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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: 483
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004)
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Photo of brandoman63


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

11-30-2011 03:08:26 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-29-2011 19:35:37 | More by RudiNicole
Photo of AceMan


4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-28-2011 01:16:28 | More by AceMan
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a golden orange color, good sized white fluffy head, fades at a decent pace and leaves bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light hop aroma, actually picking up a bit of light fruit like apricot mixed in the citrus, caramel malt melds things over.

Taste starts out citrusy, then a sweetness comes over the beer and finishes with a musty bitterness and a dryness, good carbonation levels.

11-26-2011 20:36:46 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of zoso1967


4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-25-2011 05:45:58 | More by zoso1967
Photo of minterro


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2011 18:10:21 | More by minterro
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-23-2011 12:46:43 | More by mmcnaughton
Photo of Gtg642


4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-19-2011 03:26:02 | More by Gtg642
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2011 07:01:51 | More by adamant1912
Photo of MacStinson


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2011 02:25:28 | More by MacStinson
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 03:21:19 | More by ElGallo
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-15-2011 13:14:16 | More by GoldenChild
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-15-2011 01:49:37 | More by thebouch01
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 20:26:36 | More by nanobrew
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 17:49:26 | More by dnh2
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

A: Pours a great copper/dark amber color with a creamy off white foam top about 3/4" which disappears somewhat rapidly. Sticky , clinging to the wall of the glass as the contents slide down leaving behind a nice thick film of beer foam.

S: Immediately the hops smack you in the face, and make the mouth water, while the malts hang out in the back and keep it tied together.

T: Grapefruit bitter hops suckerpunch the mouth, and a very balanced malt bill steers you to a second sip. The malt side you have some sweet caramel notes dancing on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, a slight bit of an alkaline taste in the back. Very delishious.

O: Very drinkable and would welcome another one of these at som time hopefully in the future.

Picked up some Michigan brews on the road with work and brought back 2 six packs to work thru that either I have never had or rated.

11-14-2011 03:01:27 | More by nukem5
Photo of alli4051


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard point.

Pours a bright, but murky, orange with a short white head. Head recedes quick leaving just a touch of lacing. Not much doing with the nose, some graininess and faint hop aromas but nothing to write home about. Taste is nicey balanced. Bready, murky malts mingle nicely with the earthy hop notes. Medium to light bodied and just about right. I actually had to have a couple of these for it to grow on me, not sure if that's a bad sign or an indication of a nicely unique pale.

11-08-2011 03:23:33 | More by alli4051
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Lumpy head that leaves a lattice of lace. The brew is orange-amber with a bit of haze.

A cross between soured milk and sweet caramel is the initial smell. Subsequent whiffs give a bit of floral hop.

Far more hoppy (peppery) on the tongue than the smell would lead one to believe. Good amber (crystal malt) flavors. The bitterness is biting but not overwhelming. The aftertaste lasts about half a minute. The body is richer than most Pales; the carbonation is low.

11-06-2011 01:17:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of pixieskid


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a nice dark orange hue with a decent white head and fair aromatics.

Notes of floral and citrus hops with a lingering graininess and caramel back. Mild bitterness throughout with a lingering grassy hop presence and slight floral hop note.

Overall; nothing impressive but a decent enough pale...

11-03-2011 05:46:33 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Beaver13


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden copper with a smallish off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready toasted caramel malt with some fruity light resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted biscuit malts and some rye(?) with a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale. It has really good bitterness, I just don't really care for the toasted malts and grassy bitterness.

11-03-2011 02:28:09 | More by Beaver13
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic in the Chillin and Grillin II BIF. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Nice pale amber colored beer, decent clarity, just the slightest bit turbid. White head that foams up to about half an inch and then dissipates into a small cap with a bunch of globs of lacing that are left behind.

S: Caramel malts, grainy malts, and a slightly floral hop profile. Slightly fruity yeast ester. Doesn't have a ton going on, but smells alright.

T: Nice grainy malts, a few flavors of honey and caramel and a nice bit of bitterness to even things out. Really a balanced pale ale. Just enough of everything to keep things put together. A little more of a hop profile would help it out quite a bit though.

M: Perfect on the mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation and a dry finish. Hits it exactly right.

O: Not a bad little pale ale, nicely balanced with decent flavors. Not over carbonatead, and not too dry or too sweet, hits a lot of things right on the money. Would definitely revisit this beer.

10-27-2011 23:56:51 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Pandemonium Pale Ale is copper in color. There’s a moderate amount of haze. More than I anticipated. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head covers it, but only rises to about a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede, leaving a very light coat of lace behind.

The nose is pretty good and interesting. The malt base is an interesting mix of caramel and toasted malts. The toasted variety smells like the stronger of the two. Hops are there, but aren’t your typical American Pale fare. They smell earthy and spicy with just a hint of citrus orange. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Smells different, but pretty good.

The flavor keeps the pace. The malt base is definitely a mix of toasted and caramel malts. Interesting choice. It’s a little sweet. There are interesting herbal and praline-like flavors that are prominent throughout. Very unique. Hops are noted and are a little stronger than expected. They taste a little spicy, herbal, with a touch of citrus orange. I have no clue what the hop bill is, but I’ve never tasted anything like it in an APA. It definitely has a bitter kick. I’d say it’s more hoppy than malty. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes with a spicy hop kick and just a touch of toasted malt and praline flavors.

Pandemonium Pale Ale has a light medium body. It definitely feels a tad thin. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t feel buzzy. For the style, it feels pretty average. Not bad though.

Pandemonium Pale Ale is definitely one of those releases from Short’s that veers left of center in terms of its consistency with the style. How so? Well, the strong presence of toasted malts and praline flavors are the biggest clues. The spicy and herbal hop flavors are further evidence. It’s definitely novel, but isn’t bad. It’s not my favorite formula for an APA, but it isn’t bad. Definitely one worth checking out.

10-24-2011 03:39:18 | More by prototypic
Photo of buschbeer


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours orange/burnt orange in color with two inches of beige head.

S - I get some caramel malt with floral hops.

T - Solid malt backbone with mild hops

M - Moderate with some chalkiness

O - Not a hoppy pale ale. I guess it's a good alternative to an adjunct.

10-23-2011 15:11:47 | More by buschbeer
Photo of ArrogantB


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

Got a bottle of this in a mixed sixer for $11. Bright yellow color, slight haze. Smells like biscuit and a hint of hops, citrus. Taste is more biscuit and a bit of hops but I honestly did not find this to be overly hoppy and wasn't too impressed. It was a decent beer but for $11 a sixer I would buy SNPA instead every single time. I think the trend of upward pricing really works against a lot of breweries if the beers aren't better than the benchmark for the style.

10-21-2011 17:24:52 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle into pint glass
A – Light tan 1 finger head reduced pretty quick to a think layer with bits of lacing all around for the whole glass, a hazed moderate amber color 3.5
S – Grassy, mild hops, mild citrus, slightly sweet 3.5
T – Nice malt and hops all around balance. Doughy bitterness, with moderate citrus zest and mild malts, mineral quality on the finish 3.5
M – Moderate body, with nice carbonation, good overall mouth feel 4
O – Good drinkability with nice balance, stronger hop profile for an APA, a good brew I enjoyed but so comparable in the PA segment, mouth feel makes it a 4

10-19-2011 04:39:22 | More by rsdaugherty
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.