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

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86
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 467
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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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

10-29-2012 00:39:37 | More by ssimpson89
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-20-2012 03:32:46 | More by rolandboy
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-16-2012 00:24:52 | More by ROGUE16
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

09-25-2012 19:03:40 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-08-2012 14:09:35 | More by mrebeka
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bwilson1730


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

09-03-2012 23:15:12 | More by bwilson1730
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redleg64

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-03-2012 01:55:14 | More by redleg64
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shamrock071521

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-31-2012 04:24:54 | More by shamrock071521
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as Hangin' Frank (and taken from notes).

Looks nice on the pour. There is a pungent and strong nose of hops. Flavor is rigid with hops and what I want to say seems like a nutty tone to it. Lots of spice from hops as well. If you like IPAs, you'll certainly like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:28:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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Scotthuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

08-15-2012 19:55:25 | More by Scotthuller
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

08-06-2012 02:16:23 | More by xxcarpxx
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awdturboiv

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-26-2012 23:46:09 | More by awdturboiv
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the brewery in April, so no longer super-fresh, but still delightful.

Pours a hazy pumpkin coloured amber with limited off-white head & lacing. Stunning tropical fruit and citrus aroma is followed by its well-balanced taste. Sweet caramelized malts and jam-like fruits meld into a citrus hop bitterness, that lingers for an impressive length of time.

Definitely a beer I'd highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 16:56:43 | More by hopsolutely
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amishbooze

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-09-2012 23:51:03 | More by amishbooze
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of very resinous hops, as well as some toffee and dank notes. The flavor is similar. There is a strong mix of orange, pine and resin in the flavor, as well as some toffee malt which keeps the bitterness from being overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:54:49 | More by Mora2000
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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pentasyllabic


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-06-2012 17:55:43 | More by pentasyllabic
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ToddIlgen


4/5  rDev +5%

07-05-2012 21:18:55 | More by ToddIlgen
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nrombes

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

07-05-2012 01:23:25 | More by nrombes
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Surlytheduff for the extra. 12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark amber/ruby combination with an off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and thick collar.

S: Grassy, dirt and some mild onion are present in the nose. Little malt presence and some bitter green.

T: Mostly onions and grassy flavors up front. Not overly pungent, it mixes with a solid cracker malt base that carries the bitterness throughout the taste.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice carbonation with a bitter and drying finish.

O: This wasn't bad at all. It wouldn't be a go to IPA for me and I tend to favor the citrus and fruit flavored IPA's. If you want and earthy and balance IPA then this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:47:33 | More by Treebs
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tmiotke

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-01-2012 21:25:41 | More by tmiotke
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Tracker83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-26-2012 13:11:10 | More by Tracker83
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cestlavie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-25-2012 02:26:46 | More by cestlavie
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-23-2012 03:10:59 | More by richkrull
Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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