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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: 72
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 Zaphog
4.2/5  rDev +4%

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

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of mklisz
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrebeka
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 _morandi_
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of zoso1967
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

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Short's The Stellar Ale from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.