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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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451 Ratings
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 61
Gots: 48 | 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:
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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Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for splitting this with me. Aged almost one year (2012 vintage). Pours a slightly red-tinted copper color with decent clarity and a light, off-white, wispy head that fizzles away in a short amount of time. The aroma is buckled down with a nice pungency of juicy oranges and tangerines. But not just any oranges - these are "blood" oranges.

I've never had a blood orange and I don't know exactly what they are, but if they're anything like blood diamonds, then I will not be having this beer ever again. I'm joking. But seriously, these oranges smell very fresh, ripe, and juicy. Light peppercorn on the nose mixes and fades in with the slight phenol character I'm picking up from the alcohol. It's not too strong, however - the oranges are always dominant. Light hop character, leafy and spicy, but not very "bitter" smelling.

This is another case of the taste being an exact replica of the smell in drinkable form. Oranges engulf the palate right out of the gate. For a second, they almost give a tart character - not quite puckering, but definitely borderline sour. Very fresh and vibrant as it slowly cascades into a bitter-sweetness. As this is happening, the phenol flavors come out a bit and the alcohol asserts itself - at 10% ABV, this beer is certainly no slouch.

Some other light citrus and grapefruit flavors are coupled with the oranges, but the orange definitely stands out the most. Peppercorns are barely noticeable, but can be found if you're looking. They provide a light spiciness that almost camouflages with the hop character - a mild leafy and herbal tone that adds more flavor than real bitterness. Medium-ish body, low-medium carbonation, smooth on the palate.

Another tasty beer from Shorts with another ingredient I've never tasted in real life and never would've thought to put in a beer. Nice execution with the "blood oranges" to give a very authentic and ripe flavor.

EDIT: 5/9/2013

Enjoyed a 2013 Anniversary Ale fresh. The blood oranges are a little more vibrant and assertive and the peppercorn is toned down just a touch, but it still an integral part of the brew. Hop character is also a bit more prominent. Mouth feel is better than I remember, and the juicy, sweet, and nearly tart blood orange finish is fantastic. Don't know if this is "better" fresh, or the 2013 batch was just a little more to my liking, but I've gotta bump the score. This is great stuff.

Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright reddish copper in color with a light off white lacing. It hits blood orange in color on the head. It smells or orange peels with light sweet caramel malts. It's pretty appealing on the nose. It tastes of grated orange peels that've assaulted your palate with an aerial assault. It's very spicy and doesn't present any alcohol at all. It maskes the generic overly sweet malt of the style and is overly fruity. It drinks well and is pretty light in body. It features a lot of malt but doesn't drink in an overly sticky manner. The alcohol isn't present whatsoever. Overall this is one of the better wheatwines I've had. The fruit did this one some favors. I'd recommend it.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Derek for sending one of these my way recently. Opened up at a tasting yesterday.

A: The pour is a dark red (perhaps ruby red) color with a nice off-white head.

S: Tons and tons of sweet and mildly sour blood oranges in the nose. A really soft but noticeable peppery aroma as well. Quite interesting but strangely inviting.

T: The oranges are just as strong as in the nose. In addition to the oranges, there is a bit of a grapefruit note and the pepper is much more subdued. A nice sweet caramel note in the background as well.

M: Quite full bodied and a really nice amount of carbonation, which you don't always get out of a growler.

D: Another cool beer from Shorts. I liked the addition of the fruit in this one and found it to be a bit sweet and at nearly 12% ABV, this is one that you need to drink with caution.

Photo of MIMicrobrews
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pk of bottles from my local store. Poured and enjoyed out of a belgian tulip glass.

A: Very much dark red in color, as if it were cherry juice. Pours with a little head and little to no retention.

S: Smells tart, like citrus & orange peels (amazingly enough!). I get a hint of alcohol underneath.

T: The taste is what truly makes this brew. For a wheat wine, I've never tasted anything like this. Very smooth, great mix of fruits, citrus and orange flavor. As if the blood oranges were poured directly into the glass. There's a tiny bit of heat in the end, but overall, it's very smooth.

M: It's a little syrupy, but it doesn't take away from the taste at all.

D: For an ABV peaking over 11%, but fine concoction is amazingly smooth. Definitely has great drinkability. So much so, I'm about to grab another.


Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Force poured into my stemmed Ayinger tulip-style chalice to showcase a almost clear ruby/copper color with a dense & creamy 1" settled light beige head. Very fine visible uprising carbonation at a moderate rate. Broad & wide rings of lace with tiny pin pricks through them all the way down.

I could smell the blood oranges quite well immediately after I poured the glass and set it on the table a few feet from my head. The bountiful blood orange scent permeated the airspace around me and it was beautiful. I raise the glass under my nose and I'm greeted with a lush, deep tropical fruit barrage. Macerated plums, raisins, blood oranges (of course) pineapple, apricots - all bathed in a boozy brandy. A handful of hop zippiness peeks through this rain forest of drunk fruit at the end.

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! This baby goes from uber sweet nose to an initial sour (almost mouth-puckering tart) greeting with a green peppercorn zap right out of the gate. As my palate tries to recalibrate itself, I can't help but be soothed my this sweet and full flavored mixed & mangled whacky treat. Now, back to reality...The wheat malt is apparent and the loads of blood oranges are top billing. The green peppercorns make for an interesting substitution for the traditional clove spiciness found in most wheat wines. The hops really amp up the peppercorn spiciness to where it's almost impossible to discern where the dry & zesty flavors are coming from.

Mouthfeel is just a little lighter than full bodied, but is very slick & sturdy. The long, warm flavorful finish ends with just a little alcohol burn.

Drinkibility is limited due to the 'sip slow' factor inherent in this fine and unusual ale.

Overall Short's has fried my circuits once again, (in a good way). Very sweet and somewhat sour with lots of warm spices worming themselves through this hearty, jovial beast. As it warms, the clove finally spouts out. The green peppercorns can be a little heavy handed, but don't really rock the boat...or I should say 'battleship'. This is one big & burly ale with a big smile on it's shiny face. At least my face is grinning with a slight shine to it, now that my glass is empty.

Photo of akorsak
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for bringing this back from Bellaire for me. Zeke, you are the best.

A: The ale, my second of the day (the first was shared with ksak and janlud), has a reddish tint to it, a blood orange color if you ask my opinion. A radiant glow reveals translucent hues that match the reds. A finger plus of head laces as it recedes.

S: Damn! What a nose! The blood oranges, the peppercorns, the wheat strength. The whole package, with a minty afterglow, is incredible to sniff. The citric bite is intense, the blood orange a unique addition.

T: The ale is complex, with the intense wheat battling the citrusy blood oranges for the spotlight. The wheat, well beyond pleasantly tart, is biting and full, easily on par with the strength of a barleywine. The blood oranges are citrusy sweet, dripping with flavor. Peppercorns add a dose of zest that works well with the wheat. Oh, but I have to come back to the juicy blood orange flavors, rich and sweet, an incredible addition to the ale.

M: Smooth and sweet, the ale is big, VERY BIG. The citrus and wheat fight at times but generally get along. The result is a full, rich taste that may be too much for many. Me? I liked it a year ago and I like it now.

D: At nearly 12%, this wheatwine is best enjoyed in short doses. I love the flavor, the citrus and blood orange. A worthy anniversary ale.

Photo of Preismj
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: orange and cloudy. Looks beautiful with a rich white head and nice carbonation.

s: good aroma of orange and orange zest. Creamy and sweet smells with a beautiful bread aroma leaking off the rim of the glass.

t: nice and zesty orange flavor. Creamy indeed with an incredible wheat flavor and a wine sweetness. tasting peppery flavor as well in this and a nice malt backbone here, but the orange zest takes center stage and shines.

m: rich and creamy, coats well and leaves the palette wet. nice bitter finish on this, but not too bitter at all.

o: this is a great wheat wine and the orange zest is an incredible flavor in this. Blends well in the style and I'll be trying to get a few more of these.

Photo of ssimpson89
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hued amber, little head that went away quickly. Looks very rich.

Smells really good with a very distinctive orange aroma. Smells kinda like Sunny D breakfast drink, but it a very good way.

Sweet, yet sour orange, maybe some orange zest as I get the bitterness like I'm biting into orange peel. Has a medicinal quality. Very, enjoyable, unique flavor.

Smooth up front, very silky, with a crisp dry finish.

This is my first Wheatwine, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but glad I tried it. This is a good example of a seasonal beer as I can't imagine drinking a lot of it, but will look for it again when I'm back in Michigan next year.

Photo of BBP
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Blood orange. No head and little carbonation. Syrupy texture.

S- Very sweet was the first way I could describe the smell. I picked out wheat, slight hops, immense fruitiness, and orange. It was a bit too complex to fully pick apart. Too many aromas were battling.

T- Orange and grapefruit worked on top of the wheat base. Had it's share of fruity sweetness, and was also a slight bit bitter. Very fruity. The wheat taste was very overpowered by the fruit.

M- Thick and syrupy. The alcohols heat on the tongue almost makes it feel carbonated.

D- Hit's the spot and goes down easy. A good summertime drink, though it wasn't really sessionable with the 11.7%ABV. Goes down very easy though. Almost a standalone drink. You don't need much else after it. Would maybe try a bit warmer next time. Perhaps after leaving out of the fridge for a half hour or so.

Photo of Shumista
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark red brown, zero head despite an aggressive pour. Smells citrusy, very much like fresh squeezed orange juice. The peppercorns are in the nose as well, however much more subtly. Tart citrusy taste from the oranges, almost borders on sour. There is a spiciness from the peppercorns. Also some sweet caramel malt throughout. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy. Surprisingly drinkable for how sweet and high in alcohol it is. A really unique beer, worth tracking down and keeeping a few in the cellar.

Photo of airohead2001
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks glazeman for this strange brew!

A - Clear, dark pink/red, with a thin film head that quickly fades to a few bubbles that line the rim of my snifter. Interesting looking beer. After having many fruit beers from New Glarus, Short's, etc., this is really the only beer I've ever had that I can definitively say is red.

S - Mild, but complex. A blend of hops and soft cherries up front, with some citrus fruits in the middle, followed by a slight burn of EtOH.

T - What a strange beer. Wow. Probably the most bizarre drink I have ever tasted. Where to begin? Ok, here goes... Merlot, sweet cherries, oranges, hops and some type of earthy seasoning up front. The middle brings out some sours that resemble lemons, and the finish, odd as it may sound, are dry, bitter piney, hops. The aftertaste is nuttiness with a citrus sourness that lingers in the back of your throat. What a treat! Incredible.

M - Carbonation is nice, but the thinness of this beer leaves a bit to be desired. For being SO full of flavor and such high ABV, I would have liked just a tad bit more substance to chew on.

D - In the taste, this one is pretty drinkable. I could probably have at least two. But WOW, the EtOH does hit you. It's really easy to feel every bit of that 11.70%... So overall, the drinkability is limited by it's booziness, but the taste of this beer really keeps me begging for more.

This, fellow BAs, is a diamond in the rough. If you see this beer, buy it, chill it, let it sit for 20 minutes or so after pouring, and enjoy - you'll never try another beer like this again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, deep reddish color, with a small light tan head. In the aroma, orange zest, somewhat peppery and spicy wheat notes. In the taste, orange juice, quite spicy and a hint of alcohol. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange zest aftertaste. Big orange presence, almost difficult to finish due to ABV and citrus.

Photo of decadance
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky enough to stumble upon this.

A - Would look like a reddish amber if not for the lack of any head.

S - This is a smell of sweet citrus on top of wheat. Very pleasant.

T - Wow. It is tart citrus and grapefruit with a background of sweet citrus and wheat.

M - It is a little thick. It is a bit cloying on the palate.

D - You sip it. You drink one. You are over. The taste is so complex you don't want anything before it to muss up the taste buds, nor do you want (or need anything after).

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom (thetomG) for sharing this one at an impromptu Monday night tasting. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring. The body is a lightly hazed dark orange color.

S - Vanilla, oranges, peppercorns, some herbal hop notes, and well-hidden alcohol with only a little bite to it. Very unusual, but quite enjoyable.

T - Taste has a pulpy orange-forward flavor, with notes of vanilla pale malts and other citrus fruits from the hops. Alcohol is better hidden, and peppercorns are largely in the periphery.

M - Low carbonation, medium-full body that is sufficiently hefty, minimal alcohol warmth.

D - One of the better wheatwines I've had, and one of the strongest Short's offerings I've had in recent memory. The flavor combination worked for me, and the 10% ABV was pretty unobtrusive. I'd have this one again for sure.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating, poured into SA glass.

Orange-red elixir, thin white head dissolves to rim. Minimal lacing.

Nice orange pulp, zest and grapefruit aromas. Herbal spice with a swirl of the glass.

Mix of orange, wheat and spice. Some alcohol at the end. Refreshing.

Medium body, tangy, smooth for this ABV.

A nice change. The blood oranges really come through. The peppercorn provides a nice bonus.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange pour, glints of red, 5/8" head, this is a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of partying way too hard. Aroma, mild sweetness, not the usual citrus aroma a hophead would be used to.

Taste, blood orange all over this, sweet in a natural kind of way. The sweetness is really covering up so much of the alcohol. The peppercorn presence, I was not able to perceive.

Mouthfeel is nice, because even though this was drank at the end of July, it has that kind of mouthfeel that is made for summertime. The body is relatively light and easy going, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nice caramel presence as well.

Quite the enjoyable beer, glad I still have one left, the only question is, when?

Photo of Tripphop
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange color in the glass, very sexy color. Head is absent, managed to force a few bubbles with a heavy pour, but they run and hide. The carbonation is present in the mouth, however. Aromas of sweet candied oranges, smells sticky. Flavor has god intensity, orange is nicely squeezed in the midpalate with a wheaty finish. A good bit of heat fro mthe booze, matches up nicely with the mellow, rich body to this beer. Very solid brew, my favorite of the Short's I've tried.

Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jrags8 for this one!

Pours a ruby red with a great oranges glow that comes from the edges. A very aggressive pour produced nothing more than slight bubbles and absolutely no sign of lacing is left. Good thing this brews color is so appealing.

Smell is overwhelmed with orange and almost impossible to pick up the peppercorn, but it is there. I was hoping for a lot more pepper in the nose after reading the label, but was let down. Still had an intriguing aroma to it.

Taste is upfront with orange juice and a slight bitter grapefruit flavor. I can pick up a slight peppery taste that is followed by a bready flavor and a sweet malt backbone. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very full with a fairly low amount of carbonation. You definitely can't detect it's 11.7% ABV.

I'm very happy with my first offering from Shorts. I've heard some mixed reviews on these extremely experimental brewers, but I look forward to trying out a few more.

Thanks again Jim!

Photo of GregoryVII
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tackled this anniversary wheat wine with a snifter. It poured a minimum head that dissipated rather quickly. The color had lovely hues of dark red on an amber background that captured the light when held up in a way that made the whole thing quite brilliant. I was literally captivated by the appearance of this beer.

The initial scent for me was sweet, with alcohol present. Orange was prominent for me, not surprisingly, along with bits of peppery spice. As it warmed a little, I also get some buttery notes, diacetyl like, that reminded me of a Chardonnay. It's entirely possible my mind was playing tricks on me, because there is a lot going on in this aroma, but for a good 5 minutes I swore I smelling a good glass of wine, not beer.

The flavor was smooth and insanely fruity, bursting with blood red orange, starting sweet and finishing tart. Some light spice follows you throughout this beer, mingling with acidity from the fruit, almost teasing you throughout your journey. There is a nice acidic finish and a buttery caramel flavor that lingers. It has a medium full body and light carbonation. Highly drinkable as a good night cap.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - body is a very interesting deep red/crimson. there's not really any head left after sitting for a bit, but it's got a nice white ring around the top.
As I poured the rest of the bottle into my snifter, there was a big brown chunk that dropped into it, and now it's an opaque reddish/brown with tons of floaties.

S - intriguing smell. I smell sweet citrus, which I suppose is the blood orange, though I thought it was hops initially. Theres also a tangy syrupy sweetness that compliments this bittersweet citrus smell. Lots of character in a very narrow end of the spectrum.

T - Surprisingly bitter and dry. The orange zest really comes out on the finish. A bit of a citrusy sweetness on the front. A hint of spice from the peppercorns on the middle of the tongue. Really interesting, I've never had anything like it.
With the floaties from the bottom of the bottle, there's more of a malty sweetness on the front of the tongue, and the peppercorns come out more.

M - Very full-bodied and robust. It's a pretty big feeling beer, which is good.

D - it's kind of weird and for that, not the most drinkable beer in the world. But it's really interesting and has a nice warming finish to it. The strength of the dryness and citrusy flavors make this beer one that you don't want to be drinking constantly, but the warmth and intrigue help it out.
The more time I spend with this beer, the more its lingering flavors come out, and after not having taken a sip for several minutes, I distinctly taste peppercorns on the front of my tongue. I like that.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wintbs379 for this beer...

A: Pours a semi-translucent red with hues of copper and amber. There is almost no head, just a thin ring of foam along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose smells of orange rind, grapefruit, slight cherries, and small notes of spice. It has a solid malt backbone that make it sweet, mixed with the super bitterness of the citrus.

T: Oranges, tropical fruits, cherry juice, bitter citrus peel, and hops. It starts out sweet, then transitions to big fruit notes, and then finishes super bitter. It's pretty intense, but the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: Medium bodied beer, The flavors are all over the place. It's like biting into an orange with the outer peel still on it. It's sweet to start, malty and fruity in the middle, and bitter in the finish.

O: I actually really like this beer. Honestly, it's like biting into an orange picked straight off the tree. Rind and all.

Photo of kbutler1
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Great Taste of the MW. The 2010 Anniversary edition. Pours a truly awesome blood orange reddish tan color with a tan head. Liquid ruby comes to mind. Grapefruit and orange aromas in the nose, very pleasant. Very sweet and malty start that then turns slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a beer that I hate to rush and drink as it really is very good.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at HopCat enjoyed on 8/26. Review from notes.

a - pours a deep ruddy orange color, pretty cloudy, one-finger ivory head with light retention and lacing

s - juicy orange, floral hops, wheat and peppercorn on the nose, along with a boozy heat

t - dominant flavors are really juicy, sweet and lightly bitter orange and spicy wheat, peppercorn notes on the finish along with a substantial booziness and lingering sweet orange component, I think the use of blood oranges was great in that they provide a lightly bitter balance to the traditional sweetness of a wheatwine

m - medium-bodied with moderate to lower carbonation, good deal of alcohol warming, fairly sweet finish

d - delicious stuff, but a sipper for sure, the booze is definitely noticeable in this one and I wouldn't want to take down more than one in any given sitting, however, it's one of the most drinkable wheatwines I've ever tried

Really good stuff that I was glad to see on HopCat's bottle list. Well worth tracking a bottle down if you can.

Photo of sennin
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter on June 2, 2013.

A: Light caramel colored with a very smell white head that seems to quickly diminish, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, rather average.

S: The smell is a completely different story, I mean wow. I get tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, peach, cherry tomatoes, and some pepper spice as well. An absolute bouquet of fruit- this beer is a feast for the senses. Excellent stuff.

T: First taste is a mix of grapefruit and oranges. Later, I get something like herbal, viney tomatoes which I guess isn't too surprising considering that this beer is rather similar to Short's other brew, Bloody Beer. There are a lot of similarities in taste between the two, but I definitely like this more considering that the tomato isn't super overwhelming like it is in Bloody Beer. Peppercorns are also heavily prevalent and it works very well with the lemon zest that eventually makes an appearance on the back-end, adding something of a bitter (but not overly so) backbone to the brew. It's also a very, very easy drinker. I would almost consider this a session beer for me.

M: Creamy and smooth, but nothing really to write home about. However, the moderate carbonation does add a very pleasant bubbly sensation on the tongue as the session goes on, which is a definite plus. Slightly above average mouthfeel here.

O: This is a great beer from Short's, the taste and smell are awesome and I think it is among the best of Short's line of eccentric brews. Very good, and definitely worth a try for sure.

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Ruby body with a bright sheen. Small, gauzy, off-white head. Good lacing; not much retention. Rich nose with lots of fruit: pomegranate, strawberry, mandarin orange, and fruit cocktail. Reminiscent of sangria. Hints of alcohol mix in, lending some complexity, along with a bit of banana bread. Very fruity!

Fruity tartness greets the tongue, along with a bit of peppery bitterness. Rhubarb and tart cherry pie follow, before a nice dollop of fruity sweetness. Strawberry, mandarin orange, and sweet cherry come through. Hints of toffee and banana bread sneak in along with some warming alcohol. Fruity tartness picks up near the finish. Woody, oaky bitterness in the finish with plenty of lingering fruit. Very nice. More tartness than expected, but it balances the sweetness nicely. Medium-full body with low carbonation for a smooth, flattish feel. Happy anniversary Shorts!

Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.