rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I cracked one of their summer seasonals, Nicie Spicie, which - like most of their brews - defies easy definition. Itís basically a spiced wheat ale, with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander and peppercorn. None of these come through in any dramatic fashion, aside from a little citrus-ey coriander, but it is interesting, regardless of my aversion to spice and fruit beers.
It pours a deep yellow - kind of like extra Vitamin C in your first visit to the powder room - with virtually no head to speak of. Bright and clear, with a hint of lacy yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it has a very mild fruity nose and rolls over the palate with the aforementioned citrus spice. Thin in body and clean in finish, this does go nice with lighter dishes and drinks very easy, despite some mild astringency. The fruitiness is not extreme and it may appeal to some fruit beer drinkers without offending the sensibilities of those who are not.
Unfortunately, the "drinkability" is probably its most generous characteristic as Iíve certainly had better efforts among wheat ales, fruit beers, and from Shorts in particular. While this may have been due to a slightly aged bottle, this one was a bit of a disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
SG111 (667) - New York, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Pours pale golden. Not sure the date, but not fresh. Old. Aroma is wheat, coriander, lime, orange, estery, an off note I canít place. Flavor is better than Aroma. Wheat, orange, some spice note. Not bad, but wouldnít get it again.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy gold with a thin white head. Very mild and watery aroma. Some light spices in the flavor but pretty much overly watery and mild. Kind of mediocre. [9/10/15]
Criz (266) - - AUG 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent for style. On tap at Shorts. Pepper, white wine, coriander, slight orange. After taste is all white pepper.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Shorts, Pours lighter unclear almost like urine on your second pee after a night of drinking. Aroma brings the citrus zest subtle in the nose and the peppercorns for sure. Again, the balance is so nice, just gentle nudges of the zest in such a clean body with the coriander and peppercorns all over the palate gently and beautifully dancing, but like the palate is a sleeping giant and wouldnít even know they were there!
jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savor 2015. Always make a point to see Shortís if they are there. Nice wheat ale, spice isnít overwhelming.
GenDV138 (4114) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2-4 oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2015ís Saturday night session. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral and citrus notes. Tastes of malt, light citrus, wheat. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazy orange pour with quite a bit of foamy white head. Hop filled orange nose. Lots of flavour. Lots! Really nicely balanced. It all works really well together. Citrus, coriander and a bit of bite.
HoppyLu (2) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay hereís a quick short review of this beer. It poorís a light straw color with a half finger of head, pretty good lacing, smells of orange and lemon and mild peppercorn. Taste of coriander with mild pepper corn to front and stronger pepper corn to back. The after taste is all peppercorn. The peppercorn is definitely the work horse in this beer. The mouth feel is medium with decent carbonation. It is also HOT. This beer over all I think is going to be a love it or hate it kind of beer for most people. Letís just say I love it!
DiarmaidBHK (3850) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Drakeís Party Center. Pours orange with a white head. Leaves some lacing. Not much on the nose. Thereís a bit of black pepper vibe on the tongue but itís faint. Finished clean. Kind of dull.
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Mild wheat and citrus notes but overshadowed by fresh ground peppercorns. Slight haze, golden amber body with thin white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with orange, citrus zest, coriander, and lots of peppercorn. Orange rinds and orange-aid flavors. Bitter hop and peppery finish with lingering bitter after.