Short's Beard Of Zeus India Style Pale Lager | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Beard Of Zeus India Style Pale LagerShort's Beard Of Zeus India Style Pale Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A super hopped American pale lager brewed exclusively with Zeus hops. The wet green dank aroma of the Zeus hops pour out of this beer with sweet hints of orange. Pleasant resiny hop essence dominate the flavor profile transitioning quickly to a bold bitterness that seems amplified due to the light clean lager finish

Added by TheBrewo on 05-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
237
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, floral, pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and orange rind notes; with a fair amount of malt balance and good strength. Taste of lemon, orange rind, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pine, grapefruit, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and orange rind flavors; with a light malt balance and light lingering bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice session IPL. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and rind flavors; with plenty of flavor for 4.5% and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having stepped back from The CANQuest (tm) on a brief basis, I have decided to stick with bottles for another review this evening. My apologies for this temporary interruption in our regularly scheduled program.

From the bottle: "Brewed With Bitter Orange Rind and Zeus Hops"; "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour, producing three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold with NE-quality clarity, causing the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas to drop in for a taste. Nose had a pleasant orange citrusiness that reminded me of the environmentally-friendly cleaner that replaced the really toxic stuff back in the early-1990s. This is a Lager?!? Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft, like the noticeable difference between drinking hard water and soft water. The taste was still very citrusy and very much orange-y. Mmmm. Finish was semi-dry, which was interesting since the label mentioned "Bitter Orange Rind" and yet it had more of a sweet orange flavor. Score another win for Short's!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of spicy hops, floral hops, slights sweet malt, slight pale malt, a grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is very sharp, clean, and an average carbonation level. Tastes of zest, strong citrus, spicy hops, floral hops, grass, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance feel, but the blend has too much orange zest.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jbaker67
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark gold with a bug foamy white head that lingers. Citrus aroma, of orange zest, hops, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is bitter and smooth, starts a bit floral and orangey, then picks up a big hoppy bitterness and bready yeast, with some creamier malt and sugar. Lingering bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Beard Of Zeus last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time Short's has bottled this beer, they call it an India Pale Lager. Shorts has been brewing some great hoppy beers this year and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just came out, so its pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it kind of looks like Zeus is puckering his lips, but other then that I think it looks pretty nice and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy golden yellow color that took on an orange hue when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some decent lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some citrus rind aromas that seem to stick out a lot. Up next comes a nice mixture of hops aromas, i get some piney, grapefruit and some lighter pineapple aromas in the background. Up next comes some nice grainy and bready malts that impart some nice balance and there is also a light pepper like aroma. The aroma was good, it's very IPA like with some lighter lager aromas in the background.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off the same with some citrus zest flavors followed by lots of hops that impart a medium amount of higher bitterness with some piney, grapefruit, and slight citrus hop flavors. Up next comes a pretty spicy flavor with white pepper sticking out the most with some grainy, bready and lager yeast like flavors on the finish with a bitter, piney and slight citrus hop like aroma. This beer tastes good it has some decent balance, but I still thought it was more IPA then Lager, but in the end it tasted nice.

M- A little smooth, a little crisp, clean, on the fuller side of being lighter bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had some nice aspects of both styles and while it wasn't as balanced as I would like I still found it to be a pretty enjoyable beer and I thought the orange rind worked pretty will with this beer. It had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, clean, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think the bitterness is a little too high for me to a drink a few of these, one or two would be the perfect amount. What I liked the most about this beer was the orange rind addition, it wasn't overpowering and it blended well with the other flavors and aromas. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, if it was toned down some it would really help the drinkability and make it more session able, and that's the way I feel most Lagers should be. I might have bought a couple more but I'm sure they are all gone by now and the store had a 3 bottle limit, so I got the limit, I would check it out again if they decide to release it again and I recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy Lagers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was a nice example of a hoppy lager, and while it was a little rough around the edges it was still pretty enjoyable. I still think I like a Shift a little more than this one, but it's still a very solid beer. Good job Short's you guys are really raising the bar when it comes to hoppy Michigan made beers.

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