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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Added by Zaphog on 06-14-2013

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of golden peach skin into our Founders snifters. It offers up a two finger head of jiggling, gelatinous white foam that shows excellent retention. Lacing is thick, caking around the glasses in sheets. A chill haze cuts through clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose blends notes of freshly juiced pear, tangerine, and peach fruitiness, orange skins, sticky aloe, sunblock creaminess, lactic acidity, fresh vanilla bean, pale, caramel, and cereal malt notes, toasted rye breadiness, oil crayons, soft buttery diacetyls, tree oak and sap, cooked toffee sugars, shortbread cookies, and grassy, herbal, and softly citric hoppiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is fresh and intensely hoppy, but much, much bitterer than the nose would suggest. As we sip, the taste begins with bitterness of piney and oily citric hops, fusel booziness, metallic yeastiness, black pepper and burnt cinnamon spiciness, heavy musk, aromatic fruitiness and sweetness of nectarines, tangerines, and peaches, with enhanced notes of tropical mango and pineapple wash. The middle gives cereal and powdery pale maltiness, oat, bitter herbal and piney hops, green walnut skins, continued fusel ethanol, carrot tops and parsnip rootiness, white wine grape, mineral laden soil, creamy cheddar cheese mustiness, lavender, and medicinal phenol bitterness. The end comes through with a curious oaked muskiness, along with grassy hop resins, dripping wet pine cones, breakfast tea tannins, pencil lead, puckering grapefruit rind and pith, sidewalk chalk, melty candle waxiness, granular white sugar sweetness, dandelion petals, chewable vitamin dust, coconut oil, and pale, crystal, and softer rye maltiness. The aftertaste breathes of fumy ethanol, the craziest and sappiest piney hoppiness, coiny metallics, crushed aspirin and chemical phenol bite, rye and pale malt base, light caramel malt toastiness, buttery diacetyls, acrylic paint chips, and evasive hints at spent charcoal. The body is chewy and on the full side, while carbonation is medium but pervasively present. Each sip gives nicely creamy slurp, smack, froth, and foam, with gentle pop on the back. The mouth is coated and left dripping and syrupy, but is deeply puckered shortly thereafter. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather nicely and conscientiously.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its aroma. It somehow finds a place between big and juicy and powerfully hoppy and resinous. This, by no means, prepares you for the flavor, which hits you like a speedboat cruising atop the superfluid. The hops are explosive, tangy, juicy, twiggy, oily, and above all, bitter. The manner in which you drink this beer actually has a profound effect on this flavoring. If you taste and assess, letting it linger on the buds, it becomes almost too intense, as the booze and resinous hoppiness really dig their heels in. If you gingerly sip it, on the other hand, you get almost an entirely different beer, with topical fruitiness striking an otherwise imperceptible balancing smoothness that is erased by too long a sip. Once you kind of figure this out, it makes the whole experience much more enjoyable and smooth. You can find your rating notes, but not get killed so you won’t taste anything else for the rest of the night. For the style all you would expect is there, and you will most likely not be disappointed if you can handle some of the more hoppy beers on the market. We are quite pleased to have tried this offering from Short’s as we were not too long ago discussing how we have yet to be blown away by one of their beers. This is a step in the right direction towards that goal.

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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 DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. I've been excited to try this one ever since Short's announced it at their taproom, so I made sure to make a special trip to their booth to try it. It pours a befuddled amber with some lighter, orange peel tints at cascading outward. A foamy, off-white head beams up and softly sits on top of the beer for a good, long while. Some chunky spots of lacing are left behind.

Hoppy! Full of leafy, kind of grassy-resinous hops with some ashy and herbaceous undertones, like eating a mouthful of greens. Citrus peels and grapefruit pith abound; you're getting the bitterness and astringency of the fruity notes on the nose, rather than the juicy and sweet, fleshy aromas. Isn't it amazing how hops can introduce both leafy/green and citrus/fruit notes in both flavor and aroma? Superfluid does a great job showcasing the American hop varieties.

The description lists Superfluid as 177 IBUs... a number like that is something to gawk at. I begin thinking of beers around 100-120 IBUs that are insanely bitter and it makes me shiver to think of how this one will taste. The first sip, though, is not as intimidating or insane as the numbers might make you think. Sure, the hops are mildly abrasive and bitter, but after all, it's a double IPA, right?

Leaves, faint ashy, and some piney resins bite the tongue with some white pepper sprinkled grapefruit peels and orange skins. The malt backbone is actually quite nice - toasted bread, with a very light, imparted balancing sweetness that doesn't distract. I like seeing monster IPAs like this without the use of "caramel-or-darker" malts... Those beers often tend to be too sweet. I'd much rather have out of kilter bitterness than a sticky, messy, sweet DIPA.

Back o' the tongue bitterness in the finish with some more dry hops and bitter citrus remains. Superfluid leaves your mouth and palate feeling coated and resinous for sure, but falls just shy of being too sticky or tenacious. Medium bodied with a medium-high amount of carbonation that rolls nicely across the palate; slick, oily, resinous, and sharp.

Aside from The Liberator (which, to be fair, is only around 7.4% ABV), I think this is the only "true" double IPA that I've had from Shorts, since I've missed out on Aww Jeah the last few times it has been out, and I'm quite impressed. This is a very solid DIPA with a heavy, but not overly insane amount of bitterness and the perfect amount of malt parity. I'd love to see this stuff in bottles one day - it's too good not to share with the masses.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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Photo of 77apm
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mikejonze
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sculls65
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikerap100
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Laura1sr
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MuFugga
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a small, one finger solid white head. Brew is a beautiful cloudy orange-gold amber, translucent with a lot of action if you look closely. Head retention is solid, and not much lacing to speak of.

Major hop bomb aroma! Tangerines first, but then mangoes and passionfruit, and a hint of dankness. Biscuit malts in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: it's not as aggressively bitter or acidic as you might expect, instead really continuing to ride a wave of tropical fruit notes, with a hint of grapefruit peel in the background (and on the aftertaste). It finishes on a wave of starfruit and peach. Really unbelievably juicy. Malts and water I'm sure provide it a nice back-bone, but beyond a hint of biscuit, I'm not getting much malt.

A little syrupy on the feel, but it's sufficiently lively and definitely drinkable.

This is truly excellent; I'm really digging it.

Thanks to beer-wheezy for sending along this fantastic local brew!

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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 fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange body. Small, fleeting head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Citrus and a very distinct herbal aroma. The citrus overpowers it, along with some pale malts.

Taste - Orange citrus. Grapefruit. Gets more grapefruity. Musty finish. Slightly bitter. That herbal flavor comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet up front and then a pretty aggressive bitterness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Strange herbal flavor, but it doesn't detract. I rather like it.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange when held up to light, some copper tones, 1/2 finger white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of tropical fruit citrus, mango, pineapple, papaya, floral pine, and subtle grapefruit.

Taste - Starts out with tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, papaya and even ever so subtle coconut. Now moving into a tart bitterness you get floral pine, resin and grapefruit zest and even subtle zest of orange and clementine. A little alcohol presence that becomes stronger as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Double American India Pale Ale. Complex, unique, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of ScottRansom
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Superfluid from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 282 ratings
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