bpar73 (954) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the pub. Dark brown almost black pour with a thin head. Ginger, molasses and cinnamon in the aroma and taste.
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12oz bottle, hazy brownish pour with off white/tan head, aroma brought notes of big molasses, dark fruit, nice cinnamon, clove, allspice, nice ginger notes into some nutty, cocoa notes. Taste is a mix of cocoa, roast, nice nuts into a big molasses, dark fruit, middle, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This very dark brown ale is so dark that it looks like a stout in dim light. It has a dense, cream colored head and no noticeable carbonation. A ginger aroma leaps out of the glass before anything else - so much that it almost smells like a baked ginger treat or ginger ale. But then, when you put it up to your nose the roasted, almost chocolaty malts present themselves and things are a little more balanced. Cinnamon and a touch of molasses also help decorate the maltiness to make the expected heavy brown ale experience smell pretty bright.
It’s a little creamy up front, but thin in the mouth for most of the drink, with flavors of molasses and cinnamon totally controlling the palate. Some roasted malts and English yeast characteristics come through, but not enough to mask the intense spiced flavors. It finishes still very spiced and a little gingery, with notes of a real brown ale noticeable, unfortunately, only well after the spices subside. You will probably enjoy this if you’re into desserty, sweet, spiced drinks. If not, don’t count on enjoying this too much. The label art is pretty accurate.
NicolasGalli (20) - - APR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: small white head, dark brown body, cloudy. Fair lacing.
Aromas: Ginger, malty, cinnamon, molasses.
Palate: medium body, thin texture, slick feel, bitter finish.
Flavor: woah! Sweet, sour, long finish.
Not my favorite Short’s I can tell you that. Too much ginger for me.
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Gingersnap pours a dark plumb brown with a tan brown head that does not last long. The aroma is ginger and cinnamon. The flavor is ginger, cinnamon and molasses, but it all mixes together to form an odd and unpleasant aftertaste that lasts far too long. Overall this beer is below average. It seems like a test that went bad.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! I’m not sure why all the hate for this beer, I think it actually works well together and there are no obvious brewing flaws. This is the kind of beer design I want out of shorts. Take some food concept and execute it well in beer form. This is officially the first beer using molasses where I don’t hate the molasses character. Instead, it comes together with the ginger to really well emulate classic gingerbread, which I love so much. Syrup-like, but not cloying up front, spicy and prickly in the middle, warming on the finish. If I’m going to have a winter ale doctored up with spices, this is it!
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear ruby red with a white head. Heavy aromas of ginger and cinnamon. Kinda spicy flavor, probably from the ginger. Finish is a rush of cinnamon, and very, very dry. Kinda got sandpaper tongue right now. Unique but not the easiest to drink.
flatmatt (1466) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very deep caramel with a tan head. Strong, but not unpleasant, ginger aroma mixing cinnamon and clove. Similar flavor. A decent spiced beer.
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
A: Light on the smell. A sort of weird... candy smell or something.
A: Looks fine. Head is an off tan. Color is dark brown.
T: Tastes like sushi. Like very bitter sushi. Ginger is strong as is a earthy fish note.
P: A little rough on the palate. Flavors are aggressive.
This is going to be rough to finish. Really no good flavors just like old stale coke or bad sushi.
wmubronco1992 (700) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle out of winter mixed 12 pack picked up at local Meijers. Pours very dark brown. Tan head. Aroma is gingerbread. Flavor is a bit bready with dark molasses. Interesting beer. Wouldn’t have bought a 6 of it, but the opportunity to try four new Shorts brews was too much. Tons of negative reviews, but I didn’t think this was that bad. Not great, but decent. I didn’t think the gingerbread was as intense as others had.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pure ginger. Very potent after taste that lasts way too long. Did not like this one.