Short's The Good Samaritan | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
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3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an antique brown color with an off white head to match. Fast and fleeting and a slim coating of sediment along the bottom of the bottle. Smells amberish with malty overtones. The cider isn't apparent to my nose just yet. Taste is like a strong to mild amber with a rush of Michigan (empire?)apples after the taste. Much closer to actually biting in to an apple taste as opposed to a cider taste. A little bitter like a real apple which gives it that authentic flavor much unlike the sour candy apple syrup taste one might expect.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A_Murky reddish brown with a thin off white head. Not much lacing.

S_Sour apple,caramel malt.

T_Same as nose. Twangy sour apple dominates the palate.

M_Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D_More than one would be a chore.

Overall this aint terrible but its not for me.

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Photo of warnerry
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from February 2011

A - Pours a deep amber/red with one finger of quickly dissipating head.

S - Quite fruity. Dark fruits and banna as well. Does smell a bit like a Belgian dubbel. Not bad.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of apple juice. Taste is a notch below the smell.

M - Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation initially, though carbonation seems low overall.

O - A bit "meh" overall for me. Not bad, but not particularly desirable either.

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Photo of mikejonze
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of king75
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one is truly amber-red in color, about a half inch of creamy head which quickly dissipates, a little lacing. Carbonation seems slightly off.

S- Is slightly of hops, a light malt, and a nice apple cider aroma.

TM- This one has a strong amber ale taste, being smooth and slightly hoppy upfront ,and then ending with a crisp clean apple finish.

D- This one is really drinkable and is very enjoyable. Nothing extremely rememorable, but a nice beer none the less.

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Photo of dmorley21
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of danp14
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this!

Appearance - Deep clear ruby body with a decent head. Leaves moderate lacing around the surface. A classy looking brew, at least.

Smell - Well. That is interesting. Like roasted apples. Deep dark roasted apples. Nothing bright about it. Intriguing smell.

Taste - After the intriguing smell, there isn't much flavor. No hops up front. Some maltiness to the body, but the apple cider is what gives it flavor. Behind the apple cider is an odd earthiness (stolen from multiple reviewers, but the description is spot on). It's bitter, but not hop bitter. It leaves an interesting flavor lingering on the palate. Not unwelcome, but not good.

Mouthfeel - Thin and thinner than I expected. A bit dry as it has almost no residual sugars. Pretty high in carbonation.

Overall - This definitely seems like a beer to be consumed on a fall evening in any other state but Florida. Not sweet enough to be cider and not malty or hoppy enough to be its own stand-alone style of beer. It's an interesting blend, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of rolandboy
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of mzeld
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zachraymer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of OddNotion
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split bottle poured into my Captain Lawrence stemmed glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a one finger light tan head that recedes to a cap.

Smell: Kind of clove-y, almost reminds me of a weizenbock. Fruity.

Taste: I can certainly taste the influence of the apple cider. Actually a little bit funky in the flavors. The cider seemingly plays a larger role than the underlying beer.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting idea for a beer and gave me a cool idea for a homebrew, but I feel the apple cider was too strong. There was a big bite to this beer, not the booze but something really hit my tongue hard with this one. Not bad and certainly an interesting experience.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a massive amount of carbonation and huge head that fills the glass. Head lingers for many minutes and leaves a thin trace on top and lacing all around the glass. Color is deep reddish brown, very cool looking beer. Aromas are faint of apple and spice, burnt caramel. Flavor is decent, nice body and fruit sweetness, the finish is prickly, lots of carbonation, serves well to balance the sweeter malt and cider flavors. Odd mouthfeel, but a tasty brew.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a coppery amber color into my glass. Half finger eggshell white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Taking the first whiff there were nice caramel malt tones with hints of belgian yeast and some bubblegum undertones. Almost from the ending on the front though it has a apple cider backing that takes over the nose and finally fades into more of an applesauce like aroma with hints of alcohol. I personally found this to be very inviting.

T- Caramel malts show up in the front with a light darker sweeter fruit undertone. There is something else that I keep tasting but I can't place my finger on it quite all the way. It really doesn't matter because the apple that I was smelling comes out in a apple cider like flavor in the rest of the beer dominating everything it touches. Light alcohol presence on the back of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking for the style I would say. Apples and more apples with hints of cider are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, apple cider, and hints of caramel malts. Flavors were balanced to the label I would say with the apple profile being highlighted. No real off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate from this beer.

D- This was an interesting beer. Not really sure what to think of it. The flavors at times going on were a little muted and this went with the aroma as well. Short's didn't knock this one out of the park but I still liked it.

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Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third beer of the night (with many more on the way) thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew). A damn good BA and guy. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a copper/brown color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of head is achieved with a decent pour that dissipates almost immediately leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Not what I was expecting after reading the description of this beer. As someone mentioned below, this smells more like a Dubbel with fruity spices than an amber ale with apple cider. Obviously there is a apple cider aroma, brown sugar, and some caramel.

Taste - One of the more "off" beers from Short's to be honest. Whenever I have a beer by them I expect it to taste exactly as described, and the vast majority of the time, it is exactly that. This time there is a apple cider flavor up front (you can most certainly taste the apples) however, it does have some strange Dubbel characteristics. Cloves, other spices, esters, banana, etc. An odd tasting beer that I was not expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - An interesting beer from Short's (what beer isn't) and one I probably would not want to try again. Still, as always, glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of alfie
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for hooking it up with another Shorts brew!

A - Beautiful ruby amber in color, it's pretty clear and topped by a short-lived tan head. Low retention and small, patchy lace.

S - The nose is appealing with a bouquet of apples popping fourth first. Toasted malts back that up and feature some bready Munich characteristics. Belgian yeast is noticeable but not really open. Rather, it's got a very dusty, dirty clay scent. Spices fill the nose.

T - Muddled together, the malts and Belgian yeast overtake the apple cider and fight for attention. Oddly sweet yet off with a very dirty, dry cocoa and heavy metallic finish. The more I sip it the less I enjoy it.

M - Full-bodied and highly carbonated to the point of distraction, lingering on the tongue is not an option for this beer. It' too spritzy and removes the flavor components. The finish has a hint of vinegar-like apple sourness but it's mainly marred by metal.

O - I really hate to sound like a broken record here because I dig Shorts innovation and uniqueness but this beer seems to have the same off-putting off qualities I seem to gather in a lot of their beers. Maybe it's just a "house" thing with them, but the yeast doesn't seem right at all in this one.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

appearance - light brown, small head, on an aggressive pour, head only hung around for about a minute or so, light light brown head, no real lacing

smell - smell of malts, yeast, apples and slight banana, smelled great to me at the time

taste - taste was a bit lack luster, an almost bready apple flavor up front(a very sweet apple) then faded into a slightly bitter malt with apple pie spices(clove was prominant to me and maybe a bit of cinnamon), and an after taste of apples, nothing that knocked my socks off

mouthfeel - had a pleasant thickness to it, almost like thin phlegm(again pleasant not in a disgusting sense) the mild carbonation did little to lighten the mouthfeel, a bit chewey, would have liked more carbonation on this one

drinkability - i could see myself going through a few of these in a night if there were no other offerings that tickled my fancy but this isnt a sit down and pound kind of beer for me, id take my time with it since it wasnt so delicious i wanted a lot but wasnt so bad that i wanted to get it done with ASAP

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one seriouly would have been perfect on a cool fall day, of all the shorts i had today this was far and away my favorite. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 4/25/11

a really nice dark brown pour with light notes floating around the edges of the glass. small head of tan gives way to some really nice lacing through out the glass.

aroma is of apple cider, sugary notes, plums, spices, and hints of deep earthy hops. you could really pick up the bakers apples as it starts to warm. really quite nicely done i have to admit. smooth, with the abv a non issue the warmth from the apples plays off against plum and spiced notes and seem to come together quite nicely in the finish offering a dry but smooth final note.

overall this was really well done, not too sure on the style but just as a beer it was excellent.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of minterro
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

split single from spartan spirit.

S&A: lively looking dark red colored beer. Head is off white and dies quickly to just ring. Smell is pretty similar to the description: apples. but there is also hints of caramel.

T&M: iron tasting at the end at first but it goes away after a taste or two. Besides that very similar to the nose. Overpowering sour apple taste, with hints of caramel. On the low side of bodied, and on the medium to high side of carbonation.

O: not really good, and easily forgettable.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a lightly hazy, deep, ruddy, copper color with a one-finger light tan head. Head retention is moderate to light, as is lacing. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some coriander and red delicious apples are present in the aroma. I didn't know this had Belgian yeast until cracking it open. Dark candi sugar, coriander, plum, caramel malt and light apple juice mix with the strong Belgian yeast flavor. Moderately sweet on the finish with lingering apple and dark fruit flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a very light alcohol warming. Drinkability isn't too bad for the style - I enjoy this quite a bit more than many other American attempts at dark Belgians. Really nice beer from Short's, overall.

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Short's The Good Samaritan from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 101 ratings