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

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 86
Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,490 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (623 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (3,728 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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? (1,616 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar Ale from Short's was listed on the chalkboard as an amarillo hopped pale ale. Color was in between copper and gold, closer to gold. The head was creamy and white. Aroma was heavy on esthers with apple, banana and bubble gum notes with a little funk in the nose as well. Flavor was bright and bitter. Grapefruit and citrus zest were major componants. Body was medium with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Hooray Short's! This is a nice showcase for the amarillo. I'd drink this again. (505 characters)

Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of claminat420
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of jspruit
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of dashirey
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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!! (1,082 characters)

Photo of Billet
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (261 characters)

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