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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
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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Photo of flexabull


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been very anxious to try this one, and thanks to mikesgroove, this bottle found it's way to me. Thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear red color, with a pretty nice small white head. Looks good.

Aromas are boozy, sweet, with light citrus, and tart oranges.

Taste is complex. Wow, lots going on here... Tart citrus fruits, bitter oranges, light spicy wheat, and quite peppery. Finish is quite bitter, boozy and warm.

Mouthfeel is full and thick.

Drinkability is pretty good. But man, at this point it is pretty strong to be something I would make a major effort too revisit.

Interesting, what a conundrum. This beer is a major powerhouse of flavors, super complex, unique, and very interesting. However, part of me wishes I would have sat on this one for a year or two, but the more I sip, the more I notice that this beer is more about the bitter (not hop bitter, but fruit bitter) flavors, and I wonder what would be left after aging this one. With that said, it's still interesting enough to make me wish that there was bottle of this tucked away in my cellar.

Weird beer... Doesn't seem to be like most Wheatwines.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:45:40 | More by flexabull
Photo of jbaker67


3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, orange zest, orange rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, caramel, coriander, bread, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; with a huge citrus presence as expected. Taste of big orange, orange zest, caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, coriander, peppercorn, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Light citrus rind tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, citrus rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, coriander, caramel, toast, floral, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic citrus and peppery flavor balance with nice complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:49:11 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, a wheatwhine with a lot of oranges and peppercorn. Dark brown and lacey. Full mouthfeel. Malty and licorice. Refreshing and how this would be amazing with a meal. Was fairly average in aroma, not as complex as expected. Had aged in bottle form, and was very rich, thanks Steve! same rating.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 13:00:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of zoso1967


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TCgoalie for procuring this for me.

Pours a rich reddish deep amber color with almost no foam at all. The slight traces of head are parchment in color and cling to the sides of the glass quite well.

The aroma is very interesting. Boozy orange, pepper, and some green apple like tartness. Not the most complex nose, but all the flavors are wonderfully fresh, even in this aging bottle.

The flavor is equally interesting with a nice tart citrus zing to it. There is plenty of zesty orange in the flavor. It also has a definite caramel, toffee sort of malty character, and some cherry like fruitiness. Peppery spiciness is also present, as is a decent alcohol component. I realized half way through that the warmer this beer is, the more expressive it gets. Much better at near room temperature than it was at 45 degrees.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with subdued carbonation. It has a finish that is both sticky and dry, and leaves some tart orange zest flavors.

This is a sipper, and has some wonderful flavors in it. Who would have thought that pepper and blood oranges would complement each other so well? Another creative and well crafted beer from Bellaire, MI.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:41:03 | More by zoso1967
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty deep orange color with hues of purple, lightly cloudy, not too much head or lacing despite a rough pour, but still nice to look at from the gorgeous color.

Smells of oranges for sure, also quite spicy, herbal hops, and wheat are all present for a nice smelling brew.

Taste is boldly orange and hoppy, very spicy, yet still typically wheatwine. Rather enjoyable!

Body is pretty full with low carbonation and a lightly citrusy aftertaste.

Overall it's a very interesting brew that I'd like to re-try ever now and again just because it's so interesting. Tasty too!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:44:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of oregonskibum


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a clear, dark red color that fades to orange right at the edges. Pours with a thin white head with a noticable fizziness. Fades almost immediately to a flat appearance.

S: Smell is very fruity, sweet. Strawberry, cranberry. Orange is there, but very faint. Some faint spiciness from the pepper is present as well. Not picking up any malts or hops in the smell.

T: The orange definitely shows up on the taste. And the pepper too. Interesting. Unlike any beer or wheatwine I've had before. Taste is hard to characterize, but surprisingly good. Obviously the orange, but other citrus flavors as well. No strong malt presence. Some faint bitterness. Finish has a pleasant orange flavor with some tangy notes from the pepper. Some faint warmth on the finish, but minimal.

M: Medium body that just lightly coats the tongue. Carbonation is moderate and makes for a lively drinking experience.

D: Interesting, but quite nice. Just a touch too much pepper on the finish, but overall, easy to drink. Not sure if I'll hunt this out again, but glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 04:29:53 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into chouffe tulip.

A- Orange (no way!) bere that, despite a vigorous pour, only summons up a few bubbles.

S- Fruity.. can't say it's orange for sure, I get a lot of peach and nectarine.

T- Boozy, but the orange flavors work well with the alcohol. Sweet, there's no way around it. The orange is kind of in the backround, but does well in spicing up the wheatwine base.

M- Boozy, big beer. Low carbonation, but it works.

D- Fairly high, style in mind. The alcohol is in check- boozy but not out of line. A refreshing take on a favorite style of mine.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 23:40:32 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of TCHopCraver


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/20/10.

A: The color of this beer has a ruby and garnet hue, like a "sailor's warning" sunrise over North Lake Leelanau. This is truly a beautiful beer. An off white 1/2 finger head fades to leave an attractive haziness on top. Dotty lacing meanders slowly down the sides of the glass.

S: BAM! BLOOD ORANGES! Really, that is the dominant aroma. Deeper inhales reveal the green peppercorn spice complement. I smell some wheatwine characteristics, but they are pretty much overpowered by the citrus and spice. This is a unique and pleasant smell.

T: Much more complex than the smell. The blood orange taste is evident throughout the sip and speaks primarily to the broad top of my tongue. The green peppercorn spice is also omnipresent and bites at the sides and tip of my tongue. The backside of each sip is where this beer really gets wild and crazy. At roughly the same time, the alcoholic heat, full, creamy malts, and bitter hops play like a trumpet fanfare on my palate. It is amazing to me how lasting an impression the bittering hops leave on my tongue, because for most of the sip, this is a sweet and spicy beer.

M: With the sweet citrus, spicy peppercorn, hefty malts, bitter finish, and the high alcohol content, there is a lot substance to this MF. It is perhaps medium bodied, but the component parts really titillate my palate.

D: This is a really large and interesting beer which I have had a couple of times now. But, with its aggressive spiciness, high a.b.v., and dry finish, I don't think this would be a 'drink often' beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 21:37:03 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of mdaschaf


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Marc for sending this one my way.

A: Poured an impressive copper/orange/red color with a one finger off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: A heavy dose of blood oranges, very inviting, especially for a wheatwine. Some orange zest and a bit of spice as well.

T: More orange and orange zest, a bit of wheat, and spices. There is a slight sweetness from some caramel/toffee malt.

M: Medium to full bodied, but not really thick - just a bit heavy and filling. Nice level of carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: One of the best wheatwines I have had so far. The blood oranges gave it a nice flavor and made it much more drinkable probably. Does not seem like a 10% beer whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 18:55:17 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of smakawhat


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nobody has reviewed this out of the cask? Ha ha I shall be the first, into a snifter from the cask at Churchkey DC.

Great color on this beer. Deep cherry red and ruby, with a soapy classic sudsy off white and tan head, very cask bubbly in appearance, but also some real good staying power. There's a few little rising bubbles but not many, the color of this beer is fantastic.

Closed nose a little not too bad, bud a small vinous character seems to come of mild vinegar, and bitter zest sort of apricot more than anything.

Taste has classic chewy out of the cask and butter coating feel, with a great chewy orange rind and juicy grapefruit bitter. Citrus bitter pounds out of this with a controlled soft palate. There doesn't seem to be much of a pepper angle on this though.

Overall real impressive, it's like eating grapefruit rinds and all its bitter softness in a liquid form, with a chewy backbone. Neat.

Serving type: cask

06-15-2012 15:20:12 | More by smakawhat
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Finally gonna crack into this tasty-sounding wheatwine. It pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises blood orange zest, tart orange, nutmeg, maple syrup, and light black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mandarin orange syrup, light green peppers, banana, light vanilla bean, ruby red grapefruit, and some very light leek. Somehow, this thing tastes both all over the place and citrus-centric at the same time. Nice. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice wheatwine, one that shows what strategic use of blood oranges can do.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:59:36 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch orange-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, blood oranges, citrus zest, and some pepper notes. Taste is of blood oranges, blood orange juice, citrus zest, and a spicy kick from the peppercorns. The aftertaste is a bit acidic and definitely citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and interesting beer with the blood orange and peppercorn combination.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:16:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a lovely deep burnt red hue with a quarter inch bright white head that dissipates into a frothy band. Nose is sweet and clearly expresses blood orange and citric acid as well as an herbal/spicy quality. It's really quite interesting and like nothing I've ever smelled before in a beer. Taste expresses a great deal of citrus rind as well as a trace of sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation and quite a bit of astringency. An interesting beer. I'm happy to have tried it; however, a half pour was more than sufficient.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 18:29:46 | More by Jwale73
Photo of MDDMD


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, orange, spice, hint of brown sugar

T-malt, orange, caramel, toasted malt, slight sweetness, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-an interesting ale, good flavor, a unique ale

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:05:49 | More by MDDMD
Photo of warnerry


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release

A - Pours a nice clear red-tinged reddish orange with minimal head and essentially no lacing.

S - Citrus and wheat are the dominant aromas. Citrus is more pulp than rind.

T -- Big citrus taste, both pulp and rind. Nice acidity, but not sour. A bit of bitterness. Wheat is also prominent. Finishes a little dry and bitter. Also nice pepper on the finish.

M - Has the pillowy (for lack of a better term) mouthfeel I associate with wheatwines. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, but not so in this case. Finishes with some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty enjoyable wheatwine, and I enjoyed the citrus and pepper components.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:56:39 | More by warnerry
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie and thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and wheat. The flavor is blood oranges, wheat and alcohol. There is a little bit of tartness in the flavor, but not as much as you would get in a sour ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:42:41 | More by Mora2000
Photo of 1Adam12


4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-03-2012 22:50:52 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 05:12:59 | More by mjtiernan
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-15-2013 16:07:16 | More by williamjbauer
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-27-2011 15:58:34 | More by SPRichard
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark burnt orange-red in color, thick and opaque. One finger of off-white head shows good retention and manages to leave a good amount of lacing, mostly leggy with some light patching, in good quantity on the glass.
The aroma is very much to par with expectations. Lots of orange and strongly so, with the particular sweet/sour blend that distinguishes blood oranges from the usual. The peppery note is easily detectable as well. A bit of wheat forms the backing for the rest of it.
The taste follows suit. The spice from the peppercorn is distinct, with an almost earthy vegetable element along with white pepper notes, all in a good way, behind sweet orange with just a bit of sourness and a touch of rind bitterness pulling through. The wheat is in here, but a stronger backbone would pull it all together to be even better, perhaps exceptional. It's certainly good, though.
There's no doubt this is crisp, and a medium body shows some depth to it, with a good smoothness that a little more of would serve to put this one a step above. It goes slightly slick in the mouthfeel toward the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 13:00:45 | More by Brenden
Photo of beerhan


4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-13-2014 22:25:11 | More by beerhan
Photo of Stu_Grimson


4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2014 04:32:37 | More by Stu_Grimson
Photo of trappistlover


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101! Many thanks Kevin!). Pours a slightly hazy orange-mahogany color with thin off-white head. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma had loads of sweet orange, pith, wheat, caramel, and light pepper. Taste is sweet with the orange really coming through. The peppercorns are noticeable, but only appear at times. This one is definitely more about the orange. Full bodied with a sticky texture. A nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 06:23:48 | More by trappistlover
Photo of fishmich


4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-17-2013 21:09:15 | More by fishmich
Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.