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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 Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a lighter copper color with the finest of sediment floating around. A one finger of khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving spider webbed lacing all over the glass.

S: Nose is very juicy, a strong citrusy presence, with an equal amount of breadiness and toasted malt that gives a character similar to Gubna. On second whiff - sharp spruce pine presence to this one!

T: Taste starts with the sprucy pine flavoring lending to a bit more of like a christmas needle. Middle is filled with biscuit and toast. Finish is incredibly juicy hops with a mild caramel malt flavoring, and touch of earthiness.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, thick body with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. For those who like Gubna, this is along the same lines. Nice and juicy flavoring. Could only have one or two in a sitting though.

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Photo of TwoHeartedMale
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden yellow in color with haze. Hardly any head with white foam on edge
S - sweet honey upfront followed by a lemon type bitterness.
T - a combo of pine and citrus, followed by a sweet crisp malt. I get the after taste of lemon and honey, sweet bitter with a slight spice finish.
M - sits on the tongue heavier then expected. Sweet malt at first then over powered by American hops.
D- this beer is very easy to drink, the great aftertaste of the hops leave you wanting more after each sip. This beer falls on the session side for ipa's.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour drops a hefty hopper dressed in copper into the glass. A nice head rises and falls to an eighth of an inch that fully covers the juice below. No holes. Nice. Lace makes a sticky mess out of the vessel.

The nose is juicy and citrus laden. Grapefruit and rooty notes pop off over some bakery tones. Smells a touch green, maybe even vegetal, but very pleasant.

The taste is at once bitter and sweet and then dries and shifts into some semi abrasive and funky aftertones. The green of the nose is more evident in the flavor. A bit vegetal and yes a smidge peppery. The onset is pleasant, but the final flavor impression is not entirely favorable.

The mouthfeel is fine. Nearing medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to some of the less than excellent elements in the taste. In all honesty there is nothing about this brew that warrants a repeat as there are far too many excellent IPA varieties readily available that would be given preference over this particular example.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours to an earthy orange color with a 2 finger that settles quickly. Lacing sticks to the side for a while; nice retention. Defiantly smell grapefruit here and orange and other citrus. I can definatly taste the grapefruit at the start but it fades with some bitterness and a good hop taste that balances the beer. The carbonation gives it a full mouthfeel but fades quickly. I taste some subtle spices like pepper at the end. Good beer....pretty easy to drink....id be curious to know the alcohol content as its pretty easy to drink...id guess right around 5%....could be a great session beer. Nice after taste good balanced beer overall with nice hops....I prefer huma lupa liscious but this is nice. Kinda like humas little brother!


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Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hangin Frank pours an ever so slightly cloudy medium copper color with a nice beige head that fades quickly but leaves very sticky lace.

The aroma is very nice with a citrus hop character that is well supported with malts. The malt is nice and biscuity with a good dose of toasted character. The hops strike me as mostly orange and grapefruit, but with a touch of peach.

The toasty character is much more apparent in the flavor and sort of gets in the way of the hops. I do still pick up on some orange, peach and pine notes, but they are not nearly as evident in the flavor. I am really wondering about this being an IPA since it tastes much more like a pale ale.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and has a wonderfully easy finish that leaves some hops on my palate.

Probably the best aspect of this beer is the drinkability. There is just something about it that I dig and I think this could be one of Short's most sessionable beers, or at least to my taste preference it is. It could perhaps use a bit less of the toasted malt, but overall this brew really hits the spot and all without any crazy ingredients.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden straw colored with a tangerine hue towards the top, nice look. huuuge fluffy head, refuses to go away. this thing is aggressively vicious when it comes to head buildup and retention.
S: more piney hops than anything, little bit of citrus but definitely not up front.
T: piney hops again take over, and the carbonation increases their presence. theres a little citrus hidden deep within but really its all pine. i love that aspect, and this beer emphasizes that particular quality.
M: this thing is fairly Aggressive, which could be good or bad depending on whos drinking it. i for one enjoy it more than dislike it. funny thing is, i know its not as fresh as possible because i waited 3 or 4 weeks after recieving it to drink it. a good swish really brings it to life and brings out some resiny aspects and hits the back of your mouth fairly hard.
D: halfway through, id say i could probably drink up to one more before having to lay off these hops. its delicious and tempting, but the palate would just have to take a break.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thin off white head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- I'm pretty disappointed in the smell. Smell pretty hop forward with a bready malt, witha a bit of citrus hops.

T- Seems to follow the nose well and is really well balanced. A huge malt back bone along with quite a bit of citrus hops. Just seems to be lacking the hop bit that I look for in an IPA.

M- Feels about right for the style. Medium in body and carboantion.

D- I had no problem drinking this one and wouldn't turn it down if it ever comes my way again.

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Photo of r3o
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

it has a dark amber color, with a hue of red. The head thins over 1-2 minutes, then it lingers as a thin layer, leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat floral with hops, maybe some spices. A bitter taste predominates, however there's some fruitieness, the taste lingers with good after taste; has a full mouthfeel, kind of chewy. I'd would have it again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden beer with tons of light tan head, over two fingers worth. The outside of the head collapses, leaving a mountain in the middle of the glass and lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of resiny, earthy hops, some citrus, some pine. No malt can be detected, but the hop aroma is not overpowering. For an American IPA, this is a little restrained.

First sip is of resiny hops, like the aroma, some citrus, some pine. Some malt sweetness in the background. Still feels restrained for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium with a little sticky sweetness. The hop resins are mouthcoating.

Very drinkable beer, could session if done so slowly. Don't detect the alcohol, but you get the sense it's there.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color that had a small off-white head. The head left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy hops, fruitiness, some sweetness, and some citrus notes were also present.

T - Has a nice earthy hop bite to it. The hops definitely outshine the malty sweetness that was in the nose. There was some caramel sweetness present, and there was also some citrus in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Went down smooth, and the hop bitterness sticks to the palate and slowly fades.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable IPA. It goes down easy, and is also refreshing. I could easily drink a six pack of this. If you are looking for a nice easy drinking IPA and you come across this, try it out.

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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 flexabull
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of bunch of Shorts beers courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice white head, and decent lacing.

Aromas are of grapefruits, some lemon zest, and hard candies. Smells like a pretty fine IPA.

Taste is very citrus like, and fruit forward. Light mineral bitterness, grapefruit, and tart lemon flavors dominate. Slight backdrop of creamy malts and sugary swetness. Finish is very crisp and dry, with some bitter orange notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, good carbonation, but a touch to thin.

Drinkability is good. This is a very interesting and kind of unique IPA, the bitter citrus is quite pronounced, reminds me a little like Two Hearted. When I first starting sipping it, the weaker mouthfeel distracted a bit, but as the warmed, the complex flavors started to take over, and this beer opened up. Prety solid overall, and worth trying. I wouldn't go out on a huge quest to find this though, it's far from being epic...

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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 SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another great Short's brew I get to try courtesy of erikkoppin. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slightly hazy, orange color. Over three fingers of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipate at a slow pace, leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - An abundance of floral and sweet citrus notes emanate from the glass. Pine, hops, and slight caramel malts.

Taste - Seriously, does Short's have to do everything differently? I was hoping the taste would be similar to the nose, because honestly I have not really experienced heavy floral IPA's mixed with heavy tropical citrus IPAS...yet here Short's goes and does just this. A very unique combination of said flavors that are immediately present with the initial sip. This gives way to minor hoppy bitterness and pine, and ends with just a hint of sweet malt but not overly sweet (making this just perfect IMO).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, ends a hint dry.

Drinkability - Amazing. I don't know what the ABV is but seeing as it is labeled an IPA I'd say 5-7%...and man is this quaffable. Living in a state that has so many damn good D/IPA's, it takes a special one to have me make a note of it. I enjoyed this more than Huma-Lupa-Licious to be honest. The extremely interesting melding of the floral and tropical citrus notes just made this beer stand out. After reading about this months ago because of the rather graphic label, I am glad I was able to try it and even happier to have enjoyed it.

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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 klikger
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (thanks, steebo777!) poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Rich amber, not much head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops

T - Combo of a lot of bitter hops; so floral it tastes like perfume at points. Maybe it's my subconscious, but there's some definite hot dog flavoring in here, too. Mild, understated malty elements heed way to the hop bouquet throughout. Very good, really unusual IPA.

M - A little meaty, adequate carb

D - Bitter, flavorful, and different - I'd session this for sure.

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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 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 TCHopCraver
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 8/30/10.

A: A hard pour into a deep snifter resulted in a one finger, off-white head that burned off quickly. A very autumn-esque orange-amber-gold color looks gorgeous and enticing. The lacing looks like sparkly fireworks that dance in the night sky. It is rather sticky, also.

S: A very sweet citrus aroma of tangerines and blood oranges is the dominant smell. A nice earthy hop bitterness complements the sweet citrus aroma, and I also smell a dry biscuit aroma from the yeast. In addition, there is a solid caramel malt backbone to support the citrus earthy hops. HF is quite fresh to the nose.

T: After really liking the appearance and smell, I am just a little disappointed by the taste. All of the aroma that I picked up in the smell are gracing my palate, but they are not quite as pronounced as I hoped they might be. The earthy hop quality overbalances the sweet citrus hop presence that I so enjoyed in the smell. If those roles were reversed, I would rate this a little higher. Also, the beer is just a little watery, which detracts from the flavor a bit.

M: There is an excellent gentle nibbling on my tongue and the sides of my mouth from the bittering hops, but the overall feel is light and a little thin on my palate.

D: This is a tasty and easy drinking IPA. I could enjoy several of these in a sitting and will look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a cartoon of a guy hanging, must be Frank. Not sure about the backstory on that.

The beer pours a light orange color, a little haze, thin head. The aroma is a little malt-forward for an IPA, toasty biscuit malt mixed with hops of the citrus variety, very balanced. It tastes much the same to me, a very balanced IPA with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The hops give some light citrus flavors, and the malts do a little more than just support, overall it works well. Might be an APA but that's splitting hairs.

The body is about average for an APA/IPA, easy drinking. OK but not exceptional, as is becoming the case with most Shorts beers I've tried recently.

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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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Photo of nkersten
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tuplip. Thanks Erik!

Color is a very hazy orange with minimal white head. The little head there is sticks nicely to the side of the glass. Smell is hop forward, very citrusy with some fresh dough. Taste is strange. Not at all like the smell - not a lot of bitterness or hop flavor and very little malt. Some biscuit/dough, but not much going on. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a prickly carbonation. If this beer had some hop flavor it would be much more drinkable. I don't mind the thin mouthfeel as long as there is some flavor there. I am glad I got to try this but definitley prefer Huma Lupa.

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Photo of glazeman
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: This beer pours golden in color with a touch of amber and a one finger white head that has excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very intense citrus hops on the nose. I specifically get lemons, grapefruit, and a little bit of brown sugar.

T: Uggh. I had such high expectation for the taste after my initially whiffs of this beer, but unfortunately this one does not deliver. This one is pretty watered down and bland for an IPA in my opinion. It's like they had the right idea but skimped on the volume of the ingredients or something...I don't know. I get come orange and lemon and then a little bit of bitterness at the end, but not nearly enough.

M: Run of the mill mouthfeel. No complaints, but nothing special.

D: The more Short's beers I have the more that I feel they are hit or miss. I have had some of my very favorite beers of all time and least favorite beers come from Short's. Sad to say, this IPA falls into the later category. Not really worth the effort to search this one out. Though, it is easy to drink, but then again so is water.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little hazy and copper in color with somewhat small head. Ok retention and minimal lacing. Smell has a slightly citrusy hop kick to with some light caramel malt, pretty bitter I would say. Taste I found slightly dull. While the smell reminded me very much of a West Coast the taste was not. I found the taste to be very balanced and slightly citrusy, just not at hoppy as I would have hoped. I found it just a little (emphasize little) bland. Mouthfeel was fine, smooth and medium bodied. Overall a good beer. I think this was my first from Shorts but I'm sure they have better ones out there.

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Photo of enfield249
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear gold, with some orange highlights, Very little foam. Smells of smells of floral hops. The taste is a very nice floral hop flavor with some slight citrus. Full but not overly so mouth feel. A very drink able IPA that is towards the top of IPAs I have had.

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