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

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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thank you for the opportunity!

From box, to fridge, to goblet within a few short hours. Pours a hazed medium orange with some soapy islands along the edges after settling. Lacing is relatively lame.

Whiffs on alcohol on the nose. Slightly unsettling for a beer this size. Jammy apricot and toast mingle with a nectary sweetness.

Not nearly as hoppy as the nose, at least in the fruits department. Big on toasted sunflower seeds. Sourdough toast and seeds lay an interesting foundation for the hops. Hops play marmalade, slightly catty as well. Big drying bitterness at the finish really strangles the life out the what comes before.

Juiciness is summarily pummeled by the drying finish.

I'm happy to have tried this. While not in my wheelhouse, it was an easy drink at an appreciate abv. I'd certainly drink this again if presented the opportunity.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz snifter. ruby-amber. A tiny 1/4" head lasts about 40 seconds. Nearly transparent. Light but constant bubble action. Lacing is nice, at first clumpy but then sparse.

Smells good-
Pineapple and grapefruit in light flowers and sweet honey. Blood oranges. Pungent, tangy, tropical.

Like the description says, this drinks like a pale ale. My initial reaction was upset- the pungency of the aroma is as big as some DIPAs, but this is a sessionable IPA. Realize this. Embrace it. Refresh. Earthy hops give way to a hard bitterness I've come to associate with Short's hop profiles. There are sweet orange fruits under the dirt-hop bitterness, and the mouthfeel opens them up well. Still, the aftertaste is dirty hop, not floral or fruit. This is a love it or hate it, and, personally, I like the amount of bitterness hops can provide and embrace IPAs like this one or New Holland Mad Hatter... from time to time. But after that huge aroma, it's sad that all that fruit-stand character gets squished right away by this borderline bitterbomb!

I would be very down to session this next to Stone Levitation and Founder's All Day. But it would be the #3 of that bunch.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip. Pours clear golden with large white head. Astringent aroma with mostly pine on the nose, very little malt presence. Heavy bitterness that nicely fades into a refreshing grassy hop flavor, rather low on overall flavor, and could use some more sweetness and malt backing. Medium-light mouthfeel, high carbonation, bit of dryness. Decent enough but won't go back and there are plenty better options on the shelf.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cost Plus Eastern Market pick-up: anyone in Detroit wanting anything Shorts should really check them out.

Simple label, black and white. No date.
Pours somewhat cloudy with slowly dissipating white laced head. Burnt orange. Smells of sweet strawberries and citrus with great hop aroma. Hits weaker than expected - the smell leads you to believe big IPA yet in reality some citrus and medium to low bitterness. Nice lingering funkiness.

Very interesting brew. What is it? IPA or simply PA. Short's is king in this arena- experimentation, creativity, controversy...

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Short's beers. Had picked up a six pack the other day and decided it was time for a review. Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Clear, burnt orange glow with a sticky but lasting head. Smell was strong pine and citrus with a slight malt overtone. Tasted very hoppy but smooth with some fruit hints and a nice bold mouthfeel. Strong finish with some hops lingering. I will always grab some of this when i can.

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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.