Superfluid | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a mixed Hoppy Holiday 12pck from Meijer's. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is sweet with pine notes. The taste is heavy on pine resin. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 02/08/16 received from @superspak in NBS BIF #3 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma weak and kind of fruity
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to one mm ring and a few small rocky islands
Lacing good – wide lacy rings
Body – clear, light yellow initially until bottom sediment enters
Flavor – somewhat floral, only slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you strohme2 for this
12 oz bottle, dated 2/8/16, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Fruity, tropical fruits, citrus, hints of berries, faint wet grass, some pine.

T- Citrus and tropical with a nice piney bitterness, getting notes of pineapple and grapefruit mixed with hints of peach a very mild wet grass quality.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great DIPA, flavors are well balanced. Easy to drink. This is my first time trying anything from Short's and I really enjoy it.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When you pour this beer, you notice the beautiful golden color right away. The smell of the hops hit me even though my nose was a ways from the glass. A very delicious smell. The taste is delicious. The hop bite slides down my throat. A very delicious DIPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is some bready caramel malt with a lot of piney tarry hops.

The flavor is sweet straw malts with a little fruit and a big piney resiny abrasive bitterness with a light note of green onion. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big abrasive hop bomb.

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Photo of Vogie
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with 1 finger frothy white head. Aromas of buttery popcorn, sweet malts, tropical fruit. Taste is sweet malt upfront and ends very bitter with hints of pine and tropical fruit. Medium body and slightly carbonated.

If you like Double IPA's than this one is a must try...

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Photo of Masonz223
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: yellowish orange with a nice white one finger head
Smell: Really dank sweet tropical
Taste: this is a slap in the taste buds with the hops lots of grapefruit and pine needle. Some dankness slight tropical notes peach juice oranges some sweetness from the malt.
Feel: nice dry finish the hops really linger in the after taste.
Overall: this really is what a double ipa should be like. The hop presence is great. The beer is dominated by grapefruit and pine needle flavores but the slight tropical notes really balance the beer. This beer will definitely cure your hop fix.

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Photo of Raime
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shorts Superfluid.

At last...after about two weeks without a single drop of beer and not a single review, I elected it was time to make up some lost ground. This is apparently a new release outta least it's the first time I've seen it. After a long hard day of work and a successful street brawl against some doped up alcoholic, I feel that I deserve to get intoxicated. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a dimpled pint glass. This brew comes out like an unfiltered orange juice with a fair bit of haze. Not transparent but light can obviously penetrate due to the brightness of the coloration. The head amounts to a dense two fingers which does down to a thick half finger within a minute, retaining as fluffy and leaving some immediate stick at the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate with this one. Fair amounts of lacing amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Lots of fruity goodness mostly consisting of the tropical varieties. Notes of pineapple and ripened banana are highly evident behind a solid straight pine forefront. Malts are lightly presented upon a hard whiff. Inviting and obviously ultra fresh.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off with that super fruity level I mentioned in the nose which is quickly followed by the obvious pine base, but I wouldn't say it's nearly enough pine to wreck your palate for example. Once again, the fruits consist of pineapple fresh of the tree along side some banana which is a touch smoothie like in nature. Low to fair bitterness seemingly depending on the temperature of the beer. Good showing of malts to balance on the finish.

Feel - The feel on this one is pretty tame abd laid back. Moderate bodied with a nice creamy factor that sits amongst the tongue with a slight pillowy texture. Carbonation appears to be just a bit high for the nature of the body. Pine turns up and it becomes a bit more bitters as it lingers around the mouth. Swallows easily with a fair bitterness.

Overall - Very well put together for being an 8% beer. The flavors were quite nice and the drinkability is definitely on the high side. Well balanced between the fruits, the pines, and the malts but I don't feel this is a brew that will truly knock you out of your seat. Either way, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great ipa by shorts. For those not from Michigan who finally have a chance to enjoy shorts beers do not pass on this one. A great double ipa. Next up for shorts is freedom of 78 which is my favorite of all the shorts ipas. They do great work.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Bottled 2/8/16. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a brilliant, crystal clear orange gold with a half finger white head. The froth fades to a thin, white-ish veneer across the surface and full halo. Various specks, dots and dashes of lacing decorate the glass.

Aroma is chock full of juicy hops. Oranges, berries, melons, lemon and some faint sugary bread. Did I mention juicy? Because this is and it smells outstanding.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. Mandarin oranges, honeydew, berries, pine, floral, some slight cereal creeps in around mid palate and the is a soft undercurrent of alcohol. The 9% abv goes down easily and those juicy hop flavors keep my time between sips to a minimum.

Medium full body that feels like some combination of oily and creamy with fairly mild carbonation. Aftertaste of orange peel and melon with a bitter, floral through line.

Shirts' Superfluid is a delicious, easy drinking imperial IPA. The blend of juicy tropical and citrusy hops is something that I could drink quite regularly if this was available locally.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer is great but for me just too bitter. That seems to be all there is to the taste.
Why do people think that taste is good?

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly hazy golden orange hue with a thin one finger head that faded slowly to leave a sudsy blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of citrus, light tropical notes, mango, papaya, oranges. Little bit of alcohol and oily peel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice citrus peel, oranges mostly, oily citrus, faint tropical notes, light alcohol, some malty backbone. Very pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Clean, bit boozy.

O - Overall this was a tasty DIPA offering from Short's. Pleasant surprise!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of K_Diggity
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent double ipa. Wonderful hop flavor with just the right amount of malt flavor.Notes of citrus made this a wonderful beer. Reminded me of a better version of FatHead Headhunter (I know. Not a DIPA). Well done, Shorts Brewery.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/22/15 Edit: Having this fresh from a bottle 2 weeks after its bottling date, I can safely say that this is actually more of a piney tasting DIPA than a fruitier one. There's a certain tropical fruit vibe in this beer mid-sip, but it's very West Coast-y. For those who have grown accustomed to Bell's Hopslam, this will certainly throw you for a loop, as it is far less sweet and much more bitter and relentless.

On-tap at Karl's Cabin in Plymouth. $5 for a pint? Yes please.

Well this is one of the very best DIPAs I've ever had. My God, it's excellent. Juicy, refreshing fruity hop character throughout with a very nice sweet caramel malt flavor. Hop bitterness bites a little bit on the finish to make for a phenomenal experience. The fruitiness in this beer definitely comes off as tropical -- pineapple and mangos, primarily. As said, juicy, refreshing, and very clean. Very, very well crafted beer. That's not to say it has a weak body... it doesn't at all. Pretty nice semi-heavy feel to this beer that makes it even morr delicious.

At 8%, the alcohol will catch up to you, but you can't smell or taste it at all. I haven't had a DIPA this tasty in quite some time. I've wanted to try this for a couple years, but better late than never, right? Short's has to make this yearround. PLEASE.

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Photo of justinp444
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this double IPA has a hazy orange color with a billowing white head. The smell is of grass, earth, and a big lingering citrus. The taste is tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, sweet papaya, orange, light lemon, and very bitter. Notes of earthy, piney, and grassy hops with a nice light malt background.

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Photo of mothman
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color. White head with lace.

Flavor is massive tropical fruits. Pineapple and mango show a lot. Some papaya and a big juicy orange flavor in the finish. Very juicy. Earthy and piney hops. A nice amount of bitterness. Some sweetness.

Very enjoyable dipa. Well done.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 3.16.15 and enjoyed today, Easter Sunday 2015

A: Hazy bronze or golden orange

S: Bit of lemon peel, but mostly a thick, rich grassiness or herbal character. Can't really think of another IPA or DIPA with this kind of nose. It'

T: Unique flavor profile: on the breadier, grassier, and resinous side of things, with a very light hoppiness underneath. Really enjoyable, but I can't put my finger on what it is I like about this beer, which is the same thing that makes it stand out from most beers in this style.

M: Dry, thick, and a bit sappy, but very easy drinking. A good deal of white grapefruit pith makes for a dry and bitter finish.

O: A great beer with a pleasant and unique flavor. No hop bitterness, none of that caramel sweetness that afflicts so many pretender DIPAs, yet not very hoppy or bitter. Just a tasty, tasty beer.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 9 days before cracking the first one open and into a pint glass.

Medium orange in color with a nice lingering 1/2 finger head throughout the experience.

Smells like hops..hops.. and more hops. Pine ... guava.. grapefruit.. citrus and slight malty sweetness here.

Bitter and juicy FRESH hops balanced with the malt well, and the piney alcohol burn at about 8% is definitely on the back end and detected.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Medium bodied and balanced with what id imagine is a 2 simple yet perfect malt profile... which is nice and different from most doubles on the market today.

Must try if you can get your hands on some. Another home run for shorts in my eyes.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into trusty tulip glass. Pours a clear, crisp, golden yellow with two fingers fizzy white head that dissolves into a white cap with streaky lacing. Aroma of citrus and cracker, freshly pressed lemon and orange. Something tropical. Underneath that is pine, pine juuust peeking through. Mouthfeel is thinner than most DIPAs I've tried; taste is some citrus, malt upfront but a big ol' pine bomb on the back end. Booze is well hidden, until the glass warms a bit. Somehow the aroma hides the pine and the booze very well. Halfway through the glass the pine explosion smooths out, leaving just a pine bite on the aftertaste.
Glad I have another bottle in the fridge to enjoy later on.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a lighter shade of amber and hazy. It is topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

I get some citrus at first, but the pine comes through and dominates the smell afterward.

On the first sip I taste some caramel malt and citrus. Then comes the resiny pine forest. It is loaded with pine for all you pine lovers.

Medium mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

I prefer citrus and tropical fruit characteristics in my IPA's. I'll leave this one to the pine lovers out there. It's good but not in my wheelhouse. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, dated 03/16/15

Bottle into snifter with a hazy, deep golden hue and one finger, slowly dissipating, white head.

Aroma is a massive, unique mix of mango/pineapple and lemongrass/herbs. This smells like dank, tropical fruit juice.

Taste follows suit, slightly favoring the lemongrass/herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is juicy, yet leaves the palate dry on the finish.

Overall, Superfluid is an outstanding Double India Pale Ale and easily a Short's standout. That stanky, tropical fruit vibe makes this one go down way too easy.

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Photo of deakin
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Goldenrod, slightly hazy
A: Tangerine, fresh orange juice, little bit of spruce or pine
T: Crisp and pleasant. Lots of juicy hop flavor. Slightly resinous finish with some alcohol burn.
F: Slick, expands a bit in the finish
O: Very nice DIPA. There's enough bitter hop presence to balance out the juice flavors. If you like orange juice you'll like this.

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Photo of hardysf
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light color. Strong Hop aroma. Very Piney hop taste. Tasty beer, bottle was eight days old.

Maybe could use just a bit more malt. This also aged and turned into a very nice barleywine.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with good clarity. Some wispy lace, but zero head retention. Smells amazing - huge bouquet of flowers, fruity, resinous, malty. Taste follows - big bitter hop forward bruising the palate. Balanced with some malts, but the astringent drying mouth feel takes over. Overall, this is a solid DIPA from Shorts.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden orange glowing hazed color with a nice finger of white head with steady yet thin lacing.

S - Delicious citrus mix with sweet malty caramel. Definitely some resinous orange and lemon rinds.

T - Wow. Big resinous and mango flavor. Lots of sweet alcohol astringency. Odd sweetness that I presume to be a combination of the alcohol and the malt sweetness (honey like). Overall quite good but the alcoho/honey sweetness at the finish is a bit offputting.

M - mediumish bodied with fairly song carbonation. Overall quite drinkable (aside from that alcohol)

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