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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: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Photo of Gardmark59
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tracker83
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claminat420
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of BHansen214
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of Jonross07
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dashirey
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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!!

Photo of jmich24
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jspruit
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of irish6174
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjcoy06
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigleague
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steimie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Billet
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer lives up to it's name. It has a nice appearance, with good head retention. The taste is mildly sweet and fruity hops. This beer is not very bitter at all, just very tasty and easy drinking with lots of flavor. One of the better Pales I have tried.

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of GRPunk
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/10/14 poured into a Sam Smith's imperial pint.

A- A normal pour creates 1-finger worth of khaki head that drops to a light film. The body hazy and golden-orange with moderate carbonation. Really nice lacing is left around the glass.

S- Even with nearly 2 months on the bottle it comes off as hoppy, fresh, and robust. Lots of citrus, lemon at first whiff, but more grapefruit-like on further inspection. Malts are sugary sweet, but definitely second fiddle to the hops. Faint furitiness other than the citrus hops as well (maybe a little pineapple?).

T- More balanced than the aroma lets on. Really nicely balanced, actually. Strong grapefruit flavors give way to sweet and grainy hops, almost like a sweetened cereal of sorts. The finish is clean and dry. Hops turn spicy, nearly medicinal, in the end after a couple of sips. Not harsh, just a change of flavor profile (or perception of such). Really flavorful brew.

M- Medium-full body for the style and ABV. There's a definite bite from the hops that get a little spicy toward the finish. Medium carbonation.

O- I went into this one without a lot of expectations. I've always enjoyed Huma Lupa, but as a rule, Short's tends to stand out more with their experimental offerings. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this straight forward, balanced, and bold IPA. I could see drinking a few in a sitting, especially taking into account the lower ABV (it seems all of Michigan's top IPA top the 7.0 mark).

Edit: labeled an American IPA, though categorized as an APA on the site. Scored it as an IPA, maybe even better as APA?

Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, dated 11/14/14

Bottle pours with a deep orange color and quickly dissipating, one finger white head.

Aroma is a massive hit of orange and grapefruit. There also appears to be a slight bready malt presence, along with faint spiciness.

Taste follows with a better balance of orange/grapefruit and spicy, bready malt. The bready spiciness dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate bitterness. Rather sticky on the finish, but the bitterness does enough to tone this down.

Overall, another damn fine IPA from Short's! Well balanced and a great showcase of the Amarillo hop, couldn't ask for much more.

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