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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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 229
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of zchops
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of JimmyP
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Treebs
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
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 +3.3%

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
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 -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bendurgin
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours amber with a thin layer of white head.

Rich bready malts with a little bit of of floral hops in the background. Nothing special. Hints of caramel in the background. Nothing really special here. The pallet has a little bit of a doughy bread flavor with some floral slightly bitter hops in the finish.

The body is light with somewhat softer carbonation. Overall this one is nothing special. Drinkable but I don't know if this is something I would grab again.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice copper, amber color. There is a small off-white head.

The aroma is slightly sweet pineapple, with some decent sweet malt. The aroma isn't particularly strong.

The taste is heavy on the malt, with a hint of sweet hop. The finish is malty; not quite crisp.

The body is light to medium. There is a nice lively carbonation.

This is fine, overall very middling. It's a serviceable pale ale for sure.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a coppery amber color with a finger of off white head. Ok head retention.

S- very earthy hop aromas with a little cereal pale malt aroma.

T- more of the same. Earthy woody hops with a dominate biscuity pale malt flavor.

MF- slick watery mouthfeel. Thin watery body and average carbonation.

D- you could drink this like water.

Overall a very average pale ale.

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3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another picked up from missing a turn and turning around in a MI liquor store parking lot.

Poured in a FFF pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with an inch of white head. No lace.

The nose is hop absent but has a somewhat appeasing popcorn smell, probably provided by the remain malts and faded hops.

The taste has that popcorn taste as well and has very little hop characteristics about it. The malt however, is very tasty without the hops. The malt has a bit of sweetness to it and is the main event for the beer.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and has some carbonation but not too much.

Overall, not sure this was the freshest of pale ales but the malt flavors were quite pleasing, despite the lack of hops.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light copper orange or straw color with a small head that dissipates rather fast.

S: Not a whole lot going on at first - some acidity and a bit of malt with earthiness. I kind of picked up on earthiness rather fast. In fact I don't know if I had a older one or not but I also picked up on some Oregeno or something like that.

T: Bitterness, malt, grass or Oregeno or Garlic to me anyways just kind of tasted like some short of a pizza beer to me whatever it was it was pretty overpowering in this beer.

M: Light body and low carbonation for the style. I kind of thought it was Thin.

O: Overall, I didn't really care for it and I just have had a lot of misses with shorts. I like the fact that they take chances and kind of experiment but I have only found I few of there beers I like. Everytime I go to Michigan I pick up a mixed six pack to try there different styles and flavors and it only cost about $10 bucks so to me it's worth the risk because I might find something I like.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours very clear bright orange color with almost a finger of large bubble white head. Retention is average.

S: Not a lot. Light pineapple and mango with a floral scent in the background.

T: Better than aroma. Grassy hop flavor With bready malts. Quite dry and moderately bitter.

M: Light with good carbonation.

O: Not a bad pale ale - dry, moderately bitter with nice grassy hop flavor. Aroma is a bit bland, though.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a craggy moonscape head. Good retention.

Apple juice sweet crystal malts at first but then it smells like something between a Twinkie and a vanilla frosted Grand Marnier cupcake when it warms up.

Herbal bitter and orange zest amid a too sweet toffee and whipped cream malt background. As it warms the toffee and whipped cream again taste like a vanilla frosted Grand Marnier cupcake.

Weird beer.

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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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