RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10407) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
On tap at Sunset for their Shorts event prior to EBF. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Big clean citrus and bright hops. Nice and malty, big hops. Lots of earth and more hop flavor. Big grapefruit and quinine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Another citrusy, quite hoppy IPA from Shorts. A bit sweet in the middle but finishes dry and bitter, these are their best beers and I’d much rather have these than the dessert gimmick beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is murky orange with thin tan ring, minimal head. Aroma of big juicy grapefruit hops, a touch of pineapple. Taste is quite bitter with a touch of sweetness. IPA’s normally have a sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness, but this is quite different with the toasted biscuity malt. Smooth, light, and crisp mouthfeel, quite quenching. A unique and tasty IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours a semi hazy deep gold with a small white head and some nice lasting lace. Nose is fresh, crisp hops. Fruity, citrus, oranges, floral notes, light some herbal notes. Aromas also of rich malts of bread, and toasted and kilned character. Taste is fresh citrus hops, some fruitiness from the hops, toasted biscuit malts, cooked bread, and finishes bitter with loads of crisp hop character. Carbonation and bitterness cleans it up in the finish. Good and glad I had it fresh but is a little strange in the biscuit/toast character. Glad to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (2156) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2011
12oz bottle. Light amber pour with a medium head. Hoppy aroma with a flavors more on citrus and less on pine. An OK IPA, not a great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1473) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. SLightly cloudy mid-amber brew. Nice hops aroma. taste of not-so-sweet malt with a really splendid hops citrus hops finish. Excellent IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a medium, slight haze, amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, toasted grains, and a lighter earthiness. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and toasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
courtesy of flandersned. very curious brew. not what i would expect from an ipa, more along the lines of a pale in some ways, but pretty odd. pours an amber orange with a lively orangish head to match. smell of crisp green apples. very tart in the taste to match as well, has a bright note immediately and then finishes sort of dry. slight infection maybe? its still pretty good, but i would think they would call it an apple pie ipa or something from what i am tasting here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
MBGSF ’10. Very citrus, lots of hops. The malts are toasty and biscuity, very crisp, with a touch of water cracker. Seriously refreshing and easy to drink. Definite winner for an APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber. BIG fluffy head. Spicy hop nose. Wierd flavour. Pink grapefruit and dry soda. Dry hops come through in the aftertaste. Kind of a crazy beer.

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