Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company
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3.54/5 rDev -10.4%
10th anniversary edition (2014) poured into an Ikea snifter. The pour kicks up a relatively modest cream-colored head that fades quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. The liquid itself is a nice transparent gold with amber hues.
Wow - aroma is a citrus knockout! It's not the bright orange or lemon that I normally think of when I think citrus, it's a lot darker and more floral than that, making me think of plums and raspberries. I guess this is what blood orange smells like, but I'm not at all well-versed in semi-obscure citrus fruits. I also get hints of a caramel sweetness.
Flavor follows the aroma pretty closely, with some surprising bitterness from an herbal hop presence thrown in on the finish. The fruit flavor here is really wonderful. However, with the caramel sweetness, fruit sweetness, and then finishing bitterness, it ends up feeling almost too sweet and too bitter at the same time. Still, the flavors are pretty nice, just not necessarily in conjunction with each other. I was a little underwhelmed with how the flavor compares to the aroma. Still, the flavor from the blood oranges is really wonderful, so I have to give it some points for that!
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with somewhat heavy carbonation, which is nicely pleasant.
Overall, there was some really nice fruit flavor, but it didn't really come together on the palate for me.
06-29-2014 04:31:35 | More by MasterfulIdiot
Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.