Short’s Brewery is known for their innovative beer, which is why it should come to no surprise that Short’s Brewery was rated #64 (fifth among Michigan Breweries) from ratebeer.com as 2010’s Best Brewers in the World. Short’s specializes in brewing up the impossible. With creative brews such as Key Lime Pie, S’more stout, and PB&J, suddenly childhood flavors are all grown up.
The results of a very detailed tasting session are below and are demonstrated in the Beeradvocate suggested style:
55 degree 12 ounce bottles were poured into American pint glasses
Wheat ale brewed with Orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, peppercorns
Appearance – Cloudy, carbonation is good, head is small, retention poor. A bit darker than a normal wheat beer.
Smell – Caramel notes, fruity aroma, you can really smell the coriander and citrus.
Taste – Very bold flavor. You taste this beer from back of tongue to front. Strong spice flavor that ends on the tip of your tongue. Citrus is first thing you taste then the beer is balanced with an herb taste from coriander. Peppercorn flavor is minimal. Beer was brewed with spice and citrus flavor in mind and certainly delivers.
Mouthfeel – A smooth, light taste. Carbonation helps this beers flavor travel throughout the mouth. After a few sips, this beer tends to drink heavier.
Drinkability – Moderately sessionable beer in the wheat style. Explosion of flavor from first sip does not carry through and tends to mellow out significantly. Overall, one of the better wheat style beers tasted in the US.
Blood orange wheat wine
Appearance – Very dark appearance, fairly clear, good head and head retention.
Smell – Only smell is the smell of yeast and a bit of a caramel malt aroma.
Taste – Sour or tart taste upon the first sip, without a balance of flavors. You can taste the blood orange as a subtle nuance after a few sips. This beer never hits the back of your tongue.
Mouthfeel – A coarse taste with a slight astringent flavor. Carbonation is high allowing the astringency to sit in the mouth and become unpleasant.
Drinkability – Not really a beer that can be consumed more than once in a sitting. Unfortunately, the ale’s flavor was extremely off and the astringency gets more intense with every sip.
Freedom of 78′
Pure Guava India Pale Ale
Appearance – Light appearance, carbonation good, head is creamy, retention is high.
Smell – Cascade hops (citrus smell) is screaming from this brew upon first sniff. Caramel malt smell is there, hiding under the smell of citrus but you really need to search for it.
Taste – Huge grapefruit flavor upon first taste which can be likened to a healthy addition of cascade hops. Hop flavor has trouble balancing out the malt flavor which is reminiscent of a double IPA. Guava flavor can get lost in the citrus and pine taste from the hops.
Mouthfeel – Hoppy bitterness feel carries and asserts itself throughout each sip. Tastes very light and smooth.
Drinkability – A very good representation of the style. Someone could easily mistake this for a double IPA. Very hoppy, could definitely make the trip from England to India without spoiling. This beer can be enjoyed again and again and again for the true hop head.
Dry hopped double brown ale
Appearance – Dark, good creamy head with great retention. Carbonation is medium.
Smell – Roasted malt with hints of smoke and a very faint, light herbal and citrus scent. If dark had a smell, this beer would be it.
Taste – First taste is the hint of dry hop then a finishing note of roasty malt. Flavor hits back of tongue. Balance of flavor is spot on for an american style double brown.
Mouthfeel – Feels heavy with malt but no robust flavors permeate the palette after several sips, still, this brew is mighty tasty.
Drinkability – The beer’s flavor is a bit sour at first, but overall, a drinkable beer but would need to get used to the variability of hops and malt flavors.
PB & J
Peanut Butter Stout and Fruit Rye
Appearance – Big head formation, retention is high. Very dark appearance.
Smell – Roasted, nutty malt and peanut smell is prominent with a floral scent lingering in the background.
Taste – Sour or bitter taste upon first sip. Peanut taste shows up near the end of the sip. Certainly accomplishes it’s intention of making a beer that tastes like PB & J.
Mouthfeel – Beer tastes heavy and creamy near the end of the sip. The tart flavor carries through the sip until the end. The nutty peanut flavor then overtakes the palette to balance out the flavor.
Drinkability – This beer will blow your mind. PB & J flavor is there, you just have to search for it. First sip may not be the best time to make an assumption, but after a pint the beer is much better. Get’s better with each sip and tends to balance out.
Oatmeal stout fermented with real peanuts
Appearance – Dark appearance, creamy head, low retention, carbonation is on the low side.
Smell – Roasted, nutty, chocolate, smoked malt smell, no prominent hops smell.
Taste – If Mary Jane candies could be liquefied and turned into a beer, this one would represent it pretty well. A strong nutty flavor, followed up by a very sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Moderately carbonated brew with a heavy flavor. A pretty smooth, chewy brew.
Drinkability – This beer is an interesting representation of a stout. As far as the style is concerned, this is not a very great representation due to the sweetness factor. As for drinkability, this beer is certainly drinkable over and over again.
Cup A Joe – made with Higher Grounds coffee.
Coffee Cream Stout.
Appearance – Very dark appearance, mild head, low retention, low carbonation.
Smell – Roasted, chocolate, coffee smell. Can be described as a cup of coffee with cream.
Taste – A strong roast and coffee flavor off the bat finished up with a milky, creamy flavor. The chocolate is a background note that is certainly in the first sip. Beer is very balanced for the style and the flavor will play tricks on you. Whether you prefer a stout with a coffee or chocolate flavor, the beer has the best of both worlds.
Mouthfeel – Heavy flavor, chewy brew. Average mouthfeel for the style of brew. The creaminess helps to balance out the coffee and chocolate notes.
Drinkability – When looking for a stout, the creamy, roasty notes are a positive of the brew. A great representation of a cream stout, this brew includes coffee and chocolate notes that many stout lovers seek out. This beer can be enjoyed in more than one session.
Short’s Brewery is continually pushing the envelope when it comes to brewing beer. Visit their brew pub in beautiful Bellaire, Michigan. Can’t make it up there? No worries, click here and visit virtually. Support local beer.