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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale - Short's Brewing Company

Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This blessed, coppered colored ale lends it’s hue to hearty pale ale malts and hand selected specialty grains. Glacier hops balance the wort resulting in  hoppy, and earthy flavors which compliment the core beer base.
49 I.B.U.’s
12.8 deg.  Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004)
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

when this was poured, it has a orangish color body with a small head that quckly lays down to a ring of lace. The smell has a earthy hop and malt aroma to it. The taste has a pine taste up front, and followed by a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a slight bitterness on the tonuge. Overall this is a slightly above average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:47:35 | More by chefhatt
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curasowa

New York

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy, copper color with one finger of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Toasted malt, grain husk, a little catty, faint earthy hops and tortilla chip, strangely enough.

Taste: Some biscuity malt upfront and a dull bitterness throughout; body is on the thin side of medium. Some graininess and dishrag on the back end. Bitterness lingers on through the finish.

The Rest: Picked this up on a recent trip to MI to try something new. Probably wouldn't bother with it again. Reminds me of a mediocre home brew - you can tell what they were after but it's just not right.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:34:30 | More by curasowa
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass
A-amber color with little haze head white that dissipates
S-aromas of caramel malt and hint of pine
T-bitter pine taste and strong malt
M-medium body, good carbonation but has a resiney after bite
O-good appearance and smell better taste

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:17:35 | More by reebtaerG
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pandemonium Pale Ale is only as sinister looking as the cartoonish devil on its label. In other words, not at all. It has the gentle golden colour of dawn and the near pristine clarity of turquoise Caribbean water. It would get a better score if only its head could sustain itself.

Glacier hops can be used in a bittering or aromatic role and this recipe utilizes them for both ends. As the saying goes: jack of all trades, king of none; Pandemonium smells hoppy but isn't particularly resinous, citric or herbal. It's just feebly, generically hoppy.

Though it spotlights American hops, this Pale Ale is distinguished by its malts. There's a load of biscuity flavour and wholesome breadiness in the taste. It has a very clean grain bill which provides a tease of sweetness on the finish and suits the beer's soft water profile.

Short's has become notorious for producing multitudes of unique, often zany experiments but this beer is about as ubiquitous and conventional as they come in the craft market. There's a reason for this, mind you - it's super approachable but also offers far more (and far better) flavour than commercial lagers. I'd take one bottle of this over a year's supply of swill.

"Behold the bitter hysteria" is an odd trademark for a beer with only 36 IBUs. The truth is that Pandemonium Pale Ale is actually a calm, balanced offering - there's no reason for fervor or frenzy here. This is just your run-of-the-mill, tried-and-true Pale Ale that's designed for casual quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:03:31 | More by biegaman
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MarriedAtGI

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber, slightly hazy, ¼ inch head dissipates quickly

S: Very subtle aroma. Hard to distinguish notes, but maybe apricot with a hint of pine

T: Distinct malt sweetness but not overpowering to start, then dries out completely in the end. It is a very unique and pleasant taste experience. Some hop flavor, but I cannot distinguish particular notes. Bitterness is noticeable throughout without any harshness

M: Nice sparkle from the carbonation, but as with taste, the drying out at the end is unique and enjoyable

O: Very nice pale ale with interesting aftertaste and mouthfeel. I would seek this out again next time I get to Michigan

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:24:07 | More by MarriedAtGI
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Brenden

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color's about an even copper, clear with the slightest chill haze that clears up. It ends up being translucent due to the darker color. A light tan head gets as high as one finger and takes time to drop to a full thick foam that keeps stable. Plentious patching sticks creamily and thickly to the glass. It leaves some bubbling in a way I've never seen before.
The hop bouquet is a little unfamiliar. It's citrusy with a bit of sweeter fruits, balanced by toasty buttered biscuit, caramel and a bit of nut. The strength fades in and out.
Citrus with both sweetness and tart zest come out up front on the tongue, with floral and almost minty additions. The hops are strongest, but it is well balanced by the malts. The nuttiness comes out into the finish, while it starts off on an earthier note.
The body is medium and there's a good smoothness under a big crisp bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 16:47:23 | More by Brenden
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter

A - Kind of an orange amber hue and a white 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

S - Earthy, floral hops with some orange or tangerine notes. Good malts with caramel and sweet roll.

T - Starts off with orange or tangerine hops that have a erthiness to them. Quickly followed by some pine and then the sweet malts take over. Caramel and sweet roll. Finishes with a pine and orange bitter.

M - A nice medium body presumably from the malts and low carbonation. Slick mouth feel.

O - A different take on a pale ale. Fun to try since it only appears in Madison, WI during the GTMW.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:58:10 | More by Ri0
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper color. fairly hazy but not opaque. small tannish head that leaves a touch of lacing behind

Smell: fruity. some earthiness.

Taste: toasty malts. earthy hops. some fruitiness, some lemon.

Mouthfeel: fairly light, low bitterness.

Overall: its good. just not quite what i look for in a pale ale, but its pretty good. what else can you expect from shorts. good but just not what i craved in a pale at the time

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:27:51 | More by SportsandJorts
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

a. Translucent orange-amber, half finger head disappears rather quickly, light lacing traces left behind.

s: Mildly fruity.

t: Bright and fresh with grapefruit-hop bitterness without the grapefruit flavor .

m: Light with tongue-tingling bitterness.

o: A good summer brew, a sort of ale-IPA hybrid. Or maybe a darker-tinted IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:59:25 | More by scotorum
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Roman5150

Spain

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

appearance: darker orange/amber with huge foamy white head

smell: earthy hops, resin, wheat, hay, citrus, lemon, grass

taste: follows the nose with an earthy hop bitterness without too much flavor complexity. however it's very drinkable, very down to earth beer that you can drink without much thought. Notes of rye, breadiness, while being slightly on the watery side.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, feels like a macro lager

overall: not my favorite pale ale, but a very decent highly drinkable one. I would buy this again but not seek it out, it's a great pale ale but nothing super special. I could session this.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 05:40:17 | More by Roman5150
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - This ale pours a dark pumpkin orange with a thin white head that laces quickly but the rim has some serious retention. Scant amounts of carbonation available.

S - sharply hoppy without hop-bombiness, poignant but not strong, a malty backbone provides support but doesn't particularly add to the aroma

T - The hops pick up in the taste, at least initially. The first tongue splash makes you think this beer is going the (D)IPA route, but just for a split second. The hops plateau and the malt creeps up and balances ideally.

M&D&O - quite drinkable, the elements bland nicely, especially as it warms a bit. Blithely complex, with no pretension. A well crafted beer. Shorts...PLEASE COME TO NEW ENGLAND PERMANENTLY!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 20:45:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
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MichaelNickerson

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear, golden yellow with a nice two finger head

Smell - extremely hoppy with a hint of floral notes

Taste - dry and bitter with a hint of floral

Mouthfeel - very low carbonation and dry mouth

Overall - this was my first american pale ale and was a great beer to start with. Would like some more fruity or floral taste, but the typical hops with bitterness was sufficient for an above average score

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 15:19:30 | More by MichaelNickerson
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finstadp

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first beer I have had from Short's Brewing Company and I was very impressed. The appearance was amber colored and murky. The smell or aroma was fruity and specifically cherry flavored. The mouth feel was very light and refreshing. The flavor has hoppy with fruit notes. This was a great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 20:05:57 | More by finstadp
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Short's brew that my dad picked up while in Michigan recently. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip glass.

A - An intentionally vigorous pour results in a blossoming two-and-a-half finger white head that sits proudly atop a honey-hued base. Retention is good and offers promises of substantial lacing to come.

S - Decent amounts of hops of the orange and grassy varieties, with a bit of earthiness or nuttiness. A relatively heavy malt backbone for a pale ale plays a significant supporting role.

T - Caramel malts and hops are fairly balanced here, with a lingering sweet aftertaste that is reminiscent of honey. I definitely feel that the hops are taking more of a backseat than I was anticipating in this one.

M - Low on the carbonation, but with a fuller mouthfeel than expected. Very drinkable, despite bitterness that expands throughout the bottle.

O - Not your typical pale ale, largely due to the different malt profile. Don't go into this one expecting your typical pale ale, but approach it with an open mind and I think you will be more satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:52:25 | More by wyatt13
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a standard glass that was the only thing available in this condo.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Fruity, caramel and bready malts, and citrus hops.

Taste: Pretty standard pale ale. The bready and caramel malts balance out the citrus flavors and tingly hop bitterness. The glacier hops are nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little dry, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice pale ale. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 18:54:18 | More by Flounder57
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head on a murky brownish orange body. Orange peel, earthy hops, hint of lemon aroma. Flavor is more resiny and metallic with hints of orange and lemon citrus. Pretty simple overall and borderline drinkability. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Not much to say about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:22:32 | More by kylehay2004
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mactrail

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive golden amber in the glass. Average head and lacing. Hops in the nose but not especially fragrant.

Some of the browned biscuit taste. A touch of darker malt with a fain winey flavor. The carbonation and mouthfeel are well, beery. Slightly sharp with a hint of pepper. Rather thin. Quite a bitter aftertaste that lingers long.

This stuff is just plain bitter without much else of interest. For the bitter enthusiast, this will do. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:22:50 | More by mactrail
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/7/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, pineapple, mango, caramel, bread, herbal, floral, and light pine. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, toast, and light pine. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Good hop flavor complexity, with a great bitterness/sweetness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale. Nice flavor balance and very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:54:55 | More by superspak
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i dont know, shorts has yet to impress me, despite what ive heard about them. this misses the mark a bit to me. it pours a fine enough looking hazy honey color, with a lasting white foam head. the nose is okay too, sweeter for a pale ale, a little fruity, maybe apricot, dried apricot, and a pineapplely hops as well. the flavor is funky in the wrong way though. it stars with a bland and frankly bad english malt profile, that the delicate fruity hops cant quite overcome. and the bitterness doesnt show its face until the end, which hurts this significantly i think. the sweetness takes over for one or two seconds too many. chemistry is just off. not bad, but just average. feel is okay too, well enough carbonated, and about a medium body on it, but it just doesnt refresh me, or fill me up, or quite get me drunk. like i said, i dont know. its an okay beer, but its lacking any sort of wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 05:05:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark copper with a two finger white head. Carbonation bubbles and sediment continue to rise consistantly. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - Wheat, Citrus, and that's about it. Not impressive at all.

T- Medium amount of hops, water, slightly toasted malt, and that's about it. Tastes like an extremely weak IPA. Realistically thought, it is very easy to drink and pleasant.

M - Medium body with heavy carbonation and very high creaminess.

O - Overall, I'm surprised at the fact that this is a pale ale. In short, this is an easy to drink beer with some good flavor. I would have it again, specifically for a party.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:34:33 | More by SometimesIfart
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears to be dated 11/01/11 .. 11 months old, and actually tasty.

Appearance: Pours looking super hazy. When held up to the light, the center of the glass is orange while the sides of the glass are more yellow. Nice off-white head sticks around, as does the lacing.

Smell: Unusual. I'm not sure what it is. Almost smells like a wet trunk, but it somehow manages to not be disgusting. There's a nice malt and hop aroma buried beneath that odd smell. Not the highlight of Pandemonium.

Taste: Gives the wet trunk vibe as well, but it's quickly made up with a nice balance of hops and malt. The finish is bitter with some bready malt flavors. Quite enjoyable.

Feel: Has to be the highlight of this beer. This has a pretty creamy feel, and also yields some nice carbonation.

Pleasantly surprised. I liked this beer more and more with every sip. This doesn't taste much at all like typical pale ales I've had in the past, so I recommend it pretty highly for that reason alone. Interesting for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:56:57 | More by Alextricity
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Nice opaque golden-amber color with a decent sized head for this style of beer. The nose hit you good, very floral and earthy with lots of hops, hop oils, citrus fruits (mango, orange, pineapple), and maybe a little malt. Pandemonium hits straight forward with a nice dose of hops (starts out much like an IPA), but as the hop sting fades, the floral and fruit flavors start to come out, along with a malt flavored finish. The ending is sweet and mildly fruity as the hop bite from the beginning may still be lingering in the background. The grains are somewhat noticeable, but pale in comparison to the amount of hops. The body is nothing special, medium-thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale with quite a hop bite that mellows into a more complex assortment of floral flavors. Very drinkable, would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 14:12:14 | More by tectactoe
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KDawg

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a small head.

Nice and pungent aromas consisting mostly of hops and various citrus tones. What it lacks for in complexity it makes up with some nice depth as well.

Medium bodied with a good feel, but is really lacking on the mid and finish. The flavors are dominated by hops and citrus as well

A nice pale ale, but lacking in complexity and depth of flavors on the feel. Still, very drinkable and enjoyable for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 20:38:22 | More by KDawg
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ive had this beer in bottles, and on draft at Shorts in Bellaire.. It is fantastic. If you get the chance to have a Pande on draft DO IT. Its more complex and snappy! Love it.

Always a go to beer for me. Pandemonium has everything you want... its got A malty-profile.. balanced hop and pale ale taste. Its excellent!

A: Very transparent light copper with sudsy minimal lacing..mantains a tiny head throughout...

S: SMells more hoppy than it actually is. Orange tinge, malty roastiness and slight alcohol bite on the nose.

T: Crisp and refreshing, but full and malty almost to an octoberfest level... but not quite.. very sessionable indeed. This is a classic. The flavor is simple, yet intriguingly complex with malt, hops, and full body ale-esk style.

O: Excellent. A must have. Its not going to knock your socks off and make you say.. " WOW THIS IS INTENSE!!" But it will be a smooth, mellow, sessionable beer that will make you want to crack open another one.

A+

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:48:54 | More by Drk93TT
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice pale ale. Good hop tones on it that keep it interesting enough, but well within the style parameters. A bit too hoppy to make it a session ale or one that I would consider an easy drinker. But it's nice. I'll never have an objection to trying anything from Short's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:32:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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