Controversius Maximus | Short's Brewing Company

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Controversius MaximusControversius Maximus

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tectactoe on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 90
Photo of onefmatt
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper color, pretty transparent. Cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly

S - Resiny piny/vegetal/mango hop aroma, caramel/leather smelling malts

T - Nice fruity hop taste that clings to the mouth. Heavy crystal malt backbone that balances out the heavy hop taste.

M - Carbonation is not overt, if not mild. Body is big, almost chewy and the alcohol is overwhelmed by the big amount of hops and malt.

O - This is a great DIPA, very well balanced but favoring the hop.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Cheers, Trent!

It pours a clear golden colour with a small fine layer of foam that yields some nice lacing.

Oh my, the nose is so fresh and vibrant and balanced. It smells oily like in wet hops...grapefruit and pineapple dominate from the hop side. Throughout the nose, caramel malt provides the necessary sweetness to bring this beer to a balanced state.

Tasting provides proof that this is still a hop forward DIPA. Grapefruit and pineapple juiciness almost make my mouth pucker because of the rather intense bitterness but the caramel malt does play a part in tempering that bitterness. And, what's that word to describe the hoppy yet mildly malty presence in a beer of this style...oh yeah, dank. Earthy. Yummy.

A very nice mouthfeel with the medium body and carbonation with the alcohol not playing a major role.

A pretty different take on the style, imho, and a winner.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into darkness tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours a crystalline amber color with some soft ruby red hues. Two-finger crop of beige head rests on top, retaining for a while, leaving rings of sticky lacing on the glass.

Punchy, juicy, explosive hops in the nose, riddled with tropical fruits and soft sweetness. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango with some caramel notes and light alcohol warmth.

Juicy hoppiness right up front, loaded with tropical fruits and bitterness. Pineapple, mango, pithy grapefruit and oranges. Caramel and bready backbone lurks underneath the hop wave, adding some sweetness and balance. Finishes hoppy and piney with a boozy glow.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Killer DIPA from Short's - I was really happy to get a chance to enjoy this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for giving me a bottle of this to take home - only available at the Short's brewpub in Belair, released during their 9th anniversary party. Controversius Maximus is a "double" Controversi-ALE with two times the amount of Simcoe hops and added specialty malts, much akin to the previous year's "Aww Jeah", a double version of Huma Lupa. Shorts has been killing it on the IPA front this year, so I was very excited to have a chance to try this one.

It pours the color of a slightly worn in penny, a bit lighter at the edges - almost a deep, deep amber. It's mildly translucent, allowing a good bit of light through it, but the very center appears to be hazy as hell and opaque for the most part. It's got a bubbly, wishy-washy, soapy white head that forms quickly and recedes almost as fast. No lace left behind, although its stark white color was impressive.

The aroma contains a beautiful fruity character that hits you front and center - tangerine, guava, and grapefruit. Huge citrus presence with a sound juiciness, almost "gushing". A few whiffs and I'm already salivating. Also present is a good bout of resinous, nearly-dank pine needles with some spicier leafy notes in the finish. The bread-like malty backbone appears to be pretty large in size, but merely cowers in comparison to the gigantic Simcoe hop bill upon it.

Controversius Maximus hits my lips and palate with an initial orange and grapefruit combination, but is quickly (almost immediately) followed up by an unadulterated hop assault. A huge mix of leaves, pines, ho poils, and resins backed by a solid heap of biscuit and bread-like malts go to work on my taste buds and leave my palate spent. A strong, almost herbal bitterness hits about a second into the sip and resonates soundly into the finish, along with spice, leaves, and fading citrus peels. The malt tries to balance with some sweetness, but there is no use - it's no match for the army of hops.

The middle-of-the-road carbonation leaves room for a silky, albeit oily mouth feel. Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch heavier feeling than the original Controversi-ALE. The increased alcohol is almost unnoticed - it's hidden very well by the nice collab of flavors from the increase in Simcoe hops. I think I do prefer this double-IPA just a bit when compared to its lighter, single-IPA counterpart. More flavorful and bursting with a larger amount of hop and citrus flavors. It may not be Shorts best IPA ever (maybe not even top five), but it's still pretty damn good. Too bad it wont see distribution!

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Photo of srv33
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker golden pour, good lacing. Scents of lemon, honey, funky hops, a bit of floral scent too. Scent is of a typical DIPA, lets see about the taste...

Wow, Shorts really delivered on this one, we've got a wonderful and complex hop flavor that isn't too bitter and yet still has all the flavor you'd expect from a DIPA. Balanced and full mouthfeel with light-moderate heaviness for a DIPA. Does not disappoint, I'd certainly recommend this and it is one of my favorites from Shorts thus far.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, pine resin, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a good amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, pine resin, floral, grass, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple,orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pine, floral, caramel, bread, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of hop flavors with a good amount of malt balance; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle received in a trade with surge1311.

A - Golden and very clear with a minimal head. Good lacing.

S - Some very nice floral and citrusy aspects but a little grassy and vegetal at first.

T - Citrusy and piney with a firm lingering bitterness. The primary aspects are the bitterness and the alcohol. There's nothing delicate and subtle about this beer. It's very straightforward.

M - Good consistency with a low carbonation.

O - Not especially complex but a nice, flavorful DIPA.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber with a thin one finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet citrus fruits and floral hops.

T - Grapefruit right upfront followed by candied sugar. Bitter hop bite at the end.

M - Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

O - Another solid beer from Short's. Very good DIPA that won't disappoint.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger, khaki head. Hazy, golden-orange body with light carbonation emanating from the nucleation site at the bottom of the glass. Head drops to a nice lace that leaves great stick.

S- hoppy and sweet. Sugared grapefruit (just like mom used to make), mango. Hints of tobacco leaf and leather that get stronger later. A little caramel/brown sugar with warmth. A lot going on, and it comes together quite nicely.

T- My first impression was whether it would be appropriate to call it a "session barleywine." Leafy hops are tobacco-like. Grapefruit, sweet mango, brown sugar. Hints of toast. Clean, hoppy finish is something of herbal/spice. Maybe a hint of aspirin in a non-offensive way.

M- Initially thinner than expected. Dry finish. Lighter carbonation, good hop bite, no hint of alcohol.

O- I like it. Balanced for style. Quite drinkable. No hop overload while still supplying enough hoppy bite for my likes. Great price at $1.99 bottle. No bottle date has me wondering about the age, as initial reviews are 4-5 months old.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A -ruby reddish brown with good clarity and some haze. Big head produced after aggressive pour. Nice lacing and Stick

S - huge citrus bomb in the nose - orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple juice, and some caramel malts.

T - Follows the nose - big citrus blast, oily, piney, resinous. Full bodied mouthfeel.

O - Extremely solid DIPA -well done - lots of citrus complexities, but balanced nicely.

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Photo of foobula
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from over a year ago, thanks to Dan. Attractive apricot color, cloudy, tiny white head. Smell is sweetness & citrus hops. Taste is bitter citrus notes up-front, also sweet. On the sides of the mouth, bitterness. Going down, more bitterness. Finish is bitter, like grapefruit. Guessing this is a 8-9% IIPA. Mouthfeel light-medium, low carbonation, a little sticky. Overall I like the orangey/grapefruit flavor. But it's a bit of a one-trick pony and wears out its welcome pretty quickly. Its uncomplicated bitterness asks to be paired against something sweet, like a shot of bourbon.

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Controversius Maximus from Short's Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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