Short’s Brewing Company Good Humans Dry-Hopped Double Brown Ale (9.15% ABV)
Pour: 12 oz. bottle into a snifter
Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with a half inch or so of off-white head that lingers a good long while. Fair amount of effervescence.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt up front, with a bit of alcohol and many a touch of hops underneath. It smells pretty wonderful – not at all what I was expecting from a brown ale.
Taste: Toffee and caramel malts up front that turns bitter in the middle and then a dry, mildly flowery hop finish. Definite alcohol in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied – it’s almost chewy, but doesn’t linger on the tongue or coat the teeth. It’s a nice texture that fits with the caramel maltiness of the beer.
Even though they tend to be fairly one-dimensional, I like brown ales. They’re smooth, mild beers that are generally have a pleasantly nutty flavor. Short’s Brewing Company’s take on the style, however, is anything but one-dimensional. This beer has a huge nose and a surprisingly complex body that’s sweet rather than nutty. Toffee and caramel malts give way to a dry hop finish, and it has a considerably higher ABV than most other beers in the style.
This is the second Short’s beer I’ve tried since starting this column, and they’ve both been winners. I see a trip up to their taproom sometime in my near future…