Short's Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #827
Ranked #3,600
4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Superfluid is an American Double India Pale Ale that explodes with a perfume of resiny hop aromas! A simple malt bill allows the hops to shine with flavors of coconut, pineapple, and tropical fruit. The perfect bitterness resonates across the palate, complementing the awesome hop intensity within.

91 IBU
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Photo of BWichmann74
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a nice deeper golden color that pours a 1 1/2” finger head that recedes down to 1/8” and leaves behind some sticky continuous lacing until the glass is finished.

S: very tropical hop profile - pineapple, melon, and a bit of coconut . Very mild bready malt backbone. A bit of sharp bitterness as well with the alcohol evident in the aroma after it warms a bit.

M: has that DIPA viscous feel that slides down the throat quite easily.

T: follows the nose - very hoppy with those tropical notes from the smell. This beer tastes like nothing else I’ve had and I’m loving it!! Love the hop profile and just enough malt to carry the intense hop profile but staying out of the way. A dry, bitter finish. When cold
It drinks way too easy for a 9%+ ABV offering at 90+ IBU. Alcohol comes to the surface toward the end of the glass when things have warmed up.

O: this is a great DIPA that is unique enough that I’ll buy some each time it’s offered. Also a great bargain as it was on sale for $8.99 a six pack at my local grocery store with 5 weeks of age since bottled. I’d gladly pay this over the $15-$20 for 64oz. of trendy NEIPA offerings. Great job Shorts! Glad to see this go from a one off annual offering to a seasonal 3 month offering - hope this stays this way for years to come!!!

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Photo of nitroterrance
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA. Nice pineapple melon flavor. Smooth and creamy. I live in northern Michigan and frequent shorts and their IPA’s when they are released. This is the best, a world class IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Creamy, smooth, hazy, juicy. This is not what I remember this beer as, but boy am I happy with the apparent recipe change. fantastic value, great ipa.

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Photo of UsedMalt18
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can sampled in a glass,
this beer was hazy gold-orange and it had a lasting white head of bubbles,
this beer had aromas of citrus hops – grapefruit and guava with some some lemon, skin and pith of citrus fruits, hops had a pine and resiny note,
toasted malt, a little bread, and some malt sweetness,
the flavors were citrus and resin hops, toasted malt and bread,
malt and a little sugar sweetness,
hops gave a good bitterness at the finish that lingered on the tongue,
the mouth feel was more than medium, it was creamy and had average carbonation,
this beer had lots of citrus hops, I found the hops to be bigger in the flavor than the nose,
a nice hoppy beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Welcome back to my CANtinuing Happy New CANned Beers From @jkblr Sunday (Week 725)! I have not been doing much trading of beers lately & I stopped purchasing through Tavour since a) I have amassed QUITE a backlog & b) there is SO much available locally that I don't feel CANpelled to trade. @tone77 was by over the holidays to do a drop-off & pick-up + a nice package arrived from @jkblr the other day with his beers being my focus today.

From the CAN: "Clean water makes better beer"; "Handmade by people who care (tm)". What gorgeous graphics on this CAN! It depicts MichiCAN's streams, rivers and lakes.

I could hardly wait to Crack! open the vent & begin a C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. My efforts were rewarded with the formation of two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, a healthy dose of dank, pound cake & light caramel. It was like a tropical fruit-infused pineapple upside-down cake! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but quite tingly on the tongue from its carbonation. OMFG! Liquefied pineapple upside-down cake was precisely its taste! This was both unexpected & quite pleasant. The only thing that was disCANcerting was its high drinkability coupled with its high ABV. I could see myself sucking this down without a seCANd thought & then being AFU afterwards. The finish was actually pretty dry with an emerging pine-y dankness on the end. Man, I could really see putting a buncha these away …

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Photo of zachary80
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super crisp and clear - almost totally transparent, with a light straw color. Aroma is a little unusual but hard to pinpoint the hop varietals. Sweet but not like many DIPA - well balanced by bitterness. Feel is as expected for a style. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthiness, citrus hops, slight piney hops, strong resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of amaretto. Fits the style of an American Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of earthiness, citrus hops, slight piney hops, strong resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of amaretto. Overall, good appearance and complexity, but blend leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, flavorful, smooth IPA that doesn’t overwhelm like some imperial IPAs do. Great hazy yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and sheets of lingering lacing. Smells great, piney and citrus zest hops. Tastes of pine hops, citrus zest - grapefruit, lemon, orange - as well as caramel, vanilla and a well-balanced malt backbone. Smooth mild mouthfeel and great carbonation. High ABV is very well-hidden and doesn’t create too much warming feel.

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Photo of davisrin
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. There is a lot of discernibly different flavors going on here. Sharp, piney, smooth, with a good bitter aftertaste; nicely fizzy mouthfeel. This is the first thing I've tried from Short's, and I am very impressed. I got a single bottle to try- will look for more soon!

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a big ol’ “old school” DIPA, a hazy golden color (from the hop haze) with a billowy off-white Head, filled with resiny pine hop aromas, with some nice malt notes.

The pine is really present on the taste, with an oily, full-bodied mouthfeel I really enjoyed. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle PKG 012618 poured into an old school short glass shows a flat looking orange cloudy headless body.

Aroma is strong, flowery melon and citrus backed with piney resin.

Flavors match with a pine resin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full, DIPA style, with a sticky finish.

Overall a very nice beer that will sneak up on you.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one smooth double. It isn't too anything. Nice and easy.

It pours deep yellow, cloudy and minorly fizzy. The aroma is to die for. A beautiful, pungent smell.

The taste is mild - malty but not overly so. Hoppy but not too. And the finish is clean too.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/27/17; drank 1/23/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big white head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Pine, mint & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Medium thick, syrup-y mouthfeel.

Pineapple & mint flavors up front; extremely dry pine & oak notes on the finish.

A bracingly rough finish for a beer that wasn't very pleasurable to begin with; I've had my last.

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Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 12/27/17 (28 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours bright light golden yellow with abundant off white head. The head recedes to a splotchy cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is strong with grapefruit, citrus and earthy cattiness. The taste is faint bready caramel, strong catty earthy danky hops with a small slice of grapefruit. Nicely bitter, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent.

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Photo of Jim67
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: blonde, white head, laces glass
S: pine, citrus
T: great balance. Slight bitterness.
F: slight fizz. Smooth, light
O: Great offering by Shorts. Spot on.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/27/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a mild haze but still has some clarity to it; big fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great bubbly retention and nice lacing. The aromas are floral along with some citrus notes. Some bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose, but are bolder. Solid hop bitterness. Grapefruit is there along with some subtle hints of lemon. Some pine resin in the mix. Mild and subtle syrup in the finish. Mild warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation to active carbonation. It's pretty fluffy and becomes smooth as you get into it.

This is a solid DIPA. Nice hop bitterness going on. It's not too flashy, but it's enjoyable and fun to drink. It's more on the traditional and classic example of the style, for what it's worth. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Lazhal for sending this one! Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Light gold, though very hazy. A thin white head fades quickly, and low visible carbonation.

S: Not much here. Light citrus, melons and light biscuit malt. That’s about it. A bit disappointing here.

T: Orange and mango with biscuit malts. Then tropical fruit with an emphasis on pineapple. Creamy whip sweetness. Melon and some dank/grassy hops. The malts play a bigger role than expected, contributing a good amount of sweetness but no caramel flavor. It finishes with sweet malts with just hints of toffee fading into a grapefruit rind bitter. As it warms, there’s an additional sweet flavor that I can’t quite place.

M: Body is on the heavier side with a full mouthfeel – different for an IPA/DIPA, but not objectionable. Alcohol presence noticeable, but not “hot”. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: I thought this was a bit different than a lot of offerings in this crowded style, but still good. I wish I could place that sweet flavor. I’m not sure I'd drink it frequently if it were on the shelf around here, but I certainly enjoyed the one I had.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: bitter, juicy, catty, citrus, slight dank, hops, sticks to pallet. Floral, super hopped citrus nose. Gold, slight haze, foamy head, broken lace. Medium/full body. 91 IBUs

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz can, packaged 12/3/18. Tawny, clear and clean appearance. Small bubble carbonation. Butterscotch and coconut on the nose.

Coconut noticeable in the flavor with a nice traditional bitter finish. 9.1% ABV is barely noticeable. I’m not a fan of coconut, but it’s uniqueness makes it appealing. Body is a little fuller, so it’s not one I’d have multiple of in a sitting.

It’s probably good that it’s a seasonal release. It’s a nice change of pace and I always pick up a single or have a draft when I see it, but wouldnt buy it regularly. I enjoy it, but a little goes a long way for me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 4, 2016. Aroma is resinous hops. Taste is bright citrus fruit and berries. Finish is bitter pine.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
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 +5.8%
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 +8.5%
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 -2.7%
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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