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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 Dave_in_GR
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of LamboBrewpants
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 Zonian1
3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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