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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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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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 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 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 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 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 Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color; evenly hazy (did not clear as the beer warmed). Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated quickly to a broken skim. Laced the glass at the top in wide rings.

A: Caramel and toffee; slightly sweet. Rather interesting citrus and floral hop character (not prominent).

T: Lots of malt and hop character for the style (I guess that's good). A little nutty to compliment the same malt character that was in the nose. A little sticky resin in the middle; maybe even flattish. Some spice in the finish to add to the mix.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and complex. Good balance to malts.

O: Good ESB though the look (hazy/cloudy) was a little odd.

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 KenGage
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Slightly hazy, orange/amberish brown color. Light head with poor retention. Lacing? Nope.

S- ...it smells like a pale ale. Some caramel malt smell with pine and a little citrus.

T- The first thing that jumped out was a fruity flavor and then piney hops. Caramel here and there. I'd swear it was a pale ale with english malts and american hops.

M- Light mouthfeel and finished dry.

O- I don't know. It's not a bad beer, its like it was trying to sneak in as a light pale ale rather than a ESB and it didn't translate for me.

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 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 clint1019
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a medium amber colored head with a thin toffee colored head.

S - Has a nice light toffee aroma to it with a big grapefruit aroma. Other aroma's detected are a light spice aroma and a fresh green (almost grassy) hop aroma.

T - Starts out with a nice caramelly malt flavor with a nice grapefruit flavor. Finishes with a light hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

O - Wow! I honestly can't believe all the reviews below mine. This is an amazing beer! It has an amazing flavor and aroma and is such a well balanced beer. Definitely one of my top ten beers of all time.

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 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 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 DannyDan
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber with a thin white head that has good retention, decent lacing and moderate carbonation. It had a caramel and sweet malt nose with hints of hops. The taste started out with caramel that stays throughout the entire drink. I got a biscuit taste at the beginning and hints of citrus hops at the end. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth, very easy to drink. Overall, I would say I have had better ESB's than this, but this is not bad and next time I go to Short's, I might get one at the most.

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.

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 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 craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is a light copper-amber, medium sized mother-of-pearl head with miniscule lacing

SMell: Caramel, light hops, malt. Tea leaves?

Taste: Again I get some tea leaves, light hops, caramel/candy malts.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, over-agressive carbonation

Overall: I never get these shorts beer, each offering seems to be one and done; odd but not in a good way. Like going to a freak show or something. Good to see the bearded lady but you don't ever want to see her again I guess.

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 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 EROlsizzle
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.