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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Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 220
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Surlytheduff for the extra. 12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark amber/ruby combination with an off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap and thick collar.

S: Grassy, dirt and some mild onion are present in the nose. Little malt presence and some bitter green.

T: Mostly onions and grassy flavors up front. Not overly pungent, it mixes with a solid cracker malt base that carries the bitterness throughout the taste.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice carbonation with a bitter and drying finish.

O: This wasn't bad at all. It wouldn't be a go to IPA for me and I tend to favor the citrus and fruit flavored IPA's. If you want and earthy and balance IPA then this is for you.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Tawny golden with a tinge of amber
S- Heavy citrus that had an element of piney bite to the nose
T- Tastes quite a bit like it smells. heaps of hop bite up front, huge citra/piney with some floral/fruity notes. Finish is really clean and brief without much aftertaste
M- Surprisingly nimble and light on the pallete despite the huge hop bite. goes from hop-overload to a nice resiny aftertast with a surprisingly clean finish
O- Fantastic, but not as full-bodied or deep/complex as their almighty huma lupa.

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2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Uncle Frank couldn't read or write
So there was no note or letter found where he died
Just a rope around his neck
And the kitchen table turned on its side"
- Mike Cooley / Drive-By Truckers

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 6/14/12

Thanks to beesy for sharing the bottle. I've wanted to try this one for a while.

The appearance is cloudy, but not as dense as Huma Lupa Licious. I was able to coax a two finger head that rushed up at the end of the pour. Retention is a thin layer of bubbles, though there is a decent amount of drippy lacing.

Modest herbal and earthy hops rest atop an all too generous pile of bread and terse caramel. While I can't say it smells boozy, there is an aroma similar to paint thinner which makes the back half of the aroma fairly unpleasant. Wisps of floral hops.

The taste is a step up from the aroma, but it strikes me roughish nonetheless. A brief bitterness attack of the piney variety merges with muddy citrus and stale cat pee. Hmm, perhaps the Simcoe isn't doing so hot with this beer. The malts are too prominent here, too. Biscuit, bread and caramel.

Medium body with some resin and graininess. Carbonation is reasonably ample, yet remains fluffy and pleasant. The finish has lingerings of dirt, earth and a slight bitterness.

I was hoping for more, especially after having Huma yesterday. Not an entirely bad beer, it simply doesn't work all that well as an AIPA.

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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

Thanks to Dr. K for the bottle. I enjoyed this pretty well chilled out of a pint glass.

A) Pretty decent amber color. Not much head was generated, despite a rather aggressive pour. The settled quickly to a collar. There was decent lacing.

S) Pale malt and soggy grains. There was some pine/grass and a light floral aroma. Fairly mild and mostly pleasant.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely, but I tasted some citrus in there, which my sense of smell missed. This finishes kind of musty and dirty, with some rind thrown in too.

M) Medium to a lighter medium body. I found this lightly carbonated, and yet pretty crisp. Settles on the palate with a little dryness.

O) This was the second time I tried this beer, and I have to say, I enjoyed it this time around a good deal more. Having said that, my conclusion is still that it is simply okay.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to a one-finger light beige head that soon disapated to just a ring around the side of the glass. The brew is a copper/orange color and cloudy. A very good looking beer.

S: The aroma is pine and a little citrus and a strong caramel malt.

T: It has a hops taste of piney resin with an earthiness and a little citrus that is balanced by a sweet caramel and slightly bready malt.

M: It is very smooth with just enough carbonation. It is also very creamy with a light body that makes it a very easy drinking beer.

O: It is a somewhat mild IPA. It is also very easy drinking and smooth, and very well balanced. Sometimes it is good to have a well balanced beer and this one fits that purpose just fine.

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1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst display of an IPA that I have ever tasted in my life...virtually no hop presence. Overwhelming stale caramel taste. I really have no idea how Shorts can characterize this as an American IPA. Smells like dirt and tastes like shit. Typically a big fan of this brewery but very disappointed in this beer. Would not recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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