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

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Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE

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BA SCORE
86
very good

464 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | 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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goblueA2


1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst display of an IPA that I have ever tasted in my life...virtually no hop presence. Overwhelming stale caramel taste. I really have no idea how Shorts can characterize this as an American IPA. Smells like dirt and tastes like shit. Typically a big fan of this brewery but very disappointed in this beer. Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 06:34:31 | More by goblueA2
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kscaldef

Oregon

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

04-22-2013 05:58:12 | More by kscaldef
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jacksonweite

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.5%

08-07-2013 00:19:04 | More by jacksonweite
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jables7

Michigan

2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This beer has a burnt orange, almost amber color to it. It's a nice looking beer with about 2 fingers of off-white head. At first glance I'm pretty excited to try this beer.

S- The excitement previously expressed in the appearance category is shot down in a blaze of glory. The smell is almost nonexistent for an ipa. I don't need to be hit over the head with hop aroma but a little would be nice.

T- As is so often the case, the taste follows along the same lines as the smell. I get some light citrus notes but most of the glory of the hop is missing. This comes as a surprise to me considering Short's homa lupa licious. Unfortunately this brew tastes something like an average ipa that's been strained through a used gym sock. It is far too bitter.

M- Despite the shortcomings in the taste the mouthfeel holds up really well. It has a thickness that rivals many double ipa's. It's one of the few redeeming qualities of this particular beer.

O- Unfortunately, my experience with this beer has been an unpleasant one. I consider myself a big fan of ipa's and this one just doesn't cut it. There's no excuse for the hop vanishing act. That being said, I think it's rediculous that Short's is re-branding this beer because of some protests over it's name and label design. The people offended by it are most likely not beer fans and should probably grow up.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:13:36 | More by jables7
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Hail_to_the_Beers

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

10-13-2013 20:28:56 | More by Hail_to_the_Beers
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Uncle Frank couldn't read or write
So there was no note or letter found where he died
Just a rope around his neck
And the kitchen table turned on its side"
- Mike Cooley / Drive-By Truckers

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/14/12

Thanks to beesy for sharing the bottle. I've wanted to try this one for a while.

The appearance is cloudy, but not as dense as Huma Lupa Licious. I was able to coax a two finger head that rushed up at the end of the pour. Retention is a thin layer of bubbles, though there is a decent amount of drippy lacing.

Modest herbal and earthy hops rest atop an all too generous pile of bread and terse caramel. While I can't say it smells boozy, there is an aroma similar to paint thinner which makes the back half of the aroma fairly unpleasant. Wisps of floral hops.

The taste is a step up from the aroma, but it strikes me roughish nonetheless. A brief bitterness attack of the piney variety merges with muddy citrus and stale cat pee. Hmm, perhaps the Simcoe isn't doing so hot with this beer. The malts are too prominent here, too. Biscuit, bread and caramel.

Medium body with some resin and graininess. Carbonation is reasonably ample, yet remains fluffy and pleasant. The finish has lingerings of dirt, earth and a slight bitterness.

I was hoping for more, especially after having Huma yesterday. Not an entirely bad beer, it simply doesn't work all that well as an AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:55:42 | More by Ryan011235
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GRG1313

California

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Developed for City Park Grill. Clear amber with a firm and bold and thick pure white head.

Nose is lightly assertive cooked pineapple/nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium full with light "fizzy" carbonation and good hop heavy balance.

Flavors are a dull bitter burnt toast hop. Not very bright. Light malt, pine flavor undertones.

Finish is the big ticket on this one. Big assertive bitter pine finish that is long lasting and the most lasting impression of this decent but nothing special brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:35:11 | More by GRG1313
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bwilson1730


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

09-03-2012 23:15:12 | More by bwilson1730
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JohnParadee

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-02-2014 05:29:07 | More by JohnParadee
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VonZipper

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-26-2014 15:19:28 | More by VonZipper
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: This beer pours golden in color with a touch of amber and a one finger white head that has excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very intense citrus hops on the nose. I specifically get lemons, grapefruit, and a little bit of brown sugar.

T: Uggh. I had such high expectation for the taste after my initially whiffs of this beer, but unfortunately this one does not deliver. This one is pretty watered down and bland for an IPA in my opinion. It's like they had the right idea but skimped on the volume of the ingredients or something...I don't know. I get come orange and lemon and then a little bit of bitterness at the end, but not nearly enough.

M: Run of the mill mouthfeel. No complaints, but nothing special.

D: The more Short's beers I have the more that I feel they are hit or miss. I have had some of my very favorite beers of all time and least favorite beers come from Short's. Sad to say, this IPA falls into the later category. Not really worth the effort to search this one out. Though, it is easy to drink, but then again so is water.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:55:27 | More by glazeman
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BMoney575

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 8-29-10

Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with a very thin white head that leaves one ring of lacing.

Smell is thick hop resin, extremely floral and sticky. Nicely complex, with a strong bitterness and sweet underlying malt character.

Taste is bitter, earthy, and vegetabley. The flavors are deep, dirty, and almost unpleasant. No hop flavor or sweetness, and not much in the way of malt balance. The aftertaste is sharp and very bitter, and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and the strong carbonation does not help.

Drinkability is poor, due to the harsh flavors and huge bitterness.

Overall, not very good, and no redeeming qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 18:46:07 | More by BMoney575
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andrewjraab

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a deep and dark burnt orange with 2 inches of thick white head after an aggressive pour. Nice lacing and stick.

S - Floral, hoppy, grapefruit, piney. A very pungent pop to this brew.

T - Punchy hoppy opening that smacks you in tongue, but a weird almost soapy finish.

O - I'm a bit disapointed in this one. Perhaps just not my mix and style for an American IPA. Taste brings bong water to my head. Something off with this one. I wont try this again for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:40:51 | More by andrewjraab
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sleuthdog

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to rpbuckeye for this

Poured into Shorts pint

Pour: Agressive pour since the glass is large produced a finger and a half of white head that was actually not foamy but soapy looking. The beer is a copper orange that is cloudy.

Smell: This one is pine hop forward to me with some floral notes, too. The malt aroma is strong and smells a touch sweet and bready. I am not really getting too much in the citrus notes here but can say maybe grapefruit.

Taste: Pine bitterness with an earthy quality. Grass and onion to me too which isn't too pleasant to my palate. There is a cracker like taste in the background and that seems to detract from the onion taste but not enough. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink just not fun to drink. Finishes dry.

Overall: I have not been impressed with Short's to date and this one unfortunately doesn't change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:42:16 | More by sleuthdog
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-16-2014 03:19:38 | More by KCBeerNerd
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marcb105

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-14-2013 02:06:54 | More by marcb105
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-24-2014 15:44:15 | More by smartassboiler
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speedvagen

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-01-2013 11:11:32 | More by speedvagen
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rsenters29

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-01-2013 19:52:07 | More by rsenters29
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-09-2012 00:45:28 | More by jaidenjb
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-23-2013 11:04:14 | More by Paul_Apsley
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rgilbert

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-15-2013 02:23:50 | More by rgilbert
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-30-2013 02:01:31 | More by akttr
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Rons35

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-19-2013 22:46:37 | More by Rons35
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thomseye

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-26-2013 04:46:22 | More by thomseye
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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.