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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.

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Photo of maximum12


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Picked up a bottle of this brew during a recent epic trip through the Michigan/Indiana/Illinois to hit various breweries. Didn't get to Short's, but happy to find a few of their brews on tap & in bottles in Grand Rapids.

This pale is on the amber side of pale, & I'm not sure amber is pale (try to make long sentences with few words, it's fun & relaxing!). A little oil slick of white stays atop the beer for quite some time. Smell is very hoppy with a side of blooming roses in the springtime.

Pandemonium is almost a cross between Alpha King & Furious. The smells betrays the hop-forward nature of this pale ale, with grapefruity hops ascendant, soapy floral chitin coming in behind, with the pale malts floating in on a mildly sweet wind. Very drinkable, at 5.4% this would be a great beer to hunker down with for a while.

Excellent beer. I'm trying to find a reason not to put this in the A range, but just can't find it. Enjoying it a great deal & have been very impressed with Short's line-up.

09-19-2009 01:34:11 | More by maximum12
Photo of movingtrain


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pour is very active...heavy carbonation with a light, creamy tan head sitting on top. Light amber in color.

Smells of hops, citrus, light malts, bread...like a good pale ale should.

Taste is of oranges, some grainy bread, hops for sure...but not an overwhelming amount.

The flavor is light across the tongue...and is quite tasty. There is a good balance here between the malts used and the hops, giving it a slightly bitter taste on the back of the tongue, but very bready and sweet up front.

As far as drinkability is concerned, this is one I could stand to have a few more glasses of, for sure. Well done.

09-08-2009 21:49:16 | More by movingtrain
Photo of emerge077


3.8/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to Craig for yet another Short's beer!

This label has been the source of some laughs lately...the pensive devil seems to be contemplating just how evil he wants to be. "Hmm, diabolical...or just mischievous? I just can't decide."

Fluffy cream toned head that floats above the rim of the glass. About 2+ fingers of foam that remains in place for awhile. Deep murky copper-orange. Clinging concentric crop circles. Whiff of passion fruit and beery grain. Flavors of peanut buttery specialty malts, and a light fruity hop bite. The grainy malts seem to take center stage, with some nice residual hop bitterness on a bigger sip. Evidence of coriander or grains of paradise in there, some dry seedy herb. A bit of citrus pith there too, this reminds me some of SNPA with milder bitterness and less florals. Overall a nice pale ale. Thanks again Craig!

09-01-2009 00:08:49 | More by emerge077
Photo of GbVDave


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy, apricot color with a sticky light-orange cap of foam on top. Lots of lace left behind to coat the inside of the glass.

S: Heady aroma of malt; toasted biscuits and crackers. A very healthy portion of lemon-y citrus hops adds balance and fruity tang.

T: Lemon-y hops and bready malt battle for prominence but there's no clear winner. Very balanced. Tangy citrus with a nice and long bready finish.

M: Snappy and fruity. Slightly on the dry side. Nice toasty malt with just the right amount of spicy and astringent hops.

D: Crisp, sticky, and very refreshing. Really a fantastically drinkable APA.

08-21-2009 23:08:54 | More by GbVDave
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Received as a thoughtful extra in a freaking fantastic trade with kbeals.. Thanks a ton Kevin for the extras and a whopping appreciation from the Boise beer crew for the original trade.. I hope you like your box as much as I like mine!!!

Poured into my Delirium snifter.. bottle says it was brewed recently.. I'm down! big 2 finger head leaves tons of lace atop a fairly clear amber brew..

Nose has some caramel malts in the front and a fairly significant amount of citric hoppiness.. a bit of yeasty fruitiness adds to an already pretty complex nose for an APA.

Flavor mirrors the nose but a good injection of biscuity maltiness comes in mid palate.. sorta toasty toward the finish.. the citric hoppiness melts from the bitter beginning into the middle and lends a sorta dry litely hoppy finish.. lite/medium body with a good carbonation makes me want another drink... and then another.. a good sessionable pale ale for sure.. I would buy it.

Thanks again Kevin.. I would appreciate a good Short's connection.... I'm hoping you're the soldier who will help deliver these goodies to Potato Country.


08-15-2009 23:16:14 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Magpie14


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

A: a still crusted golden brown body with a whip of fizz on top. Overall the head is rather lackluster and lacing is making a meager stand, not bad

S: toasted malts. Dirty bitter hops and caramel

T: flavors follow the nose and the hops lend a dry earthy bitterness, a smattering of herbaceous notes, and a wedge of an orange. This all melds nicely with the caramel flavors. Malts hold down the profile pretty well
Things are pretty laid back and mild overall, tasty

M: medium carbonation and soft dry finish, body hits the mark for the style. Lingers a bit bitter and malty

D: a tasty shorts brew...tasty

08-13-2009 00:16:42 | More by Magpie14
Photo of fostwal


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Interesting beer. I picked this one up while visiting MI. Its a decent pale ale. The color is closer to light brown than a golden amber. Its not very fragrant. Maybe a little hops and malt, but not much. The taste is fairly well balanced. Definitely on the hop side of balanced. Its lightly carbonated. The combination makes this a fairly decent beer. Not sure if I would seek it out, definitely wouldn't turn one down either.

08-12-2009 23:36:26 | More by fostwal
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a great copper color, with good clarity, I stopped a bit short of the yeast in the bottom. The head was kind of thin, but adequate, at a little over a cm. Still leaves decent lacing. The smell I can't quite place it yet, but I'm liking it. Smells a bit leafy and herbal, a tiny bit grassy, but that's not quite it. Smells a bit sweet, a little crackery, maybe a wee bit toasty, but that's not it. A bit fruity, like granny smith apple peels, a little like yellow and pink cherries, but that's not quite it. There's also a hint of citrus, sweet lime, a bit of lemon zest, but that's not quite it. I still just can't place it entirely, but I really like it. The taste keeps it up, but you really notice the resins here. A bit of grapefruit rind, some leafy freshness, a little pollen. But I still get this deep, crackery malt flavor, backed with a little earthy, caramelly, black tea taste, and there's just enough sweetness to keep it from being taxing. The dryness is incredible though, almost too much so. There's a zippy citrus presence still, a bit of fruity tartness, which is enhanced by the dryness. This one isn't quite as malty and sweet as many others, but it's got a lot of great qualities. The body is a kind of thin medium, with a zip of carbonation in the finish. The drinkability is good, very enjoyable, but the dryness really keeps this from being a sort of everyday beer. Enjoyable if you can find it, a pretty good APA.

08-11-2009 23:02:23 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of ghostwalker


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

A: Golden amber body, frothy white head.

S: Malty nose with slight citrus hop finish.

T: Very balanced pale ale-ness. Biscuit malt up front - light lemony hop finish. Not too much of any one thing, but I like it a lot.

M: Light, zesty, moderate to high carbonation.

D: High drinkability. Quenching and tasty flavor that makes me want another. A solid APA that would be a staple for me, if regularly available where I live.

08-10-2009 22:14:31 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle sample courtesy of Milos- Amber liquid sits under a foam of frothy white fizz. Nose of tropical fruits, caramel malts, some bread, and fresh hops. The flavour profile is cirtic hops, tropical fruits, floral hops, a bit of spice. Well balanced finish with the hops coming through.

08-09-2009 14:42:57 | More by mrmanning
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, a very good pale. Was not getting the best aroma from the glass, that is the glass. Glacier hop, a light white head on ruby body, leaving lace. Served at appropriate temperature, not too cold. A decent though drying bitterness. BVitterness like an IPA.

08-07-2009 12:25:43 | More by Sammy
Photo of Durge


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Had this chilled courtesy of the Ohoove beer cellar. It has a very cloudy amber color with a reasonable white head and good streaks of lacing. The aroma is light caramel rye with a hint of watermelon sweetness. Not very obviously hoppy although I'll admit it was preceded by Hop Stoopid & Green Flash IPA. The flavor does bring an instant tart rye hops with grassy malt. A little thin but then it's fairly drinkable. I get some lightly sweet fruit highlights, sort of watermelon and celery. It has a nice medium body, smooth feel, almost resinous. It's interesting and most folks should find it pretty decent but it didn't quite live up to Pandemonium to this hop head. Not bad at all though.

08-04-2009 03:04:20 | More by Durge
Photo of mattcrill


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Aroma: Bready carmel malt notes up front. Moderate-low fruity esters. Light citric and floral hop notes provide a counterpoint.

Appearance: Clear copper colored pour with a thin, wispy white head.

Flavor: Nice blend of carmel malt, moderate fruity esters, and spicy/earthy hop notes. Balance is nearly even but towards the hoppy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Prickly on the palate with no discernable alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Well balanced and drinkable APA. Nothing over the top but serviceable and well crafted.

08-02-2009 22:22:37 | More by mattcrill
Photo of mjl21


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a murky amber with some dark orange showing. Has a 3/4 finger off white head that has a decent level of retention. There is visible yeast sediment.

S-Some mild citrus such as pineapple and orange are noticeable. There is a lot of sweet malt that is picked up.

T-It has a muddled citrus taste upfront. It tastes citrusy but one citrus flavor does not jump out. There is a lot of sweet caramel malt that hits in the middle and back. I also get some graininess in the back of my mouth. It has some lingering bitterness.

M-Definitely a thick Pale Ale from all of the malt. The head that stays around gives it a smooth mouthfeel and it has lots of carbonation. Also has a grainy aftertaste.

D-I found it too thick to have more than one.

This is one that I thought was okay. I found the malt made it a little too chewy for me.

07-30-2009 02:04:04 | More by mjl21
Photo of BitterPachyderm


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

birthday club BIF gift, thanks for the Short's! 12 oz. bottle (no freshness) poured into my new favorite pint glass, Sweetwater...

good two fingers of toffee colored foam atop a deep and hazy auburn body...some lacing and mild head retention...

slight hop and grain profile with some buttery malts peaking through...hardly any citrus, but a bittering nose is beheld...

lost of sweet and caramel malts with a touch of citrus throughout, but held down by the sweetness...nutty, alot better than the aroma let on...

good carbonation with a very clean mouthfeel...

hard to argue it's drinkability...

very comparable to the red chair ipa i recently had, for what it's worth...

07-27-2009 09:09:22 | More by BitterPachyderm
Photo of association330


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

12 oz. bottle featuring a devilish figure in a thoughtful pose and the text, "Behold the bitter hysteria".

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber with reddish tones. A pinky of light tan head reduces to a bubbly cap with some lacing.

S - Mildly fruity and bready, with the hops coming through in notes of pine and citrus rind.

T - Taste is similar, with sweet, bready malts dominating the initial profile, and a moderately hoppy, semi-dry finish with a snap of citrus rind. I found the bitterness to be a little underwhelming.

M - Body on the upper end of medium and moderate carbonation. Really quite nice.

D - Decent, sessionable APA here, though nothing remarkable. I would've liked a little more hop punch in both the nose and the flavor.

07-19-2009 02:18:44 | More by association330
Photo of PhxHorn


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

This one pours a cloudy orange color with a big fluffy white head that leaves huge lacing all the way down. Smells lightly of malt. Tastes of malt and a biscuity bitterness, with a touch of hops. But the malt dominates the scene here. Carbonation is just about right. A nice bitter pale ale, maybe could have used a touch more hops, but this is a solid one.

07-18-2009 22:46:39 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +10.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 3 big fingers of light tan head. This fizzles down into a thin layer of frothy retention that fires up nicely, leaving some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is gently floral and spicy in the nose, with some malty notes of buttered bread and a splash of citrus. Pleasant enough but not overly assertive by any means.

The taste is moderately spicy with hop bitterness and a surprisingly hefty feeling malt backbone of caramel and bread mixing with some prominent citrus, to impart a slick tang that last well into the finish, along with some light bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess to the carbonation and overall easy slickness to the feel and drinkibility. Nice.

Nothing wrong here. Quite the tasty and (especially) easy drinking Pale Ale from Short's. This is another one that I wish I had bought more of, as the liquid drained way too quickly from my glass.

07-14-2009 16:48:09 | More by Kegatron
Photo of bort11


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Viggo included this as a Bad for the Good/Bad/Ugly BIF.

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Thick off white head a full fingers width. There is some nice lacing, big plus for me. Color is an orangish amber, very clear.

Smell is mild citrus that moves towards pine. A little metallic and mineral. Taste is a little soapy, not a big plus.

Mouthfeel is light but doesn't transition into watery. I would think this would session well, however I wouldn't go out of my way to try.

Blipped "Pandemonium" by Killing Joke

07-12-2009 04:05:00 | More by bort11
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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
Photo of jeremyd365


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours a nice amber copper with a little white head. A pretty solid hop and malt mix of a scent. A very solid high-medium body. The taste is delicious--a good combo of hop and malt flavor to make a really solid pale. Not too much bite and very drinkable. Not all Short's agree with me, but this one is a definite good one!

06-23-2009 01:47:52 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of GRPunk


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

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
Photo of Floydster


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

12 ounce bottle also acquired as an extra in a trade with mikesgroove, thank you for the opportunity Mike, split this and the IPA with my dad tonight, both were poured into pint glasses

A-Golden copper color with some darker orange highlights, 1/2 inch foamy white head, some retention, lacing at the beginning
S-Bread, biscuit, crackers, you name it as far as those kind of malts go, some mild hops, lemon skins, and faint spiciness actually
T-Bready malts at first and in the middle, hops with mild bitterness in the finish attempt to balance things out but do not fully do so, rather dry but still very chewy, sweetnes up a little as it warms too, some apple flavors in the aftertaste, less aggressive malt would have made this beer more enjoyable
M-Very chewy, slightly dry, bitter, and worty mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, moderate to high level of carbonation, taste lasts a few minutes which is both good and bad for its style, good that the flavor is there while bad for its lightness
D-Could drink some more of this, not as smooth and easy to drink as hoped, like I said it is full of chewy malts and that hurts its drinkability, would have liked to see hops balance things out some more

Not quite as good as their IPA but still above average, big crackery malt taste in this one, can be overly chewy at times, otherwise it is a good session beer and is full of flavor for how light it is, would drink again, worth trying

06-18-2009 06:55:50 | More by Floydster
Photo of alleykatking


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

12oz bottle.

A- Poured into my Bell's pint glass. Pours a nice golden copper color with a good 1/2 off white head. Lacing sticks and stays to the sides of the glass.

S- The intial smell of sweet malts presided over everything. Once I took another smell I picked up on a bitter hop smell along with the sweet malts. Nothing to special going on with this beer. Just true to the style in the smells.

T- First taste was a super sweet malt complex with an almost nice bitter hop presence directly colliding with this beer. Upon further sips I find this beer to have a nice bitter taste that lingers and becomes the forefront than the malts in this beer. Good stuff!

M- Good clean mouthfeel to this. I like the light to medium body on this and the carbination levels are almost perfect for this beer. The bubbles help to make this beer enjoyable in all aspects of mouthfeel.

D- I am slowly going back to my pales here more and more. I could buy a 6'er of this any day and sit back and enjoy it. Looking forward to my next trip into Michigan to make that happen. Thank god I live only 5 minutes away!

06-18-2009 04:15:31 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

12 oz bottle, grabbed a 6 of this too in Grand Rapids.

Pours a cloudy blood orange, really brilliant colour, almost like a cloudy version of that McDonalds orange drink from back in the day, thick off white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and drops huge lace sheets, really looks great. Smell is cool, sweet and malty, some caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, very citrusy and floral, some biscuit, touch of herbal, very spicy almost like chicory in the background, really cool. Taste is similar, lots of citrus notes, grapefruit and orange peel, zesty, some caramel and biscuit backbone, spicy and herbal, quite dry in the finish, toasty and very balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry finish, but pretty refreshing. Very meaty body for a pale, and the spicy/herbal character is pretty unique, and the colour is amazing. Great stuff!

06-17-2009 23:34:31 | More by Viggo
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