A few months back, the Philly market got distribution of Short’s beers. I’ve only had one beer from them previously, so when I was in a package store in Pennsylvania, I picked up a few selections. This was one of them.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Space Rock is a light bodied American Pale Ale with prominent floral and orange peel-like hop aromas. Only the slightest grainy malt qualities are detectable, as assertive bitter flavors of citrus rind and dandelion leaf take hold. The finish lingers with a waning bitterness that’s not overly dry. All Space Rock packaged on or after 8/1/2015 is proven to be gluten removed. Space Rock sold on tap may contain trace amounts of gluten from beer poured previously.”
Random: Living on the border of Jersey and Pennsylvania definitely has its perks, especially in terms of beer distribution.
The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon yellow with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up grass, lemon juice and then a touch of malty sweetness. The sweetness was like a banana bread without the banana. The taste was much more bitter. Up front, I picked up lemon pith and lemon cleaner. Then, the grass came through with a slightly musty note. The malt that was in the nose wasn’t in the taste, which was a letdown. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon cleaner, which was another off-putting flavor. A bottle of this was $2.50 ($.21 per ounce), which was a bit expensive for what I considered to be a mediocre beer. I wouldn’t have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0