Short's Controversi-ALE - Short's Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of golden amber into our Great Lakes pints. It puts up a solid two finger head of copper-brushed bubbles. The head is actually two-toned, with the top third showing large, thin, rather transparent bubbles, and the bottom third showing a tight base of microfoam. Either way retention is nice, leaving dripping wet spots of lacing around the glass. A thick haze cuts clarity, with one or two specks of sediment found floating about. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is sticky and salty, with notes of pale and burnt caramel malts, cotton candy sweetness, white sugar, sea salt, dried straw, citric and lightly floral hoppiness, apricot fruitiness, peach pit, orange pith, and sunflower seediness. A coconut fruitiness comes out with warmth. Our first impression is that the malt base is heavily robust, with sweetness and roasty caramel maltiness abound. As we sip, the taste opens with table salt, brown paper towel, rich caramel and pale malt chalkiness and sweetness, tannic breakfast tea, French vanilla wafers, fresh cream, grassy hop resins, and metallic sheen of yeast and planty bite. The middle comes forth with light candied esters, burnt almonds, toffee sugars, grassy and soapy hop twang, walnut shell dryness, dandelion stems, chalky yeastiness, light plastic burn, raw parsnip, and mildly fusel booziness. The ending wash is rather fusel and boozy, otherwise comprised of those same grassy hops, continued simplistic pale malts, richly roasted caramel grain, hay, copper, fresh basil, and freshly turned earth. The aftertaste breathes of coppery and caramel metallics, booze, black pepper, rock salt, plastic phenols, bittered grassy and citric rind hops, herbal freshness, leafy spinach and kale greenness, cider vinegar, and powdered pale malts. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, and finishing pop, but cream and froth to the lip are a bit lesser. Otherwise the mouth is quickly dried into astringent, tannic pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer goes back easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. Through the evolution of the tasting, this is really what stood out most. It retained decent hoppiness to balance the surprising depth and sweetness of malts, while adding a curious tropical fruit on the far back end. The flavoring was nice as well, but dipped too far to the bitter, caramel, and malty side, with the hops falling too far off the radar. While it is relatively standard, this ends up being a nice beer, and something that is easy to sip, and something we consider a win for the brewery. This will be enjoyed by fans of the style and Short’s alike.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 22:02:54 | More by TheBrewo
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