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
Photo of msh4k3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of Fitzmke
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -16.3%
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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Photo of ChugginOil
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -28.7%
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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of montyeric
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Cheesedogg
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a very nice amber orange color with about a finger width of head

s - very nice aroma with a hint of the hops and citrus

t - refreshing, with the lower abv would make a nice session beer

o - i enjoyed the beer, quite refreshing compared to many of the stouts I normally drink this time of year.. Will definitely buy again for a nice summer beer

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Photo of bpk59
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange and translucent.

Aromas were a bit mild but still nice. Lots of citrus flavors with a blend of malts and light spices.

The flavor is also citrusy yet not overpowering. Mainly oranges with citrus peels. Smooth caramel malts and fair hints of molasses balance of the citrus and medium hop flavors. Undertones of grains in the aftertaste.

Very smooth carbonation well suited for the brew. Easy to drink yet unique.

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Photo of MIBeerRanger4
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours mostly transparent. Brilliant orange color. Minute head is frothy and creamy. Leaves a ton of consistent lacing. A pretty APA.

S-Smells initially of light clementine flesh. A bit of sweet bread and caramel behind the orange and clementine citrus. Overall, a pretty faint aroma, but what it there, is pretty nice smelling.

T-Orange zest. Also a pretty nice lemon peel flavor that lingers. Pretty bitter in the finish. The citrus is not intense but it is persistent, which is quite enjoyable. Light sweetness. A bit of a metal-twang in there which is a bit unfortunate.

M-Excellent feel. I will easily polish off this six pack with no trouble because of the body, feel, and carbonation. Carbonation is very soothing, and plentiful. Rather light bodied. Bitter.

O/D-Overall this did not blow me away but I thoroughly enjoyed my first bottle, and will see the other 5 disappearing quite rapidly. I truly do enjoy a rather mild APA more often than not. I probably would not buy another six-pack, but this is a nice beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer before a couple of times and I thought it was good, but for some reason this is the only Short's regular lineup beer that I haven't reviewed. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a kind of hazy golden orange color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left a lot of nice lacing. This is one damn good looking APA.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of sweet pale malts followed by a noticeable biscuit like aroma. After that comes a mixture of citrus, grassy and earthy hops, with the grassy and earthy hops sticking out the most. The aroma is pretty solid, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little more citrus hops.

T- The taste seems to be a little different from the aroma. It starts off with the malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and taste like the are slightly toasted and impart some nice caramel malts and biscuit malt flavors. Next comes the hops which are a little light with a floral and earthy taste, but they still retain a high amount of medium bitterness. A pretty solid tasting APA, but I would like a little more hop flavor to go with the bitterness.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty spot on and it fit this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a good and above average APA, but it didn't have that extra complexity and balance that makes for a top tier APA. This beer had really good drinkability, it went down smooth and it had just enough bitterness to keep my attention and not become overwhelming, this would make a nice beer to drink during the summer on the disc golf course. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both pretty damn good and just where they should be for the style. What I liked the least was the lack of hop flavors in the taste, it had the right amount of bitterness but it needed some more hop flavors to back up the bitterness and balance out all those malts. I would buy this again when looking for a smooth and easy drinking APA, but there are more then a couple APA's that I would choose over this one. I recommend giving this beer a try, some APA's are almost IPA's but there is no mistaking that this beer is an APA, so it's pretty true to style. A lot of the beers from Short's aren't that true to style, but this one is and it's done well but there are more exciting APA's to be found and that makes this beer a little above a middle of the road APA.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber golden color with a nice 1.5 finger slightly off-white head. Good retention and lacing throughout. The aroma is a bit mild though not bad: tropical and citrus hop character, caramel, cereal grainy character. Wish it was a little more pronounced. The flavor is also quite mild for my liking, though not too all together bad. Sweet malty backbone with medium bitterness and more piney earthy hop character than anticipated. Crisp though smooth. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and mild bitterness. Overall, better than average though lacking flavors and aromas. Easy to drink, not bad, not great.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a murky golden-straw color in appearance. Looks a bit like orange juice with pulp—there’s no floaties in this, but it has the same hue. Low aroma, not a whole lot comes off. Hints, mostly, of citrusy (orange) hops. Tastes of coriander and orange peel followed by a lingering bitterness on the finish. All together not what I think of as being a “typical” pale ale but certainly not a bad brew. I’d have another.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 Holland
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light copper orange or straw color with a small head that sticks with it.

S: not a whole lot going on at first - some acidity and a bit of malt with earthiness.

T: bitterness, malt, grass or dirt

M: medium body, medium-low carbonation for the style, with fine bubbles.

O: Too subtle, and still doesn't seem to come together in a well-crafted way. The 6-pack was $10, but not worth buying again for me.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RomeosPartyStore
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Kranders
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a pretty good sized head, not a whole lot going on. Mild aroma, slightly sweet with a little bit of citrus. Same goes for the flavor. Very malty sweet, with a bit of lemon/citrus going on throughout. Minimal hops lead to a lack of balance. A little thinner than I'd expect, and it flows right off the tongue. Not bad overall, but fairly forgettable.

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Photo of schultzm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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