Leave it to Great Notion to take a dessert concept and turn it into an incredibly executed fruited sour ale. Their Strawberry Short Cake beer is like sipping on liquid strawberry shortcake – it’s bursting with fresh strawberry flavors layered over a buttery, bready base.

The beer pours a beautiful reddish-pink color, capped by a creamy tan head. Aromas of ripe strawberries, vanilla, and buttermilk biscuits waft invitingly from the glass. It smells like someone plunked an actual strawberry shortcake dessert into your beer.

Taking a sip, you’re instantly transported to strawberry heaven. Gobs of ultra-fresh, sweet strawberry flavors coat your palate. It tastes like biting into a perfectly ripe strawberry at peak season. The fruit flavors mingle with accents of sweet vanilla and cream, mimicking the cake and whipped cream components.

Underneath the vibrant fruit lies a soft, doughy malt base that provides the “shortcake” buttery bread notes. Great Notion nailed this shortcake flavor with a deft balance of slightly sweet, yeasty, and bready undertones.

The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy, with a bright acidity from the sour blonde ale base. It’s luxuriously rich while still remaining easy-drinking and refreshing. Each sip seems to amplify the strawberry character.

This is simply world-class fruited sour ale from Great Notion. It perfectly encapsulates all the flavors of a strawberry shortcake dessert in beer form. It’s decadent yet crushable and layered with intense, authentic strawberry taste.

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Fresh strawberries, vanilla, buttermilk biscuits
  • Appearance: Beautiful reddish-pink with a creamy tan head
  • Flavor: Intense ripe strawberries, sweet vanilla cream, buttery bready notes
  • Mouthfeel: Lusciously creamy, rich yet bright and refreshing
  • Overall: A spot-on liquid translation of strawberry shortcake
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Review: Strawberry Short Cake by Great Notion

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