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

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Short's Controversi-ALEShort's Controversi-ALE
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3.81/5
Very Good
705 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
Ranking:
#16,128
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
705
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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26
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of JamesMN
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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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Short's Controversi-ALE from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 705 ratings