Soft Parade

Michigan
United States
Short's Brewing Soft Parade Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Soft Parade is a gourmet specialty pour that is brewed with toasted rye flakes and two-row malted barley. Loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we refer to this fermented potion as a fruit infused rye ale. The result is a refreshing fruit delicacy that is easy to drink, visually appealing, and finishes dry.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
15
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A very sweet, jammy aroma is somewhat muddled but a strawberry note that seems to rise above everything else. There is no hop aroma to speak of and an underlying pie-crust malt aroma insinuates a summer dessert beer. The color is unique as far as most beers are concerned: murky pink dulled by some darker brown hues. There is a small creamy off-white head that struggles to build but has good retention. The flavor carries more complexity than the aroma with blueberry up front, light raspberry tartness in the middle, and a strong essence of strawberry in the finish. The hop bitterness is moderate and helps keep the beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. The rye doesn't seem to play much of a role here aside from a subtle spiciness, which actually seems to detract from the overall picture of this beer. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat chewy without being too syrupy. There is enough effervescence to help scrub the palate, allowing for an excellent pairing of this beer with a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie.

Brewery Introduction

THE SHORT’S STORY BEGAN IN 2002 when a 22-year-old brewer named Joe Short registered Short’s Brewing Company as a business in the state of Michigan. Having already gained significant brewing experience at other Michigan breweries, Joe realized that his style of... Read More

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