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

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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 WPG
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a few different kegs of IPA on the home kegorator (Two Hearted, Stone, and Founder's), the wife and I decided perhaps we shouldn't allow ourselves virtually unlimited access to beer approaching 8% abv. Since IPA's are both our favorite type of beer, it was especially hard to reign in consumption. Enter Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale. At only 5.4%, it definitely qualifies as a "light" beer for us. At the same time, it's packed full of all the good stuff you expect from Short's on tap. A nice thick foamy head of about an inch. A great copper color. There are the tiniest hints of citrus in there somewhere, but honestly I think it's balanced so well that it's really hard to pin them down. The bottom line is that I'm very, very impressed. I tested out a few bottles before committing to the 1/2 barrel, and my thoughts were "it's fine". Now that I've had it on tap, my thoughts are "out of this world". A+.

WPG, May 06, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper and amber color With a one figer head, but great foam retention and stickage. Two columns of bubbles quickly rising to the top.

Very leafy green hop aroma. Limes and ripe oranges along with just a general walk through the forest smell. Very interesting. The malts bring to mind Sara Lee white bread fresh from the toaster.

The taste starts toasted malt bread, cereal, and biscuits. The middle truns almost candy sweet with the addition of citric hops, making me think of a honey orange glaze on a ham. The finish bitters a little more, but still hs that balanced overall sweet flavor from the malt base and orangey hops.

Resiny palate upfront,ten oil to water on the finish, Nice transformation mae this beer flavorful, interesting, and drinkable. But not as sessionable as I hoped for.

scruffwhor, May 01, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/apricot color with a light-orange cap of foam on top

Caramel malt aroma in the front followed by a fairly significant amount of citrus hoppiness

Flavors follow the nose and the hops deliver a dry earthy bitterness, and a wedge of an orange. This all melds nicely with the caramel flavors while the malt balances the flavor quite nicely

A nice medium body with a crisp finish

Well balanced flavors with a crisp finish make for a sessionable beer

pasdachuri, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of EliteDigger
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle received in a DLD trade, picked up by Grub on his way through Michigan....Thanks!
A-Amber-gold in color, slightly cloudy with a very fine white/pale cream head.
S-Not much here...some faint citrus, lemon, grass...corn?!
T-A mild bit of bitterness followed by stale, subdued caramel and earth. Slightly stale metallic bitter finish.
M-Creamy with decent carbonation. Thin.
D-Not very high since the taste isn't going to make me want more than one...

Tons of better choices out there if I want a pale ale. Certainly won't go out of my way to seek this one again. After all I've heard about Shorts, I really truly hope this is an old, stale bottle and doesn't represent what the product is supposed to taste like. Disappointing.

EliteDigger, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of BierLittleStina
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked the overall of the beer. I wish that it had a bit more of a bite.

Compared to other Short's beers, I would say it is one of their more regular ones.

Compared to other APA's, I would definitely drink otherwise. Other beers that I have tasted in the APA category are more lively and jump out a bit more.

BierLittleStina, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copper colored, more on the orange side. Weak head, no retention.

Some citrus hops in the smell, and a little bit of peach. I reminds me of a diet peach Snapple- not a good comparison if you're a pale ale.

A little bit of grapefruit and peach, followed by some bready malt. It leave a tin aftertaste that is unpleasant.

Well carbonated (despite the lack of it in appearance) and thin. Slightly drying on the palate.

I was very unimpressed with this beer and definitely will not seek this out again.

Vonerichs, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber with a small head that dissipated and left no lacing. Not bad looking, but nothing special.

S - Carmel malts, actually a lot of corn smell on this one, some citrus that doesn't get overpowering.

T - Some citrusy grapefruit that isn't sour, I get a lot of corn husk smell off of this one, interesting hops taste comes with a woody husk.

M - Light, smooth, some decent carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable because it's light and lightly flavored.

AgentZero, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: dull gold with a small white head. Little retention. Moderate lacing. A slight chill haze.

S: Yeast, oranges and a creamy caramel malt.

T: Light caramel malt, grapefruit. A mild bitterness with a quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Leaves a bit of coating on the tongue.

D: Rather ordinary and uninspiring. Won't be seeking this one out again.

Florida9, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a medium copper, pretty cloudy. There is a whispy half finger of white head, but its gone right away. Light lacing.

Aroma is on the lighter side a little citrus, big burst of sweet fresh hops.

Taste is mostly hops but the right amount to make it drinkable. The finish is a little metallic, kind of distracting.

Easy to drink pale ale.

jrallen34, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a rocky, 3 finger head which quickly subsides to a thumb's width of large bubbles buoyed by silken off-white foam. The hazy, amber liquid has golden hues at the perimeter when candled.

A malty, fresh bread aroma emanates from the glass, followed by the same flavors on the palate, with a mild hop bitterness accenting the well balanced brew. Straight ahead example of a Pale Ale that goes down smoothly, with plenty of bottle conditioned carbonation to keep a thin head floating all the way to the end of the glass.

Good session beer or party kegger.

tubacharlie, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark, bright, copper with a thin white head that hangs on strong and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light spicy citrus hops blend nicely with a hit of sweet caramel and biscuit malt. Nothing overwhelming here but present nonetheless.

T-Well balanced flavour with an initial bite of spiciness and then a touch of citrus all of which is washed away with a dose semi sweet caramel and biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied with a nice sharpness and good lingering spicy hop bite.

D-A nice job by Short's putting out an approachable, sessionable and flavourful beer. Nothing crazy here, leave that to their fruit beers, but a solid, well made and easy drinking brew.

Deuane, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from doctor15 as an extra in a trade. Thanks David! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a clear and beautiful amber but with no head at all, despite a center of the glass pour - spoils an otherwise good looking beer. Only a thin, thin collar of bubbles sits around the edges of the glass.

S - Somewhat light but citrusy hop aroma, a touch of caramel, some spiciness, a touch of bready malt. Pretty low key aromas here.

T - Soft malt, some citrusy hops, an unusual cinnamony spiciness. An interesting pale ale...a bit unusual, but in a good way.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty low for the style - I'd like to see a bit more life in my American pales. Feel is a bit creamy overall.

D - This is what I'd call a true "session pale ale"...not hoppy in the way an SNPA is...just smooth and spicy...a good entry for someone new to craft beer, but still enjoyable for a seasoned craft drinker. I'm liking this, but I would probably stick with the SNPA for my regular beer, once the novelty of the newness of this blows over.

portia99, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a terrific dark orange color with about a finger of off white head but fades quickly. The Lacing hangs around the entire time I drank this.

S - The smell is a good balanced combination of Malts and Hops, a few hints of citrus fruits, also some bread comes through too.

T - Strong hops and light citrus hits the palette, also had some orange zest and floral notes. Very tasty and balanced APA.

M - Light, Crisp, Clean, pretty much sums it up.

D - Pretty damn drinkable, I would have no problem drinking several of these. Will probably buy more of this in the summer. Good solid beer from Short's.

semibaked, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade, and I am pretty stoked to try more stuff from Short'. Review is from notes taken on 3/3/2010 and the pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep orange/coppery color and starts with a big 2 finger off-white head with solid retention that becomes rocky and pock-marked as it slowly fades; body is cloudy and shows lots of carbonation; a nice web of dry and sticky-looking lacing (big and puffy like clouds on the top of the glass) and a thick and full skim on the surface.

Smell: A nice bitter and citric hop presence (orange and grapefruit) as well as a nice floral presence that is reminiscent of lavender; very faint malt presence -- very faint; the nose is not especially potent, but I like what I'm picking up.

Taste: Wow - the bitterness really owns the palate and I find it to be mostly floral with only a slight hint of the citric aspects present in the nose; like in the smell, there is a very faint malt presence -- straightforward, solid, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation keeps it lively and the cheeks and gums are left quite tingly as the bitterness bubbles throughout the mouth; body isn't too heavy at all and there is a fair stickiness left on the roof and cheeks.

Drinkability: Quite possibly the most bitter APA I've had to date -- drinks easy enough and the bitterness is pretty refreshing and would be great in the summer; ABV feels pretty manageable and it really doesn't sit too heavy at all. Could get through 2-3 in a sitting with no problem.

bamadog, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice apa. big flavors border on an american ipa. clear copper color without the bit of yeast sediment on the bottom poured in. creamy off-white head/lace. grapefruity, spicy/piney hops in the nose along with bready caramel malts and vague stone fruits. nice light caramel malt sweetness is overtaken by a prominent but smooth earthy hop bitterness. finishes almost crisp with lingering hop flavors. definitely could have a few of these, and at this abv, i did just that.

MrMcGibblets, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a trip to MI.

A copper colored beer greets me after a nice pour down the center. Cloudy and with a white head that fades away but leaves a touch of lace.

Smell is OK. Hops (spicey and earthy) and caramel, nothing too noteworthy, though. Certainly not a strong hoppy aroma. I also get a distinctive "Shorts" aroma, not sure if it's the yeast or what, but it smells like their other beers.

Taste is good. Nice amount of bitterness, spicey hops, and a good bready caramel base. I find the malt bill to be average and nothing innovative, and the bitterness is rather shallow and pedantic, Lois.

Mouthfeel - I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is this is actually delightful in terms of body. The bad news is the carb is a bit distracting as it's really sharp.

Overall drinkability is good. Just a weird APA, decent enough beer, but could be amazing if it lived up to the label and commercial description.

jampics2, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/2010.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber wiht a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. spicy herbal hops. perhaps a touch of pine and earth. powdery and a touch resiny. light caramel. cracker and white bread. bit of alcohol. maybe just a little floral edge to it too.

taste is good. spicy herbal hops punch in up front, fading into a bit of resiny pine. just a touch of floral and earthy aspects, but it's that strong herbal spicy note that resonates strongly. light caramel. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol. just a touch of sweetness, coming through in the caramel and as a bit of fruity accent, but never lingering.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. i like the hops in this one - it's not your typical west coast hop character, and it's nice to have something interesting and different. this is one i'll definitely be picking up again. good stuff.

grub, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Jeebs
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a fingers worth of yellowish white head. The head dissipates leaving nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The smell is a bit more subdued than I would have thought with malts and a bit of hops and lemon. It smells like a fresh clean beer.

T: The taste follows the smell with some nice hop bitterness balanced with some sweet malt. There are also some nice spicy and citrus notes that come through. As this beer warms more and more flavor comes out making this beer seem more like an IPA then an APA.

M: Medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice clean finish.

D: Drinkability is very good with this beer. As the beer warms more and more hop bitterness and flavor comes out which is nice. I can see myself dinking many of these on a warm summer day!

Jeebs, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of techfed87
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate size head. Smell is fruity, with a semi-sweet hop smell protruding from it.

Color is reddish-amber, with distinctive cloudy portions to it.

Initial taste is a strong hop kick, ending off with a malty aftertaste as the hop dissipates. Its a very nice end flavor in what can be said as a very satisfying IPA.

Mouthful is also up to par, with not enough flavor to truly overwhelm the pallet, while at the same time giving everything its own unique taste.

Overall, I like this beer. It's definitely a great example of what an IPA can be. Try it sometime!

techfed87, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze, coppery amber with some lazy bubbles floating to the surface and supporting a short, whitish cap. Fine bubbles clung to the glass. Good head retention and spotty lacing. Nice aroma, not overdone. Grassy and orange hops with a fruity sweetness, almost strawberry in character. Slightly herbal. Moderate bitterness with lots of fruity hops, a bit grassy, notes of sweet oranges and tangerines. Nicely balanced sweetness. It finished with an herbal bitterness. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off dry with a malty texture. I thought this was pretty good, nicely balanced and flavourful.

DrJay, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge amount of froathy head is the first thing that poured from my bottle. Very slight golden orange color, head had good retention and left some layered lacing.

S- Floral grassy hops, and lots of caramel malts, a bit on the weaker side from what I was expecting.

T- Taste of grain, caramel, some hops, grass, and faint spices. It is a quality Pale Ale, but I'd rather have a bigger hop bite.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Seemed about right on except for the huge head.

D- Not a bad brew at all just was a little disappointed in this one. Easy to drink just nothing exciting about it or maybe I'm just to used to Alpha King.

nrbw23, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking ruddy orange/reddish color with a decent sized head going on. Quite the malty and hop laden aroma. Sharp and piney. Solid hop bite flavor wise. Soft caramel tinge behind a decent malt level. Faint astringent, almost alcohol like flavor in the aftertaste. Solid mouthfeel-comes off as a much bigger beer. A lot of flavor and body for a US pale. Nicely done.

lackenhauser, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of GordonQuid
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an average pint glass.

Clear golden sunshine with a slight amber tinge. Good one inch head participates throughout the experience; good moderate lace coates the whole glass when finished.

Smell is slight noble hops and cara-pil malts and a bit of lemon grass/hay.

Taste is exceptionally balanced malt characteristics and bitey hops.

Extremely drinkable. A fantastic session beer. Great quality and quaffability.

GordonQuid, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of kegger22
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale is a hazy amber color with a half inch, beige head that dissolves to a collar.

The aroma is that beautiful caramel maltiness with a citrus hops backup.

The taste follows the aroma nicely, the caramel sweetness, the grapefruit hops taste; but mild.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The mildness that Pandemonium exhibits in taste makes up for that slight flaw by what it does for drinkability.

Chalk up another winner for Short's. Good beer and quite sessionable. If it were more readily available, it would be a perfect APA gateway beer.

kegger22, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery orange that is almost dark enough to be called burnt. Backlighting brings out bright tangerine and lemon colored accents. The sandstone colored head has a beautifully creamy texture and all sorts of interesting topography. It's also doing a bang-up job with lace deposition.

One sniff (and the color) tells me that Short's loaded this beer with a generous amount of the mid-range malts. Toasted-earthy-nutty notes are as reminiscent of an Oktoberfest as the stated style. A lack of aggressive hoppiness only adds to that impression. Glacier hops may not have been the best choice.

Pandemonium Pale Ale tastes like it smells. This brew should appeal to those who like their APAs to feature a generous amount of nuttiness, a firm tongue thwack of bitterness and an herbal-spicy hoppiness rather than a tropical fruity hoppiness. With the exception of the bitterness, that's 180 degrees from my prefered pale ale personality.

Specifics include steely caramel, baked peanuts, bitter tea leaves, sandalwood, citrus pith and a dollop of honey. Does that sound like an American pale ale to you? I just noted the words 'Behold the Bitter Hysteria' along the bottom of the label. This may not be a tongue torturer, but it is almost IPA-like in that respect.

I've decided to increase the flavor and drinkability scores because the hophead in me is mighty pleased right now. Besides, if we ignore style, this is pretty tasty stuff... and is becoming more so with warming. Only a talented brewer could make me enjoy beer with this malt bill.

The body/mouthfeel is the highlight. It's on the big side for the style (again, think IPA) and has a fluffy fullness and a mouthfilling expansiveness that is truly extraordinary. Plenty of malt and perfectly dialed in bubbles will do that.

While it hasn't quite been pandemonium, this bottle of Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale has been an interesting ride. I started out unimpressed in the top third of the bottle, moved to 'hey, this is pretty good beer' in the middle third, and am enjoying myself immensely in the bottom third. Hops have something to do with that, but this really is well-crafted ale.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 06, 2009
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.