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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

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 13
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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007)
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Kgristoff, Apr 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

domfreego, Aug 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

alexanf, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful three finger frothy light tan head easily comes to the top of my glass. Solid staying power and nice lace is left behind. Body is a deep mahogany brown with a bit of a red burnish to it. Nose is of roasty camp fire like malts and a mineral, woodsy hop profile. Some dark fruit maybe cherries are there also. On first sip I think to my self, wow there is a lot going on here. I could say dark fruit but that would be to narrow. Cherry skins, rhubarb, dandelion and grape seed come to mind at first. There is a mineral profile here that is almost metallic also. Actually very metallic, dare I say iron. Mouthfeel is attractive, be it all over the place. Never gets old though. This beer was a real adventure and a joy to drink from beginning to end.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 19, 2010
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.

malty, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

danp14, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Vuaspeliador, Jul 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

JamesZ, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

HopHeadHerman, Oct 14, 2013
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.

elNopalero, Apr 06, 2012
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'.

chugalug06, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy dark amber with coppery edges. Two fingers of thick, luscious, bright light khaki head. Great lacing. Lots of fruity malt on the nose. Sappy, piny hop notes as well.

Toasted malts up front, before quickly becoming sweeter. Candied fruits and caramel in a delicious battle for mid-palate supremacy. Moderate herbal hop bitterness comes in to provide a little balance, before turning minty and piny in the finish. Lots of lingering caramel and fruit malt in the finish. Medium body with a slightly creamy feel. Very much what I look for in a good red/amber ale. Delicious!

alexgash, Mar 03, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 20, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely mahogany color with an off-white head of about half an inch. Very nice lacing.

S - Piney hops as well as very citrusy fruit.

T - Bready malt, sweet with a sour twang. Big hops, earthy and citrus. Grapefruit.

M - Fine carbonation, with an IPA type finish.

O - This beer is delicious. Very very tasteh. Well balanced, but hoppy enough to respect as someone who craves bitter.

madeofsteel, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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

SportsandJorts, Mar 02, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cost Plus Wine Shop in Eastern Market is the best place to get beer in Detroit. Picked up a single of Aorta there; no date on the bottle.

Pours very deep ruby; no sediment or murk,completely clear. Has a caramel malt smell with bread and hops mixed in. Has a great roasted malt and piney taste with a wonderful bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel in thick and clingy and transitions into an smooth bittersweet finish.

I have not had many imperial amber ales so its had to compare Aorta to anything. All in all this is an excellent beer. High ABV, smooth malt character with just the right amount of hop kick.

samyoung, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of 33nickadams
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great deep amber color that is transparent with a small amount of head. The color reminds me of a light red wine. I can see where the name of it comes from. Smell has a great floral scent but also accented with a bready maltiness. Taste is very well balanced between the malt and floral hops. Clean and dry aftertaste with some pleasant bitterness lingering. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Overall, I was really impressed with this one. This is a great beer!

Edit- 2/15/13- Even better than I remember. Huge Centennial hits and great backbone. Make more!

33nickadams, Feb 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Acuity, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

dtx00, Jul 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

RDQueena, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Aorta Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I feel like a nice hoppy Red Ale tonight, so I thought I would crack the newest offering from Short's. I want to see what short's can do with a Double Red Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like label a lot on this beer, it looks good and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a dark amber red color that changed to a nice and bright ruby red color when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This Red Ale looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma seems to have nice balance. It starts out with some nice caramel malts that impart a caramel, grainy, and brown bread aroma, it also had a pretty high amount of sweetness. Next comes the hops which are pretty much all citrus with just a little bit of floral hops thrown in for good measure, grapefruit seems to stick out the most but there is also a little pineapple and blood orange. I like the aroma of this beer, it's pretty damn good.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it's just as balanced. It starts off with a nice amount of caramel malts that impart a pretty noticeable bready and grainy flavor with a medium amount of sweetness makes for a good malt backbone for this beer. Next comes a lot of hops that are grapefruit sticks out the most. The finish has a high amount ofmainly citrus and slightly floral, just like the aroma the bitterness that carried on through the aftertaste along with some bready malts and grapefruit. This beer tastes good but it's pretty bitter.

M- A little smooth, dry, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a nice medium amount of carbonation. No complaints here, the mouthfeel works very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was pretty damn good and it was a good example of what a Double Red Ale can be, this could almost be classified as an IPA or DIPA, but with this beer all the malts from the base of this Red Ale have enough flavor to balance out the loads of hops that were thrown into this beer. This beer had OK drinkability, it was pretty bitter so two would be my limit, but the flavor does a good job at holding my interest. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the balance between malts and hops in the flavor and aroma, it made for one awesome smelling and great tasting beer. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, that's the only flaw I could find with this beer and if it was just toned down a notch it would pretty much be the perfect Double Red Ale. I would for sure buy this beer again the next time it's released, I already went back and got another bottle and I could easily see a couple more in my future if there is still some left. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like hoppy Red Ales, but it won't be easy to find. I am really starting to get into the Double Red Ales, the extra malt flavors that this style provides can hold up nicely to a lot of hops. I found this beer to be pretty similar to Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale, but I liked this beer more, Short's didn't do anything to crazy or out of the box with this beer, but they did choose a style that many brewery's overlook and I can tell they put just as much effort into this beer as they put into their experimental beers, and it really shows. Good job Short's this is now my favorite Double Red Ale.

StoutHunter, Mar 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Sparty55, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

alex021224, Feb 17, 2013
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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.