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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 62
Gots: 46 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

LambicKing, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Hanzo, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

GRBLUE12, Sep 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

CDubbs75, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

marcb105, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Gotti311, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mychalg9, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Drk93TT, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of bigaltemple
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden orange. White head shrinks to a thin halo. No real lacing to speak of. Pretty good show of effervescence though.

Seems to be as advertised. Get a lot of wheat, along with all things orange. Bright and sharp zest, as well as some sweet pulp.

Immediate thought is pink grapefruit. Seems to be some sweetness trying to fight its way out, but the grapefruit characteristic is too overpowering. Some orange rind mingles in as it warms a little. Also able to pull out some of the wheat notes. Mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp and wet.

Interesting brew, and an okay summer drink, but not something I would actively seek out again.

bigaltemple, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JamesZ, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

EZEKIEL_F, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

duke1258, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jacksonweite, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for sending this.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange with fairly little head that recedes to a flat top pretty quickly, fairly minimal carbonation, appears almost flat, lacing recedes back into the glass.

S- Blood oranges, citrus lemons, fairly zesty smelling, malty wheat backbone, some light spices hiding in the background. About average aroma strength.

T- Blood oranges, zesty lemons, fairly citrusy with a decent amount of bitterness, peppercorn comes out fairly strong on the finish with a decent wheat presence. Citrus with a faint hint of peppercorn remain as a lingering aftertaste. Not bad taste wise, just a little bit too zesty for my liking.

M- Medium bodied, fairly flat, pretty drinkable, 10% abv fairly hidden. Not bad but could use some more carbonation instead of being almost completely flat.

O- This was an interesting brew that I was glad to try, but probably wouldn't seek out to try again. It was packed with flavor but the zestiness and peppercorn were a little bit too much in my opinion, plus it was fairly flat. Overall this is definitely something worth trying for it's uniqueness, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you love blood oranges.

jaasen64, Aug 04, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (much appreciated!). No bottle date but just released early May. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours cloudy amber orange with a quarter finger pale head that fades quickly without leaving any lace.

Smells so inviting with strong blood orange, candy sugar, mild spice some pronounced hops and a faint tickle of alcohol.

Those blood oranges are featured prominently in the flavor. Bold bitter sweet orange, caramelized wheat, slight peppercorn, citrus rind hops and booze. A nice mix.

Oily medium full body with very light carbonation. Spicy, bittersweet citrus and peppercorn finish.

I'm glad I traded for several of these. The first couple I found a bit strange but the more I drink, the more I like this. It's a great original take on wheatwines with such potent blood orange flavor and it goes down dangerously easily for a 10% brew. Highly recommended for any fellow wheatwine fans because it's like no other. I'll be trading for some of this every year.

ThickNStout, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Dmkaz, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.