HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 I love drinking beers that make me say, "Oh fuck, I need to rate this one." Siting here at Crunchy’s in East Lansing and this was the 5th pour on my 8 beer flight. Honey colored pour, no head and no lace. Aroma is grass and verbena. Taste is has the qualities that make you get out your phone, log into Ratebeer, and start typing. Floral and lemony hops abound. Malt is sturdy enough to prop up those big hoppy flavors without getting lost. Very bright and lemony. The ABV is pretty subdued. Very tasty stuff. Best in show this week which included pours of 9 Bells beers, 13 others...and this one tick.
ChrisSc (438) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.
Appearance: orange/copper color. Slightly hazy. Very little head.
Aroma: very citrusy, some piney hops.
Taste: bitter throughout with a mild sweetness laid under. Really nicely balanced.
Palate: medium body. Thick texture. Light carbonation. Good flavor retention.
Overall: a very drinkable ipa. More balanced than most. More of a citrus, which I prefer.
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big citrus peel and citrus hop presence with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice flavors with huge citrus peel and citrus/pine hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and very sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, citrus peel, and moderate malt flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on even with the big bitterness that is present. A very enjoyable offering.
bigtaster (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange copper with a light tan head. Nose is caramel and citrus. Body is medium with initial sweet caramel quickly turning into resinous pine hop flavor with good amount of spice.
Clownoisseur (364) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden with orange hue. Nice two finger foamy head that settles into fine lacing. Smells sweet of malts and zesty hops. Tastes very balanced with the sweetness of the malts hitting you first, some roasted nut, a touch of caramel, then the citrus from the hops jumps in. Gives you a nice sharp flair of the nostrils as you get the lemon and orange zest notes. Pungent and bitter, yet delicately balanced with the hefty malt bill. Finishes with the lingering zest of the citrus. Moderately dry. Not my favorite Short’s brew, but a good one.
574deadzone (1223) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a thicker cream-colored head that settles to a ring and a film and leaves some spotty, dripping lace. Nose involves spicy hop notes, heavy citrus (grapefruit), some toasted malt, very fruit forward. Quite sweet flavor, very bitter. Light to medium bodied, oily, bright with hops, average carb, with a long fruity and drying bitter finish. Awesome brew, very flavorful.
A2kenCdaisyC (51) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Ashleys- citrusy nose on a rich golden
brew with a decent well lacing head- firm caramelly
malt backbone but citrusy hops dominate with a
solid medium bitter finish- a fine brew indeed!
bpar73 (704) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Golden pour with a white head. Lots of citrus and piney hops in the taste and aroma. Another solid IPA from Short’s
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 12/13/13 and drank 12/22/13. Poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: An orange color with maybe a slight haze, though I don’t exactly remember. Poured perfectly into the glass with a two/three finger head on it, and some really nice lacing throughout.
Smell: Phew! Pine and fruit. Lots of both of them. Bursting with freshness... it seems pretty obvious to me that this was a newly bottled beer, and the 12/13 date proves it. Really outstanding, and it’s quite potent as well.
Taste/feel: Not quite as great as the appearance or smell, but still super tasty. I found it to be very bitter initially, but as I sipped it, it gradually felt like it got sweeter and sweeter with more citrus sorts of flavors and a very solid malt+pine finish. Drying, and begs you to drink more. Not a really high ABV either, so you can enjoy a few of these. Feel is medium with about a medium carbonation as well... not too heavy, which also helps. A touch too bitter for my taste at the start, which keeps it from being what I’d consider exceptional.
Excellent beer! I’ve had some of my favorite Short’s beers recently, and they’re showing more and more why they’re probably my favorite brewery. They can make some good experimental brews, but then they can make really damn phenomenal "normal" ones like this one. If you can get it, get it -- worth it.
alliance100 (1007) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - pours a deep orange with nice lacing . Big citrus aromas . Taste of citrus rind . Resiny . Good beer .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone