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

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Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE

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BA SCORE
86
very good

486 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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 alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours an orangey copper with a white dusting of small bubbles and light lacing.

Smell of bitter dry hops, caramel malt and pale malt, some citrus but more pine

Taste is very bitter for an American IPA. Id prefer Huma Lupa over this but it is still very good. the bitter pang afterbite is a little harsh and not for everybody. Light citrus presence with a bitter afterbite. Some floral tasting hop presence as well but just barely. Slightly stale hop flavor as well. It may just be a characteristic of the hops that were used, or a combination with the caramel, but it just doesnt have that uber fresh taste to it that some American IPAs have.

Good carbonation and a nice medium mouthfeel that goes down easy.

alpinebryant, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of yonitan05
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

A very small head develops after the pour and stays for a few sips. I smell grapefruit with a slight hint of biscuit. And that is exactly what I taste. A sharp fruity hop flavor is the first impression, but after a moment, the hop blends wonderfully into the biscuit. I am surprised at the balance between the strong hop character and the malty biscuit flavor. Mouthfeel is very light. Not too smooth but pleasant. As the grapefruit fades, it leaves almost a floral finish. Not much of an alcohol burn. Would really like to know the actual ABV.

yonitan05, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of kagent777
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks Another6Pack!

Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy nice golden color with a quickly settling head and no lacing at all.

Smell: I smell hops, tropical fruit and pine, with a slight touch of alcohol. Behind the hops I detect a toasty maltiness.

Taste: Others have mentioned a "green onion" flavor in the smell. I do not smell it, but I can taste it. I don't recall noticing this flavor before in other beers. Not bad, just different. Overall, the hop bitterness upstages the maltiness. Behind this vegetable onion type flavor hides some citrus and slight pine notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation, which I think is great for an IPA.

Drinkability: This is a fine IPA, just not available in Utah.

kagent777, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Hazy pale orangey copper color with a finger of light tan fluffy head. Sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass meet up with a thick collar after the head fades in a couple of minutes.

S - Big citrusy hops up front with an underlying earthiness. Biscuity malt at the base. The hops are thick in aroma. Lots of grapefruit with hints of lemons. A bit sweaty/BO tainted too, especially as it warms up a bit.

T - Sweaty, bitter and dry. Toasted biscuity malt at the base. Bitter grapefruity citrus, a touch of alcohol. Resembles fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

M - Just shy of medium bodied (on the light side), with a matching carbonation level. Very dry, especially on the finish. Lingering grapefruit bitterness that lasts forever past the swallow.

D - Good IPA, especially for people who love bitter beers with very high citrus aspects. Guessing Citra hops were used here, but I really don't know for sure. Interesting example that I'm happy to have tried...thanks Shorts for bringing product with you to MA for the EBF this year.

portia99, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of schmidtn
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Orange hue, thin head, dissipating quickly, leaving lace on the glass.

Nice floral hops aroma, with a touch of evergreen.

Taste mainly in the back of the mouth, nice and flavorful. Malt flavor first followed by
Lingering hops.
Mouth feel, is initially dry followed by a lingering, but pleasant coating.

This is a nice variant of an IPA.

schmidtn, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

A. Pours out to a golden amber color that has a thin white head with very good retention and very good lacing.
S. The smell is some floral hops, some earthy grains, some citrus.
T. The taste is the floral hops at first and the taste stays in the back throughout the drink. It has a grainy and citrus taste in the middle and ends with an earthy and citrus taste. Does not have a strong after taste like some IPA's do.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice soft feel on the cheeks and tongue that leaves you wanting more.
D. This is a nice drinkable IPA and one I really like a lot. Not sure if hardcore IPA drinkers will like it though.

DannyDan, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a lighter copper color with the finest of sediment floating around. A one finger of khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving spider webbed lacing all over the glass.

S: Nose is very juicy, a strong citrusy presence, with an equal amount of breadiness and toasted malt that gives a character similar to Gubna. On second whiff - sharp spruce pine presence to this one!

T: Taste starts with the sprucy pine flavoring lending to a bit more of like a christmas needle. Middle is filled with biscuit and toast. Finish is incredibly juicy hops with a mild caramel malt flavoring, and touch of earthiness.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, thick body with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. For those who like Gubna, this is along the same lines. Nice and juicy flavoring. Could only have one or two in a sitting though.

Jayli, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of TwoHeartedMale
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A- Golden yellow in color with haze. Hardly any head with white foam on edge
S - sweet honey upfront followed by a lemon type bitterness.
T - a combo of pine and citrus, followed by a sweet crisp malt. I get the after taste of lemon and honey, sweet bitter with a slight spice finish.
M - sits on the tongue heavier then expected. Sweet malt at first then over powered by American hops.
D- this beer is very easy to drink, the great aftertaste of the hops leave you wanting more after each sip. This beer falls on the session side for ipa's.

TwoHeartedMale, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of SupaCelt
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

The pour drops a hefty hopper dressed in copper into the glass. A nice head rises and falls to an eighth of an inch that fully covers the juice below. No holes. Nice. Lace makes a sticky mess out of the vessel.

The nose is juicy and citrus laden. Grapefruit and rooty notes pop off over some bakery tones. Smells a touch green, maybe even vegetal, but very pleasant.

The taste is at once bitter and sweet and then dries and shifts into some semi abrasive and funky aftertones. The green of the nose is more evident in the flavor. A bit vegetal and yes a smidge peppery. The onset is pleasant, but the final flavor impression is not entirely favorable.

The mouthfeel is fine. Nearing medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to some of the less than excellent elements in the taste. In all honesty there is nothing about this brew that warrants a repeat as there are far too many excellent IPA varieties readily available that would be given preference over this particular example.

SupaCelt, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours to an earthy orange color with a 2 finger that settles quickly. Lacing sticks to the side for a while; nice retention. Defiantly smell grapefruit here and orange and other citrus. I can definatly taste the grapefruit at the start but it fades with some bitterness and a good hop taste that balances the beer. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel but fades quickly. I taste some subtle spices like pepper at the end. Good beer....pretty easy to drink....id be curious to know the alcohol content as its pretty easy to drink...id guess right around 5%....could be a great session beer. Nice after taste good balanced beer overall with nice hops....I prefer huma lupa liscious but this is nice. Kinda like humas little brother!

Cheers!

ryantho00, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Hangin Frank pours an ever so slightly cloudy medium copper color with a nice beige head that fades quickly but leaves very sticky lace.

The aroma is very nice with a citrus hop character that is well supported with malts. The malt is nice and biscuity with a good dose of toasted character. The hops strike me as mostly orange and grapefruit, but with a touch of peach.

The toasty character is much more apparent in the flavor and sort of gets in the way of the hops. I do still pick up on some orange, peach and pine notes, but they are not nearly as evident in the flavor. I am really wondering about this being an IPA since it tastes much more like a pale ale.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and has a wonderfully easy finish that leaves some hops on my palate.

Probably the best aspect of this beer is the drinkability. There is just something about it that I dig and I think this could be one of Short's most sessionable beers, or at least to my taste preference it is. It could perhaps use a bit less of the toasted malt, but overall this brew really hits the spot and all without any crazy ingredients.

zoso1967, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A: golden straw colored with a tangerine hue towards the top, nice look. huuuge fluffy head, refuses to go away. this thing is aggressively vicious when it comes to head buildup and retention.
S: more piney hops than anything, little bit of citrus but definitely not up front.
T: piney hops again take over, and the carbonation increases their presence. theres a little citrus hidden deep within but really its all pine. i love that aspect, and this beer emphasizes that particular quality.
M: this thing is fairly Aggressive, which could be good or bad depending on whos drinking it. i for one enjoy it more than dislike it. funny thing is, i know its not as fresh as possible because i waited 3 or 4 weeks after recieving it to drink it. a good swish really brings it to life and brings out some resiny aspects and hits the back of your mouth fairly hard.
D: halfway through, id say i could probably drink up to one more before having to lay off these hops. its delicious and tempting, but the palate would just have to take a break.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -10%

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thin off white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- I'm pretty disappointed in the smell. Smell pretty hop forward with a bready malt, witha a bit of citrus hops.

T- Seems to follow the nose well and is really well balanced. A huge malt back bone along with quite a bit of citrus hops. Just seems to be lacking the hop bit that I look for in an IPA.

M- Feels about right for the style. Medium in body and carboantion.

D- I had no problem drinking this one and wouldn't turn it down if it ever comes my way again.

nrbw23, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of r3o
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

it has a dark amber color, with a hue of red. The head thins over 1-2 minutes, then it lingers as a thin layer, leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat floral with hops, maybe some spices. A bitter taste predominates, however there's some fruitieness, the taste lingers with good after taste; has a full mouthfeel, kind of chewy. I'd would have it again.

r3o, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a hazy dark golden beer with tons of light tan head, over two fingers worth. The outside of the head collapses, leaving a mountain in the middle of the glass and lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of resiny, earthy hops, some citrus, some pine. No malt can be detected, but the hop aroma is not overpowering. For an American IPA, this is a little restrained.

First sip is of resiny hops, like the aroma, some citrus, some pine. Some malt sweetness in the background. Still feels restrained for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium with a little sticky sweetness. The hop resins are mouthcoating.

Very drinkable beer, could session if done so slowly. Don't detect the alcohol, but you get the sense it's there.

JamnesCameron, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a hazy amber color that had a small off-white head. The head left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy hops, fruitiness, some sweetness, and some citrus notes were also present.

T - Has a nice earthy hop bite to it. The hops definitely outshine the malty sweetness that was in the nose. There was some caramel sweetness present, and there was also some citrus in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Went down smooth, and the hop bitterness sticks to the palate and slowly fades.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable IPA. It goes down easy, and is also refreshing. I could easily drink a six pack of this. If you are looking for a nice easy drinking IPA and you come across this, try it out.

JizackFH, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a nice amber color. Has a lighter orange hue.

Has a great piney aroma. Pine is very evident. A hint of citrus and malt adds to the nose.

Hangin' Frank has a nice bitter bite from the hops. You also notice a good citrus taste from grapefruit and some lemon and oranges. It has a strong hop presence. Some honey taste gives it a touch of sweetness.

Very tasty and drinkable. The ABV is unknown but probably arount 6-7%. The bitterness is not overwhelming and this IPA is more of a hoppy APA like Sierra Nevada.

Another creative brew from Joe Short.

tetonka4kzoo, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

First of bunch of Shorts beers courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice white head, and decent lacing.

Aromas are of grapefruits, some lemon zest, and hard candies. Smells like a pretty fine IPA.

Taste is very citrus like, and fruit forward. Light mineral bitterness, grapefruit, and tart lemon flavors dominate. Slight backdrop of creamy malts and sugary swetness. Finish is very crisp and dry, with some bitter orange notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, good carbonation, but a touch to thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting and kind of unique IPA, the bitter citrus is quite pronounced, reminds me a little like Two Hearted. When I first starting sipping it, the weaker mouthfeel distracted a bit, but as the warmed, the complex flavors started to take over, and this beer opened up. Prety solid overall, and worth trying. I wouldn't go out on a huge quest to find this though, it's far from being epic...

flexabull, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a bit of haze and a white head. Nose brings some really nice citrus and floral hops. Strong notes coming through throughout, getting better as it warms. The taste brings a bit of sweet malt without as many hops as were in the nose. Good feel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Drinks well and I was glad to try one of the "normal" offerings from Short's, as it had been awhile since I'd visited with their APA and the like.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Yet another great Short's brew I get to try courtesy of erikkoppin. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slightly hazy, orange color. Over three fingers of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipate at a slow pace, leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - An abundance of floral and sweet citrus notes emanate from the glass. Pine, hops, and slight caramel malts.

Taste - Seriously, does Short's have to do everything differently? I was hoping the taste would be similar to the nose, because honestly I have not really experienced heavy floral IPA's mixed with heavy tropical citrus IPAS...yet here Short's goes and does just this. A very unique combination of said flavors that are immediately present with the initial sip. This gives way to minor hoppy bitterness and pine, and ends with just a hint of sweet malt but not overly sweet (making this just perfect IMO).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, ends a hint dry.

Drinkability - Amazing. I don't know what the ABV is but seeing as it is labeled an IPA I'd say 5-7%...and man is this quaffable. Living in a state that has so many damn good D/IPA's, it takes a special one to have me make a note of it. I enjoyed this more than Huma-Lupa-Licious to be honest. The extremely interesting melding of the floral and tropical citrus notes just made this beer stand out. After reading about this months ago because of the rather graphic label, I am glad I was able to try it and even happier to have enjoyed it.

SpdKilz, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger white head with poor retention. More head with better retention please. Hazy amber liquid is perfect for the style.

S: Mango, tropical fruit, guava, orange, Man candy, WOW! Slight biscuit in the aroma. Smells almost like Mango Mama.

T: Delightful. Amazing aroma comes through in the taste. Bitter grapefruit with nice tropical fruit lattice work. Piney hop flavor dominates later on. Almost a palate wrecker. I like it a lot.

M: Smoothness slides into bitterness. Very 2 dimensional. Nice to feel that.

D: I'd love to have another, and I'd buy a six-pack definitely. Very good, and darn near perfect blend of a hop bomb and a session beer

dfillius, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle (thanks, steebo777!) poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Rich amber, not much head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops

T - Combo of a lot of bitter hops; so floral it tastes like perfume at points. Maybe it's my subconscious, but there's some definite hot dog flavoring in here, too. Mild, understated malty elements heed way to the hop bouquet throughout. Very good, really unusual IPA.

M - A little meaty, adequate carb

D - Bitter, flavorful, and different - I'd session this for sure.

klikger, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

so i decided last night to break out 10, thats right 10 new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

really nice done beer here for sure. this one came across very nicely from the start with a rich and delicate profile that threw a few for a loop for sure. dark in color for the style with a nice and tight head of lacing that stayed on top throughout the session.

aroma is a mixed bag at first but wins me over in the end/ nice tight citrus hops are mixed with a dark malt base that at first takes you a bit off guard but comes around to win you over after a few more tastes. light and sharp the orange flavor really picked up half way through my glass. very well balanced with a smooth and unique taste that i really did not see coming. nice and clean finish left citrus and a rich sweet malt taste in my mouth with a nice dry finish.

overall one of the better offerings i had yesterday. solid.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for a couple of these in trade.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, with roughly 3 rich fingers of slightly off-white colored head. The retention on this is awesome looking, with a hugely rich and creamy frothiness to it that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. Great look here! The aroma is pronounced medicinal band-aid smell to it that unfortunately really dominates this. I mean you still can pick up the rest of the IPA character here, with floral accents, some sweeter fruit, and honeyed grains underneath but those off-notes really take the nose out of the game here.

Fortunately, whatever was plaguing the aroma doesn't seem so bad here. Unfortunately, the flavors themselves just seem kind of soft and not up to the task at times as well. This is bitter to a point with grapefruit character but is lessened by some easy feeling herbal textures and a sugary blend of tropical notes and toasted bready sweetness. The finish lingers on the tongue with some green earth and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, wit a mellow creaminess that melds well with some oily slickness. This almost feels a little too light and easy in the mouth. Bonus points though for absolutely no alcohol being felt in the body.

The off-notes in the aroma were definitely a bummer but even without that, I just didn't buy this as an American IPA. With its low-key hop profile and easy feeling body, this came off to me anyway, as more along the lines of a mostly quaffable APA instead. Either way, I was a bit disappointed in this offering.

Kegatron, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Reviewed from notes on 8/30/10.

A: A hard pour into a deep snifter resulted in a one finger, off-white head that burned off quickly. A very autumn-esque orange-amber-gold color looks gorgeous and enticing. The lacing looks like sparkly fireworks that dance in the night sky. It is rather sticky, also.

S: A very sweet citrus aroma of tangerines and blood oranges is the dominant smell. A nice earthy hop bitterness complements the sweet citrus aroma, and I also smell a dry biscuit aroma from the yeast. In addition, there is a solid caramel malt backbone to support the citrus earthy hops. HF is quite fresh to the nose.

T: After really liking the appearance and smell, I am just a little disappointed by the taste. All of the aroma that I picked up in the smell are gracing my palate, but they are not quite as pronounced as I hoped they might be. The earthy hop quality overbalances the sweet citrus hop presence that I so enjoyed in the smell. If those roles were reversed, I would rate this a little higher. Also, the beer is just a little watery, which detracts from the flavor a bit.

M: There is an excellent gentle nibbling on my tongue and the sides of my mouth from the bittering hops, but the overall feel is light and a little thin on my palate.

D: This is a tasty and easy drinking IPA. I could enjoy several of these in a sitting and will look forward to having more in the future.

TCHopCraver, Sep 20, 2010
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