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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head on a murky brownish orange body. Orange peel, earthy hops, hint of lemon aroma. Flavor is more resiny and metallic with hints of orange and lemon citrus. Pretty simple overall and borderline drinkability. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Not much to say about this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i dont know, shorts has yet to impress me, despite what ive heard about them. this misses the mark a bit to me. it pours a fine enough looking hazy honey color, with a lasting white foam head. the nose is okay too, sweeter for a pale ale, a little fruity, maybe apricot, dried apricot, and a pineapplely hops as well. the flavor is funky in the wrong way though. it stars with a bland and frankly bad english malt profile, that the delicate fruity hops cant quite overcome. and the bitterness doesnt show its face until the end, which hurts this significantly i think. the sweetness takes over for one or two seconds too many. chemistry is just off. not bad, but just average. feel is okay too, well enough carbonated, and about a medium body on it, but it just doesnt refresh me, or fill me up, or quite get me drunk. like i said, i dont know. its an okay beer, but its lacking any sort of wow factor.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toffee malts with a spicy, herbacious hop tone

Taste: Bread and toffee, up front, with a spicy, herbacious hop factor that develops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts linger as a platform on which the herbacious flavors dance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not quite sure what is going on with this beer though its name may say it all; just don't crave the herbacious bitterness

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Craig for yet another Short's beer!

This label has been the source of some laughs lately...the pensive devil seems to be contemplating just how evil he wants to be. "Hmm, diabolical...or just mischievous? I just can't decide."

Fluffy cream toned head that floats above the rim of the glass. About 2+ fingers of foam that remains in place for awhile. Deep murky copper-orange. Clinging concentric crop circles. Whiff of passion fruit and beery grain. Flavors of peanut buttery specialty malts, and a light fruity hop bite. The grainy malts seem to take center stage, with some nice residual hop bitterness on a bigger sip. Evidence of coriander or grains of paradise in there, some dry seedy herb. A bit of citrus pith there too, this reminds me some of SNPA with milder bitterness and less florals. Overall a nice pale ale. Thanks again Craig!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with some floral and lightly bitter hops. Taste is a nice in between some floral hops with a slightly bitter and citrus ending and a great malt backbone. Full body with very low filtration and some medium carbonation. Well done and easily drinkable and very much appreciated the low level of filtration.

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Photo of oline73
1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a finger of off white head. A thin layer remains.

Smell: Sweet from the malt, perhaps a hint of fruit from the hops.

Taste: Here is where things totally fell apart for me. Super watery and mildly sweet, again there is a hint of fruit. There is a ton of bitterness at the finish, but nothing is working here for me. So much so that I wonder if this is a bad bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with high carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall: This is a drain poor for me. I hope this beer is usually better. The bitterness didn't go with anything else in the beer, and it was really watery.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass mug.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of beige head.Fades to a smaller layer but good retention from there. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Pale malts with some caramel. Some citrus flavors that are very sweet.

Taste: A lot more malty than I was expecting. Pale malts and then some. Grassy hops. Light citrus flavors. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: A touch of bitterness but mainly smooth. A bit dry. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and toasted.

Overall, not a bad pale ale, but very biscuity and malty. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/7/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, pineapple, mango, caramel, bread, herbal, floral, and light pine. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, toast, and light pine. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, herbal, floral, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Good hop flavor complexity, with a great bitterness/sweetness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale. Nice flavor balance and very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing, over semi hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose is light, hints of floral hops, a bit of earthy herbal hops as well, touch of sweet malts.

Taste starts with light earthy semi herbal hops, bittering almost U.K. style hops, with a light floral hop kick. Then sweet malts, semi sweet taste overall with a light reddish malt but not really caramel, more like amber malts and a touch of biscuit, and almost slightly oxidized. I get a hint of soap as well later on the taste. It finishes fairly bitter, with some spicy earthy and herbal hops, and hints of malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, more bittering hops than flavor or aroma, light soapy taste doesn't help either, but not too bad, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 3 big fingers of light tan head. This fizzles down into a thin layer of frothy retention that fires up nicely, leaving some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is gently floral and spicy in the nose, with some malty notes of buttered bread and a splash of citrus. Pleasant enough but not overly assertive by any means.

The taste is moderately spicy with hop bitterness and a surprisingly hefty feeling malt backbone of caramel and bread mixing with some prominent citrus, to impart a slick tang that last well into the finish, along with some light bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess to the carbonation and overall easy slickness to the feel and drinkibility. Nice.

Nothing wrong here. Quite the tasty and (especially) easy drinking Pale Ale from Short's. This is another one that I wish I had bought more of, as the liquid drained way too quickly from my glass.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive golden amber in the glass. Average head and lacing. Hops in the nose but not especially fragrant.

Some of the browned biscuit taste. A touch of darker malt with a fain winey flavor. The carbonation and mouthfeel are well, beery. Slightly sharp with a hint of pepper. Rather thin. Quite a bitter aftertaste that lingers long.

This stuff is just plain bitter without much else of interest. For the bitter enthusiast, this will do. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery orange that is almost dark enough to be called burnt. Backlighting brings out bright tangerine and lemon colored accents. The sandstone colored head has a beautifully creamy texture and all sorts of interesting topography. It's also doing a bang-up job with lace deposition.

One sniff (and the color) tells me that Short's loaded this beer with a generous amount of the mid-range malts. Toasted-earthy-nutty notes are as reminiscent of an Oktoberfest as the stated style. A lack of aggressive hoppiness only adds to that impression. Glacier hops may not have been the best choice.

Pandemonium Pale Ale tastes like it smells. This brew should appeal to those who like their APAs to feature a generous amount of nuttiness, a firm tongue thwack of bitterness and an herbal-spicy hoppiness rather than a tropical fruity hoppiness. With the exception of the bitterness, that's 180 degrees from my prefered pale ale personality.

Specifics include steely caramel, baked peanuts, bitter tea leaves, sandalwood, citrus pith and a dollop of honey. Does that sound like an American pale ale to you? I just noted the words 'Behold the Bitter Hysteria' along the bottom of the label. This may not be a tongue torturer, but it is almost IPA-like in that respect.

I've decided to increase the flavor and drinkability scores because the hophead in me is mighty pleased right now. Besides, if we ignore style, this is pretty tasty stuff... and is becoming more so with warming. Only a talented brewer could make me enjoy beer with this malt bill.

The body/mouthfeel is the highlight. It's on the big side for the style (again, think IPA) and has a fluffy fullness and a mouthfilling expansiveness that is truly extraordinary. Plenty of malt and perfectly dialed in bubbles will do that.

While it hasn't quite been pandemonium, this bottle of Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale has been an interesting ride. I started out unimpressed in the top third of the bottle, moved to 'hey, this is pretty good beer' in the middle third, and am enjoying myself immensely in the bottom third. Hops have something to do with that, but this really is well-crafted ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady supply of Shorts beers, what could be better. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/09/2009.

The pour was very nice with a rich amber color that was immediately present. Nice head of white coming up and over the top, settling down into a thin veil of side glass lacing and more then adequete head. The aroma was malt driven for me, with big hints of buttery and biscuit like malts, slight touches of citrus hops, but very well balanced I have to say. Smooth, medium carbonation a bit heavy for a pale ale but I have to say I really liked it. Very much balanced with the hops coming through in the finish for a nice drytouch of orange and light resin like citrus, but still that big malt profile dominating everything.

Overall a very solid pale ale, a bit bigger then most in the style, but I have to say this was about as solid as they come. I would love to and I am very glad that I have more of this one.

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Photo of billab914
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaped glass. It poured a hazy, orange/amber color with a moderate white, fluffy head to it. Decent head retention as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has kind of a strange tart, fruity flavor to it. I get a mix of something a little like light strawberry and blueberry mix coming through. It's sweet, but at the same time kind of tart and fruity. Some sweet pale and grainy malts are there as well, but seem a little hidden. Very strange aroma for an APA.

The taste also starts off with some very sweet and fruity notes to it. I get something a little like a light strawberry flavor going on at first. Once I really get into the flavor I get more of a pale, grainy, sweet malt presence coming through. In the finish some of the earthy, slightly bitter hops come into play, helping to offset some of the sweetness. Interesting flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability wasn't bad surprisingly. It has a very strange aroma for the style to me, but didn't taste bad. If I was told they added a bit of some fruit extracts I'd definitely believe it. Overall a pretty interesting beer, but not one of the better ones in the style in my opinion.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lumpy head that leaves a lattice of lace. The brew is orange-amber with a bit of haze.

A cross between soured milk and sweet caramel is the initial smell. Subsequent whiffs give a bit of floral hop.

Far more hoppy (peppery) on the tongue than the smell would lead one to believe. Good amber (crystal malt) flavors. The bitterness is biting but not overwhelming. The aftertaste lasts about half a minute. The body is richer than most Pales; the carbonation is low.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Thorpe.

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a finger of sticky white head.

S: Sweet hop aromas with a nice fruit character to it. A little bit of floral hop character and maybe some herbal notes, too. Some bready malts and maybe a touch of apple.

T: There is an almost honey flavor to it. Very floral in nature with some minimal citrus peel hops. A little bit of a tea and herbal flavor, too. Sweet pale malts all the way through.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not too bad, though splitting the bottle was more than enough for me.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is amber hued with a small head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter.

The aroma is a combo of earth, fruit, pine.

The taste is pretty straightforward. Nothing dashing or extravagant here, but a nice, solid, drinkable beer. The flavor brings a general balance of malt and hops, with hops taking a slight lead.

The feel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

A plain, yet tasty, brew. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice pale ale. Good hop tones on it that keep it interesting enough, but well within the style parameters. A bit too hoppy to make it a session ale or one that I would consider an easy drinker. But it's nice. I'll never have an objection to trying anything from Short's.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy I like this label... contemplating... evil... poured into a nonic pint glass. There does not appear to be any dating on the label, but this is very recent. Much thanks to showing up very recently on the shelves from my main distributor!

A two finger head off the pour with a very clean white foamy cap. Body is a great solid amber copper color and clear with no rising carbonation. Looks alright.

Malty dusty muted kind of pedestrian but a distinct dry yeast, almost powdery, hints of actual white flour almost reminding me of Baxter but not anywhere as poor. I recognize this, but I am not a fan of this nose on a pale ale, however this really reminds me of Baxter's Paloma giant flour bomb but nowhere as big. Just wants to hint some citrus hop I swear but can't do it.

Taste is all in the finish. Exceptional baked bread and hop on the swallow, but in the mid palate the beer seems to be missing, but does give a solid mouthfeel with some medium body and a very noticeable bitter hop presence that is tolerable, but without a distinct flavor profile.

I do like this for my first Short's beer, good introduction to these guys. I must admit though this is VERY easy drinking and it feels like a good summer beer too! I'll have to have more Short's for sure.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rclnmeyer for tossing a couple of these my way in a recent trade. Poured in my Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of dirty white foam with solid retention and some spotty lacing. Murky orange-brown color with a nice glow to it.

S - Floral grassy hops, and lots of caramel maltiness, with a tiny bit of spicy twang. It's about what I'd expect from an APA; nothing more, nothing less.

T - Lots of bitter earthy hops, with a undercurrent of caramel maltiness. There's a hugely bitter aftertaste that already has me wondering if I could drink more than one of these. Nothing exceptional and somewhat unbalanced in the taste department.

M - Medium body, smooth, refreshing, with a mild amount of carbonation. A fair bit of residual resin coats the tongue. Appropriate for the style.

D - The bitterness brings this down, as well as the fact that I can think of a number of more interesting brews I could drink (even amongst APAs). Solid but unexceptional - probably my least favorite Short's offering.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber and has a haloed head that leaves a little spotty lacing on the glass with low carbonation and bad retention, looks like beer though.

Aroma is mildly piny and earthy with some hops. Overall decent smelling.

Beer is medium to heavy in body with a nice backbone of hops and a mild malt character that carries throughout the mouth. It is a fine beer but nothing is special about it, just another APA. Well done though.

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

A nice PA from Shorts. Picked up a sixer in Denver while they lasted.

Light amber/golden pour, looks malty for what it's worth. Off-white head is splotchy and varied.

Aroma and taste sparkle with hops, but the malt carries the day. While sure not a malt bomb, this beer profiles the grains more so than the flower. A solid backbone, the malt first comes up as earthy, like dirty grass. Overripe backyard apples, with hints of caramel, provide a medium for more biscuit. Hops provide the sharpness and some more earthiness. A hint of nutiness as it finishes leaving a small sample of that caramel.

Overall a solid PA

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, nice malt balance, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little brew. This is my first Short's brew, thanks Adam.

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