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

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86
very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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 number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

number1bum, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Tone, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of filkinsa
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

filkinsa, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of CortexBomb
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

CortexBomb, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

tai4ji2x, Jun 27, 2009
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.

kbeals, May 03, 2009
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

TheBlackMallard, Dec 13, 2008
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.

ffejherb, Dec 04, 2008
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.

jpalarchio, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

johnd513, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of KC8LTL
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

KC8LTL, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of skiboy
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

skiboy, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

oberon, Sep 09, 2007
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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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