Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 492
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 62
Gots: 68 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 05-08-2009

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"
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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 492
Photo of khumbard
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to phishisphunk for this cool extra. Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Pours a very cool deep orange/red with a white fluffy head. Pretty awesome looking beer, you can definitely tell they took full advantage of the blood oranges.

Aroma is interesting. Definitely sweet, tangy oranges. Lots of fruitiness from the heavy wheat malt. Not really any hops to speak of, but still pretty nice

Taste is definitely sweet, but it has a bitter and tangy orange rind flavor. Not bad, but it takes a bit to get used to. Finishes sweet, with a little bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is alright. A little bit too sticky sweet for me, but the carbonation is right on.

Overall this is a very interesting brew, which I'm glad to have had. A little bit too sweet for me, but I appreciate the effort from Short's. Not too many beers out there made with oranges that work very well, but this one is on the right track. (900 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hotpipes29 for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark tan and very murky with a thin white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Bright orange citrus, boozy, and rich underlying malts.

T: Tart pulpy blood oranges, some ethanol sweetness and heat, bready and grainy malts with some wheat husk on the back end. Tart, mildly peppery and some malt sugars in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: I thought this was fairly enjoyable, although the predominance of the blood orange flavor eliminates any illusion of complexity. But, it's a natural pleasant flavor to find in the beer. Glad to have tried this one. (776 characters)

Photo of jt31914
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I got to taste this, but at the end of the day I found it to be just a little bit weird for my taste. It is dark amber with no head or lacing. Smells like oranges and mango and tastes like wheat and oranges. Very citrusy and odd; not very drinkable to me due to the syrupy mouthfeel and the odd citrus. Pretty good, but also weird, which makes sense for Short's. (367 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour a very odd reddish orange color. The brew is very hazy and filled with chunks of yeast. Brew has almost no head just a few bubbles and it did however leave some nice laicng.

S- Very odd here. I'm not really picking up any hops or malts that I can really recognize. I'm getting a bit of a pepper spice and quite a bit of oranges. Guess this label is kidding around.

T- This is another very odd brew from Shorts. I was really excited to try this one, then I was a bit let down, but this one has grown on me as I drink my glass. Quite a bit here going on oranges everywhere, some dark cherries, and something that is very Earth like that I can't put my finger on . Has a bit of a funk in the middle that reminds me of some sour taste, lemons and pine at the very end. Very different.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and medium in carbonation.

D- Not the easiest to drink by any means. This one grew on me a lot. (924 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber in color. Forms a patchy surface coating. No lacing.

S: Lots of pithy orange. Orange zest. Then a bit of an odd scent, earthy and organic, that fades to a light hint of alcohol.

T: Orange and orange zest. Pithy citrus bitterness. Some light pepper action on the finish.

M: Medium heavy with lower carbonation level, though I imagine that is to be expected.

O: A decent beer. A bit odd at times, but the flavor combination seems to work quite well, much more so than in Short's other beers. Slight bitter and slightly sweet. (548 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for sending this.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange with fairly little head that recedes to a flat top pretty quickly, fairly minimal carbonation, appears almost flat, lacing recedes back into the glass.

S- Blood oranges, citrus lemons, fairly zesty smelling, malty wheat backbone, some light spices hiding in the background. About average aroma strength.

T- Blood oranges, zesty lemons, fairly citrusy with a decent amount of bitterness, peppercorn comes out fairly strong on the finish with a decent wheat presence. Citrus with a faint hint of peppercorn remain as a lingering aftertaste. Not bad taste wise, just a little bit too zesty for my liking.

M- Medium bodied, fairly flat, pretty drinkable, 10% abv fairly hidden. Not bad but could use some more carbonation instead of being almost completely flat.

O- This was an interesting brew that I was glad to try, but probably wouldn't seek out to try again. It was packed with flavor but the zestiness and peppercorn were a little bit too much in my opinion, plus it was fairly flat. Overall this is definitely something worth trying for it's uniqueness, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you love blood oranges. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short's Anniversary Ale

Year-old bottle served at cellar temperature in DFH signature glass. 

A: Hazy amber with little effervescence. Insubstantial head subsides to thin skim. No lacing. 

S: Orange juice is prominent. Then citrus peels and maybe spice. 

T: Thin orange juice, then subdued spiciness of peppercorns, finally fresh red ruby grapefruit, which lingers on palate. The beer has a "soft" bitterness, which reminds me of citrus peels. Finishes very dry. 

M: Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation. Soft on palate. Somewhat astringent. Not warming. 

O: I think the year in the cellar has helped this beer out, bringing its various elements into balance. An above-average wheatwine.  (706 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a slightly clear deep ruby red-orange with a very thin head. It basically disappears as soon as you pour. A quick swirl leads to a thin film of off white head.

S - Deep blood orange aromas. Some ruby red grapefruit and some nice slight fruit juice sweetness. There is some slight raspberry and some nice carmel notes on the back end.

T & M - Starts off with a nice orange sweetness and slight tartness. It is quite an interesting flavor. Tart like orange juice with a slight grain backbone. It is very acidic but not too tart. There is a slight coriander note to it as well. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a medium body and some slight warm carbonation. There is a nice spice character to this beer quite peppery. There is also a nice hopy character to the beer that adds a bit more citrus notes to it.

O - The beer is interesting to say the least. It has some good flavors and is pretty well crafted. (964 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper maroon, slight head and some lacing. Aroma is juicy orange, sugary cherry, floral, grassy, macadamia nut, with a spicy and peppery undertone. There's a lot of really interesting stuff going on here, all nicely integrating and nothing dominating. I like the contrast between spicy and sweet. The taste does not quite live up to the great aroma in terms of breadth and balance of flavor, with the pepper coming through more--perhaps for the worse. Also present in the taste is a bitter red grapefruit. This is pretty dry. Carbonation and body are both medium. No heat to speak of. Overall, this has a really interesting nose, but the flavor comes up lacking, and I didn't find myself wanting another one after finishing. (753 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into new belgium tulip. Pours a blood orange red with a small white head that fades to a ring. Smell is very citrusy, with lots of sweetness and orange zest. Taste is slightly sour and acidic, with lots of bitter orange zest and antiseptic in the finish. Aftertaste is not pleasant, but other then that, this is a tasty beer. Mouthfeel is heavy with a light carbonation. Drinkability isnt great, but I havent had much different for the style. (456 characters)

Photo of biga7346
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a firm ruby red almost pinkish, soapy reddish one-finger of foam, some lacing dissipates quickly.

N - Big citrus notes, pink grapefruit, candi sugar, gummi bears, a very slight and fleeting hop character, all very bright and tangy-like aromas. Some white pepper and clove, fresh herbs like potpourri, and a very subtle suggestion of blue cheese and wet hay.

T/M - Up front again is the pink grapefruit (lots of it), grapefruit juice balanced with sweetness, reminds me of a pina colada or even a big desert wine, some mild raspberry flavors, orange zest and again with the slight suggestion of herbalness. This seems like a chaotic type of beer with lots of flavors tugging at each other, but honestly it comes together nicely. The overwhelming citrus/sugary notes is off-putting at first. The finish leaves little to be desired, alittle puckering dryness in the aftertase which was unexpected and welcome, and warming alcohol burn.

D - Not someting to drink a lot of in one sitting especially with the 11.7 abv totally masked. Would make a nice digestif w/ pastry or even fresh fruit. (1,100 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Devin!

Beautiful crimson in color with blood orange highlights (ha!), there's a thin, bubbly off-white head with poor retention. The nose is rather sweet. Caramel, candied oranges, this is zesty and zippy. Mildly spiced, this is a little boozy too. Thankfully, the spice character is low. Honey, sugar and a little vanilla are present. This isn't your typical wheatwine.

... and now, for something completely different. The palate. Grapefruit juice and rind is just overwhelming here. This is very, very intense, this almost tastes like they tossed the blood oranges in whole rather than actually separate the zest, the rind and the flesh. The sweetness of the nose does not translate to the palate, it is in fact quite low, as is the spice. Boozy on the finish with a little sweetness with vanilla and candied oranges. A light spice character is present on the finish. Full in body with a smooth palate and low carbonation, this has great flavors but is just a little too intense to be drinkable. And, as it warms up, I get a slightly stale flavor I find in a few wheatwines. Solid stuff. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thetomG for sharing this with Alex and I.

A - Reddish-amber colored beer that yellowed a little on the edges. Off-white head that left a little bit of lace on the sides.

S - Well, smell those oranges. Honestly, this smells like a whitewine with oranges in it. I don't care much for wheatwines, but I find the added citrus an improvement.

T - A lot of orange citrus and orange zest. It is a wheatwine, but I actually find the orange notes to cut through the usual sickly wheatwine sweetness. Slight bit of pine.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, and a lot better than I was expecting. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and I got this down pretty easily. (691 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a thick orange/ red with just a wisp of a head that recedes to nothing.

S. Sweet honey with citrus and some spice. Citrus comes through as both juice and peel with some hop citrus notes as well. A lot of sweetness in the nose that is only partially balanced by the spice notes.

T. Much more balance on the palate. Starts off with honey sweetness that moves into a nice bitterness on the tail that seems to be both a pithy bitterness - like biting into an orange peel - as well as citrus hop notes. The spice doesn't really come across in the flavor. The blood orange character really comes through in the flavor - a nice citrus character with some amber and caramel malt with a bit of tartness.

M. Thick body with a moderate level of carbonation that keeps the brew from overwhelming the palate.

D. I'm on the verge of liking this. Probably the hoppiest BW or WW that I've had and enjoyed - the citrus hop character really helps to accentuate the citrus in the beer. It just - idk- it doesn't quite hit me like I want it to, but a good beer overall. (1,062 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/ruby red with a thin off-white, slightly orange-tinted head. Head dissipates quickly and lingers around the edge. No lacing.

Aroma is hard to place--very spice like. Some ginger? botanicals? piney Christmas tree? Little orange sweetness and pepper. Light alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is slighty sweet oranges with some peppery ginger and caramel malt sweetness. Taste follows through to the finish. Some bitter citrusy hops at the finish. Some white-grape/wine-like flavors throughout. Very floral.

Medium to full bodied and syrupy with a moderate bubbly carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish. Very slight alcohol heat.

Really interesting and unique. Very distinct orange and ginger flavor. A definite sipper, but stays interesting. One glass is enough.

6/7/2011 (789 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to northernbrews for this one.

3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Half a finger of frothy cream colored head that recedes quickly and leaves one small patch of lacing.

4.0 S: No lack of citrus in this one. Lots of orange going on here along with the orange & cream lifesavers. Also some strawberry, neutral wheat, sugary candy canes, and a mild spiciness. Interesting, it really does smell like those creamsaver things.

3.5 T: Again, the orange creamsavers. This is okay, but I think it's too orange heavy. I'd like a stronger toffee maltiness. Some grapefruit in there as well. While I'm on the topic, this has a reasonable bitterness and a stronger hop presence that I was expecting. Slightly tart and sweet in a candy way as opposed to a malty way. Alcohol is very well hidden.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. The body is simply too damn light for a barleywine. I don't like ultra thick and sweet Bwines, but I don't like the other end of the spectrum either. Carbonation is a bit low as well. Otherwise very smooth with the smallest warming sensation on finish.

3.5 D: I like Short's for their innovative brews. While they had a good idea here, it fell short due to the lack of maltiness (which is something I rarely suggest when considering barleywines). Still, it was worth the experience. (1,326 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer but the more I drank and the warmer it got the worse it got. Bummer.

Beer is red and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing and a nice level of carbonation. Looks good!

Aroma is quite hoppy and very sweet with a hint of alcohol but the alcohol is well masked by the hops.

Beer is sweet and quite hoppy, thin up front with a moderately dry finish. The overall beer is quite good too. As the beer warms unfortunately it takes on this medicinal sweetness and harsh finish with a really bad aftertaste of grainy acidity and a little sulfur. I don't know what the deal with this beer is but overall I did not enjoy it. In the beginning I really liked it but it was all downhill from there. (737 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark grapefruit reddish color. Lots of chunks and no head.

S - Orange!! Not citrus, not citrus hops, but orange. Maybe some citrus hops, but mostly orange.

T - Now, there is nothing wrong here. That said, it's like drinking grapefruit juice and beer. Nothing bad, just not a great taste.

M - Cloying, thick, pithy.

D - This another great beer from Shorts. You can dell it's a great execution, but I think the intent falls short. Worth a try if you can find it, and definitely an experience. Just not a amazing beer. (537 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted two bottlings of this at a recent tasting, the most recent one is the one this review reflects. Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this in the Gang Bang BIF.

A: pours a deep clear red, nice color, the blood orange certainly provides deep hues I am not accustomed to in beer.

S: the nose starts incredibly citrusy with straight grapefruit rind, a peppercorn character comes through in the middle, getting a lot of zest

T: tastes starts out slightly acidic and becomes very fruity with hints of molasses. Blood orange is present but comes off very grapefruit like.

MF: low carbonation, medium body

O: This brew is interesting and like all Short's beers its incredibly unique. The resulting product is drinkable and worth a try. (746 characters)

Photo of JonathanG
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a tulip. Brought back to CO from a trip to MI right at 2-months ago now.

A: Red-tinged amber, fairly clear, off-white head.

S: Can't miss the oranges here! Smells like orange marmalade with a little apricot preserves in the background. A bit of spice and citrus from the peppercorns and hops as well. Wheat is there, amongst the sweet aromas. As it warms up, a bit of herb/green peppercorn emerges as well.

T: Wow, this is really mostly all about the orange marmalade! A little spice and a hint of bitter herb on the finish as well. As it warms, the herbaceous/hoppy notes becomes more pronounced. I decanted this, leaving most of the sediment in the bottle. I was curious though and tasted the tailings and that most have been where all the bitter herb was hiding! Tasted something vaguely akin to the finish of Campari... that bitter herb note you get after the sweetness subsides. You certainly don't taste the 10% ABV.

M: Although you don't taste the 10% ABV, I think you feel it a bit in the mouth, as this is only medium-bodied, but it's a weighty and a little thick on the mid-palate for something that doesn't finish heavier. I think this is where the alcohol is the most notable. Fairly mellow upfront, and a bit sweet, with little carbonation in the mouth.

O: I have 1-additional bottle of this that I brought back with me and I am curious to see how this evolves in the bottle. I should've really popped this 2-months ago when I first got home to get a better idea of it while fresh, compared to the bottle I'm cellaring. Certainly interesting for the style, I think I'm just not personally a huge fan of this type of beer, but was curious to try it. I honestly had no preconceived notions of what to expect here. (1,762 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 release acquired via trade from tburkhart courtesy of the Under 100 #4 BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. As a pour it and re-read the label I think I probably should have saved this beer for a Halloween Night review for nostalgic effect but it’s still mid-October so close enough.

A: The beer is a murky orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, a good amount of hops, caramelized malts and a touch of spice.

T: The taste starts out with a really odd sweet and tangy flavor. The label reads “Blood Orange Wheat Wine” and the word “blood” is used generously in the description of the beer’s ingredients and shockingly enough a “blood” flavor has been created in this beer and it completely dominates. I can only describe it as acidic and citric. The malt character is hearty and not too heavy. The hops presence is mild and bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is kind of tangy which is a first after having written over 2500 beer reviews.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Certainly very flavorful but the question is how that flavor appeals to the individual, goes down slowly because of the strange flavor and the high ABV, not too filling, very strong kick, odd representation of style, this is without a doubt the strangest beer I have ever tasted over 6+ years and 2500+ reviews. This is definitely a novelty beer but it has a taste that can grow on you if you have an affinity for that kind “Bloody Mary” flavor. (1,671 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a deep, slightly golden orange. Moderately hazy. About half a finger of almost pure-white foam. Moderate amount of visible rising carbonation.

Smell - 4/5
Pineapple, mandarin oranges, floral hops, perhaps slight hints of spice. An overall quite attractive citrusy-fruitiness.

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet. Blood oranges, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pine citrus hops, slight amount of bitterness near the end of the sip. Despite being 10%, no alcohol flavors detectable at all. Overall not a bad taste, just not really quite what I think a wheatwine should taste like.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied. Very smooth, with only a little bit of bitterness. Light to medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Overall, I think I would have liked the feel to be thicker, as this is supposed to be a wheatwine, not a pale ale.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this wasn't really what I was expecting. I've only had one other wheatwine before, Pilgrim's Dole, and that tasted close-ish to a barleywine. And most barley wine have a taste in the same general area. I knew this would taste quite different because of the citrus elements, but this wheatwine tasted nothing like a barley wine. It tasted like a nice summery citrusy pale ale, or something like that. It was not a bad beer, just not really what I was looking for. (1,339 characters)

Photo of bigaltemple
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden orange. White head shrinks to a thin halo. No real lacing to speak of. Pretty good show of effervescence though.

Seems to be as advertised. Get a lot of wheat, along with all things orange. Bright and sharp zest, as well as some sweet pulp.

Immediate thought is pink grapefruit. Seems to be some sweetness trying to fight its way out, but the grapefruit characteristic is too overpowering. Some orange rind mingles in as it warms a little. Also able to pull out some of the wheat notes. Mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp and wet.

Interesting brew, and an okay summer drink, but not something I would actively seek out again. (638 characters)

Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark orange with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a ring.

Smell - powerful aroma of oranges, peel, and citrus hops with some sweet wheat malt and pineapple lurking in the background. The smell is warm and deep, probably becasue of the very high alcohol content.

Taste - Intense blood orange and alcohol flavours with some sweet malt and dry hopped character. The pepper kicks in right at the very end, but the orange definitely dominates the flavour.

This is not a subtle beer. It is intense and in your face, but still enjoyable if a little rough around the edges. (597 characters)

Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.