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 hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +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 Holland
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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 Kranders
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 steve8robin
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this brew as a Christmas gift. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice bright murky orange with a tiny 1/2 inch white head that fades to tiny bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: I get a slight citrus scent upfront with a little lemon and a blend of malt followed. Floral on the backend. Decent.

T: A watery mild lemon upfront followed by a slight floral citrus. A mild malt on the backend. A very mild pale ale. Eh.

M: Medium body with a huge carbonation. A mild watery lemon. Ok.

O: All in all, this is not a stellar beer. Very watered down and more like water with a hint of lemon flavor in it. So many better examples in the style. Don't worry about this one.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toasted caramel and biscuit malts with some citrus hops and some earthy and floral smells in the background.

T - Starts off with some lightly toasted caramel malts and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some richer malt comes through with a bit more bitterness and some earthy and floral flavors. The finish is a mix of earthy bitterness, floral flavors, and some toasted biscuit malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a toasted bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is fairly strong for a pale with some interesting flavors thrown in. The earthiness/floral flavors are a bit harsh compared to the other flavors, but overall the beer is pretty tasty.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium amber color with one finger off-white head.

Nose gives off hints of dried tropical fruit, caramel, biscuity, honey, and slight citrus hop zing.

Taste is sweet, malty, and has a very strong resinous pine hop presence.

Moderate to low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and crisp and hoppy finish.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Nothing too fantastic, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden pour with a white head. Good rentention

S: A very herbal with some earthy malt tones.

T: Good bitterness - herbal taste.

M: Clean, good carbonation - pretty standard.

O: Nothing special but a solid "everyday" pale ale. Another good product from Shorts.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter:

A - Pours a murky, non transparent burnt orange/copper color with a thin head of a half finger. Retention is terrible.

S - Smells strongly of citrus fruit and cotton candy. Sweet caramel malts form the foundation. Doesn't have the typical American cascade/centennial nose standard in APA's, which is welcome.

T - Heavy on the caramel malt. Bread and citrus. Noticeably bitter on the finish. Rather simple and watery on the finish, and it's not quite as complex as I would have guessed.

M - Too smooth, too wet.

D - A decent beer, that has potential, but in it's current form is nowhere near great.

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

Pours a golden orange color, good sized white fluffy head, fades at a decent pace and leaves bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light hop aroma, actually picking up a bit of light fruit like apricot mixed in the citrus, caramel malt melds things over.

Taste starts out citrusy, then a sweetness comes over the beer and finishes with a musty bitterness and a dryness, good carbonation levels.

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Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great copper/dark amber color with a creamy off white foam top about 3/4" which disappears somewhat rapidly. Sticky , clinging to the wall of the glass as the contents slide down leaving behind a nice thick film of beer foam.

S: Immediately the hops smack you in the face, and make the mouth water, while the malts hang out in the back and keep it tied together.

T: Grapefruit bitter hops suckerpunch the mouth, and a very balanced malt bill steers you to a second sip. The malt side you have some sweet caramel notes dancing on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, a slight bit of an alkaline taste in the back. Very delishious.

O: Very drinkable and would welcome another one of these at som time hopefully in the future.

Picked up some Michigan brews on the road with work and brought back 2 six packs to work thru that either I have never had or rated.

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Photo of alli4051
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard point.

Pours a bright, but murky, orange with a short white head. Head recedes quick leaving just a touch of lacing. Not much doing with the nose, some graininess and faint hop aromas but nothing to write home about. Taste is nicey balanced. Bready, murky malts mingle nicely with the earthy hop notes. Medium to light bodied and just about right. I actually had to have a couple of these for it to grow on me, not sure if that's a bad sign or an indication of a nicely unique pale.

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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 pixieskid
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark orange hue with a decent white head and fair aromatics.

Notes of floral and citrus hops with a lingering graininess and caramel back. Mild bitterness throughout with a lingering grassy hop presence and slight floral hop note.

Overall; nothing impressive but a decent enough pale...

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Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden copper with a smallish off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready toasted caramel malt with some fruity light resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted biscuit malts and some rye(?) with a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale ale. It has really good bitterness, I just don't really care for the toasted malts and grassy bitterness.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic in the Chillin and Grillin II BIF. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Nice pale amber colored beer, decent clarity, just the slightest bit turbid. White head that foams up to about half an inch and then dissipates into a small cap with a bunch of globs of lacing that are left behind.

S: Caramel malts, grainy malts, and a slightly floral hop profile. Slightly fruity yeast ester. Doesn't have a ton going on, but smells alright.

T: Nice grainy malts, a few flavors of honey and caramel and a nice bit of bitterness to even things out. Really a balanced pale ale. Just enough of everything to keep things put together. A little more of a hop profile would help it out quite a bit though.

M: Perfect on the mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation and a dry finish. Hits it exactly right.

O: Not a bad little pale ale, nicely balanced with decent flavors. Not over carbonatead, and not too dry or too sweet, hits a lot of things right on the money. Would definitely revisit this beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pandemonium Pale Ale is copper in color. There’s a moderate amount of haze. More than I anticipated. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange look. An off-white head covers it, but only rises to about a finger in height. It’s very quick to recede, leaving a very light coat of lace behind.

The nose is pretty good and interesting. The malt base is an interesting mix of caramel and toasted malts. The toasted variety smells like the stronger of the two. Hops are there, but aren’t your typical American Pale fare. They smell earthy and spicy with just a hint of citrus orange. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Smells different, but pretty good.

The flavor keeps the pace. The malt base is definitely a mix of toasted and caramel malts. Interesting choice. It’s a little sweet. There are interesting herbal and praline-like flavors that are prominent throughout. Very unique. Hops are noted and are a little stronger than expected. They taste a little spicy, herbal, with a touch of citrus orange. I have no clue what the hop bill is, but I’ve never tasted anything like it in an APA. It definitely has a bitter kick. I’d say it’s more hoppy than malty. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes with a spicy hop kick and just a touch of toasted malt and praline flavors.

Pandemonium Pale Ale has a light medium body. It definitely feels a tad thin. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t feel buzzy. For the style, it feels pretty average. Not bad though.

Pandemonium Pale Ale is definitely one of those releases from Short’s that veers left of center in terms of its consistency with the style. How so? Well, the strong presence of toasted malts and praline flavors are the biggest clues. The spicy and herbal hop flavors are further evidence. It’s definitely novel, but isn’t bad. It’s not my favorite formula for an APA, but it isn’t bad. Definitely one worth checking out.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours orange/burnt orange in color with two inches of beige head.

S - I get some caramel malt with floral hops.

T - Solid malt backbone with mild hops

M - Moderate with some chalkiness

O - Not a hoppy pale ale. I guess it's a good alternative to an adjunct.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this in a mixed sixer for $11. Bright yellow color, slight haze. Smells like biscuit and a hint of hops, citrus. Taste is more biscuit and a bit of hops but I honestly did not find this to be overly hoppy and wasn't too impressed. It was a decent beer but for $11 a sixer I would buy SNPA instead every single time. I think the trend of upward pricing really works against a lot of breweries if the beers aren't better than the benchmark for the style.

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

Bottle into pint glass
A – Light tan 1 finger head reduced pretty quick to a think layer with bits of lacing all around for the whole glass, a hazed moderate amber color 3.5
S – Grassy, mild hops, mild citrus, slightly sweet 3.5
T – Nice malt and hops all around balance. Doughy bitterness, with moderate citrus zest and mild malts, mineral quality on the finish 3.5
M – Moderate body, with nice carbonation, good overall mouth feel 4
O – Good drinkability with nice balance, stronger hop profile for an APA, a good brew I enjoyed but so comparable in the PA segment, mouth feel makes it a 4

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Photo of UnionMade
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After hitting three stores, I got the last sixer I could find in Denver. Not cheap at $10.99 for six.
Dirty copper with a slim, finely bubbled head. A weak collar sticks around, but the head is all but gone after the first couple sips. Some spotty lacing, but nothing to write home about.
Smells of bready malt, doughy yeast and lemony hops. Pleasant and inviting, but maybe a little underwhelming for the price.
The flavor opens with mild malty sweetness. Quite a bit of doughy flavor, I'd guess from the unfiltered nature of the brew, which actually works really nicely with the bright hop flavors towards the finish. The malt flavors are blurred in the muddy yeast, but the hey-yall sunshine of the hops saves it from becoming a rainy day in your mouth. Tastes earthy, and kind of brewpubby, if that makes any sense. It's probably the stronger flavors of the yeast, which reminds me of the unabashedly unfiltered offerings from my favorite brewpub when I lived back in Connecticut. Light estery fruitiness, mostly a gentle suggestion of pear. A lot of citrus, finishing without a lot of bitterness, but a good bit of hop flavor. Really soft carbonation coaxing along the relatively full body. I like that quite a bit, and it's probably my favorite part about this beer. Feels almost cask-like, which equals supreme drinkability in my book. Leaves off with a rich, juicy mouthfeel, similar to the effect of orange juice.
I'm happy I got to try this, and it was really cool that Shorts distributed here, even for an incredibly brief amount of time. However, the only one I got to try that was close to being worth over $10 a sixer was the IPA, and maybe the brown. Tastes maybe a little unrefined, like something you'd sample from your buddy's garage homebrew system. I like it, but I don't know if I'd pay a super-premium price for that. When it comes down to it, all my complaints are related to what i got for the price. It's a good beer, but not worth paying $10. There's probably three dozen pale ales available in Denver that are way less expensive and at least as good.

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Photo of denver10
1.2/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cloudy orange in appearance with very little head from the get go, and almost non-existent retention. Has a sweet, citrus smell partnered with almost metallic like quality. Taste seems to follow up with the smell adding in a little bit of bitterness at the forefront and the mouthfeel is thin with some carbonation.

Overall, not happy that I wasted so much money on a beer I dislike so much. Wish I didn't have 5 more left in the fridge. If I had the extra money right now I'd head back to the liquor store and buy something else, leaving the rest for guests/friends when they come over.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Quite thin with foamy white head. Some slight lacing too. Brew is a cloudy orange color...

S - Slight bar-rag scent... Not your typical Pale. Some kiwi, orange, and lime.

T - Very unique. Doesn't quite fit the style... Not too much in the way of hops. Silky. But, doesn't overly impress.

M - Some nice Pale Ale bitterness... Very nice carbonation too.

O - Greatly disappointing with this Short's offering. Not recommended.

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