Ale La Reverend | Short's Brewing Company

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Ale La ReverendAle La Reverend

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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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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 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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Photo of andrewjraab
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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in a pint glass. It is a mild golden color with slight soapy head. The smell is made up of a mix of fruits including lemon, peach, and orange with a strong hop presence as well. The dominant taste is hops and bitter orange peel, but it is mellowed out well enough to make this very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Nice grapefruit aromatics along with a hint of other tropical fruit

Taste: The malt is almost undiscernable as the grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors take over; while the flavors are nice, they seem somewhat watered down

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation; aqueous

Overall: I love low ABV beers that pack the flavor so I really think I should love this beer - but I don't; it really feels watered down to me, sadly; I would still enjoy drinking it all evening long at a wedding but I have tasted a number of other low ABV beers recently, that don't have this watered-down character, so I must be spoiled

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange in color with a large white head nearly overtaking my pint glass. Very heavy lacing and spiderwebs on the glass.

S: strong grapefruit, citrus,light pale malt and grapefruit aromas.

T: The hop flavors are very forward and not balanced with the light malt bill. This is a session ipa and definitely tastes sessionable and very good but door the style I had to give it a hit without more of a malt backbone. The citrus flavors really kick in at the end when all that is left in your mouth is a resinsous pinecone mouth.

M: light mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation

O: this would make a good sessionable ipa If it were regularly available to me. Being that I only recieved one bottle of this, it makes that a little more difficult but I can at least imagine sitting at a bar with an unending tap of this and enjoying it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a touch hazier than expected with great carbonation and over an inch of sticky white head.

S - Smells of a very nice IPA with citrus and grapefruit hops with some crystal malts and bready base. Smells hoppy for a session IPA.

T - Got a nice bitterness that starts the sip then quickly to crystal and bready malts and even some bitterness that clings to the finish. Taste is balanced to by the way.

M - Light to medium bodied.

Overall I kind of like this IPA and ABV is nice but it's availability staggers it's session ability. A very good session IPA which is only slightly better than Founders all Day IPA since it is more bitter.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with immense foaming head. A by-product from the foam is wafting hop scent. Significant IBU (that leaves its impact on the palate) and very good drinkability, appreciate the sessionable abv,however flavour is just OK.Thanks to Steve for hooking me up.

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Photo of alexgash
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear, golden peach body. Small, sticky, off-white head with decent lacing and a little retention. Tantalizing aromas of pineapple, fruit cocktail, grapefruit, mandarin orange, orange Jolly Rancher, and a little pine.

Light toasted malt notes up front. Herbal and aspirin bitterness follow soon enough. Citrus notes show up early too: grapefruit and orange. Very subdued caramel and fruit malt notes. Finish is bitter with lingering resin, pine, orange marmalade, and aspirin. Moderate body with a lively, seltzer-y feel. Not bad. Lots of perceived bitterness due to the low abv and the scarce malt presence makes for a very hoppy session ale.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- It had a clean, deep gold body with heavy carbonation. There was a 1-finger, fluffy white head that settled to a fully covering film that left great sticky rings on the glass.

S- Ooohhhh, hoppy goodness as I popped the cap. Medicinal and organic at first. Really fresh smellig with underlying sweet malts that come off as caramel-like and sugary. In the glass it really opens up and lets the hop profile shine with a piny edge.. This could be going somewhere.

T- Not as robust as the aroma would suggest. I'm always wary of the "session IPA." There's a solid hoppy punch amongst a grainy/cereal-like backbone. I could use more of a malty side to keep up with the generous hops.

M- As I expected, it's a little on the thin side. Medium-heavy carbonation. Drying quality I attribute to the hops even borders on a chalky feel.

O- My limited experience with session IPAs is that they end up coming off as a really hoppy pale ale. Until some new style guidelines come out, I have a feeling I'm going to grade these a little tougher than some. I love the idea of a hoppy beer that you can session, but it never comes out that way. There needs to be something of a maltier side to compensate, which is going to up the ABV. It's like when you're homebrewing and you think, "I'm just going to dump in this boatload of hops without adjusting the malt side." That lack of balance doesn't sit well with me. The peripheral traits of this beer are great. The flavor is just "ok." Without flavor, it's hard to get past Average+.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes: golden/orange in color, active carbonation, but little head and no lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit: taste follows and is bitter, bitter. Surprising to me for a low ABV brew. Good for a bottle pickup when available, full sixer not necessary.

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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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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 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 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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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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Ale La Reverend from Short's Brewing Company
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