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 / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

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Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of meepmeep
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bluHatter
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 zrab11
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of natemort13
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +16.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of robwestcott
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +5.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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