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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: 553 |  Reviews: 230
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date on the bottle.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a half-finger of khaki colored head. The brew is on the darker side of golden and very clear.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of sweet molassas and a bit of sweet caramel malt. There is also just a wiff of some underlying floral hops.

T: The taste begins with an earthy hops bitterness and then the sweet malt joins in to bring the flavors into a very good balance. It ends with a pleasant sweet malt aftertaste.

M: It has a medium body and is very smooth.

O: This is a pale ale that can standout in a crowded field. The balance of hops and malt is there; yet, each retains its unique taste. Also, the sweetness of the malts is very pronounced in this pale ale. And, that sweetness works very well here.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in trade a few weeks back.

Pours an amber color with red hues. One finger of white head, good lace and retention. Decent aroma, though it's a bit heavy on the sweet malts. But that's where the praise ends...

Taste is awful. Bitter, dirt-y. Hints of sweet malt in the background, but mostly just terrible. Can't say I'm surprised though; this is about par for the course for a Short's beer. Time to meet my drain!

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps there is some variability of this beer, batch to batch, but the pint I am enjoying at the brewery right now is truly magnificent.

A hazy copper coloured amber, with reasonable head (albeit no lacing). Beautiful aroma of tropical fruits, with focus on mango and pineapple. Flavours are well balanced, with caramelized malt sweetness leading directly into "west coast" hop bitterness. Citrus and tropical fruit elements make it an excellent APA (imo).

It's no Huma Lupa, but what is? Definitely a beer I'd choose again(if Huma wasn't an option!)

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a slight head that yields some surprising cream colored clingy lace.

Typical signature Short's sourness in the nose, like a reminder that beer is living thing. I also get a little tropical fruit.

Soft malt, bitter up front, some watery fruit and malt. Funny enough, the softness of this beer makes this easy to drink, although it is a touch mushy. Bitterness and funky malt work well with clean bitterness. Slight rind (that might have gone a bit off) in the end.

Medium bodied, under-carbonated.

I buy this brewer when I see it as I'm never sure if it will show up in MA again. One of the few brew that I could pick the brewer out blindfolded by smell and taste. The sourdough bread of brewers! This one is...different. I like the structure, and the bitterness in this beer. Unique for the style, and you need a bit of an open mind or a seasoned palate to, well, to...get it. Still, this review needed an edit from me. As I sipped the pint, and it warmed and..evolved, I grew to like this more.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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1.88/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Thanks to Holland (Eric) for the extra a while back. Found this guy floating around in the back of the fridge and decided to crack it open.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a solid light yellow head forming on the pour. The head slowly recedes to a thick collar with nice sheets of lace left behind.

S: The first whiff is not pleasant. Spoiled honey with slight souring note. Souring in a gone bad though. The bready malts are almost sourdough in nature.

T: There is a slight compost heap flavor with spoiled hops upfront, but those quickly fade to pale malts. The finish is sourdough bread malts with some unpleasant.

M: The unpleasantness of the nose and taste make this guy hard to get down. Luckily the flavors exit the taste buds rather quickly so swallowing isn't too bad of an option.

O: Well I don't know. It looked so good and I've liked other Short's beers. Their Mystery Stout is really good, but this one was just not good. The malt bill was not pleasant in any way, shape or form and the hops were just not there. Not balanced. Avoid.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Stephen. Thank you again for sending me a variety of Short's stuff to explore! Into a Magic Chouffe tulip that's backlit by the sun fading through the trees. This weather lately has been simply spectacular and helped to shake me the, albeit mild, winter doldrums.

Darker copper orange pour crowned by a good two fingers of tall pillowy white. Retention is good and lacing is disappointingly low. When first poured it's a particularly good looking beer.

Smell is predominantly sourdough bread. Lingering beneath is under-ripe honeydew melon. A malt driven pale on the nose to be sure.

Taste is much the same. Big sourdough breadiness and an undercurrent of bitter melon that's not juicy, but rather dry and not yet fresh. Body is medium and carbonation is on the lighter end.

Overall, this is slightly below average pale. Not something I would go out of way to drink again, but happy to have had the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 553 ratings
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