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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: 486
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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 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
Photo of stonequarrywest


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

Thanks to RC for bringing Shorts back from his fishing trip to the UP...

Pours a nice copper/orange with soft white head and spotty lacing...
Smell is nice and fruity,hoppy with cirus
Very refreshingingly malty with good bitter bite and some tasty earthy hops..
Great mouthfeel...smooth as can be with perfect carbonation that leaves asilky tongue cover.

Im looking now to see how many he brought back...Might not last long !!

06-17-2009 02:00:52 | More by stonequarrywest
Photo of webmanspidey


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Bottle. Very dark color for the style.. a dark orange/amber. Smell is sweet caramel and sugar, peach, and only slight mild hops. Taste is a mixture of crisp bitter hops, slight citrus and sweetness which finished toward the hops.

Definitely recommend this one, one of the better APAs I've tried. Another great thirst quenching warm weather beer.

05-28-2009 00:54:23 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

A steady supply of Shorts beers, what could be better. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/09/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich amber color that was immediately present. Nice head of white coming up and over the top, settling down into a thin veil of side glass lacing and more then adequete head. The aroma was malt driven for me, with big hints of buttery and biscuit like malts, slight touches of citrus hops, but very well balanced I have to say. Smooth, medium carbonation a bit heavy for a pale ale but I have to say I really liked it. Very much balanced with the hops coming through in the finish for a nice drytouch of orange and light resin like citrus, but still that big malt profile dominating everything.

Overall a very solid pale ale, a bit bigger then most in the style, but I have to say this was about as solid as they come. I would love to and I am very glad that I have more of this one.

05-09-2009 23:53:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of pwoods


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Thanks to Frank(paco923984723948723) for this extra!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rusty orange with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers of white head forms and holds for a bit before dieing to a skim. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Soft dose of citrusy hops. This is followed up by a earthy, grassy, musty hops build exactly like the description states. Lightly sweet malts do their job and balance things nicely.

T/M: Pleasant bitterness level. The hops lean more toward the citrusy side in the taste with just a hint of pine and followed with some grassy-ness. Malts swoop in to balance with a touch of sweetness but are still gentle enough to let the hops leave a touch of lingering bitterness. Body is medium.

D: Pretty drinkable and tasty to boot. A solid APA.

05-02-2009 22:19:07 | More by pwoods
Photo of BMoney575


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Sampled on 5-1-09

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a thin white head that leaves a single ring of white lacing.

Smell is super fruity, tons of sugary, earthy, citrusy hops. Extraordinarily enjoyable, I've had double IPA's that don't smell this good.

Taste is very earthy hops, followed by a strong malt presence. The bitterness hits later, and is rather intense. Not nearly as complex as the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant combo of thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitter earthiness starts to get old.

Overall, could do with a shot of sweetness to event hings out.

05-01-2009 23:38:54 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Wasatch


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little brew. This is my first Short's brew, thanks Adam.

04-26-2009 23:03:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of BierFan


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger light tan head sits on top of a hazy orange/brown body. Carbonation is a little on the light side.

Smell: The smell is lighter on hops than I thought it would be, but it still has some grapefruit aroma that you would expect from the style.

Taste: Thick, sweet, with a nice grapefruit kick. Where many other pale ales are light bodied and rely heavily on hops, this beer has more maltiness.

04-23-2009 02:54:06 | More by BierFan
Photo of luciusgilmer


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

bottle poured in a tulip glass

A: good color, an almost orange hued deep yellow, thin white foam, consistent white lacing

S: very floral and citrusy. strong and sweet.

T: an enjoyable, hoppy ale with a bitter, grapefruit like aftertaste.

M: beer is adequately carbonated, though the bitterness to me makes it a bit less savorable.

D: it's a bit bitter for repeated drinking (for me), but a high quality beer.

04-23-2009 02:19:20 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is a hazy copper color, thick white foam. The aroma of esters and a little hoppy citrus. Kind of a Belgian pale ale flavor but with a bitter after-taste more like an ESB. Feels substantial even with low ABV, another winner from Short's.

04-21-2009 03:13:54 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of WakeandBake


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

A dark golden color pour with a medium sized off white head, good retention,and lacing. Aroma is of sweet lightly toasted caramel malt and a pleasent spicy earthy floral hop profile. Flavor is lightly sweet,hoppy,and lightly bitter but not too bitter,very BALANCED just the right amounts of Malt and hops,livly carbonation,medium body,yet light and crisp,a faint hint of lemon zest at the dry finish. Extremely sessionable. Maybe one of the best APA i've had, nice job Shorts

04-19-2009 02:53:33 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of sonicdescent


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

A very fresh bottle from March 09. Pours a coppery and slightly murky pour with a nice off white head with great lace. Carbonation is very active in my Sam Adams sensory glass.

Scent is citrusy hops right up front with a little earthy goodness in the background. Swirling presents a more resiny character.

Taste is a very pleasant and refreshing lemony type, with a little bit of a bitter finish. Hop presence is there, but muted compared to any IPA.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. No real complaints here.

I think this is my first beer from Shorts, and what can I say? While it wasn't mind blowingly fantastic, this is a very solid APA and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

04-14-2009 21:33:14 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with some floral and lightly bitter hops. Taste is a nice in between some floral hops with a slightly bitter and citrus ending and a great malt backbone. Full body with very low filtration and some medium carbonation. Well done and easily drinkable and very much appreciated the low level of filtration.

04-14-2009 00:30:07 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of aforbes10


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Bottle from kkulacki in his latest beer shipment. Pours a slightly cloudy orange brown with a sparse white head. Smells surprisingly malty with touches of caramel and pear. Flavor is also more malty than expected, but the malt is accented wonderfully by a minty, spicy hop and a nice bitterness that gives the whole beer a nice bite. Biscuity malt base is very nice. Tingly bitter finish. Medium bodied, a fine, fine example of the style.

04-06-2009 00:03:41 | More by aforbes10
Photo of sarahspat


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Big tan, fluffy head, with a few cinnamon colored spots of sediment. Dark red with lots of sediment floating around. Leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like cotton candy, white grapefruit, and tropical fruit: pineapple and passion fruit. Very nice, sweet aroma.

The flavor is very strongly influenced by roasted, almost burnt, barley notes at first. However, the cotton candy and fruit flavors also have an assertive presence, which strengthens as it warms. Also, kind of strange for a pale ale: subtle notes of clove and banana. The finish is nice and bitter. I love the hops flavors that are going on here, but the others, not so much. I'm really not a fan of the burnt flavor at all. And I normally cannot stand clove and banana, but since they are so subdued here, they didn't bother me too much. I also had this on tap a few months ago and all I remember tasting then was candy: bubble gum and cotton candy and fruit, with a bitter finish. I liked it better the first time around. But from the bottle, the hops had a strong enough presence to keep this beer enjoyable, in spite of the other flavors, which I don't care for as much.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. For me, the drinkability would be higher without some of the distracting flavors from the malt and yeast, and with more emphasis on the hops. But you have to admit, this is a unique pale ale.

04-04-2009 18:14:20 | More by sarahspat
Photo of Treborofmoria


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

If you are using a classic Pale Ale like Fuller's as an example, this is way more bitter. I think if you are expecting a modern US Pale Ale this will please wonderfully. It is deep gold in color pours great with about an inch of head that quickly disappears. The taste is light in mouthfeel with a good amount of hop bitterness. Malt is definitely there, but not overly so. I will admit I normally do not drink pales (belgian styles are more my forte) I think this is a good example of a modern Pale. Short's does not disappoint. Drink Michigan Beer!

04-02-2009 03:08:21 | More by Treborofmoria
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to rclnmeyer for tossing a couple of these my way in a recent trade. Poured in my Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of dirty white foam with solid retention and some spotty lacing. Murky orange-brown color with a nice glow to it.

S - Floral grassy hops, and lots of caramel maltiness, with a tiny bit of spicy twang. It's about what I'd expect from an APA; nothing more, nothing less.

T - Lots of bitter earthy hops, with a undercurrent of caramel maltiness. There's a hugely bitter aftertaste that already has me wondering if I could drink more than one of these. Nothing exceptional and somewhat unbalanced in the taste department.

M - Medium body, smooth, refreshing, with a mild amount of carbonation. A fair bit of residual resin coats the tongue. Appropriate for the style.

D - The bitterness brings this down, as well as the fact that I can think of a number of more interesting brews I could drink (even amongst APAs). Solid but unexceptional - probably my least favorite Short's offering.

03-23-2009 02:38:10 | More by MasterSki
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours hazy light copper with a thin head of white. Retention is moderate with a light skim coat remaining for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with crisp malt, zesty fruit, and a minerally bite. Bright apricots with biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Drying and slightly chaulky.

A drying, slightly coarse bitterness starts to build on the palate immediately. Citrus zest and crisp gypsum follow through along with hints of dried apricots, grapefruit, and pine dew.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, crackery malt, and spicy fruit.

Damn tasty pale ale. Tasting pretty fresh and certainly not bland. Enough hopping to keep things interesting but still sessionable.

03-21-2009 23:18:59 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of drxandy


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

12oz to standard pint, pours an apricot hue, hazy, cream colored head fades to lacing that clings nicely to the glass

smells of pale malt, hops, citrus, earthy/grassy

taste is pale and smooth until a hop bang hits you, and it's nice indeed, piney orange peel, apricot, slight sweetness, grass, zesty and refreshing, mmm i could session this pale without hesitation

mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, hop presence is well done and not overtly done but still is quite in your face in the aftertaste with the oils hanging around, crisp and refreshing, a really nice pale!

03-20-2009 03:19:47 | More by drxandy
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.75/5  rDev -24%

Dark gold in color on the pour. Only a little bit of a frothy head forms on the pour. Plenty of spotty lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is slight malts, but has a bit of a lagerish smell to it. Entirely not what I was expecting.
Taste is bittering hops and just bitter. Crisp, but tastes just a bit dirty. Not sure what type of Pale Ale this is.
Not something that I enjoyed or will revisit.

03-20-2009 00:42:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of paco1029384756


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head.

Scent of citrus, caramel, grass, and hops. Simple, balanced and fragrant, nothing over the top.

Taste of grain, caramel, some hops, grass, and faint spices. It is a quality Pale Ale, but I prefer a stronger hop character. It is very balanced, though.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some nice carbonation.

03-16-2009 23:29:11 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of dukedevil0


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Single 12oz bottle from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orangy-yellow, with some white head that settles and lacing on the glass.

S: smells of citrusy hops with some faint malt in the background

T: Similar to the smell, except the hops and malt are more balanced in the flavor profile

M: very nice and expected mouthfeel for a pale ale...almost up to IPA standards

D: easy to drink except the flavor just doesn't stick out to me as something to crave

03-16-2009 03:25:16 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of Yetiman420


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Picked up a six pack, along with lots of other goodies, from G.B. Russo & Son while in town for the KBS release.

Drunk fresh that evening.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. A wonderful copper color with one finger head that quickly thins out and leaves spotty and diagonal streaks.

Aroma is fruity and peachy.

Flavor is light and clean - true to American Pale Ale style. This would be an excellent gateway beer for those interested in learning about quality craft beers. Also a great option for a session beer on a hot summer day. Extreme drinkability.

03-15-2009 02:06:52 | More by Yetiman420
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