Prolonged Enjoyment | Short's Brewing Company

Prolonged EnjoymentProlonged Enjoyment
BA SCORE
64%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 203 ratings
Prolonged EnjoymentProlonged Enjoyment
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Session India Pale Ale.

Added by oline73 on 09-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,393
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
203
Liked:
130
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dumped the bottle into a tulip glass, it has a glowing saturated orange color with a light haze to it. Some foam at first, about a fingers width that settled quickly to a sticky ring around the edges.

Pungent citrus nose, orange and nectarine, lime zest. Some grainy pale malt behind that, that carries into the taste especially. As it sits, the citrus seems to ebb away, exposing the rawness of barley and cereal grains. Flavor seems equally balanced between the citrusy grapefruit hop notes and grainy pale malt, with some botanical grassiness in the middle. Very light and refreshing feel, strikingly similar to local favorite Daisy Cutter in fact, just more citrus forward (a la Tasty Waves, lol). Super quenching and drinkable, would go through a case easily.

Thanks Justin for the trade...

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Bellaire. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a layer of fluffy white head and some mild lacing.

Smell: Really great. A mild malt sweetness but juicy citrus hops are the star here. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Taste: Follows mostly from the smell. Some grain but the hops are the star. Citrus peel, grapefruit, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This reminds me of some of the better west coast pale ales. Wonderful hop profile and easy to drink. I'd love to get my hands on more of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a decent malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected at 3.5%. Overall this is a highly excellent session IPA! Lots of hop flavor with nice complexity and robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on April 9, 2017. Bottled on 03/07/17. Look is hazy bright gold with a thick white head and sticky lacing. A decent light bodied IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of maximum12
2.54/5  rDev -32.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Prolonged Enjoyment last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time this has been released in bottles and I am excited to see how this Session IPA is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a nice picture of beer and man evolving together, well done to say the least. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing. This is a good looking beer, just wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma is nice and all about the hops. It starts off with a pretty hoppy aroma that is a mixture of citrus hops, spicy hops, and piney hops, they seem pretty equal but the citrus sticks out slightly more with a nice mango and pineapple with a little bit of a grapefruit aroma. Next comes real light amount of malts that impart a light biscuity aroma. This was a pretty nice smelling Session IPA, I enjoyed the aroma.

T- The taste is somewhat similar to the aroma, but it seems to be much more balanced. It starts off with some piney and spicy hops with a good medium amount of bitterness, After that I get a good amount of malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a pretty strong biscuit like flavor that help bring some balance to this beer. Towards the end I pick up some more hops that imparts some lighter grapefruit and mango flavors and it had a piney hop aftertaste. This was a pretty balanced tasting Session IPA, that tasted good, the balance really worked well with this beer.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of the newly popular style of the Session IPA, this was a good example of that style that seemed to show much more balance then some other examples of the style and I liked that, I find that a good balance works well for this style. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, was crisp and refreshing, and it had enough flavor and balance to hold my attention, I could see drinking a six pack of this throughout a nice warm day, pretty sessionable. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the balance this beer had when it came to the flavor, it was really well done and it represents the style nicely. What I liked least about this beer was that the citrus hops didn't show up a little more in the taste, I wish they they stuck out above the other types of hops like the did in the aroma. I would for sure buy this beer again, in fact I think I might go back and get a six pack since this single was pretty good and I doubt it will be around much longer, I recommend giving this beer a try, it's a nice example of the style. I thought Short's did a nice job with this beer and I find it to be different from the other Session IPA's I have had, It seems like in Michigan this is becoming the new trendy style with pretty much every major Michigan brewery except Bell's offering their own example of the style. I find this one to be just about as good as Founders All Day IPA, that beer relied on the citrus hops for the majority of the flavors while this beer relied on a nice complex hop profile and a pretty noticeable biscuit malt base then lends lots of balance to this beer, they are both good in their own right, when I want citrus I go with Founders and when I want balance I go with Short's. Good job Short's this beer can hang with the best of them, nice work.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Prolonged Enjoyment from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 64% out of 100 with 203 ratings
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