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 BMoney575
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-1-09

Pours a hazy orange/gold color, with a thin white head that leaves a single ring of white lacing.

Smell is super fruity, tons of sugary, earthy, citrusy hops. Extraordinarily enjoyable, I've had double IPA's that don't smell this good.

Taste is very earthy hops, followed by a strong malt presence. The bitterness hits later, and is rather intense. Not nearly as complex as the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant combo of thickness and carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitter earthiness starts to get old.

Overall, could do with a shot of sweetness to event hings out.

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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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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger light tan head sits on top of a hazy orange/brown body. Carbonation is a little on the light side.

Smell: The smell is lighter on hops than I thought it would be, but it still has some grapefruit aroma that you would expect from the style.

Taste: Thick, sweet, with a nice grapefruit kick. Where many other pale ales are light bodied and rely heavily on hops, this beer has more maltiness.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle poured in a tulip glass

A: good color, an almost orange hued deep yellow, thin white foam, consistent white lacing

S: very floral and citrusy. strong and sweet.

T: an enjoyable, hoppy ale with a bitter, grapefruit like aftertaste.

M: beer is adequately carbonated, though the bitterness to me makes it a bit less savorable.

D: it's a bit bitter for repeated drinking (for me), but a high quality beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is a hazy copper color, thick white foam. The aroma of esters and a little hoppy citrus. Kind of a Belgian pale ale flavor but with a bitter after-taste more like an ESB. Feels substantial even with low ABV, another winner from Short's.

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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 sonicdescent
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fresh bottle from March 09. Pours a coppery and slightly murky pour with a nice off white head with great lace. Carbonation is very active in my Sam Adams sensory glass.

Scent is citrusy hops right up front with a little earthy goodness in the background. Swirling presents a more resiny character.

Taste is a very pleasant and refreshing lemony type, with a little bit of a bitter finish. Hop presence is there, but muted compared to any IPA.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. No real complaints here.

I think this is my first beer from Shorts, and what can I say? While it wasn't mind blowingly fantastic, this is a very solid APA and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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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 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 sarahspat
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Treborofmoria
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are using a classic Pale Ale like Fuller's as an example, this is way more bitter. I think if you are expecting a modern US Pale Ale this will please wonderfully. It is deep gold in color pours great with about an inch of head that quickly disappears. The taste is light in mouthfeel with a good amount of hop bitterness. Malt is definitely there, but not overly so. I will admit I normally do not drink pales (belgian styles are more my forte) I think this is a good example of a modern Pale. Short's does not disappoint. Drink Michigan Beer!

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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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours hazy light copper with a thin head of white. Retention is moderate with a light skim coat remaining for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with crisp malt, zesty fruit, and a minerally bite. Bright apricots with biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Drying and slightly chaulky.

A drying, slightly coarse bitterness starts to build on the palate immediately. Citrus zest and crisp gypsum follow through along with hints of dried apricots, grapefruit, and pine dew.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, crackery malt, and spicy fruit.

Damn tasty pale ale. Tasting pretty fresh and certainly not bland. Enough hopping to keep things interesting but still sessionable.

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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 FtownThrowDown
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold in color on the pour. Only a little bit of a frothy head forms on the pour. Plenty of spotty lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is slight malts, but has a bit of a lagerish smell to it. Entirely not what I was expecting.
Taste is bittering hops and just bitter. Crisp, but tastes just a bit dirty. Not sure what type of Pale Ale this is.
Not something that I enjoyed or will revisit.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head.

Scent of citrus, caramel, grass, and hops. Simple, balanced and fragrant, nothing over the top.

Taste of grain, caramel, some hops, grass, and faint spices. It is a quality Pale Ale, but I prefer a stronger hop character. It is very balanced, though.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some nice carbonation.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orangy-yellow, with some white head that settles and lacing on the glass.

S: smells of citrusy hops with some faint malt in the background

T: Similar to the smell, except the hops and malt are more balanced in the flavor profile

M: very nice and expected mouthfeel for a pale ale...almost up to IPA standards

D: easy to drink except the flavor just doesn't stick out to me as something to crave

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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 alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Almost clear golden orange body with glowing edges. Thick finger of dense, pillowy, eggshell white head. Crisp citrus and marmalade hops above toasted bread, mineral-y grains, and light fruitiness. Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Some grainy astringency follows with a little bit of fruit. Citrus, mineral water, and marmalade hop bitterness finishes up the palate. Dry, crisp finish. Moderate body with nice carbonation. A nice sessionable pale ale.

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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 Andrewtherooster
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Short's Brew. I must confess I love this brewery. Everything I've had from them has been unique and wonderful. I'm really excited that they're now shipping bottles. It's good to see their beer in my refrigerator.

Anyway, on to this brew. This is the first time I've had the Pandemonium Pale Ale, and I don't think it will be the last.

A: Light copper color that had about an inch of head when I poured it into my pint glass. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: I get a juicy bouquet of hops along with a subtle yeast scent. The malts are present here too, giving it this smell that makes me think of buttered toast and orange marmalade.

T: At first, there's little bitterness, then it sort of flares up and washes over like a wave: aah, hops. But this isn't a one-trick pony like way too many pale ales are. This is where Short's pulls some slight levers to give this beer a subtle twinge. Remember that bready smell I mentioned? Well, it plays very nicely into a finish similar to melted butter on bread. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it, really, but it's good.

D: Pale ales are probably near my least favorite style because so many are so bland and uniform. Short's does a great job here of giving a really solid pale ale a twist. I will undoubtedly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy golden color with a few streams of carbonation working their way to the top. The head is thick, creamy, and has nice retention and leaves nice lacing. Very nice.

S- A little citrus, a little pine, and a little caramel. Pretty subtle, but it is refreshing to not smell a pale ale that is bordering on an IPA.

T- Kind of crisp, a little bitter and a little grassy with some caramel. Just a tad sweet. Not a lot going on here, but it's just a pale ale.

M- A nice, clean beer. The carbonation level is right where I expect.

D- A solid pale ale. This does not blow my doors off or change my standards for the style. A tasty, easy going pick.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from hoppymeal. Thanks for an awesome extra, Derek! This one got shaken up in transit and I'd be damned if I was going to wait a week for the yeast to settle out.

A: In my Moonlight pint glass, this beer sits a hazy light orange with a dense, fluffy white head. Retention is OK, the lacework is pretty solid. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: Hoppy with a ton of tropical fruit - mango, peach, apricot - and some floral notes. Pretty darned good. Mild sweetness is present but that almost seems hop-derived.

T: Opens up with a surprising amount of bitterness, citrus in character (orange rind). This overpowers the more delicate hop flavor, with the more fruity notes. Malt sweetness not perceptible. Finishes dry and hoppy.

M: Medium-light in body with a fairly lively body and a finish that's awesome - long, dry, bitter and refreshing

D: If I lived anywhere in distro range, I'd drink a LOT of this. It's easy drinking, not over the top and very sessionable.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear golden brown

Smell: pretty clean all around. little bit of malt sweetness. some corn and pineapple hidden.

Taste: same as aroma. pretty clean across the pallate. balance of malt, corn and some fruity notes. the most striking characteristic is the very spicy hop bitterness which comes through towards the end and especially in the finish. almost like its got some heat to it

Mouthfeel: upper-light body, moderate carbonation

Notes: my first shorts beer. been waiting a long time. at first i was dissappointed. but im gonna take into consideration its uniqueness and say it isnt a bad beer but not something i would go out of my way to drink again

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish color, with a small white head. In the aroma, small fruitiness and a small hop note. In the taste, nice hop presence, and white grape dryness. A smoothe and medium mouthfeel and a dry fruity aftertaste. Nice, kind of fruity and a nice hop presence.

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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 542 ratings.
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