chinchill (1722) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Undated 12 oz bottle continuously refrigerated since before August 2013 purchase. Served in a snifter.
Pours clear, dark rose, looking nearly red in the glass. Small weak head.
Aroma: complex and fruity, with notes of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry.
Flavor: less enticing, with a bitter-sweet nature that seems more in conflict than in balance. Eventually, there is a nice, lingering, fruity aftertaste.
Feel: light body with somewhat high carbonation.
O: about what one might expect for a beer created as a wine substitute.
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
First of all, when I read "High Gravity Ale fermented with..." I thought to myself, "This is a fruit beer, right? For the price ’High Gravity’ must mean high ’final gravity’, right? Surely this is more likely a thick beer than a high alcohol beer, right?" I was wrong on all but the first account. That was enough to impress me. First impressions! Even if the label doesn’t impress you (which is why it took me so long to drink this), at least the first impression of what’s inside should be sufficient for redemptive purposes.
Reddish orange, dare I saw burnt orange, in color, its white, contrasting, head doesn’t last long. With as many varieties of berries as is in this beer, the nose is all fruit up front (although very well balanced and with a touch of rye). If the intoxicating pleasantness of the nose wasn’t enough to surprise me, the flavor certainly was. Going into it I was expecting to be pummeled with a thick, fruity mess. But instead I was fortunate enough to experience a really wonderful balance of earthy rye grain and a wonderful mixture of berries and fruits, with perhaps some alcohol thrown in the mix to spice things up. How a brewer could actually make a fruit beer taste so wonderful is beyond me... but now I know that it’s possible my view of how a fruit beer could taste has been completely shifted. From here on out, I have completely different expectations. This will certainly top the bill of my fruit beer "best of" list.
It’s very soft in the mouth, a little sticky in sweetness, but finishes a little harsh and tart, and as hard as it is to believe, I can actually pull out individual flavors of strawberries and blackberries just from the finish. And although I could pull out cherries and cranberries, which weren’t actually in the mix, it was an added bonus for me! The wonderful flavors are enough to distract you from the alcohol presence as well. Bravo, Short’s! I forgive you for giving this beer such a modest label when such a wonderful surprise lurks beneath.
joshwoodward (565) - - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Surprisingly light and crisp for a big beer. Delicious subtle fruit. Nice.
tommann (2629) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle. Pours red with a large head. Aroma is raspberry seeds and porridge. Taste has mostly raspberry seeds with some forest fruits on the finish. No sense of the strength.
merc7186 (1997) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Reddish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Wheat, Raspberries
T: Wheat, Raspberries, Cranberries
M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Lightly Sweet
Overall, A pretty light wheat ale with mild fruity flavor...very drinkable but very mild.
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lucky Pie. Pour is light pink with a whitish-pink head and great lacing. Bready, fruit peel, somewhat tart, wheaty, malt twangy, and husky aroma. Taste is fruity - definitely pick up the blueberries - raspberry, wheaty, lightly tart, bready, and wheat. Light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty easy-drinking with a high boost.
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just really got into Shorts and fruity type beers. Had high expectations until I poured it and seen that it looked like koolaid. Tastes like a mixed drink. I would rather not have this one again.
stouby (3700) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Clear reddish, head quickly gone. Aroma heavy fruity (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries), light acidic. Flavor medium acidic and fruity. Medium body, syrupy.
pablo951 (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it out of a bottle. Pours a murky amber hue, with a light head and no lacing. Blueberries dominate the aroma, Strawberries and blueberries are forefront in taste with a light malt kicker. Refreshing.
koleminer20 (548) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HopCat in East Lansing. The pour on this beer is the most incredible light ruby color, showing some flashes of gold. There is a decent white head, and decent lacing. The aroma is very heavy with raspberries and blueberries, with a light earthy undertone. The taste starts out great, very raspberry like, then fades through a malty blueberry to a somewhat dry finish. Some booze comes through on the back end, and there is a bit left to be wanted. This beer has so much potential early on, but fizzles a little on the back end.