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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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89
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 19
Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hardysf
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

clear yellow. Not a lot of strong flavors. Good sipping beer. Would rather have Huma.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and caramel malts.

T - The taste starts with a heavy amount of grapefruit. The grapefruit is balance by the caramel malts and some breadiness. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

O - This is a nice Pale Ale. Pleasant and easy drinking.

Photo of atone315
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jemarent
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MiWolfman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigleague
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beardown
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesod
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irish6174
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billet
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bob_d_j
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my teku glass.

Photo of _morandi_
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRPunk
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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?

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Short's The Stellar Ale from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.