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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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197 Reviews
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Reviews: 197
Hads: 533
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 18.59%
Wants: 23
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 09-09-2007

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.
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Photo of TCHopCraver
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 8/30/10.

A: A hard pour into a deep snifter resulted in a one finger, off-white head that burned off quickly. A very autumn-esque orange-amber-gold color looks gorgeous and enticing. The lacing looks like sparkly fireworks that dance in the night sky. It is rather sticky, also.

S: A very sweet citrus aroma of tangerines and blood oranges is the dominant smell. A nice earthy hop bitterness complements the sweet citrus aroma, and I also smell a dry biscuit aroma from the yeast. In addition, there is a solid caramel malt backbone to support the citrus earthy hops. HF is quite fresh to the nose.

T: After really liking the appearance and smell, I am just a little disappointed by the taste. All of the aroma that I picked up in the smell are gracing my palate, but they are not quite as pronounced as I hoped they might be. The earthy hop quality overbalances the sweet citrus hop presence that I so enjoyed in the smell. If those roles were reversed, I would rate this a little higher. Also, the beer is just a little watery, which detracts from the flavor a bit.

M: There is an excellent gentle nibbling on my tongue and the sides of my mouth from the bittering hops, but the overall feel is light and a little thin on my palate.

D: This is a tasty and easy drinking IPA. I could enjoy several of these in a sitting and will look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a cartoon of a guy hanging, must be Frank. Not sure about the backstory on that.

The beer pours a light orange color, a little haze, thin head. The aroma is a little malt-forward for an IPA, toasty biscuit malt mixed with hops of the citrus variety, very balanced. It tastes much the same to me, a very balanced IPA with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The hops give some light citrus flavors, and the malts do a little more than just support, overall it works well. Might be an APA but that's splitting hairs.

The body is about average for an APA/IPA, easy drinking. OK but not exceptional, as is becoming the case with most Shorts beers I've tried recently.

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Photo of jmich24
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One month old:
A: Slightly hazy Dark golden in color with orange hues. Small head. Nice stick lacing
S: Hops! Danky weed, citrus, oranges. Some sweetness from malts.
T: Sweet and bitter. Citrus and oranges again with some tropical fruits. Finishes bitter but not overly bitter.
M: Smooth somewhat creamy finished nice and dry. Not overwhelmingly bitter.
D: This is super drinkable for an IPA. The slight sweetness paired with the not so over the top bitterness is "tame".

Great hop fix at only 5.5 % ABV.

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Photo of nkersten
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tuplip. Thanks Erik!

Color is a very hazy orange with minimal white head. The little head there is sticks nicely to the side of the glass. Smell is hop forward, very citrusy with some fresh dough. Taste is strange. Not at all like the smell - not a lot of bitterness or hop flavor and very little malt. Some biscuit/dough, but not much going on. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a prickly carbonation. If this beer had some hop flavor it would be much more drinkable. I don't mind the thin mouthfeel as long as there is some flavor there. I am glad I got to try this but definitley prefer Huma Lupa.

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Photo of glazeman
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little hazy and copper in color with somewhat small head. Ok retention and minimal lacing. Smell has a slightly citrusy hop kick to with some light caramel malt, pretty bitter I would say. Taste I found slightly dull. While the smell reminded me very much of a West Coast the taste was not. I found the taste to be very balanced and slightly citrusy, just not at hoppy as I would have hoped. I found it just a little (emphasize little) bland. Mouthfeel was fine, smooth and medium bodied. Overall a good beer. I think this was my first from Shorts but I'm sure they have better ones out there.

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Photo of enfield249
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear gold, with some orange highlights, Very little foam. Smells of smells of floral hops. The taste is a very nice floral hop flavor with some slight citrus. Full but not overly so mouth feel. A very drink able IPA that is towards the top of IPAs I have had.

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Photo of thetomG
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish amber color. Decent foamy head with some very nice sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma has a mild sweet & slightly fruity note to it. Flavor is largely just a big blast of bitterness from the hops.

Carbonation seems right one, but the powerful bitterness take away a bit form the mouthfeel and overall drinkability.

Glad I tried it, but not likely to seek this one out again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to malty for dropping a few of these into the case of mixed Short's that's blessed my fridge for the past couple of weeks.

Well, certainly the most morbid art to grace a bottle that I've seen. Pour is on the Florida orange side of an IPA. Smell is sweet Georgia Brown mixed with a bitter blast of citrus. Niiice.

Hangin Frank brings the bitterness with a vengeance. The malts try to hold back the avalanche with minimal success. The hops are all about the citrus, the pineapple, the weird stuff they put in your drinks when you're in the Caribbean that you don't know about but stick purple umbrellas because that's what they think Americans want. Beneath is a stolid, green-eyeshade foundation of malts that showers complements on the hops in all their varietal of glory. Hops & malts. That's all.

Horribly drinkable. I'd imagine this is in the 6% range, but who knows? The combo of the Islands hops & sweet, sweet malts makes this a pogo stick to drunken revelry.

Excellent IPA. Not the bitter hop nuclear blast that I normally enjoy, but the chill, cool taste of the hops makes this one to savor. Glad I have a couple more.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangey amber body with a slight haze. Creamy antique white head sits atop measuring 2 fingers. Great retention, head does not seem to budge remaining until the last sip. Thick layer of lacing left encompassing the glass.

Hop aroma strong, meshing fresh citrus and pine aromas. Citric aromas are a bit more dominate though overall hop aroma well balanced. Slight pale malt aroma under provides a subtle backbone.

Hangin Frank is a hop forward beer without an overpowering bitterness. Sweet citrus hops would be overpowering on their own are balanced with a pine bite. Subdued malty sweetness underlying. Grain bill seems pretty simple and straight forward allowing the hops to shine.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Long lasting hop flavor makes for a bit of a long finish. Smooth and creamy texture.

Very impressed with this beer. Hangin Frank is an IPA that drinks more like an APA. Very solid in every category. Between HumaLupa and The Liberator, Joe Short really seems to like the piny hops, glad to see an IPA with some citrus. Recommended

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Photo of BMoney575
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Short's offering found in bottles, I have to try it.

The pour is relatively unimpressive. No head, a few bubbles screaming to the surface, an amber-copper color...that is all.

Smelling this makes me more excited to try it. Pineapple and peach collide against a subtle malt profile. I also detect a very small pine scent, but the mellow fruit is more noticeable.

The malt profile is bigger in the taste than its counterpart Huma Lupa. There is also not as much of a bitter aftertaste in this. The majority of the hop bitterness is pine with some pineapple additions. A very solid drink.

The mouthfeel is solid with a medium feel and also has a soft slightly creaminess.

This is a solid drinkable IPA worthy of having multiples.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Light amber color with a slight white head. Nice hop aroma with citrus. The taste has the classic citrus rind taste along with a slight touch of spice. Earthy. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but jsut not really a stand out in my opinion.

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Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Clear golden orange body. Pinkie finger of dense, persistent, light beige head. Nice sticky lacing on the sides. Juicy nose of citrus hops: Mandarin orange and grapefruit. Some fruity, toasted malts as well. Maybe a whiff of pine too. All in all, smells like a very fresh IPA.

Funky, resinous hop flavor and bitterness right up front. Toasted malt gives way to fruitier, slightly sweet notes mid-palate. Resinous hop flavor also becomes more citrusy and juicy toward the finish. Orange rind and some biscuit malt in the finish. Lasting bitterness. Moderate body with a slightly oily feel. A nice, straight-forward, well-made IPA, but I think I still like Huma more...

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours a slightly hazy, burnt orange color, 1.5 inch white head with good retention and lacing

s - big biscuit malt aroma with only a light orange citrus hop presence, toastes rye bread notes though I don't think there's any rye in this

t - the bottle claims this is an IPA, but this is much more malt forward than any American IPA I've had, like that aroma, the main flavor is strong, clean biscuit malt, there is a lighter citrus hop character on the midpalate and finish, mostly orange and lemon notes, the finish is pretty dry and moderately bitter with lingering biscuit and rye bread flavors, alcohol is well-hidden

m - a bit too light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish, alcohol warming is negligible

d - pretty drinkable stuff, it drinks much more like an American Pale Ale with its malt forward taste profile and light bitterness, the flavors are nice, but the muted hops take away from the complexity in a beer billed as an IPA

Pretty good beer from Short's - I'm just puzzled why they call it an IPA. I'm not really detracting from my rating based on this, but it just tastes nothing like an IPA to me. That said, it's definitely worth trying if you see it on the shelf here in Michigan.

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Photo of techfed87
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is a clear amber. Smell is very hoppy.

First sip confirms my analysis that this is indeed quite the nice IPA. It's full of hop character without being overly bitter. It's floury and dry and very satisfying. Mouthfeel is full, and lasts a good amount of time.

Having been to City Park Grill several times and had Hangin' Frank on tap on several occasions, I'd have to say that this is just as good.

Try it sometime!

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Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly released 12 oz. bottle. No date stamp, but I know it's fresh because it just hit the shelves this week.

Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing nonic pint glass almost brilliantly clear russet color with a ever-so off-white fluffy 1/2" settled head. A little bit of visible uprising carbonation. Gorgeous rings of (almost) unbroken lace all the way down.

Mmmm...fresh tropical fruit scented hops with a semi-sweet biscuit malt backdrop. Now the hops smell a bit earthy, but not musty. The soft sweet malt is very comforting.

I don't know why this says 'India Pale Ale' on the front label because it sure does taste like a nice, even-tempered good ole' American Pale Ale to me. The bitterness in the hops is subdued by the quiet and gentle malt platform in which the hops rise and decline one sip after another. There's a soft mineral flavor that's a tad savory, but hard to describe, (sorry).

Mouthfeel is superb. Soft, airy and perfectly carbonated. The slightly bittersweet finish fades gracefully after 10 seconds or so.

Drinkability is great. Nothing off-putting or abrasive about this ale.

Overall a masterfully crafted Pale Ale that serves as a much needed break from all the crazy and unique brews Short's has been gracing us with for almost a year now. Thanks God their bottling line shows no signs of stopping!

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Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, toasty orange liquid with abundant streams of carbonation keeping the creamy bone white head alive. Looks very nice for the style.

S- Orange rind and meat, biscuits, passion fruit, and white grape juice. Very appealing.

T- Same as the aroma. The bitter fruity hops hit up front, then the sweet biscuity malt aspect comes in at the end.

M- Creamy carbonation with a clean and dry finish.

D- A very enjoyable IPA that flexes its muscles without overstepping its bounds. Drinkable, but slightly hard to gauge without knowing the ABV.

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Photo of claminat420
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a light transparent copper color with only a thin cap of head. little to no lacing.

smells deliciously fruity with not just notes, but whole chords of grapefruit, pineapple and grape.

tastes of grassy and lightly toasted malts up front with some herbal spice in the middle. a mild, tea like bitterness starts in, then ramps up to a dry, piney finish. well balanced and a very interesting combination of flavors.

mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. also feels kinda slick or oily, which seems odd to me considering the dryness in the finish.

overall a solid beer and quite drinkable. no abv listed, but i'd guess that this is between 6 - 7%. a nice alternative to some of the other, more well known ipa's out there. i'd certainly buy this again.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is an amber/caramel color without much head. Smell has a lot of citrus in it with hints of lemon and orange peel. Taste is a smooth mix of flavors with a slightly bitter finish. Citrus is prevalent along with peach and other fruits.

This is a solid session beer with excellent drinkability.

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Photo of association330
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours orange-hued, dark amber with a finger of sticky, off-white head. Settles to a thin, bubbly cap with a thick ring of roam. Lacing is spotty.

S - I'm immediately picking up juicy tropical fruits, pineapple chief among them. There's also some grapefruit and pine notes, and a bit of caramel malt.

T - Fruity and hoppy. Good amount of drying hop bitterness on the swallow.

M - Carbonation is a bit low for the style, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Body is medium-low.

D - I actually like this better than any other pale they've done. Solid effort.

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing a bottle of this, and to our friends Stef and Brett for hauling it back from MI. FWIW the bottle calls it an IPA.

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with one finger of off-white head. Lacing is pretty minimal, with a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is odd, with a biscuit malt and some caramel, with a fruity aroma that I can't completely place. Sort of peachy, maybe some pineapple, not really very citrusy. Some pine too. It's odd. Not bad, just odd.

Taste is like the smell but I like it a bit more. The fruit flavor is more pleasing than the aroma, with a bit more citrus flavor as well as some apricot and a bit of peach. It's an odd combo, not typical at all for a pale ale/IPA (still not sure which it is), but it's pretty tasty. Some caramel malt sweetness and a slightly toasty/biscuity flavor too. Bitterness is very modest, with enough to give it a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body with a clean, crisp finish. Nicely smooth.

This is different, but not in a bad way. The hop profile is still throwing me for a bit of a loop as the frutiiness is pretty unique. It grew on me toward the end, and I'd certainly have it again. A nice change of pace pale ale (or is it an IPA? still not sure).

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.