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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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88
very good

426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 62
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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Slay40

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Nice appearance overall

Very orange nose

Tasted peppercorn up front, with citrus finish

Very nice mouth feel

Overall another great offering from Shorts.

I can see why this is highly coveted very drinkable for a high alcohol beer
will buy this one year after year

05-08-2013 04:00:31 | More by Slay40
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-16-2013 06:20:43 | More by beergorrilla
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Giggy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-04-2013 04:17:38 | More by Giggy
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

03-02-2013 00:57:13 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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Agentveba

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.6%

02-24-2013 21:35:52 | More by Agentveba
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ScottP

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-23-2013 21:12:39 | More by ScottP
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-22-2013 21:43:06 | More by JohnnieNepal
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Big thanks to Mike for splitting this with me. Aged almost one year (2012 vintage). Pours a slightly red-tinted copper color with decent clarity and a light, off-white, wispy head that fizzles away in a short amount of time. The aroma is buckled down with a nice pungency of juicy oranges and tangerines. But not just any oranges - these are "blood" oranges.

I've never had a blood orange and I don't know exactly what they are, but if they're anything like blood diamonds, then I will not be having this beer ever again. I'm joking. But seriously, these oranges smell very fresh, ripe, and juicy. Light peppercorn on the nose mixes and fades in with the slight phenol character I'm picking up from the alcohol. It's not too strong, however - the oranges are always dominant. Light hop character, leafy and spicy, but not very "bitter" smelling.

This is another case of the taste being an exact replica of the smell in drinkable form. Oranges engulf the palate right out of the gate. For a second, they almost give a tart character - not quite puckering, but definitely borderline sour. Very fresh and vibrant as it slowly cascades into a bitter-sweetness. As this is happening, the phenol flavors come out a bit and the alcohol asserts itself - at 10% ABV, this beer is certainly no slouch.

Some other light citrus and grapefruit flavors are coupled with the oranges, but the orange definitely stands out the most. Peppercorns are barely noticeable, but can be found if you're looking. They provide a light spiciness that almost camouflages with the hop character - a mild leafy and herbal tone that adds more flavor than real bitterness. Medium-ish body, low-medium carbonation, smooth on the palate.

Another tasty beer from Shorts with another ingredient I've never tasted in real life and never would've thought to put in a beer. Nice execution with the "blood oranges" to give a very authentic and ripe flavor.

EDIT: 5/9/2013

Enjoyed a 2013 Anniversary Ale fresh. The blood oranges are a little more vibrant and assertive and the peppercorn is toned down just a touch, but it still an integral part of the brew. Hop character is also a bit more prominent. Mouth feel is better than I remember, and the juicy, sweet, and nearly tart blood orange finish is fantastic. Don't know if this is "better" fresh, or the 2013 batch was just a little more to my liking, but I've gotta bump the score. This is great stuff.

02-20-2013 22:11:48 | More by tectactoe
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valdieu2

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

02-15-2013 03:14:12 | More by valdieu2
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avalonct

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

02-08-2013 01:16:33 | More by avalonct
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-07-2013 21:32:00 | More by Nachos4two
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rjcoy06

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-31-2013 22:45:34 | More by rjcoy06
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-11-2013 20:49:05 | More by BlissJunkie
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-05-2013 04:02:28 | More by t0rin0
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 4/20/2012. 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. Overall this is a highly excellent wheatwine! Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

12-09-2012 06:04:05 | More by superspak
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-04-2012 03:29:44 | More by chippo33
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

11-04-2012 23:57:49 | More by Hopstout
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-24-2012 22:01:46 | More by HopsHopenstein
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz brown bottle – 2012 Vintage

Shorts Brewing Anniversary Ale poured a clear light plum color producing a very thin almost non-existent head made of small bubbles that formed a collar around my snifter. The aroma, the best part of this Ale was dominated by citrus; blood orange, grapefruit and spiciness from the peppercorns. The flavor matches the nose with the citrus (blood orange and grapefruit) up front followed by a peppery and somewhat tart/sour finish that builds as you consume the Ale. The carbonation is to the light side with a medium body and somewhat thinner mouth feel than I was expecting
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This is my first Shorts Brewing beer and Anniversary Ale is one of the most unique Ales I have had…I guess I am still trying to figure this one out. I plan to age a few of these to see how age affects this unique brew.

09-22-2012 23:10:22 | More by bushbeer75
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-27-2012 17:04:34 | More by fbc24
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -17%

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.

08-27-2012 02:57:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-16-2012 23:28:26 | More by JustinMatthew
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Dark orange pour, glints of red, 5/8" head, this is a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of partying way too hard. Aroma, mild sweetness, not the usual citrus aroma a hophead would be used to.

Taste, blood orange all over this, sweet in a natural kind of way. The sweetness is really covering up so much of the alcohol. The peppercorn presence, I was not able to perceive.

Mouthfeel is nice, because even though this was drank at the end of July, it has that kind of mouthfeel that is made for summertime. The body is relatively light and easy going, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nice caramel presence as well.

Quite the enjoyable beer, glad I still have one left, the only question is, when?

08-06-2012 22:39:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz bottle, no dating, poured into SA glass.

Orange-red elixir, thin white head dissolves to rim. Minimal lacing.

Nice orange pulp, zest and grapefruit aromas. Herbal spice with a swirl of the glass.

Mix of orange, wheat and spice. Some alcohol at the end. Refreshing.

Medium body, tangy, smooth for this ABV.

A nice change. The blood oranges really come through. The peppercorn provides a nice bonus.

08-06-2012 22:26:06 | More by CaptCleveland
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-03-2012 22:50:52 | More by 1Adam12
Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.