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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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BA SCORE
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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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-25-2013 14:42:18 | More by rjcoy06
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DruRho

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-19-2013 00:44:43 | More by DruRho
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-18-2013 02:27:58 | More by wyatt13
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robhbest

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:13:22 | More by robhbest
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TheConnMan

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-14-2013 17:19:36 | More by TheConnMan
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-10-2013 23:54:08 | More by MichPaul
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:04:34 | More by ThePorterSorter
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-09-2013 00:28:00 | More by nmann08
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-08-2013 02:47:44 | More by Drk93TT
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-07-2013 14:55:44 | More by Sparty55
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 04:16:50 | More by SportsandJorts
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:54:05 | More by Bitter_Echo
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-22-2013 21:40:57 | More by JohnnieNepal
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 00:24:02 | More by JDizzle
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Acuity

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-20-2013 05:09:57 | More by Acuity
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2013 01:43:01 | More by projectflam86
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nrombes

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-18-2013 03:52:10 | More by nrombes
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FlyingHellfish

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-17-2013 18:05:35 | More by FlyingHellfish
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alex021224

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-17-2013 02:16:47 | More by alex021224
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-16-2013 03:56:42 | More by DMarlinJ
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

02-16-2013 01:00:24 | More by Tee2Grn
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-01-2013 23:02:44 | More by beergorrilla
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-27-2012 23:27:50 | More by Gtg642
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-20-2012 03:39:16 | More by rolandboy
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:02:00 | More by kawilliams81
Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.