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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

472 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 20
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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baybassboy

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-14-2013 04:20:13 | More by baybassboy
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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kirbmeist

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-13-2013 19:08:50 | More by kirbmeist
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Slay40

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-10-2013 18:56:50 | More by Slay40
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy copper with orange edges and tons of billowy off white head. The nose is citrusy with toasted grain and a fair bit of peppery spice, almost rye like. The taste shows a fair bit of toasted grain, bread crust, hops in back. Citrus, virtually no bitterness, grain lingers with assertive carbonation and a medium body. Bit of sourness in the finish, may have a very slight infection but doesn't take away from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:39:06 | More by cpetrone84
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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LuckyJohn

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2013 05:09:01 | More by LuckyJohn
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright caramel orange color with a little haze and a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Juicy citrus and a touch of earth from the hops. Not super aromatic but pleasant.

Taste: The biscuit malt and earthy/spicy hops character of an English Pale Ale with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. There is an interesting raw bitterness about the flavor that really bites the palate. The 67 IBUs make this beer feel bigger than 5.5% ABV and help to keep it from tasting watery. Besides the dab of bready malt flavor there isn't a whole lot of malt to help balance the flavor out, which is fine in this case. Finishes with a tangerine nectar sweetness for a moment before the aftertaste takes over with a lot of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body but pretty good considering the low ABV. A bit aggressive on the carbonation but easy enough to flatten out a bit. Good drinkability despite its palate-wrecking capability.

Final Thoughts: Pretty close to a session IPA and a good beer. While not groundbreaking, Short's Controversi-ALE proves that you don't need tropical fruit hop character to make a good IPA (although I love me some citra). Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 22:37:21 | More by JamesMN
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Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Oregon

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.