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