KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap in a pint glass at Red Baron.
Inside my pint glass is a hazy orange amber beer with just a few stray bubbles floating around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is less intense than I would prefer, but it is spot on key lime pie. Graham cracker, lime, and cream are all present over a thin malt base.
Getting a beer to taste like key lime pie is a brewing accomplishment, even with all of the adjuncts that Short’s used. The beer has a nice progression - first the flavor is sweet and tangy, representing the sweet side of the custard filling. Next the graham cracker crust comes in, bringing a malty, vanilla, and cinnamon sweetness with it. Finally the lime bursts through in a tart way, wrapping up the flavor with pizzazz.
The carbonation is gentle and falls in between crisp and creamy. There are a lot of residual sugars in here that leave my mouth feeling sticky. The body drinks a little bit above the 5% ABV, although not by much. The creamy lactose and unfermented sugars definitely add to the viscosity of the ber.
This is a fun beer from Short’s that is worth trying fresh on tap.
jredmond (5817) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GABF 2014 with Andrew, Mel and company. Pours a light body with white lacing. Aroma is lime, apple, grain and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to soft with notes of grainy cereal, malt, lime, lemon, apples - maybe some light graham cracker...
Salmoniform (1138) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF. Orange hue with white head. Aroma is citrus, cereal, malt. Medium light body with crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet followed by slight roast. Overall this was an interesting brew.
artmcd8 (1927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerman6686. Clear orange red pour with a slight white head. Aroma is of key lime pie, I can really pick out all the parts but it is super light. I would love bigger aroma here but it’s there.
WillRunForBeer (1007) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade, thanks Umich03jm! Pours golden brown with a white head. Smells like key lime pie, crust, whipped cream and all. Taste is a bit heavy on the graham cracker, with a good deal of lactose and the lime taking the back seat.
suprchunk (2454) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colored pour. Small off white head. Little lacing. Spicy aroma similar to cinnamon. Taste is slightly fruity with the cinnamon coming through. Do not taste lime nor fluff.
Petkus331 (297) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sour apples and smoked cereal. Appears hazy orange-copper with white foam and lots of lace. Tastes like Graham cracker crust and a hint of meringue. Fizzy, a bit oily palate. Overall, a tasty desert beer!
firstsip (540) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Opaque copperish color. Great head on pour followed by nice lace. Super creamy body. Nose of graham cracker, bit of smoke. Tastes simultaneously of "beer" and "key lime pie." Refreshing lime, very apparent graham cracker. A novelty, but good.
superspak (3009) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/18/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lime, biscuit, graham cracker, toast, vanilla, cream, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, lime, lactose, and other adjunct notes with light hop presence; and solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lime, biscuit, graham cracker, toast, vanilla, cream, light caramel, and herbal earthiness. Light tartness and minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lime, biscuit, graham cracker, toast, vanilla, cream, light caramel, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of bready malt, tart limes, lactose, and other adjunct flavors; with a great malt/adjunct balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice experimental fruit beer. All around well balanced and nicely robust bready malt, lime, lactose, and other adjunct flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
ColovianTrader (373) - - JUL 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wasn’t expecting much but this actually wasn’t so bad. Lime and meringue, grains, a bit of caramel and even a graham cracker finish. Pretty smooth and not bad in small doses.
Jethro6191 (475) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a thin ivory head. Malt, Lime, and alcohol aromas. Bold lime flavor with marshmallow, cream, and citrus notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. I am a big fan of key lime pie dessert and I really liked this beer. I thought the flavors were bold and unique.