Short's Autumn Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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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 BeRanger
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 amberish brown color - about one finger of tan head.

S- Caramel/Toffee with traces of nuts and citrus.

T- Carmel malts starting off, with the same kind of after-taste added with some toffee/pine nuts. The finish is pretty smooth, not too much of a hoppy bite.

M- Light beer with hints of carmel, toffee and nuts.

O- Overall it wasn't a bad beer - one you could have one or two of but doesn't really have drinkability of a lot of the other Shorts Brews.

Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with thin lacy cap of foam which clings to glass.

S: Aroma is of citrusy grapefruit with a bit of malts sweet and inviting.

T: Sweet malty blend into the light hops floral and spicey.

M: Medium body rich and smooth.

O: Overall a good beer to drink and relax and just chill not to high of ABV borderline sessionable.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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 33nickadams
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown amber color with about a half finger of head. A medium amount of bubbles float to the top. The smell reminds me of melted butter and slight vinegar. (I've had Bloody beer before from Short's and it actually reminded me of it a bit.) The smell is a little off-putting. The taste has a nice bitterness up front, then followed by a surprising earthiness. A nice combination. It has a medium mouthfeel that seems appropriate. Overall, interesting taste and the smell is a little strange. I'm not sure I would get this every year.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mixed of Short's for $11, overpriced. Tan-orange color with a white head, looks good. Smells like a malty ESB but nothing jumps out as special, average. Taste is malty and reminds me of an English ESB so that's good. This was a decent beer but for $11 I expect a lot more.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thin light tan head. A fruity, earthy aroma. Taste is a mellow herbal start, followed by a juicy dark fruit middle, and a raw clinging hop finish. Hop resins cling to the tongue. Mouthfeel is rich, overall an excellent beer.

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.

Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.