Prolonged Enjoyment | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Session India Pale Ale.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Cloudy cream sickle comes to mind... Small one-finger foamy head.

Earthy, grassy, mild hops. Much of a light pale ale...

Missing a ton of rounded deep flavors... Grassy, too many grains, thin, too light, awkward bitterness with weird wetness, flavors don't develop for me... Ekkk, too much carbonation!!

This one falls far short of where Shorts typically lies. Can't recommend for anything more than a sessionable ale. The bitterness and untied hops ruin it for me.

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Photo of maximum12
2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to tectactoe for sending me a box brimming full of Short's goodness. It's been over a year before I picked up a bunch of Short's - it's always a pleasure to have these bottles in the fridge. 12 oz. bottle, one for me, one for my wife. Who just had ice cream. Warning, kids: dont mix the two.

Pour is the color of summertime, a muted, opaque orange. Lovely bouquet, like an orange being stuff up your nose, without having to sneeze/blow it back out, plus a sugar-coated sweetness.

Prolonged Enjoyment should be a scratch & sniff beer; the taste falls long kilometers short of the nose. Huge inoculation of pale malts whacks the tongue, along with a surprisingly bitter back-hand. The orange in the nose becomes something less pleasing, with an acidic, almost tart edge that doesn't meld well with the following sweetness, malts & bitterness. A session beer that's one-and-done.

Nicely complex for a small-bore beer, but the taste just don't play nicely together, & as it warms, the weird edge become more pronounced. A rare whiff for this brewery, says my palate, not a good beer.

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Photo of joe12pk
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells and tastes dank of clothing. The citrus is ok at first but there is not enough malt backbone. It's too bitter. If you want a decent session IPA, try Norm's Gateway, or better yet, North Peak's Wanderer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"Session India Pale Ale." 12 fl oz bottle with branded white pressure cap and clever label served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired from the very generous surlytheduff in a trade; I received my box today. Thanks again, buddy! Expectations are high; I've heard great things about Short's. I'm reviewing this as an IPA because that's what the brewery/label identifies it as.

Served cold, straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream and average (~2 minute) retention. Disappointingly thin. Lacing is light and even. Body colour is a somewhat hazy nontransparent pale copper. Murky yet translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of an IPA, but there's nothing unique or special here and I'm a bit disappointed in the head - especially considering the low ABV. No egregious flaws, though. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Oily and floral as all hell. Lightly nectary. Grapefruit punches through heavily. Dank citrusy oily notes. Light pine. Oily hop character is dominant here; I like that. An impressive aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pale malts. Grains. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

T: Oily and floral. Fairly hefty grapefruit citrus bite - a dominant note here. A blip of hop bitterness on the climax and then it reverts to its default oily hop-meets-pale malt body. Some graininess rounds it out nicely. Fairly piney. The hop selection here is interesting; it's not exactly my preferred flavour profile for an IPA but it's nice for what it is. I can see where if you were in love with the hop varietals used this would float your boat, but I'm a columbus and amarillo man. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Regardless of what you make of the hop choices alone, the sheer quantity of flavour in this beer cannot be ignored - especially for such a low ABV, seemingly innocuous brew. The balance isn't ideal - again, that bitterness does creep in - but it's pretty well pulled off. I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth, wet, oily as hell. Overcarbonated. Decent presence on the palate. Good body. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Not at all weak. Good thickness.

Dr: It succeeds in its aims; it's a sessionable IPA packed with flavour. And while I like it in a general sense, I doubt I'd get it again. I chalk this up to personal hop preference. But it does get me really eager to try more Short's beers; this one justifies their reputation - even if it's not quite oriented towards my own personal preferences. A tasty brew from Short's that tests the boundaries of how much flavour can be packed into a small beer. Every fan of the style should give this one a go.

Constructively, if we put aside appreciation for what it's doing as a small/low ABV beer specifically, it comes off as rather average for the style. I doubt praise would be as high as it is if it weren't tempered by the understanding that this is meant to be a sessionable brew. There are bigger bolder IPAs that clobber this one in terms of a 1v1 comparison. I review beer on an individual basis, not 6 pack to 6 pack. I appreciate this one for what it is, but the fact remains - it's merely average for an IPA when compared against all other IPAs irrespective of sessionability.

High C

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in shaker pint at local Aubrees. Comes to the table with a finger of thick foamy head that dissolves to a decent cap, sticky lacing and a decent amount. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, some malt sweetness. Taste is pine upfront, grapefruit and lime underneath. No a lot of bitterness, but the pine is definitely pronounced. I knew this one was a session ale, but was surpirsed to fnd out is sub4%. The taste is huge compared to other ales in the same ABV range.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange with a few streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The off-white head is thin but creamy and leaves nice lacing.

S- Some pine, mint, and a subtle fruitiness. Rather fqint, but not surprising considering the stature of the beer.

T- A bit earthy and fruity with some mint. The bitterness is surprisingly apparent.

M- Some strong lasting bitterness with subtle lasting flavors. Kind of a strange watery finish.

O- Drinks nicely, but some of the flavors are a bit odd. Definitely a style I would love to see more breweries do.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, dense, khaki head. The body was hazy, golden-orange with light carbonation. Head sustains at a thin, 1/2 finger, foam. Really good sticky rings left on the glass.

S- Very hoppy. Fresh and organic (mix of grassy, spicy, medicinal, and grapefruit). Sweet, juicy malts almost like tropical fruit.

T- Solid dose of grainy malts up front. Aspirin-like hops in the finish. Nothing near the hoppy goodness expected from aroma. That said, it's pretty flavorful.

M- medium body and carbonation. Rough edges, just the way I like it. Light hop bite.

O- It follows the session IPA mold. They all seem like hoppy water or straddling the APA framework. The latter is going on here. I'm beginning to lose faith in the style. Peripheral qualities kind of save this beer. Expected a little more from a Short's beer.

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Photo of dfillius
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the many "session IPAs" produced in the year of the session IPA. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/3 finger head with fair retention. More head with better retention please. Hazy orange/straw gold color.
S: Mango, pineapple, guave, faint banana. All man candy! Sublime.
T: Mild grassy bitterness. A tad catty in the bitter finish. Overall, not very flavorful. Like bitter water.
M: Thin. Good bitterness.
O: Satisfying. I somewhat regret buying 6. All Day IPA was better and more full flavored. Great smell, I wish that translated into more flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jakers90. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a pretty nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light citrus hops with a touch of dankness in the background. Flavor is nice, but could use a little more hop flavor against the bitter background. Light body with fairly-heavy bitterness for the ABV. Pretty nice. This is a good summer brew. A session beer all can agree on.

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Photo of Naugros
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of four bottles from Short's sent to me by adamdd! Thanks again buddy!

Drinking a low ABV since I gave blood today and this fit the bill. Hopefully it won't be low on flavor.

Hazy and amber/orange like most IPAs with an off-white head which doesn't stay around long. This has an enjoyable, juicy smell to it, bursting with tangerine. the tangerine starts of the flavor profile, but is quickly squashed by some pitchy pine. The pine travels all the way through to the aftertaste, but not after letting the tangerine come up for air one last time, however brief. The malts add some balance, but they're just there as a base, for this extremely hoppy brew. The mouthfeel comes off a little thin, as if they added water to lower the ABV.

Not my favorite of the four Short's I had, but it still runs the pattern of delivering tons of flavor.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no dating information. Poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a bright orange color. Initially about a half finger of bright white head. Fades pretty quickly. Doesn't leaving much lacing trails.

S: Smells like Founder SIPA. You get those fruity hops and also some pine hints also. Mostly overripe peach and mango.

T: Flavor is good. Nice mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. The malts try to balance in the middle of the sip, but it still leads to more hop forward. The malt bill is light. Pretty flat close. Sort of drops off.

M: Light bodied.

O: B

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good amount of taste and drinkability for a lower abv beer, kudos for that craftsmanship.
Not the usual hop flavour, citrus and the like. Yet the IBU is clearly there if not a bold taste. Drying finish. Lighter yellow with a quarter-inch of retained head.Thanks Steve for this recent creation.

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Photo of mchegash
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A very bright orange, more on the golden/yellow side of orange. Very hazy. About 1 to 2 fingers of head. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. I love the bright color of this beer, as well as the haziness.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong citrus hops, resin hops, slight notes of pine. Overall a fairly good IPA smell. Balanced.

Taste - 3.75/5
Lightly bready malts with a little spice. Grapefruit-resin hops with a hint of pine. Only a slight hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-light bodied. Smooth. Carbonation is light. Only slightly bitter.

Overall - 3.75/5
Definitely easy to consume, and not very bitter. I understand why this is labeled a session beer, and I think it could serve that purpose well. I'm not super big on the taste, but I'm not a giant IPA fan either. If you like IPAs, I would give this a shot.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It is cloudy and amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head that doesn't last long.

S - I get light citrus notes and a solid caramel malt backbone.

T - Much like the aroma I get understated citrus with grapefruit being at the forefront. A lingering bitterness builds in the aftertaste. It has a watered down taste that I find in all "session" IPA's

F - Moderate.

O - It's a decent beer. I am not a fan of the "session" IPA wave that is sweeping through craft breweries. I guess I don't appreciate the watered down taste of them. This is one of the better ones that I have come across though.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

A - pours a murky orange / brown with a fluffy off white head. Nice retention and stick.

S - Citrus hops, floral, dank.

T - Hop forward, resinous, citrus smacks the tongue, balanced by malts. Extremely bitter on the back end.

O - Solid session IPA from Shorts.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reasonably sizeable fluffy white head with some density and stick to it rests on a clear, bright yellow-amber brew. Retention is good, as what remains of the head sits until the beer is gone. It its wake, it leaves some good, patchy lacing.
The aroma is very nice, pure and pungent. It's got a good strength for a "session" IPA. It consists mostly of citrus in the bouquet, lots of grapefruit and some zest against a sweet malty backing that balances nicely. A bit of grains as well as grassiness usually found in certain lagers or lighter ales sits underneath. A bit of mint sneaks through, telling of a nice rounded use of hops.
In the flavor, the bitterness pushes itself out beneath the malts and becomes stronger even than the hops profile itself. It edges the taste just slightly off-balance, leaning into a more perfume-like note in the finish.
This is a bright, light and crisp beer, and the mouthfeel fits the bill. Given that it's attempting to reach IPA territory and may technically fall into APA range makes it just a bit too light.

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Photo of Donerik
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow Bronze with a clear body and an unassuming head, didn't rocket out of my glass but had enough carbonation to carry.

S: Hops, strong for the ABV, lots of aroma hops in here. Citrus. Pine. Floral.

T: Bitter, not overly bitter, and for as much aroma you get it's understandable why it's bitter, not much malt sweetness. I get it, it's a session pale ale, I just want it to break the laws of beer and deliver low abv, amazing malt flavor, resin, and hops...

M: Not like water, note to big beer, it is possible to make a low alcohol beer that doesn't drink like water.

O: It is what it is, a session ale. Easy drinking, tasty. Make this a year round so I can pick up a 6 pack on the way to a BBQ, or at least a seasonal. Not enough session beers out there.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange, a little hazy. Active, copious big-bubble carbonation, and a nice fluffy little white head. Great lacing (wtf!?)

Big, big citrus aroma. Lemon and tangerine rind. Very pungent. Malt is detectable in the background. Impressive, big, juicy aroma.

"Hell yeah" out loud upon drinking. A balanced Citra that honestly reminds me a bit of Zombie Dust, but not as clean- more earthy and a little bitter. Big ol' malty backbone gives it a great mouthfeel. The hops stick around a little bit, but not so much as to take away from the incredibly refreshing nature of the drink.

Gotta try one of these alongside All Day, pepsi-challenge style. An awesome example of Session IPA, and a feat of brewing at a mere 3.5%. Awesome.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in a pint glass. This is golden orange color, with mild carbonation. Smell is full of orange and fresh, sweet citrus. Taste is light citrus with a slightly bitter finish. This is very drinkable with minimal alcohol presence. For what it's trying to be, this is very good.

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Photo of travMI13
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Considerable amount of lacing and decent head retention. This looks like a solid pale ale.

S: A lot of lemon and citrusy hop aroma on the nose. There is a little earthiness to it as well. This pale ale is pretty straightforward.

T: Really nice citrusy hop bitterness in here. I get a lot of lemon zest up front, followed up by the citrusy hops, and there is a hint of a grassy, earthy flavor in there as well. For being such a low abv beer, the flavors are quite outstanding.

M: The mouthfeel is the only place where this one takes a hit. It is a bit thin and on the watery side, but I guess that is to be expected. It is missing a slickness that I like in IPA's and pale ales.

O: This is a well-crafted pale ale from Short's. I think that Short's really shines in the IPA department, and this is no exception. The amount of flavor and hop punch that Short's packs into an ale with such low ABV is quite incredible, really. I will likely seek this out again. Well-done.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for letting me take a bottle from his sixer. I don't know how this release slid under my nose so easily. Pours a bright and vibrant orange color with some solid golden pastel mixed in. The head is made of huge bubbles and transforms from a half-inch thick to nothing but a transparent skin in less than a minute. Some lacing at the top of the glass, but very minimal.

The aroma is almost tropical-like, pretty fruity. Mandarin oranges and tangerines seem to be the biggest proponents, followed by maybe some mango and light pineapple. The hops are pretty pungent and will bit your nose if you get too close. Slightly oily with a huge does of fresh grass and an unmistakable floral essance. This one actually smells a little more sweet than bitter, but don't let that remark understand the presence of the hops. Citric hops and pine hops are definitely battling for the forefront here, but I think the citrus wins out by a narrow margin. Malts are muted and light, maybe providing a touch of sweetness in the background, but not much else.

I take a taste and it's just slightly watery - but I've gotta say, for being only 3.5% ABV, it's not bad at all. I definitely have to cut it some slack. The hops hit the taste buds first, starting off with some spiciness; light white pepper, mildly herbal and ashy. Citrus character is still high, however, combating back with some tangerine, grapefruit, and an assortment of other fruity citrus. The fruit lends a hand to the bitterness, perhaps, by coming off as a big-time peel, pith, and rind component. Maybe the fact that this thing is so low in alcohol also makes the bitterness stand out. Hops come back with a nice, oily pungency in the finish, along with a handful of bread-like malt and a fading peppery spice. Bitterness is sharp, yet balanced. Light-medium bodied, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation.

Very impressed with this one. Packing that much flavor into a beer clocking in at 3.5% ABV can be tough, but Shorts found a way to do it. The mouth feel and "robustness" that you'd find in a regular IPA or a DIPA may not be there, but the flavors certainly are. And being able to drink this all day without falling over is definitely a big plus. Much better than their Ale la Reverend, in my opinion. I'll be on the look out for a sixer (or more) of this.

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Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.
First bottling which I believe was March.

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange pour. Super soapy, sticky white head with excellent lacing and longevity.

S- Bright citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, mango, mandarin with a touch of strawberries. This one has a little pine twang. It is a mouth watering beer to say the least.

T- Huge hit in the teeth with grapefruit and pine. There is a slight floral taste that somewhat reminds me of dandelion leaves. I got the same taste from Short's ControversiALE.

M- Light to medium bodied, starts juicy and finishes with a lingering dryness.

O- I really do enjoy the new movement for these potent beers to be pushed back in abv without skimping on the taste. This is excellent, I wish I was able to buy a case of this when I saw it.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a hazy yellowish orange. a finger and a half of a off-white foamy head. leave behind a lacing

Smell: nice and pleasant floral hops. nothing to powerful

Taste: decently strong floral hops and a touch of grains. quite a strong flavor for a beer that comes in below 4%.

Mouthfeel. pretty light, slightly bitter. with a little bit more crispness this beer could be higher rated

Overall: another solid small seasonal from Short's. But this one isn't completely unique or above the competition and was a bit tough to track down.

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Photo of zachary80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased last week, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is good but with less head than desired for a hoppy beer. White head and decent white lacing. Body is on the orange side.

Aroma is citrusey with some honey-like features.

Flavor is full, more like a drier IPA than expected. Plenty of complexity here. Fairly bitter but not overwhelming, and the flavor lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is thin but as expected.

Delicious and session-able while keeping the hoppiness notched up. Surprisingly good

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Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-translucent golden amber color with a slight head. I get a very piney, almost minty, smell with undertones of citrus. Very refreshing smell. Taste is very hopforward, with citrus notes. There is a good amount of bitterness. The malt background has a touch of sweetness. Not much aftertaste to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, very easy drinking and would be great in the summer on the water.

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