Beer 342/365 – Short’s Spruce Pilsner

Shorts Noble Chaos

Style: Imperial Pilsner

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: I feel like I just bit into a sap filled Christmas tree

Will I be drinking this again: No way… this was too much for me

Grade: C-

10/16/2010: Last beer of my Short’s Brew marathon. Spruce Pilsner is an Imperial Pilsner, a style I have never tried before. Apparently you can make any style an Imperial (Double) these days. Also my first Spruce beer which used to be a pretty popular thing back in the 90’s apparently.

The nose smells like… a Pine tree! Thats the only smell I am getting. The flavor is intense and almost medicinal. Lots and lots of pine, with a little bit of malt to back it up. A good bit of pine/fruity hops. As I have mentioned many times Pine is not one of my favorite flavors in the world, so I might not be the best person to give a 5 star review on this bad boy. Body was a bit light for an imperial style beer, with good carbonation. Not going to lie, if this wasn’t my beer for the day I may have poured it down the drain. I appreciate what they were trying to do here but it was painful drinking all 12 ounces. I wish they would have toned down the pine, and cranked up the malt a bit.

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Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 341/365 – Short’s Noble Chaos

Shorts Noble Chaos

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: A bit bready/grainy for an oktoberfest

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to butttt as with all short’s brew I would have to trade for it.

Grade: B+

10/15/2010: Isn’t it kind of funny how Oktoberfest starts in September? Kind of drives me nuts too that most of the fall seasonal beers are sold out before fall really even rolls around. For instance tonight I am heading up to vintage estate and would love to stop up on more Oktoberfest/Pumpkin beer, but I’m sure all that’s left are the sub-par brews. Annoying.

The nose is bready, grainy, and toasty. The flavor is much of the same, a lot of toasted grain/doughy notes, a nice kick of spice and hops also. A lot of flavor going on for how light bodied this is. Carbonation is good as well. Overall one of the better Oktoberfest’s I have had lately!

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Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 9:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 340/365 – Short’s The Magician

Shorts The Magician

Style: Irish Red Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Almost tastes like a Scotch Ale.

Will I be drinking this again: Meh probably not, nothing special/unique going on here.

Grade: B-

10/14/2010: Why this one is called the magician? Great question. I don’t know the answer, but I do know I love Irish Red Ale’s so I am hoping this one is solid. Although I made the mistake of reading some reviews on Beer Advocate before actually tasting the beer. I usually avoid doing that because I feel like it sets a bit of an expectation before actually drinking the beer.

The nose is toasty and sweet toffee. The flavor reminds me much more of a light bodied scotch ale than it does an irish red. Lots of sweetness of an Irish red; Toffee, Toasted caramel, and a tiny bit of dark fruit. Semi-metallic thing going on as well. Not really getting any hop kick from this brew. Mouthfeel is light and its a bit under carbonated. Probably the least impressive offering from Short’s that I have tried to date.

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Published in: on October 14, 2010 at 10:30 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 339/365 – Short’s Rich’s Rye

Shorts Richs Rye

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 4.9%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Pretty decent for a rye beer!

Will I be drinking this again: Wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but wouldn’t turn it down if someone handed it to me.

Grade: B+

10/13/2010: Apparently this beer is named after one of the brewery dads? Not sure about the entire story behind this beer. On that note I wish there was an area on beeradvocate/ratebeer where you could put a bit more of a back story about the beer itself. I see that a bit on ratebeer, but not as much on BA. Oh and check out the head on this beer… Good stuff!

The nose is pretty hoppy for a rye beer. The flavor is a nice citrus hop, some nondescript spice, with some nice caramel malt to balance it all out. A bit of a resin type this going on as well. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy for the style, finishes a bit dry. Overall a pretty good beer!

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Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 9:24 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 338/365 – Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake

Shorts Strawberry Shorts Cake

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: It actually tastes like angel food cake with strawberries on it.

Will I be drinking this again: Wouldn’t mind having another sometime down the road.

Grade: A-

10/12/2010: Not sure why fruit flavored beers are so frowned upon in the beer geek world, yet lambics are not? Never really understood that, but regardless I am secure enough in my sexuality to say that I like a good fruit flavored beer every once in awhile. That being said sometimes breweries over do the fruit flavors.

The nose instantly reminds me of angel food cake, that marshmallowy/sugary/vanilla type smell you get from the cake. They got the smell right on the mark. The flavor is great; obviously strawberries, angel food cake, vanilla, some lactic action going on as well. All the flavors play very well together, no one here is looking for attention which makes for a great blend of flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both right in the middle. Very well done! Just enough strawberry flavor without over doing it.

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Beer 337/365 – Short’s Huma Lupa Licious

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.6%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: On the piney end of the hop scale.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

10/11/2010: Huma Lupa Licious is Short’s best selling, and most reviewed beer. Love the description on the label; “A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth.” I am assuming going into this one that its going to be pretty tasty. Never thought I would say that about IPAs in general, but I have learned to really crave a good IPA every now and again.

The nose on Huma Lupa is grapefruit hops, and a lot of pine. Not good! For those of you who have been reading for a while you know that I hate piney hope flavor. The flavor is of the sharp resiny pine type, with some citrus, and biscuity malts. Usually I can take a bit of pine, but this little bastard was the main attraction in this theme park. Mouthfeel is medium and very nicely carbonated. Overall I am sure for he style a lot of hop heads would love this, but it was just average to me because of the pine kick.

Picture of the day: A family was almost killed yesterday while making pancakes.

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 8:19 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 336/365 – Short’s Hanging Frank IPA

Shorts Hanging Frank IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: ?

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Probably the most controversial label I have ever seen on a beer.

Will I be drinking this again: One time release so probably not.

Grade: A-

10/10/2010: Pretty shocking label right? Well it sure did spark a ton of conversation on beeradvocate and beernews.org. Some people thought it was an African American man hanging in the label, but turns out it was a Caucasian; the owner of a local bar a who hung himself about a century ago. Whatever I’m not going to get into a tizzy over it, I’m just going to drink the damn beer. Hows that sound?

Lots of caramel malt and citrus hop in the nose. The flavor is strong but delicate at the same time; citrus hops, and very caramely for the style (which is okay by me). A bit of toasted flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium but nice and creamy. One of the better IPAs I have had lately.

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Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 335/365 – Short’s Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer

Shorts Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer

Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Not often you see a bourbon aged Schwarzbier. Its works though!

Will I be drinking this again: Loved this one, but I’m pretty sure its a limited release.

Grade: A

10/9/2010: Leave it to Short’s to decide to barrel age a Schwarzbier. Technically Schwarzbier is in the lager family, and lagers typically are best when consumed fresh. The idea sounds a bit hair-brained to me but I should know by now to not doubt Short’s Brew.

The nose has a sweet unobtrusive bourbon nose, with some roasty chocolate in there as well. The bourbon in Sustenance takes this beer to an entirely different level. Bourbon is there but not overwhelming; you still get the chocolate/smoke/citrus from the original Sustenance Black Beer. Sometimes bourbon can take away from the simple good flavor of a beer, but not in this case. I would compare it to saying Pizza is good on its own, but if you add just the right amount of hot sauce it makes pizza amazing. Mouthfeel is average, as well as the carbonation. I might have a soft spot for bourbon beer, but this one was without a doubt my favorite of short’s lineup so far.

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Beer 334/365 – Short’s Sustenance Black Bier

Shorts Sustenance Black Bier

Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: unknown?

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Not much its just very well balanced.

Will I be drinking this again: As with other shorts brew, if it were available in my area I would buy more!

Grade: B+

10/8/2010: Kind of curious as tom why the ABV is unknown on this brew? I love how shorts always has a short description of each beer, but dislike how they never seem to put the ABV on the labels. Very odd to me.

The nose is musty, earthy, and smoky. The flavor is very well balanced between roast/smoke, chocolate, caramel, and a bit citrusy tang going on. This beer is very flavorful considering the mouthfeel is a bit south of average. Good carbonation. Overall this has been the least unique of the Short’s Brew’s I have tried, but hey I’m not complaining as it was still very tasty.

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Beer 333/365 – Short’s Key Lime Pie

Shorts Key Lime Pie

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.75%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: It really does taste lie Key Lime Pie.. well done!

Will I be drinking this again: I would love to get my hands on some more of it.

Grade: A-

10/7/2010: Mmmmm Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie seems to be one of those desserts that you either love or hate, personally I love it. Reminds me of going to the Ocean City on vacations with the family.

The nose is full of marshmallow and tart/semi-acidic. The flavor is pretty damn accurate to the name of the beer, lots of tangy lime, heavy marshmallow (which also adds to the mouthfeel), graham cracker is light but there, and there is this semi-earthy thing going on a well. Mouthfeel could be a little lighter but this is probably a result of brewing with actual marshmallows. Overall this is much better than I expected.

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Published in: on October 7, 2010 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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