emacgee (3747) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. The nose was hoppy, very piney, smelled exactly like Spruce. Very interesting and on a certain level enjoyable nose. The flavor is a major dive, extremely astringent and mouth puckering hop presence. Very unappealing. Very astringent and bitter mouthfeel.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey! Bottled 5/29/07 (#140 of 886). Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and left some lace behind. Aroma was citrus dominated with lots of semi sweet orange accented by subdued spruce. Medium bodied and sweet on the tongue. The sugars were attenuated by assertive hop bitterness that peaked at about 8 out of 10. Wow. There was a remarkably distinct spruce flavor. Crushed pine needles came to mind immediately. There were also pineapple, bitter orange, and light honey flavors. Great beer.
drfabulous (3387) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce thanks to MP. Honestly, I donít get a lot of spruce. Big pine taste in the back of my throat and tongue. Almost hoppy. Itís the big hoppy pine I get more. But having had spruce beers that taste like Xmas trees, Iím happy that this one doesnít taste that way.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 750ml has been siting around and I thought why not open it for Liz, dalekliz a big fan of shorts. Also shared with my girlfriend. This bottle came via trade with the big man himself thickfreakness. Pours deep orange with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy with a touch of spruceyness. Taste is sweet, hoppy, with a huge punch of spruce, wow thats damn intense. Tons of piney spruce with a lot of flavor and complexity. I like this, its different and thats what Shorts does!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Pours a hazy, glowing orange-amber color with a massive, everlasting head of snow white foam. Dense, patchy rings of lacing circle the glass, coating it almost entirely. The nose gives off an avalanche of spruce and evergreen notes, resiny in its intense hoppiness, sharp with fresh notes of spearmint and peppermint. Te underlying malt base shows toffee and bready, creamy pils character, balancing out the intense hops quite nicely. The flavor again hits hard up front with huge, sprucy-mint and fresh earth. It gets to be a bit intense at times, almost like drinking an insanely fresh herbal tea that is bursting with spruce. The sweet, bready, dry toffee malts try their best to balance things out, but this one is as hoppy as any lager Iíve ever come across. Big bodied and moderately carbonated, thereís just a hint of a syrupy texture and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Very interesting brew. I donít know that Iíd ever want more than a glass of this in one sitting, but it is a very cool, over-the-top brew nonetheless.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle (didnít quite jot down the # on this one). had at an evening w/ pantanap 3....this one was a real eye opener....poured a golden orange brown with a thin wispy white head...the nose was intense. pure spruce literally launched from the glass. if yo ulove the smell of xmas trees, youíll certainly enjoy this....flavor-wise, the spruce played a huge role here as well. big on the spruce and pine with a litlle sweet honey malt that peeked through but was overshadowed by the spruce.....points for originality but i couldnít have more that a few ounces of this stuff.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 477/886 at dakís on 9/5/10
hazy. burnt orange with a foamy off white head. it leaves clingy foam around like mad.
sweet piney smell... spruce, eucalyptus, molasses, juniper, sweet malt and some dank qualities.
the palate is sweet upfront but dries out on the finish with the help of spice and pine notes. other than the notes from the aroma there is an odd flavor in the far back of cardamom... odd.
full bodied and a bit taxing to finish. 7/4/6/2.5
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of General_Gao. Thanks, Colin! Pours a hazy, deep honey-golden color; off-white head with solid, medium bubbled lacing. Intense, juicy spruce notes and piney hop presence; unlike some spruce-influenced beers, this is soft, generous, and smells like an oily pine forest; great nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pine notes, spruce, like an intense evergreen forest; the carbonation is well-integrated; chewy breadiness and malt notes (bread, toastiness); excellent, tasty stuff. Lengthy finish, showing pine, spruce, and viscous almost-Simcoe hoppiness.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Bottle courtesy of general_gau and someone at dark lord day. Big spruce/pine nose with some cotton candy and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with lots of cotton candy, honey, massive amounts of resinous pine, some citrus. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Aroma is ridiculous. Strong blast of heavy passion fruit, crazy tangerine and lively pine cones. Rich, fresh, and ridiculously strong. Arresting. Terrific milky soap atop a glass of clear golden orange glow. Really far out flavor. Totally unique. Concentrated Christmas tree like you would never believe. The beerís flavor profile is entirely dominated by the strongest blast of Spruce ever. High Alpha hops get buried. The moderately sweet pale malt brings up the back and keeps the knock-you-over spruce character a little bit in line, but then spruce and alcohol combine for a raging blast of conifer coalescence. Floral and full of trees. Earthy through the back, mingled with bold spice. Candied all sorts of things. Thereís so much going on and thereís so much flavor that itís hard to parse everything out, especially when itís so strong and overflowing, to the point that it hurts to drink it. Looses palate points for being hard to return to. But, every time your nose goes to the glass, or you put that beer on your tongue, itís just as fresh, new and alive as the last time. This beer would succeed were it a "single" version. A nice 5-6% pilsner, with half the spruce character, a little less sugar, and more noticeable hops. Regardless, this is a great experience.