Gingersnap | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark English Brown Ale brewed with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cola caramel with a thick creamy head.

The aroma is like a strong Christmas tree, with a herbaceous piney blend of goodness coming across.

The flavor is sharply bitter without being hoppy.

There’s a blend of Christmas spices, herbal and medicinal.

I like that flavor profile and the combination. Works for me.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a foamy white head. Smell is very strong molasses and ginger, and so is the flavor. The spices are a bit overpowering, and their combination makes for a grassy taste that makes it difficult to enjoy. Not very good, despite a promising premise.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin tan head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Very faint aroma of ginger and cinnamon.

T - Big burst of ginger upfront. Nice amount of sweet molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg follow. The ginger lasts long in the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Sticky dry mouthfeel.

O - Decent beer that relies heavily on the spices. Very one dimensional. It would be hard to have more than one.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours pretty dark for a brown ale, some light coming through on the edges. Small off-white head that didn't stick around.

S- Lots of ginger and some cinnamon. Has a real "asian" food smell. Some brown sugars. The ginger is a bit too much for me.

T- Some roast and cinnamon notes but ginger is the main thing. There is even a bit of that fresh ginger burn in there.

M- A nice heavier mouthfeel compared to other brown ales I've had, one of the better aspects of this beer.

O- It's a bit too much ginger for me but if you love ginger this is the beer for you.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dull black with a thin film of attractive sand-colored head. Good retention and some dots of lace. Smell is ginger, rich dark molasses, a little cinnamon and toast. Taste is nice gingerbread and dark molasses again, a little cinnamon, a mild but perfect level of sweetness to support the flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, lightish carbonation and medium, round body. Overall, they really nailed a gingerbread stout, highly drinkable and good balance in the flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and poured with a quarter finger high light tan head.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with hints of brown malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by favors of ginger, which linger and stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice holiday ale but seems lime it could use more malts to taste like gingersnaps.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A-dark brown with a little white head which disappear quickly

S- good aromas of ginger cinnamon and molasses

T-the aromas were better than the taste just too over done

M-good balance with an average carbonation a little sticky

O-was a good attempt at a Christmas beverage just too spicy

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge ginger root, cinnamon, molasses, toast, biscuit, nutmeg, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Decent aromas with some solid complexity and good strength; but has way too much ginger going on. Taste of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, toffee, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, light roast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of spices and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid spiced brown ale. Good robustness and solid balance of spice and malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - This beer pours a ruddy brown with an inch of tan head.

S - The smell is a jumble of aromas. The ginger is apparent. I get some indiscernible spices, too.

T - I get some ginger, clove, and cinnamon. I can taste a little molasses, as well.

M - Moderate

O - I was thinking this would taste more like gingerbread. It is in the vicinity. It is a ginger beer with some roasted characteristics. I was hoping that it would be better.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date... got rubbed out at some point.

Appearance: Ruby brown. Perfect clarity. Short lived head with little lacing.

Smell: Spicy, as you'd expect. Huge amounts of ginger and cinnamon. Pleasing, if you like a lot of spices. That's really all that's there.

Taste: Cinnamon and nutmeg... heavy cinnamon and nutmeg -- burns the throat slightly. Seriously, that's what it tastes like. Not much else there. The molasses sweetness is noticeable near the finish, but that's the last of what you get. A touch of darker malts on the finish as well, but hardly. Those spices linger long after each sip, by the way. The thing about this beer that I think could easily turn someone off to it is, besides the heavy spicing, it's a sweet beer. Not syrupy thick or sweet, but the molasses definitely makes this a sweet beer. 7.8%, the alcohol is *sort of* there with a warming effect, but I would have guessed 6%.

Feel: Medium/low thickness with a pretty high carbonation. Makes the spicing feel even more harsh.

Not bad. Actually, pretty decent... if you can handle a one dimensional beer that's super heavy on cinnamon and ginger. This makes for a pretty tasty seasonal beer, but I couldn't see myself having more than a single bottle in a sitting... it just gets too overwhelming. I'd consider this a "spice beer" rather than an "english brown." I finished it all, but I had enough after about 3/4 of the beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of Short's Gingersnap in their new variety 12 pack a couple weeks ago for $18.99 at Meijers. I tried this beer before when I visited Short's last winter, I liked it but I thought it was a little over spiced and I'm interested to see how the first bottled release of this beer is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but the new variety pack showed up recently, so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label nice, it fits the beer well and it's a little different looking label for Shorts. It poured a nice dark brown color that didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left behind lots of sticky lacing behind. This is the a very good looking beer, the head retention and lacing are better than most Short's beers.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a very molasses and blackstrap like aroma to it with a good amount of spices up that front impart some ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon like aromas with the ginger sticking out the most imparting an earthy fresh ginger rhizome like aroma. Up next comes the malts which are a little overpowered by the spices and impart a nutty and toasted malt like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice and it reminds me of a big chunk of ginger bread cookie dough.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a slight molasses like aroma to it and it's followed by some spices which impart a very light cinnamon flavor with that fresh, earthy, and spicy ginger aspect that I got in the aroma seeming to show up the most. Up next comes a light metallic flavor followed by a noticeable alcohol flavor. On the finish there's some lightly nutty and toasted malt flavors with pretty much no bitterness with that alcohol flavor taking it's place with a ginger and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that wasn't overly spiced, but I thought the alcohol could have been hidden better and the metallic flavor was not needed.

M- Not the smoothest. a little boozy,slightly sticky, a little creamy, pretty rich. on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, I wish it was smoother, but the lower amount of medium carbonation works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this a nice beer and nice example of a ginger bread themed beer, it isn't too recognizable as an English Brown Ale, but once it warms up I started to get some of that toasted malt base with some light nutty flavors. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it isn't the smoothest, it's a little boozy and a little filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention so i think one would be enough for me since I think it would start to wear on me if I drank multiples. This make for a great holiday time beer and it's perfect for the winter and late fall season. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they both worked really well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the metallic flavor and the noticeable alcohol flavors, i think the alcohol could have been hidden better. I would get a couple bottles of these if they release it next year, but it isn't something I'm going to really anticipate or buy a six pack of, but it seems to fit in nicely with this variety pack and I put one in the cellar as an experiment to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes ginger beers. All in all I liked this beer, but I think there's room for improvement and it's got a few aspects that make it a little rough around the edges, but it's pretty enjoyable on a cold and slightly snowy day. I thought this variety pack, the third different one released by shorts, was the best of the three with Black Diamond and Mystery Stout being by my favorite and I'm glad they threw in some of their higher abc beers in this variety pack. I thought the spices weren't as overwhelming as they were when I first i had it but, i don't know if wasn't boozy and slight metallic or if the spices just covered it up at the time. Solid work guys, it's nice to see more pub only beers make their way into these variety packs, keep up the good work.

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Photo of aa911911
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer reminds me of something that dogfish head would put out... it seems that shorts is really maturing and has grown more and more bold and is deserving respect that earlier I was not expecting.... this brewery in my book should take a place along side the best of the nation (avery, dogfish head et al)

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich and dark brown with a brown head.

S - Ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, syrup.

T - Powerful smack of ginger up front, nutmeg, spices, malts, caramel, drying bitter finish.

O - This is one of a kind, but to heavy handed on the ginger for my taste buds. I applaud Shorts for continually trying to push the envelope and brewing new and creative beers. This one fell short(s) (HA!), but I'll continue to try anything they make.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a brownish color. opaque. a small tannish head that fades to just about nothing

Smell: pretty muted and blend. it can sometimes be hard to discern what you smell but i sometimes get some ginger, cinnamon and sweetness.

Taste: opens up with a bitter ginger kick. moves into a nutty, sweet taste. some slight cinnamon. lots of ginger throughout.

Mouthfeel: good and heavier. some bitterness from the ginger.

Overall: I didn't like it at first but it grew on me a bit. the ginger is too overpowering and doesn't always blend so well with the other tastes, or let them come through.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brownish-black color, not entirely opaque, and has a short tan head that evaporates quickly but leavers a small tan ring and small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells good. Cinnamon, cardamom, brown sugars, ginger, malts, barley

T: Fairly sweet, somewhat woody, has your basic black lager flavors to it, barley and malts, not picking up too much on the ginger although I can pick up on the cinnamon. Little warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied beer with medium amounts of carbonation, smooth, rich

O: Overall this was fairly good.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for the Shorts vs. Greenbush Throwdown. This one pours the color of a stained armoire, deep-mahogany and mostly opaque, except for the very top and bottom. If not held to the light, it could easily be mistaken for black. The small, off-white head fades to a skin within moments, leaving basically nothing behind.

The aroma is kind of a "half-and-half" ginger split. Half of it smells like a gingerbread cookie and the other half smells like pure ginger root. The first, soft waves hit more like a cookie with the caramel and bread notes lending a helping hand from the malt. Cinnamon and nutmeg are faint, but definitely in the background. Deeper inhales reveal a more raw ginger aroma - like a straight up ginger root up your nostril.

As I go in for my first sip, I'm really hoping it's a little more on the cookie side than the root side, but sadly it is not. Tons of ginger on the palate, but it really is pretty akin to sucking a ginger root. Mildly spicy and potent with almost a sinus-clearing presence, this bad boy is loaded with ginger spice. All hope is not lost, though - some light caramel, toffee, and toasted bread malt flavors collaborate in the aftertaste to help things out a bit, also adding a little sweetness for balance.

The bad part is that as this warms up, the raw ginger flavor just grows heavier and more potent, turning the beer more and more into a liquid ginger root than a liquid gingerbread cookie. Eventually, even the help of the malts on the back end is useless, and the aftertaste just becomes a mouth full of ginger. Thin-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a slick, wet mouth feel.

Not a bad beer, but just too much ginger. I guess I was expecting more malt and cinnamon and nutmeg to give that "gingerbread" cookie feel - like Hardywood's stout, maybe. But this was erring more towards pure, raw ginger, especially as time went on. If I was going to drink a ginger heavy Shorts brew, I'd reach for Ginger in the Rye over this one - the ginger is better integrated into the base style and not quite as attention-grabbing.

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Photo of Cotton_27
4.72/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance was nice and dark

Smell was amazing very ginger and spicy nose

Taste was very impressive was sketchy about the name but went home with a growler very good balance of ginger and spices

great mouthfeel

overall an amazing beer hope it gets bottled someday

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Gingersnap from Short's Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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