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Short's Controversi-ALE - Short's Brewing Company

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86
very good

483 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Loaded with hops like an IPA, yet drinks like a Pale Ale, we simply decided to call it a Strong Pale Ale. The fragrant, earthy citrus laced nose is instantly detectable. Large amounts of toasted grains and high alpha Simcoe hops form a perfect union that creates the cool sensation of toasted sourdough covered with zesty grapefruit hop marmalade.

67 IBU

Formerly known as Hangin' Frank.

(Beer added by: oberon on 09-09-2007)
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virinow

New York

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-17-2011 02:15:27 | More by virinow
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Jlaurie394


5/5  rDev +31.2%

07-06-2014 18:40:04 | More by Jlaurie394
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McCranky

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-05-2011 22:26:19 | More by McCranky
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Pelletben

Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.2%

06-16-2014 23:09:37 | More by Pelletben
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schultzm

Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.2%

01-06-2012 01:59:37 | More by schultzm
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ClarkstonBeerGuy


4.95/5  rDev +29.9%

Great flavor & aroma! I just tried it for the first time last weekend when a friend brought a 6-pack by... Had to go out and pick up a couple 6-packs a couple days later! I'm dreading the day they stop brewing it! Short's has so many great brews, thinking about putting together a road trip!

03-24-2012 16:44:07 | More by ClarkstonBeerGuy
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filkinsa

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

This is a wonderful American IPA. It has a wonderful citrus hop taste and aroma. It has a full body that is complemented by the full hop experience. It finishes very clean. It is very dangerous because it is 6.5% and easy to drink. It is not always on tap when at Short's but it is a favorite when it is.

09-21-2009 17:58:52 | More by filkinsa
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +26%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Tawny, burnt-orange in color, with a fluffy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Heavenly aromatic nosefull of citrussy, piney hops, and tropical fruit.
Taste-Big burst of piney hops, followed by sweet orange and red grapefruit. Very snappy, fresh, and flavorful. Well-balanced and very drinkable. Love this beer! Right up my alley. A great match for a spicy taco dip or a plate of enchiladas.
Get some!!

08-23-2010 12:50:25 | More by hosehead83
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danp14

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-11-2012 17:39:47 | More by danp14
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MrBIP

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-26-2012 02:10:24 | More by MrBIP
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dfillius

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger white head with poor retention. More head with better retention please. Hazy amber liquid is perfect for the style.

S: Mango, tropical fruit, guava, orange, Man candy, WOW! Slight biscuit in the aroma. Smells almost like Mango Mama.

T: Delightful. Amazing aroma comes through in the taste. Bitter grapefruit with nice tropical fruit lattice work. Piney hop flavor dominates later on. Almost a palate wrecker. I like it a lot.

M: Smoothness slides into bitterness. Very 2 dimensional. Nice to feel that.

D: I'd love to have another, and I'd buy a six-pack definitely. Very good, and darn near perfect blend of a hop bomb and a session beer

10-16-2010 20:42:51 | More by dfillius
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +22%

Orange pull with a generous head on top. Smell is grapefruit, hoppy, delightful. The flavour on this is a combination of malted caramel notes with straight-up grapefruit. The grapefruit is unique, it's a bit more tangy/tart and less abrasive than one would normally find in a beer, it's still very hoppy, but it's smoother on the tongue for some reason.

Mouth is crisp, easy to drink. Drinkability is exceptional. I'm not a big pale fan in general because I usually would either rather have an IPA or something more malty, but this stuff is solid gold and is easily my favourite beer in the style. I wish Short's would start bottling this stuff in lieu of the more pedestrian Pandemonium offering.

07-31-2009 02:14:36 | More by CortexBomb
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the clear amber brew. Fluffy head lasts nicely, average lace. Aroma is stanky pine hops, in a good way.

Taste begins sweet, lightly fruity in the middle coupled with some citrus, and a pleasing bitter hops bite at the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Love this stuff.

06-09-2011 01:22:47 | More by ppoitras
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claminat420

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%

A- pours a slight transparent amber color with a off white tan colored head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- a slight caramel malt smell blasted by floral and citrus hops from hell.

T- just how it smells. no alcohol taste noticed. just the right bitterness.

M- a solid medium bodied brew. good carbonation.

D- i wish my fridge was stocked of this!

Overall- this ipa is up there. the bitterness isn't too crazy but enought to come out. like some beers today (arcadia's hop rocket) claim 100+ ibu's but for some reason don't really feel like it. or the bitterness just kills the flavor. this brew has everything an ipa should... a nice malt body and a hardy hop kick.

08-08-2010 05:46:21 | More by claminat420
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mzeld

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-04-2012 01:48:00 | More by mzeld
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jamesod

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-28-2013 15:10:47 | More by jamesod
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rjcoy06

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-05-2013 11:45:48 | More by rjcoy06
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JollyRoger

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-14-2013 01:54:52 | More by JollyRoger
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Steimie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-10-2012 20:24:45 | More by Steimie
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-07-2013 01:20:36 | More by Nachos4two
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QuadriderMX

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-28-2014 02:40:42 | More by QuadriderMX
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B0bD0bbselbock

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Poured into tumbler pint glass.

A- Hazy golden orange color with an amber tone. Whitish head, about 1 finger high, with pretty heavy lacing

S- Citrusy, hoppy, and spicy. I detect an orange rind aroma, which pairs well with the hops, with some floral elements present.

T- I really enjoy this one. My tongue detects a sweetness that compliments the bold citrus and hop elements. I do detect an orange rind element that i found in aroma as well. Kinda remind s of the cereal fruit loops, in some sense, only far better :)

M- Mild-mediumish bodied and bitter/astringent from the hops, and pretty nicely carbonated.

I feel this beer showcases another fine IPA brewed by Short's. To my mind, it delivers the elements that most any hophead would enjoy, as well as a high drinkablity, making this a nice session beer, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer- maybe something to enjoy on a lunch break, or several with/after dinner ;) Moreover, a great IPA for those who tread/stagger/swagger the humulus lupulus path.

04-14-2011 03:44:07 | More by B0bD0bbselbock
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-19-2011 03:24:08 | More by Gtg642
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MisterMagoo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-04-2014 19:16:24 | More by MisterMagoo
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-16-2013 15:06:34 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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