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Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 254
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

McBAINx, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

emac1224, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

mvanwoerm, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

rjcoy06, Feb 05, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

heerboth, Dec 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Hail_to_the_Beers, Nov 27, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a very this white head.

S - Malt upfront with an earthy hoppiness on the end.

T - Earthy piney hops with some sweet maltiness. Nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft easy drinker.

O - A decent beer. Nothing exciting going on here. Would be a nice session beer.

TreyIsWilson, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Morakaton, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

core42, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

szmnnl99, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

fgilbert2, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Treborofmoria, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Oct 31, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/12/13. Poured into a ... ahem ... a shaker pint. A glass is better than NO glass, right?

Appearance: Super hazy brown/orange color, almost like the color of the bottle the beer is in. Finger of a light tan head. Not much lacing. This beer certainly says Autumn to me.

Smell: For some reason, I thought this almost gave the aroma of a new car. I drank it, I let it warm up a bit, I tried to study it... I came to the conclusion that this smells like Autumn. That's probably due in large part because I know what the beer is and see the label, but it gives me that impression. It smells like fallen leaves on dirt.

Taste/feel: A lot like the smell. Just a really easy drinking beer without much depth in flavor. You get the dirty sort of malt flavor. A slight hop spiciness. And that's basically it. Quite earthy flavors in here. There is very little bitterness on the finish, my guess would be about 30 IBUs. The feel is about what I had expected. A medium body with a pretty light carbonation.

Autumn Ale's a fairly enjoyable, albeit forgettable, beer from Short's. I love the label on it, the beer looks great when it's poured, and it has a decent flavor, but there's just not enough depth to really keep my interest. Regardless of that, I could see myself enjoying a few of these while watching the leaves fall. Sometimes I don't enjoy a taste of a particular beer as much as I enjoy the bits of nostalgia I get from it... this is one of those beers. Just makes me think about jumping into a pile of fallen leaves. I think the smell and taste of this beer actually sort of captures that, as weird as that sounds.

Alextricity, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BHansen214, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Prager62, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

TheConnMan, Oct 24, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Brenden, Oct 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Misfit2209, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

miwestcoaster, Oct 22, 2013
Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.