Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
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
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
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
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
Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.