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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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88
very good

426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 62
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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allisonastra

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.6%

05-28-2013 17:46:08 | More by allisonastra
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-27-2013 23:58:39 | More by Jas45678
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Thanks alelover!

What a beaut... bright red/orange body with a boozy, large gauge finger of head that recedes to a thin collar that laces perfectly, showing every bit of booze.

Huge blood orange presence - the peppercorn really compliments the citrus and wheat. Clean, sweet... very approachable.

Wow... again, the flavors from the oranges are big and bad. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate with undertones of cereal wheat and honey. This is absolutely fantastic. My favorite beer from Short's without a doubt. Unique, thirst quenching, vibrant. Is this really ten percent?

05-27-2013 01:08:25 | More by yamar68
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-26-2013 19:56:16 | More by mikeincharleston
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Pat316

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-24-2013 00:26:35 | More by Pat316
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-22-2013 04:14:32 | More by fgilbert2
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

05-19-2013 18:09:53 | More by DMarlinJ
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-19-2013 12:10:10 | More by DannyDan
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-18-2013 23:13:21 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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minterro

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

bought at Spartan Spirits for a little over 2 bucks a single

Paired with peanuts

Very powerful sweet moscato smell to it. Not much bitterness in the smell, but the alcohol tones are well pronounced. A lively beer with ruby red color. Head is very fizzy and fades very fast, leaving behind no signs of lacing.

The taste is not nearly as intense as I expected. The addition of peppery spice is made present (very much so) in the finish. Citrus hops are present but a bit overpowered by the spicyness. Dry but not bitter in the finish. Very crisp and sharp on the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden, even as it warms.

I found this beer enjoyable, but would probably not seek it out again.

05-18-2013 02:42:12 | More by minterro
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-18-2013 01:22:09 | More by HarmonMW
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alelover

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-18-2013 00:38:13 | More by alelover
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WolvAlerine

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-18-2013 00:28:47 | More by WolvAlerine
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c64person

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-17-2013 22:05:35 | More by c64person
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

$2 bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint".

Appearance: Pours a sunset sort of orange color with about a finger of a white head, that dies down pretty quickly. Decent bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Quite significant alcohol legs.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and mango dominate the aroma... very fresh smell. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste: Interesting ... I've never had a Wheatwine, so I didn't know what to expect. This is very distinctive. The peppery note coats the mouth but isn't too pungent, and there's also a citrus flavor with quite a sour quality, which I'd assume is the yeast used in this beer. The aftertaste is heavy on the wheat, with almost a briny flavor as well... Summit hops? A strange mix, but it's manageable. Peppery, sour orange juice brine is the essential flavor here, with a wheaty, minorly burning finish. The feel is surprisingly light, as I was expecting a thicker beer. I'm glad it's not too thick though, as this beer could easily become cloying if that were the case. The aftertaste is probably my favorite part about Anniversary Ale. Love the wheat, orange, pepper flavor.

This just isn't quite my style. It's not bad by any means, though. In fact, I'd consider it to be a VERY GOOD beer just because I never thought "Peppery, sour orange juice brine" would be an appealing flavor. Definitely glad to have tried this, and it's a unique beer, but I'd not have it often.

05-15-2013 17:28:32 | More by Alextricity
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avschmitt

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2013 15:21:44 | More by avschmitt
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ryand14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2013 12:28:19 | More by ryand14
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Benny3000

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2013 11:54:52 | More by Benny3000
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Mouthfeel: kinda softer and lighter. actually refreshing which is weird but good for this heavy and strong of a beer. very hot on the backend too

Overall: i picked up the last one of these at the store when i had thought i missed it. and am i glad i did. this is a great beer. i wish i coulda got a whole sixpack. the tastes are spot. just delicous

05-12-2013 01:24:09 | More by SportsandJorts
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Tek9ne

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-11-2013 22:02:19 | More by Tek9ne
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DeviousSpirits

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-11-2013 20:20:12 | More by DeviousSpirits
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Kerrie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-11-2013 01:17:59 | More by Kerrie
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HardyA

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-11-2013 00:39:16 | More by HardyA
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Vogie

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-10-2013 01:22:55 | More by Vogie
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ereye

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-09-2013 22:55:11 | More by ereye
Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.