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

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several people sent me this one and I drank quite a few before finally reviewing it.

A: Pours a nice dark caramel orange hue, very dark for a pale ale. Nice foamy white head, lite retention with spotty lace.

S: Very floral, tons of floral hops with hints of grass and caramel.

T: Nice pale ale. Lots of malt sweetness, bready and doughy up front. The hops are there but balanced. Lots of orange comes through along with a big bouquet of floral hops.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Good, lots of flavor for a beer classified as a pale ale.

Photo of jt31914
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle:

A: 3/4 fingers head, small carbonation rising; light amber color. You can almost see the bitter hysteria (hoppy).

S: Cloves and citrus molded in with hops aromas.

T: Light and airy citrus in the mouth with a wonderful bitter aftertaste. Solid tasting Pale ale.

M: Nice, not overcarbonated and fairly smooth.

D: Pretty Drinkable.

Thanks again to Short's for another fantastic brew.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly veiled light copper with a thin but persistant cream-hued head.

Very light on the nose: a bit of citrus peel and pine, but not in the amounts that would usually signal that a tasty experience is ahead.

The mouthfeel is more full-bodied than you'd ordinarily expect for an APA. Thicker and more lightly carbonated than its bretheren.

That thickness helps contribute to the biscuity and grassy flavors that dominate. Only a bit of lemon zest and a hint of pine provide background complexity before the crisp hop finish hits your throat. This is a hard beer to read. I appreciate that it's different from your average APA and there is enough flavor here to recommend it, but the mouthfeel and the biscuity quality are too out of profile. Unfortunately, that all leads to an average review for a not-so-average beer.

Photo of filkinsa
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap at the pub in Bellaire and from the bottle. While the bottle is great and I am very happy that it can be bought all over the place, the Pandy on tap is amazing. This is a great session beer. It is on a little over 5% and has great drinkability. It has a good hop characteristics but is not over powering with hops like Short's Huma-lupa or Haning Frank Pale Ale are. It is a great weekend afternoon beer.

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of movingtrain
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of fostwal
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mjl21
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Photo of association330
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.