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

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

12-22-2011 12:05:58 | More by Hoopman
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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

12-07-2011 02:18:55 | More by rab53
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-05-2011 22:26:19 | More by McCranky
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-30-2011 03:08:04 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-23-2011 02:25:19 | More by PEIhop
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 01:52:58 | More by Another6Pack
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2011 18:55:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-21-2011 03:27:36 | More by FedExPope
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-19-2011 20:51:24 | More by brewpubbung
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-19-2011 03:24:08 | More by Gtg642
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2011 03:35:14 | More by tclapper
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2011 02:23:45 | More by MacStinson
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-17-2011 02:15:27 | More by virinow
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-15-2011 18:00:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 17:49:44 | More by dnh2
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a bottle into Southern Tier tulip. Bottle opened with a good amount of carbonation.

Pours a cloudy deep orange with a light yellow color near the bottom. A slight half finger of foam sticks around even after a few seconds. Smells great; awesome aromas of varying citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and even slight white grape overtones.

The grapefruit flavors and light orange and lemon are brought forth from the hops almost right away the linger and mix with other hop flavors before finishing with a slight malt kick and hop bitterness. Lingering flavors are almost biscuit like, as noted after a bitter bread burp (no food consumed).

A great IPA and what I like most about the style; showcasing diversity of hops' flavors instead of ruining the bitter part of your taste buds. This one tastes stronger than the 5.5% it's billed at but has enough flavor to hang with any of them. There's a time and place for hop bombs but I this one isn't just another IPA.

10-01-2011 03:52:54 | More by TheStove
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Probably one of Short's best looking beers. That being said it looks decent. It maintained a thin film for the duration of the drink and had a good amount of lacing.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, and minute amounts of pine. A bit of a floral hop aroma as well. Quite pleasant.

T- Hops are definitely dominant, but they aren't extremely bitter and they don't hold on as much as they do in many IPAs. The aftertaste is quite nice as it's hop flavor left behind to accompany the bitterness. The malt bill is merely there to provide some balance as the hops are the focal point in this.

M- Medium to light. Fairly creamy from the carbonation, but a bit thin still. Slightly dry in the finish.

O- Drinkability is terrific, both in the low alcohol presence, and the ease of consumption. I think this would be an excellent step up from an american pale ale.

This brew, while easy to describe, and simple, does just about everything right. There aren't any real flaws to it, and the closest thing to a weakness is a slightly thin mouthfeel, which I can easily overlook for everything else it brings to the table.

Short's brewing keeps impressing me by making strange brews work. This is one of the few occasions where they take a simple style and ace it without going for anything fancy. It seems that any brew they make will at least be worth picking up once.

On a side note, this is the closest thing I've seen to an amazing sessionable IPA.

09-27-2011 22:35:48 | More by BBP
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

This ale is not shy about showing off its roughness with a hazy, tawny glow, while hops help keep the head together. Rustic hoppy nose of pineapple, grapefruit rind and pipe tobacco. Smooth with a solid medium stature. Wild herbal flavor; jasmine, heavy citric rind and dirty pine sap are the hops smacking the taste buds around. Kiss of malt within, lightly fruity with a hint of alcohol. Hop bitterness is there in the raw, but not too biting. Finishes strong and long, with juicy hops. This beer is like American hardcore punk—raw, in your face and kickass, but you’re sad when it’s gone.

09-24-2011 04:02:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.38/5  rDev +15%

I thought this beer was exceptional compared to other IPA's on the market. It may appear slightly darker, the mouth feel and body feel solid, not like an IPA you throw down a pint and go 'whoa where's my beer'. Granted I drank this out of a bottle, in Michigan, but the lacing was great, the carbonation and aroma were spot on. I have had the Huma Lupa Lipicious and like this beer better. Maybe it's the slightly heavier body and less fruitiness than the HLL but this is a solid 4 out of 5 beer.

09-24-2011 02:42:39 | More by FreshSars
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

A - Copper-amber beer with a huge white head that had nice retention and left some decent stickage on the glass.

S - Good amount of malts as well as some citrus and pine hops. There is a slight bit of bring in there, which detracts a little bit, but it's not bad.

T - Taste is okay. Tastes a lot like a Euro-DIPA or maybe one that has turned a little bit. Malts have gone a little sour/rotten, but some of the caramel sweetness still comes through. Hops are kind of bitter without much else character.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, no complaints about this.

O - Wonder if this is just old. If I get another bottle that is significantly better I will re-review, but this is just not something that was particularly great, although I wouldn't go so far as to say it is bad.

09-18-2011 20:48:39 | More by AgentZero
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

09-08-2011 23:38:21 | More by oline73
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-31-2011 20:53:08 | More by lurpy1
Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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