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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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 jbaker67
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, orange zest, orange rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, caramel, coriander, bread, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; with a huge citrus presence as expected. Taste of big orange, orange zest, caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, coriander, peppercorn, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Light citrus rind tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, citrus rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, coriander, caramel, toast, floral, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic citrus and peppery flavor balance with nice complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish.

Photo of adrienne
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of alfie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GRBLUE12
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of CDubbs75
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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 marcb105
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Drk93TT
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of JamesZ
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of EZEKIEL_F
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of duke1258
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jacksonweite
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Dmkaz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of atoulouk
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of alexanf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Kori
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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