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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) - Short's Brewing Company

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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)

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87
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

A double red ale that seems to indicate an intensity of flavor simply by it’s dark reddish brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt seem reluctantly released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among some of the sweeter flavors up front, before giving way to a roasted cocoa like bitterness that becomes magnified by high alpha hops. Considering the initial overall sweetness, it’s a heightened bitterness that dominates the finish.

127 IBU
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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 53
Photo of Bowse
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Amazing beer, sneaks up on you. Awesome hops and color.

Photo of Slay40
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this and poured into a snifter, really enjoyed it. Its appearance is very nice and it has a great taste. Very nice brew for a chilly evening, thought it seemed to kinda have a warming effect, that i welcomed for a February release. Will buy again without a doubt

Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep blood red brew. Straw colored foamy head. Lacing is mild.

Apricot, mango, caramel, toffee, bready.

Dry, well finished, lingering well-done bitterness, zero heat, nice flat sweetness, lots of dry apricot and mango flavors. Matches the nose very well. High carbonation that matches very nicely.

Highly recommended, should be considered near top of it's class. I wish all ambers/reds were like this. Simply delicious and easy drinkin'.

Photo of robwestcott
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured super cold from a 12oz bottle to a shaped sun king pint a semi-translucent deep amber with a wisp of a short lasting head.

aroma of big earthy hops and brown sugars in the wayback.

very subtle, almost non-existent carbonation, yet it's not at all flat (?), medium bodied and hot.

big hops all over the place, as advertised, sweetness almost covered up entirely, but evident after its down the hatch.

interesting, but probably not going to down a sixer of these.

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a pretty long time, finally excited to finally get the chance to do so. Typically haven't been a huge fan of "red" ales in the past, but I'll never turn down a Shorts beer I haven't had. This one pours a lighter ruby-red color with hints of copper and maybe even a touch of purple. The cap is off-white showing decent retention and leaving some generous lacing through the top half of the glass.

The aroma's pretty light overall, or at least at first. I pick up quick on a few, sweet and malty aromas. Some citrus and juicy fruits; tangerine, melons, raisins, and plums. I know, a strange combination of fruits, but the aroma isn't "dark" enough to be comprise of all "dark" fruits. There are lighter and juicier aromas abound, I'm thinking tangerine is the biggest suspect. Hops aren't as vibrant as I'd like, but I have no idea how old this beer is, so what can I say? Mild hop oils with a very small hint of pine and resin. This one is certainly dominated by the fruity aromas and the sweet malt, though.

Up front, the first sip is a little boozier than I would have guessed it to be, but it comes hand in hand with a big sweetness to provide some balance. Very juicy and fruity like the aroma would have you believe. And when I say fruity, I don't mean in a "fruit beer" kind of way, I mean it in a "red ale" kind of way. Make sense? Didn't think so. Heavy tangerines, candied raisins, plum juice - this one is definitely sweet, but the hops quickly do their job to bring harmony to the table. Pungent, oily, and some lightly resinous pine needles with a herbal and almost ashy finish.

As the beer gets warmer, I get more and more caramel from the malt - by the last few ounces of this brew, the caramel was one of the biggest flavors, and the aftertaste was dominated with heavy caramel malts, toasted bread, and sugary graham crackers with some diminished, ashy hops and a fading, fruity sweetness. Excellent finish, actually, and maybe even better than the beginning and middle portion of the sip. Body is medium with a lightly sticky and moderately slick feel to it, medium carbonation.

Leave it to Shorts to make a beer for every style that ever existed. I'm sure this isn't the first "double red", but there probably aren't too many out there. Pretty good overall, maybe a little heavy on the sweetness - I would have liked more of an offsetting, bitterness balance. However, for not being particularly fond of the style, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of robhbest
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper red with 1 finger white head. Some lacing, head fades pretty quickly.

S: Sweet, malty, not much going on here, expected a little more hops to come through.

T: Sweet and malty again, with enough bitterness from the hops at the end to balance out. Some caramel. Bitter piney hops finish.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is good.

O: A nice beer from Shorts, nothing mind blowing by any means, need some work but wouldn't pass one up if offered to me.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks saisonrichbiere for the hook up

The beer pours a clear, darker than expected rusty brown (more harvest orange in the light) topped by a wispy white head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. The nose is relatively caramel forward with a touch of earthy hops (not very citrusy for a beer boasting copious amounts of cascade hops). Honestly, the hops are very overpowered by the caramelized malts. The taste presents more bitter spiciness than expected with even more overpowering malts to follow. I understand this is an imperial beer, but someone missed the imperial grade hopping memo...although I must admit, the slightly spicy hops, smooth toasty caramel malts, and big %abv does provide for a nice mouthfeel. I'm glad I tried this beer, and tend to enjoy the style, but would probably pass on another opportunity to try this again in the future.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12 oz on tap
Glass: A short wheat beer glass
From: Lockhartt's in Royal Oak
Price: $5

Appearance: deep coppery red, nice clarity a small off-white head. leaves a lacing on the sides

Smell: hops, malts, brown sugar, fruit

Taste: strong floral hops mixed in with a little citrus, strong sweet malts mixed with brown sugar. nicely complex

Mouthfeel: bitter, warm, syrupy

Overall: Great beer. probably my favorite from short's for now. I wish I could get my hands on a few bottles

Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a plum orange purple. Lacing, who cares. Smells different, interesting; muted floral and some hint of hops and malt, but like I said, muted. Taste is ripe fruit and restrained malt first, then the bitter comes on; assertive, wet and excellent echo overall. Carbonation is moderately fine and fizzy, and lightly syrup. A really great beer. I only have one. I'd like more!

Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dirty dark copper with a 1 finger tan head. Thick wall of lacing resides nearly immediately.

S- brown sugar, dark fruits, slight cherry, toast, pine.

T- toasted and caramel malts. Sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, very bitter almost astringent pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Dry finish and bitterness leaves aftertaste.

O- good beer but like the other Short's beers I have had it falls short. Liked the aromas of this beer but flavors are to bitter and lacking some sweetness that is in the nose.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wintbs379 for this brew...

A: Pours a deep red, almost brown. There is very little head, leaving only a thin white ring along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells like sweet malt, rye spice, and slight caramel. It's big on the spice.

T: Big and sweet up front. There is a little sweetness and spice that mix in the middle, and it has a huge spice finish. It's decent, but I'm not overly impressed.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out sweet and finishes dry. It's ok.

O: I'm not a big fan of this brew. It's a bit heavy and kinda hard to drink. The spice is a plus for me, but it just seems like it's lacking something.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red in color with a soapy white head. Nice citric aroma. Good hoppiness and fruit character. Grapefruit is strong on the nose. A solid malt aroma as well; lots of toast and roast. The bitterness is far more pronounced than expected with pine and grapefruit peel. A nice citrus and fruit flavor to it as well. Some toasted bread and toffee give a mild sweetness.

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating oddly (but is from the most recent bottling this year). Pours hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some beautiful soapy lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, herbal, pine, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, grass, earth, spiciness, and a bit of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, toasted grain, orange, grass, and light earthy spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, biscuit, grass, herbal, pine, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, with plenty of caramel sweetness that is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really nice imperial red ale. Very nice balance of flavors with moderate bitterness, and extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Founders tulip. No bottled on date in the typical spots for Short's bottles.

A - Medium to dark amber colour with a slight ruby glow around the edges. One finger of thick cream coloured head from the pour that slowly reduced to a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Big sweet malt profile up front filled with toffee and caramel aromas. The hop profile is hidden in the background and provides like floral aromas.

T - Huge bitterness up front that dominates the palate and lingers in the finish. The sweetness is here but is well balanced by the massive hop bitterness. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar flavours some through from the malt bill. Very opposite of the nose.

M - Medium body, sticky and dry. Light carbonation.

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a double red ale from the good folks at Short’s. I couldn’t wait to try it!

This poured a golden-ruby hue with foamy big bubbles. It has a light grapefruity aroma with an upfront bittering. Very resiny, very piney, with grapefruit citrus notes and a sharp bittering that brings things into focus along with a low, light malt sweetness for balance.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Thanks for this one Jay!

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with three fingers of very long lasting light tan greasy head that took forever to fade into a very thick oily head that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Very hoppy nose with fragrant notes of grapefruit and citrus. I get some undertones of sweeter tropical fruit nectars as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant fresh hop flavors. Caramel malts and a little bit of biscuit and roasted grain come through as well to remind me this isn’t an ipa. The finish is full of tropical fruits and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and grassy. Very very hoppy for an amber.
M: Soft carbonation, full, bubbly frothy mouthfeel, smooth, with a full body.
O: Tastes like a malty ipa. Not as good as NN but a very hoppy and flavorful amber. Thanks again, jbck109.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no dates listed on the bottle
Deschutes tulip glass

A: Pours a deep, amber red color. Initially I had about a half finger of off white almost tannish head. Some sticky lacing bits are left on the glass as the head fades. Lots like good carb streaming up the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of piney, earthy hops. Also some biscuity malts are in there. There is some spicy notes in there, rye? Lots of sweet caramel malts I take away.

T: There is a sharp bite on the tip of the tongue. You get some of those earthy hops. Then in the mid mouth you are met with some of those biscuity malts. The back end has some fairly strong bitterness. Like another member mentioned, it's almost similar to an ESB of some sort. It's fairly dry too. Don't know ABV but don't taste it.

M: Medium bodied brew. The bitterness lingers for a while.

Photo of hollerined
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - 3.5 - 1 finger head, little to no retention. Tan head. Brownish-red, similar to maple syrup. Clear, filtered look.

S - 3.5 - Bready, roasted smell. Hoppy character, with light vanilla and citrus notes. Not overpowering.

T - 3.5 - Biscuity, toast flavors. Hints of dark chocolate and floral hops. Slightly spicy, warm alcohol finish. Rather hoppy for the style.

M - 4 - Medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - 3.5 - Smooth, drinkable. Don't really see the double red style though. Tastes much more like a hoppy brown ale to me. Good beer, but nothing I would make a special trip for. Definitely have had better Short's offerings.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to michibrew for this one. I probably never would have had a chance to try it, if not for him including it as an extra.

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep amber color with a half inch of off-white head. Head dies to a thin level, then stays put. Leaves a tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Big citrus nose of grapefruit and tangerine, combined with a mellow caramel malt sweetness. Impressively fragrant.

T - Starts off with a brown sugar and citrus sweetness that gives way to piney hops. There is a biscuity character to the malt and I get flashes of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) in the middle. The finish is pretty bitter, but the malt is never forgotten. The hops linger long after each sip goes down. I like the balance between classic amber style malts and a big citrus/pine hops presence.

M - Good carbonation and a smooth medium body. The finish is dry and not at all boozy.

O - I really enjoyed this hop-forward imperial amber. The smell is great and the flavors of citrus, caramel, and hops balance well. I will seek this beer out in the future.

Photo of minterro
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the Keweenaw Co-Op in Hancock MI.

A&S: The smell is primarily sweet bready malts, but its very strong and delicious. There is also a sweeter caramel presence. A beautiful looking transparent dark ruby hue. Head pours about a finger and a half of off white semi fizzy foam. Head is retained in a thin creamy layer, but leaves great clumps of lacing.

T&M: Much different taste then smell. Very alcoholic in the taste (would have thought it was higher then 7.6%), Very, very bitter and dry in the finish (more bitter then a lot of ESB). Lots of piney hops towards the finish. Pretty unbalanced toward the side of hops, which I found interesting for the style. On the coarser side of mouthfeel. Medium bodied and on the low side of carbonation.

Overall: The bitterness of this beer was overpowering and hard to ignore in the overall rating. Even though this beer had some really incredible subunits like smell and appearance, I would consider this beer to be just above average for ambers of a similar price. I don't really know why this beer belongs in the amber style.

Photo of david131
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear amber with some orange and brown highlights. The off-white head is thick and creamy and has great retention and leaves some lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Grass, caramel, pine, and a bit of citrus. There is a bit of earthiness on the finish. All of the aspects blend very nicely together.

T- Sticky pine, grass, citrus, and caramel. The flavors are much sharper and more pronounced than the aroma led me to believe. Pretty sweet at the beginning, but the hops quickly make their presence known and leaves some definite lingering bitterness.

M- Smooth and creamy body with a bit of carbonation bite on the finish that really emphasizes the oily and bitter aspect from the hops.

O- A very interesting and well made beer from Short's. Between the strong flavors and well-rounded nature to this beer, this is one of the more memorable offerings from this brewery.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a random liquor store we pulled in to turn around when lost, coming back from the KBS release. Did a Short's mix-a-six.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a foggy reddish-brown color that has a fingers worth of quick-to-leave head, leaving a few spots for lacing.

The nose isnt offering much but includes notes of grassy hops, sweet malt, a bit of citrus, and some booze heat.

The taste has some piney hops that weren't picked up in the nose. There is some earthy grassy hops as well and they are cut with some hearty, sweet malt. The malt is nutty and has a hint of a caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture after the hop bite fades. Nice levels of carbonation are leveled with the feel for sure.

Overall, decent double red that has some good, even balanced flavors but I wish it was a bit more intense on the hop profile. Still pretty solid.

Photo of gustogasmic
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with just a hint of red on the edges. Almost opaque. An awesome 1" bone/tan head, which only survives one or two sips. Thick lacing.

Smells fruity, malty, and hoppy all at once. Cherry skin is the fruit- it's dark, not citrusy or bright.

The taste and mouthfeel are a thick wallop- malts are all over, toasty, sweet, thick. The hops are big, coming across as earthy bitterness. A real wallop.

Strong stuff, and a pallet-destroyer! A wacky take on "red ale," whatever that means. Very malty, bitter, filling, powerful, and delicious.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 12oz bottle

A: Pours a deep ruby red/orange color with 2 inches of frothy, creamy, white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Huge grapefruit and sweet caramel malt presence in the nose. This smells really good.

T: Very strong, grapefruit sweetness up front, a little bit bitter in the back. The malt really takes a backseat and is weaker in the taste than in the nose.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. I thought it was perfect for this style.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and thought they did a good job with it. I would pick it up if I saw it again. It is worth a try if you see it.

Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut mired red with a settled 1" thick, dense light khaki head. Very still, no visible uprising carbonation. Not at all clear, but not cloudy/hazy either. Looks very rich.

Very biscuity. Fresh, out-of-the-oven sourdough biscuits. Hops are pronounced with a lush fruity bouquet. Caramel malts emit a sugary sweetness, which the hops keep corralled and respectful.

The flavor is HUGE! Sweet out-of-the-gate. Not cloying at all. A bit of an abrupt hop attack, that also mimics alcohol heat - it's hard to tell which though. The hops are also big, which is nice for such a rich ale that that sometimes easily gets bogged-down or one-dimensional per the 'amber' style. Basically, the scent of this beer translates very accurately in the taste dept. Gobs of sheets of broken-bubble lace all the way down.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with ultra fine carbonation. It's airy without being bubbly. It's creamy without being thick. It's kinda magically cask-like. The finish is chalky and a bit prickly from the hops. Spicy, zesty finish.

Overall I do like this ale a lot. Leave it to Short's to create an interestingly unique rendition of a style of beer that is most usually predictable and mostly boring. And they just didn't do it by hopping the hell out of it, as there's precision in this here ale. Precision and passion, but never predictable.

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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.