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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 05-08-2009

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"
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Ratings: 456 | Reviews: 185
Photo of kbutler1
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Great Taste of the MW. The 2010 Anniversary edition. Pours a truly awesome blood orange reddish tan color with a tan head. Liquid ruby comes to mind. Grapefruit and orange aromas in the nose, very pleasant. Very sweet and malty start that then turns slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a beer that I hate to rush and drink as it really is very good.

Photo of shehateme
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the summer brewers guild fest 2010 and loved it. We were lucky enough to find one last bottle in a shop somewhere in downtown Ann Arbor.

A dry hopped Wheatwine brewed with blood oranges, blood orange zest and green peppercorns. A very interesting and delicious idea.

A- Very little head forms on this one, but the suds that are there are pretty white. The beer is a bright and glowing reddish amber.

S- The smell is lovely. Its very unique. I was expecting all orange but it isnt that way at all. Its actually got a lot of spice and pepperiness. Smells of green bell pepper, peppercorn, orange and spicy wheat. Oranges still remaining the most dominant, however.

T- The bell pepper, peppercorn and spice take over here. Its much stronger than I expected. The oranges are there, but unlike any orange Ive had (Ive never had a blood orange). Pepper is strong here as is spicy wheat and and earthy quality.

M- I felt that this was much too thin and not carbonated enough. This is really the only glaring default I found with this beer.

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Auror
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Blind Bif 8. First beer opened. Box sent by Abraxel.

Appearance- Golden, almost orange-ish. Very clear. Not much head, even with a vigorous pour. Pretty in the glass. (4.25)

Aroma- Nice hoppy aroma. This one's definitely some sort of IPA/hop-forward beer. Mostly citrus notes in the nose. (4.25)

Taste- Super refreshing. It's hop-forward, but not as much as the nose would have me think. There's a definite citrus juicy-ness. Very grapefruity, almost like grapefruit juice. I like this a lot. I'm not ruling out actually containing fruit, there's so much of that juicyness. Slight pith and acidity. (4.5)

Mouthfeel- It's smooth, with very delicate, but noticeable carbonation. Very slight alcohol presence, but I wouldn't peg this as over 8% ever, so I'm gonna guess it's right around there. Love the feel of this. (5)

Overall- It's hot today, and this is incredibly refreshing. I can't tell if it's some sort of hoppy fruit-IPA or something hopped up with fruit in it. Hopefully it's not just a regular IPA with a fruity hop profile, because that would be embarrassing. I don't even really have a guess as to specific beer (4.5)

The reveal: Short's Anniversary Ale! A Blood Orange wheatwine, with orange zest and green peppercorns! On BA it says it was aggressively dry-hopped, so I got that and a citrusy fruit. Totally whiffed on the peppercorns though, and the actual style was a mystery, but in my defense, a fruited hoppy wheatwine is tough to pick out. I should have guessed Shorts though. Great beer! Looks pretty polarizing on BA, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks Abraxel!

Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark burnt orange/copper. Head is non-existent with a small white collar. No lacing or carbonation. Pretty.

Smell: Loaded with citrus. Rich earthy blood orange and huge grapefruit push. Juicy orange flesh with some zest and oily rind. Sharp bite of alcohol. Nice soft spice runs through the back. Deeply caramelized runs from straight sugar to caramel to a touch of toffee. Some wheat in there as well. Orange soaked in booze.

Taste: Straight up blood orange. Rich and juicy with a slightly tart finish. Wheat adds a nice compliment, bringing in something almost earthy. Grapefruit oil and zest play in the back. Big sweet maltiness add caramel and toffee. Alcohol heat grows as it warms, but it's a lot less aggressive than the nose. So much blood orange it's actually impressive. Slight hint of soft spice, it's really minimal. Bitter orange rind. Straight up juice. Lacks a little malt depth, one note after the blood orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Slick and smooth. Finishes clean with no lingering alcohol heat.

Overall: Hey, it tastes like the description on the bottle!

I've had less than great experiences with Short's and their crazy concoctions. This one actually drinks like a glass of blood orange juice with a little wheat and caramelized sweetness. Damn is it tasty.

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - a true blood orange in color. impressive. eggshell head that is fluffy and sticky and sticks around till i finish my sample.

smell - orange peel and juice, some tartness... not sure where thats coming from, spices (hard to name), perhaps white peppercorn and others. some citrus

taste - follows the nose. very original, crazy but in a good way.

mouthfeel - drinkable, medium to thick bodied, curious how this would age. good carbonation for the body.

Photo of Agentveba
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of NooseJustice
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields a dusting of white head with poor retention. I'd like more head with better retention.. Beautiful clear dark crimson liquid.
S: Strong citrus, grapefruit, blood orange. Little else, but so pleasant!
T: Bitter, fruity, citrus rind. Sweet but not cloying. Tastes very similar to red grapefruit. Slightly bready malt in aftertaste. Slight sauvignon blanc acidity. Alcohol finish grows with the second half.
M: Very bitter and biting. Expectorant qualities. Some heat on the swallow.
D: Very enjoyable. I'd order another and I want a six-pack now! Only one more in a session though due to its strength.

I tried this again after buying a six pack three-4 weeks later. It was much less bitter, much hotter, and much boozier. Not as great as I remembered. Fresh, this beer was amazing.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from Northernbrews in a recent trade. Shared this beer with a buddy while grilling. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson orange with a beautiful one finger creamy tan head. A decent cap and thick collar remains along with plenty of rich sticky lacing. Great looking brew.
Smell- Surprisingly peppery with a spicy kick to start. The blood orange is really apparent too as the beer is fruity and fairly vibrant. Lightly sweet with a touch of caramel and butterscotch.
Taste- Plenty of orange to start with the sort of bitter citrus that is unmistakably blood orange. The peppercorns seem more noticeable in the nose but taste wise but there is a light sort of spiciness but not a huge bite of pepper. Surprisingly, not sweet but very rich and bitter. Not sure if it's the hops or blood orange but I'm leaning towards the later.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and full with a light spritzy feel from the medium carbonation
Drinkability- Not bad. Thank god I had help drinking this growler as there is no way I'd be able to put the whole thing down. Very tasty and super unique but two glasses were plenty. Thanks much Jeff!!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra as part of a great trade with BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating--that said, I know this releases in May, so it's either a month or 12 months old. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pretty standard appearance for a wheat wine, with a slightly cloudy, ruddy orange hue with hints of rust coloration in the body. I don't really see the purple hue that the blood oranges supposedly impart. Atop the body is a frothy one finger head with a smattering of larger bubbles from the pour, but mostly densely-packed microbubbles. Retention is moderate, and it leaves sparse silky lace on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Bright citrus and acidity are the primary components, with an underlying alcoholic astringency. There is a very heavy presence from the blood orange, making this particular take on a a wheat wine more citrusy than I've ever had before. It really kicks up the inherent citrus notes that can come through in the style, but it's not a hoppy citrus.

Taste - Picking right up where the smell left off, this time with a big pungent explosion of citrus that borders on tart, but without any of the puckering feeling that you get from beers that tend towards the sour. It's pure fruit essence tartness rather than wild yeast/bacteria tartness. There is a subtle hint from the green peppercorns, with just a bit of herbal spice, but it's hard to detect, as I don't think I've had green peppercorns before. On the finish, there are subtle notes of caramel and vanilla sweetness, but it's very much subservient to the big citrus from the blood orange. The heat that was present in the smell isn't nearly as pronounced in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly tart, juicy feel on the palate. A hint of sweetness on the aftertaste.

Overall, a really interesting beer and incredibly refreshing for such a high level of alcohol. Based on the flavors, I'm going to guess that this is the 2014 release--the orange flavor is just so fresh and juicy.

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice tan foamy head. Brew is cloudy orange color.

S - Lots of citrus! Some sweet fruits too. suagry. some orange and lime.

T - Unique bitterness. Lots of grapefruit. some unusual orange flavors and perfectly floral.

M - Smooth, sweet bitterness. Wonderful carbonation. No heat.

O - This brew optimizes what I love about Shorts. Very unique brew. Yum. Nice sweetness, very refreshing. Highly recommended, unique brew. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Photo of HardyA
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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