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

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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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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 543
Photo of TurboBrew
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ive had this beer in bottles, and on draft at Shorts in Bellaire.. It is fantastic. If you get the chance to have a Pande on draft DO IT. Its more complex and snappy! Love it.

Always a go to beer for me. Pandemonium has everything you want... its got A malty-profile.. balanced hop and pale ale taste. Its excellent!

A: Very transparent light copper with sudsy minimal lacing..mantains a tiny head throughout...

S: SMells more hoppy than it actually is. Orange tinge, malty roastiness and slight alcohol bite on the nose.

T: Crisp and refreshing, but full and malty almost to an octoberfest level... but not quite.. very sessionable indeed. This is a classic. The flavor is simple, yet intriguingly complex with malt, hops, and full body ale-esk style.

O: Excellent. A must have. Its not going to knock your socks off and make you say.. " WOW THIS IS INTENSE!!" But it will be a smooth, mellow, sessionable beer that will make you want to crack open another one.


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Photo of WPG
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a few different kegs of IPA on the home kegorator (Two Hearted, Stone, and Founder's), the wife and I decided perhaps we shouldn't allow ourselves virtually unlimited access to beer approaching 8% abv. Since IPA's are both our favorite type of beer, it was especially hard to reign in consumption. Enter Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale. At only 5.4%, it definitely qualifies as a "light" beer for us. At the same time, it's packed full of all the good stuff you expect from Short's on tap. A nice thick foamy head of about an inch. A great copper color. There are the tiniest hints of citrus in there somewhere, but honestly I think it's balanced so well that it's really hard to pin them down. The bottom line is that I'm very, very impressed. I tested out a few bottles before committing to the 1/2 barrel, and my thoughts were "it's fine". Now that I've had it on tap, my thoughts are "out of this world". A+.

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Photo of filkinsa
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this both on tap at the pub in Bellaire and from the bottle. While the bottle is great and I am very happy that it can be bought all over the place, the Pandy on tap is amazing. This is a great session beer. It is on a little over 5% and has great drinkability. It has a good hop characteristics but is not over powering with hops like Short's Huma-lupa or Haning Frank Pale Ale are. It is a great weekend afternoon beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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 beveritt
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label looks like a chalk drawing of a pensive devil in the fires of hell. I hope to hell the description on Beer Advocate was not written by the brewers; it sounds like an attempt by some 2 bit drunk poet to sound cool. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white, dense head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete layer of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is the bright orange color of a hefeweizen and cloudy.

Smell: Strong wet hop aroma against a slightly smoky caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Great hop bitterness throughout, with an amazing fresh taste to he hops that captures not only the spiciness, but the more base, green vegetal notes. It tastes like what a bag of whole leaf hops smells like, something I don't think I have ever experienced before in a beer. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a hint of biscuity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Picked one of these up on a recent trip to MI, so won't be getting any more any time soon. Love the way the whole leaf hop has been captured.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden color pour with a medium sized off white head, good retention,and lacing. Aroma is of sweet lightly toasted caramel malt and a pleasent spicy earthy floral hop profile. Flavor is lightly sweet,hoppy,and lightly bitter but not too bitter,very BALANCED just the right amounts of Malt and hops,livly carbonation,medium body,yet light and crisp,a faint hint of lemon zest at the dry finish. Extremely sessionable. Maybe one of the best APA i've had, nice job Shorts

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-burnt orange color. The pour has a thin head disappeared. Good retention.

The aroma is malty. You notice some wheat and grain.

Pandemonium has a subtle bitterness and a citrus taste. The taste reminds me of a wheat beer or German hefweisen but hoppy. Pandemonium has a noticeable hop presence.

Pandemonium is lighter-medium bodied. It has great drinkability. This is a year-round beer and could be (is)a great session beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A normal pour left a 1-finger, off-white head that eventually dropped to a full lace leaving nice sticky rings all along the glass. The body was a hazy, bronze with light carbonation.

S- Initially I picked up a sweet malt aroma of caramel and brown sugar. This was followed up by floral hops that brought everything into a nice balance.

T- The flavor was more of the malt/hop harmony. It was an initial rush of thos caramel malts mixed with piney, earthy hops that dry up the flavor in the finish.

M- It's lightly carbonated and has the slightest of hop tingle, yet really full bodied.

D- This was an excellent drinker. The great balance between sweet and hoppy flavors makes this one easy to put back. I could make this a regular in my rotation and put back a couple in a single sitting.

Overall- This is such a nicely balanced APA. With the trend toward highly hopped beers (often blurring the line between APAs and IPAs), this could almost be mistaken for an amber from many brewers. This balance really added to my enjoyment.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger, eggshell white head formed quickly and receded down to a thin layer...very little lacing present. The body is a perfect brick red with orange and golden hues.

The nose has a combination of citrus hops and candy caramel present. You can pick up some bready (almost earthy) characters in the background.

The taste starts out sweet, turns (almost) toasty in the middle before quickly fading into a bitter (but not outrageous) hop presence. Pretty well balanced...

Medium/light mouth feel, semi-oily with moderate carbonation.

This is very drinkable. Great for sitting outside and sipping! I will pick up more of these whenever I am in MI!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from kkulacki in his latest beer shipment. Pours a slightly cloudy orange brown with a sparse white head. Smells surprisingly malty with touches of caramel and pear. Flavor is also more malty than expected, but the malt is accented wonderfully by a minty, spicy hop and a nice bitterness that gives the whole beer a nice bite. Biscuity malt base is very nice. Tingly bitter finish. Medium bodied, a fine, fine example of the style.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a flight at the brewpub. It wasn't especially memorable, but it was a solid example of the style. I'd drink it again if given the opportunity as it had enough hop to suit my tastes.

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Photo of kbeals
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber/brown color with about two finger's of milky white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Lot's of earthy hops along with sweet malts. The smell reminds me more of an IPA just because of the amount of hop dominance.

T- Piney hops initially hit me, but it is well rounded off by a dose of sweet malts. Finishes off slightly bitter and dry.

M- Smooth and relatively heavy for a Pale Ale. Lots of carbonation.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable. It's easy to drink a few before you realize it. Once again, Short's makes a great beer.

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Photo of kegger22
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale is a hazy amber color with a half inch, beige head that dissolves to a collar.

The aroma is that beautiful caramel maltiness with a citrus hops backup.

The taste follows the aroma nicely, the caramel sweetness, the grapefruit hops taste; but mild.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The mildness that Pandemonium exhibits in taste makes up for that slight flaw by what it does for drinkability.

Chalk up another winner for Short's. Good beer and quite sessionable. If it were more readily available, it would be a perfect APA gateway beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +16%
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 scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper and amber color With a one figer head, but great foam retention and stickage. Two columns of bubbles quickly rising to the top.

Very leafy green hop aroma. Limes and ripe oranges along with just a general walk through the forest smell. Very interesting. The malts bring to mind Sara Lee white bread fresh from the toaster.

The taste starts toasted malt bread, cereal, and biscuits. The middle truns almost candy sweet with the addition of citric hops, making me think of a honey orange glaze on a ham. The finish bitters a little more, but still hs that balanced overall sweet flavor from the malt base and orangey hops.

Resiny palate upfront,ten oil to water on the finish, Nice transformation mae this beer flavorful, interesting, and drinkable. But not as sessionable as I hoped for.

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Photo of drxandy
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours an apricot hue, hazy, cream colored head fades to lacing that clings nicely to the glass

smells of pale malt, hops, citrus, earthy/grassy

taste is pale and smooth until a hop bang hits you, and it's nice indeed, piney orange peel, apricot, slight sweetness, grass, zesty and refreshing, mmm i could session this pale without hesitation

mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation, hop presence is well done and not overtly done but still is quite in your face in the aftertaste with the oils hanging around, crisp and refreshing, a really nice pale!

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber body, frothy white head.

S: Malty nose with slight citrus hop finish.

T: Very balanced pale ale-ness. Biscuit malt up front - light lemony hop finish. Not too much of any one thing, but I like it a lot.

M: Light, zesty, moderate to high carbonation.

D: High drinkability. Quenching and tasty flavor that makes me want another. A solid APA that would be a staple for me, if regularly available where I live.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange pour with a slightly off white head that ends up just shy of a finger. Certainly pick up some mellow hops on the nose. But the taste of sweet citrus and somewhat earthy hops are very present. A nice malty balance, but a little hopper than I expect a pale ale to be. Overall very drinkable. Bubbly carbonation with a pretty medium body.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber copper with a little white head. A pretty solid hop and malt mix of a scent. A very solid high-medium body. The taste is delicious--a good combo of hop and malt flavor to make a really solid pale. Not too much bite and very drinkable. Not all Short's agree with me, but this one is a definite good one!

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Photo of finstadp
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first beer I have had from Short's Brewing Company and I was very impressed. The appearance was amber colored and murky. The smell or aroma was fruity and specifically cherry flavored. The mouth feel was very light and refreshing. The flavor has hoppy with fruit notes. This was a great beer overall.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack, along with lots of other goodies, from G.B. Russo & Son while in town for the KBS release.

Drunk fresh that evening.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. A wonderful copper color with one finger head that quickly thins out and leaves spotty and diagonal streaks.

Aroma is fruity and peachy.

Flavor is light and clean - true to American Pale Ale style. This would be an excellent gateway beer for those interested in learning about quality craft beers. Also a great option for a session beer on a hot summer day. Extreme drinkability.

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Photo of pb9613
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A hazy pale brown color that is a little darker than most pale ales but it has a nice white head and good lacing.

Smell - This pale ale smells like you walked into a hops field with a nice grain background.

Taste - This pale ale hits you with hops like a sledge hammer but does not overpower the malt background. The biscuit and caramel undertones due to the dark copper color still come through with every sip.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation and malt base really play well together.

Overall - Like everything Joe Short puts into a bottle it is divine. I am glad I live in Michigan and can obtian Short's beer and every store selling beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Short's brew sent to me by lewis1rg in an awesome trade. Thanks Ryan!

A: Poured an EXTREMELY cloudy, off-orange color with tons of dark shades imbedded in the vat of hoppiness. The head was but a mere, puny white froth.

S: A puff of citrus fruit here and there, along with Short's signature yeasty sourdough hop profile.

T: Nice fruit and yeast flair: doughy, well balanced, and with a mildly sour, citrus sizzle.

M: This one falters a bit in the carbonation arena. I could have used a bit more actually. There wasn't even a trace of bitterness on this thing... this was the anti-West Coast PA!

O: Good stuff! In terms of hop creations, I preferred this one and "Hangin' Frank" way above "Hupa-Lupa-Licious," and that's the one that gets all the accolades. Go figure...

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Photo of SaucyA
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like a pale ale to me. A 1 finger white foam atop a glowing copper body. Light lacing, bad retention.

S - Super clean hops relax on a robust pale malt background. Nice fruity notes, and a sugary sweetness to top it all off. Super nice.

T - Just a good, well-balanced easy drinking flavor. Enough malt to give the IBU's some balance, but a relatively dry backend still dominates. Nice and hoppy, yet not overly bitter.

M - Nice attenuation with a crisp carbonation.

D - My "new" new rotation beer. Between Brooklyn Lager and this, I don't think I need anything else when it comes to sessionability.

Notes: Hallelujah. Praise the Short's.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a thoughtful extra in a freaking fantastic trade with kbeals.. Thanks a ton Kevin for the extras and a whopping appreciation from the Boise beer crew for the original trade.. I hope you like your box as much as I like mine!!!

Poured into my Delirium snifter.. bottle says it was brewed recently.. I'm down! big 2 finger head leaves tons of lace atop a fairly clear amber brew..

Nose has some caramel malts in the front and a fairly significant amount of citric hoppiness.. a bit of yeasty fruitiness adds to an already pretty complex nose for an APA.

Flavor mirrors the nose but a good injection of biscuity maltiness comes in mid palate.. sorta toasty toward the finish.. the citric hoppiness melts from the bitter beginning into the middle and lends a sorta dry litely hoppy finish.. lite/medium body with a good carbonation makes me want another drink... and then another.. a good sessionable pale ale for sure.. I would buy it.

Thanks again Kevin.. I would appreciate a good Short's connection.... I'm hoping you're the soldier who will help deliver these goodies to Potato Country.


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