Plum Rye Bock | Short's Brewing Company

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Plum Rye BockPlum Rye Bock

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by nickadams2 on 11-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of RudiNicole
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of malty
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Force poured into my stemmed tulip Ayinger glass showcased a vividly clear rust chestnut color with a settled creamy 1/2" very light beige head. Staring into this liquid reveals very, very little uprising carbonation. Elegant, consistent thin rings of lace all the way down.

The smell is of fig jam slathered atop fresh biscuits. Complex malt aroma is definitely bready and sweet. Very fresh and comforting to say the least.

The first component that strikes me is tartness - which I adore. The predominant flavor derived from the plums are the plums skins. The lush and yet tart flavors are very abundant and accurate. You can tell this wasn't made from any sort of concentrate. There's a ghostly flavor of toffee, which is a telltale element of a good bock beer, of this I'm also thankful. But this beer is all about the tart/sour/zesty plums.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very fine carbonation that hides itself upon the initial quaff, then slowly builds to intermingle these beautiful flavors wonderfully. The finish is a bit chalky and dry and lasts a long time.

Drinkability (for me) is stellar. Due to its tartness, I tend to sip this. But I would have no problem ordering two or three in a row.

I remember having this fresh on tap about 11 months ago at HopCat where they were showcasing a couple dozen Short's brews for Joe Short's birthday. I also remember this being my first time trying it and completely loving it. And it's just as I remember it. A truly unique product with masterfully mixed flavors which is a true joy to savor. I also believe this to be the perfect season to have this brew released. It really would make for a great fireside sipper for certain. Good beer Short's!

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Photo of ottovon
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared by whiterascal.

A: pours out a deep brownish color with ruby and orange hues. there is a thin off-white head.

S: it has a nice aroma. i get plum, raspberries, and a touch of alcohol. there is caramel malt in there as well. i also get hints of bittersweet chocolate and orange. there is a bit of rye spiciness in there as well.

T: this has a little sweetness in it. you get rye, plum, raspberries, and toffee. i also get a touch of chocolate, and it finishes slightly dry and a touch bitter.

M: it has a medium body with low carb. it is a very smooth beer.

O: i really like this beer. this is a beer that would be great with a fire and some colder weather outside. it is a little sweeter than i normally go for, which is keeping me from giving the taste a 4.5, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep black with a huge brown head and a huge amount of lace. Looks pretty much as good as it can look, awesome, can't wait! Smell is a strong licorice with hints of plums, smoked touches, light rye? and some other fruit notes perhaps rasberry. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark plum raisin taste I taste..yummy to say the least! Nice as thick as I would have liked, but it goes down very easily and could be an easy all night drink.

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Photo of Cotton_27
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dingy copper color, very opaque and very hazy, impossible to see anything on the other side. Dark beige-colored head, thick and fluffy - this beer was very volatile, even with a modest pour. Musty plum sweetness on the nose, some funk and some crisp tartness, slight herbal notes; some malt and spice also in the background. Not really getting any rye in the aroma. The taste is actually nothing what I expected from the aroma - very, very sweet taste up front. Huge abundance of plums and grapes, the sweetness turns into a sharp tartness for a moment, almost puckering. The carbonation peaks at the same time, giving one hell of a mouth shock midway through. Apple skins and phenol comes to mind as well. The rye doesn't get picked up until about three-quarters of the way through and even more so when the beer warms up a bit. The aftertaste is like stale rye bread and yeast - this beer is malty all the way. Very light perfume-like florals can be picked up but play tertiary to the malt and rye. Medium body, crisp with lots of carbonation. Beer almost floats away on your palate.

I didn't know what to expect with this one, but my expectations weren't very high. Maybe that's why I liked it so much? I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. Delicious fruit beer (and I don't normally like fruity stuff), fruit tastes authentic and sweet and it isn't cloying or sickeningly sweet. I'd have this one over and over again.

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4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bierenutz
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber copper color with a smallish head, but nonetheless left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.
S-Dark fruity aroma of tart cherries and plums. There is clearly a sourness/tartness that can be expected in this beer.
T-As expected, tart cherries and plums give this a sweet and sour combo followed by malty breadiness at the finish and afternotes.
M-Mild feel and low carbonation.
D-Easy to drink and different but pleasant overall.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

A: Pruney-plum in color. It's deep amber red and quite dark. A standard pour yields a 2.5 finger head and decent stickiness.

S: Big time rye, first and foremost. Faint amounts of sun dried fruit, but they're not discernible.

T: Fruity, and that's clear right away. Up front it's a bit malic and tart. The rye kicks into gear soon after and stands strong through the finish.

M: Appealing. This carried decent weight and was much fuller in body then I'd expected.

O: Short's Plum Rye Bock is my first encounter with Short's brews. I can say that I was genuinely impressed with the balance here. This beer wasn't as obnoxious as I feared it may be.

This is a pretty solid rye offering, and the plum flair really adds a nice complexity to it. Recommended.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into beer mug forming a reddish purple body with a thin reddish white head that has some decent retention and a little lacing, and decent carbonation. The smell is plums, rye, grassy hops, and the taste is similar to the smell but not quite as good since it has a little bit of an alcohol taste to it, and has a strong plum after taste. The mouth feel is a nice medium body that is rather smooth and very drinkable. This would be a better beer if the rye and hops were more noticeable in the taste and a little less plums to balance the flavors out. Not a bad fruit/vegetable beer, but not as good in taste as the Soft Parade from Short's Brewing Company.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!!). Pours hazy orange-amber color with massive tan head. Loads of carbonation on this one. Aroma has loads of ripe pit fruit, maybe a hint of orange, and some hay notes. Unique. Taste is sweet like a very ripe plum-a bit tart as well. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Tart finish. This is a different beer and one that I like quite a bit. I couldn’t drink it all night, but it has some nice flavors that are new to me in a beer.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Dark red/amber. Almost burgundy. Thin white head that subdues into a thin ring. No lacing.

S_Plums,dark fruits,rye malt and grassy hops.

T_Same as nose. The plum comes through sweet and a little tart. Balanced nicely by rye malt and a touch of earthy hops.

M_Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D_Easy to drink but wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of BBP
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours burgundy chestnut with a large amount of short lived head. Lacing is slight, but exists.

Plum and rye form the aroma in that order, with plum being quite dominant. A bit of caramel peaks through.

The taste is largely different than I was expecting. I guess I had a bit of a negative predisposition against it since it was a lager, but I sort of figured that the plum flavor would just be on top of a watery base, which is far from the truth.

The plums, and what tastes like grapes as well, form a considerably thick and potent taste. It doesn't taste weak or too light at all. Bready malts and caramel give it some character and it takes on a bit of a belgian taste. At the same time, it has hints of sourness which again add to the character.

The body is slightly below medium. Carbonation does it's job quite well by making it light and a bit fuller at the same time. Swishing this around feels just right, and the carbonation at worst is slightly prickly.

Overall, this was a lot better than I expected. I love a local store that features Short's beer in singles or in a mixed 6 for savings. It really lets me try the plethora of their offerings without the potential risk. I can certainly say though, that there are few beers I wouldn't buy again.

Shorts has an ability to make the strangest sounding things work. This beer is no exception, and actually less far out than most. I recommend it to anybody looking for their hit of fruit.

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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with a short lived quarter inch of loose fluffy white foam. quickly falls to a thin film and ring within a minute. the beer is clear, deep amber in color.

S - mostly mellow, with soft dark fruits...cherry and raisins, plums. doughy, malty sweetness sit alongside some toffee.

T - little bit of the unexpected right away. slightly tart cherries and red grapes dominate the mouth with a lightly acidic sourness. light toasted nuts and caramel malts hoist up the lively fruit. barely picking up any rye here, which is fine.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation. just slightly puckering fruitiness, with a moderately dry, acidic finish.

D - not bad. nice lively tartness brings some much needed character and finesse to a Short's beer. refreshing, and easy to sip.

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Plum Rye Bock from Short's Brewing Company
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