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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 699 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of ThickNStout
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from GRDave (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy deep orange with a finger and a half off white head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of biscuit, pine and caramel.

Taste is pretty dang bitter. Grapefruit peel, lemon zest, biscuit, white pepper corn, straw and grass.

Light body with plenty of carbonation. Dry bitter finish.

Not stellar but an easy drinking brew. It has a nice bitter bite but lacks much of the hop flavor profile that I prefer.

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Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer appears orange with golden highlights. A continuous stream of carbonation bubbles feeds a couple inches of creamy, off-white head.

S - I get a surprisingly small amount of citrus on the nose, but I do get some toasty, caramel malt.

T - The taste has a lot more citrus than the smell offered. The taste is just about the opposite of the aroma. I get a lot of citrus flavors and just hints of malt.

M - Medium with biting carbonation.

O - This is a solid beer. I did not think it was that flavorful at first, but the bitterness builds up as I consume this beer. I think Short's description as a strong pale ale is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of NJB145
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of minterro
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought at Spartan Spirits in East Lansing for around 2 bucks for a single.

Paired with homemade pizza

Very lively hazy orange colored beer. foamy off-white head, that has decent retention. Specks of lacing. Moderate citrus aromas, large then usually maltyness present.

The malty side of this beer really comes through in the taste. Bitterness is relatively low. This beer is extremely well-balanced (many a tad too much maltyness). Medium body, and on the higher side of medium for carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, very smooth clean finish especially for an IPA. I think I still prefer Huma as my go to IPA from short's, but this beer isn't a bad substitute and is at least worth a try. Kinda reminds me of a better version of 60 minute.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't much to look at. The body is a translucent amber and it takes a decently strong pour to get half a finger of watery head that disappears. Lacing breaks up really quick before it can be called lacing.

The smell starts out bready and quickly takes on hop tones. I get a bit of sugar during the transition, then it's floral hops, grapefruit and I think mandarin orange.

Starts out bready but goes straight into pine with a hint of grapefruit on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Dries the tongue quite a bit.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bottle into snifter

appearance: orange amber with slight white head

smell: citrus, floral notes, heavy grapefruit/simcoe, earthiness, lemon, hay

taste: pretty bitter, lot's of earthy floral notes and less tropical flavors than the nose suggested. Very well balanced

mouthfeel: average carbonation

overall: A bitter hop bomb of an IPA, if you like earthy hop bitterness you will love this. Heavy tropical and floral notes give it a refreshing, balanced kick.

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GinsuDave
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rgilbert
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JollyRoger
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of kirbmeist
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazy copper with orange edges and tons of billowy off white head. The nose is citrusy with toasted grain and a fair bit of peppery spice, almost rye like. The taste shows a fair bit of toasted grain, bread crust, hops in back. Citrus, virtually no bitterness, grain lingers with assertive carbonation and a medium body. Bit of sourness in the finish, may have a very slight infection but doesn't take away from the beer.

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Photo of Nachos4two
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of LuckyJohn
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JamesMN
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright caramel orange color with a little haze and a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Juicy citrus and a touch of earth from the hops. Not super aromatic but pleasant.

Taste: The biscuit malt and earthy/spicy hops character of an English Pale Ale with the hop bitterness of an American IPA. There is an interesting raw bitterness about the flavor that really bites the palate. The 67 IBUs make this beer feel bigger than 5.5% ABV and help to keep it from tasting watery. Besides the dab of bready malt flavor there isn't a whole lot of malt to help balance the flavor out, which is fine in this case. Finishes with a tangerine nectar sweetness for a moment before the aftertaste takes over with a lot of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body but pretty good considering the low ABV. A bit aggressive on the carbonation but easy enough to flatten out a bit. Good drinkability despite its palate-wrecking capability.

Final Thoughts: Pretty close to a session IPA and a good beer. While not groundbreaking, Short's Controversi-ALE proves that you don't need tropical fruit hop character to make a good IPA (although I love me some citra). Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of rsenters29
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ranokmai
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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