Ale La Reverend | Short's Brewing Company

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Ale La ReverendAle La Reverend

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of claminat420
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a slight transparent copper color with a frothy white head. left a nice amount of lacing.

S- nothing but citrus/ floral hops. delicious!

T- a light hop bomb! the smell but x10. not so much melt but just hops from hell. really crisp and citrusy.

M- light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- i'm gonna go to the store and buy the rest while i can.

Overall- this beer kicks ass! i hope they will release this once a year on their anniversary. as a hophead this beer totally hits the crave.

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Photo of afdempse
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, dad! Direct from Michigan, to my fridge, to my glass.

Pours crystal clear, with a huge white head that creates amazing lacing.

Lots of big, fruity, citrus hops in the aroma. Tropical fruits and a hint of spruce.

Taste begins with peppercorns, followed by citrus, and coriander perhaps? Puckering spruce/pine finish that is balanced by clean, sweet malt. The spice-hop interplay here is genius.

Body is a bit watery, but super refreshing. This is labeled as a "session IPA" after all. Carbonation is spot-on and the finish is mostly dry.

Spice, hop, and malt are displayed in very nice harmony here. A fresh, drinkable beer that embodies what I love about Short's. Pushes the IPA style envelope in an exciting direction. Make more, please. :-)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Adam!

The beer is crystal clear and appears orange in color. Teeming with effervescence, the beer has a half inch of white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is outstanding, with a lot of hop and citrus scents.

The flavor offers a heavy dose of grapefruit, tangy oranges, and misc. citrus. Bitterness is there, particularly in the finish. Lots of lasting citrus in the aftertaste.

The body is relatively thin, but then again this is a session IPA. This would be easy to drink in quantity.

Packed with flavor and only 4% abv, this is smooth and easy drinking. One of the best beers I have had from Short's, I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack purchased in MI for $11.99 (I think, maybe it was $10.99). A fresh IPA from the makers of Huma Lupa Licious? An easy purchase decision.

It pours a light golden color with an orange tint, maybe a bit of chill haze. Initially a few fingers of eggshell foam, sheety lace. The aroma is fresh hops, resiny and spicy, with a little toasted malt accompaniment.

It has a lot of flavor considering the low ABV! Scathing pine resin up front, a lasting hop burn in back, with an extremely light mouthfeel throughout. No sweetness from the malt, just a little toastiness. Excellent, just my style.

Not since the Stone session IPA collaboration have I been so impressed with a low ABV IPA. This is excellent, very happy with the purchase.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Ale La Reverend a few days ago for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer when it was released last year so I made sure to get a bottle of this years release, I'm in the mood for something hoppy. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, the artwork is nice and vivid, it poured a hazy and lighter golden color that took on a little bit of an orange hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a slight bit of spotty lacing. This beer looks ok, the color was nice but the head and lacing were a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of hops that impart a big grapefruit aroma followed by some nice tropical fruit aroma and a little bit of floral hops. After that I get a slight bit of malts that impart a medium sweet bready and grainy aroma. I really like the aroma of this beer, it's dominated by grapefruit and tropical fruit, very well done.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with loads of hops that impart big grapefruit flavors followed by some nice tropical fruit in the background, but it's the grapefruit that sticks out the most. After that comes a slight bit of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart a slight grainy and bready flavor. Towards the end comes a little bit of spicy hops that impart a high amount of bitterness with a grapefruit rind like aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer, there's a lot of great flavors in such a small beer, but the bitterness could be toned down just a notch.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked nicely with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and a great example of a Session IPA, it had all those big hops flavors you would expect from a strong IPA, or DIPA, but without all the alcohol. This beer had pretty good drinkability, I could drink about three of these but I think after that the bitterness would get to be too much, but the flavor does a great job at holding my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and taste, they were both great and some of the best I've encountered in a Session IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the color was nice, but the head and lacing were a little disappointing. I would for sure buy this beer again, I'm kinda bummed I only bought one bottle, hope it's not all gone, I will get a six pack if they release it next year and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good Session IPA. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I think this is better Session IPA then Prolonged Enjoyment, it's just got better hop flavors while still being very light, this is up there as one of my favorite Session IPA's, great Job Short's this is an awesome beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gifted by Afdempse- Thanks Adam!

Pours an sunset orange color with a one finger white head in my snifter. Massive lacing on the side of the glass. Somewhat murky in appearance. The nose is fantastic. Citrus, pine, spruce, orange, tangerine, hops. It's really well balanced, and just about perfect for a session IPA. The taste gives out hops, spices, spruce, grapefruit and lemon. A tad different than the nose profile, but still really nice. Feel is medium w/ a nice hops bite that lasts well into the aftertaste. Fairly dry finish, and good carbonation as well. Overall, this is possibly the best session IPA I've tried. I could easily down several of these and be a happy BA.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to semibaked for sending this one my way. Pours a tangerine golden hue with slight haze. a brilliant three-finger head holds on for a long time, eventually receding and leaving decent sheets of lace.

aroma is stunning. bright vibrant citrus... lemon and tangerine... with a bright dose of floral hops. a hint of sweetness... apricot and a touch of crackery malt.

taste is bright and hoppy with an interesting astringent bitterness that isn't quite earthy nor citric - even and deliciously bitter. the bready malt is much more subdued in the taste - barely present. hints of pine, juniper, and more flowers... almost jasmine-like. a hint of citrus, jasmine and calamansi.

body is light, although not thin. ample carbonation is soft, almost fuzzy. like bitter marshmallows. drying and astringently bitter... almost too much so for the lightness of the style.

i've had a good number of session IPAs, and this is quite possibly my favorite. hits all the right notes and smells amazing. body is solid and the dry, floral hoppiness is refreshingly tasty. tons of flavor and bitterness for such a low abv. wish I had more!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/4/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; with no cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic session IPA! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/tropical hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BBP
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little pour when compared to the average IPA with considerably good head, retention, and lacing compared to the average Short's beer.

The smell was instantly inviting with an unmistakable hop presence which was partially floral, and suggested it was bitter and clean at the same time.

The taste is solid, and phenomenal for the ABV. There's floral hops and pin initially with a slight allotment of caramel malt. The aftertaste is fairly bitter with a slight hint of roast. Due to the malt lack, it was mostly bitter, which was to my liking, but with a low ABV, low malt beer, it also came across as a bit thin.

The mouthfeel was inbetween light and medium. A medium high carbonation offsets this a little, but it's hard not to notice that this part feels lacking. The finish is good though, so it's partially redeeming. Slightly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, I'm quite surprised that they did such a great job on an IPA with such little alcohol. If this were a regular offering, it could very well be one of my staple beers.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A distinctively dry, light bodied IPA with an appealing golden hue, thirst-quenching crispness, and laden with pungent hop aromas of citrus and spruce. Semi-sweet malt provides a backdrop for some mild earthy flavors and slight grassy notes. Doubling the dry-hop additions allows for lower alcohol levels, while still providing the entire hop effect expected of an IPA.

The above paragraph is a description of the brew from the brewery.
Pours out a golden yellow hue with a white head that has excellent retention and some of the nicest lacing ever on a beer. The smell is citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit mixed), and pine (spruce). The taste starts out with some citrus followed by some spruce and earthy hops that stay through out and remain in the aftertaste. There is a nice sweet malts in the back that make this a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the light body makes this a nice relaxing beer to enjoy even though it leaves the mouth dry. Once again Short's has made another great beer that all IPA lovers should try

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Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A La Reverend pours a slightly cloudy light amber color that has a nice, slightly orange hue to it. The head is parchment in color and has great retention. It also leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass as I imbibe this beer.

The aroma is amazingly fresh and bursting with juicy hop aromas. They run the gamut of citrusy and piney to quite tropical and are supported by a nice cracker like malt backbone.

The flavor is equally enjoyable, with the hops letting the malt show through just enough to let me enjoy its slightly doughy malt character. The hops are very fresh with plenty of grapefruit and pine accented by tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Very tasty.

The body is on the lighter end of the medium spectrum and has a very nice texture to it that I will describe as smooth, but with a bite. The finish is super dry with plenty of resinous hop flavors left lingering after each swallow.

I have to say that this is right up there for one of the best “session” IPAs I have ever had. It seems just a bit less in your face than many and that is something I really appreciate. Especially in a beer that is meant to be enjoyed one after another.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours gold with a chill haze. It is topped with an inch of off white head.

S - Big citrus nose. It smells like fresh grapefruit.

T - The taste is bitter grapefruit. Tastes fresh.

M - Smooth. Little carbonation

O - It says "wedding ipa" on the bottle and I thought ipa more accurately described it. I though it was very good. Big citrus notes and refreshing. I could drink it all night.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and slightly hazy golden hue. Good head and lacing.

Great aroma on this. Tons of orange, grapefruit, and a little pineapple. There's also pine. Not much in the malt category, but that's fine by me.

It's very dry and bitter. Citrus and pine hops dominate with a very light bready malt.

Lighter bodied and crisp. Prickly carbonation.

The amount of aroma and flavor they packed into a 4% ipa is exceptional. It's extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a cloudy yellow with a giant three finger head that leaves tons of sticky lacing behind.

s: amazing! citrus, pineapple, lemon, orange, and pine.

t: big on citrus flavors up front with a little bready malt in the middle and pine on the back end.

m: kinda thin and watery with a long dry finish.

o: really good beer. wish i could remember who sent this as an extra so i could thank them. big on smell and taste and i had to remind my self that it feels a little watered down because it's a small beer at only 4% abv.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this beer. A session IPA! Something we need badly here in Houston. Poured from bottle to DFH snifter- pours a murky light orange color, the head overflows the glass and takes awhile to recede leaving cloud like fluff in the middle of the glass. Looks like an awesome IPA to me. Smell- rich pine, and potpourri smelly floral notes. Roses, sweet fragrance. Definitely a unique floral over the top aroma. Taste- tangy citrus blast! this has a balance problem but I don't mind. I prefer hop forward beers, this is for sure one. No real backbone at all on this. Citrus and floral are a major piece of the taste profile here. Almost a puckeringly sour finish along the sides of the mouth. No real bitterness, its all citrus and sour notes. If this is a session beer, it is the perfect session beer for a total hophead! Michigan doing it right here...I'm a fan.

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Photo of Florida9
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazed yellow gold in color. Barely forms any head at all, maybe some thin patchy surface coating, but that is about it. Does leave a light lacing though.

S: Citra hops? Orange, lemon, grapefruit. Some of that floral-citrus quality. Very nice.

T: More cirtra. Orange and grapefruit. Lightly floral sweetness - a hoppy sweetness more than a malty one. Malts are low; some light pale malts, but hops are the main attraction here (and I'm not complaining).

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness with a slightly spicy bite.

O: A pretty damn good beer. Light, yet flavorful, with lots of hop goodness. Very easy drinker. Apparently Short's can make a decent beer when they're not dropping every possible ingredient into the brew kettle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks kirk (florida9) for hooking up some more short's!!! much appreciated.

a - cracked the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. crisp opaque honey yellow with a finger plus of frothy white ipa head with sticky lacing. looks pretty good.

s - nice subtle, yet hop forward smell. citric sweetness. smells quite good. not sure how fresh this is, but with the first review about a month ago, seems pretty fresh. i'm diggin it.

t - the taste differed quite a bit from the smell. again, hop forward, but not as citric, more bitter on the finish and not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests.

m - as with all shorts, a bit watery but not thin.

o - overall this is a pretty good ipa. it is pretty timid on the hop forwardness so get this one while you can and as fresh as possible since there isn't much for the hophead here. i dug it and if i could get this locally i'd be more than happy to tear through a few 6'ers of this when it hits shelves, but this is not one to wait on.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold from the bottle a semi opaque honey gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a wisp of a white head

great big grassy hops aroma, detectable across the room.

big hops bite up front. lemon rind in the wayback.

light bodied, bitter hops all over the tongue.

enjoyable, very drinkable. big hops.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably the most beautiful label I have ever seen.

A- Pours a nicely hazed light orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation that help to maintain the thin white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrus, mango, pineapple, caramel, and a touch of oats. Very aromatic and inviting.

T- There is an emphasis on the hoppiness, with a lot of the fruitt flavors coming through. The malty flavors fall a bit flat on the finish.

M- Oily and bitter with a bit of light carbonation. The body feels a bit thin.

O- At 4% ABV, this is a very sessionable beer. Nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2.5 finger head on a cloudy golden with slight brownish hue body. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel for citrus, herbal hops and a mild burnt oak aroma. Flavor is excellent as well with Herbal and citrus hops with a hint of pine resin more towards the finish with some tart orange. Too carbonated for my liking and medium body. This one is really good. The carbonation is distracting but the aroma and flavor pair well although te flavor is fairly simple.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides, and layers of rings as it went down. A really solid looking IPA out of the bottle.

A very surprising smell, with big citrus hops up front, including grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, caramel, malty sweetness, piney hops, fresh cut grass, hay and sweet floral hops like the hops were just pulled off the vine and dropped into the glass. This is a very fresh and airy smelling beer, like a perfect summer night.

Tastes a lot more muted than the smell, but still pretty tatsy; the flavor includes floral hops, flowers, grass, hay, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, caramel, sweet malt, butter, piney hops, light grains like wheat bread or graham cracker, yeast or wheat and light spices like pepper and coriander. The flavor is soft and the hops are tame, bringing this brew down towards a pale ale status with just enough oily hop flavors to maintain IPA bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick with light carbonation, a medium chewy body, and an overall sweetness that has a finish on the dry bitter side.

Since this is an IPA I will get the one negative aspect out of the way first; the flavor seemed a bit timid, and while balanced pretty well, I expected a huge hop flavor after the wonderful aroma coming out of the glass. With that being said, I think that this was a great beer and I was very pleasantly surprised by my overall enjoyment of this beer. Who would think that 4% ABV could smell so good and taste so good, and go down like a glass of lemonade. A definite session beer that is worth seeking out. The strange art work on the bottle and my lack of knowledge of this brewery allowed me to really be taken by surprise, and I am an immediate supporter of this fine brew.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI.

A: The IPA is coppery, a vernal yellow-brown melange that glows. The radiance doesn't mean that the ale is clear. Oh no, plenty of sediment here. A white head, sparse, is lacing in a few places.

S: The nose doesn't go light on hops, a citrusy bouquet wafting out of my glass. Leafy and fresh, the hops grab hold but don't scald. Orange and grapefruit are the stand-out citrus elements. A biscuity base holds everything together.

T: Vegetal, lush with hops, the ale has an undercurrent of spicy hot black peppercorns. Caramel malts are in abundant supply as well. Orange stands out when the ale is cold; it recedes a bit as the ale warms. Pine is late to the party, more of a finishing flavor. The ale is generally light, lacking alcohol or plodding depth, making it quite drinkable. A perfect early afternoon beer that won't wear me out.

M: Sweet and spicy but quite light, the ale doesn't have a big bold body.

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Photo of Etan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz extra from Zaphog. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy light gold with a nice white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrusy hops, caramel, grain.

T: Light, dry bitterness, a hint of honey-like sweetness, pleasing grain.

M: Light with slight carbonation.

O: Pretty decent low-ABV offering. Hoppy and dry.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff!

A: The pour is a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Smells quite nice. Very heavy on the peaches with some nice grapefruit peel and other citrus notes. Hints of pine with lots of floral hops. A very mild bread/malt aroma.

T: Perhaps a bit too bitter, but otherwise a very solid flavor. Lots of grapefruit and citrus peel with just as much pine. There is also a nice little fruit note, as there was on the nose.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

O: A pretty nice, low alcohol hoppy beer. I would like to see more of these.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-yellow body with great carbonation and white head that doesn't stick around for the party

S-nice grapefruit smell. Very inviting

T-not as good as the smell. Little bit if a let down but still good, not as heavy on the grapefruitiness

M-medium body and smooth

O-decent beer that I would have again but not seek out

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Ale La Reverend from Short's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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