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Anniversary Ale - Short's Brewing Company

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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: 61
Gots: 50 | FT: 5
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 drabmuh
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer but the more I drank and the warmer it got the worse it got. Bummer.

Beer is red and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing and a nice level of carbonation. Looks good!

Aroma is quite hoppy and very sweet with a hint of alcohol but the alcohol is well masked by the hops.

Beer is sweet and quite hoppy, thin up front with a moderately dry finish. The overall beer is quite good too. As the beer warms unfortunately it takes on this medicinal sweetness and harsh finish with a really bad aftertaste of grainy acidity and a little sulfur. I don't know what the deal with this beer is but overall I did not enjoy it. In the beginning I really liked it but it was all downhill from there.

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

Big thanks to jrags8 for this one!

Pours a ruby red with a great oranges glow that comes from the edges. A very aggressive pour produced nothing more than slight bubbles and absolutely no sign of lacing is left. Good thing this brews color is so appealing.

Smell is overwhelmed with orange and almost impossible to pick up the peppercorn, but it is there. I was hoping for a lot more pepper in the nose after reading the label, but was let down. Still had an intriguing aroma to it.

Taste is upfront with orange juice and a slight bitter grapefruit flavor. I can pick up a slight peppery taste that is followed by a bready flavor and a sweet malt backbone. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very full with a fairly low amount of carbonation. You definitely can't detect it's 11.7% ABV.

I'm very happy with my first offering from Shorts. I've heard some mixed reviews on these extremely experimental brewers, but I look forward to trying out a few more.

Thanks again Jim!

Photo of phishisphunk
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was graciously given to me by Cetherid. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one.

A: This is a fantastic looking beer, very sexy! The clarity and brilliance of the ruby are second to none. Overall, this one pours a medium copper color but as more light is allowed to penetrate, the beer presents a magnificent ruby and amber hue that gives way to a mellow orange similar to the last rays of sun before dusk. My only knock is that lack of any substantial head. A vigorous pour yields a short lived head that leaves some spotty, bubbly lacing that doesn't take long to recede to the edge of the glass.

S: The nose presents a lot of fresh flavors. Everything feels bright and young. Piney hops, orange peel, green pepper corn. I can smell the bouquet from a few feet away. The pepper corn is mild, but not nearly as strong as say a tellicherry pepper. It smells more like a fresh picked green pepper. Earthy and dirty with a sharp citrus-orange aroma.

T: The first sip made me step back a bit. I was expecting a bit more of a bitter hop bite, but instead was presented more with the feeling of biting into a large pink grapefruit. Definitely very citrusy. The pepper corn leaves this one feeling dry on the finish without it feeling overly sweet. The spice is low key and doesn't present itself until the finish. As with most beers using some form of pepper, I find the ABV to feel kicked up a notch on the end feel and this one is no exception. The 11.7% is evident, but in no way harsh. Very well integrated. The most outstanding aspect is that for as many unusual ingredients that are added, the beer feels really well balanced.

M: The carbonation is low and the mouth feel is thin which works well for the main flavor players to do their role. But they do make this one feel very alive.

O: Wow, color me impressed. Even if you're not a fan of wheat wines, seek this one out. It was a great experience to drink on a multitude of levels. Appearance, aroma, taste, all pushing the boundaries and working synergistically to create an amazing drinking experience. Well done Shorts! Keep this adventurous spirit alive and screw the mainstream.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to MarcatGSB for this

Pours an effervescent caramel with a modicum of cream colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Orange & tangerine rinds

T: Follows the nose, along with some ruby red grapefruit & faint bready notes up front. Some faint apricot notes hide beneath all the citrus & a kiss of pear as well, along with more bready notes. finishes with a citrus flourish, a touch grapefruit/earthy bitterness & a bit of mead/honey dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight/smooth carbonation

I really enjoyed this. There now way a beer this big should go down so easy in warm weather. Could drink this all spring/summer if feasible

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: A deep, rich ruby red hue in the body. The white head pours about one finger formation and retention is not much more than a thin layer around the edges. Carbonation seems slow and great for style.

S: The aroma is nice and powerful, with a fruity sweetness of the blood oranges. Very nice barley and wheat aromas, at this point any hop aroma has mellowed out.

T/M: WOW, what a smooth wheat wine. Not syrupy body that I expect with the style or more crisp than a typical barleywine. The blood oranges add a juicy character that is well balanced with the malt body. A very tart, bitter fresh orange finish. The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing for the style. Lingering taste shows a good orange aspect, as well as focus on the malts.

O: This is a great wheat wine, and I would feel less concerned with using this blood oranges in a homebrew. I would not even think that this beer would be at 11.7% ABV at all, nice job.

Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark orange with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a ring.

Smell - powerful aroma of oranges, peel, and citrus hops with some sweet wheat malt and pineapple lurking in the background. The smell is warm and deep, probably becasue of the very high alcohol content.

Taste - Intense blood orange and alcohol flavours with some sweet malt and dry hopped character. The pepper kicks in right at the very end, but the orange definitely dominates the flavour.

This is not a subtle beer. It is intense and in your face, but still enjoyable if a little rough around the edges.

Photo of sholland119
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind BIF 5, Beer #3, from abraxel. 12 oz., shared with the lovely vickster529.

A-Pours a clear reddish amber with a large frothy white head. Head does not stick around long, dissipating to a ring. Nice.

S-Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA. Sweet citrus, mostly tangerine and pineapple, a hint of malt but not a lot.

T-Initially pleasing, at least to me. Vickie is out immediately ("I'll take a Brawler, thanks"). Nice malt sweetness on the front, hop bitterness kicks in, fine so far, then a really odd strawberry jello sweetness mingles with the hop bite in the finish. Pretty decent overall but that finish kills me.

M-Medium bodied, lingering harsh bitterness.

O-Overall, an interesting wheatwine. Not getting the peppercorns at all, and the blood orange does not really work for me. Interesting, though.

HV

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange, about like like the color of a blood orange. The head is white and short and quickly fades, leaving a wisp of foam and a little lacing.

Aromas of, well, blood oranges. Orange peel, wheat, and little honey.

Flavors of a ton of blood oranges. A little bitter citrus, grapefruit. Lots of wheat. A little alcohol burn. Not picking up on the green peppercorn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and sticky. Good level of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

Overall a very nice effort. Makes a nice nightcap. But I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

Photo of Wadsey
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short's Anniversary Ale

Year-old bottle served at cellar temperature in DFH signature glass. 

A: Hazy amber with little effervescence. Insubstantial head subsides to thin skim. No lacing. 

S: Orange juice is prominent. Then citrus peels and maybe spice. 

T: Thin orange juice, then subdued spiciness of peppercorns, finally fresh red ruby grapefruit, which lingers on palate. The beer has a "soft" bitterness, which reminds me of citrus peels. Finishes very dry. 

M: Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation. Soft on palate. Somewhat astringent. Not warming. 

O: I think the year in the cellar has helped this beer out, bringing its various elements into balance. An above-average wheatwine. 

Photo of biga7346
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a firm ruby red almost pinkish, soapy reddish one-finger of foam, some lacing dissipates quickly.

N - Big citrus notes, pink grapefruit, candi sugar, gummi bears, a very slight and fleeting hop character, all very bright and tangy-like aromas. Some white pepper and clove, fresh herbs like potpourri, and a very subtle suggestion of blue cheese and wet hay.

T/M - Up front again is the pink grapefruit (lots of it), grapefruit juice balanced with sweetness, reminds me of a pina colada or even a big desert wine, some mild raspberry flavors, orange zest and again with the slight suggestion of herbalness. This seems like a chaotic type of beer with lots of flavors tugging at each other, but honestly it comes together nicely. The overwhelming citrus/sugary notes is off-putting at first. The finish leaves little to be desired, alittle puckering dryness in the aftertase which was unexpected and welcome, and warming alcohol burn.

D - Not someting to drink a lot of in one sitting especially with the 11.7 abv totally masked. Would make a nice digestif w/ pastry or even fresh fruit.

Photo of HopHead84
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/15/2011

Bottle received as an extra from the extremely generous Ed (OHLRangers), thanks a lot! Poured into a snifter. Hopefully this isn't infected. I've heard Short's beers can get infected by taking them out of the refrigerator.

A: The color is a reddish orange, perhaps not unlike the color of a ripe blood orange on a summer's day in the Southern Mediterranean. The head is a modest bubbly froth that quickly fades. It leaves behind only a little lacing, which is to be expected from such a modest and considerate head such as the one that formerly resided in my glass.

S: Mmmm, the aroma of blood oranges. That is what I smell, and it is quite nice. I suppose it's a bit like candied blood oranges, which I imagine might be a staple in the Italian kitchen if it were to exist. I also detect mango, pear, and grapefruit, as well as a little honey and peppercorn. There's some sweet bread beneath the fruit.

T: Lots of blood orange with accompanying grapefruit and apple. It has an upper moderate bitterness and a mild alcohol bite. It's quite sweet in a candied way, with a little bit of breadiness. I get more of the green peppercorn in the flavor than I did in the aroma.

M: Smooth and sticky on the palate. Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Hey, it wasn't infected! The blood orange is quite tasty, but to be honest this isn't a beer I could drink a lot of. A unique beer with an awesome aroma that was a pleasure to try.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Anniversary Ale 2011 for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. It's a warm summer like night in Michigan, so a brew with some wheat and fruit in it sounds like a good choice. I been wanting to try this beer for a while now, I hope it lives up to my expectations. I heard Shorts has started dating there bottles but I don't see one on this bottle,2011 Vintage . Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a mini snifter.

A- The label on this beer is kind of odd looking, looks an old school Russian castle and a kings throne, I don't really understand what they were going for. It poured a deep dark ruby red color that was nice and unique looking, it pretty much looks blood red. It had two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice long lacing.

S- Wow, the aroma of this beer is all about citrus fruits and hops. It smells more like DIPA then a wheatwine. The hops seem to pretty floral and are mixed in with tons of citrus fruits like grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and most of all blood oranges, it smells like it could be a hoppy orange juice. Very little wheatwine aromas come through, just the sweetness you would expect from this style. I didn't detect any green peppercorns in the aroma.

T- The taste is pretty much like mixing a half glass of orange juice with a half glass of grapefruit juice with some floral hops thrown in there. The wheat malts show up in the flavor and are pretty subtle and quickly overpowered by all the citrus fruits I picked up in the aroma. Only when it starts to warm up can I pick up the green peppercorns, they are very subtle and add a slight spice complexity to this beer. It had a slightly bitter finish, for how hoppy this smelled I was sure it was going to have some DIPA like bitterness to it but it didn't and I liked that. The booze is hidden masterfully in this beer, no way you could tell this is almost 12% by the taste.

M- Sweet, medium bodied, and the carbonation was descent and was better then most shorts.

Overall I though this was one excellent beer. For this warm mid Michigan night I don't think I could have picked a better beer. To me everything about this beer screams warm weather, the citrus flavors were bold and in your face and I thought that was really good and unique. The blood orange was the most prevalent of the citrus fruits like the description on the bottle implies, the peppercorns were much more subtle and harder to pick out but they did add to the complexity of this beer. The only other Wheatwine I have had was Pilgrims Dole from New Holland, its hard to compare the two since Pilgrims Dole seemed to be much straight forward and truer to the style, while on this beer shorts seems to use the Wheatwine as a backbone to hold tons of hoppy and citrus fruit flavors normally associated with DIPA's, I expect Shorts to try something with a style nobody has tried before and this seems to go along with that just like it should. The drinkability of this beer was awesome, it went down really smooth and there was no way I would have guessed this was almost 12%, which could make it pretty devastating after two or three. I only bought one bottle but I am making sure to grab a six pack before they are all gone so I can have some during the summer. I think everybody should give this beer a try, it's just that good. This was one kick ass brew from Shorts, I love all the crazy shit you guys do to your brews, keep it up.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 batch purchased from Fitzgeralds Restaurant in Eagle River Michigan. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red with a golden white cream half finger fluffy head. Nice lacing that hangs around.

Nose: Blind nose would lead me to a sticky hop nose, but since i read, I know its straight citrus that I'm detecting...bit of toffee, caramel, and spice. Some alcohol in the nose, but not overbearing, really allowing the sweet/tart orange to come through.

Taste: Very, very unique. The mouth starts with a sweet hint of hop bitterness followed by a sweet citrus and toasted malt. The blood oranges shine brightly, supported by an astringent peppery palate. The zest of orange gives this beer a great crisp, dry, puckering quality that adds a fantastic level of complexity.

Mouth: Bright, dry, and crisp mouthful that is fun and not overwhelming. The alcohol is not overly noticeable, and in perfect balance.

Drink and overall: The Shorts legend continues to grow. Fantastic wheat wine, that shines with the addition of peppercorns and blood oranges. I'd say this is a hit, rather than a miss. A beer for savoring.

Photo of Torgo
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to StFun on Ratebeer! Clear, but very dark orange/red pour, light lasting lacing and an aroma of sweet blood oranges and a little caramel. Flavor is incredibly unique; toffee, floral bittersweet blood oranges, then jumps into bitter grapefruit, pineapple and finished with a warming and just slightly boozy aftertaste. Very good, I might need to go chasing after a few bottles of this.

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously shared by nonstick at a recent tasting. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a gleaming red/orange color, good clarity, no real head - just a low collar and no lacing left on the glass.

S - Aromas of alcohol, peppery, flora, oranges...overall, fairly low intensity that makes you search a bit.

T - Definitely getting oranges, quite bitter, peppercorns, alcohol, slightly tart/astringent. Interesting.

M - Tart, crisp, alcohol heat, fruity oranges...somewhat thin in body with a medium/low carbonation.

O - As usual with Shorts beers...this is interesting and a bit unique. I liked it, but not sure I need a lot of this. We shared a bottle three ways and it seemed about right. Good in small quanities, but not sure that a full bottle is necessary.

Photo of divineaudio
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

tulip glass, 2010 batch.

a - color is an amazing! hazy, blood red. only got a thin film of head with some leggy lacing.

s - floral hops with a lot of citrus. has a slight earthiness that i can't place.

t - what a f'ing weird tasting beer. starts with a toasty malt character, but that is quickly washed away by a strong, herbal hop bitterness. has some citrus notes and a strange pungency, i'm guessing from the peppercorns. finishes bittersweet and slightly boozy.

m - feel is a little thicker than i was expecting, heavier side of medium with very little carbonation. slight alcohol warming.

d - fairly drinkable if you're into it. short's beers seem to be hit or miss, and this is a miss to me. certainly an interesting flavor experience, but not a beer that i'd want to have again.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the color alone on this scores high points. ruby red/orange hued beauty. rocky, minimal head, but doesnt matter. the color is just amazing, i wouldnt want it any other way... wow.
S: reminds me of a recent trip to florida where we had fresh squeezed local oranges for juice in the mornings. just super concentrated orange blast, and again, huge points. theres just the tiniest hint of alcohol hidden in there, but you have to struggle to find it.
T: the intensity of the oranges backs off just a smidge, but only to let in the peppercorns, but i love how it works together. this beer so far really is just stunning. my tastebuds are going crazy right now.
M: i love how smooth this is and the light heat from the peppercorn just completes the goal at hand. medium body with low carbonation seems the right fit, i cant get enough.
D: if this werent utterly through the roof in terms of ABV, id drink it forever. i know by the time i get to the end ill be ready to move on, but i will be refilling its space in my cellar with more bottles. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep darkish malt, orange hue. Semi murky. Not much head. Fat bubbled lace rest mostly around the edge. Not much going on there.

S - Sweet orangy smell. Wheat and sweet malt also evident. Something more bitter/less sweet. Cannot discern if its hops or peppers.

T - Almost too sweet, and the bitter tries unsuccessfully to rein it in. Most of the smell attributes follow here.

M - Undercarbed and under bittered for me.

D - Unique beer. Good to try one.

Photo of craytonic
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: ruby-amber-orange pour, big bubble head hat fades very quickly, some lacing

Smell: Blood orange, caramel malts

Taste: Orange and grapefruit juice mixed together, with bread and careml behind it. A bit sweet. Amazing how it has such a blood orange element to it, although I lost interest in this aspect quickly.

Mouthfeel: Slightly hot, medium body and light carbonation pushes it towards the thin side despite the high ABV. Warming.

Drinkability: Middle of the road in terms of drinkability, a bomber would be overwhelming.

Photo of cetherid
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

A.

beer pours a murky orange/brown color. The head is almost non-existent on this beer.

S.

the smell is pure blood oranges. Sweet fruity smell like orange gummie bears. Slight peppery smell in this beer but mainly oranges.

T.

Same as nose. Sweet oranges... a little peppercorn with hints of bitter hops and booze. Perhaps a maltiness in the finish of this beer as well. This is a very unique brew.

M.

about medium bodied. Decent carbonation. Almost leaves a sticky sweet coating in the mouth, like you just finished eating an orange or drinking some fruit juice. The booziness in the beer is pretty warming. Good for this below-zero night.

D.

Unique none the less. Difficult to find and a little pricey for these beers, but I do enjoy it. It's a sipping beer, but the sweetness makes it feel like I could slam this. ABV is definitely prevalent. A beer you'd just have one of. I've had this out of a growler and a bottle and both were excellent. I'd have it again, but doubt I'll seek it out.

Photo of Cresant
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Minimal head despite a strong pour. The body was turbid, bright reddish brown color. The head left a white film of foam. Lots of sediment in the bottle and glass.

The smell was simple but intense. Citrus and mild peppercorns. Sweet red grapefruits and spicy.

The taste reflected the aroma. It was almost like drinking a fresh glass of Ruby Red grapefruit juice. I guess it is more like blood orange juice. Very well hidden alcohol, it's hard to believe this beer is over 5%, let alone the 11.70 % listed! Grapefruit pith and a dry green, bittering finish.

The mouthfeel was mildly carbonated and medium in body.

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour a very odd reddish orange color. The brew is very hazy and filled with chunks of yeast. Brew has almost no head just a few bubbles and it did however leave some nice laicng.

S- Very odd here. I'm not really picking up any hops or malts that I can really recognize. I'm getting a bit of a pepper spice and quite a bit of oranges. Guess this label is kidding around.

T- This is another very odd brew from Shorts. I was really excited to try this one, then I was a bit let down, but this one has grown on me as I drink my glass. Quite a bit here going on oranges everywhere, some dark cherries, and something that is very Earth like that I can't put my finger on . Has a bit of a funk in the middle that reminds me of some sour taste, lemons and pine at the very end. Very different.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and medium in carbonation.

D- Not the easiest to drink by any means. This one grew on me a lot.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

2010 bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber body with a good amount of haze. An off-white, fizzy head surges upward following the pour, but quickly diminishes to a thin halo. Light, spotty lacing.

Smell: Blood orange and grapefruit - loads of each! Alcohol peeks through a bit. Smells good, but certainly lacks complexity.

Taste: Grapefruit and blood orange both dominate; the grapefruit adding tons of citric bitterness, the blood orange contributing sweetness and tang. The taste follows the smell very closely. Pretty one-dimensional, though still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, bitter, and generously carbonated. Medium in body. Feels much like an imperial IPA, though with a different sort of bitterness.

Drinkability: One-dimensional and strange. I couldn't seem to find anything underneath the heavy grapefruit and blood orange. This felt more like a novelty beer than a celebratory one.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of jdubFL, wow! thanks Justin! Growler poured out clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma is IIPA like with fresh rich citrus, pine and grassiness and then a mild malt like sweetness. The taste is yummy with fresh rich citrus flavors, some pine hop bitterness, spicy rye notes, some drying malt roastiness and a thin layer of sweet maltiness. These notes all head off into the finish with the addition of a pleasing black tea like sensation that brings the whole thing together. This beers is fresh, rich citrus, robust, pummeling hops and yet manages to create a semblance of balance too. Wow! I need a keg or two of this.

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

A - body is a very interesting deep red/crimson. there's not really any head left after sitting for a bit, but it's got a nice white ring around the top.
As I poured the rest of the bottle into my snifter, there was a big brown chunk that dropped into it, and now it's an opaque reddish/brown with tons of floaties.

S - intriguing smell. I smell sweet citrus, which I suppose is the blood orange, though I thought it was hops initially. Theres also a tangy syrupy sweetness that compliments this bittersweet citrus smell. Lots of character in a very narrow end of the spectrum.

T - Surprisingly bitter and dry. The orange zest really comes out on the finish. A bit of a citrusy sweetness on the front. A hint of spice from the peppercorns on the middle of the tongue. Really interesting, I've never had anything like it.
With the floaties from the bottom of the bottle, there's more of a malty sweetness on the front of the tongue, and the peppercorns come out more.

M - Very full-bodied and robust. It's a pretty big feeling beer, which is good.

D - it's kind of weird and for that, not the most drinkable beer in the world. But it's really interesting and has a nice warming finish to it. The strength of the dryness and citrusy flavors make this beer one that you don't want to be drinking constantly, but the warmth and intrigue help it out.
The more time I spend with this beer, the more its lingering flavors come out, and after not having taken a sip for several minutes, I distinctly taste peppercorns on the front of my tongue. I like that.

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