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

BA SCORE
86
very good
699 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
Ratings:
699
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
124
For Trade:
4
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Short's ControversiALE is a nice blend of traditional IPA notes and modern hops with a crackery light malt undertone.

A: deep ruddy gold with a finger of white lace that compacted quickly.

S: tropical and underripe peach notes. Earthy and inviting.

T: Baby aspirin astringent with bitter orange and sewery hop underneath. Malt is light and not intrusive.

M: Smooth draw with dryness abounding. Slightly chalky finish with rough tongue feel.

O: solid modern hop IPA. First Short's, definitely not my last if I can help it.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 699 ratings.
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