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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  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.

Sammy, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.45/5  rDev -59.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an amber colored ESB with a lovely 1 and a half inch head. smells like an english pale ale, with dusty malts and caramel notes. tastes fresher and more crisp than the nose, with a moderate hop bouquet in the finish. not your usual fall beer, but i like this one for the season. a bit filling with a heavier body keeps it from being a great session, but all in all its a pretty good beer, my first from short's

StonedTrippin, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

jlindros, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

mactrail, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MarkyMOD, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

akorsak, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

duceswild, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours an amber color. Head is a khaki beige. Leaves a bit of splattered lace.

Aroma: Smells like an Arnold Palmer. Lemonade and sweet tea. Doesn't smell like much else, but I like it.

Taste: More lemonade and sweet tea. A decent amount of spice and grassy hops. Some caramel malts. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, dry, and a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very unique esb. I like it, but it doesn't taste much like an esb. Another odd take on a style by shorts. Decent drinkability.

mothman, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, grape, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was waiting for a semi-chilly day to try this one. And here we go...

Pours a rich but dull copper/amber. head is cream white and somewhat dense. Lacing is nice, half sticky half clean.

Aroma has a blend of hops and caramel. The hops give hints of citrus and floral, but tend to lean more toward earthy. And this gives a nice segue to the caramel. Bready and a bit sticky. Some herbal notes. Just when I think it'll become a Scottish beer, the hops provide a detour. Nice feel to it throughout. Perhaps a bit more citrusy than a regular ESB, but still quite nice.

Mebuzzard, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of billab914
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

billab914, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dmorgan310, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaphog, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

glid02, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear amber color with a 1/4 inch of slightly opaque colored head. Lacing is good but minimal.

Smell is not bad for an ESB more sweet with caramel malts, little to no herbal tea quality, and a nice hop presence.

Taste is definitely one of the better ESB's more so an amber ale than an ESB. I get caramel and toffee sweetness next to a bitter hop presence that gives it a chewy mouthfeel. Light to medium at best but ABV is spot on.

Overall if I was a local I would consider getting it again but to go through the trouble of shipping from MI it wouldn't be worth a repeat visit.

DrDemento456, Feb 26, 2012
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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.