Chatterbox | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: golden honey color. very hazy and opaque. huge three finger foamy head that fades to a lacing.

Smell: caramel malts, citrus and herbal notes.

Taste: sweet caramel malts. battled by citrus and herbal/earthy hops. i don't like the herbally sweet taste from the combination

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness that lingers. medium body.

Overall: i was very excited for short's releasing 3 new pale ales that would be easily available. but i am glad i tried the single before i got a six pack. this beer is to muddled up by flavors that just don't go well for me.

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Photo of Raime
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Short's Chatterbox.

Short's almost always does a solid job in terms of brews and my local Kroger had a great sale on left over Summer singles and this was one of them I picked up.

Look - Mours a deep murky amber with a three finger off white head that looks like it is going to stick around for awhile. Carbonation is unreadable due to the murk. Left some very solid lacing. 4.5.

Smell - Picking up some faint hints of what could have been dank hops that never quite fully form. Overall not a great nose. 3.

Taste - Grapefruit piths are met straight away by an odd maltiness with a touch of water and lemon zest. There really isn't much else to say about this beer. It is quite basic and to the point. 3.25.

Feel - Body is quite full with a large amount of catbonation and a good dose of creamyness that coats the mouth. Beer goes down a bit watery upon swallo. 3.25.

Overall - Well, it wasn't bad but even as an APA this was pretty weak. Not sure if it is past its day or not. But hey, this is a laid back relaxed drinking night with a few buddies so I don't need anything overly complex. 3.25.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Young's nonic pint

A- Even a careful pour yielded a 2-finger, dense, off-white head. Slightly hazy, golden body with light carbonation. Head sustains at 1/2 finger and leaves awesome lace on the glass.

S- Mix of hoppy, slightly sweet, and grainy. Grassy and citrus, something of saltine crackers. Fairly bold, actually.

T- Pretty much as the aroma suggests. Cracker-like malts are dominate initially. Hops come in through the middle and finish things up pretty clean and dry. A little aspirin-like at the end.

M- Moderate-full body. Light carbonation. Fairly dry. A little hoppy bite.

O- Without bottle dating I have no way of knowing, but I wonder if the bottle's been around a while. I know it's been in my fridge for at least 2-3 weeks. Hopping is just much less than expected. Good, not great. I would give it another shot on tap or as a known new bottle.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip. Dated January 30, drank April 16.
Pours a hazy orange color, with tons of carbonation and two fingers of soapy white head. Huge retention on the head, really some serious hang time. Great lacing. Aroma is floral and pine, taste follows with some citrus notes. Solid pale ale, right down the middle.

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Photo of rkat32
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with January 13, 2015 date stamp. Poured into a nonic pint glass on March 2, 2015.

L: Color is deep gold with a one-finger head, great lacing, cloudy = chill haze?

S: Earthy citrus-forward hops, biscuit malts, citrus peel.

T: Orange, resinous earthy hops, grass, biscuit malt, grapefruit pith.

F: Pithy, dry finish, medium carbonation, good drinkability.

O: A solid, straightforward APA. Chatterbox offers a similar taste profile to other Short’s beers in the pale ale / IPA vein. Worth picking up for a change-of-pace beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Chatterbox last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is the first in Short's new series of Pale Ales that they are releasing this year, I've never had this beer before and I'm interested to see what Short's does with this Pale Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes good with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, It looks pretty true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice hoppy fruit aroma that has a nice mix of fruits with some citrus fruit aromas seeming to be the most noticeable, but not by much and there's also some herbal hop aromas in the background that work well with the fruity hops. Up next comes the malts which impart a toasted malt, caramel malt, grainy, and biscuit like aromas that show up just enough. The mixture of fruit aromas and toasted/biscuit malts remind me of Strawberry Shorts Cake. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty unique.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a pretty even mixture of citrus, herbal, and earthy hops with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a pretty high amount of medium bitterness that borders on being highly bitter. On the finish comes the malts which impart all those nice malt aspects that I got in the aroma and there's also some lingering bitterness with a hoppy and toasted malt aftertaste. This was a pretty nice Pale Ale, but I thought the bitterness could be toned down some.

M- Not that smooth for the style, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish this beer was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice and unique example of a American Pale Ale, but I thought it was still a little rough around the edges with a couple aspects that didn't make it as smooth and drinkable as it could be, but besides the bitterness I enjoyed the hop profile. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't as smooth as it should be, but it was clean, crisp, and not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me since I think the bitterness would easily to start to wear on me if I had more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both pretty good and I really enjoyed the unique aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of bitterness, I feel like it should be toned down a good amount to give this beer the right bitterness level for the style and as it stands right now it's about at DIPA bitterness and that hurts the drinkability. I might buy another bottle before it's all gone, but I don't think I'll be getting a six pack since it isn't really my kind of Pale Ale and I'm not sure I would recommend it either. All in all I was slightly disappointed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but short's let the bitterness get a little out of hand with this one and that seemed to be the main problem with this beer. It's not my least favorite beer from Short's, but it's my least favorite Pale Ale from them. Better luck next time guys this one could use a little work.

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Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark burnt orange color, this pale ale is so thick and murky that it's as close as it could be to opaque while managing the slightest translucence. The off-white head shows creamy stick from good retention, and the layer remaining for the entire session drops lace in a sticky ring at the top with spottier cream the rest of the way down.
Good aromatics in this one show lots of tropical fruits, citrus, grassiness and earth with focus on the raw, juicy fruits. Toast and caramel add just enough to let the hops take the lead but balance nicely.
In the taste, there's a raw and briny pith I'm not expecting. Unexpectedly, it'e the earthier aspect that takes the lead, and it's a shame that the juiciness and raw appeal of the nose is lost. Underneath is lots of raw green and leaf, more pith, and some young wood. It's hoppy, but it loses what's offered in the aroma.
Creamy and crisp at once, the mouthfeel keeps lively for the entirety. With the stange dry/salty/pithy finish, it's not as clean at the end as it could be.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a straw yellow with off white head with good lacing.

S - Dank, malts, brown sugar, bread dough, hop resin.

T - Malt forward followed by a nice balance of resinous hops. Smooth creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid easy drinking APA. Another nice offering from Shorts.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a somewhat hazy yellow color with no head (at least from the bottle I poured). Smell is somewhat skunky but most dominantly hoppy. Despite the somewhat low IBUs, the hops pack a pretty good punch right at the start. There’s some sweet citrus in the finish, and perhaps that’s where the tangerine is hiding. Overall this is a satisfying, drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of nota
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour yields a dense 2-finger white head. The appearance is a dirty orange. The taste is a good balance between tropical, citrus fruit and grassy earthiness. The bitterness is not overpowering. Overall this Pale Ale is in in the middle of the two extremes that this style can be brewed.

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Photo of Jennz906
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chatterbox has a very cloudy dark-gold appearance with an average full color head. It has a full floral and bitter scent of pine and citrus. The taste has a strong linger of bitter grapefruit and hops. The mouthfeel is great, it has a great taste as well as medium carbonation so it goes down well. Overall this beer is great. I am exited to try it with an American meal such as a burger. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Michael-McManaman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chatterbox has a very cloudy dark-gold appearance with an average full color head. It has a full floral and bitter scent of pine and citrus. The taste has a strong linger of bitter grapefruit and hops. The mouthfeel is great, it has a great taste as well as medium carbonation so it goes down well. Overall this beer is great. I am exited to try it with an American meal such as a burger. Thumbs up. I accidentally posted as my girlfriends account luckily we shared the same opinion.

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Photo of Billet
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice Pale, which I find to be somewhat rare. The beer pours easily without much foam. Even though the head is minimal, the lacing is still there. Visually, it is rich golden color with a touch of cloudiness. It has a subtle smell with light citrus and floral overtones. The flavor to me is spot on, not too bitter, not too sweet. Nicely done.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, 1/2 finger white head, slightly transparent.

Smell - Grapefruit and orange zest, floral earthiness, caramel sweetness.

Taste - Floral like bitterness and fullness right at first, then more bitterness and some citrus in the form of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and slight walnut roastiness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp bitterness.

Overall - Good beer. Sometimes you just don't have much to say. Interesting flavors, glad I tried one.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/20/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light pine, light caramel, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus hops and moderate toast/biscuit malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, pine, toast, biscuit, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate toast/biscuit malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale ale! All around good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate toast/biscuit malts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/20/13 bottling date. Poured 1/20/14. Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Really, really gorgeous. I managed a perfect pour with this beer and it's a thing of beauty with a thick, chunky (sounds attractive, huh?) head and plenty of lacing. The highlight is the super hazy orange color in the glass. Keep in mind I made sure to swirl around the last couple ounces in the bottle to get all that cloudy yumminess in my glass.

Smell: Decidedly hoppy, but the malt is in there enough to make this a hoppy APA rather than an IPA. Not sure of the exact hop notes I'm getting in here though. I suppose some sort of pineapple and piney, oily resin sorts of smells. Fresh. Pleasant. Not blowing me away, but it smells nice.

Taste/feel: The feel on this beer is of significance -- a surprising creamy, medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. A damn nice mouth feel not often found in a typical pale ale. The taste matches the smell a good bit, but with a bit more of a mango and grapefruit citrus flavor than pineapple. Slightly bitter hop aftertaste, but very pleasant and a perfect amount for a hopped up APA. If you have this brew, I'd recommend getting EVERYTHING in your glass/mouth to experience the best of this beer.

Actually really nice... I like this quite a lot. The pour is beautiful, it has a nice balance, the mouth feel is very good. I'm impressed.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh sixer the day received at the local liquor store.

A: Pours a faint orange-y tangerine hue quick with a very fine-carbonated head that dissipates in a flash. Leaves zero lacing and almost looks flat the entire time its in your glass.

S: Toasted malt/bread and doughy scent.. and hops tingle the senses. Smells like citrus and oranges.

T: Very clean taste. The hops are the highlight here, quick snappy bite and definitly picking up the tangerine flavor in here. Very drinkable, could session these easily. Very quaffable indeed. Smooth and refined.

M: Classic pale ale here. The hops are the highlight. Dry-hoppy mouthfeel and balanced nicely with the malt backbone.

This beer is very good. Similar to their classic Pandemonium Pale Ale. This one is more fruity, and balances well with the malty backbone. Nicely done again, Shorts!

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- A bit cloudy, orange in color. Little head disappears quickly with plenty of lingering lacing. (Note- I tipped the bottle over while pouring, which may explain why the head was small.?...)

S- Herbal malts prevail. Maybe a little orange.

T- Slight herbal sweetness with a citrus backbone. however the sweetness is soon overpowered by a mild hoppy character that is pleasing to my tongue. Finishes crisp and clean.

M- This pale ale goes down very easy clean and wet. Real pleasant refreshing feel.

O- Shorts hit the spot with this one for sure! Incredible drinkability, smooth and crisp. Great hop flavors throughout. Also this one doesn't have the "Shorts aftertaste" that some of their beers can have. A great version of a pale ale.

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Chatterbox from Short's Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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