Short's Controversi-ALE | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by oberon on 09-09-2007

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Photo of ClarkstonBeerGuy
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great flavor & aroma! I just tried it for the first time last weekend when a friend brought a 6-pack by... Had to go out and pick up a couple 6-packs a couple days later! I'm dreading the day they stop brewing it! Short's has so many great brews, thinking about putting together a road trip!

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Photo of filkinsa
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful American IPA. It has a wonderful citrus hop taste and aroma. It has a full body that is complemented by the full hop experience. It finishes very clean. It is very dangerous because it is 6.5% and easy to drink. It is not always on tap when at Short's but it is a favorite when it is.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Tawny, burnt-orange in color, with a fluffy, eggshell-white head of foam
Aroma-Heavenly aromatic nosefull of citrussy, piney hops, and tropical fruit.
Taste-Big burst of piney hops, followed by sweet orange and red grapefruit. Very snappy, fresh, and flavorful. Well-balanced and very drinkable. Love this beer! Right up my alley. A great match for a spicy taco dip or a plate of enchiladas.
Get some!!

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Photo of dfillius
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger white head with poor retention. More head with better retention please. Hazy amber liquid is perfect for the style.

S: Mango, tropical fruit, guava, orange, Man candy, WOW! Slight biscuit in the aroma. Smells almost like Mango Mama.

T: Delightful. Amazing aroma comes through in the taste. Bitter grapefruit with nice tropical fruit lattice work. Piney hop flavor dominates later on. Almost a palate wrecker. I like it a lot.

M: Smoothness slides into bitterness. Very 2 dimensional. Nice to feel that.

D: I'd love to have another, and I'd buy a six-pack definitely. Very good, and darn near perfect blend of a hop bomb and a session beer

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Photo of RABaxter
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great aroma. Complexity of flavor in which the grapefruit is especially evident. It's a lovely color, like tea with milk, and a very nature-y brew overall.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the clear amber brew. Fluffy head lasts nicely, average lace. Aroma is stanky pine hops, in a good way.

Taste begins sweet, lightly fruity in the middle coupled with some citrus, and a pleasing bitter hops bite at the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is awesome. Love this stuff.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Orange pull with a generous head on top. Smell is grapefruit, hoppy, delightful. The flavour on this is a combination of malted caramel notes with straight-up grapefruit. The grapefruit is unique, it's a bit more tangy/tart and less abrasive than one would normally find in a beer, it's still very hoppy, but it's smoother on the tongue for some reason.

Mouth is crisp, easy to drink. Drinkability is exceptional. I'm not a big pale fan in general because I usually would either rather have an IPA or something more malty, but this stuff is solid gold and is easily my favourite beer in the style. I wish Short's would start bottling this stuff in lieu of the more pedestrian Pandemonium offering.

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Photo of claminat420
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a slight transparent amber color with a off white tan colored head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- a slight caramel malt smell blasted by floral and citrus hops from hell.

T- just how it smells. no alcohol taste noticed. just the right bitterness.

M- a solid medium bodied brew. good carbonation.

D- i wish my fridge was stocked of this!

Overall- this ipa is up there. the bitterness isn't too crazy but enought to come out. like some beers today (arcadia's hop rocket) claim 100+ ibu's but for some reason don't really feel like it. or the bitterness just kills the flavor. this brew has everything an ipa should... a nice malt body and a hardy hop kick.

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Photo of Fee
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler pint glass.

A- Hazy golden orange color with an amber tone. Whitish head, about 1 finger high, with pretty heavy lacing

S- Citrusy, hoppy, and spicy. I detect an orange rind aroma, which pairs well with the hops, with some floral elements present.

T- I really enjoy this one. My tongue detects a sweetness that compliments the bold citrus and hop elements. I do detect an orange rind element that i found in aroma as well. Kinda remind s of the cereal fruit loops, in some sense, only far better :)

M- Mild-mediumish bodied and bitter/astringent from the hops, and pretty nicely carbonated.

I feel this beer showcases another fine IPA brewed by Short's. To my mind, it delivers the elements that most any hophead would enjoy, as well as a high drinkablity, making this a nice session beer, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer- maybe something to enjoy on a lunch break, or several with/after dinner ;) Moreover, a great IPA for those who tread/stagger/swagger the humulus lupulus path.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear golden-straw color with big bubbles and low foam.

There is an upfront grassy-pine aroma. Reminds me of thick pine sap from a northern Michigan forest, perhaps? There’s even more of that sappy thick piney resiny flavor when you drink it. Great upfront hop flavor and bitterness that carries through the finish. Don’t judge a bottle by its label. Or its name.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, toasty orange liquid with abundant streams of carbonation keeping the creamy bone white head alive. Looks very nice for the style.

S- Orange rind and meat, biscuits, passion fruit, and white grape juice. Very appealing.

T- Same as the aroma. The bitter fruity hops hit up front, then the sweet biscuity malt aspect comes in at the end.

M- Creamy carbonation with a clean and dry finish.

D- A very enjoyable IPA that flexes its muscles without overstepping its bounds. Drinkable, but slightly hard to gauge without knowing the ABV.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color. Has a lighter orange hue.

Has a great piney aroma. Pine is very evident. A hint of citrus and malt adds to the nose.

Hangin' Frank has a nice bitter bite from the hops. You also notice a good citrus taste from grapefruit and some lemon and oranges. It has a strong hop presence. Some honey taste gives it a touch of sweetness.

Very tasty and drinkable. The ABV is unknown but probably arount 6-7%. The bitterness is not overwhelming and this IPA is more of a hoppy APA like Sierra Nevada.

Another creative brew from Joe Short.

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Photo of vande
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ~ a nice hazy golden, deep straw colored pour... originally, a quick poor leading to about a two finger topping

S ~ a nice smooth, citrusy hop nose going on... just on the smell, reminds me of easy drinking ipas of the past!

T ~ follows the nose on this one.. a touch sweet, a nice flavor of some citrus and bit of bitter on the back end...VERY easy to drink...wish I had picked up more than one!!

M ~ creamy and smooth...nice bodied IPA here

O ~ worth grabbin' if you see it around. I'd pick up more if given the chance-

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Photo of FreshSars
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was exceptional compared to other IPA's on the market. It may appear slightly darker, the mouth feel and body feel solid, not like an IPA you throw down a pint and go 'whoa where's my beer'. Granted I drank this out of a bottle, in Michigan, but the lacing was great, the carbonation and aroma were spot on. I have had the Huma Lupa Lipicious and like this beer better. Maybe it's the slightly heavier body and less fruitiness than the HLL but this is a solid 4 out of 5 beer.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From memory yesterday. This one, yellow. Deep, clear. Smells like simcoe because it is. Great.
Nice to have nothing interfering. This taste is light on the malt and caramel, dry, the bitter coming in nicely, with great mouthfeel, etc. I really like this, much better than Huma...the balance and taste is clean and drier than any IPA I've tried. A keeper! More please

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Photo of skiboy
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of beer at Shorts and believe me this brew is one punch in the face with hops. A solid pale ale, but the finish is powerful. Unfortunately, I led off the Hangin Franks so the ones that followed seemed a let down. If you're in the Bellaire 'hood be sure to stop at Shorts -- and, if a hop head, tip a pint of HF.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for throwing this in on a great trade we did while in Detroit. Copper-orange pour with two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Huge, juicy fresh hop nose with a nice solid sweet maltiness with hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste follows suit, with an incredible resiny fresh hop tang that is perfectly balanced with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Loads of mouth puckering grapefruit and pine, perfectly offset with a great orangey-caramel sweetness. The finish is dry but chewy at the same time with a great, crisp and tart bitter bite. The drinkability is off the charts. I only had one and I'm about in withdrawls craving a second. Another great Michigan beer!

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Photo of techfed87
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is a clear amber. Smell is very hoppy.

First sip confirms my analysis that this is indeed quite the nice IPA. It's full of hop character without being overly bitter. It's floury and dry and very satisfying. Mouthfeel is full, and lasts a good amount of time.

Having been to City Park Grill several times and had Hangin' Frank on tap on several occasions, I'd have to say that this is just as good.

Try it sometime!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a touch of hazy to a deep aged copper body with a think wispy head and a slow carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- There is a perfumed green juicy hops full in the nose with some soft caramel malt notes in the finish.

T- The juicy green hops are dry in character with some unripe lime flavors and a citrus pith in the slightly dry finish. There is a resin hop pungency that lingers but no bitterness with it.

M- There is a nice light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz that boost the hops flavor

O- This has a nice full hop flavor with lots of good depth to the hops and they are well supported by the malt bill. Very drinkable but a touch to dry in the finish to make it sessionable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i decided last night to break out 10, thats right 10 new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

really nice done beer here for sure. this one came across very nicely from the start with a rich and delicate profile that threw a few for a loop for sure. dark in color for the style with a nice and tight head of lacing that stayed on top throughout the session.

aroma is a mixed bag at first but wins me over in the end/ nice tight citrus hops are mixed with a dark malt base that at first takes you a bit off guard but comes around to win you over after a few more tastes. light and sharp the orange flavor really picked up half way through my glass. very well balanced with a smooth and unique taste that i really did not see coming. nice and clean finish left citrus and a rich sweet malt taste in my mouth with a nice dry finish.

overall one of the better offerings i had yesterday. solid.

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Photo of Michael-McManaman
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color similar to a darker whiskey. Cloudy haze with a medium frothy head.
Smells very hoppy with a hint of apples. It tastes amazing! Wow! The hoppy flavor is perfect and its lightly carbonated, like red bull. It leaves the moth feeling refreshed and cool. Defiantly one of my favorites!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery orange color that shows light haze to it. One finger light tan head shows light retention. Long streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Tropical fruits galore. Tons of citrus, pineapple, and mango. Caramel malts show off more of a sweetness as well that goes along with the hops. Ending shows a little bit of alcohol which tingles the nose and light piney hops.

T- Sweet tropical fruits right off the bat in the hop bite. Caramel malts come out and stay with this beer being a good undertone overall. The piney hops come out a little bit more in the ending with the alcohol showing up in the very end for a nice crisp bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tropical hops and light caramel malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, piney hops, and caramel malts. No real off flavors in this beer. Balanced overall with a perfect combo of sweetness and bitterness. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a very drinkable IPA and I drank a sixer very fast! The ABV is low enough that it doesn't do too much to destroy the palate and drinking many in a row is good. Another great beer from Short's!

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Photo of Sdesenberg
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very citrusy pale ale with bright, crisp floral and citrus aromas. Clear orange in appearance with good head, and a pleasant, balanced taste. A little on the thin side, but would be excellent for refreshment on a hot summer day. Overall, not as good as Oberon or Two Hearted Ale by Bells, but still a good, crisp beer. I could see having these on ice for a nice summer evening of throwing bean-bags in the back yard with your buddies.

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Photo of jmich24
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One month old:
A: Slightly hazy Dark golden in color with orange hues. Small head. Nice stick lacing
S: Hops! Danky weed, citrus, oranges. Some sweetness from malts.
T: Sweet and bitter. Citrus and oranges again with some tropical fruits. Finishes bitter but not overly bitter.
M: Smooth somewhat creamy finished nice and dry. Not overwhelmingly bitter.
D: This is super drinkable for an IPA. The slight sweetness paired with the not so over the top bitterness is "tame".

Great hop fix at only 5.5 % ABV.

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