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

Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan
101 Ratings
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 pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of kzoobrew. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a nice red color with an enormous off white head about three fingers of head that continues to grow out of the top of the glass. It's ALIVE! Fair amount of carbonation moving around in this. I don't think its quite dark enough for the style, but Short's considers this an amber ale, which it definitely is in color.

S: Smells interesting, very distinct apple cider note, a slight little bit of roasted malt, and a spicy estery Belgian yeast note as well. Really strong on the apple notes. Pretty interesting smelling stuff.

T: Nice malty beer with some great apple cider notes that lead slowly into a nice roasted malt profile way at the end. Not much bitterness, but there is a touch of an earthy bitterness way in the back.

M: Light in body, strong carbonation, and very dry, this a very highly attenuated beer. Just a hint of warmth.

O: This beer delivers everything that it claims on the label, and is exactly that, an amber ale brewed with apple cider. Really a nice beer, and a beer that I think a lot of non beer drinkers would also enjoy.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cider/beer is red and clear.

A nice white head atop the liquid.

Strong acidic smell due to the cider.

The taste is of a strong ale is balanced by the cider.

Not much more to say. Its pleasant, worth trying.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. Maltiness dissipated a bit quicker than I like.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange brown with 1 finger head, little lacing

smell: farmhouse like, spiciness, malts,

taste: malts, apple undertones, sticky

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, thick texture

overall: not great but decent.


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Photo of jale
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a good finger of tan head. Lacing last awhile.

S: Belgian yeast right up front. A little apple aroma

T: There's that belgian yeast to start. Banana, a little roasted malt a small amount of hops then finishes with some apple.

M: Very good carbonation. Medium body.

D: Not my favorite from short's

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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 billab914
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a murky, caramel color with a moderate, off-white head to it. It left some good lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a lot more like hard cider than a beer. The apples are really the most prominent flavor coming through. As it warmed I started getting a little cocoa out of it. A little bit of sweeter, malt flavor along with a hint of alcohol is there as well. It's interesting at least.

The taste shows a lot more of the beer qualities to it. Right off the bat I get a lot of the fruity and spicy, Belgian yeast to it. more of a malty, sweetness is present, with a bit of a dark fruit character to it as well. Of course the apple cider is there too, providing a tart, apple flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a bit above average. Drinkability was decent, it was very different but I also found it pretty cool and interesting. I love apple cider though so that might influence my review a bit. Pretty decent beer overall, and very unique for sure. I don't really think holding this to any style guideline would be appropriate, so I'm going to ignore style in this review.

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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 Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really good , Not really bad, it just exists. I drank several bottles before drying to describe what I drank. I still don't know for sure. It is not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. More of a brown ale.

A: The color is dark goldish brown, slightly hazy and cloudy.

S: I was expecting apple cider...not. maybe a little spice. Unballanced.

T: Sweet honey like, slight spice

M: Light. Are they sure it is 7.00%

D: Wasn't super impressed but didn't stop me from trying to like this beer. It is truly missing something.

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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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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tumbler pint.

A- Aggressively poured into glass producing a head of 1/2 finger that receded pretty quickly. Nice clear, reddish-amber color with pretty mild lacing.

S- I can detect a pleasant, sweet, spicy, Belgian ale aroma up front, followed by notes of apple cider. I also smell hints of peanuts, as well.

T- Lots of Belgian ale characteristics, like banana, cloves and spices, although i dont really find pronounced apple cider notes

M- Crisp, smooth, somewhat viscous.

D- Drinks pretty well. Goes down pretty smooth.

An interesting beer that does boast some pretty nice Belgian ale qualities, however i didnt really find the apple cider to present in this batch. Its pretty smooth and drinkable, however, i likely wouldnt have more than two in a row. A good beer, to my mind, that i would probably buy again to sample another batch, however i wouldnt take preference of it over other Short's offerings.

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Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dingy copper-brown pour with average head and lacing. Nose of banana, banana bread, caramel and toffee. Taste is similar, reminds me of a dubble. Tons of banana, caramel and toffee. THe bottle says "Ale brewed with apple cider" but I certainly don't taste any apples or apple cider. Very oxidized with some wet cardboard flavors. Honestly I am getting tired of these random short's beers that don't taste anything like what is proclamed on the label. Mouthfeel is decidedly average in terms of weight, carbonation is a bit light. I drank about 6 of the 12 ounces over a 2 hour period and poured the rest. Incredibly boring.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to gnemesis for the trade.

A - poured the 12oz into my maudite tulipy snifter. Nice rich plum but not much head to speak of, but the little that was there had the right characteristics for a BSDA and it hung around a while. swirling the glass helped to rebuild the head, but never got close to a finger.

S - when i cracked the bottle open that familiar smell of grapey dark fruit hit my nose. the beer's smell didn't explode from the bottle or the glass, but the subtle flavor was definitely noticeable once this beer was let loose. upon closer inspection all the usual suspects were there. the alc blends really nicely and rounds it out with an earthy sweetness. very nice.

T - again, really nice. robust malty flavor. heavy on plum, fig, raisin and ofcourse apple.

M/D - smooth and silky and cooling. solidly made, but a tad watered down with a biscuity grassy aftertaste. an easy drinker for sure and another solid offering from shorts. BSDA is a tough style to take on because there are so many classic examples that just blow my mind and sadly this isn't one of them. however, compared to the vibe from most other non-belgian brewed BSDAs, this is a really worthwhile offering in my opinion, but not likely one i'd reach for when presented side by side with the classics.

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Photo of techfed87
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, sturdy head. Color is a darker amber. Smell is of a nice Belgian.

First taste is exactly what a nice Belgian ale should be: well rounded, tart, and full bodied. It's an excellent beer, although it was a bit different than what I expected it to be.

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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 alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with two fingers of head.

The aroma starts out with heavy bubble gum and banana notes. A bit of toasted bread maltiness. Nice.

The flavor is a bit less noteworthy, but not bad by any means. Some woody notes and toasted bread malt. A bit of clove. Not really picking up the apple cider used in the brewing process other than the lightest bit of apple peel in the finish.

The body is medium and carbonation is low.

Overall this is a unique and mildly drinkable beer, but not really a noteworthy one. Strikes me as kind of pointless considering the apple cider is not noticeable without searching deep.

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Photo of Gorgoroth
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased "hot" off the shelf from Martha's Vineyard at $2.49, shared with BA mermatinger and our wives in the Allerton Hotel, Chicago on our New Years weekend trip. Thanks to them for contributions on the tasting! From notes taken on 01/01/11.

Presentation: Typical Short's label, neat but, as always, lacking important info such as ABV, bottling date, etc. The artwork on this one is typical of Short's and not particularly interesting.

Appearance: Shared pours into small (10oz?) snifters that we got from the bar. The color is a beautiful hazy dark ruby or chestnut with minimal carbonation and small eggshell-white head.

Smell: The smell is interesting with peanut butter, banana and vanilla being the prominent aromas. There is an overall nuttiness with mild notes of mulling spices and applesauce.

Taste: Similarly to the aroma, we have peanut butter, banana, applie cider, vanilla, pear, and other sweet, fruity things along those lines. These distinct flavors are probably a result of German hefe yeast (or possibly a Belgian strain?), which also adds a round, candi sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer is fairly full-bodied, though nearly flat, a bit of alcohol glow in the throat, and a bitter dryness on the palate long after swallow. The mouthfeel and even flavor are reminiscent of drinking something like half amber ale and half hard cider or apple juice.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This beer is very drinkable. There is a complexity of flavors and aromas, but it is not hard on the palate or nose. Smooth, sweet, and clean. The lack of carbonation or hard cider-like mouthfeel might throw some people off, but we all loved it and I have had a couple of bottles since this review.

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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 JordanEllwanger
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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Photo of StormKing47
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cmurren 25, shared on New Years Eve with him and therealnomayo. Went a little something like this...

A- This one shows up a nice amber color with an orangish/light brown hue. Has a very faint stream of bubbles showing almost no carb and leading to a razor thin off-white head. A little reminiscent of a fresh apple cider (go figure it's blended with it).

S- A very pleasant and welcoming aroma of crisp apples, English toffee and some caramel sweetness. As it warms it continues to put forth the same aromas of almost a caramel candied apple, granny smith apples and a faint warm apple cider aroma with cinnamon. Very pleasant smelling.

T- The smell was better, but still a very intriguing taste. Nice crisp apples and caramel sweetness up front. The finish is a nice toffee and some fresh squeezed apple cider. Very enjoyable, but somewhat off-putting with the faint tanginess.

M- It's heavy and tangy for an amber, with almost no carbonation. I wanted some more sharpness from the cider, but it just wasn't there. Not really coating or syrupy just crisp and smooth.

D- A great twist on an amber and very enjoyable just not exactly what I wanted. Would have liked a little more tartness or slight sourness like a refined apple cider, but the malt overpowered any chance of that.

Another crazy concoction from the mad scientists at Shorts. Keep them coming!

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Photo of zoso1967
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Good Samaritan pours a fairly dark brownish amber color with some woody red highlights. This bottle appeared to have pretty low carbonation and even though I began pouring aggressively at the end I was unable to get much of a head. The little ring of foam around the edge of the glass was off-white in color and left mediocre lace.

The smell of this beer is way different than I had expected. It almost has a sort of Belgian Dubbel like fruity spicy quality to it. Other aromas include cheap apple cider, caramel, toffee and a bit of wet cardboard box. It almost seems like this beer is a bit oxidized, but I know they recently bottled this and it was just put on the shelf. Very weird.

The flavor is fairly similar to the aroma except that I get less of the spice and more of that cheap pasteurized apple cider quality. To be totally honest, this beer tastes a bit like someone mixed a cheap amber with some cheap cider. I am not saying that is what Short's did, but I think this may be a beer that looked better on paper than it ended up tasting in the bottle. I am drinking this beer pretty slowly and as I near the end I am getting a lot of a weird medicinal sort of quality as well.

Thankfully the mouthfeel is not bad at all. This brew is medium bodied with a carbonation that is a bit low, but a finish that is very decent and leaves just a bit of tart apple on the palate.

I would have to say that the drinkability on this beer is pretty darn low. I thought it seemed pretty promising after looking at the bottle, but it just did not pan out well. If you really like apple cider you may enjoy this beer, but otherwise I would have to say this may be one of those beers that you get from great breweries who are always pushing the envelope, but sometimes stumble a bit.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. "Amber ale brewed with Apple Cider". No info on the website.

Pours out to a clear dark brown, forming a small limp off yellow head with no retention and no lacing. Milky sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is that of a Belgian Dubble, with cloves, bananas, toast, and burnt rubber phenols of an Abbey/Trappist yeast. The yeast is not flocculent at all in the bottle. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body...I'm guessing about 6% ABV. The tast is a recap of the aroma...burnt rubber, brown bananas, phenol, cloves...mild herbal bitterness, and a ruddy, oxidized, wet cardboard note in the finish and a metallic aftertaste. I don't taste any apples at all, but there is a slight sourness in the middle.

Not digging this one. I don't know if it's supposed to taste like a dubbel, but whatever it is, the burnt rubber and cardboard ruin it for me. it's gonna take a while for me to finish this one. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark orange liquid with some brown and red highlights. There is no head to speak of. Looks a little limp.

S- Apples, caramel, peaches, and toffee. Aromatic and appealing.

T- Apple juice, caramel, toffee, and some other fruitiness. Sweet and juicy with a malty backbone.

M- Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite on the finish.

D- A tasty beer but not all that impressive. Still, I would get it again.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. pours an amber color body with a thin white head that fades away quickly and leaves with little retention, lacing and not much carbonation in this brew.
S. The smell is apples, bananas, cloves, a woodsy smell and spicy too.
T. The taste is sweet apples, followed by bananas mixed with some spices, cloves, a hint of hops and finally an apple cake finish.
M. This has a sticky,cling to the tip of the tongue mouthfeel.
D. It is a little watery which makes it easy to drink, but it also feels very filling and probably could do one at a time as a nice desert beer. Halloween and Thanksgiving would be a great time for this beer as an alternative to the pumpkin ales.

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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 alexgash
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Bright, medium copper body. Finger of loose, bubbly, light khaki head. Lots of yeasty fruit on the nose. Notes of banana, kiwi, bubble gum, clove, and marshmallow. Some toasted caramel notes as well.

Grainy, lightly toasted biscuit malt up front. Estery banana and Juicy Fruit gum sweetness follow. Singed caramel underneath it all. Light clove and bubblegum. Apples in the finish, along with some mild minty bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slightly watery, undercarbonated feel. Not bad, but could be better.

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