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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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228 Reviews
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Reviews: 228
Hads: 534
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 534
Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Drk93TT
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle -

Appearance - Poured a finger of golden head, body was a gorgeous opaque orange amber, very nice lacing left after the session.

Smell - Whole grain bread, earthy hops, and some minerals in the nose.

Taste - There is a bready malt character for the entire quaff - starts with floral and very earthy hops, baked bread, then light minerals long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side, medium carb provides alot of crispness and sharper edges - cleansing the palate to finish slightly bitter and dry.

Overall - This is a very good and uniquesly refreshing APA, a good thirst quencher, and very sessionable @ 5.4%.

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Photo of alexanf
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper.

S: Hints of fruit, zest, caramel, and hops.

T: Bitter start that transitions into a dry, zesty wood finish.

M: Smooth, but lingering bitterness.

O: I'm a huge Short's fan, but, I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the bottle.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a half-finger of khaki colored head. The brew is on the darker side of golden and very clear.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of sweet molassas and a bit of sweet caramel malt. There is also just a wiff of some underlying floral hops.

T: The taste begins with an earthy hops bitterness and then the sweet malt joins in to bring the flavors into a very good balance. It ends with a pleasant sweet malt aftertaste.

M: It has a medium body and is very smooth.

O: This is a pale ale that can standout in a crowded field. The balance of hops and malt is there; yet, each retains its unique taste. Also, the sweetness of the malts is very pronounced in this pale ale. And, that sweetness works very well here.

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Photo of brystmar
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in trade a few weeks back.

Pours an amber color with red hues. One finger of white head, good lace and retention. Decent aroma, though it's a bit heavy on the sweet malts. But that's where the praise ends...

Taste is awful. Bitter, dirt-y. Hints of sweet malt in the background, but mostly just terrible. Can't say I'm surprised though; this is about par for the course for a Short's beer. Time to meet my drain!

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps there is some variability of this beer, batch to batch, but the pint I am enjoying at the brewery right now is truly magnificent.

A hazy copper coloured amber, with reasonable head (albeit no lacing). Beautiful aroma of tropical fruits, with focus on mango and pineapple. Flavours are well balanced, with caramelized malt sweetness leading directly into "west coast" hop bitterness. Citrus and tropical fruit elements make it an excellent APA (imo).

It's no Huma Lupa, but what is? Definitely a beer I'd choose again(if Huma wasn't an option!)

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a slight head that yields some surprising cream colored clingy lace.

Typical signature Short's sourness in the nose, like a reminder that beer is living thing. I also get a little tropical fruit.

Soft malt, bitter up front, some watery fruit and malt. Funny enough, the softness of this beer makes this easy to drink, although it is a touch mushy. Bitterness and funky malt work well with clean bitterness. Slight rind (that might have gone a bit off) in the end.

Medium bodied, under-carbonated.

I buy this brewer when I see it as I'm never sure if it will show up in MA again. One of the few brew that I could pick the brewer out blindfolded by smell and taste. The sourdough bread of brewers! This one is...different. I like the structure, and the bitterness in this beer. Unique for the style, and you need a bit of an open mind or a seasoned palate to, well, to...get it. Still, this review needed an edit from me. As I sipped the pint, and it warmed and..evolved, I grew to like this more.

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Photo of Treebs
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Thanks to Holland (Eric) for the extra a while back. Found this guy floating around in the back of the fridge and decided to crack it open.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a solid light yellow head forming on the pour. The head slowly recedes to a thick collar with nice sheets of lace left behind.

S: The first whiff is not pleasant. Spoiled honey with slight souring note. Souring in a gone bad though. The bready malts are almost sourdough in nature.

T: There is a slight compost heap flavor with spoiled hops upfront, but those quickly fade to pale malts. The finish is sourdough bread malts with some unpleasant.

M: The unpleasantness of the nose and taste make this guy hard to get down. Luckily the flavors exit the taste buds rather quickly so swallowing isn't too bad of an option.

O: Well I don't know. It looked so good and I've liked other Short's beers. Their Mystery Stout is really good, but this one was just not good. The malt bill was not pleasant in any way, shape or form and the hops were just not there. Not balanced. Avoid.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thank you again for sending me a variety of Short's stuff to explore! Into a Magic Chouffe tulip that's backlit by the sun fading through the trees. This weather lately has been simply spectacular and helped to shake me the, albeit mild, winter doldrums.

Darker copper orange pour crowned by a good two fingers of tall pillowy white. Retention is good and lacing is disappointingly low. When first poured it's a particularly good looking beer.

Smell is predominantly sourdough bread. Lingering beneath is under-ripe honeydew melon. A malt driven pale on the nose to be sure.

Taste is much the same. Big sourdough breadiness and an undercurrent of bitter melon that's not juicy, but rather dry and not yet fresh. Body is medium and carbonation is on the lighter end.

Overall, this is slightly below average pale. Not something I would go out of way to drink again, but happy to have had the chance.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours amber with a thin layer of white head.

Rich bready malts with a little bit of of floral hops in the background. Nothing special. Hints of caramel in the background. Nothing really special here. The pallet has a little bit of a doughy bread flavor with some floral slightly bitter hops in the finish.

The body is light with somewhat softer carbonation. Overall this one is nothing special. Drinkable but I don't know if this is something I would grab again.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice copper, amber color. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma is slightly sweet pineapple, with some decent sweet malt. The aroma isn't particularly strong.

The taste is heavy on the malt, with a hint of sweet hop. The finish is malty; not quite crisp.

The body is light to medium. There is a nice lively carbonation.

This is fine, overall very middling. It's a serviceable pale ale for sure.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a coppery amber color with a finger of off white head. Ok head retention.

S- very earthy hop aromas with a little cereal pale malt aroma.

T- more of the same. Earthy woody hops with a dominate biscuity pale malt flavor.

MF- slick watery mouthfeel. Thin watery body and average carbonation.

D- you could drink this like water.

Overall a very average pale ale.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another picked up from missing a turn and turning around in a MI liquor store parking lot.

Poured in a FFF pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with an inch of white head. No lace.

The nose is hop absent but has a somewhat appeasing popcorn smell, probably provided by the remain malts and faded hops.

The taste has that popcorn taste as well and has very little hop characteristics about it. The malt however, is very tasty without the hops. The malt has a bit of sweetness to it and is the main event for the beer.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and has some carbonation but not too much.

Overall, not sure this was the freshest of pale ales but the malt flavors were quite pleasing, despite the lack of hops.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light copper orange or straw color with a small head that dissipates rather fast.

S: Not a whole lot going on at first - some acidity and a bit of malt with earthiness. I kind of picked up on earthiness rather fast. In fact I don't know if I had a older one or not but I also picked up on some Oregeno or something like that.

T: Bitterness, malt, grass or Oregeno or Garlic to me anyways just kind of tasted like some short of a pizza beer to me whatever it was it was pretty overpowering in this beer.

M: Light body and low carbonation for the style. I kind of thought it was Thin.

O: Overall, I didn't really care for it and I just have had a lot of misses with shorts. I like the fact that they take chances and kind of experiment but I have only found I few of there beers I like. Everytime I go to Michigan I pick up a mixed six pack to try there different styles and flavors and it only cost about $10 bucks so to me it's worth the risk because I might find something I like.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours very clear bright orange color with almost a finger of large bubble white head. Retention is average.

S: Not a lot. Light pineapple and mango with a floral scent in the background.

T: Better than aroma. Grassy hop flavor With bready malts. Quite dry and moderately bitter.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Not a bad pale ale - dry, moderately bitter with nice grassy hop flavor. Aroma is a bit bland, though.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a craggy moonscape head. Good retention.

Apple juice sweet crystal malts at first but then it smells like something between a Twinkie and a vanilla frosted Grand Marnier cupcake when it warms up.

Herbal bitter and orange zest amid a too sweet toffee and whipped cream malt background. As it warms the toffee and whipped cream again taste like a vanilla frosted Grand Marnier cupcake.

Weird beer.

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Photo of Cheesedogg
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a very nice amber orange color with about a finger width of head

s - very nice aroma with a hint of the hops and citrus

t - refreshing, with the lower abv would make a nice session beer

o - i enjoyed the beer, quite refreshing compared to many of the stouts I normally drink this time of year.. Will definitely buy again for a nice summer beer

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange and translucent.

Aromas were a bit mild but still nice. Lots of citrus flavors with a blend of malts and light spices.

The flavor is also citrusy yet not overpowering. Mainly oranges with citrus peels. Smooth caramel malts and fair hints of molasses balance of the citrus and medium hop flavors. Undertones of grains in the aftertaste.

Very smooth carbonation well suited for the brew. Easy to drink yet unique.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours mostly transparent. Brilliant orange color. Minute head is frothy and creamy. Leaves a ton of consistent lacing. A pretty APA.

S-Smells initially of light clementine flesh. A bit of sweet bread and caramel behind the orange and clementine citrus. Overall, a pretty faint aroma, but what it there, is pretty nice smelling.

T-Orange zest. Also a pretty nice lemon peel flavor that lingers. Pretty bitter in the finish. The citrus is not intense but it is persistent, which is quite enjoyable. Light sweetness. A bit of a metal-twang in there which is a bit unfortunate.

M-Excellent feel. I will easily polish off this six pack with no trouble because of the body, feel, and carbonation. Carbonation is very soothing, and plentiful. Rather light bodied. Bitter.

O/D-Overall this did not blow me away but I thoroughly enjoyed my first bottle, and will see the other 5 disappearing quite rapidly. I truly do enjoy a rather mild APA more often than not. I probably would not buy another six-pack, but this is a nice beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer before a couple of times and I thought it was good, but for some reason this is the only Short's regular lineup beer that I haven't reviewed. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a kind of hazy golden orange color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left a lot of nice lacing. This is one damn good looking APA.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of sweet pale malts followed by a noticeable biscuit like aroma. After that comes a mixture of citrus, grassy and earthy hops, with the grassy and earthy hops sticking out the most. The aroma is pretty solid, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little more citrus hops.

T- The taste seems to be a little different from the aroma. It starts off with the malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and taste like the are slightly toasted and impart some nice caramel malts and biscuit malt flavors. Next comes the hops which are a little light with a floral and earthy taste, but they still retain a high amount of medium bitterness. A pretty solid tasting APA, but I would like a little more hop flavor to go with the bitterness.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty spot on and it fit this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a good and above average APA, but it didn't have that extra complexity and balance that makes for a top tier APA. This beer had really good drinkability, it went down smooth and it had just enough bitterness to keep my attention and not become overwhelming, this would make a nice beer to drink during the summer on the disc golf course. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both pretty damn good and just where they should be for the style. What I liked the least was the lack of hop flavors in the taste, it had the right amount of bitterness but it needed some more hop flavors to back up the bitterness and balance out all those malts. I would buy this again when looking for a smooth and easy drinking APA, but there are more then a couple APA's that I would choose over this one. I recommend giving this beer a try, some APA's are almost IPA's but there is no mistaking that this beer is an APA, so it's pretty true to style. A lot of the beers from Short's aren't that true to style, but this one is and it's done well but there are more exciting APA's to be found and that makes this beer a little above a middle of the road APA.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber golden color with a nice 1.5 finger slightly off-white head. Good retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is a bit mild though not bad: tropical and citrus hop character, caramel, cereal grainy character. Wish it was a little more pronounced. The flavor is also quite mild for my liking, though not too all together bad. Sweet malty backbone with medium bitterness and more piney earthy hop character than anticipated. Crisp though smooth. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and mild bitterness. Overall, better than average though lacking flavors and aromas. Easy to drink, not bad, not great.

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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.