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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2587) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bottle pour dark orange gold with moderate white off head. Nose some tropical fruit hop, light dank, and I also get an underlying nut, cashew or peanut. Taste moderate bitter bite up front, then floral and peppery spice hop. Moderate dank.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (10013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased at Dutch’s. This is one of the brews they launched their Ohio distribution with, and I was in the mood for an IPA to sip during Wrestlemania. This one turned out to be pretty unusual and not exactly what I was feeling, but it’s good nonetheless. Pours a barely cloudy darkish orange with a relatively small white head that settles into a lasting film and leaves some patchy lace in the glass. The major note in this - which my brother-in-law agreed on, and said before I even shared my thoughts - is nuts. Peanuts, specifically. It also has notes of pine needles, citrus peel, sweet and lightly toasted biscuit malts, tea, and light spice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, toasty, sweet, and nutty mouthfeel. Really unusual IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (2354) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2016
Hoppy aroma. Smooth and balanced. Bread and cereal, citrus and hops. Lightly bitter with some grapefruit through the finish. All in all, a very nice IPA that is not overly strong or bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1730) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Hazy, copper-orange pour with a white head. The aroma has pine and light citrus hops. It has a medium body with lively carbonation. The taste is bitter and dry with a long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1595) - Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours a light copper gold. Light lacey head. Aroma has a coconut nutty minty thing. Dankish. Kinda yeasty, overall nice malt hop aroma. citrus and red fruits maybe. TAste is dry malt, some caramel, medium/dark caramel, grassy bitter with citrus. Foamy but dry and light drinking. Fairly heavy bitter. Decent ipa, I enjoyed the coconut like dank kind of hop aroma

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mambossa (336) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle. Deep gold and one-finger head. Nose of broiled broccoli, flavor of broiled broccoli. Is my first Short’s a bad bottle? Tastes like something my mama would make, but unpleasant in beer form. I’ll give another bottle a shot sometime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (10072) - Cincinnati, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (3013) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (4225) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (3075) - 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


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