jrsenkbe (23) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Beer. The peppercorns add a nice spice to the beer. This is one of my favorite beers, the lemon adds a nice refreshing taste and off sets the coriander after taste.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíll start with the aroma this time. As soon as I twisted the cap, I could smell the black pepper. And some lemon. Inhaling deeply, the pepper tickled the nose. Some slight breadiness and yeastiness to go along with the pepper and lemon. Very unique, very pleasant.
Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an inch of acid-white head. The foam dissipates completely very quickly and leaves minimal lace. The beer itself remains perfectly carbonated.
Tons of pepper and lemon in the initial sip. And in all the subsequent sips. I know thereís coriander and orange in there too, but really, the lemon pepper predominates. The lemon grows stronger midway through each sip, and then it backs down again only to finish dry with some fire from the pepper. Light body with a strong pepper aftertaste.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Multiple samples @ WBE: This beer was badass. Pours like a dirty banana. Smells of citrus, and black spice. A very unique flavor, this tastes of citrus fruit, yeast, and fresh black peppercorns, with black pepper finishing on palate. I can see this beer being a perfect compliment to summer fare. Best wheat ale I have ever had, but be warned that you must be a black pepper lover to attempt to enjoy this. I literally was burping up straight pepper all afternoon. Unique and fantastic.
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite wheat beer of all time. I love the strong lemon flavor and spicy peppercorn aftertaste.
mensch (262) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you donít like MORE FLAVOR, donít drink Shorts. This is one of the best spiced wheat beers Iíve ever encountered. Pale yellow and fizzy, just a little cloudiness, very deceptive. First aroma is the coriander, then the citrus, my mind turns to - winter holiday. Flavors start with lemon drops, then lemon grass, then lemon sour. Refeshing for a hot summer day. Rich candied malt on the tongue. And itís NOT overcarbonated like other wheat beers, so you can actually taste it. Iíd pay big money for a double version.
RyanMM (412) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy, orange-tinged gold with a moderate white head. Nose is wheat, citrus, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium on the thin side, creamy, low carbonation, lots of orange on the palate. A little sweetness, a little bitter balancing out the finish with just a speck of pepper. Really easy drinking and smooth, this could be a great front-porch sipper if served a bit colder than cellar temp. This is probably the first thing Iíve had from Shortís that really does anything for me. Really solid beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicie Spicie, released from itís growler, pours a lovely ginger hue, active carbonation rushing up, to greet a thinnish white head.
Aroma is warm spice, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, a whisper of pepper, but dominated by orange zest. Very pleasing to this nose, a gentle mix of fruit and spice.
Zing, goes the tongue, on meeting this brew, a burst of tidy spices entangle the buds, sweet citric fruitiness blends in next, and all is settled well.
Flavor never wanes, and in fact, gets juicier and plumper further in, tastes of apricot and peach shining through, with the pepper laying out new levels of spiciness, without getting hot and spoiling the feeling.
Nearing the end of my first glass, I feel the peppery heat more and it dominate the palate in ways Iíd never imagined when first sipping this serving.
This carries over in the finish, where previous I felt it was mildly possessed by pepper, it now almost carries a sting, and has claimed a long stake on the senses.
(We must pour a new pint to be sure..)
On this pour, the head is larger and takes longer to shift in size...Iíll bring it up 1/2 a point for that...
This time, the nose takes pepper in largest, mixed well with lemon & orange...yeah, thatís a hot tamale!
Soaking the brew on my tongue again, it only feels hotter, and commands control of the mouth. Tempered well by the fruit, matched with the malt, this hot, spicy quality sits at attention and barks, but doesnít bite. It slings a powerful heat, yet holds it back in abeyance, making a very palatable, tasty brew.
Long, hot finish, medium body, unique and memorable. Iíve yet to encounter a beer quite like this, and congrats to Shortís for coming up with something so bold, yet easily drinkable! (Iíve had a few that go the other way, making even one pint a chore.)
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the MiBGF (Ypsilanti, MI). Lots of peppercorn and I like it. Lemony. Soapy nuts, whatever that hop is. Pretty hoppy.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my experience, beers that have the word "spice" (or same variation thereof) in the title tend to be heavy, cloying affairs that tend to overwhelm everything. Thatís why this was such a nice surprise - spicy without being too heavy, and all of the flavors stood out. Sure, its a bit of a mess, but I liked it. Plus, Iím a sucker for peppercorns in beer...
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has weak orange, yeast, wheat, citrus and pepper spice. Hazy medium orange hue with a mostly diminishing head that left ok lace. Flavor is spicy orange, yeast, wheaty malt. Watery soft and light bodied. Leaves a nice crispy spicy bite on the finish. Nice and refreshing and leaves a spicy kick. I really enjoyed it.