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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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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
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

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Photo of QuadriderMX
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 bob_d_j
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Jas45678
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my teku glass.

Photo of _morandi_
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 marcb105
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kerrie
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from winter variety pack into trusty tulip glass. Honestly, if this thing breaks, I don't know what I'll do. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger and half of head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of foam that sticks around. Almost no lacing. The aroma and taste are quite similar: citrusy grapefruit, bready biscuit, and underneath that, tropical fruit and a hint of copper. Thin mouthfeel, carbonation produce lots of little bubbles that seem suspended in the brew but never rise to the top. It's carbonated, but not bubbly.
Not a fan of IPAs, but this is decent enough for me. Friends who really enjoy IPAs tell me this is one of the better ones. YMMV.

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 JimGlonke
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tommy5
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRBLUE12
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 alelover
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Short's The Stellar Ale from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.