Short's Pineapple Side-Down | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alleykatking on 03-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Pours an amber-brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is interesting with some strong brown sugar and caramelized malts and sweetened fruit. Lots of sweetness. Sweetness really carries over into the taste as well along with caramelized pineapple and a bit of sweet-bread-type malt. Quite sweet and dessert-like with a good presence of brown sugar. Medium body and slightly creamy. Really a big dessert beer that’s a good alternative to a stout. Some barleywine-esque notes with the addition of sautéed pineapple. Overall, perhaps a bit too sweet and heavy, but interesting and tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler thanks to Sarro, split with KageBeerJutsu. Poured into pint glass.

A- Dark pour, ruddy brown and a bit of red. Minimal head, large thin bubbles that stick to the outer ring of the glass. Not sure what the ABV is, but I suspect it's fairly high.

S- Sweet lactose/milk sugar, ripe pineapple, burnt sugar/toffee/molasses.

T- Overwhelming sweetness, heavy molasses/burnt sugar at first, followed by a big juicy burst of pineapple. Vanilla and maybe some chocolate malt.

M- Too sweet, I mean I guess it's expected for a short's dessert beer- but this one is too sweet for my tastes. Again, I don't know the ABV, but I suspect it's a big one.

O- More excited by the potential than the final product.. I thought this was interesting but wouldn't go out of my way to have this again. Not anywhere as tasty as short's cake, key lime, or carrot cake.

PS please bottle carrot cake!!


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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Short's Pineapple Side-Down has a dark brown and a brown head. Fairly good retention, but no lacing.

The aroma has lots of pineapple mixed with brown sugar and toffee.

This one is surprisingly, cloyingly, sweet. Up front there is a good bit of toffee and some caramel, and a lightly spicy character from the yeast. The back end is just loaded with really sweet pineapple that pair with brown sugar, which adds a little more sweetness. Just too sweet for me.

Medium to full bodied with carbonation that is quite low.

I have tried many Shorts beers, and most of them are awesome. I haven't reviewed very many, however, which is a shame because a 2 or 3 that I have reviewed I didn't like very much. This one is just too sweet.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Grill poured into a snifter

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, dark brown in color

Smell: pineapple and caramel--like a tropical drink.

Taste: pineapple and deep brown sugar start things off, a touch of vanilla and cane sugar with the start of black coffee that kicks in the middle and dominates to the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet with a bitter middle and sweeter end, low carbonation

Drinkability: I like this one a lot. The pineapple is not as prominent as in their pineapple pils. This one at times feels like a stout mixed with pure sugar cane. A very good brew that I would certainly get a six of if I could find it.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Sunset Grill & Tap on 3/10
Served in a tulip.

A: This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby/light brown highlights along the base. The more you consume, the lighter reddish brown this brew appears. 1/4 inch of off white head sits on top, and like 3 little spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet pineapple, mango and brown sugar.

T: Taste starts very sweet - brown sugar galore that mingles in tp a light bready, yeast character. A hint of spice and a hint of mango is present with the breadiness. Finish has a touch of sour mixed with a pineapple flavoring that balances nucely with the sour. There is a touch of malt profile in the finish that works extrodinarily well with the pineapple notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and creamy with a oily, slick finish.

D: Goes down easily and I would recommend letting this to warm a bit as the flavor really comes through the more this brew warms, very tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick to it and a nice representation of style.

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Photo of seeswo
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to betsona for picking this up at Short's for me. Andrew you rock for this! Poured from 64oz growler (copied from alleykatking review).

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Actually looks nothing like what I expected, but looks very good. Smells like...wait for it...a Short's beer. Their yeast seems to provide a bready, yeasty, slightly sour, partially Belgian seeming character. This appears in the nose of all of the Short's beers that I have tasted. In addition to that signature smell, there is a surprising booziness and a welcome citrus twang. In spite of all of this, it does seem to come together. Protip: Let this beer warm a bit. The taste improved dramatically, from a slightly soured, bready, yeasty, citrus brown sugar ale that doesn't come together all that well. When this beer warms a bit, the flavors listed above meld together, with a bit more of the slightly pineapple citrus, and an improving brown sugar sweetness. There's still the slight sourness, bready, yeast character that is maybe a bit more prevalent that I would want. It does give the beer a nice lactic? creaminess that is also a signature of the Short's fruit beers. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy and with appropriate carbonation. Nailed. The drinkability is pretty high, limited only by that slight sourness and maybe slightly oversweet lingering flavors.

This beer is really good and really enjoyable - just totally different from much else I have had and also the name of the beer gives a different impression than the flavor. Way less pineapple and citrus than expected, but this is not a bad thing.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to betsona for picking this up at Short's for me. Andrew you rock for this! Poured from 64oz growler.

A- Pours a dark brown with amber highlights when held to the light. One finger off white/light tan head showed great retention. Streaky lacing at first turns into spotty lacing by mid-beer.

S- Pineapple first and foremost. I let this beer warm up and it seemed like it was less muted than when it was cold. Anyways, pineapple upfront is pretty strong. There is a nutty aroma with hints of brown sugar in the middle of the nose. Ending has some pineapple but mostly light sweet alcohol that tingles the nose.

T- Like the aroma pineapple dominates the front end of this beer. Middle of the beer has a brown sugar sweetness to it that is very distinct. Light sweet alcohol makes its first run in the middle of the beer as well. Some bready sweet malts in the ending of the beer blend with another hint of pineapple. Sweet alcohol on the final part of the beer actually shows some crispness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is well...Short's style which means a little light on carbonation. Pineapple and sweet bready malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly pineapple with sweet alcohol and hints of brown sugar. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors were actually very well balanced for what it was suppose to be. No off flavors were ever present while I was drinking this.

D- I wasn't sure of the ABV but I can say this one isn't too high. A little sweet at times makes you not want another glass but it is so good that you want another. Short's is still going strong with odd beers. And as far as I can tell they do a damn good job at making them.

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Short's Pineapple Side-Down from Short's Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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