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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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We used the final runnings from the Elk Rapids batch of Peaches and Creme (coming soon!) and hopped it heavily with Zeus and then lagered it. We also used small amount of bitter orange peel to provide some subtle sweet flavors and enhance the aromas of the Zeus hops. It is delicious, so itís also going fast!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2014
12oz bottle share courtesy of BiiruBierBeer. It pours with a gold body that supports a near white head of foam. The aroma offers up rich notes that pulse with peach, lemon, tangelo, pine hops and lemon grass spiciness. Nice! The taste is similar with deep citrus and fruity hoppy goodness from ripe peach and tangelo as well as lemon grass, pine hop bitterness and grapefruit peel. Behind those notes is a modest sugar malt base. Cool brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoll (415) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bought a single from the Blue Goat wine shop in TC. Poured in tulip glass. Pour is a orange/gold color with a slight haze. Nice half inch or so white head that lingers to an "oil spill appearance" on top. Aroma is citrus, grassy, piney, sweet, with a hint of grapefruit. Taste is a smooth, light, hoppy, bitterness that lingers slightly. You can taste some pine/ grassyness to it and is a clean, crisp, light finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
On draft at the GTMW2013 preparty. Pours a pale hazed yellow with a small white head. Orange peel and zest on the aroma, with notes of pine, tropical fruit, some floral notes as well. Flavor is bitter, focused on resin and pine hops. Itís light, dry, with maybe a touch of bready sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation. Finishes dry. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Pithy, citrusy nose, subdued and of rose stems. Flavors begin in a very mild manner, with soft herbal greenness, some gentle orange qualities, and some boozy, high floral tones, every so slightly Chinotto-like. I was hoping the bitter orange would translate this into something much more Campari-esque, but the bitterness is clean, green, and very sharp and pungent. A little odd, but then if it wasnít, it wouldnít be Shorts. The aroma and early flavor are very intoxicating and itís super-flavorful for 4.5%, itís just a bit harshly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (562) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
A big fan of this one. And one of my favorites of the lager style. Even though this is one of those hoppy type lagers that may not be a true lager. A great beer nevertheless.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bowlnman1990 (79) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Aroma: citrus. App: brownish gold, thin white head. Taste: hops. Palate: a little thin. Overall: good, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottled 5/3/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 5/17/13. Appearance: A very hazy yellow with about two fingers of a pretty creamy looking head. Dies down to one, and eventually a film. Lacing is very nice on it. Smell: Orange, piney hops, and not much else -- not that I mind. Very nice. Taste/feel: Eek. Alright, so this beer smelled great, so I was expecting a world-class sort of <5% ABV beer... hopes too high. Beard of Zeus is just tragically unbalanced. While thereís actually a noticeable malt profile in this beer (unlike what I got in Hopstache), it doesnít seem to create much balance at all. Also much like Hopstache, Beard of Zeus is bitter from (mostly) beginning to end, and it lingers. I think this beer feels and drinks better than Hopstache (different styles of beer, I know... but I canít help but compare), but itís really unbalanced. I do love the aroma, look, and feel of this, but thereís not enough malt to cut the hop bitterness... much too bitter, at least at first, to be considered "refreshing", as well. On the plus side, once the beer warms up a bit, the malt flavor comes through a little bit more to cut some bitterness away. Additionally, the orange tastes seem to burst a bit more. This tastes much better after being out of the fridge for about 10-15 minutes... almost like an entirely different beer. Regardless of all of the negatives, definitely one of the better sub-5% ABV beers that Iíve ever tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft pour at GTMW 2013. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a small eggshell white head. Notes of citrus (orange and grapefruit mostly), florals, caramel, pine resin, and tropical fruits. Light-bodied, with a dry, hoppy, crisp, clean mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice change of pace. Good supper IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
bottle. pours light yellow with a creamy head that fades quickly to thin foam. grapefruit and sweet cream aroma. taste is extremely hoppy for the abv. lots of grass and sweet malt

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a nice amber orange hue, mellow haze, with frothy offwhite head atop. Mellow ring laces ok. Aromas are decent grapefruit, bit of lemon and florals. A small bready element. Dry, small, firmly hoppy. Initial is firmy bitter, dry and grapefruit ridden. Firmly dry, bitter, a bit resiny as we move on. Grapefruit juice, rind, some lemon, touch of guava. Firm juiciness. Dry middle and backed show some firm dry and resiny qualities. Bitter, dryuu. Backend is dry, bitter. Small malt body meets richly grapefruit bitter presence. Firm hop, dryness. Nice beer.


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