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Short's The Stellar Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The Stellar Ale
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007)
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Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of hop oils, lots of citrus, and grassy hops. Super hoppy aroma (with perhaps a hint of acetone?). Flavor of sweet citrus and malt with hop oils. This tastes a little stronger than 6% but is still a tasty IPA.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of dashirey
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this home to PA from my trip to Michigan. It made it in great shape, and it is great.

A - Copper color beverage poured vigorously from my growler leaved a one-finger head. The head dissipates but a thin layer remains and eventually leaves a ring of foam just around the edge as you drink. There is some lacing present, but not a ton.

S - Smells strongly of piney hops, with a sweet smell in the end of the inhale. I love the smell, it reminds me more of an IPA, but trust me I'm not complaining.

T - Malt in the very front followed by a big kick of hops with a bitter end. Awesome to say the least, traditionalists would probably say too much hops for the style, but it's Short's, trust me it's great.

M - Light to medium bodied. Drying sensation after the swallow and carbonation is great.

D - Overall for all the hops I found this to be an easy drinking beer. This beer has a ton of flavor for an APA which I applaud. My wife says she thinks this would be great to drink all summer long. I agree, but unfortunately I don't live near Bellaire, MI.

Great job Short's!!

dashirey, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

beergorrilla, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of DrIPA
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DrIPA, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

HardyA, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stellar Ale is served up a light copper color with a shiny and frothy head. The cap of foam has decent staying power and leaves some nice lace on the glass as I drink the beer.

The aroma is very enjoyable with plenty of orangey and floral Amarillo hops coming through. Sometimes Amarillo can have a bit of a powdery sort of aroma to them and this beer definitely has that going on. Luckily I enjoy that characteristic and also enjoy how it plays off of the just slightly toasty malt character.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well, except that the hop character changes to become a bit more sweet and floral with the citrus notes a bit more subdued. It is a very enjoyable flavor profile with great balance and integration.

The mouthfeel is what you would expect for a beer that is stuck between IPA and APA. Medium, but leaning closer to the light end of that classification. The carbonation is subdued, giving the beer and nice smoothness. The finish is dry with plenty of lingering hop flavors.

I really dig this beer and after having it again after not ordering one for a few years I have to say that in my opinion it is the best Short's pale ale I have had. Definitely a great beer that is fairly sessionable.

zoso1967, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Zaphog, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is indeed Amarillo all the way with some floral and citrus character. As it warms, however, it gets to be a bit catty. I've heard people talk about this with Amarillo beers before, though I'd never really experienced it until now. Some grain there as well. It gets extra catty and odd as it warms, particularly in the flavor and finish. A bit astringent with an odd sort of bitterness. Too bad as this was not very good and it was the one I was most looking forward to.

Thorpe429, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev +1.3%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Steimie
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Steimie, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Drk93TT, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Finley020
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Finley020, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of claminat420
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

it's actually 5.5abv. took notes from brewery yesterday.

A- poured a cloudy copper color. white head with little lacing.

S- just a little floral citrus hops. really nice.

T- same as smell but with some caramel malt blended perfectly with it. the bitterness was just right. just a notch or two more it would be an ipa.

M- medium/ light in bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkabilty- awesome. could drink this all night long.

Overall- a pub exclusive and a good one at that. when i go back i wouldn't mind drinking again. wish they could make 6'es of this once a year but i like how it's a treat to those who have the dedication to drive out there.

claminat420, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of TomTC
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

TomTC, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MacStinson, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Slay40, May 12, 2013
Photo of frazbri
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar Ale from Short's was listed on the chalkboard as an amarillo hopped pale ale. Color was in between copper and gold, closer to gold. The head was creamy and white. Aroma was heavy on esthers with apple, banana and bubble gum notes with a little funk in the nose as well. Flavor was bright and bitter. Grapefruit and citrus zest were major componants. Body was medium with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Hooray Short's! This is a nice showcase for the amarillo. I'd drink this again.

frazbri, May 30, 2007
Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first Short's beer I have ever tried that is actually a bit of a disappointment.

Slightly hazy, golden amber with minimal head. Although it's by no means "flat", it certainly doesn't have the body of most of their beers. Aroma has an industrial edge, without the hops I'd expected. Flavour is better balanced, with caramelized malt sweetness leading into mango and tropical undertones. The finish is nicely bitter, but does not linger long.

Still a beer I'd recommend trying, but not up to the exceptionally high level of other Short's products.

hopsolutely, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of jspruit
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a small glass of this while at Short's and enjoyed it in their little music half of the pub.

Pours a deep amber copper with a small one finger white head. Thin head remains after a bit with some lacing as the drink goes down.

Plenty of pine notes & hops on this one as it hits your nose. A bit of citrus & grapefruit too.

The kick of the amarillo hops is huge and dominates the taste. Some malt backbone too, but the hops is dominant.

Finishes a bit dry and is overall well balanced and leaves you wanting another taste.

I would have had another, but there was so much else to taste that I had to try something else. I'd recommend it if you are into hoppy APAs and I'll try it again if I can.

jspruit, Sep 07, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

adrienne, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Rich540, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ironically named Stellar ale. This beer is yellow to gold and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The head is creamy and has some retention.

The beer smells like oranges, tastes like oranges, the hops in this beer are a bit grassy, perhaps a sign of age or just a characteristic of the amarillo hops. For being a single hopped IPA with amarillo this did not turn out as well as it could have. A bit of a disappointment.

drabmuh, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam brought back a growler of this from Michigan. Thanks!

This pale ale has a clear, dark, yellow appearance. A once inch white head is perched atop the beer, and leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The Stellar Ale is a single hop pale ale, using only Amarillo Hops. The beer has a delectable aroma, and the taste follows suit. The presence of the Amarillo hops is very strong. Freshness is key with hoppy beers, and this is a fresh growler from the source. Very nice. This beer is effortless to drink, has plenty of flavor, and a clean, refreshing feel. This was a very pleasant surprise. Well done, Short's!

Huhzubendah, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
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Short's The Stellar Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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