Alien Einstein | Short's Brewing Company

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121 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alien Einstein is a light bodied India Pale Lager with a dull golden color and an inviting aroma of tangy grapefruit juice. A bright burst of fruity and earthy hop flavors immediately hits the palate. This beer exemplifies the well-rounded versatility of the American Mosaic hops used exclusively in this beer.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 09-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sexton
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onespartan
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of md655321
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/19/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 1.89/12 oz battle at the Lager Mill
Aroma very floral
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular two – three mm ring and broken frothy layer.
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor begins slightly bitter and ends with a bitter aftertaste, no other distinctflavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zuidman
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmicevan
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to thebandit1 for tossing this in a LIF box he sent me. enjoyed from a willie b.

a - poured a light transparent yellow orange with a generous frothy head that hung out and left sheets of lace. real ipa look to the head though the body is a bit light.

s - nose is bright citric grapefruit hops. sweet and inviting.

t/m/o - as the nose suggested, the taste is a bright crisp citric grapefruit hop. after that initial blast, i'm washed over with bitterness. fairly quenching and a gulpable beer. very enjoyable. would mellow out the bitterness on the finish, but did enjoy it.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mgavin
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimGlonke
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to @Prager62 for this golden gem

Pours a golden swirl that pushes forth a tight, active finger-and-a-half off-white foam that settles to a consistent half inch cover.
Smell bursts with grapefruit and key lime zest that hints at a bitterness (on the 3rd inhale).
First taste is slightly earthy bitterness, then goes straight to grapefruity goodness. BOOM! This is the perfect beer to be drinking on this hot day. So crisp, so citrusy. I could do 5 more.
Feel is spot on for a lager, but I keep on thinking of this as a pale ale.
Finish leaves you wanting to click-click the back of your tongue. Some breadiness comes through ever so lightly as the grapefruit mellows.
This is what I would call "sessionable."

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Photo of Kerrie
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Semiaggressive pour yields a substantial rocky, white head that leaves generous lacing as it dissolves. It ends as a thin layer of foam on top of the Golden, crystal clear liquid. Smell is juicy, Sweet grapefruit, pineapples, Mango, and hop oil. Tastes of grassy, floral hops and biscuits. There's a bitter bite in the first shallows which smooths out after half a glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/19 and poured 6/24. I've had this one for almost four weeks, so I figured it's about time to try it out. I've wanted to have this beer for awhile, but I missed out on it previously. My first gluten "friendly" beer, to my knowledge.

Appearance: Hard-ish pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass gave a creamy white head a finger in height. The beer itself has a light hop haze. There's a little bit of lacing, and a steady amount of carbonation.

Smell: A mild soap aroma is what I initially get, and then a dank hop oil sort of aroma. As it warms, a more pronounced citrus rind and juice smell comes through. This smells like a hoppy fruit juice without much of a malt-like presence (which I suppose makes sense, considering it's just about a gluten free beer). I'm a bit nervous to taste it, because even though it smells good, I feel like it may taste like hop water.

Taste/feel: A heavy prickly carbonation hits the tongue right away and there's a grapefruit flavor with a grassy, bitter hop flavor. Very assertive bitterness to this beer, as it is very generously hopped. I'm not well-versed in the world of gluten free/friendly beers, but I don't know if they normally have a malt sort of flavor like this one does. Alien Einstein actually has a nice little cracker-like flavor on the finish. While it doesn't add much (if any) sweetness, it's nice to have that flavor in there. The feel is a little harsh, but I like the assertive hop bite coupled with that pop-like carbonation. I think normally I dislike it, but right now, I'm digging it.

This is a nice beer. Looking at the bottle, it seems that this is brewed with gluten ingredients (now that malt-like flavor makes sense), but it is stripped out. Not completely, but nearly. This beer packs the hops at a very sessionable 5.5% ABV. A little more sweetness and slightly less harsh carbonation would be ideal, but as it stands, this is still a very nice "IPL".

EDIT: As for many beers, much better as this one warms up. The carbonation feels less intense, the body mellows out a bit, and the fresh hop flavor gets to shine even more.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Alien Einstein from Short's Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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