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Short's Raisin Apollo | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Raisin ApolloShort's Raisin Apollo

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottle 2/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, pineapple, grape, herbal, floral, earth, and a touch of alcohol. Interesting and unique aromas; very pungent hoppiness is present as well. Taste of grapefruit, raisin, herbal hops, earth, grape, biscuit, caramel, pine, and peppery spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, pepper, and earth on the finish for a while. Great malt balance with the bitterness make this very enjoyable. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with hardly any warming present. Quite smooth to drink, but is still definitely a sipper. Overall a very nice experimental DIPA from Short’s. Very enjoyable to sip on, and it definitely grew on me the more I got into the glass. Very unique and balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a thin off-white head and not much lacing. The nose brings forward a strong raisin component along with some earthy, dank hops. Strong presence diacetyl there as well, unfortunately. The flavor falls down hard. Fairly-strong alcohol burn along with quite a bit of butter. Raisin is the only real flavor, with just a touch of hops in the background. Feel is butter cream with a lot of booze. Very out there and not something I enjoyed.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony412 for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a clear golden/copper with a small white head that reduces quickly, leaving a ring around the edge. Thin lacing coats the edges.

S: Certainly get the raisins on the aroma, but no really that much in terms of hops. It is earthy and almost has a white wine hint to it.

T: More raisins here with some citrus mixed in, a little bit of grapefruit and pineapple. Slight grassy flavor comes out. A little on the sweet side as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O: Interesting for sure, as most Shorts beers are. I would have liked a little strong hop presence and the raisins dialed back just a bit.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 2/2/12 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Translucent golden orange with half a finger of cream coloured head that slowly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Bitter pine, earthy and slight citrus hop aromas up front with a fairly big sweet malt backbone. Not getting the golden raisins.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with grassy and earthy flavours. The malt backbone provides a good balance. The golden raisins are slightly evident. There is a strange somewhat off-putting sweetness that I can't pinpoint, that I assume is from the raisins. The bitterness returns in the finish.

M - Medium body with some good sticky hop oils. Moderate carbonation.

O - This wasn't a bad beer, but wasn't a good one either. Interesting enough to try once but not to buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thank you to decadence for tossing this in a box that showed up today. sounds interesting. enjoyed out of my urthel oversized tulip.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my glass...brew poured a semi-transparent orange with an offwhite frothy head. some bubbling could be seen in the glass, but not much. lacing was semi sticky and mildly streaky.

s - very earthy...in a fat tire kind of way. big malt presence with some sticky hop presence and mild fruitiness, but definitely whacky for a IIPA. the earthiness dominates. the raisin is not obvious if not more than just a mental suggestion from the name/description.

t - as the nose suggests...earthiness explosion. the alcohol is also rather apparent in the flavor. some figgy raisins are there, but if the label didn't call it a double ipa, i'd think it was miscategorized. grainy.

m - boozy. full bodied but not syrupy. pretty good compared the feel of other shorts i've tried. i've always found the feel to be different than other beers and somewhat watery, this is nicer.

o - overall...skip it, unless you are a big fan of fat tire as this one has that extreme earthy handful of dirt vibe. raisins in an ipa doesn't sound like it would work, and i guess this is what you would expect, but i was surprised by the earthiness of the flavor...i was hoping it would be more of an ipa with a grape twist. alas this one is not for me. not bad, but in the world of double ipas, reside some of the best beers of all time...

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Raisin Apollo last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. A DIPA brewed with Raisins peaked my interest so I just had to pick up a couple bottles as soon as hit the stores, 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- The label on this beer for sure sticks out, not a big fan of the almost naked dude, but when you work for Short's and wear a cape you can do whatever the hell you want. It poured a nice slightly hazy caramel amber color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a great looking beer, no complaints here.

S- The aroma starts off with sweet malts that impart some nice grainy, brown bread and caramel aromas. Next comes a big earthy aroma with some slight hints of raisins. The hops are dank, earthy and a little citrusy, a pretty unique hop combination. There aroma is nice and little different from the normal DIPA.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. The first thing that I picked up was the hops which imparted some earthy, dank, and slightly citrus aspects that I picked up in the aroma, these Apollo hops are quite different from the usual hop profile you get in DIPA's. The hops imparted a pretty high amount of bitterness in the middle. Next came some malts that weren't as sweet as they were in the aroma and impart some grain, brown bread, and caramel flavors that combine with some raisin and earthy flavors that come from the golden raisins. This was a good and unique tasting DIPA.

M- A little smooth, a little sticky, dry, on thick side of being medium bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation that suited this beer nicely. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, I don't think there is anything about it I would change.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a pretty good and unique DIPA that seems to take this style in a different direction that most brewery's dare not tread, I like that. This beer went down smooth but with the high amount of bitterness I think two would be more then enough for me for the night. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and how different this beer turned out with addition of Apollo hops and golden raisins. What I liked least about this beer was the high amount of bitterness, I know it's a DIPA and it's suppose to be bitter but it got to be a little too much and if it was toned down a little it would really help the drinkability. I would for sure buy this beer again, I already went back to the store and got two more and I see a couple more in my future before this beer is all sold out for the year. If your tired of the typical heavily citrus hopped DIPA's give this one a try, it takes the style in a different direction that isn't half bad. Once again Short's impressed me and seems like they do what they always do and take the path less traveled and I thought that worked out pretty well, there are more then enough citrusy DIPA's to go around, give me something different and on the other side of the spectrum, and that's exactly what they did, good job guys.

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3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper colored. Aroma of stale sticky dried out beer from last night's party, and very slight pine. Taste is bitter mostly, with stale malts and some muddled hay and funk. Don't get any raisins here. Slick mouthfeel, dry finish, high carbonation. Not easy drinking at all with the ABV level. Only okay at best. Disappointed, since I loved Huma Lupa.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with one finger of light tan head that quickly dissipates , leaving only a collar. No lacing and very little carbonation rising.

S - some sweet golden raisin is the most abundant aroma, followed by earthy hops and some caramel malt. Not bad.

T - Initially quite sweet with a big raisin presence, quickly transitioning to bitter, astringent and boozy. Finishes very bitter and dry. Decent.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts sticky sweet and ends very bitter and somewhat astringent.

O - Decent DIPA, but I wouldn't have this again. The flavors were ok, but the astringency, which seems to be common in Short's DIPAs, and booziness aren't very appealing.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of birchstick
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangish amber caramel color with a nice looking fluffy white head

S - nose consists of lots of floral, piney hops with a little bit of earthy onions in the mix

T - starts off with sweet raisin and grape flavors. These move on to a little bit of grain and cookie malts, but are quickly overtaken by bitter onion, pine, and juicy citrus hops. Ends with bitter hops and a little bit of hot booziness.

M - Full bodied and smooth; goes down well

D - overall, another unique, interesting beer by Shorts. The reasons weren't as noticeable as I had anticipated, but they worked well in the DIPA style, which I feel is a hard style to add anything to. Recommended if you can find it.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper. Small, yet persistent, light beige head. Some lacing. Very dank nose. Strong herbal hop funk with lots of cannabis notes. Some caramel-y sweet malts as well. I like the dankness of it.

Toasted malt up front, quickly pushed aside by slightly tart, mightily bitter, citrusy hops. Herbal pine notes mix in. Rummy fruit sweetness swells mid-palate. Very dry finish, with lingering pine bitterness. Remnants of raisiny malt sweetness as well. Medium-full body, with a smooth, lightly carbonated feel. Not bad, but could be better. It just seems a little off.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.17 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. No specs per the website other than it's 9% ABV, brewed with Apollo hops (duh) and used 6 hop additions over 90minutes. Pours out to a crystal clear burnt orange, forming a small off-white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Has a really nice juicy hop nose of skunkweed and pine. No perceptible off aromas. Mouthfeel is crisp, stinging like a good double IPA should be, and with a near syrupy dense body. The taste also opens with the aforementioned skunkweed and pine, but there is a very subtle and unique taste of chocolate chip cookie dough that lingers in the background. Very interesting, but also very subtle. I wonder if it's Maris otter combined with some of the vanilla overtones that raisins can have. Bitterness is firm, but well balanced by the big malt bill. Raisins flavor, per say, isn't perceptible. I would challenge anyone blinded to tell me it's brewed with raisins. No off-flavors.

This is a heck of a beer. A nice home-run from the brewery compared to some of their other seasonals that I find less appealing. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to my hophead friends.

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Short's Raisin Apollo from Short's Brewing Company
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