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

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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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of seaoflament
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks goes out to my pal hoppymeal for sending along this quaint and obscure of a little treat...a 12oz bottle of a wedding ale for "Joey and Leah 2009"

The top of the label reads: "Two people who belong together make a world" Below that is Short's Brew.

The beer starts out with good carbonation, effervescent from the bottom of the glass to the top. A thick 2-inch layer of soft foam rests atop the beer with good retention and sticky lacing. The beer itself seems like a ripe apricot flesh.

Wow, the aroma is very good considering the age of this beer and that it's a hoppy brew. Sweet citrus aromas all around. First I pick up some ripe peach, apricot, candied orange, grapefruit, succulent red apples, and honey. Light to medium crystal malt aromas that blend beautifully with the sweet citrus fruits. After a few moments there are subtle notes of pine, lemon, and grass. Also in the background is a delicate cracker and light toast malt profile.

The beer tastes a lot more bitter than the aroma would lead...pine sap, bitter orange, bitter grapefruit, and a little soapy near the end. Medium-high bitterness at the forefront and just a touch too carbonated, a bit fizzy. Darn, another hoppy Short's beer that seems to have an astringency problem...a tea-like herbal astringency in the second half of the swallow. Lots of lingering bitterness and a high calcium/hard water taste profile...almost too much of a mineral quality at the end. Seems to suffer the same problems as the Liberator, lack of complexity and sweetness to balance out the high amount of bitterness that seems to be bitter for the sake of being bitter. Slight astringency as well though not as much of the Liberator. Late in the aftertaste is a flavor of celery seeds and apple sinks.

Mouthfeel is also overcarbonated and the beer lacks body...thin and watery with almost nothing but bitterness left. Ugh, after a few sips it seems to be upsetting my stomach...not really worth finishing.

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Photo of Tee2Grn
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of wifehatesthebike
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden with a light thin head.

S: Smells like their Huma only subdued in this regard. Smells a bit juicy too without giving up too much information on the potential flavor.

T: Grapefruit at first, then quickly transitions into a grassy/dirty hoppiness. Finishes fairly dry and a bit yeasty.

M: Thin and dry, not bad but I prefer a bit more oiliness in a beer this style. Washes from the palate quickly leaving only hops behind.

O: OK, but not something I would purchase again. Worth a try though as I'm sure this style will appeal to some.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of AlMarzo
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber with a half finger of off white head that sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Sweet and malty but dominated by citrus hope. Hints of pineapple and tangerine.

Taste: Very disappointing compared to the smell. Some hops up front, citrus and herbal. There is a mildly off taste in the finish. Not a lot of malt here.

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

Overall: I was super disappointed with the taste, especially after smelling it. I wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of Grupatre
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reno9
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger powdery, coarse, off-white head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy pale peach-bronze. Lacing is patchy and sparse with good cling. Decent overall but lacking for the style.

Nose is aromatic. Simple and very pleasant. Grapefruit, citrus, and cane sugar. Appetizing.

Opens pine, citrus, and hop bitterness. Sappy and resiny hop residues coat the tongue in the middle. More citrus at the end with a hop bite at the finish and a bark-like hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty one-dimensional. This one needs to be a bit more fruit-forward for me.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and refreshing and abrasive going down. Finishes clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

A very solid session IPA, I personally see this as being a touch too hop forward without the malt balance that could really put it far above average. A solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour clear golden orange with a fluffy dense white head. Nose has pale malt, notes of grain transitioning to some sweet caramel as the hops fade in, rather floral and zesty with a tinge of citrus. The taste is a bit muddled compared to the well balanced nose. The malts seem messier and slightly toasted. There is a hint of biscuit mid palate with a sweet caramel playing in towards the back as the hops come in but less vibrant than the nose. Floral and herbal with strong bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is light on a heavy body not quite doing it as the finish feels short and syrupy.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours like a pop with a head that's virtually nonexistent. No lacing... lots of carbonation.

Smell: All grapefruit with minute traces of hops.

Taste/Feel: Graprefruity hops with only a slight bit of malt on the finish as well. Pretty good. There's also some spice in there, which makes things a little more interesting. The feel is disappointing to me though... very thin, and WAY too carbonated.

Short review, because I just don't care for this one from Short's much at all. To cut through the bitterness and to spice things up I added a lemon, which spruced things up a bit, but I'm not too high on this beer. The rating really astounds me... a truly unremarkable beer from a normally remarkable brewery.

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Photo of merrittwithmerit
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Ale La Reverend (Wedding Session IPA) was recently brought out of retirement. It has a nice golden color with a slight head and minimal lacing.

This beer smells great; with heavy citrus and pine. It smells pleasantly sweet, which is a bit misleading. This beer is more bitter than one would expect from the smell.

Ale La Reverend is an easy drinking brew with a smooth, lingering mouth feel. Overall, it's a good beer for hanging around the fire, but it doesn't make me want to run out and grab a stash of six packs.

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3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a clear orange tone with two fingers of off white head that disappears quickly. Not much retention or stick.

S. big zesty citrus and floral hop smell.

T. Big favors but not much else besides the hop components. Dry perfume like finish.

O. This reminds me a bit of hangin frank. Decent session ipa but in that relm it's a dime a dozen.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale-straw color, almost Kolsch-looking, very little bit of cloudiness in the middle but still fairly transparent. Very volatile, huge, white, foamy head, even with a modest pour. Aroma has tons of citrus, namely grapefruit and orange peel. Nice perfume-like aromas, very hoppy and floral. Picking up somewhat of a weird aroma as well, very reminiscent of dishwasher soap... Taste is full of dank hop bitterness all the way around. Peppery spice backs things up; leafy, dry - a bit different from the nose, as the citrus flavors barely come out in the taste; I'm getting mostly just florals, here. Slight piney and woody flavor on the end of the tongue with a slightly salty finish. Sad to say, the weird dish soap aroma come out in the flavor a bit, too. It was throwing things off just a bit, though not strong enough to ruin the beer. Pretty thin body with very high carbonation.

Decent IPA, especially for being only 4% ABV. Then again, a low gravity typically emphasizes bitterness, so it's no wonder this beer was still packed with hop flavor. Some weird soapy hints kind of made me scratch my head, but didn't completely kill the vibe. This is similar to a toned down Huma Lupa Licious, in which case, why not just have one of those? And if you're in it for the low ABV, Founder's All Day is the way to go. Still a decent brew, though.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color. a touch of hazy and a big foamy off white head

Smell: hops, citrusy floral smells. bitter with not much else to balance

Taste: strong hop bite. resiny, floral and citrus. some slight pale malts

Mouthfeel: extremely strong hop bite with a light body

Overall: a good ipa, but for a light drinker I want less of a bit more refreshing, the hop strength would go better with a heavy complex beer

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a sligtly hazy golden brown with one finger of off white head. Head leaves some lacing.

S - Quite fruity, with lemon, orange and peach. Also quite grassy with an unfortunate off aroma that I can't place.

T - Taste is quite bitter up front with orange and grapefruit peel. Also quite grassy. Thin on the back end with lingering bitterness.

M - light moutfeel with lingering bitterness. Slightly oily.

O - A decent session IPA, which I am happy to see more of. I've had others in his style that I would go back to before having this again though.

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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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