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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: 499
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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 mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

mrmanning, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Durge, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mattcrill, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

mjl21, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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...

BitterPachyderm, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of association330
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

association330, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

PhxHorn, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of bort11
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

bort11, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kbeals, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jeremyd365, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GRPunk, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Floydster, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

alleykatking, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Viggo, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 !!

stonequarrywest, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

webmanspidey, May 28, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, May 10, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

pwoods, May 02, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BMoney575, May 02, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BierFan, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of luciusgilmer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

luciusgilmer, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 21, 2009
Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.