Short's Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #104
Ranked #2,438
4.19 | pDev: 8.83%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Hopstache is an American IPA brewed with real grapefruit zest. Made with Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hops, this beer has aromas of dank citrus and pine. An initial sweetness is balanced with flavors of grapefruit and zest. The finish is intense and dank with little bitterness.

70 IBU
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice offering from this great local brewery. Nice golden-orange slightly hazy color with some mild head and lingering lacing. Smells mainly of floral hops, but tastes of more citrus zest hops with that characteristic bitterness. I can make out grapefruit, orange and papaya, maybe a trace of mango. Also some nice weaker floral hops, bread and malt to nbalance everything out. Nice smooth mild finish and mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. Highly recommend!

Jul 01, 2018
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BreakfastStout from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden orange. Lacing lingers on the pint glass for the duration. Nose is too subtle, almost none existent. I picked this up in February and bio indicates summer availability. Bottle date shows Jan 16, 2017 so i know it's only 3 weeks old. Should be a stronger nose. Bitter piney, grapefruit taste . Not bad, but I prefer other Shorts IPA's like Huma and Hanging Frank's (prefer this name over Controversial Ale). Nice crisp finish, without a strong after taste. Good, not great beer. Glad I tried it.

Feb 05, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange-gold. Medium, thick, white, long lived head. Lacing.

Smells citrus, grassy, light pine, slight bready malt and hints of vegetal

Tastes grapefruit peel, citrus, light malt. Finish is dry and strong bitter pine finish. Lighter medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Feb 02, 2017
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KeithE from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice all around IPA with grapefruit zest added. Good balance and not too sweet. Compares favorably with Grapefruit Scuplin. My guess is 50% of those drinkers would prefer Hopstache if they did a blind test. So far with the few beers I have tried from Short's I'm pretty impressed and not a homer since I live in Chicago and not MI.

Jul 01, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A bubble show produces a slightly hazy amber liquid capped by a two fingered head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Floral and pithy, with papaya, passion fruit, pineapple and white grapefruit

Taste: A little bready in the malt base, but the hops make a strong statement, bringing the tropical fruit (papaya and passion fruit, primarily) in the first wave and the grapefruit pith in the second; increasingly bitter, after the swallow, with an aspirin flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA that hedges that frontier between the bitter grapefruit flavors that dominated a few years ago with the tropical fruit tones so prevalent today; I enjoy that aspect but don't care for the aspirin in the finish

Thanks, RoguePT, for the opportunity

Jun 28, 2016
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foundersasap from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent head, well supported by tons of carbonation retaining the head well into it. Taste is very grapefruit, bitter not much malt but this beer is exceptional. Sticky lacing covering the entire glass. Highly recommended

Jun 18, 2016
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clager from Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Drank straight out of the bottle at a beer garden so unable to comment.

S: Grapefruit (in a natural not artificial way)

T: Initially biscuit and floral with a fantastic grapefruit finish, again not artifical, not sweet just great flavor. Moderately bitter.

F: Appropriately carbonated, good mouthfeel.

O: The best grapefruit IPA I've had (also like Sam Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA a lot but it's sweeter than this one).

May 28, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one I've had too many times and not received. This one is on tap, and has been the most enjoyable. Great decanted out of the bottle and outstanding served fresh at the bar. Hazy yellowish orange in color, the aroma of grapefruit hits the nose. Taste is fresh Ruby red grapefruit and solid malt backbone. The best grapefruit IPA around.

Mar 12, 2016
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TonyLuvsBeer from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. I never had grapefruit Sculpin to compare to but I pick up strong grapefruit in this beer. Has a nice citrus/grapefruit aroma. Good summer month beer.

Jul 14, 2015
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thegerm87 from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No date. Floral/mildly citrusy smell. Blood orange, grapefruit, pepper, spicy earthiness. Solid but nondescript malt backbone. Spoiled by NE IPAs again...

Jul 09, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brightly golden colored bottle pour. Kicks up a pleasantly generous head. Citrus notes on the aroma. Really find the grapefruit piece to be less prominent than in other similar offerings but I think the zesty flavor adds to the bright, punchy hops. Solid bitterness. A very enjoyable IPA from a solid MI brewery.

Jul 06, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick foamy white head of an inch that doesn't seem to die down. Smell of freshly peeled grapefruit, citrus, some orange, and a nice spicy malt backing. Taste of grapefruit, nice amounts of bitter, nice clean taste, tiny amount of spice at end with a tinge of bread-y malt. A overall light to medium body with a smooth, crisp taste and a medium mouth feel. If they had this all year round this would be my go to IPA.

Jun 25, 2015
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BIN29 from Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: hazy light orange. Small thin head.
S: grapefruit peel, light mandarin, dank.
T: like a hoppy pale Ale, really smooth and a light ipa that is almost a session. One of short's best ipas.
F: extremely smooth, light body, crushable. Refreshing for a lazy summer night.
Overall: this is better than Ballast Point grapefruit sculpin and perrin grapefruit ipa. It's hands down the best grapefruit ipa. Flavourful, light, not overwhelming.

Jun 21, 2015
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So light at 6 percent yet so much flavor. Freedom of 78. Dans pink skirt and hopstache are 3 of my favorite ipas, all by shorts. They make good hoppy beers. Glad I live in michigan since they don't distribute to over states.

Jun 20, 2015
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/29/14 Poured into a shaker pint glass.

L- Medium gold, good clarity, one finger white head.

S- Citrus, some tropical, some dankness, some pine.

T- Similar to aroma but the tropical is less so and it's mostly citrus with some light pine and a medium bitterness. Very light malts.

F- Medium typical IPA.

O- A great IPA and one of Short's best hoppy beers. I do think I prefer Dan's Pink Skirt slightly more.

Jun 17, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before makings its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lovely burst of tropical fruit and a bit of sugary malt. Notes of mango, papaya and peach.

T- Flavor isn't quite as excellent. The high bitterness kind of downplays the tropical fruit tastes but it still works. Resinous hops are continuously assertive on the palate. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple and grass.

M- Sharp and bitey from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is for IPA lovers only which I certainly am but this was almost too bitter for even me. Though not very balanced, it has a terrific aroma and pretty much everything I look for in a great IPA.

Apr 18, 2014
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SanFranJake from California

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed yesterday poured into a Deschutes goblet from 12oz bottle.
Procured via trade (extra) from my good man @totalbangover.
Excellent orangish color when poured and as soon as it hit the glass and filled up, I was hit with tons of fruity citrus notes, namely (as the label says) Grapefruit. Slight nose of hops presence but this is mostly citrus.
I didn't pour with much vigor but pour still produced a nice finger+ of creamy foam with quickly ceded.
Great flavor. On par with what I got in the nose...grapefruit and slight but noticeable hop presence. Not at all like the piney IPAs that I usually like in the style.
Carbonation, flavor and nose stuck around for as long as the pour did.
Gentle lacing did as well.
Glad I was able to try this beer. Every Shorts beer I've had, all of which have been extras from @totalbangover, have been very impressive and this was no exception.

Apr 14, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of pale sunrise orange into our Great Lakes pints. It gives off a one finger head of sand colored bubbles that sit milky and creamy atop the beverage. Cakey, sheeted lacing is left around the glass as it simmers away at a moderate pace. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be rather active. The aroma is fresh, offering notes of steely grassy and citric hops, metallic and mineral-laden yeastiness, pale and clean adjunct grain, vanilla extract and sweet ethanolic coolness, orange and cucumber flesh, lactic acidity, honeys, light magic marker phenols, and a toasty amber grainy grit that comes more forward with warmth. Our first impression is that, as with the nose, the flavoring comes across as highly fresh and robust, but with a bit more dank bitterness than we were expecting. As we sip, the taste begins with sticky, tannic, and sappy green-grass and citric-oil hoppiness, glazed doughnut puff, toasty pale and lightly wheaty maltiness, watered-down orange juice, fatty gravy, and red apple and pear fruitiness. The middle peaks with granular white sugar sweetness, mineral water, orange pith and lemon zest, continued wheaty graininess, metallic yeastiness, bittering green grassiness, and nylon. The end comes through with more soured grain of corn and white flour, citric peel and seed, oily citric and softly piney hoppiness, nectarine and peach meatiness, grassy and piney hops, tin, sweet booziness, and plastic phenolic bite. The aftertaste breathes of white pepper and turmeric spice, orange juice, peel, and flesh, citric and grassy hop shells, pistachio, alcohol, sheet plastic, envelope adhesive, pale malt graininess, and toasted table crackers. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The sip offers satisfying and wet slurp and smack, while giving up a little lightness to any cream or froth. Finishing pop is crisp and clean. The mouth is wetted and slightly slimy, but this follows in form as a pucker, giving the illusion of frank dryness. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability remains quick and high throughout.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew is its flavoring and its ease of drinkability. The hops here are quite zesty. They zing and pop through each sip, showcasing heavy oiliness of citric varietals, sticky pine, and a clean grassiness, for a fresh and organic feel to it. The malt bill actually reminds us of their Beard of Zeus, an IPL. Now that we’re thinking about it, the hops are similar as well in that they are both more bitter than sweet or fruity. They each have a cheapness to the grain, with a high metallic factor, but it works in both cases. This one is fruitier, we suppose, if you count the bittering zesty oiliness of oranges in the equation. Either way, this is a fine beer, and a sixer that we will likely blow through with eagerness and ease.

Apr 12, 2014
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Flopjack from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Nice pale orange especially when held up to light, not a lot of light gets through, somewhat hazed, nice lacing, 1/2 finger white head.

Smell - Pungent grapefruit, pine, floral hoppiness. Lots of citrus.

Taste - The beginning of the flavor is a nice balance of pine and grapefruit giving a nice floral and juicy character. The middle brings about more of the grapefruit intensity that is paired with bitterness. Towards the end there is more of a mellow grapefruit zest or essence that drys the flavor nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer, it was my first trying this offering. Glad I tried it and hope to get more next time around.

Apr 06, 2014
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lochef81 from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always have my doubts when it comes to Shorts Brewing but for once they really impressed me with this one. It pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head and sticky lacing. The aroma is a knockout dank blend of grapefruit, bready malts, and fresh hops. The mouthfeel is sticky and pleasant leaving an awesome coating of citrus hops stickiness on the palate. The flavor is almost as great as the nose with a tremendous burst of ruby red grapefruit, resiny hops, a little malt backbone and a bit if a pleasant alcohol bite. Overall, this is probably the best offering I've had from Shorts. A definite must try.

Mar 31, 2014
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a one-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Grapefruit and orange peel dominate the aroma with faint bready malt.

T - Just like the aroma. Big ruby red grapefruit with some malty sweetness. Hops really come through in the finish. This is a big citrus bomb.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Wow, Short's really blew me away on this one. This is an awesome grapefruit forward IPA.

Mar 30, 2014
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and cloudy burnt orange with a frothy bright white head. Really nice lacing and stick after every sip.

S - Citrus - orange peel, grapefruit, fruity.

T - Hop forward - grapefruit, citrus zest, piney, resinous. Medium to full bodied. Lingering bitter and drying aftertaste.

O - Real solid American IPA from Shorts. This is a gem for hop lovers - give this a try.

Mar 30, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a light straw yellow. super hazy and opaque. a finger of a whitish head that leaves just a little bit of lacing after fading fairly quickly.

Smell: light bready malts, lighter crystal malts. hops are very citrusy and the grapefruit. some tropical notes. noticeable bitterness

Taste: opens up with citrus. grapefruit along with tropical notes. noticeable bread and crystal malt base

Mouthfeel: quite light, but very bitter

Overall: not a complete winner with me. there really isn't a whole lot of hop taste to it. good malt base but i think the focus needs to be shifted more to hops from the grapefruit.

Mar 28, 2014
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TurboBrew from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 ounce bottle dated 4/28/16 into ipa speiglau glass.

Leaves lacing and bubbly 1/8 inch head

Light orange and moderate carbonation

Bitter grapefruit and orange nuances on the nose
Taste and mouthfeel follow suit.
Grapefruit/ruby red flavor with malty sweetness throughout. Solid ipa. One of the best.
As with any hoppy beer its so enjoyable fresh out of the bottle / on tap kept in cold storage. So good!

Jul 04, 2013
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CMUbrew from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a very nice hazy, golden-yellow color. White head composed of different sized bubbles sits on top. Lacing starts from the first sip.

S: Grapefruit is quite prominent in the nose. Peel and fruit make their presence known. Not much else really, but that's okay by me.

T: Grapefruit obviously. Tastes almost like I'm taking a bite of a ruby red, although much less tart. Short's wasn't messing around with the grapefruit addition.

M: Carbonation tingles and body is smooth. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

O: A fantastic beer from Short's. Right there with Freedom of '78 for their best beer IMO and certainly one of the better IPAs I've had.

May 01, 2013
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