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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 mavbrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of abecall98
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of cetherid
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of yonitan05
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kagent777
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of schmidtn
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DannyDan
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TwoHeartedMale
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ryantho00
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of r3o
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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