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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: proc on 11-01-2004)
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Reviews by proc:
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proc

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours out to a cloudy amber in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of malt and bread dough. The taste is quite good, with a fair amount of hops present all the way through the taste to the swallow, but backed up by a bready malt balance. A very nice seasonal from a very good Michigan micro.

11-01-2004 14:23:19 | More by proc
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-23-2013 15:55:57 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-23-2012 20:41:54 | More by tectactoe
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-18-2014 23:19:09 | More by orbitalr0x
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nickadams2

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

10-03-2010 02:29:03 | More by nickadams2
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2013 16:22:35 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -36.7%

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.

01-08-2012 05:52:48 | More by Beaver13
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Mora2000

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

04-28-2012 03:47:10 | More by Mora2000
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sculls65

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

10-14-2010 21:55:12 | More by sculls65
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mikerap100

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +25%

05-25-2013 06:11:58 | More by mikerap100
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TCJosh

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-31-2012 21:04:38 | More by TCJosh
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-23-2012 15:28:27 | More by Zonian1
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

11-22-2010 03:03:25 | More by glid02
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

10-23-2013 21:21:48 | More by Brenden
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

09-23-2011 04:21:53 | More by GilGarp
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dmorley21

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-14-2012 22:51:43 | More by dmorley21
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-08-2010 03:36:31 | More by Sammy
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danp14

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2012 17:40:26 | More by danp14
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2013 20:04:46 | More by Ciocanelu
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33nickadams

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

11-07-2011 01:42:19 | More by 33nickadams
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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mzeld

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-05-2012 03:29:15 | More by astebelton
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Michigan

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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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