium body with a medium carbonation, making this a pretty easy drinking beer, even with the lack of balance. Tasty stuff. Additionally, is this beer seriously 5%? It feels like it could easily be about 7%. I find it incredible that this beer's ABV is what it is.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a nice black with some light coming through on the edges. Has a high light brown head the dissipated to a thin film. Good retention on the glass.

S- Lots of dank pine with some backing of citrus and pineapple and slight roast coming through. With a big sniff I get a little of that piney hop nostril burn, nice.

T- Big hop bitterness on the front with medium level roast on the finish. Not that much of the citrus more straight up pine and bitterness. Pleasant level of bitter on the aftertaste with slight lingering roast.

M- Found this to be a bit thin for the flavor of the beer.

O- When my local bottle shop got this in a ran out and got some right away, I know that Black IPAs are best as fresh as possible if you don't was the roast to drown out the hops. There is a drastic difference between a week old Black IPA and a 2 week old one. There is a lot of flavor in this beer for being 5% and I give Short's much credit for that. One of the better examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark black with a mostly tight dark tan head. Nose has a light smoke to it, some malt depth with chocolate, and a faint citrusy hop behind. Taste is much smokier, complex malt of caramel and chocolate, hops are light and like the nose citrusy. Not much bitterness, lingering smoke, decent carbonation, lighter body and very smooth.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, toast, pine, roasted malt, light char, grass, floral, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with a great hop profile and solid roasted malt backbone. Taste of big dark roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light char, pineapple, toast, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, toast, pineapple, roasted malt, light char, coffee, pine, floral, grass, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and hop complexity; with a nice roasted malt backbone that is well balanced with the hop flavors; almost zero cloying flavors are present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA! Great hop flavor profile and balance with roasted malts; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of Fanhitter
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Ashley's in Westland on 11-28-2012

Poured into a pint, this beer looks as sinister as a no-headed Guinness. Not quite as brown and muddy as far as looks go, but just as opaque. The meniscus of the pint is a thin layer of bubbles. The lacing on the side of the glass resembles a trashy garter belt after a big draw. Love it.

Smells of a musty, pruny hop character. Nothing spectacular as far as the nose is concerned, but a mild sweet aroma creeps in unexpectedly.

Tastes of a powerful murky hoppiness with a subtle caramel/basil flavor. I know it sounds weird, but the creamy aromatic nature works adversely with the heavy, dry maltiness. This is the risk/reward complex that I feel like a lot of Short's beers aim for, and flavor-wise, this is one of the best.

The mouthfeel is mild but robust; the hop note adds to the texture, but the subtle bubbling adds a small bite to the initial draw. It's easy drinking but a bit thorny; however, it works with a beer that drinks so easy.

Overall, this is one of my favorite seasonal beers from SHORTS. I'll admit, I like a lot of Short's, but I look forward to this one year after year, and this annual batch is great. I reccomend this beer to everyone who appreciates an experimental brew.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Bludgeon Yer Eye PA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer when it was first released in bottles last year and I thought it was a pretty good Black IPA, since then I have tried much more of the style so I'm interested to see how this years release stacks up, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's well done and pretty funny, it shows you how good of a sense of humor Joe Short has. It poured a nice slightly light black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy darker tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This beer looked really good the color was were it should be and head and lacing were better then expected, there's nothing wrong with it at all, it's a very good looking Black IPA.

S- The first thing I pick up is some nice hop aromas that smell pretty dank, there's some piney, floral, and citrus hops that comes together to make a pretty nice dank aroma with none of the hoppy aromas overpowering each other. After that comes the malts which are pretty roasted and impart a slight charred aroma followed by a little bit of chocolate and coffee, with a little bit of black licorice at the end. There's some very good balance in the aroma of this beer both the hops and the malts show up nicely and they play well off each other. This beer had a good aroma that was just what I'm looking for in the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the malts which are nice and roasted and impart some slightly charred flavors along with some grainy, coffee, and chocolate flavors. After that comes the hops which impart some citrus, piney, dank, and resinous hop flavors with the citrus and pine seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end the hops impart a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that is right where it should be and there's a roasty, citrus, and dank aftertaste that sticks around for a little bit. This beer has a good taste to it, the hops are nice and dank, the malts are roasty, and it has some really nice balance to it, I enjoy it.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly creamy, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a pretty good representation of the style, it had everything I look for in the style with the balance that you don't find in a lot of Black IPA's. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, the flavors held my attention nicely, and at 5% percent it doesn't wreck you which makes it pretty session able and it isn't overly bitter, I think two or three of these would be the right amount and it makes for a great beer to drink when the weather gets colder but you still want a nice dose of hops. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance it was very good and right where it should be, I also really liked the way this beer looked, from the label to the lacing this was one good looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's very limited, I could see this as a nice year round beer, I don't think any Michigan brewery's have a Black IPA in their year round line up and with the quality of this one I could see it being very popular. I would buy this beer again, I only got two bottles this year and that was a mistake, plus Short's just released their 2013 release schedule and this one was on the list you can bet I'll be getting at least a six pack next year. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it's a damn good Black IPA, and it has all the quality's that I look for in the style. Short's did a great job with this beer, the only Black IPA I like more than this is Arcadia's B Craft, but this one is pretty close to that and it's very well done. I hope they bring this beer back again and I would love to try the version that was brewed with spruce tips, it sounds like it could be pretty epic, keep up the good work Short's you guys are killing it.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out almost dark as night with slight transparencies of dark burgundy in the sides of the glass. Nice two finger frothy tan-ish head with a mixture of big and small bubbles. Leaves above average lacing.

S - Can you say dank hops, fresh citrus and pine, sweet dark malts, a mild milk chocolate. This beer tends to change every time I smell it I pick something new up. No alcohol presence. Smell was great in the beginning and died down after a few minutes.

T - Bitterness of pine and citrus hops right up front in your face which tend to last throughout and even linger on the palate in the end. The dark malts come in mid palate to cut the hops presence but they really only come in for a few seconds to let you know this is not an ordinary IPA. No presence of alcohol.

M - Nice soft medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty wet on the mouth.

O - A really pleasant beer from shorts that is perfect for holiday seasons with a fresh pine presence from the hops that get me thinking of a fresh cut Christmas tree. I will buy this again shortly while its style around. MMMM. Cheers!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, black in the middle. Thick, light-tan head, good staying power. Heavy pines and dank oils/resin on the nose - this one's gonna be good! Taste follows through with a nice dose of pine needles and oily hop resin. Slightly dank; bitter, but not as bitter as you'd expect from the heavy nose of hops. Malts follow through and become noticeable in the aftertaste. Toasty and caramely, they play nicely with the hops and provide an excellent balance to the brew. Slight watery in the taste after a few sips, might be due to the low ABV. Medium body, very, very slight stickiness, leaves the mouth a bit wet and watery. Nice helping of carbonation.

Solid brew! And only 5% ABV? Awesome! This one could be enjoyed all day. Nice helping of hops, resins, oils - enough to satisfy any hophead. Beautiful black color and the unique addition of slight caramel and roast flavors from the malts make this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged Goodness BIF. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bludgeon Yer Eye pours almost completely black, but I'd swear it lightens a bit at the edges when it's backlit. Two fingers of khaki colored head comes together to fill out the glass, before slowly creeping down. A solid ring of lacing tops the glass, and it's still present, albeit spotty, underneath. The nose has a nice potent grapefruit kick, with just a bit of roast underneath. The flavor profile is not quite as hop dominant. There's a little bit of biscuit and carame, as well as a moderate coffee/roasty flavor. That's all interrupted by a bitterness that's noticeable, but not overly aggressive. The finish is citric, and as purely grapefruit as any hoppy beer I've had lately. The mouthfeel is just average, thanks to an overly chewy body. The carbonation makes a game of cutting through the malt and elevating the hop profile though. On one hand, Bludgeon Yer Eye falls in a weird spot where it's too malty to be a black IPA, and not full on malty enough to be a hoppy stout. On the other hand, that roastiness helps fill in the gaps from a fairly one-note hop profile. I think I liked this one more than the score indicates, it's a brew that defies easy categorization.

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