Short's Rye Not? | Short's Brewing Company

very good
17 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Short's Rye Not?Short's Rye Not?

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by webmanspidey on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 78
Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks for the extra!). No discernable bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy amber with about an eighth finger pale head. Head fades quickly without leaving much lace to speak of.

Smells of oranges,peach, papaya and a little spice. Very inviting.

Very citrus tasting. Notes of mandarin orange, papaya, mango, a bit of sweet bread and just a hint of spice. All in all an enjoyable little mix.

Medium light body with a nice thin carbonation. Mildly bitter, orangey sweet aftertaste.

Not sure why this isn't rated better. Maybe it just fit my mood but I really enjoyed it. Great sweet citrus notes in a smooth body that wasn't overly carbonated. I'd most certainly buy this if it were a available to me.

 758 characters

Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*RateBeer review from March 25th*

Appearance: Super hazy orange color. The beer simply glows when held up to light due to the amount of haze.

Aroma: Citrus-y rye, and that’s pretty much the best way to describe it.

Taste: Most definitely a rye beer. It should sound absolutely disturbing, but since the beer as a whole is quality it forgives it, but the initial taste reminds me of vomit -- very acidic. After that, tropical hops mix with the rye to make for a pleasant-to-drink rye. Feel: Decent amount of carbonation here, and a nice, smooth feel to it. Nothing too spectacular, but it works very well with this particular rye.

Overall: Rye Not? is a beer that I’m glad to have tried. I’m not a HUGE fan of rye beers, but I like to try them every now and again. This beer looks good, smells good, and tastes pretty decent. Not the best rye beer in the world, but no doubt one that’s drinkable.

 910 characters

Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy brass-orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Smells of sweet grapefruit, candied orange, lightly spicy rye, brown bread.

T: Taste brings bready rye, very light grassy bitterness, mild yet juicy citrus, caramel malt.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty and drinkable.

 333 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy copper orange with an off white head. Nose is pungent, tons of orange citrus hops and some floral notes with faint rye backbone. Taste is much spicier, hops are a bit more subdued, notes of grain and some malt underneath. Bitterness lingers through a moderately carbonated finish on a light body.

 309 characters

Photo of chugalug06
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clouded orange brew with two-finger white foamy head. Not much in the form of lacing.

Lots of rye and pine. crystal and caramel also stand out. A bit basic.

Great flavors, but mouth slappingly bitter, not overly drinkable. Very resinous, piney, sappy, missing a key crispness, carbonation is medium and spot on. Bit over done with the rye. Lots of orange/lemon rind on the extreme back-end.

A good brew, but hard(er) to drink due to the harsh mis-blended flavors. Recommended. Thanks, Adam!

 495 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely hazy orange pour into my glass like the leaves covering the ground on a brisk autumnal day. Creamy white fizzy head that slows fades atop the brew. Aromas entice with sweet caramel malts tinged by spicy rye notes and earthy accents. Citrusy, resiny hops meld in quite harmoniously.

First sip brings a solid balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness - as it flows to the back of the palate the bitterness becomes more pronounced. Great mix of caramel malt flavor alongside a spicy, earthy rye kick that I really enjoy. The resinous citrus and pine hops are heavy handed without going overboard. Just a solid IPA all told.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and medium bodied, enough heft to carry the brew and spot on carbonation. Easy drinking IPA that I could enjoy well into the evening. Overall, I really enjoy the rye addition and would definitely drink this one again if given the opportunity!

 905 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is golden with clusters of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that leaves lace ringlets cascading down the pint glass. The aroma offers citrus, toasted grain, light pine & hops. The flavor is more aggressive / bold than the aroma. Nice showing from the rye malt. Well balanced and drinkable. Toasted grain with some bitter hops in the finish. A tad sweet. Overall, pretty good.

 393 characters

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another seemingly new brew from Shorts, an American style IPA made with malted rye. I'm pretty mixed as far as rye beers go, so I had to try this one for myself. It pours a solid amber with some golden hints at the edges of the glass. It's pretty muddled and therefore mostly opaque. The head is huge, frothy, and somewhat slow to form. Eggshell-white in color leaving a good amount of sticky lacing behind, all up and down the glass.

The aroma has quite an impressive malt bill for being an India Pale Ale, but that isn't always necessarily a good thing. Hops are present, though, with a good amount of the bill leaning towards a slightly leafy and mostly citrus profile. Peppery orange and citrus peel. The rye adds a less-than-harsh dryness that stings the nostrils and invokes some nice earthy, spicy, and almost herbal aroma. Perhaps some of those are coming from the hops as well - they mesh well with the hops, here. Overall, it's pretty pungent and the smell tells me that this is gonna be nice and bitter - it's hitting my saliva glads already.

The taste actually starts off much more mellow and laid back than I anticipated. The mouth feel is surprisingly thicker, also, and maybe even lightly creamy. A white pepper covered citrus peel is the first thing that comes to mind. The rye doesn't take long to make its presence known - it hits quick and contributes a spiciness and dryness that flows well into the aftertaste. Bready and almost borderline caramel flavors pop from the malt and couple with the hoppy citrus to create a light sweetness.

Aside from the citrus imparted flavors, the hops also bring a bit of piney and oily resin to the table - something I've always enjoyed. It's not pungently bitter, but the pines are more on the soft side, backed up by some seriously thick hop oils. Bitterness is somewhat low at first, but it builds over the course of the sip and has a nice, lasting presence in the finish. The more I drink, the heavier the bitterness gets, actually. By the end of the beer, the bitterness is quite potent, even right out of the gate. This beer seems a little watery at times, but the mouth feel is still thick. Some palate-coated stickiness in the finish with the taste of dry rye, herbal hops, and mild citrus peel.

Pretty good brew from Shorts, I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. The rye adds an interesting aspect to a classic style, as it usually does, but unfortunately that doesn't put it above a regular IPA for me (at least, Shorts' flagship IPA). Tasty for what it is, but gimme a Huma Lupa any day.

 2,562 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served from the tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI. It arrived in a nonic glass, showing a toasted sunset orange coloring. It held a one finger head of white cream, leaving thick and bubbly lacing following a brief retention. A thick haze permeated the beer, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma was fresh, with lemony citric hops, big pale malts to meet, metallic rye inclusions, and a light, crisp toast. With warmth came light plastic bite, dried bitter chalky yeastiness, sweaty saltiness, more of an herbal hop, and an earthy manure quality. Our first impression was that there was a strong phenolic character on the back, adding depth to the sweeter front end of the sip. The flavor opened with those big, aromatic citric hops, barley, pales, faint rye, and white flour dryness. The middle peaked with drying boozy bite, more chalk, dried pales, bittered lemon rind, and more raw, grassy bitterness independent from the continued base hops. We finished on French fry starch, fusel booze, chalky yeast, juicy citric hop rind, dried grassiness, and knocks of bright chemical phenols. The aftertaste breathed of metallic bitterness, more chalk, peppery ethanol, raw rye bite, citric hop dust, bitterly herbal hoppiness, and white rice. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave decent slurp and glug, with milder cream or froth to the mustache. The mouth was initially coated with oily thickness, but this gave way to astringent dryness all the way down. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. The presence and overt brightness of the hops helped to maintain a great level of freshness throughout this tasting. Stylistically, however, while the rye is aromatically apparent, it hits a strong metallic note, taking away from the allure, warmth, and invitingness of the grain. The rye is actually even less present in the flavoring, but does intrinsically add a nice spice and phenolic bite on the back of the sip. Either way, this is a fresh, highly hopped offering from an exciting local brewery.

 2,148 characters

Photo of stevepat
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite styles. Very clean citrus/spicy hop flavor. Goes down predictably smooth for a Short's brew. Unfortunately thin though with out much of the strong rye flavor coming through. All in all a respectable member of the Short's IPA family.

 251 characters

Photo of robhbest
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. 1 finger white head with good lacing.

S: Low grain smell from the rye, some citrus characters come through with the hops.

T: Starts off a little boozy like, grainy from the rye. Definitely can taste the grains throughout. Citrus and earthy notes come through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: A little hoppy for the style but for a hop head like myself its not offensive. I think that there is a little too much booziness for it to be a great beer, it is however good and I'll probably mix another in with my mix and match six packs.

 615 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First review in a while now. 12oz bottle courtesy of c64person, thanks!

Pours dark orange with a finger of cream colored head that has excellent retention. Solid lacing as well. Aroma is full of sweet citrus fruits and an almost resinous hoppiness. Rye has a subtle, spicy mineral note in there as well. Very nice.

The flavor, however, turns out to be aggressively bitter, with much more rye spiciness and a pretty strong aspirin finish. Lacks the sweetness implied in the aroma in terms of both the citrus character of the hops and the malt beneath it. Bitterness pretty much crushing all subtleties here.

Body is medium, carbonation medium to slightly low. Feels a touch watery. In the end a bit of a disappointment because of its drinkability or lack thereof. Just too much aspirin character. One of the more rye-forward beers in recent memory so worth checking out if that's your thing.

 893 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a small fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a tin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, spicy rye, honey, light caramel, and bread. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of hop notes with good malt balance. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice hop flavor complexity with a good malt balance; only a moderate rye presence that is nice; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Very nice hop flavor complexity and balance of malt with moderate rye; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,214 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Rye Not? a few days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm always excited to try a new beer from Short's and since they make some pretty damn good Rye Beer's I have some high expectations for this brew, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and unique with what appears to be a guy wake boarding in a field of rye. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I really like the color, but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a light bready malt aroma followed by a good amount of rye that imparted some nice earthy and spicy rye aromas. Up next comes the hops which are pretty abundant with some nice earthy and citrus hops aromas with a slight piney hop aroma. The mixture of hops is nice and it makes for a pretty balanced aroma, I thought it was pretty damn good and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by a slight bit of bready malts that lead directly to a good amount of rye that imparts some nice earthy and spicy flavors. After that comes the hops which seems to be an even mixture of earthy, citrus, and piney hops with not one aspect sticking out more than the other. On the finish there's a higher amount of bitterness that has a bitter aspirin like flavor with an earthy and bitter aftertaste, This was a nice tasting beer, but I wish the citrus hops showed up a little more and the bitterness was toned down a little, that would make this beer taste very good.

M- A little smooth, crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation, the mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it had pretty nice balance, neither the hops or the rye were overpowering, but the bitterness was a little overpowering which made this beer just a little rough around the edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth and the flavors held my attention, but the high amount of bitterness would prevent me from drinking multiples of this beer, one seems like just the right amount. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really good and nicely balanced, the spicy rye aromas and the citrus and earthy hops aromas worked nicely together. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of bitterness and the drinkability, if the bitterness was toned down some it would help the drinkability out a lot. I would buy a couple more of these, but I don't think I would get a six pack of it and, I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Rye Beers. All in all I thought it was nice beer but there are a few other rye beers that I like more from Short's, its nice but it isn't a groundbreaking Rye IPA. Nice work Short's with just a little tweaking I think this could be a really good Rye IPA. As it was I liked it, but I didn't love it, it didn't meet my expectations, but it wasn't a bad beer by any means.

 3,461 characters

Photo of minterro
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Spartan Spirits for about $2 a bottle. Personally love rye beers so this one was a must try for me.

A&S: huge part of the smell are composed of rye, has some spice to it aswell, hints of earthy/grassy tones. hazy yellow/orange colored beer. unimpressive white head that dies relatively quickly.

T&M: Upfront citrus and dank/piney hops dominated the taste. then wow! this beer is a surprising bitter tongue bruiser toward the back end. Any maltyness is pretty over-powered by the rye bitterness. On the heavier side of medium and the high side of medium for carbonation.

overall: I thought this beer was excellent. I really hope they continue to brew and bottle this beer down the road. Would really like to do a side by side with founders rye. I think founders has them beat on drinkable and smooth mouthfeel but I might go with shorts for overall taste.

 870 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the bottle at room temperature while cleaning the basement.

Appearance- Looks great in the bottle. A bit of sediment in the bottom should make the last sip nice and strong. I know this one is an autumn orange color with a bit of head on it when poured... Just not this time.

Smell- Smells nice- citrusy and grassy with an herbal funk to it. Hints of pine and other botanicals that escape me now. Subtle rye graininess on the nose.

Taste- Crispy hop bitterness up front, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet citrusy notes and bubblegum dominate the draw- then it hits a big malty, grainy wall. Finishes malty dry, with some dry-hoppy bitterness. Good and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and fizzy at first with a smooth, almost creamy finish for the style.

Overall- A great session IPA for all the rye guys out there. A tad easier drinking than Founders Red's Rye, and some of the other rye pales out there makes this one a easy go-to brew. Nothing trailblazing, but a great all-around. Great job Short's

 1,008 characters

Photo of webmanspidey
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a Rye IPA from Short's that has just been bottled for the first time.

Appearance is a medium golden orange. Smell is light and citrusy. Taste has a decent amount of hops but remains very balanced and drinkable. This is a light-bodied, easy-drinking IPA with a slightly different character from the rye.

 311 characters

Short's Rye Not? from Short's Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.