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From:
Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,881
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,680
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
491
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 10, 2021
Added:
Sep 09, 2007
Wants:
  23
Gots:
  131
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Loaded with hops like an IPA, yet drinks like a Pale Ale, we simply decided to call it a Strong Pale Ale. The fragrant, earthy citrus laced nose is instantly detectable. Large amounts of toasted grains and high alpha Simcoe hops form a perfect union that creates the cool sensation of toasted sourdough covered with zesty grapefruit hop marmalade.

67 IBU

Formerly known as Hangin' Frank.
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Rated: 3.87 by Meddwol from Michigan

Sep 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.44 by Seal4676 from Michigan

Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by NRMeadmore from Connecticut

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
i guess its cool that shorts is selling some beer in colorado now, but there has to be some quality control. i bought this on a whim, excited to see it on the shelf, and i made the mistake of not checking the date first, its was old and really not very good at all, i have no idea what it might have tasted like fresh, because the hops were so eroded here that this was more malty than anything else, a bit oxidized, cheap and sort of wonky tasting, some english malt and just a shadow of citrus from what was simcoe hop robustness. i get some graham cracker bready sweetness, a little bitter orange, and an ever so slightly doughy yeast element. i can easily see how the bigger malt element than is trendy these days would be needed for balance in a beer as potentially assertive on the hop side as this, but now its just some bitterness, some oily aspect to the mouthfeel, and the still fading citrus character, maybe a little grapefruit to it. i though this was a bust at this point, most hoppy beer would be at close to half a year old, but ive been burned by shorts a few times now and am frustrated by this. maybe ill skip the next one i see. some blame has to be on the store or distributor too i guess. still, id like to try this fresh, when they hit they really hit, but its been awhile for me now...
Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by Matuhg from Michigan

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I really liked this one - crisp, bracing, easy to drink, tasty, smooth. Another great beer from a great local brewery. Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with some foaming white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some juicy ripe citrus zest hops, some weaker floral hops and malt. Tastes of lots of fruity zest hops - orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon - as well as some malt, vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops at the finish. Smooth, mild mouthfeel with some good bitter hoppiness at the end. Good amount of carbonation. Really an enjoyable beer, good flavors and would definitely enjoy more of these in the future!
Apr 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Apr 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by ovaltine from Indiana

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Sullymsu from Ohio

Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Eschermer from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Drinks like a typical IPA, I couldn't get any notes of citrus or tropical fruits. Fairly bitter for the IBU's, a run of the mill beer.
Pours a copper like color, moldy cloudy. Soft mouth feel, bitter aftertaste.
Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a great Michigan IPA. Piney, resinous, malty, smells almost like an amber ale, looks a beautiful deep amber in the glass, with nice clarity. Tastes great, easy drinker.
Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Muss42 from Michigan

Feb 15, 2019
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Foamy off white head. Oily, resinous hop character. Pretty unexceptional stuff. The aroma is completely undesirable. Resinous, burnt, oily piney hop tones.
Oct 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.38 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Apr 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.32 by Greasy from Kentucky

Apr 25, 2018
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottled 2/20/18 (61 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours bright honey amber in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is ambiguous stone fruit and a little caramel. The taste is a burnt sugar caramel presence throughout with a steady bitterness and light notes of citrus and earth. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. There is some residual hop oil stickiness, but no lingering sweetness. Overall, good. I would like to try this fresh, stored cold or on tap. My bottle was purchased a few days ago & warm. The bottles are dated in black ink that can only be read once the beer is poured.
Apr 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours slightly cloudy Amber. Foamy, short off white head that Fades fast.

Smells Pine, Peach, citrus peel, caramel and herbal.

Taste earthy, herbal, Pine, Peach, orange, citrus peel and bready malt. Finishes dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.
Apr 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Mar 27, 2018
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Reviewed by SeniorBojangles879 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
So I am not sure if I am rating the correct beer or not because the label on my beer has what looks like a revamped 80s old school label on it and the beer is only listed as an India Pale Ale not and American, also I wouldn't doubt that this beer is indeed an American Pale Ale based on the way it tastes. Honestly, I am surprised this beer doesn't have better ratings than it does on this site. If I am trying to review the beer honestly it is comparable to a dulled down version of Two Hearted by Bell's. The sweetness note is less citrusy in my opinion and the finish is a lot less bitter (in my opinion that's a bad thing, but I could see this being a lot more palatable to the masses). The color is a deep amberish color and the beer seems to hold a nice head throughout drinking it. Definitely worth picking up a 6 pack, also just for reference the beer I am referring to has a black label with "orange", "green" and "pink" lettering on the bottle (but take that for what its worth from a color blind dude)
Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 1.5 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The appearance was a nice ruddy to golden orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dies at a nice one minute pace. The smell was a bitter citrus hoppiness running about my nose. There were some light malts trying to come in. The taste was basically bitter but ended up allowing a decent sweet maltiness coming in here and there. The palate had a decent sessionability about it but it did also have a nice carbonation that wasn’t too harsh nor wasn’t too light for an AIPA. Overall, in my opinion, this was a good AIPA well worthy of having again.
Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by Gravewalker from Washington

Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle

Fairly clear dark golden copper colored. Big foamy white head. Aroma of fruity and earthy hops. Taste is moderately bitter, caramel malt balance. Thin to medium bodied. Lively carbonation.
Feb 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 23, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 2/1/16; drank 3/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Caramel, peanut butter & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peanut butter & mild caramel flavors up front; a faint, dry grapefruit bite on the finish. Below average American barleywine vibes here; drinkable but little else. I've had my last.
Jan 05, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

Nov 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Zanico from Ohio

Nov 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Fee from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This beer Seems a bit weak as an IPA, and the hops are a little bitter. Most interesting is a nutty taste. It's a good beer - just with a bitter aftertaste that's more than well balanced.
Nov 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana

Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by BeeeerProdigy30 from Pennsylvania

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Sep 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.29 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Berg-the-Boiler from Illinois

Jul 22, 2016
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Reviewed by deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. The pour is burnt amber, hazy, and sports a half finger of off-white head. On the nose I get cedar, pine, and marmalade.

Medium-light body with a balanced flavor and a firm feel. Decent malt backbone provides ample sweetness. The hop profile is leafy and husky and a bit mild on the citrus notes for my tastes. It reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but not quite as assertive.

My first beer from Shorts and it's a bit of a disappointment. Given what I've heard about this brewer, I thought I would like an IPA offering from them more than I did. It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with it, it just drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA.
Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by toddstolarski from Illinois

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My bro-in-law brought this to 4th July festivities. It poured an orangish with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent has hints of pine. The taste is bitter with pine backdrop. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer but has that common twang of most Shorts beer.
Jul 03, 2016
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