Short’s Pandemonium Pale Ale

Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire, Michigan
Pandemonium Pale Ale
Pale Ale
5.4% ABV
12 oz. bottle into reasonably clean glass

Summer has arrived in Michigan: 80ºF+ temperatures, swarms of slow but hungry mosquitoes, and plants miraculously blooming again after months of dormancy (hibernation?) under ice and snow.  For my part, I’ve purchased a pair of gaudy brown/green Polo shorts from the thrift store and have been sweating continuously like a melting ice sculpture, day and night. What are we to do as our bodies awkwardly thaw out from the months of wool-swaddled slumber?

One sure standby in the summer-acclimation process is a steady supply of cold beers.  I removed this Pandemonium Pale Ale from the refrigerator and beads of perspiration began dripping down its sides, as in the manner of a beer commercial. I found a reasonably clean glass and poured some beer into it. Then I poured the beer into my open, sweaty mouth.

The taste is reminiscent of wild strawberries: equal parts papery bitterness and berry sweetness.  It is the color of an amber necklace that doesn’t really grab your attention but is nice enough that you wouldn’t be happy if a member of your family permanently borrowed it. I was impressed by a lemon mint/lemon verbana twinge that creeps across the palate during the finish.

Once I invited some friends over to watch Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries”.  They left to get tacos.  If there had been a dozen of these Pandemonium Pale Ales at hand, they would have returned more quickly.

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~ by Perry S. on May 27, 2010.

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