Beer Release (Short's Brew): Aorta Ale

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by HopHeadHerman, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Greetings,

    By next week, you will start seeing Aorta Ale hitting shelves throughout Michigan. This is the second time we packaged this beer in 12oz bottles. Aorta Ale was part of the 2007 Imperial Beer Series (#2 of 13) and is a limited specialty release.

    This year we almost had to rename this beer to "ObscuRED"--the government decided that a picture of an Aorta on a beer label made it look like a healthy beverage (WTF?). Fortunately, in the end they let us keep the name and original label.

    Aorta Ale: A double red ale that seems to indicate an intensity of flavor simply by it's dark reddish brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt seem reluctantly released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among some of the sweeter flavors up front, before giving way to a roasted cocoa like bitterness that becomes magnified by high alpha hops. Considering the initial overall sweetness, it's a heightened bitterness that dominates the finish.
    8.3% ABV
    127 IBU

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  2. founder26

    founder26 Savant (460) Michigan Sep 9, 2009

    Interesting....
     
  3. BeRanger

    BeRanger Advocate (510) Michigan Dec 11, 2011 Verified

    It's sad the government has to pander to a bunch of idiots that doesnt know the difference between a beer and a health drink.
     
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  4. 33nickadams

    33nickadams Savant (290) Michigan Apr 12, 2010

    Great beer! I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
     
  5. cates1tg

    cates1tg Savant (265) Michigan Jul 18, 2010

    Cannot wait, this beer is so damn good!
     
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  6. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Savant (275) Michigan Sep 22, 2012 Verified

    I have been looking forward to this one. Also BTW tracked down some Bodacious and it was outstanding!
     
  7. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (425) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    Expecting good things from this one.
     
  8. slowriot

    slowriot Disciple (60) Michigan May 11, 2012

    Haven't tried it yet, but it hit SE Michigan yesterday, and I was able to grab a sixer!
     
  9. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Savant (275) Michigan Sep 22, 2012 Verified

  10. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (565) Michigan May 28, 2007 Verified

    beer store today said they would have theirs tomorrow
     
  11. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Is this release earlier this year than last? I definitely drank this in my canoe on Lake Superior last year, and DOUBT it was in February.
     
  12. slowriot

    slowriot Disciple (60) Michigan May 11, 2012

    I found it at Super Fine in Canton.
     
  13. slowriot

    slowriot Disciple (60) Michigan May 11, 2012

    I'm pretty sure this is the first bottled release of this brew since 2007.
     
  14. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

     
  15. 2nd time we bottled this one--I'm pretty sure we released it around Feb.
     
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  16. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Savant (275) Michigan Sep 22, 2012 Verified

    Thx man. I was just there too.
     
  17. GRDave

    GRDave Aficionado (205) Michigan Oct 7, 2011

    Out in GR. Riverside on Northland Dr has it
     
  18. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Aficionado (170) Michigan Nov 26, 2010

    Its everywhere in A2...good double red but the alcohol is very prominent this year...last years was much smoother but what the hell do I know...
     
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  19. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Savant (385) Michigan Jul 15, 2011

    They had it last year. Saw it today in East Lansing. Very solid Red.
     
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  20. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    How;s the hoppiness of this one this year? I felt the hops were too bitter and overpowering last year.
     
  21. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (425) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    It's got a little bite to it, but I think well balanced, helps hide the abv.. My gf's first reaction was "woah, that's hoppy!" Worth a try, though.
     
  22. Had one at the pub last weekend and really enjoyed it. Very hoppy.