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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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ControversiALE, FKA Hangin’ Frank, is a tribute to Simcoe hops. Simcoe hops are extremely sought after and limited, so Short’s is excited to share this brew with Michigan craft beer lovers every spring. The earthy, citrus and pine-laced aroma is instantly delectable. A large amount of toasted grains and high alpha hops form a perfect union that creates the sensation of toasted sourdough covered with grapefruit hop marmalade. While this beer is hopped like IPA, it drinks like Pale Ale. The light, refreshing qualities of this beer make it perfect for springtime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dingy and darkish amber with a massive pillowy head and aromas that are heavy with citrus (grapefruit and lemon), a little bit of something sweet (brown sugar/caramel) and a little soap. Flavor explodes into a burst of soapy grapefruit with enough malt sweetness to keep things from getting out of control. This is well balanced and light on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5582) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4oz pour at Churchkey. Pours a hazy, dark gold with a thin, wispy white head. Nose of zesty hops, grapefruit, pine, limes. Flavor is easy on the malt which allows the amarillo to come through, grapefruit, light lemon, some light cracker and light biscuit. Full bodied, dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5500) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark golden color with very little head. Aroma was pine hops, caramel malts. Flavor was incredibly tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Draft at CDA at Fizz. Pours a deep amber with offwhite head. Nose isn’t particularly pleasant. Some piney hops and some old caramel. Quite grainy as well and not super IPA-like. On taste, a lot of husky graininess, lacking in the hop department and a bit too caramelly. Just seems discombobulated. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
12oz bottle. Dark amber/goldish color, thin creamy head. Little hazy and cloudy. Aroma is pretty hoppy with slight malts coming through. Flavor is toasty and somewhat dry but still has some good citrus flavors on the back end. A pretty basic beer but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle: Dark golden with no head. Cereal and citrus aroma. Slight citrus flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Had this in bottle many a times. Last time at Hopcat, I think I may have had a crazy verison of this, but I may have just been crazy drunk. The norm at Hopcat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NaturalIce (148) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pretty good IPA. Surprisingly has a very strong presence of citrus fruits such as grapefruit in the aroma. The beer has light to medium bitterness and is rather smooth compared to other IPA’s. The finish is bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Nice nose, simple but enjoyable, good citrus, some floral. Beer is light and fruit, unusually fruity, not many battering hops, and very balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2011
dark golden pour with a light frothy white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, some resin, light earthiness, moderate amounts of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is sweet citrus hop, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, a touch of burnt caramel, orange zest. Yum. Great stuff

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