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

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89
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of GRBLUE12
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjcoy06
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHeadHerman
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jonross07
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BHansen214
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopnado
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrebeka
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an damn nice IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Stellar Ale last week in their new winter variety pack. I've never had the chance to try this beer and I'm happy it made it into the variety pack. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's Imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's very dark and hard to make out, but when you look at it under the light it goes well with the name and I think it's eye catching because of how blacked out the label is. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of an orange amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some green hop aromas with some fruity citrus rind and light tropical fruit like aromas with some earthy hop aromas showing up in the background and the green hop aromas seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, pale malt, light biscuit and bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I wish the hop profile was a little more balanced.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the green hops still sticking out the most, but this time there's also a good amount of spicy hops that show up. Up next comes a nice doughy yeast aroma that goes right into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste for a little with some bready malt, spicy hop and and green hop like flavors. This was a nice tasting beer, but I still wish the hop profile was more balanced.

M- Fairly smooth, not too crisp, dry on the finish, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it felt a little flat to me and I wish the carbonation was more lively.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example of the style, i thought it was a pretty straight forward India Pale Ale, that was on the bitter side of the style, but it had a couple aspects that held this beer back. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too crisp, dry on the finish, not filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me, anymore than that and flat mouthfeel might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer appearance, this was one good looking beer, all the way from the color to the lacing. What I liked the least about this beer was the carbonation, it was just too low for the style and I also wish the hop profile was more balanced. I don't think I would buy this beer again on it's own, it's not hard for me to find a pale ale I like much more. I think it's worth a try, but I can't say I would recommend this as a great Pale Ale. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love, it seemed like for almost every good aspect there was an aspect that I didn't like to counter it, so in the end I was pretty neutral about this beer. It's not a favorite Short's brew and it falls in the middle as far as the style goes. This beer wasn't bad, but I think it could still use a little work, better luck next time guys.

Photo of Tracker83
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MIbeer27
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Short's The Stellar Ale from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.