Ale La Reverend | Short's Brewing Company

Ale La ReverendAle La Reverend
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale La Reverend is a distinctively dry and light bodied India Pale Ale with an appealing golden hue. It has a thirst-quenching crispness and is laden with citrus and spruce hop aromas. Semi-sweet malt provides a backdrop for mild earthy flavors and slight grassy notes. Double dry-hop additions allows for a lower alcohol level while still providing the entire hop effect expected of a classic IPA.

Added by seaoflament on 03-26-2010

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Yulles
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of claminat420
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
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 Steimie
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Acuity
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of marcb105
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of rjcoy06
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of afdempse
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +15.1%
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 +14.6%
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 +14.3%
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 +13.3%
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 +13%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 +11.5%
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 SimcoeJoe
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of HardyA
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 jmich24
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Ale La Reverend from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.2% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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