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

Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE

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very good

440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%

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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Photo of Monkeyknife


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. Poured a lightly cloudy amber-orange with a thin off-white head.

The aroma was pretty malty for an AIPA. Hop notes were light citrus and a bit of pine.

Like the aroma, the taste led with caramel malts followed by light hop notes.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

This AIPA from Short's didn't do much for me. A bit heavy-handed on the malty side.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 22:45:35 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of tectactoe


3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, from the tap, I've had this beer plenty of times. Pours a lighter amber color with a reasonable clarity aside from a slight chill haze that subsides after a few minutes from the pour. Very nice off-white head that shows some nice staying power and leaves decent lacing along the top of the glass.

The aroma is thick with pungent pine and an aggressive assertion of hop oils. A nice collection of citrus aromas battle their way into the mix; grapefruit pith, tangerine pulp - bitter and assertive more so than sweet or savory. Lots of resinous aromas dance around a hefty blanket of sweet, pale malts. and maybe even a touch of caramel malt. Despite seeming abundantly hop-forward after the first whiff, the beer opens up to a much more balanced attempt at a hoppy-yet-drinkable IPA as it warms up.

Each sip contains a mouth full of raw hop flavors; pine needles, pine cones, resinous and lightly pungent hop oils, grapefruit peel, orange zest. Some mildly dank and peppery notes reveal themselves later on, but nothing too over-the-top or extreme. The malt is even a touch heavier on the palate than it was on the nose - lots of bread, butter, and a small amount of caramel; it adds a sweetening element that balances the hop aggression surprisingly well. Aftertaste is full of grapefruit pith, sweet bread, and resinous pine. Medium mouth feel, not quite sticky but heavier than slick. Medium carbonation.

A pretty good IPA from Short's, although I'm not sure I like this one more than their trademark IPA, Huma Lupa Licious. I will say, however, this beer delivers a huge resin profile without seeming too abrasive or unbalanced - very nice malt presence. Though it can be said for most beers of this style, this is one that definitely must be enjoyed fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:48:59 | More by tectactoe
Photo of oline73


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a half finger of creamy off white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Mild. Citrus hops with bready malt and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Strong malt profile. The hops show up ear the end of each sip. Mild citrus peel notes with a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium amount of carbonation. The body is on the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is good but not remarkable. I don't know that I would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 23:38:21 | More by oline73
Photo of lurpy1


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Dusty's Tap Room, where it is re-badged as Dusty Roads. Rimshot please.

Clear, deep amber, with moderate amount of head. Smell is pine and citrus, quite a bit of hop.

Taste profile is delicious, pine, hop, don't really pick up the grapefruit the way other people do. Weird, intriguing sensation, after the first rush, the hoppiness vanishes, replaced by a mellower citrus flavor. The hops basically run into a brick wall. Decent carbonation, medium body. Good beer, unusual experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 20:53:08 | More by lurpy1
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is yellowish and slightly hazy, with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is pretty straightforward, bringing a nice pine character with some citrus notes. It smells like an American IPA. The taste isn't mind blowing, but this is a decent beer, and highly drinkable. The beer is light on the palate, bordering on thin. Not such a bad thing for a 5.5% abv brew I suppose. Overall, an enjoyable beverage, and something I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 19:30:32 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A decent IPA, better than a lot I've had lately. Beer is yellow with a mild haze to it and a wispy white head of low character, retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly piny with some citrus hops in there, smells like an IPA.

Beer is medium to light in body, no carbonation on the mouth, no malt on the get go, this is a good thing. The bitterness in the back is moderate, the midpalate is a lot of pine hops and a little chewiness. Overall a decent IPA. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 16:25:00 | More by drabmuh
Photo of r3o


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it has a dark amber color, with a hue of red. The head thins over 1-2 minutes, then it lingers as a thin layer, leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat floral with hops, maybe some spices. A bitter taste predominates, however there's some fruitieness, the taste lingers with good after taste; has a full mouthfeel, kind of chewy. I'd would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 15:43:19 | More by r3o
Photo of Tone


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body and aroma, but really heavy hop blend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:25:17 | More by Tone
Photo of filkinsa


4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 17:58:52 | More by filkinsa
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish brown toasty. Fragrant hop aroma. Average mouthfeel. Decent bitterness, some citrus. Nice pale. something to enjoy in a session, and demonstrating great craftsmanship, not everything has to be off-centered or unusual.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 12:49:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of CortexBomb


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 02:14:36 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

pale coppery amber. slight haze. foamy head recedes to thin, creamy, foamy and wispy layer. great lacing.

aroma: sweet caramel maltiness meets subtle apple esters, then quickly to citrusy hops, with hint of pine. plus more fresh grapefruit, with orange zest note.

taste: quite hoppy, with very fresh pine and citrus; resinous. citrus fruitiness blending into yeasty apple esters and caramelized malt underneath, albeit these are weaker than i'd like, and almost watered down compared to the hops, which are boldly bitter and resinous, but also very fresh.

light to medium body, almost smooth, but generally quite dominated by the resins and astringency, with the prickly and otherwise moderate carbonation only accentuating it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 10:55:12 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 14 oz. snifter. Pours out an amber/orange color. A bit hazy with about a finger of off-white head. Pretty good lacing. Smells are of hops, and lots of them. Very piney and earthy hops for that matter. Taste is also extremely hoppy, I would swear this is an IPA if I didn't know better. Hop taste is also piney and a bit citrusy like grapefruit. The beer goes down very smooth, light-medium body with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good also, but the hops are somewhat overwhelming to me. Like other's have stated, definitely a recommendation for any hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 02:04:49 | More by kbeals
Photo of ffejherb


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Short's Brewery on 11/29/08. Served in a 14-oz. glass.

A - Hazy deep amber/orange body with slim creamy white head that transformed into a patchy film and left decent lace. Nice two-tone hazy appearance that reminded me of a few of Selin's Grove's beers!

S - Classic citrus hopped pale ale aroma with a healthy dose of toasted malt and sweet caramel malt.

T - Pretty straightforward citrus hopped pale ale with a nice toasted malt character and some caramel sweetness. Quite bitter for a pale ale with hints of orange and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium body with creamy texture, perhaps a little oily with some sticky hop residue. Finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

D - Nice job on this pale ale. While it's pretty one dimensional, it is well-balanced and has a tasty citrus hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 00:43:56 | More by ffejherb
Photo of jpalarchio


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ in Fenton.

Served a light amber / orange color with a decent head with good lacing. Smell was very pine-like and I could tell that hops were in abundance. Taste was hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Seemed much like a double IPA as much as anything.

Hard to judge the drinkability, have been unable to find the abv on this on. I just had a pint and really didn't feel like there was much alcohol behind this one.

Overall, not a bad beer; definitely something for the hop heads.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 02:41:14 | More by jpalarchio
Photo of skiboy


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of beer at Shorts and believe me this brew is one punch in the face with hops. A solid pale ale, but the finish is powerful. Unfortunately, I led off the Hangin Franks so the ones that followed seemed a let down. If you're in the Bellaire 'hood be sure to stop at Shorts -- and, if a hop head, tip a pint of HF.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 00:19:28 | More by skiboy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of three Short's brews on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,came to the table in a standard pint glass a somewhat murky hazed auburn color with a very thin head that was gone quickly.Big resiny,piny hop profile bordering on IPA territory a hint of biscuit sweetness underneath.Now Iam a hophead and its hard for me not to talk glowingly of pale ales with a large dose of hops but this was a bit to one dimentional and dare I say bitter it was like drinking a grapefruit rind with not much else supporting it,very bitter with a bit of sourness.I dont get to try many Shorts offering only when I get back to MI and I was excited to try this new offering but I was really let down by this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 22:51:58 | More by oberon
Photo of Michael-McManaman


4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color similar to a darker whiskey. Cloudy haze with a medium frothy head.
Smells very hoppy with a hint of apples. It tastes amazing! Wow! The hoppy flavor is perfect and its lightly carbonated, like red bull. It leaves the moth feeling refreshed and cool. Defiantly one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 03:53:53 | More by Michael-McManaman
Photo of Stevedore


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no bottled on date. Extra'd by Kevin, thanks man. Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass today, 3/15/2014.

App- Hazy caramel-orange body. One finger white head, good retention, drops into a thin film at the center. Leaves thin sticky lacing along the glass.

Smell- Hops. A bit herbal. Some grapefruit and pine. Crackers, bread are present from the pale malts but not contributing a lot.

Flavour- Crackers, bread from the nose but not much malt sweetness at all. Hops are a bit more forward- grapefruit and pine are the more dominant flavours. Finish is fairly pine-forward but not terribly bitter. Not bad.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied, kind of watery but does not appear to be "missing" anything. Drinkable, not bitter, no ABV heat at all. Finish is dry and piney. Very nice for an APA/session IPA.

Overall- Decent session IPA, nothing mindblowing. It is more like an APA rather than a session IPA like All Day in that this beer's malt presence does attempt to balance out the hoppiness.. it doesn't come close but it does attempt to do so whereas the big session IPAs out there are purposefully attempting to hide the malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:23:46 | More by Stevedore
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one-finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Nice amounts of tropical fruit and a light amount of pine.

T - Big burst of tropical fruit upfront, mostly orange, peach, and grapefruit. Some sweet malts are also there. The finish has a piney earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - This is a very flavorful session IPA. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:28:59 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of lochef81


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aah shorts, my love em and hate em brewery. This offering pours a handsome copper color with a thick white head which gives way to a nice white lacing. The nose is hoppy citrus and pine with little malt undertones. The flavor is very pleasant at first with lots of citrusy hops and a pleasant biting bitterness but the aftertaste seems stale and unpleasant. Very dry and unsatisfying. It is very easy to drink and goes down quite smooth but with the unpleasant finish; why bother. It actually leaves you wanting to drink more to get the aftertaste out of your mouth. Not the worst shorts beer ive had but not one that I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 06:15:00 | More by lochef81
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a strip or two of lacing behind

Smell: Tropical fruit (pineapple and grapefruit) with a hint of pine

Taste: Light on the malt flavors, with the hops taking over at the outset; citrus and pine, with an herbal character, as well; finishes hoppy and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA with some nice flavors and an unusual herbal twist

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 17:57:23 | More by brentk56
Photo of Flopjack


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - A nice full orange color with lighter tones of yellow . 1/2 finger white head.

Smell - Lots of character from hops , grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mandarin, piny floral aroma.

Taste - Piny floral character, citrusy and sweet. Starts out with a nice grapefruit and mandarin flavor that is just a touch roasty and bitter. There is a piny resinous presence here that I think contributes nicely and gives an earthy floral flavor as well. Lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing, smooth.

Overall - Good beer. This beer has lots of character all across the board. Haven't been disappointed with any Shorts beers thus far and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 17:15:40 | More by Flopjack
Photo of reebtaerG


3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz. Bottle into new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours cloudy golden with an off-white one finger head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of peach, floral hops, some malt and fruitiness.

T-Taste is improved from aromas has flavors that is sweet, fruity and bitter with some citrus and floral hops.

M-Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body, average carbonation.

O-Overall a decent IPA by Shorts. It was one of the better beers in their variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 13:16:22 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of TheBrewo


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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