Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 62
Gots: 68 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.82/5  rDev -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!

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 CMUbrew
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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.

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alelover!

What a beaut... bright red/orange body with a boozy, large gauge finger of head that recedes to a thin collar that laces perfectly, showing every bit of booze.

Huge blood orange presence - the peppercorn really compliments the citrus and wheat. Clean, sweet... very approachable.

Wow... again, the flavors from the oranges are big and bad. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate with undertones of cereal wheat and honey. This is absolutely fantastic. My favorite beer from Short's without a doubt. Unique, thirst quenching, vibrant. Is this really ten percent?

Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bought at Spartan Spirits for a little over 2 bucks a single

Paired with peanuts

Very powerful sweet moscato smell to it. Not much bitterness in the smell, but the alcohol tones are well pronounced. A lively beer with ruby red color. Head is very fizzy and fades very fast, leaving behind no signs of lacing.

The taste is not nearly as intense as I expected. The addition of peppery spice is made present (very much so) in the finish. Citrus hops are present but a bit overpowered by the spicyness. Dry but not bitter in the finish. Very crisp and sharp on the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden, even as it warms.

I found this beer enjoyable, but would probably not seek it out again.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2 bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint".

Appearance: Pours a sunset sort of orange color with about a finger of a white head, that dies down pretty quickly. Decent bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Quite significant alcohol legs.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and mango dominate the aroma... very fresh smell. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste: Interesting ... I've never had a Wheatwine, so I didn't know what to expect. This is very distinctive. The peppery note coats the mouth but isn't too pungent, and there's also a citrus flavor with quite a sour quality, which I'd assume is the yeast used in this beer. The aftertaste is heavy on the wheat, with almost a briny flavor as well... Summit hops? A strange mix, but it's manageable. Peppery, sour orange juice brine is the essential flavor here, with a wheaty, minorly burning finish. The feel is surprisingly light, as I was expecting a thicker beer. I'm glad it's not too thick though, as this beer could easily become cloying if that were the case. The aftertaste is probably my favorite part about Anniversary Ale. Love the wheat, orange, pepper flavor.

This just isn't quite my style. It's not bad by any means, though. In fact, I'd consider it to be a VERY GOOD beer just because I never thought "Peppery, sour orange juice brine" would be an appealing flavor. Definitely glad to have tried this, and it's a unique beer, but I'd not have it often.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light orange color, good clarity. small white head that fades rather quickly to nothing

Smell: juicy oranges, more citrus, peppercorns and wheat. Pretty complex smell. the juicy oranges are a refreshing smell

Taste: strong orange flavor, comes in nice and juicy, some bitter orange come through, I believe its from the orange zest used, but it could be from hops. peppercorns come in slightly subdued but definitely there. all of this is lain over a wheat body. The juicy taste is just unbeatable. the balance is spot on and its very complex

Mouthfeel: kinda softer and lighter. actually refreshing which is weird but good for this heavy and strong of a beer. very hot on the backend too

Overall: i picked up the last one of these at the store when i had thought i missed it. and am i glad i did. this is a great beer. i wish i coulda got a whole sixpack. the tastes are spot. just delicous

Photo of Slay40
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tectactoe
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wintbs379 for this beer...

A: Pours a semi-translucent red with hues of copper and amber. There is almost no head, just a thin ring of foam along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose smells of orange rind, grapefruit, slight cherries, and small notes of spice. It has a solid malt backbone that make it sweet, mixed with the super bitterness of the citrus.

T: Oranges, tropical fruits, cherry juice, bitter citrus peel, and hops. It starts out sweet, then transitions to big fruit notes, and then finishes super bitter. It's pretty intense, but the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: Medium bodied beer, The flavors are all over the place. It's like biting into an orange with the outer peel still on it. It's sweet to start, malty and fruity in the middle, and bitter in the finish.

O: I actually really like this beer. Honestly, it's like biting into an orange picked straight off the tree. Rind and all.

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nobody has reviewed this out of the cask? Ha ha I shall be the first, into a snifter from the cask at Churchkey DC.

Great color on this beer. Deep cherry red and ruby, with a soapy classic sudsy off white and tan head, very cask bubbly in appearance, but also some real good staying power. There's a few little rising bubbles but not many, the color of this beer is fantastic.

Closed nose a little not too bad, bud a small vinous character seems to come of mild vinegar, and bitter zest sort of apricot more than anything.

Taste has classic chewy out of the cask and butter coating feel, with a great chewy orange rind and juicy grapefruit bitter. Citrus bitter pounds out of this with a controlled soft palate. There doesn't seem to be much of a pepper angle on this though.

Overall real impressive, it's like eating grapefruit rinds and all its bitter softness in a liquid form, with a chewy backbone. Neat.

Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing red color, forming a thin but lasting head.

Awesome nose of grapefruit and blood orange amplified by citrusy hops. Slight marijuana and herbal notes. Peppercorns lend some spiciness. The fruit and hops work really nicely together.

Delicious grapefruit and orange flavors on the palate. Spicy, peppery, herbal. Some earthy notes mid palate. Finishes quite bitter and herbal. Dry and light bodied. Delicious.

Photo of sukwonee
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra through a trade. Thanks (you know who you are!) I really enjoyed this one.

A: Reddish brown, transparent but a bit cloudy, half a finger head, some spotty lacing.

S: Blood orange... wow. It smells awesome. I can also smell something spicy (must be peppercorn as the bottle mentions), malt,

T: Ok, so... this beer is surprisingly bitter. I can taste the bitterness from orange zest towards the end. Starts off a bit on the sweet side, blood orange, some spice kicking in afterthat, followed by bitterness. Lingering taste is spice and orange zest. Quite unique (I haven't tasted anything like this before). I can also taste tangerine and alcohol as well.

M: I have never had a "wheatwine" before, but I was expecting something a bit thicker (like a barleywine). Its texture is closer to an IPA. Good amount of carbonation, and surprisingly refreshing. Dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this, but I guess I haven't had anything else to compare this against. I will be seeking other "wheatwines" and compare. I also may be very partial here because I love the taste of blood orange. If you like blood orange and don't mind the alcohol heat, this is your beer.

Photo of ryantho00
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Version.

Pours a deep hazy auburn orange, with a slight finger head that settles down fast. The haziness cleans up after the beer settles and what reamins is deep, almost burnt, pumpkin color with a purple red brown undertone. I get a nice whiff of cirtus and orange, pineapple, tangy mango, and hops. The first sip starts on the tip of your tongue, fresh zesty tropical citrus, and then a blast of major hops blended with a sharpe tangyness that ends bitterly sharp. I would say sour, but I really don't enjoy sour beers, but this has enough sweet citrus and high bitter hops that balance out the sourness. I get a little sweetness on the aftertaste of smoky malt; most likely the peppercorn, as after a few minutes I can taste a spice on the back of my throat. Very well hidden alcohol, not a fast drinker though simply beacuse of the sharpness of the finish. Overall, well done, obviously a specialty brew traditional to Short's.

Cheers!!

Photo of travMI13
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, ruby red body with one finger of fluffy, white head. Nice lacing and solid head retention.

S: Orange, grapefruit, peppercorn, and maybe some corriander. Very interesting aromas. It smells sweet, with a bite at the end of the nose.

T: And that is exactly what it tastes like. Very sweet citrus (grapefruit and blood orange) with a touch of the peppercorn on the finish. Short's nails the description on the bottle. Alcohol is well hidden. If memory serves me right, the peppercorn was more pronounced when this was fresh. There is a bitterness on the finish, as well. I'm surprised the hops held up enough to provide that.

M: The bitterness and sweetness both linger for quite some time. Again, interesting. It feels a bit cloying at times, but I feel like this is working, all in all.

O: I can't remember ever having a beer like this one before, which is why I pick it up each year. It is a unique flavor pairing, and it really challenges the tastebuds. Like many of the Short's brews, this is probably not for everyone. Though I enjoy it, I do have to be in the mood for it, but there really isn't anything quite like it.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release

A - Pours a nice clear red-tinged reddish orange with minimal head and essentially no lacing.

S - Citrus and wheat are the dominant aromas. Citrus is more pulp than rind.

T -- Big citrus taste, both pulp and rind. Nice acidity, but not sour. A bit of bitterness. Wheat is also prominent. Finishes a little dry and bitter. Also nice pepper on the finish.

M - Has the pillowy (for lack of a better term) mouthfeel I associate with wheatwines. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, but not so in this case. Finishes with some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty enjoyable wheatwine, and I enjoyed the citrus and pepper components.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle, vintage 2010, tasted on 20 Dec 2011.

Incredible red-orange color with moderately good clarity. Pours with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Funky nose with orange in the background. Orange flavor is apparent but is not so much fruity as it is dominated by the tangy bitter character of the rind and hops. Very sharp finish punctuated by the peppercorn.

For the abv, it seems fairly light bodied, smooth and dry. I was expecting something a little heavier and sweeter. Definitely a palate cleanser.

A unique beer with a lot of character - well worth a try.

Photo of sidetracked
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/ruby red with a thin off-white, slightly orange-tinted head. Head dissipates quickly and lingers around the edge. No lacing.

Aroma is hard to place--very spice like. Some ginger? botanicals? piney Christmas tree? Little orange sweetness and pepper. Light alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is slighty sweet oranges with some peppery ginger and caramel malt sweetness. Taste follows through to the finish. Some bitter citrusy hops at the finish. Some white-grape/wine-like flavors throughout. Very floral.

Medium to full bodied and syrupy with a moderate bubbly carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish. Very slight alcohol heat.

Really interesting and unique. Very distinct orange and ginger flavor. A definite sipper, but stays interesting. One glass is enough.

6/7/2011

Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.