Short’s Soft Parade

One of the things that I hate the most about Fall now that I have a house is blowing all of the leaves. At least where I live, you can blow them into the street and you don’t have to bag them. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Soft Parade is a Fruit Rye Ale brewed with rye flakes and loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The rose colored ale has aromas of ripe strawberries and grain. With flavors of fresh berries and rye, Soft Parade finishes dry and eminently drinkable. Soft Parade was originally developed because Joe Short wanted to create a beer that incorporated a medley of berries, had a great color, and appealed to wine drinkers. The name Soft Parade stemmed from two moments in Joe Short’s life. First, because Joe worked as a brewer at the Traverse Brewing Company and The Doors album, The Soft Parade, played every day at the end of the brew shift. The second moment occurred when Joe was driving by himself, flipping through CD’s in his car, and came across The Soft Parade album again. At the time, The Soft Parade beer had not been named and it dawned on Joe that the medley of fruit infusing into the golden beer reminded him of a soft parade. That day the beer was named!”

Random: I love my battery operated mower. Not having to fill the mower with gas makes me ridiculously happy.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left a tinge of lacing on the glass, along with a small crown. The body was pink and cloudy with only slight carbonation visible. The nose had tart blackberries, blueberry skin and strawberry soda. The taste had some more complexity than the nose. It had a rye spice to it with some peppercorns and then quickly went into berry skins and tart blackberries. The strawberry note wasn’t as apparent in the taste, which was disappointing, although in beers like this, it’s not surprising that the other berries overwhelmed it. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with the tart blackberries. This beer set me back $1.71, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I liked this beer, although I don’t think that I could down more than one or two of them.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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