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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Autumn AleShort's Autumn Ale

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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 EROlsizzle
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For the most part, this was an average to pretty good ESB. There were a couple of things that stood out to me, though, mainly the fruity hop aroma, and the small, strange hint of sourness both in the aroma and in the taste. Whatever it was about that taste, it kept me coming back and what could have been another harvest ale turned into a memorable brew I can't wait to enjoy again this fall.

EROlsizzle, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy amber color with just a slight film of head. Head turns into few bubbles around the edge of the glass and don't leave behind much lacing.

S- Smell is a pleasant sweet malt, citrus hops (oranges and apples) and a bit of funk.

T- Taste is a bit tart, fruity and a bit bitter. Fairly light in the hop department and bready malts here too. Nothing really turning me on.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seems right on.

D- Not too bad to drink just not my favorite one.

nrbw23, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Not sure who sent me this. All you MI BA's kick ass, though.

A- Ruddy brown and a 1cm head that's slightly off white.

S- Sweet and spicy hops. Nice malt presence.

T- Nice fruity malts and earthy bitterness. Hops are in the background. A little bit of orange zest. A lot drier and not as sweet as the nose had me thinking- I'm thankful for that. Supremely balanced. I don't have many ESBs under my belt but this one is very tasty.

M- Moderate carbonation, nice finish. No qualms here.

D- Moderately high. Wow, this beer is tasty! I was not sure how I would like this one and am pleasantly surprised. Worth taking for a spin.

ShogoKawada, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy dark orange color; almost looks like apple cider. Had a short lived foamy light head.

Has a pine citrus aroma; a little leafy and the aromas slightly ran together.

The pine stands out quite a bit with a hint of malt in the background. Rather sour and bitter.

Medium body with sharp carbonation.

Not bad, but this is not a standout.

TheBear11D, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.45/5  rDev -59.8%
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 StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this at the store the other day. ESB's are a style I don't drink often so i thought I would switch it up a little and give this brew a try. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a dark hazy amber color with two fingers worth of off white head that faded to a nice ring that left some lacing..

S- The aroma is a 50/50 split between sweet caramel malts and floral hops.

T- The taste is pretty much an amplified version of the aroma, the sweet caramel malts stick out the most. The sweet malts are kept in check by some nice floral hops that add a little eathyness to this beer. Surprisingly this beer does not have a bitter finish, it could be because this beer isn't fresh. but i don't know.

M- Smooth, medium light bodied, and good carbonation.

D- This beer goes down very smooth, if I had two more I would drink them. Just like the name implies this would make for a good brew on those cool autumn nights.

Overall I thought this was a good beer. I normally don't drink too many ESB's but this brew might make me give this style a second look. I would like to try this fresh to see if it is bitterer. A good brew from a great brewery.

StoutHunter, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours a deep, clear ruby red color with a white head. Aroma of jam and lots of fruits. Flavor is equally fruity and robust with sweet malt (very malt dominant). It was described at the brewery as a strong bitter, but left me hoping for some more hoppy notes.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of billab914
2.6/5  rDev -28%
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 enfield249
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours rusty brown, with very little head, that which is present is off white in color.

S - Slight hints of sweetness, and a little hoppy.

T - A decent amount of malty sweetness for the style, a little bit of hop flavor, but overall very clean. Tiny amount of brown sugar.

M - Light Medium to Medium, a little hop residue on the ol' tongue.

D - Very drinkable, kinda high alcohol for a session beer, but very tasty.

enfield249, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of jmich24
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

jmich24, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 treyrab
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother and sister for taking a trip Michigan to pick me up some Michigan brews. Picked up a few bombers and singles. Decided to open this one tonight to celebrate a Penguins victory.

Opens with a slight hiss as the mist pours out.

A: Pours a hazy amber brown. Exactly how I would envision an ESB to look. Hazy, crimson highlights, nutty color. Very minimal head even with a rather vigorous pour.

S: The smell is actually incredible. "That's a lot of nuts!" Smells like sweet nuts, most notably pecans. Toasted pecans. Sweet toffee and caramel as well. Caramelized pecans, if you will. Very nice. Minor pine hops in there as well, but the sweet nuts and caramel dominate. Very nice.

T: The caramel and nutty flavors in the scent do not follow through to the taste. The taste is the normal ESB clean pine hop flavors you would expect. Very clean. Nicely bitter without being an IPA. Not bland, but it doesn't pack much of a punch, which is quite good.

M: Almost cask-like low. Which is awesome to get a cask-like feel from a bottle.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The scent was stellar, and the flavor was solid too. Recommended.

treyrab, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Beejay, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 klikger
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip - thanks for the extra, Donerik!

A - Dark, cloudy amber, decent white head, and good lacing

S - Bread, musk, grass, and a little caramel

T - Grass, earthy hops, lemon --> orange rind, lots of grainy bread, and honey --> spicy, bitter finish with a touch of dirt

M - Medium-bodied, with a bit of chewiness; acidic, good carbonation

D - Flavor complexity, bitterness, and low ABV make this one pretty drinkable.

klikger, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Shorts beer courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pour a bubbly amber color with a smaller white head.

Aromas are kind of dusty, bready, spicy, and nutty.

Taste is pretty mellow, but not in a bad way, this beer is all about subtleness. Mellow spices,light bread, brewed tea, and slightly sweet caramel. Finish is crisp, kind of dry, with mellow earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, soft, but a little on the thin side.

Drinkability is pretty good. Easy to drink, with a definite British feel, with a few tweaks this could be a really good one.

flexabull, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.00 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. Pours out to a hazy dark amber, forming a small head with barely any retention and no lacing. Mildly carbonated. The aroma opens with a pleasant floral hop nose, with a lot of fresh green leafy hop character, and when swirled a little bit of mango and pungency. The mouthfeel is lightly tart with a smooth medium body. The taste opens with the aforementioned hops and follows suit with some soft fruity yeast esters, and a well-balanced malt body with notes of toast and a medium strong bitterness. This kinda reminds me of a slightly more bitter, less carbonated Anchor Steam. It has a very similar yeast profile. No perceptable off-flavors.

This is a really nice ESB, but is a bit too bitter for me to throw back 3 or 4 of these, but for those who like their bitters, well...bitter, this is a must try.

Re-review 10/12-Last year there were some apparent infection issues with this brew, so I wanted to try it again. This year, it pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a small off-yellow head with poor retention, minimal lacing, and mild carbonation, ~2.0 carbs. The nose is really nice..fresh floral hops with a distinct orange marmalade note with a touch of biscuit. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and is rather full bodied considering the ABV and presumed OG. The mild carbonation adds to the smooth, rather chewy mouthfeel. The bitterness is firm for an ESB but still well-balanced, and there is lingering flavors of biscuit, orange marmalade, and a distinct chalkiness (probably a result of trying to mimic the brewing water of London ESBs). No suggestions of infection, thankfully.
I like it better this year. A nice solid brew. I would buy it again, now that they have sorted out some of their bottling issues.

Mitchster, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed deeper amber orange color with a nice light tan head. The aroma is an odd mixture of grass, biscuit, hops, with some citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet start transitions to an almost lemon/tea, spice flavor that then move to a lingering bitterness. It really does reming me of a tea heavy Arnold Palmer. Good head retention with good lace. This is a very different ESB than I have ever head, not really in a bad way but just way different.

kbutler1, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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 JordanEllwanger
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber tone with a fast off white head. very transparent with no sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Smells sweet and fruity like kids yogurt. The sweet taste is there with the malts. reminds me of maple trees. A very earthy grassy taste with a good mixture of hop. Feels very good and not harsh at all aside from the hop bite. A great beer to drink. Could session with this.

JordanEllwanger, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of BierFan
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

BierFan, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of a74gent
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I won't claim to be an expert in this style, but I think this is a tasty beer.

The appearance is a dark amber haziness with a little foam on top. The smell is malty and hoppy, but a real nice nose.

The taste is a little bitter with a nice maltiness that balances it without mingling together. They are two distinct and nice flavors.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not overly so at all. I'd like to see it linger a bit longer on the palate.

The drinkability is very good though...just goes down like water. There is no desire to savor the flavor because it goes down so well.

a74gent, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body, ever so slightly hazed. The body reminds me of a glass of iced tea. Minimal head set atop dissipates shortly after the pour. Despite the lack of head a decent amount of sticky lacing is noted.

Floral hops bready malt and a unexpected fruity aroma. Hops are earthy and floral reaching barely into the pine aromas. Medium roasted biscuit malt with a bit of caramel mesh well with the hop profile.

Warm flavor rolls smoothly across the tongue. Nutty flavors and a fresh baked dark grain bread. The hop flavor soon follows with a grassy bitterness which counters the warm malt flavors rather well. Slight caramelly sweetness emerges midpalate and lingers just a bit. A slight green apple flavor is noted, somewhat subtle.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Finish is on the drier side with a slight lingering caramel sweetness.

This is a beer that does not rate super high but is quite enjoyable to me. Just a solid beer to session, perfect for fall.

kzoobrew, Oct 22, 2010
Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.