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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10472) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle from Capones. Pours hazy copper with frothy, off-white head. Nose is bready caramel malt, hops, orange marmalade. More hops, some earthy notes, and subdued citrus in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (2533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2016
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 5-10-16. Pours a clear bronze with a small amount of beige head. Boring appearance. Hazier liquid, larger and creamier head, and substantial lacing improves the appearance of later pours. Sweet, malty aroma with hops secondary. Scent of powdered sugar, muffin, and a touch of dog food. Cooked, acidic, savory food aroma. Lightly bitter and lightly dry. Subdued, citric hoppiness. Medium body. Lively and reasonably frothy in the palate. Subpar IPA. I’m not impressed. I suspect I may be drinking it a bit past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4355) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2016
bottle @ Whitey’s / Lawrenceburg IN --- Aroma of pine hops. Hazy dark amber color, white head that drops to a cover, sheets of lace. Taste is semi-sweet malt that adds carbonation and a rush of pine hops on the swallow. The malt returns to share a long finish. A full brew, but a little hop heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2016
On tap at Giant Eagle in Grandview: gold with thin soapy white stick. aroma of grainy malt and orange. tastes earthy malt sweet, juicy citrus, light floral bitter. even. touch of onion. liked this despite high grainy level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (6604) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2016
Aroma is dank hops and citrus/fruit/tea. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, hops/slight hop resin, earthy, malts, very slightly coarse and a mix of bitter, tart and slightly sour in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (6050) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2016
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of cascading foam white colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy floral and musty. The sharp mild citrus mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a medium hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of bitter and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (681) - East Lansing, USA - APR 14, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. Aroma of grapefruit and grass. White lacing. Very bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
12 oz bottle to IPA jar, pour is hazy mahogany with creamy tan head, good lacing, smells of sweet caramel malt that pretty much dominates, syrupy but not too heavy, taste is the same, earthy, some pine, all I really get is the caramel with some spice finish, not much citrus, not my favorite type of IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (5078) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2016
Rated on 4-05-2016 at The Hoppy Gnome, Fort Wayne, IN. This draft beer’s appearance is a very small beige head that is mostly lasting, transparent golden body, no carbonation noted, and no lacing. The aroma presents pine hops, aromatic, fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, spicy, earthy, and biscuity malt. The flavor is pine hops, fruity, light spice, and biscuity. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a moderate lingering hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2443) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2016
bottle to snifter that poured a mild burnt orange color with white head and decent lacing on the glass. sort of like others the initial aroma for me is dry roasted peanuts and a nice hoppy (simcoe) aroma. the flavor was really good. medium malt base with some floral in the hops and some citrus. but damn if still don’t get the peanut flavor. don’t know where it comes from and its not bad just different and this one is very drinkable.

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