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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is golden orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy citrus with a strong tropical fruit scent. Taste is more floral than the scent with a spicy earthiness. Smooth, slightly rich feel. Not my favorite IPA, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8752) - 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 (240) - 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 (249) - - 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 (365) - 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 (913) - 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 (140) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (6485) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is floral and grain. Medium mouth, sweet hop, light bitterness, decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garymayes (1) - - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
This beer is only available for a limited time, has just enough citrus flavor for my taste. One of my favorites!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmargarucci (177) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Pours a beautiful copper color. Aroma provides some citrus notes however the taste is bitter with very earthy or even piney notes. A nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (426) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
The aroma is hoppy - citrus. Pours a copper/brown/orange with small off-white head, mostly diminishing and good lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture is thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter and a little astringent. To be fair I forgot about these in the refrigerator and I think they have been there a while.

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