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

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86
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | 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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no bottled on date. Extra'd by Kevin, thanks man. Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass today, 3/15/2014.

App- Hazy caramel-orange body. One finger white head, good retention, drops into a thin film at the center. Leaves thin sticky lacing along the glass.

Smell- Hops. A bit herbal. Some grapefruit and pine. Crackers, bread are present from the pale malts but not contributing a lot.

Flavour- Crackers, bread from the nose but not much malt sweetness at all. Hops are a bit more forward- grapefruit and pine are the more dominant flavours. Finish is fairly pine-forward but not terribly bitter. Not bad.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied, kind of watery but does not appear to be "missing" anything. Drinkable, not bitter, no ABV heat at all. Finish is dry and piney. Very nice for an APA/session IPA.

Overall- Decent session IPA, nothing mindblowing. It is more like an APA rather than a session IPA like All Day in that this beer's malt presence does attempt to balance out the hoppiness.. it doesn't come close but it does attempt to do so whereas the big session IPAs out there are purposefully attempting to hide the malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:23:46 | More by Stevedore
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phooky

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-14-2014 04:39:16 | More by phooky
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-13-2014 22:39:42 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-11-2014 02:16:18 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-08-2014 23:17:48 | More by linnymtu
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stooge

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

03-08-2014 05:55:48 | More by stooge
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jmbot4371

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

02-28-2014 02:17:09 | More by jmbot4371
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VonZipper

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-26-2014 15:19:28 | More by VonZipper
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one-finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Nice amounts of tropical fruit and a light amount of pine.

T - Big burst of tropical fruit upfront, mostly orange, peach, and grapefruit. Some sweet malts are also there. The finish has a piney earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - This is a very flavorful session IPA. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:28:59 | More by TreyIsWilson
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-19-2014 23:05:42 | More by brutusmuktuk
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lochef81

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aah shorts, my love em and hate em brewery. This offering pours a handsome copper color with a thick white head which gives way to a nice white lacing. The nose is hoppy citrus and pine with little malt undertones. The flavor is very pleasant at first with lots of citrusy hops and a pleasant biting bitterness but the aftertaste seems stale and unpleasant. Very dry and unsatisfying. It is very easy to drink and goes down quite smooth but with the unpleasant finish; why bother. It actually leaves you wanting to drink more to get the aftertaste out of your mouth. Not the worst shorts beer ive had but not one that I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 06:15:00 | More by lochef81
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loganburgh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-18-2014 21:54:03 | More by loganburgh
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J2t645

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-16-2014 19:49:18 | More by J2t645
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-14-2014 23:14:30 | More by drbenderdo
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jeffwright

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

02-14-2014 01:47:12 | More by jeffwright
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thickgirth

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2014 23:15:05 | More by thickgirth
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blackrim

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2014 03:51:55 | More by blackrim
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a strip or two of lacing behind

Smell: Tropical fruit (pineapple and grapefruit) with a hint of pine

Taste: Light on the malt flavors, with the hops taking over at the outset; citrus and pine, with an herbal character, as well; finishes hoppy and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA with some nice flavors and an unusual herbal twist

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 17:57:23 | More by brentk56
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Flopjack

Michigan

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - A nice full orange color with lighter tones of yellow . 1/2 finger white head.

Smell - Lots of character from hops , grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mandarin, piny floral aroma.

Taste - Piny floral character, citrusy and sweet. Starts out with a nice grapefruit and mandarin flavor that is just a touch roasty and bitter. There is a piny resinous presence here that I think contributes nicely and gives an earthy floral flavor as well. Lemon and orange zest.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing, smooth.

Overall - Good beer. This beer has lots of character all across the board. Haven't been disappointed with any Shorts beers thus far and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 17:15:40 | More by Flopjack
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-04-2014 01:23:13 | More by brother_kenneth
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz. Bottle into new Belguim globe glass

A-Pours cloudy golden with an off-white one finger head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of peach, floral hops, some malt and fruitiness.

T-Taste is improved from aromas has flavors that is sweet, fruity and bitter with some citrus and floral hops.

M-Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body, average carbonation.

O-Overall a decent IPA by Shorts. It was one of the better beers in their variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 13:16:22 | More by reebtaerG
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

01-10-2014 12:44:43 | More by Emnmarko
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LiberateTeExInferis

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-18-2013 07:03:00 | More by LiberateTeExInferis
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lowpulp

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

11-29-2013 00:29:32 | More by lowpulp
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-08-2013 17:41:55 | More by jemarent
Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
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