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 Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish brown toasty. Fragrant hop aroma. Average mouthfeel. Decent bitterness, some citrus. Nice pale. something to enjoy in a session, and demonstrating great craftsmanship, not everything has to be off-centered or unusual.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Developed for City Park Grill. Clear amber with a firm and bold and thick pure white head.

Nose is lightly assertive cooked pineapple/nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium full with light "fizzy" carbonation and good hop heavy balance.

Flavors are a dull bitter burnt toast hop. Not very bright. Light malt, pine flavor undertones.

Finish is the big ticket on this one. Big assertive bitter pine finish that is long lasting and the most lasting impression of this decent but nothing special brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 2 inch eggshell colored head that fades to a small cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt and citrus zest/pine hops. Taste is of sweet malt, biscuit, and some herbal/pine hops on the finish. Medium hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat but pretty smooth. A slightly above average IPA overall but better than others I have had in the past.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a strip or two of lacing behind

Smell: Tropical fruit (pineapple and grapefruit) with a hint of pine

Taste: Light on the malt flavors, with the hops taking over at the outset; citrus and pine, with an herbal character, as well; finishes hoppy and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA with some nice flavors and an unusual herbal twist

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up in a tulip glass, this beer pours a hazed sunset orange shade. Thin skim across the top, not much head really.

Pungent at first, slightly resiny and green, hint of the dank and touch of cat box, thanks Simcoe. Eucalyptus and grainy pale malt come through after it sits for a bit.

Dry and bitter, resiny with some grapefruit and candied orange peel notes, dandelion greens, lightly earthy, grainy pale malt following up and lingering into the resiny, bitter aftertaste. Light body, airy feel with light carbonation. Not all that different from Prolonged Enjoyment, or local favorite Daisy Cutter.

Thanks to Justin for the trade...

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Photo of oline73
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a half finger of creamy off white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Mild. Citrus hops with bready malt and a slight sweetness.

Taste: Strong malt profile. The hops show up ear the end of each sip. Mild citrus peel notes with a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium amount of carbonation. The body is on the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is good but not remarkable. I don't know that I would have another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a bit of haze and a white head. Nose brings some really nice citrus and floral hops. Strong notes coming through throughout, getting better as it warms. The taste brings a bit of sweet malt without as many hops as were in the nose. Good feel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Drinks well and I was glad to try one of the "normal" offerings from Short's, as it had been awhile since I'd visited with their APA and the like.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 2/27/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, honey, caramel, and light biscuit. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, orange, floral, caramel, honey, biscuit, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, citrus, caramel, biscuit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 5.5% with only a slight warming well after the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink as well. Overall this is an excellent IPA that actually fits more into the pale ale category. Excellent fruity hoppiness; with great balance and very smooth drinking.

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of three Short's brews on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,came to the table in a standard pint glass a somewhat murky hazed auburn color with a very thin head that was gone quickly.Big resiny,piny hop profile bordering on IPA territory a hint of biscuit sweetness underneath.Now Iam a hophead and its hard for me not to talk glowingly of pale ales with a large dose of hops but this was a bit to one dimentional and dare I say bitter it was like drinking a grapefruit rind with not much else supporting it,very bitter with a bit of sourness.I dont get to try many Shorts offering only when I get back to MI and I was excited to try this new offering but I was really let down by this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for a couple of these in trade.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, with roughly 3 rich fingers of slightly off-white colored head. The retention on this is awesome looking, with a hugely rich and creamy frothiness to it that just DRENCHES the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. Great look here! The aroma is pronounced medicinal band-aid smell to it that unfortunately really dominates this. I mean you still can pick up the rest of the IPA character here, with floral accents, some sweeter fruit, and honeyed grains underneath but those off-notes really take the nose out of the game here.

Fortunately, whatever was plaguing the aroma doesn't seem so bad here. Unfortunately, the flavors themselves just seem kind of soft and not up to the task at times as well. This is bitter to a point with grapefruit character but is lessened by some easy feeling herbal textures and a sugary blend of tropical notes and toasted bready sweetness. The finish lingers on the tongue with some green earth and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, wit a mellow creaminess that melds well with some oily slickness. This almost feels a little too light and easy in the mouth. Bonus points though for absolutely no alcohol being felt in the body.

The off-notes in the aroma were definitely a bummer but even without that, I just didn't buy this as an American IPA. With its low-key hop profile and easy feeling body, this came off to me anyway, as more along the lines of a mostly quaffable APA instead. Either way, I was a bit disappointed in this offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and a little caramel followed by a strong bite of piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and 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, there are better beers in the style but this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange with about three fingers of off-white head. Head retention is great, with the head keeping a chunky/frothy look, and leaves thick lacing down the sides.

S: Floral and sweet from the hops, a little bit of grapefruit citrus, a somewhat heavy grain/malt aroma, and a slightly medicinal smell as well.

T: Nice citrus flavors, some grapefruit and a little orange peel. Nice toasted malt and some caramel as well.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky, cloying finish. Good carbonation, has some bubble release from the bottom while I am drinking.

O: Overall, its ok, the look is amazing, the smell was a little off, but the taste was solid. A pretty good IPA.

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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 womencantsail
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Iain.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden amber color with a billowing white head. Beautiful.

S: Certainly some piney and citrus hops, but also a substantial malt aroma. It's surprisingly nutty, which I wasn't expecting. Bread and toffee with a nice floral character rounds out the nose.

T: Lots of hop bitterness to this beer. Not too much in the way of hop flavor, other than a bit of pine and grapefruit peel. Lots more of that nutty and toffee-like malt character.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but not amazing. Certainly some better Shorts IPAs out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

We recently began getting distro of Short's B.C. beers here in south-central PA & I am pretty excited about it! I have known those guys for years, between BA fests in BOS & my (usually) annual excursion to Madison, WI for the GTMW. I don't care if they are in bottles since I never expected them to come to me!

From the bottle: "A state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of opinion. The word was coined from the [L]atin [']controversia['], as a composite of controversus - 'turned in an opposite direction,' from contra - 'against' - and vertere 'to turn, or versus (see verse), hence, 'to turn against.' Perennial areas of controversy include history, religion, philosophy, politics and beer labels."; "Handmade by people who care. (tm)"

I Pop!ped the cap and let go with a heavy-handed pour to create both controversy & just under three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention that left behind sticky acing as it fell. My controversy is who is going to clean that up? Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like winter in a pine forest! Mmmm. My hops jones is suddenly kicking up. Mouthfeel was a little thin, frankly, not enough to be considered watery, but less than I would expect in the style. The taste was very much of pine - needles, cones, tar, resin, sap, all of it! Finish was dry, but cool & minty, not at all bitter. This is the kind of AIPA that I really like.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is yellowish and slightly hazy, with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is pretty straightforward, bringing a nice pine character with some citrus notes. It smells like an American IPA. The taste isn't mind blowing, but this is a decent beer, and highly drinkable. The beer is light on the palate, bordering on thin. Not such a bad thing for a 5.5% abv brew I suppose. Overall, an enjoyable beverage, and something I would have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Golden colored, a bit hazy. Off-white head hangs around for a bit. Lacing is good. The beer looks alive, at least.

Smell - Not a strong aroma, but hoppy. Very piney and maybe a bit grassy at the end.

Taste - Hops at the front, somewhat citrusy. The malt really takes over though. Very earthy. Almost tastes like a rye PA.

Mouthfeel - Thin. No idea what the ABV is, but it's still thin for an IPA. Light carbonation doesn't add to the body at all.

Overall - It's nothing fantastic. Tastes ok and drinks easily enough, though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as Hangin' Frank (and taken from notes).

Looks nice on the pour. There is a pungent and strong nose of hops. Flavor is rigid with hops and what I want to say seems like a nutty tone to it. Lots of spice from hops as well. If you like IPAs, you'll certainly like this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 ouncer glass container has no freshness info on the bottle or label. Purchased at Spirit Haus in Amherst Ma.

Pours almond amber, seemingly with a slight greenish olive hue. Moderate off light tan head. Respectable strands of fine lacing.

Tropical fruit tinged nose, lime, tea, light mint.

More light mint, fruits woven into this one. Also a moderate crunch of grapefruit infused hops. Easy drinking and pleasant enough. Decent, moderatly hopped sessioner

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body and aroma, but really heavy hop blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A decent IPA, better than a lot I've had lately. Beer is yellow with a mild haze to it and a wispy white head of low character, retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly piny with some citrus hops in there, smells like an IPA.

Beer is medium to light in body, no carbonation on the mouth, no malt on the get go, this is a good thing. The bitterness in the back is moderate, the midpalate is a lot of pine hops and a little chewiness. Overall a decent IPA. I'd have it again.

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Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice true amber in color with light cloudiness and a one finger off white head. The aromas are citrusy, featuring bitter and sweet grapefruit, with a moderate amount of sweet malt and pine. The flavors near mirror the aromas. The flavor is sweet and piney with a moderate amount of bitter grapefruit. The malt bill is sticky and relatively sweet, mixed with the piney hops. It drinks a little sticky and light in body. If it weren't so sticky the drinkability would be improved dramatically. Overall this is an above average IPA, just not a great one.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/17/11 and poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Medium amber colour with a yellow glow throughout and half a finger of bubbly cream coloured head that left some good lacing behind.

S - Good bitterness up front with some pine, orange rind and pineapple. A decent malt sweetness is evident as well but is definitely secondary.

T - A good amount of bitterness hits the tonge initially with some pine and light citrus notes. The malt presence is very subdued and shows up briefly in the middle, followed again by the bitterness. Definitely a hop-forward IPA.

O - This was was good but there was something about it that I could not put my finger on that kept it from being excellent. Would love to try this again, but only purchased one bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of very resinous hops, as well as some toffee and dank notes. The flavor is similar. There is a strong mix of orange, pine and resin in the flavor, as well as some toffee malt which keeps the bitterness from being overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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