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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A gentle mixture of elegance and redolence for any occasion.
Northern Michigan spiced wheat ale. A 50% mixture of premium two-row malted barley and malted white wheat makes golden wheat ale balanced with Ahtanum and Cascade hop varieties. This ale is spiced with fresh grated lemon and orange rind, coriander, and black peppercorns. It’s truly a fermented wonder of the Short’s Brew formula family.

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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
I cracked one of their summer seasonals, Nicie Spicie, which - like most of their brews - defies easy definition. It’s basically a spiced wheat ale, with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander and peppercorn. None of these come through in any dramatic fashion, aside from a little citrus-ey coriander, but it is interesting, regardless of my aversion to spice and fruit beers. It pours a deep yellow - kind of like extra Vitamin C in your first visit to the powder room - with virtually no head to speak of. Bright and clear, with a hint of lacy yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it has a very mild fruity nose and rolls over the palate with the aforementioned citrus spice. Thin in body and clean in finish, this does go nice with lighter dishes and drinks very easy, despite some mild astringency. The fruitiness is not extreme and it may appeal to some fruit beer drinkers without offending the sensibilities of those who are not. Unfortunately, the "drinkability" is probably its most generous characteristic as I’ve certainly had better efforts among wheat ales, fruit beers, and from Shorts in particular. While this may have been due to a slightly aged bottle, this one was a bit of a disappointment. Serving type: bottle


2.6
FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2017
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy bright yellow color with a medium sized soapy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was tangy, sweet and fruity with a black pepper note. The flavor was dominated by strong black pepper followed by faint vague fruits and cracker. Long pepper finish. Medium body. Meh.

2.8
JStax (6920) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12 ounce bottle labled as just "Nicie". The beer is a clear yellow with a white head of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has notes of moderate skunky notes with hints of peppercorn, dried grass, and orange peel. A bit of pith. Taste has dry, floral aspects. Fairly bitter. Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

3
nuplastikk (6313) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2016
12oz bottle. Nicie. Pale yellow-tan body. Not much of ahead, looks like a soda. Medium bodied, thin, mild. Kind an undesirable play on an undesirable style. The peppercorns don’t add much, I mostly get coriander and orange peel. Bland malt tones, not a lot going on. Unimpressive.

2.3
cheap (5914) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2016
My bottle does not say spicie, just nicie. Has the by line, tho. $2 @ vintage. Hay yellow color. Smells a tad metallic. Very good soda water like carbonation, zesty. Actually, this comes across like a highly carbonated wheat ale. Becomes a little medicinal in the middle. In the end it finishes a little better than many bitter wheat ales.

3.4
Block (2845) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Backlog entry: This beer doesn’t stick out in any particular way. Alighted with style, somewhat different with the spice.

3.3
drsordr (2747) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle pour light gold with moderate white head that rapidly dissipate. Nose coriander, lemon peel, peppercorns, spruce. Taste very spicy up front almost like cleaner. Peppercorns, lemon, and fruity wheat.

3
smroush (287) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Citrus aromas are present though not as prominent as you might think from the added lemon and orange zest. Coriander and pepper are clear though again not overwhelming. Not much malt, just a touch of biscuit. Color is a pale yellow with a fairly good-sized white head. Taste is peppery, with light to medium bitterness and fairly dry sweetness. The palate is light bodied, just a bit thin, perhaps just slightly lively carbonation and a long finish that starts with just a light hint of sweetness and then goes into a long peppery finish. Overall while it is not might favorite style, it’s not bad. The lemon/orange zest is restrained; the pepper and coriander start slow but come more to the fore and stay there as you continue to drink. Interesting.

3.4
wlajwl (6886) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Aroma spices/black peppercorns and wheat. The flavor is orange zest, mild coriander, wheat and a citrus/spicy finish.

3
Msdrbeat (780) - East Lansing, USA - AUG 19, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. Pours cloudy pale. Low aroma. Getting orange and overwhelming malt character. Good wheat beer.

3.4
katrinaez (2106) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2016
For a wheat ALE it’s actually quite nice. Slightly lighter in color for an ale, and could use a tiny bit of haze (there is none). Aroma has nice spice and good hops balance for the combo. Taste is a little overpowering in the ale department, but some yeasty flavors show up. Mouth is crisp upfront and settles to a bit sweet. Bottle


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