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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Shortís 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 earthís agricultural environment by using freshly picked hops to ďwet hopĒ 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12oz. bottle, courtesy northernbrews. Pours a clear to lightly hazy golden-orange amber color. A small, foamy, ivory tinted head settles in to a thin film, leaving behind a soapy wash and spotted lace. The aroma is based in a clean and fresh cereal grain malt base, showing mild sweetness in the background. Balance comes from the aromatic, lemony and orange blossom hop notes. Unfortunately, thereís a little Palmolive in there as well. Flavors are largely the same, though less soapy. A straightforward mix of soft grain and toffee is countered by bittering lemon, orange peel, and subtle hints of kafir lime. Mmeant for sessioning, Iím sure, the palate is light, almost watery, sporting moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Decent brew, but fairly underwhelming, especially considering what Shorts is capable of.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2010
A: Pours a nice golden hue with a tall white head. Pretty nice retention with beautiful lace all the way down the glass. S: Cooked veggies and a lot of them. Light earth with grassy green herbal hops. Not real nice to be honest. T: Light caramel and some grassy hops. Mild citrus, and thank god no steamed veggies. M: Medium in body, good carbonation. D: Not too bad just donít inhale this one. Itís not real pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5751) - 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 donít know why I thought of a fruit smoothie, but I did. Maybe it was the creaminess on the palate.

   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 itís 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. Iím not exactly sure why it smells so much like vegetables, but at least the wet hops come out in the taste.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11177) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - 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. Itís nothing crazy, but nonetheless Iím surprised by the lowish ratings. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

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