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
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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
Photo of Thorpe429
1.54/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle purchased in Michigan a few weeks back. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good white head and a nice amount of spotty lacing as the beer falls down into a nice cap and collar. Then, the nose. Well, it's another infected Short's beer. As much as I'd like to just grab another and ignore this, I've simply had way too many beers from Short's that are infected to excuse. This isn't just a bottle here and there. There is some caramel sweetness in the background, but mostly some lactic and acetic character. The taste really doesn't help--it's just plain terrible with sourness as the only thing that is really present. The mouthfeel is acetic and gross. Low carbonation as well. Just bad. I really can't understand how this is still going on; it's quite a problem.

Photo of womencantsail
2.27/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour on this is a dark amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Smells pretty bad. Metallic and slightly tart with some strange fruity notes. A bit of citrus and caramel malts with some light toffee/bread. Lots of straw on the back end and a slight funkiness.

T: The flavor has a bit of a Sweet Tart sort of flavor to it. Lemon and lime sourness, obviously not as intended. Some malt notes but very little hop character other than maybe a bit of grass or straw.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Another screw up from Short's.

Photo of claminat420
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(bottled on 8/23/11)
A- pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. left a nice amount of lacing with a hardy pour.

S- yeasty. as a brewer when you transfer your beer to the first fermentor to the second and you get that crud on the bottom of the first fermentor. that's what this beer smells like.

T- still yeasty but not as much as the smell. not getting much caramel malt. just biscuity yeast with some english hops. goldings i bet. lame.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- drinkin my bro's remaining 5 beers and hopefully never have to drink this beer again.

Overall- i love short's but this beer sucks!!they are my favorite MI brewer but this is nothing to brag about. if i wanted an esb i would take southern tier's harvest which is actually bitter. i notice more than usual yeast at the bottom of my glass which makes me feel like it's a homebrew.

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 emmasdad
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Received as part of a recent trade. Surprised to see this, a comparatively normal beer from Shorts. That said, overall I'm not all that impressed with this one. Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with minimal tan colored head. Very pleasant nose, with floral hops, orange zest and cotton candy. However, this one falls apart on the palate. After a very enjoyable first sip or two, this one becomes somewhat sour, very bitter and a little soapy. First really unimpressive beer I've had from Short's.

Photo of BMoney575
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on 10-16-10

Pours a hazy amber/brown color with just a slight film of head. A few white bubbles stay in place around the edge.

Smell is a pleasant sweet malt, followed by a kick of citrus hops. A little sour, with the standard Short's weirdness.

Taste is awful. Super bready and earthy, with a hit bitter hops right in the middle. I can't quite place the flavor, but it's a little medicinal and very off-putting. I don't think its gone bad, it's just not a good beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy, and unremarkable.

Drinkability is poor, the flavors are not good.

Overall, just this side of a drain pour.

Photo of billab914
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured a deep orange/red color with a pretty decent head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma shows some sweet caramel and malty flavors to it but it's mixed with a tart, crisp, very slightly sour, grape or apple fruitiness. I get a modest piny and earthy hoppiness throughout it as well.

The taste shows more of the tart, crisp, apple and grape like flavors to it. The caramel and malty sweetness comes through, especially in the finish. The hops are more reserved, but add a little of an earthy spice.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied with carbonation bing below average as well. Drinkability isn't that great, the tart and fruity flavors just didn't work for me and didn't seem to fit the style referenced on the bottle at all either. Not one of the better beers I've had from Shorts.

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 lurpy1
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As with some other Short's brews pours a murky amber. Smell is a combination of hop, and farmhouse aroma, but there's a troubling funk coming through. A dangerous frat-boy beer smell. Hmmm.... Autumn Ale lacks the balance I was expecting, veers sharply towards the hop and dry end of the spectrum. Not a problem, but there's a distinct watery undertone that detracts from the overall experience. Intensely carbonated as well.

I have not had many ESB's, so take this with a grain of salt. But I was not horribly motivated to finish this bottle.

Photo of brew3crew
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-nice amber brown with a white wispy head
s-nice maltiness to it.
T-tastes like a lot of stale hops. This want even supposed to have that much hops in it! Not bad after you get past this
M-medium body and smooth. Dry aftertaste...
O-stale. Bottle dating helps!

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a rather cloudy amber with little to no head as an after effect. sparse bubbles litter the top of the brew, and only emerge with a little swirl of the glass... even then there isnt much.
smells like carmel apples, sour grapes... some other mixed scents also but hard to distinguish. perhaps a light hop presence on the nose, but only sweet hops. something smells a little funny.
it is possible (or rather likely) this beer may be past its prime. i dont know anything avout shorts bottle dating so i wont know for sure. the hops again are very mild, although they do trail all the way through, until just about the end. i just feel this beer is a little watery. no one aspect of it really punches its way through to impress. the malt hop balance is ok i guess, but towards the finish it all just drops off. the watery aspect just kills the mouthfeel and drinkability for me... maybe ill try to get a definite fresh one next year.

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 elNopalero
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy tan, like a light-brown paper sack or a glass of apple cider. Actually, the cider description might be a good fit since it also has an old musty aroma, somewhat like cat pee or cider must.

Maybe—maybe—if I strain I can taste some honey sweetness. It has a heavy mouthfeel that lasts longer than I want it to.

I’m wondering if this is an old bottle by this point in the year—wish I could find a bottled-on date, as I just purchased this for consumption. Should know better to drink an autumn ale now since it’s December.

Photo of wifehatesthebike
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sounds like some BA's reviewed some infected ESB below, too bad.

A: Golden amber and fairly clear, typical for what I expected of the style. Not much head as per normal for Shorts.

S: Caramel and malty. Faint whiff of hops, not much else on the nose.

T: Smooth, slick and somewhat watery initially. Transitions to a long lingering, yet mild hoppy bite. Goes down easy with little alcohol presence. I would have guessed this could be under 5%.

M: Watery and slick.

O: Pretty decent representation for the style, has quite the English tone to it. Could use a touch more carbonation to make it a bit more lively.

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 david131
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy orange/ brown liquid with some ruby highlights. There is very little visible carbonation in the liquid and the off white head is thin and splotchy. The color is great.

S- A bit of apple and a decent amount of steamed vegetables.

T- Some sweet malt and vegetables. Not really bitter. Sweet and weird.

M- Smooth... but almost flat.

D- Overall, this not a particularly enjoyable take on the style, although it drinks decently well. Not one of Short's better offerings.

Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerhan for this guy.

Pours a very small fizzy barely head covering, with a super hazy bright orange red colored beer.

Nose has some floral but earthy hops, almost U.K style bitter like hops but not quite hedgerow, some light malt aromas with a weird syrupy almost soured malt aroma, and some spices that kinda make me go bleh.

Taste starts with weird malt flavors again, light syrupy and almost bad malt flavors, extract maybe, then weird spices, weird spices with a slight heat and maybe hot pepper, then some light earthy herbal hop flavors with bit of bitterness. Finishes dry with a slight pepper heat and light spices, syrupy malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, touch of hot pepper heat.

Overall not great, weird spices and some hot pepper heat, hops are there but not great, malts are just not great either which may be the spices overpowering and making them taste weird but meh!

Photo of portia99
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a bit muddy and hazy with a neutral amber color. A low head barely forms, even with a fairly aggressive pour. Left behind isonly a loose and uneven collar with sparse dots of lacing on the glass.

S - Rich malt - bready and biscuity with a hint of sweetness. A bit astringent and surprisingly I even get a mild touch of vinegar. Hops are light in aroma and mostly earthy with some spicy aspects as well.

T - Well, this is a bit weird and somewhat unexpected. I would describe this as being loosely based on lemon flavored instant iced tea or maybe they blended some Key Lime Pie beer in here. Tart, astringent, tea flavors, lemons, medicinal bitterness. Not sure what to make of this.

M - Body is thin and almost watery in texture. Carbonation is low and doesn't provide much as far as life to the beer. Medicinal bitterness takes over at the finish and lingers far too long.

O - I'm usually a Shorts fan and have enjoyed most everything I've tried by them (with a couple of exceptions). I have to say this one really doesn't work for me. Glad to try it, but this is definitely a one and done for me.

Photo of chugalug06
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice straw colored foamy head. Brew is deep orange with some nice browns and reds... Clarity is negligible. minor lacing.

S - Not very overwhelming on the nose. Some nice spices, pumpkin and nutmeg stick out. Very light.

T - Not overly hopped. Kinda underwhelming... Where's the hop Short's? This brew should be caked with sticky delicious citrus hops. None are to be found. Some Cascade Hops are present, but I can only taste Cascade.

M - Perfect (heavy) carbonation. Light bitterness. Dry. Thin.

O - Perfect with a sharp cheddar cheese. This brew needs more balls. It's lacking significant malt and hop. A nice beer, but nothing special. A small step above average.

Photo of jmich24
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured to a Duvel Tulip

A: Light burgundy red. One finger head gone in a hurry.
S: Sweet, sour, fruity. Very similar to Soft Parade. Weird...
T: Again, sweet and tart almost sour. Nice touch of bitterness, that tries to balance it all out.
M: Somewhat thin. Carbination seems low.
D: A little to sweet and sour for me.

Would not buy again.

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to splax23 for this extra in a recent breaking of the trading ban. Having this to celebrate the end of the 2011 Twins season. Blech.

Pour is an unfiltered/almost opaque orange. Noses up to a nice cracked grain breadiness, adulterated with earthy hops. Whiff of citrus.

Short's Autumn Ale leans forward into Fat Tire territory too much for me: the whole wheat bread crusts are strong in this one. Ahnold strong. Caramel, Arizona Iced Tea, unfocused slice of apple orchard slither through the body; what? Earthy citrus hops round out the experience & provide order on the downslope. One & done.

Love Short's & the style, but this one elicits the shrug of a Phillip K. Dick novel, as in, what the hell was that? Messy beer that lacks cohesion & more importantly, great taste. A bogey above mediocre.

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 mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish amber in the glass. Plenty of coarse foam. Really pleasant nose of roasted grain and fragrant hops. Quite light bodied with a sudsy mouthfeel.

Pronounced nutty flavor is the best feature at the first sips. It is soon submerged in the bitterness. Thin and sharp, followed by a long bitter aftertaste. It almost tastes like some old cinnamon spice is in the mix, making for a dirty taste in the back of the throat. Still, if you like a more bitter ESB, this one may be appealing.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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

poured cold from the bottle a murky autumn red to a sun king shaped pint glass with a seriously foamy two finger long lasting head.

aroma of muted citrus, candy corn and caramel.

tangy, citrus-y, hard candy.

subtle bitter to the tongue and roof of the mouth, light bodied, big carbonation.

drinkable - maybe one or two

overall - interesting, but i'll probably not go down this road again.

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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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