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