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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

455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 62
Gots: 50 | 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:
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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice tan foamy head. Brew is cloudy orange color.

S - Lots of citrus! Some sweet fruits too. suagry. some orange and lime.

T - Unique bitterness. Lots of grapefruit. some unusual orange flavors and perfectly floral.

M - Smooth, sweet bitterness. Wonderful carbonation. No heat.

O - This brew optimizes what I love about Shorts. Very unique brew. Yum. Nice sweetness, very refreshing. Highly recommended, unique brew. Very sweet, but in a good way.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.