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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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88
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 53
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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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 zoso1967
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
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.

Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of david131
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 VinnieVanGogh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Finchum
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MIP229
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

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!

Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DannyDan
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a nice amber red hue with a tan head that has good retention and very nice lacing on the glass.
S. Nice mix of bread and caramel with hint of hops.
T. The taste starts out with caramel malts followed by some sweetness and lastly the floral and citrus hops hits the tastebuds and takes over. The aftertaste is a bitter, but good taste.
M. The mouthfeel is smooth, but leaves the mouth rather dry like many DIPAs do.
O. A very good hoppy beer that reminds me of a DIPA with some sweetness added to it.

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. release

A -Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with two fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves very nice lacing.

S - Nice caramel malt, with a bit of sweetness. Big citrus hops aroma with a bit of bread malt. Very nice.

T - Taste is a nice balance malty and bitter. Mostly caramel malts with a bit of bread. Like the smell, the hops presence is mostly citrus. Maybe a touch too much bitterness, but very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with a bit of sticky sweetness and finishes dry and bitter.

O -This is up there with Tocobaga and Red Rocket as my favorite hoppy amber ales. Wish I bought more than a couple singles. A very nice beer with a great story behind it (check out Short's website if you don't have the original 750 ml release)

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.

Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.