tomthompson89 (1900) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanx to North york sammy. nose is amazing spruce pine and hops, a bit of booze in there but well well hidden. nice poam golden color not filtered. flavor is greatly balanced the spruce goes through on the finish and hops and a little sweetness take care of the rest so so interesting. great beer.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some body had a bottle at the Sexual Chocolate pre party. This think smells like Vicks Vapo Rub, and Tasted like Halls. Not Something that I really want to taste in my beers. Let me just say it was interesting, for I’m sure that this is exactly what the brewer was going for. I mean sometimes you have to consider the source, and Its my understanding that Shorts has a rep for doing things like this.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste from a bomber tried at Lost Abbey Brunch with awaisanen, cquiroga, Tomme, Sage and others. I think awaisanen brought it: Thanks Andy! I can’t believe I’m the first to rate this phenominal brew. Wow, what an aroma. It’s like sticking your finger in pine sap, then picking your nose. It’s a wonderful powerful Spruce aroma. Creamy full head that dies slowly. Pale, slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice pleasant bitterness and leans toward the sweeter side. A bottle of pure fun!
Rustyham (1720) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very exciting ipa, like the cigar city white oak, this had lots of flavors that change over time, sweet at first, then loss of earthy flavors, followed at last by sweet city GPS. Color is cloudy white good, like a Belgian wit .
tectactoe (1657) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tap @ Shorts: Had this on tap at the 10th Anniversary Party; it was specifically labeled as the "Imperial" version, even though the ABV seems to be matching what the "non-imperial" version released in bottles was. No idea if it’s actually a different beer or not. Should be, but who knows. Honestly, pulling from memory, it seems no different to me. Just intense spruce, pine, gin, & crazy bitterness with solvent & harsh almost chemical-like notes from the alcohol. Same as the previous bottles. Some sips start off okay but then they just crescendo into a world of hurt. Just a small shade or two above undrinkable for me... Pass.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - courtesy of a kind soul at the HOTD Dock Sale; wow, this day officially put Short’s on my brewing map; this was the third stellar beer in a row; pours hazy gold with faint white head; aromas of line needles, bubble gum, oak’ plenty of hops and bitterness, but this ends up a very sweet beer; similar soft texture as the others; very well done with the addition of spruce needles; almost to the point of being overpowering, but not quite; sappy, dry finish; delightful
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared from bottle at Short’s. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short off-white head. The aroma is pretty unique with a floral hoppiness that smells almost minty with the spruce behind it. The taste is nice because the pilsner characteristics aren’t lost behind the hops or the strength. A very unique and enjoyable beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy GoT. Hazy orange with a white head. HUGE spruce in this beer. IPA meets strong lager. Floral, spicy, resinous, leafy. A little underattenuated, drinks like 10%, but doesn’t taste like it. Full body, balanced carbonation, a little syrupy, dry on the finish. Would love to see some lower abv examples of this style.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 2007 # 275 of 886. Yup... it’s a beer brewed with spruce for sure. Obviously, it’s quite resiny on the nose. Because the beer is 2+ years old now, there is very little hop profile. Just juicy spruce and some corn-y lager-ness. Still fairly pleasant though. Pours bright gold with a thick, foamy white head. The beer tastes pretty much exactly how it smells... a beefed up lager with boatloads of spruce. Not too much in the pilsner category, though. The alcohol does assert itself midpalate back. Thick, chewy body with a solvent-y finish. Decent... if you like spruce. Interesting stuff. At least Joe takes some chances with his beers. Thanks Brian!
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours burnt orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is sweet with burnt caramel and freshly shaved pine planks. Honestly, the intensity of the pine component is somewhat impressive. Overall body is moderate and sticky, starts lightly sweet, and finishes with a dry moderate/heavy pine bitterness.