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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 63
Gots: 45 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
2009 Tap only
2010 Tap and bottle
2013 Tap and bottle

Same recipe every year, according to the brewer, though ABV varies slightly.

"Anniversary Ale~ A high gravity wheat wine made with blood oranges that render an alluring dark purple hue to the color. Flavor abounds from the spice of green peppercorns and tang from blood orange zest. Aggressive dry hop additions amplify the citrus overtones and spiciness found throughout. ‘Anni’ Ale typifies the full magnitude of Short’s Brewing Company by embodying all the complexities and fulfillment necessary to pay tribute to another year of brewing. 10% ABV 63 IBU's"

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 05-08-2009)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

July 28th 2011 (from notes)

A - an almost cloudy blood red, one finger orange/brown head and little lacing

S - Wow, wine, tons of fruit, very sweet and sour, tons of hops and citrus, citrus and more citrus

T - very fruit, orange, lemon, lime, tons of wheat, sweet yeast, nice hoppy bitterness, some fresh cut wheat grass, lots of fruit wine notes and a bit sour

M - chewy, full body, low acidity, well balanced, medium complexity and long finish

D - well, this is different. Very fruity, some hops, big yeast and wheat. So if you are a hop head you may like it, yeast type person you may like it and same for wheat. This beer is more for someone looking for a change of pace and something without much of a genre and just good tasting. One of the best beers I have EVER had. Wow. My new favorite style!

Final thought - 10% and awesome. Wow. thank you shorts brewing and marcatgsb!

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I enjoyed this beer on tap at the brewery. The brewery described this beer as a wheat wine and the description stated that they used a half a pound of blood oranges per gallon. This beer pours a ruby red color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The smell has a huge tropical aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The taste is incredibly sweet with grapefruit and orange flavors. The mouthfeel was relatively thick and nicely carbonated. Hands down the most interesting and complex beer I have had so far this year.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking an anniversary beer on my anniversary.

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- 1/2 finger, off-white head quickly drops to a light, spotty lace. The body takes on many hues from ruby, to brownish, to nearly pink at the edges. Good sticky spots are left as I drink. The body's slightly hazed with light carbonation.

S- Initial fruity punch. Something of an apricot/peach mix with citrus. I'm gonna' have to guess that's the blood orange coming through. It comes across as a fine fruited spirit or liqueur. I don't pick up a ton of other aromas, but what's there is so unique and welcoming.

T- Oh, man!!! The blood orange is just a player on a team of flavor. Warm, fruity alcohol is like a nicely flavored brandy, perhaps. Wheaty aspects mix with a slight, pleasantly musty features. It has a spicy, peppery bite that combines with an almost pithy, citrus bitterness. A mix of sour/bitter citrus and pepper dry the finish allowing some of the sweetness to linger just a bit.

M- Alcohol bite borders on burn, staying just on the right side. Light carbonation helps smooth the full bodied, viscus brew.

D- It's a definite sipper. So complex and "fun" that I'm disappointed that I likely won't have a chance to try it again as it's a "one off brew." I'm pretty sure I got the last bottle at my local shop. The abv is the only thing holding me back from wanting to lock myself in my room with a sixpack. I have to give a shout out to one of my brewsday buddies for giving me a sample of this fine brew. I was pretty geeked to find my own bottle last week.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:55:12 | More by GRPunk
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Appearance: a light orange color, good clarity. small white head that fades rather quickly to nothing

Smell: juicy oranges, more citrus, peppercorns and wheat. Pretty complex smell. the juicy oranges are a refreshing smell

Taste: strong orange flavor, comes in nice and juicy, some bitter orange come through, I believe its from the orange zest used, but it could be from hops. peppercorns come in slightly subdued but definitely there. all of this is lain over a wheat body. The juicy taste is just unbeatable. the balance is spot on and its very complex

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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