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

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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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Photo of vande
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ~ a nice hazy golden, deep straw colored pour... originally, a quick poor leading to about a two finger topping

S ~ a nice smooth, citrusy hop nose going on... just on the smell, reminds me of easy drinking ipas of the past!

T ~ follows the nose on this one.. a touch sweet, a nice flavor of some citrus and bit of bitter on the back end...VERY easy to drink...wish I had picked up more than one!!

M ~ creamy and smooth...nice bodied IPA here

O ~ worth grabbin' if you see it around. I'd pick up more if given the chance-

Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler pint glass.

A- Hazy golden orange color with an amber tone. Whitish head, about 1 finger high, with pretty heavy lacing

S- Citrusy, hoppy, and spicy. I detect an orange rind aroma, which pairs well with the hops, with some floral elements present.

T- I really enjoy this one. My tongue detects a sweetness that compliments the bold citrus and hop elements. I do detect an orange rind element that i found in aroma as well. Kinda remind s of the cereal fruit loops, in some sense, only far better :)

M- Mild-mediumish bodied and bitter/astringent from the hops, and pretty nicely carbonated.

I feel this beer showcases another fine IPA brewed by Short's. To my mind, it delivers the elements that most any hophead would enjoy, as well as a high drinkablity, making this a nice session beer, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer- maybe something to enjoy on a lunch break, or several with/after dinner ;) Moreover, a great IPA for those who tread/stagger/swagger the humulus lupulus path.

Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ShogoKawada for spreading the Short's! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Princeton orange body with a gradient of lighter shades from orange peel to amber. A soft ghostly white apron of foam forms a lasting half finger seal. Rich soapy lacing, thick and sticky with faint legs.

Bright herbaceous hop aromatics with a blast of grapefruit and tangerine as well. Faint clean malt base as well.

Bright lemon-like palate entry with a woodsy/earthy element as well. The hops come forward mid-palate, suggesting mint and eucalyptus in addition to grapefruit zest and seeds. Finish is dry and faintly herbal. Perhaps a touch of aspirin.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, and brisk mouthfeel.

Unique take on the style, though the promise of the nose wasn't really fulfilled on the tongue. Worth a try if you can get it.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of pittsburghkid66...thanks for the extra!

Hangin' Frank splashes into the pint glass with a hazy peach-amber hue. A single trail of carbonation supplies the well-retained veil of light khaki head that somehow drapes a thick coating of lace. The aroma is sweet and hoppy with what I'd guess are lots of late hop additions. Bubblegum, pine, tangerine flesh, and a backing of lightly toasted caramel maltiness.

The flavor shifts from aroma/flavor hops to the bittering variety, as Frank lays a hurtin' on the palate with soapy, resinous alpha acids. Pine and citrus peel ride out alongside woody-tasting pale malts. Mouthfeel is happily carbonated with a crisp finish to the full body. Almost creamy at times. Overall, a tasty beer, but it comes off more as a well-intentioned homebrew than a carefully-crafted ale from one of the nation's most intriguing breweries.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Golden colored, a bit hazy. Off-white head hangs around for a bit. Lacing is good. The beer looks alive, at least.

Smell - Not a strong aroma, but hoppy. Very piney and maybe a bit grassy at the end.

Taste - Hops at the front, somewhat citrusy. The malt really takes over though. Very earthy. Almost tastes like a rye PA.

Mouthfeel - Thin. No idea what the ABV is, but it's still thin for an IPA. Light carbonation doesn't add to the body at all.

Overall - It's nothing fantastic. Tastes ok and drinks easily enough, though.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a great trade.
Served in tulip pint.

Dark rusty orange color. Cloudy. Nearly white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smells piney and earthy with a lemony citrus kick. The malts are here too, sweet notes are slightly caramel and other dryer malty notes with a bready toast quality.
The taste follows the nose, but adds in a blend of sweet malts and grapefruit hops.

The body is medium with decent carbonation.
Overall, this is tasty enough to drink, but not one I'd go crazy searching for.

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

I picked up a single of Hangin Frank for $1.79 at The Lager Mill the other day. I have been wanting to try this beer since it was released so when I saw it on the singles shelf I knew I should give it a try before it is all gone. No visible bottling date as always with Shorts. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is a little strange, but I like it, it's too bad Short's has to get redesign it. It poured a a deep golden orange color with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring and left some nice spotty lacing.

S- The nose is pretty hop forward, there is a good amount of citrus fruits, grapefruit, mangos and there is also some pineapple mixed in there, that gives this beer a nice fruit aroma. The malts are pale and sweet.

T- Up front there is all the citrus fruit I picked up in the aroma along with some pine that I didn't pick up in the aroma. In the middle is the pale malt backbone that has some moderate sweetness to it. The finish is pretty bitter, it could be toned down a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, slightly thicker then most IPA's. It was creamy and had good carbonation.

Overall this was a good IPA. It was pretty on par for its style, it seems like Short's followed the guidelines on this beer instead thinking outside the box and trying to be too different. To me this is pretty close to Dark Horse's IPA, Crooked Tree. The only thing I didn't really care for was the fact that it was overly bitter on the finish, I wouldn't have minded it if this was a DIPA, but for this beer it was a little too much, but everything else was good and spot on for the style. This a conventional IPA from an Unconventional Brewery. I would buy a six pack of this when it comes around next year, I would take this over Huma. If you like IPA's give this one a shot.

March 2012 EDIT- Just got this years version and I like it more then last years it's a sold 4 beer, it had much more balance then i first though, it's good through in through, it isn't as bitter as I thought it was. I do think it sucks that they had to change the label, it's sucks some people interpreted it wrong, I though it it was cool and well done, and this one is plain and boring, oh well shit happens. This is a good beer that I will be buying again.

Photo of jables7
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This beer has a burnt orange, almost amber color to it. It's a nice looking beer with about 2 fingers of off-white head. At first glance I'm pretty excited to try this beer.

S- The excitement previously expressed in the appearance category is shot down in a blaze of glory. The smell is almost nonexistent for an ipa. I don't need to be hit over the head with hop aroma but a little would be nice.

T- As is so often the case, the taste follows along the same lines as the smell. I get some light citrus notes but most of the glory of the hop is missing. This comes as a surprise to me considering Short's homa lupa licious. Unfortunately this brew tastes something like an average ipa that's been strained through a used gym sock. It is far too bitter.

M- Despite the shortcomings in the taste the mouthfeel holds up really well. It has a thickness that rivals many double ipa's. It's one of the few redeeming qualities of this particular beer.

O- Unfortunately, my experience with this beer has been an unpleasant one. I consider myself a big fan of ipa's and this one just doesn't cut it. There's no excuse for the hop vanishing act. That being said, I think it's rediculous that Short's is re-branding this beer because of some protests over it's name and label design. The people offended by it are most likely not beer fans and should probably grow up.

Photo of Gtreid
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Short's Imperial pint.

A: Clear, burnt orange color. The pour created a nice finger and a half of off white head, that faded to a thin rim and left some nice lace.

A: Pretty malt forward for an ipa. I know a lot of midwest ipa's favor balance, but this one leans a bit toward the malty side of things. I do get some notes of pine sap and light citrus, but malt profile dominates.

T: Kinda a woodsy flavor up front. Caramel malt and almost a smokey note as well. The middle of the beer brings the pine sap, orange, and grapefruit. And it finishes extremly bitter and rather sweet, evidence of a hefty early hop addition.

M: Medium to full body, good amount of carbonation. A bit to full for an ipa.

O: I'm on the fence with this one. I like the originality, but it really dosen't fit the style. The malt bill overpower the hops, which it shouldn't do. But interesting and worth trying. Skal.

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well lewis1rg, I was in the mood for an IPA, so thanks for sending this one to me. You rock Ryan!

OK, I just read the Short's marketing speak on this one and apparently this beer was named after a guy who owned a Michigan-based restaurant and decided to commit suicide and hang himself. Nice...

A: Cloudy gold color, with about a finger or so solid white head that retained a creamy look throughout the session.

S: Definitely simcoe... with a very fruity appeal: grapefruit, apple juice, a tinge of pine.

T: This is the best beer I've tried from Short's so far. Excellent fruit and citrus character, with a very Alka-Selter-esque quality that was to die for. A dry finish, but not too.

M: Creamy and thick enough for the style. The bitterness was just shy of being West Coast-like... but it didn't cross over into that territory.

O: What's with a lot of the less than stellar reviews? I thought this one was far better than Huma Lupa Licious.

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.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of craytonic
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of stearns16
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of betsona
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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. ;)

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