Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale
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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This blessed, coppered colored ale lends it’s hue to hearty pale ale malts and hand selected specialty grains. Glacier hops balance the wort resulting in  hoppy, and earthy flavors which compliment the core beer base.
49 I.B.U.’s
12.8 deg.  Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 230
Reviews by smb4087:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Nice opaque golden-amber color with a decent sized head for this style of beer. The nose hit you good, very floral and earthy with lots of hops, hop oils, citrus fruits (mango, orange, pineapple), and maybe a little malt. Pandemonium hits straight forward with a nice dose of hops (starts out much like an IPA), but as the hop sting fades, the floral and fruit flavors start to come out, along with a malt flavored finish. The ending is sweet and mildly fruity as the hop bite from the beginning may still be lingering in the background. The grains are somewhat noticeable, but pale in comparison to the amount of hops. The body is nothing special, medium-thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale with quite a hop bite that mellows into a more complex assortment of floral flavors. Very drinkable, would definitely have again.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to Tony for providing me with this.

it pours a crystal clear dark orange verging on copper. A nice muslin head tops the beer and leaves a medium amount of lacing on the sides. The beer looks a little lifeless in the glass although a ring of bubbles do stick around the edges.

The nose is a bit sweet balancing some crystal malts with some fruity hops. these aren't the traditional fruity 'citrus' hops though. I'm getting more of a red grape juice smell out of them. Interesting and kind of pleasant.

The taste starts off with a nice hop bite but then kind of goes downhill from there. The specialty grains seem to muddle with the not citrus fruit hop flavor and turn into a bit of a mess. On top of that i think I'm getting some out of place fruity fusels from the yeast. I'm really not digging it much at all. The finish is too sweet, not dry and crisp as i like my APA's.

The mouthfeel also loses it for me. It's pretty slick and just doesn't sit right with me. This is a completely average APA in an ever increasing sea of great quaffable examples.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Hazy orangish copper with a thick fluffy white head.Little lacing.

S_Grassy hops and sweet malt.Little bit of a floral fruity smell.

T_Very crisp hops balanced by semi sweet pale malt. Grassy/earthy taste.

M_Thin and dry. Very refreshing.

D_Great session pale ale. Very good in hot weather.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden copper with a smallish off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready toasted caramel malt with some fruity light resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted biscuit malts and some rye(?) with a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale. It has really good bitterness, I just don't really care for the toasted malts and grassy bitterness.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a head quickly dissipates to the glasses edge and leaves a nice lace
Very nice citrus hops with a pale malt backing
The taste is a lot more potent then expect smooth upfront full of pale malts it quickly turns to a hop taste still sweet but a grainy grassy hop it finish with a slight bitter but is still sweet

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Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a ½” white foam collar. S: Light fruit, light malt. T: Fruit up front with peach and plum over a mellow malt backbone and a balancing hop bitterness. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A very pleasant pale ale.

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Photo of DeThCo
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sarahspat
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big tan, fluffy head, with a few cinnamon colored spots of sediment. Dark red with lots of sediment floating around. Leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like cotton candy, white grapefruit, and tropical fruit: pineapple and passion fruit. Very nice, sweet aroma.

The flavor is very strongly influenced by roasted, almost burnt, barley notes at first. However, the cotton candy and fruit flavors also have an assertive presence, which strengthens as it warms. Also, kind of strange for a pale ale: subtle notes of clove and banana. The finish is nice and bitter. I love the hops flavors that are going on here, but the others, not so much. I'm really not a fan of the burnt flavor at all. And I normally cannot stand clove and banana, but since they are so subdued here, they didn't bother me too much. I also had this on tap a few months ago and all I remember tasting then was candy: bubble gum and cotton candy and fruit, with a bitter finish. I liked it better the first time around. But from the bottle, the hops had a strong enough presence to keep this beer enjoyable, in spite of the other flavors, which I don't care for as much.

Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation. For me, the drinkability would be higher without some of the distracting flavors from the malt and yeast, and with more emphasis on the hops. But you have to admit, this is a unique pale ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear toffee color with strands of microbubbles supporting a beige head that is a touch sticky.

S- The toasted biscuit malt notes are dry with a green cinnamon hop finish and some field corn hints in the finish.

T- The toasted biscuit malt blends with a citrus hop notes and some green herbal pungent hops linger after each sip. The finish is slightly dry.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a good fizz that compliments the pungency of the hops.

O- The toasted biscuit malt is nice but it is really big and doesn't have much support from other malt so it gets to be to much after half a glass.

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Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank(paco923984723948723) for this extra!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rusty orange with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers of white head forms and holds for a bit before dieing to a skim. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Soft dose of citrusy hops. This is followed up by a earthy, grassy, musty hops build exactly like the description states. Lightly sweet malts do their job and balance things nicely.

T/M: Pleasant bitterness level. The hops lean more toward the citrusy side in the taste with just a hint of pine and followed with some grassy-ness. Malts swoop in to balance with a touch of sweetness but are still gentle enough to let the hops leave a touch of lingering bitterness. Body is medium.

D: Pretty drinkable and tasty to boot. A solid APA.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color's about an even copper, clear with the slightest chill haze that clears up. It ends up being translucent due to the darker color. A light tan head gets as high as one finger and takes time to drop to a full thick foam that keeps stable. Plentious patching sticks creamily and thickly to the glass. It leaves some bubbling in a way I've never seen before.
The hop bouquet is a little unfamiliar. It's citrusy with a bit of sweeter fruits, balanced by toasty buttered biscuit, caramel and a bit of nut. The strength fades in and out.
Citrus with both sweetness and tart zest come out up front on the tongue, with floral and almost minty additions. The hops are strongest, but it is well balanced by the malts. The nuttiness comes out into the finish, while it starts off on an earthier note.
The body is medium and there's a good smoothness under a big crisp bite.

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Photo of dashirey
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another growler that made it home in great shape! And another success for Short's (surprise right?)

A - Hazy copper with reddish tones shining through. Fluffy off white colored two-finger head that leaves a tone of lacing.

S - Some citrus and earthen tones followed by sweet malt and grains.

T - Overall a very nicely balanced taste. Hops come through in the end but do not over power like the Stellar Ale (which I loved). Probably more true to style than the Stellar.

M - Medium-bodied. Pretty smooth drinking with a slight drying sensation in the end. It could have used a bit more carbonation in my opinion.

D - Great example of the style. Split a growler in a evening and could have had more.

Another great job by Short's to no one's surprise I'm sure.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Pandemonium is a hazy copper orange color with thick white head after a vigorus pour. It has fairly good retention and leaves nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It has a sweet candied orange peel smell which I really enjoy.

Flavor is also really well done. A little bit of caramel sweetness and a good dose of hoppy bitterness. Really well balanced with a lean towards the citrusy hops. As it warms, I start to notice more grassy and earth character in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced and drinkable.

For an American pale ale, this is one of the best.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with nary a bit of loose, white foam which retreats to a ring around the glass. the beer is clear, on the darker side of gold in color.

S - lightly sweet, bready malt kissed with caramel. piney and earthy hops struggle to get noticed.

T - begins with a bit of somewhat aggressive, earthy hops which meld into a caramel, bready sweetness. finishes with notes of pine and grass.

M - medium bodied, with moderate to light carbonation which tends to make the beer a little more syrupy than it really is. finishes slightly oily, with lingering piney bitterness and bready malt.

D - not bad, though slightly awkward in a way i cant get my finger on. balanced for the most part, if not leaning slightly towards the sweet side. sessionable enough, though there are more interesting APA's out there.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery color with a thin snow white head, little circular flecks of lace left on the glass as the glass empties.

Delicate flowery/herbal aroma, with an even lighter cinnamon spice presence in the background.

Taste is a little more on the bitter green/leafy side than the aroma suggests, with little malt presence to add the depth I was hoping for. Bit of a metallic character too, with hints of apple and an almost astringent herbal facet. The label reads "behold the bitter hysteria," and I guess we get the "bitter" that is promised, although not sure about "hysteria."

The feel is tingly and well-carbonated, nothing special, nothing to complain about either.

A decent beer, though not outstanding. This is my third of a six pack over the last several days, and it seems to be missing a healthier malt presence.

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Photo of king75
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a still crusted golden brown body with a whip of fizz on top. Overall the head is rather lackluster and lacing is making a meager stand, not bad

S: toasted malts. Dirty bitter hops and caramel

T: flavors follow the nose and the hops lend a dry earthy bitterness, a smattering of herbaceous notes, and a wedge of an orange. This all melds nicely with the caramel flavors. Malts hold down the profile pretty well
Things are pretty laid back and mild overall, tasty

M: medium carbonation and soft dry finish, body hits the mark for the style. Lingers a bit bitter and malty

D: a tasty shorts brew...tasty

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Photo of dmorley21
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, a very good pale. Was not getting the best aroma from the glass, that is the glass. Glacier hop, a light white head on ruby body, leaving lace. Served at appropriate temperature, not too cold. A decent though drying bitterness. BVitterness like an IPA.

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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 554 ratings