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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Short’s Kind Ale a.k.a. Harvest Ale, is a seasonal beer made each fall to celebrate a successful growing season. True to tradition, we commemorate the earth’s agricultural environment by using freshly picked hops to “wet hop” this brew. Straight from the fields on Leelanau Peninsula, local hops impart a mellow earthiness to this ale that lead to moderate bitter tones and a subtle sweetness in the finish.

Kind Ale was first brewed as a single batch at our Elk Rapids production facility in September of 2009. The label art for Kind Ale is a picture of Tony Hansen holding up some of the first ever usable mature hops grown in Northern Michigan. The first year the beer was brewed, Joe Short and Tony Hansen visited hop fields on Old Mission Peninsula to watch the hops get picked, before loading them into their truck and personally driving them back to Elk Rapids to brew with that day.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1092) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Tried a sample on tap and now am checking out the bottled version. Pours a hazy golden with a foamy eggshell head that settles and leaves some soapy lace. Nose of grapefruity citrus hops and some meaty yeast, a dash of pine resin and some floral components. Taste is pretty bitter with a light sweetness. Palate is lighter, fairly soft with a lingering citrus bitter hop finish. A nice wet hop ale, not too in your face, but showcases the hop freshness well. On tap I got more pine resin and earth notes than in the bottle, which mostly displayed citrus notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/25/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, mango, orange zest, peach, herbal, grass, pine, honey, caramel, floral, bread, and light earth. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, mango, orange zest, herbal, floral, grass, honey, caramel, and bread. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pine, herbal, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of hop flavors with a fairly nice balance of malt sweetness. Some moderate cloying bitterness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Big hop flavor with good balance; fairly smooth and crisp to drink. Definitely enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1613) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle 2012. Pours pale orange thin frothy head. Grassy aroma. Taste is earthy fresh hops some citrus super crisp finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with head. Aromas of bright citrus and hops with some caramel malts. Flavor was fresh and hoppy with citrus and light pine. Perfect amount of hops to match malt bill. Cant believe the ratings on this one. Thought this was great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Aroma is lots of hops and some hay/alfalfa. Pours a straw color with just a bit of head. Taste is slight citrus and some bitterness. Fresh hops in there with taste of hay.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vigor3 (3) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011 does not count
Very nice and light. Great hoppy flavor and aroma without being overpowering. Extremely refreshing. More of a pale ale to than IPA to me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
Reviewed from notes. The color is a light golden orange color. A bit of a white head without too much lacing. The nose brings some very light citrus hops but not too much else. The taste is some really timid hops as well as a bit of pale malt. Feel has good carbonation and the appropriate body, but utterly lacking in hops for an APA. Nothing wrong with the beer as brewed, but not a very good pale ale. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-25-2010

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
bottle from hopcat. amber pour with big head. overly carbonated. tropical and citrus hops everywhere, with slight wood and bitterness. dry finish..

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle, opened 10/4/10. Pours a muddy amber with a colossal rocky brown head. Solid particules all over the place. This one is going to take forever to pour. Good head retention, good lacing, and as my friend would say, fascinating bubble structure. Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple and floral hops. The taste is tropical fruits, mango, citrus and caramel malts. Bitter finish. There is something faintly off, though thankfully the worst symptom is the colossal head. A faint off-taste is present also, but thankfully its mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2010
a pleasant citrusy hoppy nose with a slight hop taste that lingers slightly. leaves a slight froth on the glass.


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