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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: 470
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:38:10 | More by MasterSki
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 03:19:47 | More by drxandy
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 00:42:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 23:29:11 | More by paco1029384756
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:25:16 | More by dukedevil0
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 02:06:52 | More by Yetiman420
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Almost clear golden orange body with glowing edges. Thick finger of dense, pillowy, eggshell white head. Crisp citrus and marmalade hops above toasted bread, mineral-y grains, and light fruitiness. Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Some grainy astringency follows with a little bit of fruit. Citrus, mineral water, and marmalade hop bitterness finishes up the palate. Dry, crisp finish. Moderate body with nice carbonation. A nice sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 22:40:31 | More by alexgash
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a pale ale to me. A 1 finger white foam atop a glowing copper body. Light lacing, bad retention.

S - Super clean hops relax on a robust pale malt background. Nice fruity notes, and a sugary sweetness to top it all off. Super nice.

T - Just a good, well-balanced easy drinking flavor. Enough malt to give the IBU's some balance, but a relatively dry backend still dominates. Nice and hoppy, yet not overly bitter.

M - Nice attenuation with a crisp carbonation.

D - My "new" new rotation beer. Between Brooklyn Lager and this, I don't think I need anything else when it comes to sessionability.

Notes: Hallelujah. Praise the Short's.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:15:30 | More by SaucyA
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Short's Brew. I must confess I love this brewery. Everything I've had from them has been unique and wonderful. I'm really excited that they're now shipping bottles. It's good to see their beer in my refrigerator.

Anyway, on to this brew. This is the first time I've had the Pandemonium Pale Ale, and I don't think it will be the last.

A: Light copper color that had about an inch of head when I poured it into my pint glass. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: I get a juicy bouquet of hops along with a subtle yeast scent. The malts are present here too, giving it this smell that makes me think of buttered toast and orange marmalade.

T: At first, there's little bitterness, then it sort of flares up and washes over like a wave: aah, hops. But this isn't a one-trick pony like way too many pale ales are. This is where Short's pulls some slight levers to give this beer a subtle twinge. Remember that bready smell I mentioned? Well, it plays very nicely into a finish similar to melted butter on bread. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it, really, but it's good.

D: Pale ales are probably near my least favorite style because so many are so bland and uniform. Short's does a great job here of giving a really solid pale ale a twist. I will undoubtedly enjoy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 05:05:31 | More by Andrewtherooster
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy golden color with a few streams of carbonation working their way to the top. The head is thick, creamy, and has nice retention and leaves nice lacing. Very nice.

S- A little citrus, a little pine, and a little caramel. Pretty subtle, but it is refreshing to not smell a pale ale that is bordering on an IPA.

T- Kind of crisp, a little bitter and a little grassy with some caramel. Just a tad sweet. Not a lot going on here, but it's just a pale ale.

M- A nice, clean beer. The carbonation level is right where I expect.

D- A solid pale ale. This does not blow my doors off or change my standards for the style. A tasty, easy going pick.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 04:18:02 | More by david131
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from hoppymeal. Thanks for an awesome extra, Derek! This one got shaken up in transit and I'd be damned if I was going to wait a week for the yeast to settle out.

A: In my Moonlight pint glass, this beer sits a hazy light orange with a dense, fluffy white head. Retention is OK, the lacework is pretty solid. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: Hoppy with a ton of tropical fruit - mango, peach, apricot - and some floral notes. Pretty darned good. Mild sweetness is present but that almost seems hop-derived.

T: Opens up with a surprising amount of bitterness, citrus in character (orange rind). This overpowers the more delicate hop flavor, with the more fruity notes. Malt sweetness not perceptible. Finishes dry and hoppy.

M: Medium-light in body with a fairly lively body and a finish that's awesome - long, dry, bitter and refreshing

D: If I lived anywhere in distro range, I'd drink a LOT of this. It's easy drinking, not over the top and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:32:50 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Frosty80


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear golden brown

Smell: pretty clean all around. little bit of malt sweetness. some corn and pineapple hidden.

Taste: same as aroma. pretty clean across the pallate. balance of malt, corn and some fruity notes. the most striking characteristic is the very spicy hop bitterness which comes through towards the end and especially in the finish. almost like its got some heat to it

Mouthfeel: upper-light body, moderate carbonation

Notes: my first shorts beer. been waiting a long time. at first i was dissappointed. but im gonna take into consideration its uniqueness and say it isnt a bad beer but not something i would go out of my way to drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 03:54:25 | More by Frosty80
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish color, with a small white head. In the aroma, small fruitiness and a small hop note. In the taste, nice hop presence, and white grape dryness. A smoothe and medium mouthfeel and a dry fruity aftertaste. Nice, kind of fruity and a nice hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 20:09:07 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dashirey


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another growler that made it home in great shape! And another success for Short's (surprise right?)

A - Hazy copper with reddish tones shining through. Fluffy off white colored two-finger head that leaves a tone of lacing.

S - Some citrus and earthen tones followed by sweet malt and grains.

T - Overall a very nicely balanced taste. Hops come through in the end but do not over power like the Stellar Ale (which I loved). Probably more true to style than the Stellar.

M - Medium-bodied. Pretty smooth drinking with a slight drying sensation in the end. It could have used a bit more carbonation in my opinion.

D - Great example of the style. Split a growler in a evening and could have had more.

Another great job by Short's to no one's surprise I'm sure.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2008 23:21:41 | More by dashirey
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with some gold and copper tints. A big-bubbled thick rise of foam on the pour that maintained some shape throughout despite leaving some scattered lace on the glass.
Aroma had a really citrus twang on a bed of soft caramel and grains.
Flavor was punctuated by a sharp citrus/grapefruit hit and some softer caramel behind the citrus burst. Some spicy almost pepper bittering just catches a piece at the finish.
Mouthfeel was fairly full-bodied and vert tart with citrus. Overload of grapefruit never let some of the chewy malt release and the more resiny bitterness just got lost in the shuffle. Solid, but a bit unbalanced.
Drinkability was solid, citrus was a bit overwhelming and needs a bit more balance on the malt and let the resiny bitterness shine a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 14:34:57 | More by CRJMellor
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out to a orange-bronze in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is of light citrus and malt. The taste is quite good, with a sizeable hop presence, that isn't overwhelming and actually balances quite nicely with the malt. A very easy-to-drink session Pale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 14:08:42 | More by proc
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy caramel with toasted accents, forming a small off-white head with average retention and mild lacing. Aroma of soft vanilla, a touch of caramel, and orange peel. Mouthfeel is bright and sharp with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Taste begins with citric hops, but I can't put my finger on them (I'm guessing something like Mt.Hood or Galena), followed by soft amber and pale malts unable to compete with the strong herbal bitterness, but easier to drink than Roach's Tweener. Burnt-orange peel towards the finish with pith-like astringency. Dry and sharp in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2004 02:36:35 | More by Mitchster
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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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