RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Short’s Kind Ale a.k.a. Harvest Ale, is a seasonal beer made each fall to celebrate a successful growing season. True to tradition, we commemorate the earth’s agricultural environment by using freshly picked hops to “wet hop” this brew. Straight from the fields on Leelanau Peninsula, local hops impart a mellow earthiness to this ale that lead to moderate bitter tones and a subtle sweetness in the finish.

Kind Ale was first brewed as a single batch at our Elk Rapids production facility in September of 2009. The label art for Kind Ale is a picture of Tony Hansen holding up some of the first ever usable mature hops grown in Northern Michigan. The first year the beer was brewed, Joe Short and Tony Hansen visited hop fields on Old Mission Peninsula to watch the hops get picked, before loading them into their truck and personally driving them back to Elk Rapids to brew with that day.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
paulgermain (16) - sterling heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2010
a pleasant citrusy hoppy nose with a slight hop taste that lingers slightly. leaves a slight froth on the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear medium golden with a short cap of off-white head that was easily-resuscitated. The aroma picked up honey and pale malts surrounded by pineapple and pine hoppage.. touches of ginger and woody notes too.. deep underlying honeycomb. The flavor found more of the honey at the core along with some lighter bread.. moderate bitterness around in the form of pineapple and grapefruit.. sticky honey and pine resin on the finish. Medium-bodied and tacky on the palate, with lots of residual bitterness in the end.. there was some good stuff in here, but it didn’t come together for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Sampled at RBSG Grand Rapids, MI. Pour blood orange with a huge white head, even for the small sample I poured. Slight hop aroma with an odd sweetness, light solvent. Flavor makes it pretty apparent that it’s infect and way too old. I guess That’s kind of obvious with it being a wet hop beer, but I am still disappointed. If you see this one kicking around, I’d avoid it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (14066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle pured a clear orange amber with a lingering ringof ivory foam. Aromas of biscuit and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, light orange zest and light grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces almost three-fingers of pale tan colored froth. The beerr is a brilliantly clear, light copper hue. Ahh, nice and hoppy, the aroma is a just about even mix of herbal and fruity hop aromatics; grapefruit, lychee, fresh tangelo zest and a candied citrus zest note define the fruit-hop aromatics, while a herbal, lightly pine scented, and hint of hemp oil seem to be the most notable "herbal" components. The longer I sit with this beer the more fruit focused the aroma becomes. Nice and hoppy, exactly what I want from a Fresh-Hop beer; the malt plays a distant secondary role here with perhaps a touch of biscuit-malt like aromatics being noticeable.

The beer is a bit overcarbonated as the texture is definitely on the fizzy side. It has a pungent, herbal hoppiness to it up front though and finishes with a green, grassy, slightly hemp like, herbal hop character that lingers on the palate with some astringency as well as a biting bitterness. The hop fruitiness is much more evenly matched with the other hop notes in the flavor and contributes notes of lychee, floral apricot, kumquat, tangelo and bright citrus oil flavors. Light bodied and quaffable this is a really nicely hopped pale ale that I could quaff quite a bit of on a warm day.

My biggest complaint about this beer is that it was excessively carbonated, but some vigorous swirling forced this to a manageable level pretty easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
bottle, thanks to mibirder, golden orange with skim foam ring, aromas of fresh citrus fruit, flavors of sweet nectarine, bready malt finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2010
Pours hazyamber with a nice white head. Smells of spice, resin, sage, metallic. Tastes resiny and sticky with some citrus and a resiny finish. Some astringency holds this one back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7861) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange amber with a very frothy, creamy, lacing white head. Aroma is nice, noble hops, lemons, lightly floral, slightly herbaceous. Flavor is well balanced, sweet and malty without being overly sweet. Tinge of bitterness from the hops, citrus fruits, light spice, lightly herby. Finish is medium bodied and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10794) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head that lasts. Aroma has a nice pine hop aroma with a nice grain sweetness. Flavor began sweet from the malts but the hops build for a nice pine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
A nice beer if not my usual style. The citrusy hoppy nose is omnipresent reminding me of Bell’s Hopslam. Here is carries over to the flavor though. The hop mouth lingers a little before going away nicely. Leaves a nice little lacey head remnant.

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