Short’s Bananas And Blow Crème Ale

Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Pub Brew. A golden ale fermented with 220 lbs. of bananas, blended with an American lager fermented with 100 lbs. of cocoa, to produce a rich and smooth creme ale. Delightful nose, unique finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Cloudy straw body. Wispy white head. Aroma of banana, milk and spice. Flavor is all bananas and nuts. Simple, yet very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
10th October 2008. 10th October 2008. GABF. Cloudy gold beer. Crisp palate. The malt is a touch bitter, only a hint of banana!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Sampled from growler, courtesy GodofThunder. Cloudy orange-brown color, thin sparse white head. Very odd aroma - chalk, bruised banana flesh, slight alkaline hint of cocoa, the banana comes out stronger after it warms a bit. Mild taste, it starts with the banana and finishes on the cocoa. Odd finish marked by some cocoa bitterness. interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
(Draught) Pours a murky yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of banana, vanilla pudding, wheat, dough, and chocolate. Flavor of banana, wheat, clove, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Growler, courtesy GodOfThunder. My first beer of the night and a serious kick in the head. Hazy golden amber pour with a thin white head. Very complex and delicious banana, dark chocolate and cocoa powder aroma. I wasnt sure how good the taste could be having been let down by some great aroma beers recently, but found this to be quite delicious. The cocoa really stands out in the taste and is quite and the banana is not so sweet and dominant. A very interesting beer and the best banana beer I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Growler from GodOfThunder, thanks so much Jay! Bananas, floral aroma. Pours a cloudy golden amber. The flavor starts with bananas with hints of a mild cocoa a little hoppy in the background. This was a pleasure to drink! Very interesting, fresh bananas and bitter chocolate. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Growler, courtesy GodOfThunder. A cloudy, dark orange-amber colored pour yields a spongy, off-white layer of foam. Runny sheeting shows on the glass, with minimal, random spots left behind to dry. As the beer warms, notes of a freshly made batch of banana pudding dusted in cocoa powder emerge. Estery in its fruit profile, there is some marshmallow sweetness, along with hints of tapioca and oatmeal creaminess. I fully expect a letdown on flavor, but it never comes. That same feel of fresh bananas pureed into tapioca pudding come to mind. The dry cocoa powder is both distinct and perfectly matched. Less sweet than the nose, the flavor profile shows a hint of bitterness from the cocoa on the finish. A creamy, smooth mouthfeel is more substantial than one would expect from such a low ABV beer, yet still entirely sessionable. This is a delicious, criminally underrated beer that I would guzzle by the truckload if it were readily available. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Growler, courtesy of TasteTester on BA. Not a pretty looking beer. Pours a cloudy brown, like a banana that has been sitting out for a couple weeks, with a foamy white head. The smell changes, one second you get a whiff of the bananas, the next is cocoa. The bananas are the first thing you taste, followed by the bitter cocoa in the finish. The cocoa taste reminds me of bittersweet cocoa powder, and seems very dry. The flavors really come alive as this warms up. Surprisingly light on mouthfeel. I was expecting a thick, creamy, milkshake of a beer filled with artificial banana and chocolate flavors, instead I got a light, refreshing and fresh tasting beer with just the right amount of banana and cocoa, and not tasting artificial at all. Very good job by Shorts. Neat beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids. Murky apricot-brown body, thin off-white head. Strong banana aroma. Surprisingly dry body, with heavy emphasis on bananas. Sharp, crisp bite, and notes of alcohol and cocoa. Too dry and bitter, but interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2008
tap at hopcat. i hate to give a shorts beer such a low rating, but man, this is a nasty beer. pours watery yellow color with foamy white head. supposed cocoa flavor does not show through at all...the laffy-taffy artificial banana flavor kills the whole thing.

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