Short's Hopstache | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's HopstacheShort's Hopstache

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of claminat420
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

description from brewery: American Pale Ale dominated by citrus flavors and aromas. Focusing on hop varieties that offer the most fruity and floral characteristics w/ the addition of grapefruit zest.

A- pours a hazy copper color with a frothy white head that leaves a hefty amount of lacing.

S- just some citrus hops from hell. nice. one of the best smelling beers i've ever smelt.

T- this is what a american ipa should be. just blasted with hops. there is a slight caramel malt detection if you really try but basicly it's nothing more than citrus hops. bitterness isn't too crazy but others might think so.

M- medium bodied. has a slight silky texture to it. i don't know if it's from all the hops or the grapefruit zest.

Drinkability- i wish they bottled this sh#t!!!

Overall- being a hophead this beer is right up my alley. i was worried about the grapefruit zest mentioned because i've tried their double ipa with the lemon and orange zest and thought that beer sucked. the grapefruit tho plays well with the citrus hops. it seems like it just makes the hops more intense. great brew. hope to see this one again in the future.

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Photo of clager
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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).

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Photo of BIN29
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Again, my thanks to tectactoe for a burgeoning box of Short's - I'm getting through it, alternating nights of hoppy with evenings of malts. This is a hoppy night. Clearly. 12 oz. bottle savored all by myself.

Pour is a moist, slightly eclipsed yellow with revving carbonation climbing the glass. The nose is one of those treatise beers: one could write one. Pungent oils, freshly squeezed lemon, citrus, pine, bitterness. No idea what kind of hop bill is hiding in here, but it's brought out the best, aromatics-wise.

Hopstache lowers a grapefruit & hop Oily grapefruit slinks out of the glass & molests the palate without any tickle whatsoever. Once past, it allows a honeyed sweetness, pine bitterness, & lisp of citric acid to wash past. Bitterness seizes the aftertaste & washes away even the grapefruit, leaving a clean, jarring IPA experience. Sluggable. I could easily go through a bomber of this in the time it would normally take me to do a single.

Combo of bite, grapefruit, & complexity makes this one excellent IPA. Brewers should buy this beer & study it like an IPA manual. A winner that'd be welcomed on the slopes of Mount Olympus.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Foggy, yellow-ish brew. White, foamy head. Niiice lacing!! Missing clarity.

Apricot, mango, piney, nice grains. Enjoyable.

Smooth, highly drinkable, smoothly bitter, creamy, lactic, passion fruit, resinous, filled with pine needles, wet, light airy carbonation, delicate.

This brew is GREAT! Thanks abanton for the kickass extra! Highly recommended.

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Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky dull golden-orange with a stationary 1/2" bone white loose & multi-sized bubbled head. Not too much visible carbonation to support the dwindling head. Looks proper, but not exciting. Label art of Joe Short and his nerd glasses, sporting a Magnum P.I. stache is a nice touch though. I also will raise this appearance score due to the stellar dripping cohesive lacework all the way down the glass.

The scent is exciting though. Luscious tropical fruit and grapefruitty hops galore! I swear, I can't wait to quaff this baby. Sweet, Del Monte fruit cocktail syrup-esque. Can I drink this now? A few swirls of my Sam Adams scientific pint glass evoke more piney, rustic hop resins. Now I'm jacked!

There it is!!! the taste definitely delivers everything I got in the nose, but in reverse. Lots of dry, resiny, rustic hops with pithy grapefruit rind, (thanks to the real grapefruit addition). The chalky dryness begs for another gulp, of which I'll gladly oblige. Gosh damn this is delicious. Hops. Delivered. Gloriously.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and just a notch past medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on perfectly kinetic. Pillowy soft and lifting. Long dry flavorful finish.

Overall a spectacular IPA made with real grapefruit. I wish I would've bought a case, but this stuff hit the shelves and gone in just 3 days. Highly, highly recommended. P

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Hopstache last week at for $10.89 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time this beer has been bottled and since Short's has been killing these hoppy beers lately I have some high expectations for this beer so I decided to give this one a try tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's Imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it's a drawing of Joe Short with a mustache, enough said. It poured a slightly clear golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of patchy lacing behind. This was a very good looking beer, the color was nice and the head was much better than I normally get from a bottled Short's beer, it looked really good.

S- The aromas starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness followed by a huge punch of grapefruit that smells juicy and pithy and it's followed by loads of citrus and tropical fruit hops aromas with some mango and pineapple sticking out along with a little bit of floral hops. I also pick up a light amount of bready malts and a slight yeast like aroma. The aroma is very good, it's not the most balanced but it's full of the best combination of fruity and hoppy aromas, it's simply awesome.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts of with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice authentic grapefruit flavor, I get the juicy middle and the rind of the fruit. After that comes loads of hops that impart some nice citrus and tropical fruit flavors with some light mango and pineapple flavors with grapefruits still sticking out the most. Up next I get a real light grainy and bready flavor with a hint of yeast and on the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that has bitter grapefruit like taste to it and there's a nice fruity, grapefruit rind, and bitter aftertaste. This is a very good tasting beer, it's a citrus bomb of an IPA with grapefruit being the main attraction, I really enjoy it.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, refreshing, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and very good example of the style, Short's really knows how to pair real fruit flavor with really fruity hop flavors and the combination really complements this beer and it really does a good job at showcasing the grapefruit in this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, refreshing, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention and keeping me coming back for more, I could see myself drinking a few of these but I think after that the bitterness might start to wear on me, but other than that I think this would be a great beer to enjoy in the warmer weather. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, all aspects of this beer were pretty damn good. There wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer but I do wish this was a year round beer but I know that probably won't happen. I would for sure buy at least a six pack if they released it again next year, I bought a six pack of it and after I tried one I went back to the store to buy some more but it was all gone so I'm happy I got a six pack. I recommend this beer to anyone who loves citrus heavy IPA's and if you love that grapefruit taste in hoppy beers then I think you will love this beer. All in all I was very impressed with this beer and it exceeded my expectations, everything about it was either good or really good and Short's did a great job at capturing that pure grapefruit essence. Short's really hit it out of the park with this one, but I still like Freedom of 78 and Anniversary Ale a little more but I think this beer is just about on the same level, Short's has always been know for there crazy and unique experimental beers, but with all the great hoppy beers they have been putting out lately I think they will start to be known for their great hoppy offerings soon enough. Good job Short's, keep kicking ass.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer of this at Discount Drinks, glad to see this stuff in bottles - I've heard nothing but good things about it in the past. Hopstache pours a very pure golden color; very mellow with some light amber hints in the middle and faint straw on the edges. The cloudy white head settles at about a finger-and-a-half and leaves some nice, long webbing and lace as it crawls down the glass.

I stick my nose in to get a whiff... Fucking faaantastic. Sticking Citra hops in my nose has the same effect as playing "Your Body is a Wonderland" for your girlfriend on the first date. I'm such a goddamn sucker for them, and after one sniff, Hopstache already has me on my knees. The citric-centric hops blow up; grapefruit bonanza, mild pineapple, citrus peels dangling all around. So juicy, raw, and in-your-face. The hops cut in hard; pine, oil, resin, with a lightly dank character in the finish. Somewhere in the background lies a faintly spicy and earthy aroma as well. So many of the things I love are just jam packed into this beer right now. My slacks are getting tighter.

Hopstache hits my palate and the first thing I get is a lovely mouthful of pines, oily resins, and dank, earthy, leafy hops. Huge hop flavor, undeniably explosive. And despite their heavy and controlling nature, they make themselves assertive without cutting up the palate too much - bitterness is apparent but low enough to retain drinkability and quaffability (how do you like that word? ) as it hits the back of the tongue and settles to a residual bitterness halfway through. The amount of raw hops that are packed into this brew is impressive and after only a few sips, I like where this is headed.

The citrus on the palate is lighter than it was on the nose, which is to be expected, but it still explodes in a big way. Once the initial pine and resin attack subsides a bit, you're hit with a concoction of grapefruit peels, citrus skins, and unripe pineapple. The fruits adhere to the bitterness theme; pith, peels, and skins, just biting at the taste buds, little by little. Heading into the aftertaste, some of the hop flavors begin to grow again, leaving a mild earthy, herbal and almost peppery flavor to carry away the finish.

Malt doesn't become apparent until the very end where it actually has some heavy bread and toast flavor, but not much else. Overall, the flavor was, at times, a bit watery considering how dense and packed the aroma was, but given the low ABV of the brew (I believe it's even lower than the 6% ABV listed on this site), it's forgivable to a point. Mildly sticky mouth feel, lots of carbonation, medium bodied.

Far and away the best IPA I've had from Shorts, and they put out some other good IPA's. Drinks almost like an APA with the relatively mellow and easy-to-maintain bitterness and low ABV. Could polish off six of these without thinking about it. I may be a Citra hop slappy, but there's no denying that this is a damn good beer. If you see it, get it. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of justinp444
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newly released bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a golden orange color with light head and fizz. Smell is a nice mix of malt and hops, with some light citrus. Taste is loaded with citrus and hops, but this isn't one that can only be appreciated by hop fanatics. This is very drinkable and delicious, turning out to be a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of foundersasap
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of lochef81
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright orange color with a very nice white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose pounces with really strong citrus notes with some floral and pine characteristics in the background. Highly resinous and pungent. Grapefruit dominates. The flavor is quite bitter and provides a bit of hop flavor, though not as much as I was expecting from the aroma. The fruit comes through atop the dryness that follows with the bitterness in the feel. Really tasty and a great finish.

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Photo of KeithE
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/11/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, orange rind, floral, light pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus and tropical fruit notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, orange rind, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, pine, floral, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hops with grapefruit flavor; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great balance of hops with the grapefruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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