Short’s Nicie Spicie
4.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Yellow-gold, slightly hazy, minimal head.
Aroma: Citrus with a touch of grassiness and peppercorn.
Taste: Tart, refreshing citrus zest and coriander notes over a generous, light wheat malt taste and an unmistakably peppery finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, mildly carbonated, quenching.
Nicie Spicie is the first Short’s beer I ever tried, on a trip to the Bellaire brewpub not long after it opened. I liked it so much I took several growlers of it back to the rented cabin I was staying in. Years later, when Short’s finally began bottling and distributing it, I was thrilled. I may be partial to light-bodied, refreshing, low-gravity beers on hot summer days, but this one has a little something extra: A mild kick of black peppercorn that “nicely” backstops all the wheat, orange and lemon zest, and coriander flavors. As a big fan of peppercorn as a beer ingredient, I can’t help but love it. Try it, it’s awesome.