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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2016
12 oz bottle from Jungle Jims at the Shorts release event. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have grapefruit citrus, earthy, light resiny hops, grainy, toasted malts, a splash of orange, mild to moderate bitterness, decent ipa that I would consider again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2516) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2016
12 is bottle no date. Medium hoppy aroma. Very bitter, big grapefruit taste. Hop resin. Really happy to finally see this on the shelf in Illinois, had this beer in traverse city in 2011, before using this site, and remembered liking it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a lightly hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of bubbly, white head foam, and light spots of lacing. The nose was dank, a bit of resin, with ripe fruit, pulp, and a touch of earthiness. Light bodied, with fair carbonation, but somewhat watery texture, the taste added a moderate, citrus & rind bitterness, and some finishing dryness. Okay, but not altogether wowed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (2748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Best shorts beer to date. Aroma is piney and resinous. Flavor is hoppy, dank and piney. Nice hoppy finish. Great IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, hazy dark orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice grapefruit, orange, slight resin, pine into some grass, caramel, slight lemon. Taste was a mix of lemon, orange, slight grapefruit, some pine into bread, biscuit, finishing slightly bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2015
As someone exhausted with insanely hopped beers, I loved this stuff. I can enjoy the hops without complete bitterness on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (348) - - JUN 20, 2015
12oz bottle into ipa glass. Pours orange with head that disappears quick and sticks to the glass like suds. Aromas of pine, orange led citrus and sour white bread. Pine lead flavors, resin, orange rind. Crisp finish, mild bitter, mild hops. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ctipping (1276) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden colored, a bit hazy. Off-white head hangs around for a bit. Lacing is good. Not a strong aroma, but hoppy. Very piney and maybe a bit grassy at the end. Tastes hoppy up front. Citrusy. The malt really takes over though. Very earthy and toasty. Thin. No idea what the ABV is, but it’s still thin for an IPA. Light carbonation doesn’t add to the body at all. It’s nothing fantastic. Tastes ok and drinks easily enough, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Great IPA. A wonderful early summer sipper. Great balance of bread and hop citra. Amazing. Simcoe makes this beer and its a delectable one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (205) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
Hoppy aromas that are pretty diverse - citrus (pine and grapefruit), maybe a little bit of apricot and even just a hint of garlic. The malt is definitely in the background. Nice Amber color that is fairly cloudy. Small off-white head. Taste is primarily a fairly heavy bitter. Body is medium; carbonation is slightly lively; finish is long and bitter. Overall this is a pretty good IPA; what I like is the complexity of the hop flavors - citrus, other fruits and that hint of onion.

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