Honey Badger | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double India Black Ale brewed with orange blossom honey

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 12
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, honey, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine resin, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, light char, toast, floral, grass, and roast/pine earthiness. Sizable amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine resin, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, floral, grass, and pine earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a solid malt/hop flavor balance and a moderate amount cloying pine bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this was a very good imperial black IPA. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hops; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tectactoe Short's has been constantly on-deck for the past couple weeks as I've thinned the ranks. Time for another reaping. 12 oz. bottle with a cultural reference I keep seeing but I'm never going to bother to look up.

Pour is the love child between black & ladybug red. Attendant carbonation is low. The nose is a cup of coffee that's been spilled into the top of the Christmas tree & just dripped onto the neutral carpet. Interesting.

Honey Badger is damn aggressive & if that's the reference, it's hit the target. Coffee claws its way through the roof of my mouth & right up into my upper nasal cavity: damn. Piney hops get fifth or sixth fiddle. Plinky sweetness right at the end. Lack of complexity & the finishing sweet (honey?) makes this a nice sipper I could drink through a straw.

Simple, direct, tasty. Not earth-shaking, but a good, solid beer.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Honey Badger in their new variety pack a couple weeks ago for $18.99 at The Lager Mill. This is the one that I was most excited for out of the three new beers in the new Short's variety pack and I'm very interested to see how the orange blossom honey works with a black IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Shorts imperial pint glass.

A_ The label looks pretty with a nice badge/crest with a honey badger, it's snake enemy and an orange blossom on it, I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice pitch black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of slightly creamy somewhat light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the roasted malts being the first to show up and they imparts some roasted, slightly charred, slightly grainy, chocolate, and coffee like aromas with the coffee seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a pretty light black licorice like aroma followed by the hops that impart a 50/50 mixture of floral and piney hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that reminds me of Founders Black IPA.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time its the roasted and slightly charred flavor that sticks out the most. Up next comes a weird black licorice like aroma followed by the hops that impart some floral and piney flavors but there's also a soapy hop flavor that I'm not a big fan of. On the finish there's a low amount of high bitterness that lingers a little with a hoppy and roasted/charred aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the soapy hops and licorice flavor make it a little rough around the edges.

M- Not the smoothest, a little creamy, a little rich, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it had a nice roasted malt base, but to me the hop profile wasn't the greatest and that hurt this beer overall. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, a little creamy, a little rich, fairly filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, the lingering higher bitterness is a little too much for this beer to handle. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they could both use some work and they held this beer back from being as good as it could be. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, it's not a bad beer, but there's many other black IPA's I would rather have and I don't think I would recommend it either. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, Short's already make a pretty good Black IPA, and I was hoping this one would be a little different but still on the same lever, it is different, but it's not on the same level as Bludgeon Your Eye, I like that one a lot more. I appreciated the effort, but this one just wasn't for me, better luck next time guys.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

8.6% ABV per the website. Brewed with orange blossom honey. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a deep black, forming a small light tan head which quickly recedes into nothing, no lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose open with the required hop charge, grapefruit hops with the required roast profile, cleanly fermented, with some subtle fruity yeast esters. Nice nose. Mouthfeel is bracing with a firm hop flavor and acidity, combined with copious roast acidity, with a medium dense body and a slightly oily mouthfeel in the finish. The taste opens with the firm grapefruit hoppiness then is followed by a pronounced roast. This is roastier than most versions of the style, with burnt chocolate, burnt marshmallows and soot. The bitterness is quite firm, lingering long into the aftertaste. Probably the most burnt black IPA I've had. The finish is astringent and biting. There is no way anyone is going to taste the honey in this. I would argue it's a waste of money.

This is a very aggressive black IPA. Too much for my taste. The roast is way overdone and the bitterness is too bracing when compared to the best examples of the style. I'll pass on this one.

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Honey Badger from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 106 ratings