Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) - Short's Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2012 20:35:14 | More by malty
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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
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