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

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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

FEUO, Dec 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

crobinso, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of larebear
3/5  rDev -17.4%

larebear, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ispeakforthetrees, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

mactrail, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of sliks96
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

sliks96, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MarkyMOD, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

superspak, Nov 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pixachii, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ssimpson89, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

WesM63, Oct 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of blazinworm
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

blazinworm, Oct 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KCM, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

pare311, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

SometimesIfart, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Alextricity, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

KDawg, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Sep 11, 2012
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.