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Chatterbox - Short's Brewing Company

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jas45678 on 01-01-2014

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Photo of Jennz906
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chatterbox has a very cloudy dark-gold appearance with an average full color head. It has a full floral and bitter scent of pine and citrus. The taste has a strong linger of bitter grapefruit and hops. The mouthfeel is great, it has a great taste as well as medium carbonation so it goes down well. Overall this beer is great. I am exited to try it with an American meal such as a burger. Thumbs up.

Photo of JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MrBIP
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of phooky
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nota
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour yields a dense 2-finger white head. The appearance is a dirty orange. The taste is a good balance between tropical, citrus fruit and grassy earthiness. The bitterness is not overpowering. Overall this Pale Ale is in in the middle of the two extremes that this style can be brewed.

Photo of GRPunk
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Young's nonic pint

A- Even a careful pour yielded a 2-finger, dense, off-white head. Slightly hazy, golden body with light carbonation. Head sustains at 1/2 finger and leaves awesome lace on the glass.

S- Mix of hoppy, slightly sweet, and grainy. Grassy and citrus, something of saltine crackers. Fairly bold, actually.

T- Pretty much as the aroma suggests. Cracker-like malts are dominate initially. Hops come in through the middle and finish things up pretty clean and dry. A little aspirin-like at the end.

M- Moderate-full body. Light carbonation. Fairly dry. A little hoppy bite.

O- Without bottle dating I have no way of knowing, but I wonder if the bottle's been around a while. I know it's been in my fridge for at least 2-3 weeks. Hopping is just much less than expected. Good, not great. I would give it another shot on tap or as a known new bottle.

Photo of Jho3325
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of joshrosborne
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark burnt orange color, this pale ale is so thick and murky that it's as close as it could be to opaque while managing the slightest translucence. The off-white head shows creamy stick from good retention, and the layer remaining for the entire session drops lace in a sticky ring at the top with spottier cream the rest of the way down.
Good aromatics in this one show lots of tropical fruits, citrus, grassiness and earth with focus on the raw, juicy fruits. Toast and caramel add just enough to let the hops take the lead but balance nicely.
In the taste, there's a raw and briny pith I'm not expecting. Unexpectedly, it'e the earthier aspect that takes the lead, and it's a shame that the juiciness and raw appeal of the nose is lost. Underneath is lots of raw green and leaf, more pith, and some young wood. It's hoppy, but it loses what's offered in the aroma.
Creamy and crisp at once, the mouthfeel keeps lively for the entirety. With the stange dry/salty/pithy finish, it's not as clean at the end as it could be.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LamboBrewpants
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Misfit2209
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a somewhat hazy yellow color with no head (at least from the bottle I poured). Smell is somewhat skunky but most dominantly hoppy. Despite the somewhat low IBUs, the hops pack a pretty good punch right at the start. There’s some sweet citrus in the finish, and perhaps that’s where the tangerine is hiding. Overall this is a satisfying, drinkable pale ale.

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of thickgirth
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, 1/2 finger white head, slightly transparent.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange zest, floral earthiness, caramel sweetness.

Taste - Floral like bitterness and fullness right at first, then more bitterness and some citrus in the form of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and slight walnut roastiness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp bitterness.

Overall - Good beer. Sometimes you just don't have much to say. Interesting flavors, glad I tried one.

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ianpstephens
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Chatterbox from Short's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.