Prolonged Enjoyment | Short's Brewing Company

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Prolonged EnjoymentProlonged Enjoyment

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.

Added by oline73 on 09-08-2011

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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 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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 oline73
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
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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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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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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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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 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 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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1251st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

No bottle date

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A soft gold color with orange and yellows. A nice 1-1/2 finger white head with a bit of a pancake batter look and falls with good cling.

Smell- A very faint and soft citrus with big pungent hops. Fairly sweet and very damp and earthy. Has a faint booze note which I found odd.

Taste- A very flavorful and spicy little beer. Has a very soft citrus and good thick hops. Just a very enjoyable beer not blowing me away.

Mouth- A light-medium bodied beer with a medium-thick carbonaion level. A bit of residual earthy hops and a little bit of citrus.

Drink- This was light, semi-crisp, a touch bitter and enjoyable. A good weekend beer for sure.

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Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Great label! Great name too!

Slightly hazy light orange copper body. Pinkie finger of thick, pillowy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Fresh hop nose with notes of mandarin orange, pineapple, pine sap, and cat pee. Very nice.

Citrus mineral water bitterness up front. Fresh hop flavors pick up. Orange, pine, and mint. Thin malt base (as expected with the abv) provides a bit of balance. Light fruit and cracker. Hops easily win this battle and celebrate into the finish. Dry and appetizing. Light to moderate body, with a crisp, lively feel. In the end, this comes off drinking like an IPA (especially in the hop-dominated aftertaste), but is obviously much more sessionable (and reminds me of when I used to live in Utah ;)

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No ingredients listed per the website or bottle. Pours out to a hazy orange, forming a modest white head with average retention and good lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is really nice...skunkweed hops on a delicate pils malt base with a touch of grain husk. Very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. A wonderful balanced between the skunky hops and the husky pils malt with a moderately strong pleasant lingering bitterness. Cleanly fermented with no perceptible off-flavors. You definitely want to drink this cold, because the bitterness is pretty high and gets more intense as it warms up. This is very similar to Victory's Headwaters Pale ale with quite a bit more bitterness.

Really nice brew. I would buy this again. Recommended.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From zombier. In Duvel glass. Playing Bardbarian last night. Nice surprise. Very seasonable ipa. Nearly no alcohol and all the aroma and nice bitterness of a good IPA. To drink all day

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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 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 hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolutely excellent Session Ale, with far more "west coast" hop flavours than I thought possible for 3.7% ABV!

Colour is difficult to determine within the ceramic "mug club" glass I have the privilege of using at the brewery in Bellaire tonight. But looks like a decent amber colour with a respectable amount of surprisingly light coloured head. Piney, citrus aroma is stunning. The flavour is not as robustly hoppy, but is well balanced and has a brilliantly lingering finish. All in all, an ideal beer for a long night out!

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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 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 Raime
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky gold, almost copper with a one finger slightly off-white head. Left good lacing.

S - Pine resin and grapefruit are plentyful on this nose, with a large amount of papaya and mango.

T - Pretty much all pine resin in this department. I'm not complaining, it's quite tasting but lacking.

M - The body is pretty light with light carbonation.

O -Overall, This is more of a " Light IPA " than a Pale Ale. At 3.7%, this is great for casual drinking or a night of reviewing in which you don't want to get too hammered in between beers and you don't want to drink anything shitty as a palate washer. The flavor could have been deeper, but that's about my only real problem with it.

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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 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 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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Prolonged Enjoyment from Short's Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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