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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