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

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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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5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-05-2011 22:27:56 | More by McCranky
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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%

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.


09-08-2012 02:48:54 | More by Drk93TT
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4.53/5  rDev +24.8%

After a few different kegs of IPA on the home kegorator (Two Hearted, Stone, and Founder's), the wife and I decided perhaps we shouldn't allow ourselves virtually unlimited access to beer approaching 8% abv. Since IPA's are both our favorite type of beer, it was especially hard to reign in consumption. Enter Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale. At only 5.4%, it definitely qualifies as a "light" beer for us. At the same time, it's packed full of all the good stuff you expect from Short's on tap. A nice thick foamy head of about an inch. A great copper color. There are the tiniest hints of citrus in there somewhere, but honestly I think it's balanced so well that it's really hard to pin them down. The bottom line is that I'm very, very impressed. I tested out a few bottles before committing to the 1/2 barrel, and my thoughts were "it's fine". Now that I've had it on tap, my thoughts are "out of this world". A+.

05-06-2010 20:03:50 | More by WPG
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

12-07-2013 16:25:35 | More by Fargrow
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-29-2014 17:44:47 | More by Andrew182
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-15-2012 17:58:54 | More by RomeosPartyStore
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-09-2012 22:26:18 | More by Mavigo
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

I have had this both on tap at the pub in Bellaire and from the bottle. While the bottle is great and I am very happy that it can be bought all over the place, the Pandy on tap is amazing. This is a great session beer. It is on a little over 5% and has great drinkability. It has a good hop characteristics but is not over powering with hops like Short's Huma-lupa or Haning Frank Pale Ale are. It is a great weekend afternoon beer.

09-21-2009 18:02:40 | More by filkinsa
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

04-15-2012 13:10:09 | More by zchops
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

06-29-2012 20:52:07 | More by BigJaws
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4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label looks like a chalk drawing of a pensive devil in the fires of hell. I hope to hell the description on Beer Advocate was not written by the brewers; it sounds like an attempt by some 2 bit drunk poet to sound cool. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white, dense head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete layer of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is the bright orange color of a hefeweizen and cloudy.

Smell: Strong wet hop aroma against a slightly smoky caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Great hop bitterness throughout, with an amazing fresh taste to he hops that captures not only the spiciness, but the more base, green vegetal notes. It tastes like what a bag of whole leaf hops smells like, something I don't think I have ever experienced before in a beer. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a hint of biscuity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Picked one of these up on a recent trip to MI, so won't be getting any more any time soon. Love the way the whole leaf hop has been captured.

12-20-2010 22:43:40 | More by beveritt
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4.43/5  rDev +22%

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Pandemonium is a hazy copper orange color with thick white head after a vigorus pour. It has fairly good retention and leaves nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It has a sweet candied orange peel smell which I really enjoy.

Flavor is also really well done. A little bit of caramel sweetness and a good dose of hoppy bitterness. Really well balanced with a lean towards the citrusy hops. As it warms, I start to notice more grassy and earth character in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced and drinkable.

For an American pale ale, this is one of the best.

09-29-2011 03:53:26 | More by GilGarp
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4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

08-21-2014 21:09:26 | More by Chappy-88
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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

A dark golden color pour with a medium sized off white head, good retention,and lacing. Aroma is of sweet lightly toasted caramel malt and a pleasent spicy earthy floral hop profile. Flavor is lightly sweet,hoppy,and lightly bitter but not too bitter,very BALANCED just the right amounts of Malt and hops,livly carbonation,medium body,yet light and crisp,a faint hint of lemon zest at the dry finish. Extremely sessionable. Maybe one of the best APA i've had, nice job Shorts

04-19-2009 02:53:33 | More by WakeandBake
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours an amber-burnt orange color. The pour has a thin head disappeared. Good retention.

The aroma is malty. You notice some wheat and grain.

Pandemonium has a subtle bitterness and a citrus taste. The taste reminds me of a wheat beer or German hefweisen but hoppy. Pandemonium has a noticeable hop presence.

Pandemonium is lighter-medium bodied. It has great drinkability. This is a year-round beer and could be (is)a great session beer.

06-05-2011 23:51:30 | More by tetonka4kzoo
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A normal pour left a 1-finger, off-white head that eventually dropped to a full lace leaving nice sticky rings all along the glass. The body was a hazy, bronze with light carbonation.

S- Initially I picked up a sweet malt aroma of caramel and brown sugar. This was followed up by floral hops that brought everything into a nice balance.

T- The flavor was more of the malt/hop harmony. It was an initial rush of thos caramel malts mixed with piney, earthy hops that dry up the flavor in the finish.

M- It's lightly carbonated and has the slightest of hop tingle, yet really full bodied.

D- This was an excellent drinker. The great balance between sweet and hoppy flavors makes this one easy to put back. I could make this a regular in my rotation and put back a couple in a single sitting.

Overall- This is such a nicely balanced APA. With the trend toward highly hopped beers (often blurring the line between APAs and IPAs), this could almost be mistaken for an amber from many brewers. This balance really added to my enjoyment.

06-22-2009 01:20:53 | More by GRPunk
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger, eggshell white head formed quickly and receded down to a thin layer...very little lacing present. The body is a perfect brick red with orange and golden hues.

The nose has a combination of citrus hops and candy caramel present. You can pick up some bready (almost earthy) characters in the background.

The taste starts out sweet, turns (almost) toasty in the middle before quickly fading into a bitter (but not outrageous) hop presence. Pretty well balanced...

Medium/light mouth feel, semi-oily with moderate carbonation.

This is very drinkable. Great for sitting outside and sipping! I will pick up more of these whenever I am in MI!

05-28-2010 18:29:40 | More by mgbickel
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottle from kkulacki in his latest beer shipment. Pours a slightly cloudy orange brown with a sparse white head. Smells surprisingly malty with touches of caramel and pear. Flavor is also more malty than expected, but the malt is accented wonderfully by a minty, spicy hop and a nice bitterness that gives the whole beer a nice bite. Biscuity malt base is very nice. Tingly bitter finish. Medium bodied, a fine, fine example of the style.

04-06-2009 00:03:41 | More by aforbes10
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-08-2014 01:41:23 | More by RDQueena
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-28-2012 03:15:59 | More by atone315
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

A- Pours a hazy amber/brown color with about two finger's of milky white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Lot's of earthy hops along with sweet malts. The smell reminds me more of an IPA just because of the amount of hop dominance.

T- Piney hops initially hit me, but it is well rounded off by a dose of sweet malts. Finishes off slightly bitter and dry.

M- Smooth and relatively heavy for a Pale Ale. Lots of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable. It's easy to drink a few before you realize it. Once again, Short's makes a great beer.

07-09-2009 22:58:46 | More by kbeals
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-28-2014 02:41:58 | More by QuadriderMX
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-30-2011 03:08:26 | More by brandoman63
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-06-2014 18:40:48 | More by Jlaurie394
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-01-2012 16:08:33 | More by pare311
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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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