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

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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 20
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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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange colour with nice white head. Good head retention with some lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus hops with some pine resin. Lots of bitterness in the flavour. Not a huge amount of malt balance, but this drinks nicely. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A nice IPA.

kwjd, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of HopNuggets
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Spigeleu glass.

A - Poured a nice golden yellow with some unfiltered goodness following the liquid into the glass. Head was a solid 1 finger slightly off white that dissipated to leave a spattered coating with a spotty lacing.

S - This is what made me go wow. I popped the top and immediately got whiffs of citrusy, grapefruit goodness. Stick your nose in the glass and be amazed. Orangy, grapefruity, some lemon with a light caramel there.

T - Very citrusy up front and as you move it around in your mouth. With bitterness definately present and a bit sweet after taste.

M - Very light mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation. It is almost watery in the end and this is where I feel this beer lacks.

O - Damn good beer that I wish could be my everyday drinker but unfortunately it only came to MA for the EBF week but I am very happy that I had the chance to try it.

HopNuggets, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden-amber pour with a relatively large head, some lacing

Smell: light citrus, slightly hoppy, nice light sweet malts

Taste: Relatively straightforward IPA. Lightly hopped with a present but not overbearing malt backbone, slightly sweet with orange, grapefruit and perhaps tangerine

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit overcarbonated

Overall: Nice to taste a Short's beer that isn't designed to taste like a christmas tree or easter bunny or some other random flavor. Good IPA.

craytonic, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one... the first of a mixed six of shorts to be sampled in the next coupla days.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a murky honey'd gold to a sun king shaped pint glass with a thin and short lasting snow white head leaving spotty lace after each sip.

big aroma of tropical hops, fruity, mangoes, pineapple and a bit of piney hops in the wayback.

big bitter tropical hops, honey, semi sweet malt after.

big bodied for the style, creamy, big bitter up front.

drinkable - yep.

robwestcott, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into glass split with oglmcdgl, thanks to charliedvrs.

Hanging Frank(love the name) looks like your typical IPA, a nice bed of orange mixed with tangerine hues with a inch of semi thick white foam that fades and leaves minor stick. Not the greatest retention. Smell is lackluster, malts are forming a wall over the hops and I smell a IPA that is english in nature if my nose is correct. Biscuit with earth over light tropics, nothing to exciting. Taste is on par with the stank, or lack of stank. Not a hop forward westy or a malt ridden easty, this lies in the middle, kinda like Short's. Faint earth and grass with the lightest fruit essence with a bready malt bill, that does not overpower. Feel is a lighter shade of medium with a light carb that comes and goes. Good for a go, but not what Im looking for in a IPA.

BARFLYB, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/17/11 and poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Medium amber colour with a yellow glow throughout and half a finger of bubbly cream coloured head that left some good lacing behind.

S - Good bitterness up front with some pine, orange rind and pineapple. A decent malt sweetness is evident as well but is definitely secondary.

T - A good amount of bitterness hits the tonge initially with some pine and light citrus notes. The malt presence is very subdued and shows up briefly in the middle, followed again by the bitterness. Definitely a hop-forward IPA.

O - This was was good but there was something about it that I could not put my finger on that kept it from being excellent. Would love to try this again, but only purchased one bottle.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange with about three fingers of off-white head. Head retention is great, with the head keeping a chunky/frothy look, and leaves thick lacing down the sides.

S: Floral and sweet from the hops, a little bit of grapefruit citrus, a somewhat heavy grain/malt aroma, and a slightly medicinal smell as well.

T: Nice citrus flavors, some grapefruit and a little orange peel. Nice toasted malt and some caramel as well.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky, cloying finish. Good carbonation, has some bubble release from the bottom while I am drinking.

O: Overall, its ok, the look is amazing, the smell was a little off, but the taste was solid. A pretty good IPA.

mdaschaf, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- little fizz of white head that settles quickly leaving a few patches of lace and a small wisp on top. Light copper orange in color with slight glimmers of yellow.

S- light citrus and some pine with a mild pale malt sweetness.

T- more hoppy on the palate then the nose with a bitter grapefruit and conifer touch. Malts are light and bready with a touch of caramel. Long bitter finish.

M- about medium in body maybe a bit less. Lightish carb.

O- eh in a sea of ipas this one sinks to the bottom. Not bad just nothing really stand out about it.

oglmcdgl, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of stearns16
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a small white head

S: Hoppy and citrusy with a bit of a honeydew melon scent.

T: Not nearly as citrusy in taste as smell.

M: Good carbonation ...

D: I ended up with four of these beers and they seem to be inconsistent. Prior to this one the last Hangin Frank had a dirty, earthy taste. This one I reviewed had more of an IPA taste

stearns16, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. No date on the bottle.

A- Hazy golden color. Moderate poured produced half finger of off-white head. Decent retention of head. Protein pools formed after time. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Aroma is made up of citrus hops supported by roasted bread malt and a hint of biscuit. The hops are primarily grapefruit rind with a bit of orange and possibly peach peel. A really nice balanced IPA smell.

T- I get a lot of grapefruit rind at the front of the taste mixed with some sweeter orange flavor. The end is a mixture of bread and caramel malt and bitter piney hops. For me it is bitter in the front, followed by less bitterness at the back due to the malt. Not much lingering, but what does, is more malt based.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation. Sits easy on the tongue and doesn't produce any puckering on the cheeks.

O- I prefer Hangin' Frank to other Short's IPAs. There is still the characteristic grapefruit kick, but it is subdued better, which makes it an easy drink. The abv is low enough that I could easily drink multiple. Overall, nicely done by Short's.

betsona, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hangin Frank's IPA has a slightly cloudy, dark, gold-colored body with about a finger of white head that is thin yet rocky. The head sticks to the glass immediately, and retention is pretty good.

The aroma is very hoppy and pretty good. Lots of citrus with grapefruit and orange, but other fruits like pineapple pop up too. A touch of pine and some pale malt round things out.

Hops dominate the flavor in the form of citrus fruit, with lots of orange followed by grapefruit. I still think there is some pineapple in there, but it isn't very powerful. A hint of pine gives way to a slightly sweet, pale malt. The finish has a little bit more malt that taste pretty grainy, and some more bitterness from the hops. The aftertaste is both dry and hoppy. Hangin Frank's definitely has my preferred malt profile for an IPA, and the hops are dominant without being overwhelming.

The carbonation is pretty high, but it also lends a creamy feel to a body that is a little light.

Hangin Frank's IPA is a quality IPA that features pale malt and citrus hops. Although it isn't overly complex, it's pretty enjoyable and easy to drink.

Hojaminbag, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a bubbly, almost clear burnt orange color with a layer of white head. Retains with plenty of bubbly film and curtains of lacing on the glass.

Strong punch of grapefruit and pulp, some dry pine, slightly sweet breadiness and faint touch of caramel.

Nice bitterness up front with grapefruit and citrus peel. Definitely bittersweet with more fruit, followed by a decent bready caramel malt backbone. The hops remain at the forefront though, with some piny edges. Finishes dry and bitter with hardly a trace of alcohol.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Drinks nicely, tasty flavor, decent amount of bitterness, and although I dont know what the ABV is, it's definitely not interfering with the profile. A nice IPA from Short's.

xnicknj, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to semibaked for this one! pours a clear glassy bright golden orange hue with a frothy two-finger head that slowly fades and leaves nice gobs of lacing. Looks solid.

aroma is earthy malt with floral hops. grapefruit rind, pine, and more flowers. some rich malt comes through, then more fresh hops.

taste is interesting and fairly complex for an ipa. clean earthy malt, a hint of sweet malt, and some green earthy hops. a hint of flowers, a good dose of pine and an orange citrus bite in the finish.

mouth is exceptionally smooth with ample carbonation. a bit creamy, a hint of hop slickness, and just a touch of drying bitterness in the finish.

All in all, this is a solid IPA. not quite my cup of tea hop profile wise, but it's an impressive brew.

djeucalyptus, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shorts comes to Mass!, Short's comes to Mass!! The cry went out to all Mass beer geeks and we all ran... ;-)

I picked up a few singles to see what I liked.... The first to be tried is Hangin' Frank IPA

Pours with a single finger of head. Even an aggressive pour only garnered a small wispy head that did melt right away. However, lots of lacing remains. Quite a bit of visible carbonation in this straight amber/orange colored beer

Aroma immediately reminded me of DFH 60 Minute. There was that toasted malt flavor that just brought me back. This plus an assertive and nice citrus peel scent.

Pretty nice IPA. Pithy citrus hops right up front. The toasted malt in the aroma also comes through I the flavor. A cracker/bready middle and back to the assertive hop finish. I like it!! Detect an elevated ABV. I have to look as I don't know the %. But you can tell it's there.

Fairly dry in the mouth. Not astringent. Quiet carbonation. Certainly more visual than you detect in the feel.

Nice beer.

Reagan1984, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams less then perfect pint glass.

Tight inch of off-white head. Light orange-amber body. Touch of chill haze. Minimal lace.

Smell is intense with pine resin, harsh citrus rind, & sticky sweet/doughy malt. I like it, but it doesn't seem like it's going to be dry enough at first.

Taste is much more balanced. Sweet, gritty grain & interesting citrus upfront. Dry/sharp, piny middle. Lingering herbage. Boozy, astringent finish.

Toasty grain feel. Not too thick or sweet. Difficult alcohol.

Maybe one more. ;)

PEBKAC, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger thick white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Smells just like you would expect from an IPA, hoppy and citrusy. There are some sweet malts and fruits coming through as well, has a kind of peachy scent.

T: There are piney hops present up front with some citrus undertones (grapefruit). I'm not getting much of the fruity characteristics in the smell. Finishes off with some bitters.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Carbonation leaves a tingling on the tongue and there is some citric feel as well.

D: This beer reminds me of Flower Power, lots of citrusy flavor and nice hop presence. A nicely balanced and delicious IPA. I'd say it's better than Huma-Lupa-Licious without a doubt.

mavbrew, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy golden-orange with a white head. Retention is pretty good. A nice coat of lace sticks to the pint glass.

S- I get a lot of peach right off the bat. Beyond that there is definitely a good deal of citrus fruit, caramel malt and bread.

T- Mostly hops again. I get a good amount of light sweet fruit, citrus, pine and floral notes. A backbone of pale caramel malt and yeast lending bread. Grapefruit, peach.

MF- Smooth highly carbonated body with a creamy feel. A definite presence of bitterness.

DB- Flavorful IPA that goes down easily. Doesn't exactly strike me as one of the best IPAs but holds it's own with many modern examples of the style.

cbutova, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of abecall98
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Reagan1984 for this IPA.

A - pours a cloudy pale color. A big head is created, white and lacing.

S - wow, the hops are very noticeable. Very good. Some sweet malts are also detected.

T - I taste that roasty simcoe flavor in this. It's delicious. The hops are welcomed with a sweet Carmel malt flavor. It's a slight roasty in the finish, from the noticeable simcoe. Very nice.

M - carbonated very well. Finishes a little dry though.

O - a very solid IPA, for not being westcoast, I am surprised. Will try again.

abecall98, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to both gnemesis and Pellinore1 for hooking this one up! Bottle has the white guy hangin which I understand has changed a few times...and will be changing again.

a - cracked the 12oz and poured into founder's snifter. Foggy orange with full finger of frothy white head. Too murky to really see carbonation but when held to light, I can kind of see some action. Lacing is mostly slippery but leaves a mild trace of one time clinging to the glass.

s - earthy hops. Softer citric and piny notes, but dominated by a dirt like grassy earthy smell. Kinda smells like Fat Tire with a bit of hops.

t - picks up a bit in the flavor. Starts off as sweet hops, with a touch of barley...then finishes with some earthy grassy mixed with candy vibe...and then sweetens up and finishes with candy before tickling with some bitterness.

m - not sure of the ABV on this one, but leaves a nice tingle. Leaves a soft bitter feel, but nothing intense, kind of pleasant actually. Medium bodied and nice feel.

o - interesting take on the IPA. Like I mentioned, kind of reminds me of a fat tire with hops. The earthy thing isn't 100% my bag, but the hops in this are nice and there is a very enjoyable sweetness and oh so subtle bitterness. Lots of IPAs out there that are more to my tastes, but glad I got to try this.

cosmicevan, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in boston. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy glowing copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a whiff of this is citric and floral hops. lots of grapefruit and a little bit of orange. after that come some balancing sweet caramel malts.

T- the taste starts off with sweet caramel malts and quickly moves onto strong grapefruit and floral hops. a little bit of pine sneaks in also.

M- a solid medium body here with a nice level of carbonation.

D- too bad there was such controversy over the name/label, because this was a nice beer. another solid IPA from shorts. check this one out while you still can.

jwinship83, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice one finger off white head. The head stays for a bit but ends up being a nice white foam caps that leaves ok lacing on the glass.

The nose is big earthy and grassy hops with slight pine and citrus aromas. There is a biscuity and toasty malt aroma along with some sweetness as well.

The taste follows along with the nose. Earthy, piny, citrusy and grassy hops. None too strong and none overshadowing the others. There is a nice toasted, biscuity malt flavor that balances the hops and provides for a nice smooth finish.

The beer feels much lighter than the medium body and medium carbonation it has. It is very smooth all the way through and finishes particularly smooth.

Drinkability is good. It's a nice IPA that couple be had in multiple pints if you were looking for a session but if you were looking for something interesting you'd probably move on.

ms11781, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Marty's, Newton Massachusetts for $2.49.

Pours hazy copper with a thin head of white that dissapated to a whisp on the surface with a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with grapefruit, tangerine pith, and pine resin. Some light malt follows through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. A bit tacky.

Bitter grapefruit and pine bark start the palate. The bitterness builds and is fairly coarse. A decent malt backbone adds some balance, but this beer is all about bitterness, grapefruit, and pine.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, grapefruit skin, and pine resin.

Not really tasting very fresh and the beer is heavy on the coarse bitterness and grapefruit.

brewandbbq, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is cloudy yellowish orange with finger and a half of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy right from the start with some grassy aroma hitting my nose and making me think of spring. Some earthy aroma throughout the nose that fills my nostrils.

The taste is big hoppy flavor at first with a big bitterness that is mixed with a green grass flavor. There is a small citrus flavor in the back behind the grassy flavor but it is washed away as soon as it appears. Some malt flavor comes in as this warms in the middle but slaps your tongue again with a slight bitter end that was less bitter then expected.

This beer does have a bigger medium feel to it but does not have something that would be too much to handle for most. There is a smoothness that comes out in the end with a slight bitter aftertaste that is not growing too large that is make the tongue worn by the hops. This IPA is totally American.

Duhast500, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of cetherid
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip


Beer pours a burnt orange/copper color. About 2 fingers worth of big pillowy off-white head. An insane amount of lacing going on in the glass. So far I'm liking this beer!


Hop aroma not as strong as I thought. Getting some faint citrus and earthy notes, but mainly the malts comes through..a little toastedness to the malts in this beer. Not a malt bomb but some slight sweet malt aroma comes out. Unsure on the age of this beer..perhaps hop aroma is dying off quickly? But I picked it up yesterday in GR.


A nice little bitter bite up front. A slight pine and citrus rind taste in there...then those malts slowly kill the bitterness in the taste however the malts aren't as sweet tasting as I thought they'd be from the aroma. Beer kinda seems more like a regular pale ale than an IPA. Nothing really impressive with this...especially comparing taste to their other IPAs like Huma and Liberator.


about medium bodied and great carbonation. Maybe a slight resiny mouthfeel but overall appropriate.


I'd take Huma or Liberator over this any day but still a decent showing from Short's. I have a 6 pack of this but doubt I'll ever pick up anymore, although I'd love to try a glass of freak Frank on draft. A little difficult to find in my area which makes drinkability even lower.

cetherid, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Extra special thanks to Jayli for this nice surprise!

A: Pours a hazy, slightly tarmished copper penny color. 1 1/2 fingers of just off-white head build on top and shows off excellent retention. Lace was very plentiful with solid curtains of lacey webs left behind.

S: Initially there was much pine. As it came up to temp, out popped aromas of doughy yeast, mild tropical fruit, and some musky grapefruit rind.

T: Tastes very closely to the smell but I felt the emphasis was clearly on the piney hops. The doughy yeast, grapefruit, and short blast of tropical fruit are all there, but pine has the floor.

M: Loads of oily hops which dry out quickly and leave a spicy film coating the inside of my mouth. I found this to be on the thinner side of medium bodied.

D: Delicious and easy to put away. A very refreshing treat.

GbVDave, Mar 12, 2011
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