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

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513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  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.

StoutHunter, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

hopfacebrew, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a murky golden-straw color in appearance. Looks a bit like orange juice with pulp—there’s no floaties in this, but it has the same hue. Low aroma, not a whole lot comes off. Hints, mostly, of citrusy (orange) hops. Tastes of coriander and orange peel followed by a lingering bitterness on the finish. All together not what I think of as being a “typical” pale ale but certainly not a bad brew. I’d have another.

elNopalero, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Holland
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light copper orange or straw color with a small head that sticks with it.

S: not a whole lot going on at first - some acidity and a bit of malt with earthiness.

T: bitterness, malt, grass or dirt

M: medium body, medium-low carbonation for the style, with fine bubbles.

O: Too subtle, and still doesn't seem to come together in a well-crafted way. The 6-pack was $10, but not worth buying again for me.

Holland, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of RomeosPartyStore
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

RomeosPartyStore, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Kranders
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a pretty good sized head, not a whole lot going on. Mild aroma, slightly sweet with a little bit of citrus. Same goes for the flavor. Very malty sweet, with a bit of lemon/citrus going on throughout. Minimal hops lead to a lack of balance. A little thinner than I'd expect, and it flows right off the tongue. Not bad overall, but fairly forgettable.

Kranders, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of schultzm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this brew as a Christmas gift. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice bright murky orange with a tiny 1/2 inch white head that fades to tiny bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: I get a slight citrus scent upfront with a little lemon and a blend of malt followed. Floral on the backend. Decent.

T: A watery mild lemon upfront followed by a slight floral citrus. A mild malt on the backend. A very mild pale ale. Eh.

M: Medium body with a huge carbonation. A mild watery lemon. Ok.

O: All in all, this is not a stellar beer. Very watered down and more like water with a hint of lemon flavor in it. So many better examples in the style. Don't worry about this one.

steve8robin, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toasted caramel and biscuit malts with some citrus hops and some earthy and floral smells in the background.

T - Starts off with some lightly toasted caramel malts and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some richer malt comes through with a bit more bitterness and some earthy and floral flavors. The finish is a mix of earthy bitterness, floral flavors, and some toasted biscuit malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a toasted bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is fairly strong for a pale with some interesting flavors thrown in. The earthiness/floral flavors are a bit harsh compared to the other flavors, but overall the beer is pretty tasty.

ngeunit1, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium amber color with one finger off-white head.

Nose gives off hints of dried tropical fruit, caramel, biscuity, honey, and slight citrus hop zing.

Taste is sweet, malty, and has a very strong resinous pine hop presence.

Moderate to low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and crisp and hoppy finish.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Nothing too fantastic, but definitely drinkable.

syrupjoe, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of LornaLee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of IlPostino
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

IlPostino, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +10.5%

kirkse, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of dlello2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

dlello2, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of twkirkby
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

twkirkby, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +10.5%

salinasa, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Zuidman, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden pour with a white head. Good rentention

S: A very herbal with some earthy malt tones.

T: Good bitterness - herbal taste.

M: Clean, good carbonation - pretty standard.

O: Nothing special but a solid "everyday" pale ale. Another good product from Shorts.

BeRanger, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Yabev15, Dec 08, 2011
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.