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

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 500 | Reviews: 194
Photo of TCgoalie
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Short's offering found in bottles, I have to try it.

The pour is relatively unimpressive. No head, a few bubbles screaming to the surface, an amber-copper color...that is all.

Smelling this makes me more excited to try it. Pineapple and peach collide against a subtle malt profile. I also detect a very small pine scent, but the mellow fruit is more noticeable.

The malt profile is bigger in the taste than its counterpart Huma Lupa. There is also not as much of a bitter aftertaste in this. The majority of the hop bitterness is pine with some pineapple additions. A very solid drink.

The mouthfeel is solid with a medium feel and also has a soft slightly creaminess.

This is a solid drinkable IPA worthy of having multiples.

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Light amber color with a slight white head. Nice hop aroma with citrus. The taste has the classic citrus rind taste along with a slight touch of spice. Earthy. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad but jsut not really a stand out in my opinion.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Clear golden orange body. Pinkie finger of dense, persistent, light beige head. Nice sticky lacing on the sides. Juicy nose of citrus hops: Mandarin orange and grapefruit. Some fruity, toasted malts as well. Maybe a whiff of pine too. All in all, smells like a very fresh IPA.

Funky, resinous hop flavor and bitterness right up front. Toasted malt gives way to fruitier, slightly sweet notes mid-palate. Resinous hop flavor also becomes more citrusy and juicy toward the finish. Orange rind and some biscuit malt in the finish. Lasting bitterness. Moderate body with a slightly oily feel. A nice, straight-forward, well-made IPA, but I think I still like Huma more...

Photo of WeisGuy
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours a slightly hazy, burnt orange color, 1.5 inch white head with good retention and lacing

s - big biscuit malt aroma with only a light orange citrus hop presence, toastes rye bread notes though I don't think there's any rye in this

t - the bottle claims this is an IPA, but this is much more malt forward than any American IPA I've had, like that aroma, the main flavor is strong, clean biscuit malt, there is a lighter citrus hop character on the midpalate and finish, mostly orange and lemon notes, the finish is pretty dry and moderately bitter with lingering biscuit and rye bread flavors, alcohol is well-hidden

m - a bit too light-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish, alcohol warming is negligible

d - pretty drinkable stuff, it drinks much more like an American Pale Ale with its malt forward taste profile and light bitterness, the flavors are nice, but the muted hops take away from the complexity in a beer billed as an IPA

Pretty good beer from Short's - I'm just puzzled why they call it an IPA. I'm not really detracting from my rating based on this, but it just tastes nothing like an IPA to me. That said, it's definitely worth trying if you see it on the shelf here in Michigan.

Photo of techfed87
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is a clear amber. Smell is very hoppy.

First sip confirms my analysis that this is indeed quite the nice IPA. It's full of hop character without being overly bitter. It's floury and dry and very satisfying. Mouthfeel is full, and lasts a good amount of time.

Having been to City Park Grill several times and had Hangin' Frank on tap on several occasions, I'd have to say that this is just as good.

Try it sometime!

Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly released 12 oz. bottle. No date stamp, but I know it's fresh because it just hit the shelves this week.

Poured into my Great Lakes Brewing nonic pint glass almost brilliantly clear russet color with a ever-so off-white fluffy 1/2" settled head. A little bit of visible uprising carbonation. Gorgeous rings of (almost) unbroken lace all the way down.

Mmmm...fresh tropical fruit scented hops with a semi-sweet biscuit malt backdrop. Now the hops smell a bit earthy, but not musty. The soft sweet malt is very comforting.

I don't know why this says 'India Pale Ale' on the front label because it sure does taste like a nice, even-tempered good ole' American Pale Ale to me. The bitterness in the hops is subdued by the quiet and gentle malt platform in which the hops rise and decline one sip after another. There's a soft mineral flavor that's a tad savory, but hard to describe, (sorry).

Mouthfeel is superb. Soft, airy and perfectly carbonated. The slightly bittersweet finish fades gracefully after 10 seconds or so.

Drinkability is great. Nothing off-putting or abrasive about this ale.

Overall a masterfully crafted Pale Ale that serves as a much needed break from all the crazy and unique brews Short's has been gracing us with for almost a year now. Thanks God their bottling line shows no signs of stopping!

Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, toasty orange liquid with abundant streams of carbonation keeping the creamy bone white head alive. Looks very nice for the style.

S- Orange rind and meat, biscuits, passion fruit, and white grape juice. Very appealing.

T- Same as the aroma. The bitter fruity hops hit up front, then the sweet biscuity malt aspect comes in at the end.

M- Creamy carbonation with a clean and dry finish.

D- A very enjoyable IPA that flexes its muscles without overstepping its bounds. Drinkable, but slightly hard to gauge without knowing the ABV.

Photo of claminat420
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a slight transparent amber color with a off white tan colored head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- a slight caramel malt smell blasted by floral and citrus hops from hell.

T- just how it smells. no alcohol taste noticed. just the right bitterness.

M- a solid medium bodied brew. good carbonation.

D- i wish my fridge was stocked of this!

Overall- this ipa is up there. the bitterness isn't too crazy but enought to come out. like some beers today (arcadia's hop rocket) claim 100+ ibu's but for some reason don't really feel like it. or the bitterness just kills the flavor. this brew has everything an ipa should... a nice malt body and a hardy hop kick.

Photo of divineaudio
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a light transparent copper color with only a thin cap of head. little to no lacing.

smells deliciously fruity with not just notes, but whole chords of grapefruit, pineapple and grape.

tastes of grassy and lightly toasted malts up front with some herbal spice in the middle. a mild, tea like bitterness starts in, then ramps up to a dry, piney finish. well balanced and a very interesting combination of flavors.

mouthfeel is light in body with moderate carbonation. also feels kinda slick or oily, which seems odd to me considering the dryness in the finish.

overall a solid beer and quite drinkable. no abv listed, but i'd guess that this is between 6 - 7%. a nice alternative to some of the other, more well known ipa's out there. i'd certainly buy this again.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This is an amber/caramel color without much head. Smell has a lot of citrus in it with hints of lemon and orange peel. Taste is a smooth mix of flavors with a slightly bitter finish. Citrus is prevalent along with peach and other fruits.

This is a solid session beer with excellent drinkability.

Photo of association330
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours orange-hued, dark amber with a finger of sticky, off-white head. Settles to a thin, bubbly cap with a thick ring of roam. Lacing is spotty.

S - I'm immediately picking up juicy tropical fruits, pineapple chief among them. There's also some grapefruit and pine notes, and a bit of caramel malt.

T - Fruity and hoppy. Good amount of drying hop bitterness on the swallow.

M - Carbonation is a bit low for the style, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Body is medium-low.

D - I actually like this better than any other pale they've done. Solid effort.

Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing a bottle of this, and to our friends Stef and Brett for hauling it back from MI. FWIW the bottle calls it an IPA.

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with one finger of off-white head. Lacing is pretty minimal, with a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is odd, with a biscuit malt and some caramel, with a fruity aroma that I can't completely place. Sort of peachy, maybe some pineapple, not really very citrusy. Some pine too. It's odd. Not bad, just odd.

Taste is like the smell but I like it a bit more. The fruit flavor is more pleasing than the aroma, with a bit more citrus flavor as well as some apricot and a bit of peach. It's an odd combo, not typical at all for a pale ale/IPA (still not sure which it is), but it's pretty tasty. Some caramel malt sweetness and a slightly toasty/biscuity flavor too. Bitterness is very modest, with enough to give it a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body with a clean, crisp finish. Nicely smooth.

This is different, but not in a bad way. The hop profile is still throwing me for a bit of a loop as the frutiiness is pretty unique. It grew on me toward the end, and I'd certainly have it again. A nice change of pace pale ale (or is it an IPA? still not sure).

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body and aroma, but really heavy hop blend.

Photo of filkinsa
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful American IPA. It has a wonderful citrus hop taste and aroma. It has a full body that is complemented by the full hop experience. It finishes very clean. It is very dangerous because it is 6.5% and easy to drink. It is not always on tap when at Short's but it is a favorite when it is.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish brown toasty. Fragrant hop aroma. Average mouthfeel. Decent bitterness, some citrus. Nice pale. something to enjoy in a session, and demonstrating great craftsmanship, not everything has to be off-centered or unusual.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Orange pull with a generous head on top. Smell is grapefruit, hoppy, delightful. The flavour on this is a combination of malted caramel notes with straight-up grapefruit. The grapefruit is unique, it's a bit more tangy/tart and less abrasive than one would normally find in a beer, it's still very hoppy, but it's smoother on the tongue for some reason.

Mouth is crisp, easy to drink. Drinkability is exceptional. I'm not a big pale fan in general because I usually would either rather have an IPA or something more malty, but this stuff is solid gold and is easily my favourite beer in the style. I wish Short's would start bottling this stuff in lieu of the more pedestrian Pandemonium offering.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

pale coppery amber. slight haze. foamy head recedes to thin, creamy, foamy and wispy layer. great lacing.

aroma: sweet caramel maltiness meets subtle apple esters, then quickly to citrusy hops, with hint of pine. plus more fresh grapefruit, with orange zest note.

taste: quite hoppy, with very fresh pine and citrus; resinous. citrus fruitiness blending into yeasty apple esters and caramelized malt underneath, albeit these are weaker than i'd like, and almost watered down compared to the hops, which are boldly bitter and resinous, but also very fresh.

light to medium body, almost smooth, but generally quite dominated by the resins and astringency, with the prickly and otherwise moderate carbonation only accentuating it.

Photo of kbeals
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 14 oz. snifter. Pours out an amber/orange color. A bit hazy with about a finger of off-white head. Pretty good lacing. Smells are of hops, and lots of them. Very piney and earthy hops for that matter. Taste is also extremely hoppy, I would swear this is an IPA if I didn't know better. Hop taste is also piney and a bit citrusy like grapefruit. The beer goes down very smooth, light-medium body with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good also, but the hops are somewhat overwhelming to me. Like other's have stated, definitely a recommendation for any hop head.

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

Brought home a growler from a hazardous trip up to Short's last weekend, 6.1% ABV.

Booted. Pours orange with a nice rocky white head. Plenty of lacing clinging to my glass as the head fades.

Smell: Tons on pine with some citrus and crystal malt in the background.

Taste: Piney Resiny Hops. Some biscuity malts in the background but not much. Medium body and carbonation. For as hoppy as it is, it's pretty easy to drink.

Not nearly as good as the Stellar Ale. I think this may be one of my least favorite Short's brews, but it's still good.

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

On tap at Short's Brewery on 11/29/08. Served in a 14-oz. glass.

A - Hazy deep amber/orange body with slim creamy white head that transformed into a patchy film and left decent lace. Nice two-tone hazy appearance that reminded me of a few of Selin's Grove's beers!

S - Classic citrus hopped pale ale aroma with a healthy dose of toasted malt and sweet caramel malt.

T - Pretty straightforward citrus hopped pale ale with a nice toasted malt character and some caramel sweetness. Quite bitter for a pale ale with hints of orange and grapefruit notes.

M - Medium body with creamy texture, perhaps a little oily with some sticky hop residue. Finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

D - Nice job on this pale ale. While it's pretty one dimensional, it is well-balanced and has a tasty citrus hop character.

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

On tap at Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ in Fenton.

Served a light amber / orange color with a decent head with good lacing. Smell was very pine-like and I could tell that hops were in abundance. Taste was hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Seemed much like a double IPA as much as anything.

Hard to judge the drinkability, have been unable to find the abv on this on. I just had a pint and really didn't feel like there was much alcohol behind this one.

Overall, not a bad beer; definitely something for the hop heads.

Photo of johnd513
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler from the brewery. I am from Petoskey and I am told this beer got it's name because a guy named frank hanged himself at the City Park Grill and this beer was made for them....
Pours a hazy pale color. Smells of huge citrus and hops. The taste follows the smell with a huge fruity hop taste. The mouthfeel has medium body. Drinkability is good. I had no problem drinking a couple of these.

Photo of KC8LTL
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from brewery poured into Brandy Snifter.

Appearance: Orange with small off white head. It takes an agressive pour to get the head to show and it doesn't last all that long. Some lacing on glass.

Smell - Citrus Hops - I think it is Simcoe. Are you sure this isn't an IPA? They say they call it a Pale Ale because it doesn't have the IPA backbone. It certainly has an in your face hoppyness though.

Taste - Well, it features the Citrus hops and isn't really that complex. I generally like what it does have, so when I go to Short's it is not uncommon for me to get some of this beer. If you want a fruity hop fix, this is the place. Admittedly, that is about it, though.

Mouthfeel - Hoppy dryness/puckering.

Drinkablity - I like the hops, but that is about all there is to this one.

Photo of skiboy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of beer at Shorts and believe me this brew is one punch in the face with hops. A solid pale ale, but the finish is powerful. Unfortunately, I led off the Hangin Franks so the ones that followed seemed a let down. If you're in the Bellaire 'hood be sure to stop at Shorts -- and, if a hop head, tip a pint of HF.

Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of three Short's brews on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,came to the table in a standard pint glass a somewhat murky hazed auburn color with a very thin head that was gone quickly.Big resiny,piny hop profile bordering on IPA territory a hint of biscuit sweetness underneath.Now Iam a hophead and its hard for me not to talk glowingly of pale ales with a large dose of hops but this was a bit to one dimentional and dare I say bitter it was like drinking a grapefruit rind with not much else supporting it,very bitter with a bit of sourness.I dont get to try many Shorts offering only when I get back to MI and I was excited to try this new offering but I was really let down by this one.

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