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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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88
very good

424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-07-2009 13:00:39 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-05-2013 04:02:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-17-2011 23:16:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours an orangish color with an off white head. Smell is immediately magnetic to my nose--the peppercorns and blood orange really make a wonderful pairing. The taste is another step up from there, with the peppercorns not too pronounced and the blood oranges presenting a cacophony of flavors all by themselves. Mouthfeel is exception...thought this was about 5% abv based on taste. Drinkability isn't that high, although I thought about boosting the score about more as this is so good compared to other wheatwines that it's drinkability is by definition good or a bit higher.

09-23-2010 11:54:29 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-18-2011 20:39:20 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a rocky head that doesn't hang around very long though it does leave some dotting behind

Smell: Blood orange pith dominates, though there is a bready aspect underneath

Taste: Orange juice that starts out sweet and then grows ever tarter by mid-palate, when the wheat bread and alcohol make their appearance; after the swallow, the sweet and tart orange flavors interplay and, in the finish, the green peppercorns add a noticeable bit of heat

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; leaves some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I did a 180° with this beer; at first I found it unbalanced and a bit too herbal but as it warmed, I enjoyed the subtle flavorings and, in particular, the peppercorn heat on the finish

12-25-2010 19:57:50 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-19-2014 07:03:59 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-30-2013 18:58:52 | More by acurtis
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Holy hell what do we have here. I have been dying to crack this one open and once I did I had no idea what I was in store for. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/13/2010.

The pour was a very clear dark amber color with lots of orange highlights to it. Small head of white tops it off nicely with a light bit of lacing that eventually falls by the wayside.

Aroma is well oranges. They dominate everything about this beer and I absolutely loved it. Rich and sweet oranges are all over the place, it was like drinking juice in the morning, so sweet and fresh. I could see how some would see this as over done, but I really did think it was fantastically put together. A touch of light pepper in the finish, but mostly just the sweetest, juicest orange you have ever come across. Really quite well done I have to say.

Overall this is gonna be a love it or hate it beer, an I loved it, really worked very well for me on nearly every level.

08-14-2010 03:57:32 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-14-2010 01:37:22 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-20-2014 17:23:06 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-14-2014 04:27:27 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-26-2011 20:59:36 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-15-2011 17:52:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a glowing red color, forming a thin but lasting head.

Awesome nose of grapefruit and blood orange amplified by citrusy hops. Slight marijuana and herbal notes. Peppercorns lend some spiciness. The fruit and hops work really nicely together.

Delicious grapefruit and orange flavors on the palate. Spicy, peppery, herbal. Some earthy notes mid palate. Finishes quite bitter and herbal. Dry and light bodied. Delicious.

06-02-2012 03:40:57 | More by largadeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -17%

Whew. Blood oranges. You get subtle hints of it on the nose, but there is nothing subtle about the blood oranges on the flavor profile. The bitter tones that taste like they are from the orange's skin are too prevalent. Beyond that, there is little that you get a ride from. As a wheatwine, this falls short. As a beer, it's alright.

08-27-2012 02:57:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

10-15-2011 05:19:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Cheers to MarcatGSB for this

Pours an effervescent caramel with a modicum of cream colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Orange & tangerine rinds

T: Follows the nose, along with some ruby red grapefruit & faint bready notes up front. Some faint apricot notes hide beneath all the citrus & a kiss of pear as well, along with more bready notes. finishes with a citrus flourish, a touch grapefruit/earthy bitterness & a bit of mead/honey dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight/smooth carbonation

I really enjoyed this. There now way a beer this big should go down so easy in warm weather. Could drink this all spring/summer if feasible

05-27-2011 00:51:18 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

On tap @ The Great Taste of the Midwest (Madison, WI) on 8/14/10. Several samples served in a tasting mug.

Pours a clear cranberry color with a thin covering of off-white head. This fizzles down fairly quickly, leaving just some light spotty lace behind. The aroma is mostly all wheat and oranges in the nose, with a sweet tanginess and juicy fruit character that is working really well for me. Some light sugars, spice, and floral hops all round this out nicely.

The taste is sweet and tangy in the mouth with the aforementioned blend of wheat and oranges but then a tart spicy blast settles into the middle portion of the profile, before settling into a strong finish of pithy earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a good feeling smooth crispness to it which keeps this moving well. As for the alcohol, I did get some warmth out of this while imbibing but it absolutely blew my mind when I found out that this was almost 12%. I would have never had guessed that, as this remained such a smooth sipper throughout.

A Blood Orange Wheat Wine sounded a little crazy when I first heard about this but the flavors all just worked very nicely for me here. I love that this didn't skip on the orange flavor and the addition of peppercorns really upped the zestiness of this to a new level. The finish was a little overly bitter IMHO but otherwise, this was pretty great stuff.

08-19-2010 16:44:44 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

06-13-2011 23:10:32 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

06-03-2011 15:55:12 | More by drabmuh
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to northerbrews for the extra!

Decanted into a Gigantic Brewing goblet (it was convenient). Poured a pleasant honey-amber color, pristine clarity, no head, but a wispy layer of bubbles that dissipated to an extremely thin ringlet; no lacing. Lots of orange in the aroma, pith, pulp, rind, you name it, spicy peppercorns that came out more as the beer warmed up, herbal hops, and a bit of booziness. Taste was distinctively dominated by orange, much like the aroma, tangy, toasted wheat, secondary notes of banana peel, and a ubiquitous peppercorn presence. Higher alcohol was detectable, but not imposing. Flavors melded very well. Medium body, low carbonation, unusually good drinkability. Very nice!

07-08-2013 20:50:39 | More by Rifugium
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-17-2010 02:42:41 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch of white head and almost no carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly or oranges, as well as lemon, citrus hops, fruity malts, and sugar.

t - Tastes of some weird sweer oranges. Also some grapefruit, lemon, citrus hops, and sugar. Not great.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Kind of a weird beer. The smell was ok, but the taste wasn't very enjoyable. Wouldn't seek out again.

10-23-2010 23:16:52 | More by mdfb79
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-13-2013 02:05:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.