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Short’s Stellar Ale
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Stellar Ale is a strong Pale Ale that is light orange to copper in color. It has a medium body and is well known for its hop profile. Quite pungent to the nose, this beer has esters of toasted caramel and aromas of spicy grapefruit. This beer is a complement to the fine establishment – Trattoria Stella in the Village Commons, Traverse City.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1115) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
a nice brew, i guess another IPA from shorts? light amber color, citrus and pine nose and just a touch more malt body than some other IPAs. hides its abv quite well as it feels nearly like a session brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5074) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, dank notes, wood, grapefruit, and light spice. It pours a transparent amber with a large off-white soapy head that has great retention. There is a lot of soapy clumped lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate citrus with a hint of caramel. There are some light toasted bread notes in the middle. The finish has moderate grapefruit, light dank notes, and a hint of woody flavors. It’s light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, this is solid, but I’m generally not a big fan of toasted notes in hoppy beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2337) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle: Slightly cloudy, burnt-golden body with a frothy, creamy eggshell cap. Mild lacing. Aroma is crazy dank. Like, the super skunk chop weed, "hey bro do my fingertips still smell like dope." Straight up dirty nuggets. Light bits of perfume, passion fruit, grapefruit, mango, & oily grass surrounding the schwag. Nice, bitter piney flavor up front with bitter grapefruit & pineapple rind, undercurrents of herbal hops, oily resins, & a more modest dankness to it all (though it’s still a bit skunk-a-dunk). Very mild tropical undercut with toasted bready malts & a slightly bitter, dry, herbal & pine laden hop finish. Really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvp (157) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
I like the gold color but the head disappears quickly. Pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is a little different than expected. It was kind of spicy bitter. Good though! Full palate. I’ll be looking to have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (445) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
12oz bottle...outstanding clean bitter grapefruit zest peels the tastebuds off of the tongue in rapturous glory! Seriously though...this is a tasty IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an damn nice IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (532) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Yellow-orange pour with a white head. Citrus and some piney hops in the aroma and taste. Nice dry bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1092) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
On tap at Stella. Pours a rich orange-copper with a thinner khaki head that left behind some intricate sticky lace. Nose consisted mostly of hop notes: an interesting blend of pine resin and earth with minimal fruit notes. Taste was very much bitter with hardly any sweetness. Palate was closer to medium bodied, fairly actively carbonated with a solidly bitter finish. A decent, hoppy brew focused mostly on the bittering side of hops versus the aromatics as I experienced it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Draft at Short’s. Hazy medium orange body, thin off-white ring of carbonation. Nose of sugared citrus (grapefruit) rind. Catty, citrus rind body with emphasis on bitter grapefruit peel and next to no sweetness, backed by dry biscuity malts that take a back seat. Firm, dry, and punchy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Adam brought back a growler of this from Michigan. Thanks! This pale ale has a clear, dark, yellow appearance. A once inch white head is perched atop the beer, and leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The Stellar Ale is a single hop pale ale, using only Amarillo Hops. The beer has a delectable aroma, and the taste follows suit. The presence of the Amarillo hops is very strong. Freshness is key with hoppy beers, and this is a fresh growler from the source. Very nice. This beer is effortless to drink, has plenty of flavor, and a clean, refreshing feel. This was a very pleasant surprise. Well done, Short’s!


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