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Short's HopstacheShort's Hopstache

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of stevepat
2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Tasted midday out of a pint glass, which is usually a recipe for an unnaturally glowing review of any beer (I've been known to ask for another Bud Light in similar situations), this beer was an unfortunate exception. The look is very nice, rich amber with a reassuring cloudiness, but that was its only redeeming characteristic. The smell is flat, the taste is meagerly bitter with little to no depth, and it slides through your mouth without leaving much of an impact. All in all a weak offering from Short's. Seems like the grapefruit somehow negated the hops.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
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...

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Photo of Davihaw
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a golden orange haze with good 1 finger of foam. Leaves lots of lacing after foam disappears.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are very present. Second whiff smells sweet rather than citrusy, and followed by a tiny bit of pine.

T: Wish the taste was as good as the smell. The pine is a lot more present in the taste. It doesn't have the balanced hop bitterness I like in an IPA.

M: The carbonation is spot on. The bitterness on the tongue takes away from the sessionability I was hoping for.

O: I think this is another solid IPA from Short's! I wish the citrus notes would have come out in the flavor rather than pine. I'm glad I got to try this and would have no problem picking up another 6 pack if it were available.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a soft, honey straw color, notes of gold and dandelion that is slightly murky with a thin, soapy white head, about a finger high that has decent retention and leaves a touch of lace behind. The aroma is nice, lots of zesty citrus, wildflower, weedy grass with some underlying pine and cat pee from the amarillo behind it. Sweet and bready grain is integrated nicely, but the balance on the nose is a bit lacking. The flavors are similar, but earthier, the citrus presence is there but the grassiness and floral notes are very dirty and earthy, lots of grubby weeds with some prickly malt behind it. The body is nice, a bit carbed and soapy for my liking, but the finish is nice and dry with a great bitter kick.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Shorts, right on the cusp of something great and one of the best beers I've had from them. Certainly an IPA that will appeal to any hop head and one I'd like to enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. The appearance on this one is a really hazy yellow color. The head isn’t very big, and doesn’t last long at all. Very little lacing left in the glass as well. Aroma is unbelievable, and one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever whiffed -- massive grapefruit and tropical smells... truly outstanding. Unfortunately, the taste was a bit of a let down. The front of each sip tasted almost exactly like the aroma -- sweet, grapefruity. The rest of the sip and aftertaste though was primarily of bitterness, and it didn’t have me jumping up and down. The carbonation isn’t harsh, but the bitterness in this make it much more of a sipper’s IPA. A fantastic smelling beer, but a slight let down flavor-wise after hearing all the great stuff about it. Either way, a super solid beer... especially when you burp. :)

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowish-amber color that is translucent and cloudy. Small amount of foam on top that gathers along the side of the glass.

Smells citrusy, fruity, grassy. Yeasty and pithy. Nice nose.

Flavors mirror the aroma. Great hop flavor-probably some citra. A bitterness follows after the hop flavors, but its more from the grapefruit. Not getting much sweetness from the malt backbone. This one is all about late addition hops.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and well-carbonated.

Overall, good brew that really melds great hop flavors without getting too overboard. This brew actually reminds me a lot of another Short's brew, Prolonged Enjoyment. I hope they make it again.

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Photo of minterro
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer from Spartan Spirits, paired with triscuits.

A&S: Hazy toasted yellow with lively carbonation rising from the bottom. Head is a clean white and has good retention with streaks of lacing. Substantial and long-living fruity aromas: grapefruit, citrus, passion fruit with hints of marijuana and spices.

T&M: Very fruity and floral in the taste. Not much alcohol in the taste. Not very bitter at all, tad bit dry. Interesting and unique hop selection, not traditional but not unpleasant. On the lighter side of body and medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: very easy to drink. Nothing super impressive. Mostly bought because I feel the need to Shorts' new stuff and because the label looks like me.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks a ton to zaphog for hitting me with this in the Easter BIFsket. enjoyed from a sierra nevada ipa glass.

a - brew poured a murky orange with a fresh ipa head (think pliny foamy, not classic ipa)...lacing was a bit spotty. looks juicy and murky. can't wait.

s - zing!!! fresh citric blast...ever so subtle earthy malt but the fresh fruit is the star of the show here. a bit sweaty. can't wait!!!

t - fairly big bitter blast slaps me in the palette then i'm slimed by some earthy malts and then the citricness slides in followed by what seems to be some mentholated booziness and big pine cone bitterness.

m - clean and crisp a bit mentholated.

o - overall, the nose is the star of the show on this IPA. feels like it is hotter than 6%. nice ipa...i'd definitely drink this all the time if i was local...

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of robhbest
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy straw yellow, 2 finger white head which sticks around for a bit.

S: Oh man, a citrus forest in my nose, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, fantastic!

T: So smooth on the front side, finishes with a grapefruit like bitterness at the end. Unbelievable. I love grapefruit, this is fantastic for grapefruit lovers. I wish it was a little more complex however.

M: On the lighter side of being medium bodied. Good carbonation. I think it lacks some oomph though.

O: Delicious beer. Drinks fairly easy and I could probably go through a bunch in one sitting. Missing a little mouthfeel and a little one sided however I'd definately go for it again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Thanks to Tee2Grn for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a hazy apricot orange with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Tons of citrusy hops, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. More subtle resinous, piney notes. A touch of sweet malts. Really excellent.

T: Citrus rind and piney bitterness. Soapy notes. Grassy/herbaceous. A subtle malt presence, but piney hop bitterness is by far the most prominent flavor.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, very good drinkability.

O: Overall, a real good IPA. I would have liked if more of the citrus notes that were present in the aroma came out in the taste. Still real good though. Id def drink this again.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of KeithE
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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%
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 Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 lochef81
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 Flopjack
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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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