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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

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-14-2013 19:36:43 | More by midlifec
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-03-2013 08:42:24 | More by beernads
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-16-2013 19:37:45 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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marcb105

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%

06-14-2013 02:43:02 | More by marcb105
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2013 01:10:19 | More by Jas45678
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-29-2013 00:45:30 | More by thebigredone
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tswater

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-23-2013 00:46:04 | More by tswater
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-18-2013 23:14:11 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-18-2013 07:08:27 | More by AlMarzo
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-14-2013 02:04:05 | More by ajzy
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kirbmeist

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-13-2013 19:08:10 | More by kirbmeist
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zach60614

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

05-10-2013 19:53:32 | More by zach60614
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Slay40

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 04:05:01 | More by Slay40
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-07-2013 10:42:56 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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dudecandle

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-03-2013 05:01:09 | More by dudecandle
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rsenters29

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-01-2013 19:44:27 | More by rsenters29
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swtchuck

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-21-2013 15:06:40 | More by swtchuck
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 22:58:11 | More by chugalug06
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Twoheartedzombie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-16-2013 11:12:13 | More by Twoheartedzombie
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-14-2013 21:09:36 | More by JimGlonke
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:09:08 | More by robwestcott
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rkf1976

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-05-2013 23:46:29 | More by rkf1976
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-04-2013 21:02:47 | More by Lurkerson
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.7%

04-04-2013 02:44:55 | More by kscaldef
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.96/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 11:55:20 | More by tectactoe
Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.