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

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber ale brewed with cider? Okay.

This strikes me as more full bodied and frothy than a standard amber. Almost carries tones like a Belgian ale. At least, that is what I immediately think of. Then something hits me and I realize that it very much resembles what a lot of French ales are like. In fact, it's the closest thing I have had. So much so that you could sneak it in on a blind tasting and people would believe that it was a French produced ale. An interesting beer that helped to refresh some very pleasant memories.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the brewery in April, so although I’m late drinking it, it also hasn't weathered nearly as well as all the other bottles purchased. I think the world of Short's, enough to visit Bellaire and their brewery solely to see where their magic is made, but this is the first type I won't be raving about.

Pours a clear brown with limited head, minimal lacing. Overall little carbonation, so mouthfeel is oily without refreshing notes. Aroma of dried apples and caramelized malts suits the style. Oddly the flavour starts with a bitter apple cider, transitioning to sweet caramelized & bready barley before back to the apple & hop bitterness, without many side spices. Not as well balanced as I expected and the cider apples are more prevalent in all elements than I'd hoped.

Still think the world of Short's, but might give this one a pass in the future...

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Photo of meepmeep
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no dating.

A: Poured a very nice reddish brown with a tannish head which dissipated to a nice ring fairly quickly. Looks pretty.

S: Not a strong smell of apples. Mostly smells of malts, some sweet caramel, spices and darker fruits. A hint of apples towards the back. Like a warm, spiced cider.

T: Quite tart and apple-y up front. Tasted a bit metallic and that threw me off for a while. Had to warm up to the taste of this beer to be honest. Also taste the malts and bready notes at the end with a hint of brown sugar. An interesting mixture of flavors.

M: Medium carbonation, don't taste much alcohol at all, quite crisp and dry at the finish.

Overall - not sure I would seek this out again. It's an interesting experiment, but I'm not sure the balance between beer and cider is quite right. Takes a little getting used to make it drinkable.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark brown amber. Pours silky with a nice rich looking head.

S: Loads of apples, some alcohol. Really pleasant smell that really travels nicely from the pour.

T: Tart and sour apples and malts throughout. Nice and pungent but with no aftertaste. Very drinkable.

M: Silky, good carbonation.

O: A very nice, drinkable apple ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours hazy red orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apples, apple skin, caramel, brown sugar, honey, bread, light cinnamon, and other spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Pretty much what was expected. Taste of apple, caramel, biscuit, pepper, molasses, dark fruit, honey, cinnamon, and other light spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of apples, caramel, biscuit, pepper, and spices on the finish for a bit. A slight metallic presence noted, but it is not too noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth to drink as expected of 5%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and interesting beer! Good flavor balance and smooth drinking. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of natemort13
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy mahogany with a limited khaki head that dissipates into a light ring quickly.

Smell is yeasty and earthy. Slight toffee.

Taste is very much of apples, the cider really comes through. Same with the finish. Slightly watery though.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall I'm quite unimpressed. Doesn't seem to have much direction. The cider doesn't seem to complement the beer, it's just kinda distracting. Think I'm getting some off flavors too.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A amber ale brewed with apple cider. Sounds pretty experimental to me.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber brown with about a 1/2 inch of creamy sticky head.

S - From the first whiff I could smell the apples. Very tart and juicy. I could also pick up some sweeter malts with some brown sugar but I really expected more caramel or toffee smells since it's a red ale.

T - Well it didn't blow my mind but I found it very drinkable. Tart apples clash with sweet malts are in this taste experience. Like others said it kind of has a brown sugar type taste but not sweet enough to be cloying.

M - Mouth feel is unreal again drinking this I expected 5 maybe 6% tops.

Overall they seem to do fruit beers right this one giving me a sort of tart apple cider like flavor that is enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold to a sun king shaped pint a semi translucent ruby brown with a thin, short lasting tan head

aroma of caramel and sour apples

rich, sweet up front, apples, brown sugar, toffee

medium bodied, creamy, sweet then sour, dry finish

overall, very interesting. shorts always gets it done.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at lord hobo in boston

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with some reddish hues. Crop of beige head slowly dissolves, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nice splash of apple and cidery notes with a hint of spice. Light interesting notes of a somewhat peculiar yeast, along with a touch of raisin.

Punch of apples up front with some juicy notes. A little spicy, similar to a fresh cider, followed by a touch of darker fruit with raisin. Touch of yeast with a very soft funk towards the middle. Bread crust and molasses. A bit sweet with more apple towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and crisp on the tongue. Drinks pretty nicely, not especially bold or crazy in flavor, but very quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Good Samaritan last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so instead off making the same mistake twice I decided to pick up a bottle this year, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a little more detailed then most labels from Short's. It poured a nice looking dark amber red color that turned into a nice ruby red color when held to the light. It had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer both the color and head look nice.

S- The first thing that I pick up in the aroma of this beer is loads of malts that are pretty biscuity and a little bready and they smell like they have a low amount of sweetness. After that I pick up some spices and yeast. Towards the end I pick up a nice caramel aroma with some green apple cider at the end. I thought that it would have a stronger apple aroma but the caramel is a nice added touch to the aroma.

T- The taste starts off similar to the aroma with loads of malts that taste much sweeter then they smelled with a high amount of medium sweetness and it imparted some heavy biscuit and bread flavors along with some caramel. After that comes the apple cider that lends a light cider flavor which is a little tart and sweet, there is also a little bit of spices and yeast. The finish is full of biscuit malts with hardly any bitterness and a biscuity and slightly cider like aftertaste. The flavor was good but I was hoping for more apple cider flavor to balance out all those malts, the malts seem to stick out the most.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I got no complaints when it comes to the mouthfeel, it fits this beer well.

Overall I thought this was a slightly above average beer that was good, but it didn't have enough apple cider flavors to balance out all those malts. This beer had OK drinkability, it went down fairly smooth but I don't think I would want to follow it up with another. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, the color was really nice and the head is much better then most of the Short's beers I have had in the past, and the mouthfeel worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the lightness of the apple cider aspect in the flavor and aroma, if it was a little more intense and appley I think it would balance out the malts better and give this beer the extra apple kick it needs. I may get this beer again if they make it next year but it isn't one of those must have short's brews for me. This beer is worth giving a try, the lighter cider flavors may work for some people. I am glad I tried this beer but as far as Short's brews go this is in the middle of the pack, it kind of lacks some of the intense flavors that some of their better experimental beers have, but I did think the combination of an Amber Ale and apple cider has some promise. I would just like to have seen more of the apple cider flavors to go up against the heavy biscuit malt flavor this beer had. You can't win them all but Short's sure does try to.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I like what this beer is trying to do. It keeps tugging back and forth though between letting it be a cider or a beer. A valiant effort though and I think it's a success, just not one for my personal palette. 7% alcohol is nowhere to be found though. The tartness tugs at your cheeks a little.

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Photo of minterro
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper color with a think covering of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet green apple cider, bready malts, yeast, banana, and some spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of apple cider and sweet bready malts with a bit of clove and spice. Through the middle some banana and yeast esters come through with a bit of toffee flavor and a touch of a metallic flavor. The finish is a mix of apple juice, sweet bready malts, and some yeast esters with a touch of a metallic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and juicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting combination. The metallic flavor is a touch to strong here, but otherwise this is a pretty tasty and different brew.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Short's pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head.

S - A little bit of apple cidar aroma, yeast, bready malts, spices, some toffee/caramel notes as well.

T - The yeast/bready malts come through first, the apple cider taste is very subtle. I feel like this flavor could be a little bolder. Pretty clean finish.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - I was really hoping to have some more apple to the taste, it comes through so subtle that you can't really make the flavors out. Interesting, but not one of their best releases.

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Photo of warnerry
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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 womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for this one, Steve.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Reeks of metal. There is a little bit of apple and cider aroma, maybe some bready malt. There's a little bit of toffee and caramel, too. A few yeast esters and spicy phenolics.

T: Lots of yeast and spice notes with a fairly subtle apple and cider flavor. The intense metal flavor is also there. Very minimal malt/toffee/caramel flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Just an awful combination of metal and cider.

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Photo of afdempse
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour. Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!

Creamy beige head. Cloudy copper/ruby colored beer in the glass.

Aromas of spice, maybe some coriander. Fruit, slight alcohol.

Flavor is apples, fruity malt and/or esters with darker fruits in the mix. Belgian-ish tripel yeasty flavors that seem to clash against over-ripe apples & stale hop bitterness. Coriander makes itself known and lingers through the finish.

Carbonation is high, and serves to enhance some of the less desirable astringent characteristics of the beer.

Overall, this one is all over the map flavor-wise, and a bit rough on the palate. I'd love to see it cleaned up a bit before trying again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark copper to orange colored and fairly hazy. The head is 1'4" and leaves some random lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings apples, coriander, malt, alcohol.

Decent flavor, but unbalanced. Fruit is prominent, with some yeast, malt, and lingering spice. Apples taste ripe and soaked with alcohol.

Light to medium in body. Moderate alcohol presence.

Another fun beer from Short's. Not something I need to try again.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks once again to Scoot1969!

This beer has explosive carbonation! At least a 3" head on a modest pour into a 16 oz pint glass. Dark, dark orange or light brown, pick one.
Smells like a Short's brew with some cider mixed in.
Tastes like a Short's brew with cider mixed in. If you have had several Short's beers, you know what I mean, they all have that same equivalent backbone (base taste). There is some nice spiciness in these that makes it pretty easy to drink.
Average to firm in the mouth with loads of carbonation.
Not bad, not great just somewhere in between.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.39/5  rDev -2%
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 Franz4
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- pours a dark copper with a decent 1 finger foamy head, no lacing, head settles to a thin cap.

S- Smells slightly fruity and of spiced apples. Nose is mild and inviting.

T- Picking up a slight wheat/straw taste along with the apples, tastes like there may be a belgian yeast strain in there, or it could just be the apple that is throwing me off.

M- I thought this was highly carbonated, and it would have benefited from being a touch smoother. Light-Medium body, dry aftertaste.

O- I thought this brew was a unique concept, but it wasn't quite pulled off the way I would like it. I think if I want cider, I'll drink cider, there's no need to put cider in my beer.

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Photo of BlondeBeerLover8
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Split pour in a Sierra Nevada bulb glass. Hazy brown/reddish color. Minimal head with some lacing.

S - Similar to a hefe.

T - This tastes just like a hefeweizen to me. It tastes like the same yeast strain with the same type of banana sweetness even though it is brewed with apple cider. I can't figure this beer out at all.

I do get some sour notes in the very, very back however, like maybe a hint of a granny smith, or something but you really have to search for it.

As it warms up a little you can taste more apple flavors but it definitely has hefeweizen characteristics.

M - Thick enough, not too thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O - Overall this is a weird beer. It is nothing like I expected. It definitely does not have any amber ale qualities. It's not bad tasting but it far from what is advertised to be. If you want something that tastes similar to a hefeweizen with some apple notes, mostly as the beer warms up.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 Urbancaver
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well.. I had high hopes for this beer given its description but it really failed in almost every quality. The pour is gorgeous... a nice maroon brown with a touch of white head. Well carbonated and not too thick. The appearance is its best quality. Smells appley but also kinda gross. Some weird off aromas. Tastes sweet and appley but once again. Some weird flavours on the tongue... burnt brown sugar and some other things i can't place. Mouthfeel is average at best and overall a pretty disappointing beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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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