Style: Fruit Beer
Kegged: May 2013
Size: 16oz glass (on tap)
Collaboration beer between CCB and Johnathan Wakefield from Miami. I absolutely love Wakefield’s berliners, but this one’s a bit different. It’s less on the tart side and more of a straightforward hoppy-yet-fruity beer. It looks like one of Wakefield’s for sure, cloudy like the keg has a UTI (or like a smoothie, whatever). But the sweet/tart aspect isn’t there. I think if you go into it without having had one of his you’d like it, but several people wanted it to be PFDF and it just isn’t. Reputations can be a pain sometimes.
I haven’t had a lot from Shorts, and what I have had wasn’t exactly spectacular. Mostly it’s seemed to be a lot of gimmicky flavored beers, and from what I’ve heard they’ve had more than a few infections to boot. That being said, this one caught me by surprise.
The pour was a shimmery reddish pink, with a good couple of fingers of pinkish head. It smelled fantastic — raspberry and strawberry mostly, with maybe some citrus in there somewhere to lighten it up. Very tart and not very sweet. Having just come from the Berliner Bash this lit me up and set my expectations high. Some reviewers mentioned wine coolers, but there was more to it than that, more depth.
Unfortunately the flavor didn’t quite live up to the aroma. Nowhere near as much fruit as I expected, and zero sweetness, just a bit of tartness. It’s kind of like eating raspberries — smells like candy, but tastes a little harsh. A little sweetness would’ve helped in my opinion.
All things considered, I’d still like to have it again. I’d have to say I liked it quite a bit. Putting it on my wants list now.