Controversius Maximus - Short's Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, pine resin, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a good amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, pine resin, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple,orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pine, floral, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop flavors with a good amount of malt balance; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
09-14-2013 07:06:16 | More by superspak
4.23/5 rDev +6.5%
12oz bottle poured into darkness tulip - thanks to erikkoppin
Pours a crystalline amber color with some soft ruby red hues. Two-finger crop of beige head rests on top, retaining for a while, leaving rings of sticky lacing on the glass.
Punchy, juicy, explosive hops in the nose, riddled with tropical fruits and soft sweetness. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango with some caramel notes and light alcohol warmth.
Juicy hoppiness right up front, loaded with tropical fruits and bitterness. Pineapple, mango, pithy grapefruit and oranges. Caramel and bready backbone lurks underneath the hop wave, adding some sweetness and balance. Finishes hoppy and piney with a boozy glow.
Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Killer DIPA from Short's - I was really happy to get a chance to enjoy this one.
05-15-2013 11:53:22 | More by xnicknj
4.26/5 rDev +7.3%
Another bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Cheers, Trent!
It pours a clear golden colour with a small fine layer of foam that yields some nice lacing.
Oh my, the nose is so fresh and vibrant and balanced. It smells oily like in wet hops...grapefruit and pineapple dominate from the hop side. Throughout the nose, caramel malt provides the necessary sweetness to bring this beer to a balanced state.
Tasting provides proof that this is still a hop forward DIPA. Grapefruit and pineapple juiciness almost make my mouth pucker because of the rather intense bitterness but the caramel malt does play a part in tempering that bitterness. And, what's that word to describe the hoppy yet mildly malty presence in a beer of this style...oh yeah, dank. Earthy. Yummy.
A very nice mouthfeel with the medium body and carbonation with the alcohol not playing a major role.
A pretty different take on the style, imho, and a winner.
11-09-2013 13:36:24 | More by Bitterbill
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Thanks to Jeff for giving me a bottle of this to take home - only available at the Short's brewpub in Belair, released during their 9th anniversary party. Controversius Maximus is a "double" Controversi-ALE with two times the amount of Simcoe hops and added specialty malts, much akin to the previous year's "Aww Jeah", a double version of Huma Lupa. Shorts has been killing it on the IPA front this year, so I was very excited to have a chance to try this one.
It pours the color of a slightly worn in penny, a bit lighter at the edges - almost a deep, deep amber. It's mildly translucent, allowing a good bit of light through it, but the very center appears to be hazy as hell and opaque for the most part. It's got a bubbly, wishy-washy, soapy white head that forms quickly and recedes almost as fast. No lace left behind, although its stark white color was impressive.
The aroma contains a beautiful fruity character that hits you front and center - tangerine, guava, and grapefruit. Huge citrus presence with a sound juiciness, almost "gushing". A few whiffs and I'm already salivating. Also present is a good bout of resinous, nearly-dank pine needles with some spicier leafy notes in the finish. The bread-like malty backbone appears to be pretty large in size, but merely cowers in comparison to the gigantic Simcoe hop bill upon it.
Controversius Maximus hits my lips and palate with an initial orange and grapefruit combination, but is quickly (almost immediately) followed up by an unadulterated hop assault. A huge mix of leaves, pines, ho poils, and resins backed by a solid heap of biscuit and bread-like malts go to work on my taste buds and leave my palate spent. A strong, almost herbal bitterness hits about a second into the sip and resonates soundly into the finish, along with spice, leaves, and fading citrus peels. The malt tries to balance with some sweetness, but there is no use - it's no match for the army of hops.
The middle-of-the-road carbonation leaves room for a silky, albeit oily mouth feel. Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch heavier feeling than the original Controversi-ALE. The increased alcohol is almost unnoticed - it's hidden very well by the nice collab of flavors from the increase in Simcoe hops. I think I do prefer this double-IPA just a bit when compared to its lighter, single-IPA counterpart. More flavorful and bursting with a larger amount of hop and citrus flavors. It may not be Shorts best IPA ever (maybe not even top five), but it's still pretty damn good. Too bad it wont see distribution!
05-06-2013 11:59:12 | More by tectactoe
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Sampled from a 12oz bottle received in a trade with surge1311.
A - Golden and very clear with a minimal head. Good lacing.
S - Some very nice floral and citrusy aspects but a little grassy and vegetal at first.
T - Citrusy and piney with a firm lingering bitterness. The primary aspects are the bitterness and the alcohol. There's nothing delicate and subtle about this beer. It's very straightforward.
M - Good consistency with a low carbonation.
O - Not especially complex but a nice, flavorful DIPA.
06-03-2013 11:44:48 | More by GJ40
Controversius Maximus from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.