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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 61
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

djrn2, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jaydoc, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

largadeer, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Kegatron, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, May 27, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

mdfb79, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beernads, Oct 08, 2014
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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.