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

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Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE
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3.81/5
Very Good
708 Ratings
Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,031
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
708
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
126
Trade:
4
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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
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.

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Photo of jhartley
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeniorBojangles879
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)

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Photo of Rostie
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Gravewalker
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
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.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of fern22
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zanico
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Fee
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.

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Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeeeerProdigy30
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runlikeakenyan
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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