Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled some time in July... most of the numbers are scratched away. At least I got the most important one. Poured into a shaker pint... sigh. :(
Appearance: Appropriately enough, a slightly hazy amber color. That’s about it. A finger of a light tan head sits on top with a creamy consistency. Lacing’s almost sip-for-sip from top to bottom. The label is, as most Short’s labels are, great. An owl that looks stoned out of his mind smoking a pipe. Also like that purple background.
Smell: Somewhat sweet, but without any real fruity characteristics. I’d attribute that to the malts. The hops on display are slightly spicy, earthy hops, which work well with the "gritty" sort of malt that is in Lil’ Wheezy.
Taste/feel: Yeah, it is what’s advertised. It’s a hoppy amber. Pretty much exactly the same as the smell, except with a bit more of that dirt sort of malt flavor on the finish. Solid bitterness on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is the big thing that lets you know that this is an amber. The aroma and initial taste sort of tastes like a standard IPA until you get the malts. The feel is fairly light without much carbonation.
Lil’ Wheezy’s a pretty good beer. As it warms up, the beer becomes more like an amber as the malts come out a bit more. This beer’s a bit too bitter for my liking as an amber, but it’s still a very nice beer.
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, reddish pour, taste is a bit floral with some citrus and grassiness, a nice bittermess and overall pretty taste, would like again due to a bit of an old bottle
fattybladdy (582) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a good looking rich amber color. The scent is floral and herbal hops. Flavor is toasted grain, pine and earthy hops, big bitterness. A pretty enjoyable brew.
BrownALEx (272) - Portland, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: smells of earthy hops and cough syrup. A: pours a clear amber with a small white head. T: straight forward bitterness. P: average carbonation, ends with a nice bitter finish. O: not a bad beer, glad they bottled it and glad I got to try it.
SpongeRuiner (752) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice hoppy red IPA from Shorts. Thanks to tectactoe for splitting this one.
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man.
The beer is copper to orange in color with a half inch of white head and ample lacing on the glass. The aroma brings dank hops, pine resin. Amber / red character shows itself more in the flavor. Hop forward with a supporting malt body. Sufficient hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Solid.
superspak (2696) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers, Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, peach, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, mango, peach, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPL style! All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
blackflag321 (494) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Not a typical IPA. Pleasant grainy, grassy bite to initial taste, then smooth malty finish. Good.
paintedmaple (427) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle...upfront this is candied earth sweetness that is quickly followed by an enormous blast of hop bitterness. The bitter/sweet alternation was evident in every sip. Very good.
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber with a medium head. Big dank aroma. Earth, dank leaves, mild tropical fruits. Some fruit cup and pine but mostly, well, as you can tell from the name of the beer: weed. Flavor is bitter and dank, lots of bitter plant flavors. Medium bodied, booze is well hidden. Finishes strong and bitter. This is a nice IPA that showcases the Falconer’s Flight hop well.