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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, slow dissipation leaving behind tons of thick lacing. Smells freshly hopped.. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel malt. The flavor is bitter up front with an immediate grapefruit flavor and leads into the sweet malty backbone.. Finishes bitter again until the next sip. Medium in body with modest carbonation, this is a very satisfying drink. Perfectly balanced, easy to drink .. Bitter enough for hop heads, malty enough for everyone else.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Like any good American IPA, amber/gold, mild lacing. Maybe a little more copper colored than I'm used to seeing in, say, a West Coast IPA.

Smell - Fruity, sweet fruity, reminds me of a Bubbalicious Fruit Punch. Also some piney notes.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth, mild carbonation.

Taste - More sweet and a much more balanced finish. I live in S.D. so I'm very much used to San Diego IPA and that aggressive bitter hop finish. The sweeter citrus and caramel front end almost reminds me of a more sessionable double IPA. I only pick up a hint taste of the Bubbalicious smell that I get on the nose.

Overall - Wonderful, and I already understand why Short's is beloved by many. I am from Mich., but didn't get into craft beer until moving to San Diego. Just drinking this makes me very proud of my home state!

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