Saturday, July 7, 2012

Short's "The Soft Parade"

Tasted at 8th st grille on Friday afternoon. This is the most expensive review I've ever done, at the cost of my bicycle which, as I was leaving 8th St. Grille, I found to have been stolen only within the hour time frame I was there...
9% ABV

Appearance: A rosy complexion with a rich faintly hazed hue. Carbonation initially clings to the sides of the glass, but quickly dissipates. The head is very minimal and reduces only to a slight ring around the inner perimeter of the glass.
Aroma: Berry fruit presence is immediately known paralleled by grape-like vininess. Malt bill takes a back burner status as the scent is defined by the fruit overtones and a brief tannic impression.
Taste: Initially a faint grain sweetness presents itself against the fruity facade that defines this beer. To follow, a bit of a fruit syrup sweetness emerges, defined by a fruit reduction but without the added tartness/citric acid. Carbonation fuels a bit of a mellowed sweetness, defined by the rye spicing and a faint fruit tannic presence. I get mostly raspberry syrup and strawberries.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with the remaining malt and fruit syrup sweetness adding to the terminal gravity. Carbonation is foamy and froths up engulfing the tongue in a fiery of bubbles. Rounds out down the throat as a flat liquid. Finishing dry and bitter with a familiar cloy at the roof of the mouth.
Overall Impression: A rich fruit beer but with an insufficient tartness that is commonly expected. Instead, one gets a mellowed syrup sweetness complimented by the spicing of the rye that ultimately creates a very unique flavor experience. A lot goes on in this beer, and it's up to you to decide how much you want from this beer.

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