auerbrau (3117) - 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 beer’s 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. There’s so much going on and there’s so much flavor that it’s hard to parse everything out, especially when it’s 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, it’s 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.
Enjoyit (3082) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange of colour with a white head. An aroma of spice, ginger and pine. A flavour of ginger, timian and rosmarin.
sunevdj (3020) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shorts tasting with The Club +a few. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Smells of rose hybs and spruce. Extremely bitter but very well balanced by a strong sugary sweetness. Strong hoppy aromas. Also aromas of eldeberry flowers, spruce and some wood and resin. Low carbonation. Medium body. Bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Best of the Shorts tasting.
Marsiblursi (2975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden. The aroma holds woodsy and almost perfume smelling spruce up front with undertones of citric and light floral hops, sweet toasted malt alongside a peachy, tropical fruitiness. The flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of fresh spruce up front. Citric hops, fruits, perfume and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is clean and peppery numbing from the spruce. Medium bodied.
Headbanger (2862) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle 445/886 Brewed 4/30/07 (Purchased Shorts)-Pours a hazy orangish slightly amber. Aroma of hops, spruce, and malt. Flavor of the same. This medium bodied brew was great but I thought the spruce was a little too much.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! Okay this holiday season rip off a branch of christmas tree, chew on for a while and thats the flavor you have here. Tried it twice, but its just to in your face with resinous pine and piney hops. Slightly hot finish. BLAM!!! is right
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Lord Hobo’s for EBF weekend. Another good showing from Short’s here. Nice aroma of hops, malts, spruce and earthy flavors. Grapefruit/citrus is there as well on the back end.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, # 213 of 886, from trade with General Gao. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Spruce, go figure, alot like a well made ginger beer. Clean orangy bronze, ok head, minor lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, creamy thick mouthfeel, dry finish. Wow, this one held up well. I was thinking it would be ruined, but it held up well, Aroma was big, enjoyable, could get some oxidation in taste, but I guess it was masked by the spruce. really enjoyable. brewed 4/30/07, bottled 5/29 - 30/07
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Radiant yellow. Fine, tight white froth. Pungent yet refined scents of spruce needles and dank, spicy hops dazzle the olfactory senses. Bright notes of mandarin oranges, black pepper and cannabis. Gentle effervescence. Bottle conditioned. Dense resins coat the palate with a pleasantly composed sappiness. Vibrant spruce needles dig deeply into the palate, colliding with the sappy hops to create a black-pepper effect as they prick the tongue. Clean sweep of alcoholic dryness is bolstered by the minty, candylike spruce as it cleans up some of the sappy residue. Hops are dense in flavor and far from acidic, yielding a lustrous note of candied lemon zest which remains bright throughout. Supportive malt sweetness is relaxed yet firm and crackery, and plenty sturdy enough to withstand and complement the ever forceful bitterness. Finishes dry, minty and zesty with a tight medley of spruce and hops, and a prolonged crackery malt afterimage. Hop character is a bit raw (not enough succulence to match the bitterness), and the spruce needles deaden much of the overall brightness. Does have a deeply enticing aroma which is mesmerizing in its freshness and zippiness, as well as a beautifully airy yet dense mouthfeel. Love the concept here. Extremely solid, as is, but this could be otherworldly with a few tiny adjustments.
Huhzubendah (2231) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: This beer appears a clear, golden hue with a white head and some decent lacing.
S: The aroma is really powerful, with a huge bouquet of spruce and rosemary.
T: The taste is a huge blast of pine trees and hops. The spruce and hop flavors are incredibly fresh and flavorful. I really respect the way Short’s brewing pushes the limits of craft beer and still produces a very drinkable and enjoyable final product. This is really an amazing beer.
M: It’s not something of which I want more than one glass, or possibly two, but it’s a terrific beer in small quantities.
D: What a cool beer and beer experience. I definitely recommend it if you can get it.