Love Knife | Short's Brewing Company

Love KnifeLove Knife
BA SCORE
60%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 60 ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 09-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,623
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
60
Liked:
36
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
7.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurboBrew
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pandarus
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stadmo1
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber/orange, slightly hazy, with a one finger head on a hard pour, some soapy lacing. Smell is both citrusy and resiny hops, caramel, Belgian yeast, a little banana when warm. Taste is caramel, light malt, resiny hops, yeast, some citrus- orange, hops, kind of a creamy taste. Smooth, a little bit of a creamy feel, good body, appropriate level of carbonation.

This has a very different profile, hard for me to describe. Very good flavors and aromas, well worth trying. Kind of wish I grabbed a couple more.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ryften
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breakingbland
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours with strong red highlights. The aroma hits the nose with spicy and piney notes with some sweetness. The taste follows with the sweetness somewhat diminished and hops contributing to the overall balance. An interesting beer! (I said "piney notes" above which may not be accurate as I can't quite identify this aroma component.)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exploring the red side of Belgian ale, the brewers at Short's see the potential in the drier, toastier and hoppier American red ale and instead of the cleaner yeast-neutral character of American ale yeast, they employ the characterful fruit and spice charm from Belgian ale yeast add a more complex and rounded flavor spread.

Medium amber and mildly hazed, the beer's off-white lather skirts the rim with a long and dense fluidity. Toasty, citrusy and vinous to the nose- the hops, esters, yeast spices and malt play an immediate role in scent while its taste is supple and sweet with caramel, bread crust and a nutty pecan character.

While the toasted and caramelized taste of hops remain in support of the growing complexity, its sweetness trails smoothly and gradually while the hop flavors of grapefruit, lime, orange and berry extend into the yeast profile of apple, melon and pawpaw. The beer's balance finds a peppery tone with hints of cinnamon and coriander before the hops lay down their lasting, piney, bitter trail. Finishing with the vinous nature of rosé, the beer's new surprises in flavor lurk around every turn.

Medium-bodied and creamy, the beer's carbonation gives a gentle prickle to the tongue but is shy of the champagne dry bubbliness of sparkling wine that Belgian ale can often exhibit, the beer's bready, crusty and bitter finish ensures balance even in mouthfeel. A soft afterglow of nuttiness and citrus outlast the spice and has the tastebuds begging for pepperoni pizza as a pairing.

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Photo of Nunya
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice Belgian fruit esters, but too much pepto character.

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/15/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big strawberry, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big strawberry, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate floral bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness and yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy Belgian amber ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of red94tt
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a two finger white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

S - Aroma of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and tropical fruits.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Belgian yeast, tropical fruits, caramel malts, and bubblegum throughout.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a smooth dry finish.

O - This was a nice suprise. Good balance of Belgian and Pale Ale flavors. Would drink again.

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Photo of Vogie
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has the fruity aromas of a Belgian with banana and strawberry being prominent. The taste gives you characteristics of an Amber Ale with caramel malts and earthy hops on the backend. Another unique offering from Shorts just not sure if I am crazy about this hybrid style.

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Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acuity
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Love Knife from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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