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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cramee86 (5) - USA - JUL 6, 2010 does not count
On tap at Shorts. Really good flavor without being too bitter. Smooth. Best beer I tried in my flight of five.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2010
At tap shorts. All I wrote was "this is reddish amber with massive citrus hops, both in the nose and mouth".

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Sampled at Schlafly Repeal. One of the best beers at the festival! This was such a nice IPA and was delightfully understated. Some nice hops, nice caramel, nice fruit. The beer was served warm out of a pitcher that had been in the sun which might explain the harsh aroma. Everything here melded nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3253) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 25, 2010
tap at repeal prohibition festival at Schalfly in Maplewood, mo-lite copper hue with a small fizzy white head. nice big hop nose-pine, earthy and some leafy tobacoo notes. earthy and piney hop flavors dominate along with a nice malt backbone-woodsy/herbal hop notes. nice long piney finish. I should have tried more of this at the festival. Very good! It was not as citrus as i expected from the nose. The brewer was saying "its a pale ale dry hoppped like an ipa" and i think they are right with that description.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2010
Tasted 4/17/10. Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Lotta grapefruit hops in the ample nose. Medium bodied with a solid malt backbone and big hop dominance. Great drinking with an emphasis on the bitter grapefruit flavors. Touch more on the dry side, but tasted delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
Draft at Schlafly Beer Fest. This is EVERYTHING I want in an IPA. Lots and lots of hoppy citrusy flavor. And yes a smaller malt backbone - one just large enough to hold the beer together. So big Hop bomb without any cloying malty or alcohol flavors that sometimes come with a high hop IPA. This would be my house beer - if I lived in Northern Michigan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2010
(draught at Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition) orange amber with off white head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit flavor. They may call it an APA, but it is well hopped - I’d’ve called it an American IPA. Decent amount of malt, but the focus is all on the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sample at Sheffield... Pours a medium amber brown pour with a soapy white head... Aroma of creamy citrusy hops with a bit of toasted malt... Creamy mouthfeel with citrusy hops and toasty caramel. Really nice mouthfeel. Despite the lack of descriptors, this was pretty nice...

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2009
On tap at MBG Harvest Festival 09. I have to say, this was the star of the show. My number one beer for the event! It was a great beer, with a lot of hops and tons of citrus flavor. It was a orange amber color with a white head. It had great body, not too heavy and not too light. I can see why this would be a spring beer, it’s just right. Quite tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Reddish brown toasty. Fragrant hop aroma. Smcoe worked. Average mouthfeel. Decent bitterness. Nice pale.


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