Maker: Short’s, Bellaire, Michigan, USA
Style: Strong rye ale with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Purchased for: $11
Appearance: Golden brown with a hint of pink. Lacy head.
Nose: Roasted malt, fruit juice.
Palate: Medium bodied and nicely balanced. Hot cereal, Hawaiian Punch, wild blackberries.
Finish: Dark rye toast, with a tiny bit of mixed berry jam.
Parting words: Summer is the time for fruit beers and this one is very popular in these parts, and not just because of the great label art. It’s everything a fruity summer beer should be. It’s fruity and refreshing while still having the character of the “base” beer, in this case a strong rye ale. The ABV is sneaky and could take one unawares, but there’s nothing not to love about this beer except maybe the price. Soft Parade is recommended.