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Review by everetends on 07/31/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 10 13 4 7 0
12 oz bottle sent to me by the great OHLRangers. I normally would wait until I got a package off to him, but this one leaked a little in transit and I was worried about the condition of the beer. The pour went well and it makes me question whether or not it was this one that leaked. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours from the bottle a coppery/orange color. The body is nice and super hazy, darkening in the middle and allowing light to vibrantly come through around the edges. The body has a HUGE amount of carbonation moving around in it. It is just flowing with super fast moving carbonation. This qwelled my fears that this one was going to be super flat due to the leakage issue. Builds a head quick off the pour, so a careful pour was needed. Over two fingers of crisp, bubbly white foam built up and fell somewhat quickly to a tighter half finger that really hung around. The foam doesn't have much stick to it though,so no real lace build up.

S: Really nice aroma coming out here. Very nice apple character builds. Nice red apple, meat and skin coming out. There is a good amount of that smoke coming out, but it blends really well with the apple. Well I just accidently actually stuck my nose in the beer and after it was cleared out the smoke actually really comes through, almost campfire like at times. I am actually amazed at how clear that aroma is and I guess it was a happy accident to have the bonehead moment of inhaling beer through my nose. Not getting a whole lot else but I figure this is what this beer was shooting for, and it was successful at that.

T: Taste is a little disappointing. Basically, all I am getting is a dry cider flavor. It has that nice apple presence, good amount of sweetness of the meat and the skins do really add a little bit of bitter to balance that out. Most disappointing part is that there really is no smoke coming across in the flavor. This may be because of the use of applewood and it blends very well. I just really wanted to get that smoke in the flavor and I just can't find it. With the cider like quality, I am getting a little bit of a dry white wine flavor as well.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and it really lightens up because of the pretty high carbonation level. Lightly sweet and dry on the palate. Not getting much in the way of ABV at all. Aftertaste is all dry apple cider like flavor.

OA: I have mixed emotions about this beer. The smell really impressed me and got me all jacked up about the beer. But . . . the flavor just disappointed me due to the lack of smoke presence. Don't get me wrong, this beer doesn't suck, it tastes good and is nice and light and refreshing. I dig it, but I just put it on the level of a good cider, not a smoked apple ale. Its still easy to put down and enjoyable, great on this hot summer night after playing some volleyball.

Served In: Bottle

Review by danger girl on 06/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
56 3 10 8 2 5 2010
This beer sounded awesome. The bottle looked great. It poured swell. I loved the color. It even smelled pretty impressive (I like the smoky). Expectations high, I put the pint glass to my lips and sipped (ok, I'm lying, I chugged). I got the first taste of smoke. So far so good. Then after that, nothing. Maybe it's too cold. I let it sit for a while to warm up a bit. Try again. Same thing, smoke then nothing. No apple at all. All smoke and mirrors. This might be good mixed with something caramelly. I'm going to try making beer can chicken with it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 14 3 7 2010
22oz Bomber

This is yet another great beer in a long line of great beers sent by the man himself, thanks Derek! Shorts Smoked Apple Ale is an amber ale brewed with applewood smoked apples. This beer leaves the glass sporting a tarnished copper body with enough haze to keep me from seeing through the glass. A dirty white head grew to two fingers in height and after a couple minutes of sitting managed to fizzle down to a thin skimming and slippery lace. When backlit, carbonation bubbles explode to the surface in big groups to the fizzling head. After a little time spent in the glass the head disappears. A swirl revives it a bit but it's mostly lost.

When the head dies down this beer is all smoke but a couple swirls bring out a balancing semi sweet apple quality that's altogether enjoyable. The more swirling I do the more apple juice I get from this brew. The smoke comes across thick and with a quality reminiscent of, oddly enough, chewing tobacco. This of course after the smokehouse aromas. For some odd reason the smoke doesn't turn me off at all, the chewing tobacco is mild but there for sure. The smoke also brings along a mild mintyness. This is an interesting brew to say the least.

The flavor actually takes on quite a different profile than the nose. The smoke is lightly noticeable throughout but the apple comes through first and foremost. Thin apple hits first and by mid-palate becomes lush and full with mildly sweet crisp red apple. The whole tobacco thing disappears in the flavor, thankfully, and is replaced by a mild mint toward the backend. Smoke comes along at it's boldest after the swallow with a lingering smokehouse effect on the tongue and throat with the mint joining in the aftertaste. Very unique!

The mouthfeel is good with a medium-light body and mellow carbonation. My only small complaint is the mouthfeel seems a little thin at times which a touch more carbonation would help repair. The smoke lingers on the back of the tongue until the next sip but never becomes overbearing.

The drinkability is up there for a smoked beer. Usually one smoked beer for the evening is enough for me but this one walks the line and stays on the correct side. The sweetness balances out the smokiness enough to keep this bad boy flowing.

If I said it once I've said it a hundred times and now I'll say it again; this is one unique and enjoyable beer. Short's never fails to impress me with all the crazy brewing coming out of that place and this is no exception. This idea worked out very well and made for a beer to be sipped and pondered.

Reviewed: 3/31/09

Served In: Pint Glass

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