Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake

Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire, Michigan
Strawberry Short’s Cake
Golden Ale
? %ABV (seems low)
12 oz. bottle into tulip glass

Let’s get this out of the way: this beer tastes and smells uncannily like strawberry shortcake. Really. It is rare for an outlandishly gimmicky beer to prove to be a dead-on replica of its object.  In this respect, Strawberry’s Short’s Cake is redeemed.

Since it is hard to judge the color of the liquid unless there is a white backdrop, I perilously tipped the glass sideways above a napkin while trying to operate the camera:


The aroma is sugared strawberries, the kind you might find in children’s mouthwash or chewing gum. There is a sweetness in the nose that one cannot find in wild strawberries. Yet with a biscuit-y burst at the midpalate, the flavor unfurls in faint flowing fonts of fresh cream, and then dissipates promptly.  As usual, Short’s eschews the “sweet” fruit-beer template in favor of a more reserved Strawberry Shortcake. Unlike Soft Parade, which thrives on its rigid backbone of sourness, Strawberry Short’s Cake is as gentle as a feather that is no longer attached to a bird.

This deadly serious novelty act would be a splendid match for real strawberry shortcake, and perhaps a cup of coffee. In sum, a very well made beer sure to alarm, charm, and not harm your guests.

~ by Perry S. on August 16, 2010.

One Response to “Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake”

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