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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: proc on 11-01-2004

A malty amber ale over toned with slight caramel flavors and notable pleasant hoppiness throughout. An international award winning recipe.
30 I.B.U.'s
13 deg. Plato 
5.75 % A.B.V
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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 95
Reviews by Lauthaha:
Photo of Lauthaha
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Through the amber glass after a few sips, I see a relatively strengthened head of about one cm inside the bottle. Sticky lacing on the side from which I am not drinking. Looks good to me!

Smell: Sappy citrus. Some coriander perhaps, and a lot of sour molasses. Sweet bread or fruitcake. Heavy on the malt nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I was a bit repulsed at first: a desired quality in an ESB, for me anyway. Bitter, sweet and sour all at once...the syrupy flavors intermingle with grapefruit-like sour citrus tones. Bready on the palate, but goes with very smoothly, leaving behind very little residue. A clean sip.

Overall: A win for Short's Brewing, again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SaltofOH
3/5  rDev -17.1%

This was the store's first shipment, so I felt safe, but what's up with no dates on the bottles?

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, slightly reddish amber with 2" rocky light tan head. Fades to khaki ring with spotting and decent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, fruity esters. Nice. "Beery" from the second I popped the top.

Taste: Semi-dry arrival, fruitiness really expresses across mid palate; not much in the way of caramel; leads to a very strong earthy bitterness. Lingering earthy/medicinal hop finish; seems over-hopped for the style.

Mouthfeel: Rich & Malty, medium to full bodied. More effervescent than I associate with the style, but not overcarbonated by any measure.

Overall: This is a really rich, malty ale with a very strong hop bitterness and lingering orange bitter pith/medicinal finish. Much drier than I associate with the season, and a little heavier than I typically associate with ESBs, but nice. I love the style and like the ber, but don't know that I would buy this again. I think it is over-hopped.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Burnt orange/copper color with a thin tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S_Toasted malt,bread,orange zest,peppercorns.

T_Dry,toasted malt,biscuit,orange zest,grapefruit, peppercorns and grassy hops.Lots of flavors but overall really well balanced.

M_Medium bodied,crisp very drinkable and refreshing.

D_Very delicious drinkable beer.

Not sure how this rates to style. Not too familiar with ESBs. This is great though.

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy tea-like amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cola and maple with grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet cola, maple syrup and some fruitiness with a decent bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I'm not a fan. It tastes like a hoppy maple cola.

Photo of Mora2000
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a gigantic white head. Looks like this may be another Short's beer with infection issues. The aroma confirms what I expected, there is something off with this bottle. I get some toffee and caramel notes in the aroma, but I also get a funky note I can't really identify. The flavor is similar, with some iced tea, toffee and lighter bitterness, as well as some light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of sculls65
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a murky amber with a tannish head . smells like the caramel apple section in the apple orchard on a fall day...caramel...and fruit...maybe even donuts . Taste is subdued compared to smell, but is a nice blend of roasted caramel malt..fruit and grain. Id say lightly carbonated and thicker than average mouthfeel. No problem drinking a few of these on a gray october night.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of leafy and herbal hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors with good amounts of lighter pale malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are leafy and earthy hop flavors that dry out the flavor profile even further. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a nice and moderately-hopped beer for the style. Worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a thick, ruddy brown-orange, heavy in the deepest part of it with just a little give. The head it forms is about half a finger tall, just off-white, and a little too soft to keep up. Some does remain, and it manages strong spotting.
The smell is mostly earthy and metallic with a little tea leaf. There's just a ghost of toffee in there.
The flavor is toasty with steely overtones, and more expressive than the nose. The middle to finish is very tea-like, with chalky and leafy dryness along with woody notes in the finish. Otherwise, just a hint of caramel adds a light touch of sweetness. Somehow Short's made this beer seem hoppy with only 30 IBUs, but without taking flavor away.
It really leans dry all the way, downright woolly on the palate at times leading into the leafy/woody finish. It is nicely crisp, and there's something keeping the dryness from going overboard. It's clean enough to be pretty smooth underneath.

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Short's Autumn Ale is a slightly hazy amber red color with creamy head. It settles quickly leaving just a little lace.

Aroma is really pleasant yet unusual. A citrusy and floral hop overlays a more carmel toffee malt base.

The flavor consists of layers of different things going on. Malty sweet with caramel and nuts, bitter citrus/floral hops, and finally a clove-spice yeast finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well carbonated. Complex but balanced.

Overall a really nice ESB but definately different to others I've had.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Champagne Cellars. ours medium golden, a tinge of mahogoney, with thick soapy off-white head, and later thick rings of lace. Hoppy armas. Initially rich caramel and good English bitterness, orange taste. Some sourness in the finish - uh oh. Drinkability, but a sipper because of the moderate sourness.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown amber color with about a half finger of head. A medium amount of bubbles float to the top. The smell reminds me of melted butter and slight vinegar. (I've had Bloody beer before from Short's and it actually reminded me of it a bit.) The smell is a little off-putting. The taste has a nice bitterness up front, then followed by a surprising earthiness. A nice combination. It has a medium mouthfeel that seems appropriate. Overall, interesting taste and the smell is a little strange. I'm not sure I would get this every year.

Photo of alleykatking
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy amberish brown color. The amber hues show up more when held to the light. Half finger light tan head shows poor retention. Specks of lace are left on the glass.

S- Sweet toffee malts with light caramel malts coming through in the aroma with hints of toasted nuts. Middle of the aroma has the caramel malts come up more with the nuts also coming through never quite dominating the caramel. Hops in the ending is light pine and citrus with the pine coming out more.

T- Caramel malts start this one off with hints of toffee coming out later in the ending of the front. Middle of the beer has a more toffee sweetness to it with roasted nuts coming out shining in the middle. Caramel malts come up more in the ending with a nice piney hop bite.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toffee and caramel malts left on the palate with hints of nuts. Aftertaste is light alcohol, piney hop, caramel malts, and hints of roasted nuts. Flavors were well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present in the beer itself. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This is a very great ESB in my opinion. I loved how this beer just blew away most of my expectations. Shorts is known for brewing weirder beers and this one just shows you they can make a nice sessionable style as well.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for this great beer. Cheers Erik and congratulations again.
What an absolutely fitting beer for tonight. I smell someone barbequing with wood, there is already a nice breeze going, it is a bit humid, about to dip below the 70's and not even five thirty yet. Enough sentiment and my missing the Midwest. On to the review!

Appearance - Pours a dark ginger into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Oranges, pine, green apples, caramel, heavy sweet malts, and what seems like tea. This has a fascinating aroma (can't that be said for almost all of Short's beers?).

Taste - The initial taste is different from what you are expecting. There is a most definite bitterness up front that is heavy in piney hops, and again, I feel like unsweetened tea. There is a wave of citrus that takes over the bitterness (though the bitterness is not off putting nor overpowering). Fruits such as grapefruit, orange, and slight green apple bombard my taste buds. The taste finishes with the toasted malts, biscuit, spices, and toffee. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, noteworthy crisp, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Unbelievable. I only have one of these and am doing my best to enjoy it, and I sure am. Very drinkable, the flavors are just damn so perfect together. I want to move to Michigan near Short's when I retire (oh the irony how I am still in Grad School and am yet to even start "work" yet here I talk about retiring) so I can enjoy their beers all the time, and on tap. Thanks again to Erik for hooking me up with tons of Short's brews I can't wait to dive into.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI.

A: The ESB is a muddied copper color, fuller with a distinct orange hue. That darker orange leads directly to opacity, along with a bright glow near the base of my glass. A finger of white head is trying muster up some lace.

S: A strong nose, plenty of juicy hops. The citrusy aroma is reminiscent of Huma Lupa Licious. Not much in the way off toffee or caramel.

T: Peppery, the hops don't stand out as much in the first sip. Caramel malts are present, as it a mild off flavor. Difficult to describe, the flavor isn't overwhelming just below the surface. The toasted malts don't add much, pushing the hops out of the way. A faint sweetness settles over the ale, not a good sweetness although there is some toffee there. The finish is rather dry, the yeast strain (seems like ringwood without the finish sweetness) adding a unique flavor to the mix.

M: The finish disregards the worse aspects of the ale, leaving a wall of citrusy hops to linger. That saves the ale in my opinion, rendering it drinkable. Burps bring the hoppiness back to the forefront.

Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head settles to a ring of foam around the glass in a short amount of time. Hazy dark amber body looks a bit like apple cider.

Smell: Definitely some fruitiness. Decently hopped.

Taste: Tart fruity flavor. Good bitterness. Really smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Beejay
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber with red notes. Not a lot of head but what is there was a just a little tan, and quickly dissipated to a few large bubbles.

S: Grassy hops come out right away. As well as a decent caramel malt scent that balances the hops quite well. Smells very nice indeed.

T: Carmel and malt right up front. Good clean bitterness follows with a nice long grassy hop aftertaste. This seems like an american twist on an English Style. The hops seem to be more West Coast centric, and the yeast profile doesn't have the bready flavor I associate with a lot of English Ales. However, it is still tasty.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation might be a tad low, but perhaps this is a nod to the less carbonated English Styles. Still it gives it a slightly watery feel to it.

D: Good overall. I would definitely get it again. This is a brew to have a few pints of while you warm up in a pub with some friends. Good overall, but not outstanding.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger cream colored head fades to a thin layer on a reddish brown autumn colored beer, slight haze and edges fade to blonde, no lacing 3
S – Caramel sweetness, cherries, granny smith apple tartness, slight florals & citrus, very good scent a solid 4
T – Woody/nutty start, lots of earthy characteristics, caramel toasted malts with very slight sweetness, fruit has faded to a mild bing cherry, not a lot of bitterness, mild spicyness towards the finish, I would like some more clarity here 3.5
M – Medium body, good carbonation provided a good smooth mouth feel 3.5
O – Drinkability is OK, I was bummed taste didn’t quite live up to the nose, glad I tried it and moving on, just hanging on to a 3.5

Photo of EgadBananas
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice autumn color' yellow/orange, off white head of maybe a finger. Lace is ok,

Aroma is lightly malty, nutty, with an underlying citrus tone, though subtle. Yup, citrus sweet.

Taste has a bit of citrus, some bitterness, but also, some levels of tartness.

The feel is slick, smooth, lower carbonation. Nothing out the ordinary here.

Overall, not bad. Though the tart notes set it apart for me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

during the great pumpkin carving of 2010, this was one of many new beers sampled. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/29/2010.

the pour was a wonderful shade of amber with a good level of carbonation that was easily visible through the glass. nice head of white that comes up to around two inches and settles own with a moderate amount of lacing.

aroma of nicely rounded hops, light citrus mixed with a caramel sweetness that is simply sublime. near perfection here with every whiff. taking the first sip only reinforces this as each sip is better then the next. really just clean, crisp notes of citrus hops, caramel, bready malts, and a touch of apple like tartness cross the palate and leave a clean, sparkling finish that begs you to drink more.

overall one of the finest tasting and easist drinking seasonals i have had in a very long time. really very, very well done.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy copper color with a decent white head. Head retention is fair, but there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

Biscuit-like malt up front. Some floral hop notes, a bit earthy as well. Suggestion of stone fruits.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Biscuit malt, with minimal sweetness. Hop flavor is floral, with a hint of citrus. Bitterness balances things well.

Medium body, with soft carbonation. Easy to drink. Not bad.

Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a hazy orange-brown. It has an inch of off white head.

S - I got a lot of floral hops. It reminds me of tea.

T - I get the floral hops and there's that tea again.

M - Moderate with some chalkiness

O - The hops seem to take center stage on this one. Lots of floral aroma and taste. Worth a try.

Photo of phaulie03
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color with minimal head, maybe a finger worth.

S-Before pouring, a distinct yeasty malty smell. Once poured a more distinct malty, sweet, toffee smell.

T- Initial taste is dominated by the malt flavors. A slight, hoppy bitterness is present and increases through the finish. Final taste is of mild bitter hops and a subtle sweetness almost raisin-like. Kind of unusual for an ESB...typical for shorts I guess.

M-Despite being predominantly dominated by the malts, relatively light, easy drinking. Hardly notice the alcohol.

O- Not enjoying overly hoppy beers, I enjoyed this very much and thought it was interesting enough to try again. The hops and malt interplay well. Good for someone trying to get into hops perhaps.

Photo of minterro
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A & S: Fruity (apple), hoppy, earthy scents that are not very pungent. Glass was half beer and half head. Head yellow and bubbly, poured more then half a finger (without pouring the full beer into the glass) and settled slowly, leaving pretty good lacing. Coppered colored beer. The head is too overpowering and I poured it completely down the side.

T & M: This beer is not very balanced (as it claims to be) and that the key to ESB’s right… balance. Overpowering floral bitter hops and tangy-ness (causing the beer to be on the sour side). SUPER carbonated (like literally the most carbonated beer I have every drank), I don’t think that was the intention of this beer, maybe it was this batch or this particular bottle has gone bad, I don’t know, but this is weird. The carbonation is to a point where it is stinging the tongue. Light to medium body.

O: weird situation going on with the carbonation and the taste is pretty straightforward, however this beer isn’t complete garbage. The name autumn ale is 100% suitable, I could maybe see myself enjoying one of these (minus the carbonation situation) on a warm beginning of fall afternoon. However I’m not going to seek out this beer again, if giving to me, yes I wouldn’t pass on it.

Note: when pour and let sit for a while the carbonation situation went away, and the beer was actually a bit flat… I don’t know if that’s a sign about anything, but that is what happened. I almost want to give this beer another shot in case it was just a bad batch but I’m not sure if it would even be worth it.

Photo of BuckyFresh
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color ranges from a burnt orange at the bottom of the glass to a dark ruby at the top; perfect color spectrum for fall! One-finger head recedes fairly quickly and decent lacing is left behind. Clarity is pretty good in this beer and moderate carbonation can be seen.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy. Very earthy with some pine notes and an almost grainy quality. I'm also getting a decent toasted malt backbone with a nice bitter counterpart. Some fruity, apple aromas are also present.

Taste: Very creamy texture, but not much bite or flavor from the hops. Don't get me wrong, the bitterness is there, but the beer is lacking in punch and acidity to the point of almost tasting a touch flat. I find myself wanting a little more malt presence to balance out the piney astringency.

Mouthfeel: More full-bodied than I expected, very creamy, with quite a bit of bitterness. Not much malt punch or citrusy hop flavor.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, and the alcohol is not detectable. It just feels a little one-dimensional to me; I'm not sure it catches my attention enough to indulge in much more than one.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -- just hit shelves in AA

a - pours a deep copper color with a one inch light tan head, thin retention with minimal lacing, fairly cloudy

s - caramel malt dominates the aroma, lighter notes of cola and vanilla, only a very slight hint of some orange hoppiness

t - taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma, caramel malt definitely still the star, but the orange hop bitterness is substantial and cuts the sweetness of the caramel malt nicely, vanilla coke undercurrent provides more depth on the finish, caramel sweetness and orange citrus bitterness provide for a well-balanced finish, alcohol not really noticeable

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well-balanced finish that's slightly on the sweet side, not much alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable, helped by the hop presence, alcohol is not an issue, flavor is not incredibly complex but somewhat interesting

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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.