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 Kkottonmouthkngz
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice ruby hues, rather miniscule off white head, doesnt last very long. bit of lacing left on the sides of the glass.
S: smells faintly of tart plums, rasins, darker fruits. little smidge of sweetness, but nothing overwhelming.
T: more of the same on the palate... tart plum, interesting malt balance, it makes you kind of want to come back for more, without really explaining itself.
M: crisp carbonation with given flavors make for a pretty smooth mouthfeel, and a rather nice lingering tartness in the back of your mouth.
D: i can make my way through this with no problems, so its very drinkable, however i dont see myself drinking much more than one at a time... in the future again? definitely.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a brilliant reddish with very little white head.

Smell- tart plum on the nose. A bit of malt on the backbone.

Taste- tart fruit flavors with a bit of malt on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- a bit sharp. Fairl drinkable though

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Hazy reddish orange body with an off white head. Smells sweet, really picking up the plums in this. Tastes kinda tart at first, once again tasting the plums, the rye is certainly present but isn't dominating. medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter than that with a good amount of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable but nothing mind blowing. I don't mind finishing this one but wouldn't really seek this out again in the future.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish amber color that produced a decent gray-ish tan head that stuck around for awhile. Minimal lace.

(S)- Lots of rich and ripe plum with hints at a spicy caraway seed in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Definitely has a richer dark plum and black cherry flavor. Has a smooth yet spicy caraway seed.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth fruit and a minimal spiciness from the rye.

(D)- Yet another unique brew from Shorts. A simple yet enjoyable one that I am happy to say is not infected.

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Photo of portia99
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle...another interesting Shorts offering from jpmclaug in our latest trade. Thanks again. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a marginally purple tinted amber color with a thin head and leaving behind only a light off white collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - No doubt there are plums in here, anybody who needs a primer on plum aromas doesn't need to look any further than right here. In addition, there are some mildly tart and acidic fruit aromas, alcohol, red wine.

T - Tart up front with some underlying bitter hops and distinctive rye that are surprisingly strong in the flavor profile. Earthy, dirty flavors, plum flavors come thru nicely but lighter in intensity than the aroma would indicate. I think the bitter undertones are a bit much and throw off the balance here. I actually think this tastes a bit like a bad homemade red wine

M - Just on the thin side of medium bodied. Carbonation is strong and works pretty well here. Not sure what a rye bock "should" taste like, so a bit hard to judge, but seems like this one is trying to be "wild", but is only a bit "untamed". Infection?...maybe, but I have nothing to go by on this one. It isn't unpleasant (or even necessarily not what the brewer intended), just an observation on this one.

D - Not bad, but I'm not sure I'd go for this again...but maybe I would. I'm a bit torn on this one. I am actually enjoying what I'm tasting, but I'm not sure why...its not especially funky, sour or isn't clean, hoppy, distinctively fruity or particularly well balanced, but somehow it seems to be going down fairly well. Might love it or hate it next time, but it is definitely another out of the ordinary beer from Shorts.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-30-10

Pours a clear deep red color, very fizzy with a filmy white head and few thin rings of lacing.

Smell is fruity, light, slightly bitter and a little adjuncty. Sharp, plum aromas add as much sourness as sweetness.

Taste is extremely tart, the plum flavor is right at the front, giving way to very sour finish. Different, but not particularly good.

Mouthfeel is very thin, and does nothing to smooth out the tart, mostly harsh flavors.

Drinkability isn't great, the flavors and thin mouthfeel are not an inviting combo.

Overall, an interesting beer, just not very good.

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Photo of waltonc
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to kzoobrew for this fine beverage. I always appreciate the opportunity to try new Short's and Bell's beers.

A: Actually pours a plum-like purplish/ruby/orange color with light tan head. Lots of columns of carbonation bubbling up from the depths of my glass.

S: Nice fruit tartness on the nose from the obvious plum presence. Nothing complex, but very good.

T: Tart, slightly bitter plum flavor; fairly dry. I don't find this to be very sweet, which is good. The plum is very well integrated without turning this into a fruit bomb.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation, slightly astringent.

D: Overall, another good, creative beer from Short's. The plum is appropriate for the holidays.

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Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a deep caramel color with a bit of a reddish hue to it. It started with a pretty nice looking and thick frothy head to it. The head settled only to leave a bit of lacing as I drank it. The color was really cool though.

The aroma has the bready and slightly spicy rye flavor coming through. I get a little of the fruity, plum flavors to it but it's very reserved compared to the taste. It has some lager crispness to it as well.

The taste shows the sweet and fruity plum flavor pretty well without being overwhelming. I get a lot of cherry flavors out of it too, which I really like. It's definitely on the sweet side, with an almost fruit punch like quality to it. The finish shows a modest bitterness along with some tartness to it. The plum fruitiness is the real story here, there isn't much else noticeable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I liked it a lot better then I thought it would. The plums were nicely done and provided a nice mix of sweet, tart and bitter flavors. I get a hint of sour to it but not nearly the amount other reviewers mention. Maybe I got a better bottle. Very interesting and tasty beer overall. I love to try interesting beers like this.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.11/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$2.29 for a 12oz bottle at Merchants. No ABV or ingredients on the bottle or website.

Pours out to a clear deep amber, forming a modest light yellow head with average retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma opens with floral hops, like Hallertaur or Tett, lager yeast characteristics, a peculiar fruity sourness (obviously plum, but I wouldn't know it by nose), and that's about it. Mouthfeel is acridly tart with a medium body. The taste opens with a very sour cherry flavor, followed by a light bitterness, and lingering plum sourness in the finish. Plum and hop aftertaste. Sounds better than it actually is.

The acidity in this beer peels the paint off the walls and gives me instant heartburn. Way too sour, coming from a guy who loves Duchess. The funky metallic bitterness doesn't sit well with it either. I would not buy this again. Near drain pour.

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Photo of readbaron
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange/red witha bit of white foam

Smells good - definitely fruity and plum like with a maltyness underneath.

Taste is disappointing. I really like sours, but this one doesn't do it for me. It seems unbalanced. The way the sour plum flavor interacts with the lager malts gives it an astringent, funky flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

The flavor definitely impacts it's drinkability.

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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 Beejay
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour a light brown. In the glass it is a medium brown with a lovely red tint. the head is a ring of white bubbles.

S: Bready with some nice sweet fruit notes.

T: Definitely a sharp tartness to this guy. The plum notes are interesting, but I think they might be a little bit lost. It almost has a wine/ pomegranate thing going on.

M: Fairly light, dry, and high carbonation. It kinda make sense in this one.

D: Good but not great. I appreciate the interesting style, and as I continue to drink it is grows more on me. But I don't see getting this often.. mostly because they don't sell it here.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Limited head even on a hard pour, leaves a wispy ring around the edge of the glass. Beer is a burnt sienna/mahogany color. I'd surmise it had some kind of purple fruit in it, just from the appearance.

Smell: Very sweet, fruity vibe. Gentle caramel-like malt nose underneath the fruit, something watery in the nose. Raisin bread comes to mind --- raisin bread on tap.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really sour, not exactly my cup of tea. Biting sourness is underscored with a faint sweetness. All plum flavor, almost no rye detectable. However, it goes down like a juice, carbonation is well-balanced with mellowness.

Drinkability: One is good for me.

VERY tasty beer...sadly, much of that taste is lost in the sourness of fermented plums. I think easing off them a bit might make this offering more palatable.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Little bit of a problem generating a head on this beer. Dissipates pretty quickly. Very fizzy head that is more white than cream. Big bubbles, not small and emulsive. Collar is again, a collection of giant bubbles. Thin thin biofilm skin on top of a copper body. It has purple hues to the edge, but I wish it was a different coloration... was hoping for deep purples.

S- Well we definitely have some sweet dark fruits that resemble plums. Tart odor reminiscent of the fruit. Some crisp background. Not much odor for the rye or what I find typical of bocks.

T- Opens up with that fruit juice flavor that reminds me of plums. Nice spicyness from the rye took a while to realize just exactly what it is. The fruit nature, cherry reminiscent, is very powerful. However, there is a sour factor that I don't associate to plums. This is... infected? It opens up like you'd expect, but this sour characteristic reminds me of lacto. I may be wrong, and maybe I just don't remember plums as much as I used to. It is surprisingly tasty though. If you hunt for it there is a malt background but nothing I would call a rye bock.

M- Smooth, bitter, sour, and cloying at times. This is an unusual mouth feel for me. Very little carbonation was apparent in the vision, so I suppose I shouldn't have expected it much on the mouth. Its very reminiscent of a juice, not a beer without this carbonation.

D- It is... okay. I'd never search it out. Wasn't a plum fan to begin with, and this didn't change my mind. Decent, but not the best.

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Photo of glazeman
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is amber in color with a little bit of gold. There was only a 1/3 finger off white head that faded into a swirl of bubbles that remained for the duration of the drink. No lacing was apparent on my glass.

S: There's not much on the nose of this one. A yeasty acidic smell dominates what some lighter fruit notes there as well.

T: The plums definitely shine through in this beer. They taste pretty good, and define the beer. I don't know how many other plum beers are out there, if any, but this is quite good.

M: About what you'd expect, although a little under-carbonated. There is a nice aftertaste though and light-bodied feel.

D: Fairly high. It is not the most interesting beer in the world, but it goes down easy, is pleasant and is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of BierFan
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin pale khaki head. Hazy reddish amber body.

Smell: The smell is what you would expect from a bock. Malty with an appropriate amount of noble hops. Slight dark fruitiness coming through.

Taste: Delivers exactly what the name promises. Tart plums, subtle rye, and a good bock to showcase the plums and rye.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a small, short-lived, loose, off-white head. Some soft dark fruit in the aroma with notes of raisin bread, brown sugar and zesty noble hops. The flavor has lots of tart plum and dark fruit with some notes of brown sugar, molasses, and lots of spicy noble hops on the finish. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation.

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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 Stigs
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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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 gordavidson
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear deep ruby red liquid with some orange highlights. The light brown head is thin and bubbly.

S- A light aroma of plums blends nicely with the rye and sweet malt. A little simple, but enjoyable.

T- Sweet and slightly tart. Sweet caramel and fruit meld nicely with the rye.

M- A sweet and almost sticky body with a lasting tartness on the finish. Unique to say the least.

D- A unique beer that should be more of a sipper (because of the sweetness) but goes down rather nicely (because of the tart finish). I would sum this beer up with one word- entertaining.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red color with a hint of brown. Some head appears upon pouring but recedes to no head after some time.

A fruity cherry and plum dominates the smell. A bit of spice comes in at the end a result of the rye.

The flavor is very fruity with a small essence of rye spice. Cherries and plum seem to dominate the flavor overbalancing the taste.

Nothing is sticking out in the mouthfeel department. Medium to mild in the mouth with some carbonation.

I feel like this is one for the fruit loving beer drinkers. I've had it, that is enough.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown with a slight reddish hue. sits a clear, deep amber

Smell: very clean, soft and sweet character. gotta really get your nose wet to detect the rye and plum

Taste: initial rush of tart plum sweetness and nutty rye. no hop flavor. finish is balanced with just a hint of fruity sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with low-medium carbonation

Notes: yep, this is a Shorts brew. i dont know what the hell it is. its like they use these ingredients sparingly and then they go for full attenuation so there really isnt any FULL flavor. its just ok.

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Photo of ahking
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent fruit beer. The plum adds a nice tartness reminiscent of cherries and cranberry but if you imagine biting into a ripe plum you certainly get the sweet/tart flavors of the fruit and skin. Spicy
and earthy rye grain and caramel malts work well with the tartness. Color is very nice: a rich mahogany red surely aided by the dark skin of the plums. Overall, not a beer I'd make a regular, but certainly worth a try

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a reddish amber color with a light and fizzy appearance. Smell is sweet and sugary with a malty backbone. Plum and grape are both present. Taste is both sweet and tart with noticeable plums and a sour finish. Excellent drinkability.

I go out of my way to try every new beer from Short's and this lives up to their standard.

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Plum Rye Bock from Short's Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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