Short's Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #924
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4.12 | pDev: 9.71%
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
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 346 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JackpineSavage from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw with small head but a beautiful lace that stays.
Mouth feel is Full and Robust!
Taste is hoppy and piney, bitter on the backside and semi sweet on the front.
I like this beer, it could be a Summer or Winter beer. I've had this on tap at a pub, today's was In a can poured in a glass..
I recommend!

Saturday at 01:07 AM
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scrappy notes from 2016.
6pk 12 ounce bottles purchased at Jungle Jim's Market in Fairfield, OH.
Boozy with tropical fruits, cantaloupe, pine. Malts are in the background and it's hop forward. A deep one that changes with each drink as the beer gets warmer. Floral and resinous. Very fresh tasting, strong/firm but not blasting with overall power. Very excellent!

Friday at 07:35 PM
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2beerdogs from California

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Whyteboar for this one.
Pours a beautiful gold. White fluffy head rises 2 fingers and slowly settles to a thin, consistent film. Really nice retention. Light, layers of lacing.
Aromas of sweet grain, pine resin, floral citrus, and coconut bring a thoroughly captivating combination.
Flavor follows the nose faithfully. The sweet grain, pine resin, and lemon blossom flavor starts off. But on the backside, some tropical pokes in as well: coconut, pineapple, and papaya. But the coconut is a pleasing, subtle find here. It's not heavy handed.
Mouthfeel is medium, slick, mildly carbonated, and has a gentle alcohol warmth.
Overall, this is a really nice DIPA.

Oct 31, 2021
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Stooven from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Improved as it warmed. I've been on a DIPA/West Coast kick as I tired of NEIPAs, and was looking forward to this. The alcohol is too strong. This was poured in late March from a can dated to mid December, and there was very little malting or noticeable mellowing of the hops because all I taste is booze and grapefruit rind. The mouthfeel was decent, but the aftertaste can't hide the burn.

Mar 25, 2021
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sjcarlson from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Being in Michigan I am spoiled with great beer offerings any time of year. I usually transition from lagers/IPA's in the summer to darker Ales and stouts this time of year. I was browsing stouts and porters when my attention was suddenly interrupted, like an awesome surprise kiss by your junior high crush in front of your friends. There all by its lonesome self, a dirty-blond in the midst of brunettes. A pack of Superfluid. I had to get it. And then I decided to write a review. This in my opinion is one of the best DIPA's on the market. Shorts brewing is one of my favorite brewers, but they absolutely knocked it out of the stratosphere with this one! And reasonably priced at $8.49 at my local store.
Look: When poured a decent hazy golden hue, decent head that diminished after a short time. The lacing on the glass was splendid.
Smell: Great floral, pine, and citrus notes. Hops rule the day. Clean and crisp.
Taste: To me this is where this beer shines. It has a great initial taste of tropical fruitiness, followed by the slight, bot over powering malt with a bittery pine finish- perfection. There is a sweetness that is ever so slight in this beer- again perfect. Being slightly over 9% ABV, it is shockingly mild in the taste of alcohol- which can be very dangerous for some... lol! The mouth feel to me is slightly lighter than most DIPA's, but it runs pretty typical for an IPA. Savor the complex taste yet simple drink-ability!

Dec 11, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A really crisp American IPA. High carbonation and citrus forward makes it easy to like for IPA/IBU fans. The high abv is well concealed by complex pine and citrus flavor. Very well done.

Mar 01, 2020
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BWichmann74 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!!

Jan 18, 2020
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nitroterrance from Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Mar 26, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Feb 13, 2019
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UsedMalt18 from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Jan 16, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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 …

Jan 13, 2019
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zachary80 from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev 0%
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

Dec 29, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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davisrin from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Jun 22, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

May 15, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 11, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jan 27, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -17%
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.

Jan 24, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jan 23, 2018
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Jim67 from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Jan 18, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Jan 16, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Oct 28, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
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

Sep 09, 2017
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Jul 15, 2017
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