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RATINGS: 77   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Big thanks to deyholla for this one! Pours orange with a nice, fine, lasting white head. The aroma is primarily cooked vegetables with some weird muted fruity notes like banana and papaya. Some toffeeish malts too. Very strange aroma profile. The flavor was the same. Vegetal with muted fruit flavors. Nice finish with the wet hops coming in nicely. With everything going on here, I don’t know why I thought of a fruit smoothie, but I did. Maybe it was the creaminess on the palate.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of Pours a light golden amber with a big creamy white head that sticks to the glass and leaves some lacing on the way down to a very small, but long-lasting cap. The aroma is weird, like cooked vegetables, with some fresh wet hops on top. There is a bit of herb in there as well, but it’s the vegetables that really stand out. The taste is markedly better than the aroma and the wet hops, fresh and green, come out a bit more with a resounding herbal kick on the palate. The finish is bitter and herbal with only a hint of the vegetables that dominated the nose. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly herbal and spicy for an IPA with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness. This is a decent APA but the aroma is fairly offputting. I’m not exactly sure why it smells so much like vegetables, but at least the wet hops come out in the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Hazy gold pour. Fluffy off white head. Aroma is piney and slightly vegetal. Flavor is citrus pine and caramel

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Fresh batch from December. Pours creamy, very lacey and foaming over golden coloured body. Aroma of the wet hops, taste of the wet hops. Hoppy and good wet hop bitterness, without shredding the palate. Abv not listed, but feels in the 6-7% range.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours orange. Nose is fresh picked hops, veggies, shrubbery, hints of citrus and fresh pine needles. Flavor is caramel, grass, hay, leaves, citrus and pine resin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Kind Ale has a slight hazy copper-orange pour and gave a medium size white head, aromas of mango, orange, toasted malt and faint melon with malt and melon sweetness, faint hop citrus and grass aromas, this beer does not appear to have much hops in it, flavors of toasted malt, bread, fruit flavors of orange and melon, some hop bitterness on the palate but it is weak for a IPA, mouth feel is about medium but has a little watery feel to it, sort of a weak IPA on the nose, and is ok for an IPA on the palate, there are nice flavors in this beer but it is weak in the hop area.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle. Aroma very herbal, maybe lightly sprucy, almost tea-like (not bad iced tea, good herbal tea). Flavor sort of sweet and honey-like with a strong floral presence. Tasty drinker.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to TheCheeseman (thanks Dan!). Pours a semi-hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, earthy hops, sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit. Flavor of citrus, pear, grapefruit, melon rind with a bitter finish. Very pleasant, easy drinking, great IPA. It’s nothing crazy, but nonetheless I’m surprised by the lowish ratings. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of earthiness, wet/floral hops, citrus, and spicy. Tastes of lighter earthiness, some spiciness, and citrus.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry! Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head and decent lacing. Aroma is rough fresh leafy and citrus hops and some very slight vegetal notes. Smells good, but hints at a little DMS. Flavor is very vegetal with cooked corn and a little butter. Lots of DMS/diacetyl in this one. Leafy hops and sweet malt play a supporting role. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Mildly palate wrecking. Overall this was close to being a good beer, but the off-flavors really threw me.


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