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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8933) - 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 (3483) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
12 oz can. pours a clear bright orange with a loose white head. big earthy herbal wet hay nose with light campfire nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. herbal, earthy, biscuity mid palate and a lingering resiny finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Nose is leafy and floral. Held up pretty well since its obviously not fresh hop season. Kind of pine danky. Pale golden amber, light whispy foam. Kind of acidic, leafy, and earthy. Little bit of orange skins, but not bitter just leafy. Dry chewy resins and toasty light malt base. Easy drinking earthy ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
12oz bottle from suzygreenberg. Clear honey golden with small white head. Light cracker malt with rye flake maybe, wildflower honey, light orange and a bit of pilth. Light malty sweetness with a touch of honey and floral with a good amount of bitter grass notes and kind of misses on the juicy flavorful hop characteristics.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of herbal hops, mixed citrus, caramel, sweet noes and grassy. Flavor was grassy, piney hops, cereal grains, grapefruit and a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Hazy amber with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, grass, citrus, toffee malts. Taste of resin, grass, citrus fruits, toffee, nuts, and light bitterness. Thanks to Steve for sharing!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2010
pours a very dark cloudy amber orange color with light golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with only a subtle citrus and pine presence. Strong lactic creaminess, prominent malt backbone and sweet alcohol. The hops smell very fresh but i was expecting the hop presence to be much more prevalent in the nose. Unfortunately it’s completely overpowered and almost unnoticeable. Very chewy resinous mouthfeel with some nice dry bitterness up front with a lot of fresh earthy/piny hops. The bitterness lingers throughout but is countered mid palate by a strong biscuit/caramel malt profile that is a bit overpowering. There’s also a good bit of heat and alcohol warmth in the finish. This beer’s not bad but i was expecting it to be much hoppier considering the style. Kind of a let down really.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2010
12 oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber gold with a minute, fading white head. Aroma is strangely vegetal with a hint of malt. Pineapple hops and later something more resinous dominate the flavor. Lingering mild bitterness but not a lot of complementing malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with tongue-tingling carb. Glad I got to try it, but certainly not anything I’d go out of my way to find again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Interesting and slightly odd aroma, of wax, a bit of warm plastic, and some white tea. House yeast seems to dominate, I’m not getting much hop aroma. Pours a very hazy pale orange, with a settled super-lacy white head. Flavor maintains some level of peculiarity. Some fresh herbal qualities, more of that mingled styrofoam/plastic/hops in bad water flavor runs through. Bitterness picks up about the same time the orangey malt sweetness does, but it’s actually too light. The hop flavor is light, with just a bit of distant resin. Not enough flavor or bitterness to really be considered anything particularly too hoppy.


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