Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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88
very good

450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 61
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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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!

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4.49/5  rDev +14%
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!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly darker shade of orange. Head forms breifly before fading to absolutely nothing. Carbonation soon disappears completely.

S: Immediately upon opening the bottle I could smell the blood oranges. No mistaking that. Subtle spice notes are there also.

T: Definitely get the blood orange flavor here. Then you get a little bit of citrus zest before the peppercorns make their appearance. Pretty good spice presence that fades to some herbal flavors is what you get from them. The wheaty malt flavors are also noticeable. Where is the alcohol? Nowhere to be found until a decent amount of warming has taken place.

M: For 10% ABV this feels incredibly light, probably due to a large percentage of the malt being from wheat. Also feels a touch watery and flat in the mouth due to low carbonation.

O: I think I would like this beer a lot more without the peppercorns. While they do add interesting layers of flavor, I think they are also partly clashing with the blood oranges. This is an interesting beer and it was worth the purchase, but probably not one I'd have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Photo of xnicknj
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Perennial tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Lightly hazed brilliant orange pour with a thin suggestion of head, dissolving quickly, leaving little lacing or retention.

Literally, I brought the glass to my nose, took a whiff and went, "whoa!" Explosively juicy blood oranges, pithy and pulpy with light sweetness. Boozy glow, spicy peppercorns, wheat and citrus.

An absolute avalanche of blood orange with notes of citrus peel, pulpy juicy and light sweetness. Citric with warming alcohol throughout. The backbone lurks underneath the metric ton of oranges with honey, wheat and sugar. Wait for it...bam! - right at the end, the peppercorns poke through, smacking the palate with a spicy warmth, combining with the booze and oranges to finish it off.

Fuller medium body, lighter carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue. I really enjoyed the hell out of this one - between the oranges, peppercorns and warmth, this was one of the best Short's beers I've tasted in a long time. More, please.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sennin
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter on June 2, 2013.

A: Light caramel colored with a very smell white head that seems to quickly diminish, not a whole lot of lacing on the glass, rather average.

S: The smell is a completely different story, I mean wow. I get tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, peach, cherry tomatoes, and some pepper spice as well. An absolute bouquet of fruit- this beer is a feast for the senses. Excellent stuff.

T: First taste is a mix of grapefruit and oranges. Later, I get something like herbal, viney tomatoes which I guess isn't too surprising considering that this beer is rather similar to Short's other brew, Bloody Beer. There are a lot of similarities in taste between the two, but I definitely like this more considering that the tomato isn't super overwhelming like it is in Bloody Beer. Peppercorns are also heavily prevalent and it works very well with the lemon zest that eventually makes an appearance on the back-end, adding something of a bitter (but not overly so) backbone to the brew. It's also a very, very easy drinker. I would almost consider this a session beer for me.

M: Creamy and smooth, but nothing really to write home about. However, the moderate carbonation does add a very pleasant bubbly sensation on the tongue as the session goes on, which is a definite plus. Slightly above average mouthfeel here.

O: This is a great beer from Short's, the taste and smell are awesome and I think it is among the best of Short's line of eccentric brews. Very good, and definitely worth a try for sure.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.