Short's Autumn Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Autumn AleShort's Autumn Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malty amber ale over toned with slight caramel flavors and notable pleasant hoppiness throughout. An international award winning recipe.
30 I.B.U.'s
13 deg. Plato 
5.75 % A.B.V

Added by proc on 11-01-2004

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this off the Binny's single shelf. The beer poured a murky amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bitter hop. The taste was slightly bitter...and unimpressive. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure why I bought this bottle - I had Short's amazing Goodnight Bodacious on tap yesterday, so I guess maybe I just wanted a little more from the brewer. It's probably been sitting in the store for a while but now it gets consumed.

It poured out pretty clear and light brown but at the end of the pour some miscellaneous matter came out clouding it up a bit. It continues to fizz. It has a big, sweet ESB smell. The taste also is big and sweet and skunky. I have to think it would have been pretty similar a little fresher

I am happy this is a bit bitter. I doubt I would go for one again, but give it a try if you want a nice ESB.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/3/16; drank 9/25/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy khaki head; decent lace.

Grapefruit, brown sugar & acorn notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, acorn & mild brown sugar flavors; an odd mix that is drinkable but a bit off-putting.

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Photo of stortore
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Had 10/23/16.

Pours a cloudy amber, with a half inch head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell is malt, hops, yeast, toffee, caramel. The taste is not much different- yeast, hops, malt, caramel, a little bready, with a light hop bitterness throughout, more on the finish.

This is good, enjoyable to drink. Not as malty as others for the style.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is English ale yeast/malts, fruit and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts, very mild tobacco, mild sweetness in the middle and a dry/slightly hoppy finish.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear dark copper body, short white head, fading quickly to a tight ring around the edge.

S - Strong caramel note, a bit of toffee, spun sugar, and a soft spiced tea element.

T - The hit is immediately bitter, over-steeped tea, and this lingers throughout, but then a doughy thread appears and a punch of sweet caramel, before these fade back to a long lingering bitterness.

M - Thin, and a bit dry on the close.

O - I like what is going on here, but the threads do not quite hang together. The bitterness is a bit strong, the promised caramel and toffee float too far below the surface. Good, but just a bit more integration would push this to another level.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on October 11, 2016. Look is cloudy deep amber with a thin off-white head and spotty lacing. Smell is caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt and some funk.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and toffee like, topped with 3 fingers of creamy, off white head.

Hard water, hints of toffee.

Hard water, hints of toffee, iron, and malts.

Medium, foamy, creamy, smooth and rich body.

Had on tap in the Vine area of Kalamazoo, Oct 1st, 2016 with my bro, Anthony. Very good with pizza. Very standard for the style, quite well done.

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Photo of jp32
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color with a dense haze to it and a good head on top.

Smells delicious. Rich, caramel malts dominate the aroma profile, but in a very enticing way.

The taste is a more balanced presentation of caramel malts and hops. Lots of caramel up front, followed with secondary notes of pine and juicy hops. It finishes with quite a satisfying biscuity taste.

It has good, solid body to it. Perfect carbonation. It's refreshing for a medium bodied beer. I could drink this beer all day long. I'm really impressed with it.

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Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/3/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy glowing burnt orange with a fluffy off-white/light tan head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward with caramel and toffee. There's also some orange and citrus notes in the mix. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Nice balance between the malts and hops. Bittersweet. More enjoyable caramel and toffee notes. More orange with some hints of lemon. Some pine is in the mix. Nice subtle bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This is a nice ESB. It might not be flashy or anything, but this isn't exactly a flashy style. Nice use of malts and hops. This would hit the spot when the weather cools off. Enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Cloudy, burnt amber color, decent sized head with excellent retention
S - Fresh baked bread, toast, followed by juicy citrus, something like walnut towards the end
T - Very hop-forward for the style, but not overly aggressive. Hops give the beer a tropical and juicy flavor which actually compliments the biscuity malt very nicely. Maybe not to style but very tasty and refreshing. There is a faint buttery/toffee taste but it's hard to pick up on.
F - Fairly heavy carbonation, zippy mouthfeel. Again, maybe too much for an ESB. Seems to be obscuring some of the more delicate malty flavors.
O - Lots of interesting things going on, if I lived in Michigan I would reach for this often in the fall. The mix of nutty bread and juicy hops is intriguing.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an English "pot pint".
Deep amber in color, with a short, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle fruity note.
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel, faint maple note, nice little hop bite. An easy -drinking, fine ESB.

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Photo of Raime
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shorts Autumn Ale.

This one was a complete random to finish out my mix a six for the night. Shorts usually does a fairly good job with their beers and this is the second ESB in a row tonight. Let's see how the American counterpart stacks up to the three foreign ones I have had.

Look - Pours a moderately clear amber with a two and a half finger slightly off white head that has the greatest retention I have ever seen in a beer. Carbonation is about moderate with this one. Ahhh yes, hopefully we're in for another pretty one with this guy. Lacing stuck around pretty well though not as well as I had expected. Still pretttyyy good looking. 4.25.

Smell - Big malt present up front almost like freshly baked bread ready to be buttered to go along with your thanksgiving meal. Hops are there and seem juicier than you would expect but the fresh baked malts really dominate. 3.75.

Taste - The taste starts off with an initial assault of fresh and very juicy hops without being sweet. Moderate levels of bitterness are surely noticeable though it does not take a hold over anything. Malts show up to the party a bit late. There is a different aspect as well. One that I cannot quite convey into words but if I have ever tasted Fall in a bottle this is the one. 4.5.

Feel - Body is full though light in a way if that makes any sense. Head retained very well which means it is like silk up on the tongue. Carbonation feels very high but not stingingly so in any way. The flavors that rest and remain upon an inhale are pleasant and the bitterness never once becomes cloying. 4.25.

Overall - Bravo Shorts. You've done what so many others try to do in capturing the true essence of fall in a 12oz bottle. This has been my favorite of the ESB bunch, and a pretty damn good beer to boot. I'd have another for sure. If I had a complaint, I'd say tone down the carbonation just a hair. Other than that, very solid brew. 4.25..

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Photo of justinp444
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip it has a inch and a half thick off white head and a orange brown body. Smell of light earthy hops, some grass, a little bit of citrus, grapefruit, sweet bread-y malt, and maybe something like tree bark. Taste is a light, bread-y malt, sweet, slightly bitter with a bit of piney bite to it, good amount of citrus, metallic, dry, bit of earth, and something tea like in the back. It has a moderate mouth feel with a light to moderate body and a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of mchegash
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
A deep red-orange-amber. A small amount of slightly beige head. Fairly clear. Can see very tiny particles in the beer.

Smell - 3.25/5
Sweet malts, a bit of citrus, hops. The aroma wasn't particularly strong, so it was hard to discern the flavors.

Taste - 3.5/5
Sweet malts, resinous hops, caramelized sugar. Perhaps a bit of spices. The flavor is fairly bitter, as one would expect in an ESB. Not a terrible flavor, but I'm not terribly impressed either. It's drinkable, but I probably wouldn't buy this again.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is medium. The feel is slightly syrupy, but not too much. Overall a good feel

Overall - 3.5/5
This is a decent brew but nothing special

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pils glass, gives off a couple inches of white, foamy head. Tawny brown in color, with active carbonation and some residual floaties rising and swirling. Aroma is sweet bready malts, with some hints of dark, spicy figs. Tastes the same, too, with a bitter bite upfront. Nice ale to visit with every year, although this year I had it much earlier than before. ESBs seems much more fitting when the temps are more regularly in the 60's and70's.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3/5  rDev -16.4%

This was the store's first shipment, so I felt safe, but what's up with no dates on the bottles?

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, slightly reddish amber with 2" rocky light tan head. Fades to khaki ring with spotting and decent lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, fruity esters. Nice. "Beery" from the second I popped the top.

Taste: Semi-dry arrival, fruitiness really expresses across mid palate; not much in the way of caramel; leads to a very strong earthy bitterness. Lingering earthy/medicinal hop finish; seems over-hopped for the style.

Mouthfeel: Rich & Malty, medium to full bodied. More effervescent than I associate with the style, but not overcarbonated by any measure.

Overall: This is a really rich, malty ale with a very strong hop bitterness and lingering orange bitter pith/medicinal finish. Much drier than I associate with the season, and a little heavier than I typically associate with ESBs, but nice. I love the style and like the ber, but don't know that I would buy this again. I think it is over-hopped.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, grape, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a very this white head.

S - Malt upfront with an earthy hoppiness on the end.

T - Earthy piney hops with some sweet maltiness. Nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft easy drinker.

O - A decent beer. Nothing exciting going on here. Would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/12/13. Poured into a ... ahem ... a shaker pint. A glass is better than NO glass, right?

Appearance: Super hazy brown/orange color, almost like the color of the bottle the beer is in. Finger of a light tan head. Not much lacing. This beer certainly says Autumn to me.

Smell: For some reason, I thought this almost gave the aroma of a new car. I drank it, I let it warm up a bit, I tried to study it... I came to the conclusion that this smells like Autumn. That's probably due in large part because I know what the beer is and see the label, but it gives me that impression. It smells like fallen leaves on dirt.

Taste/feel: A lot like the smell. Just a really easy drinking beer without much depth in flavor. You get the dirty sort of malt flavor. A slight hop spiciness. And that's basically it. Quite earthy flavors in here. There is very little bitterness on the finish, my guess would be about 30 IBUs. The feel is about what I had expected. A medium body with a pretty light carbonation.

Autumn Ale's a fairly enjoyable, albeit forgettable, beer from Short's. I love the label on it, the beer looks great when it's poured, and it has a decent flavor, but there's just not enough depth to really keep my interest. Regardless of that, I could see myself enjoying a few of these while watching the leaves fall. Sometimes I don't enjoy a taste of a particular beer as much as I enjoy the bits of nostalgia I get from it... this is one of those beers. Just makes me think about jumping into a pile of fallen leaves. I think the smell and taste of this beer actually sort of captures that, as weird as that sounds.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a thick, ruddy brown-orange, heavy in the deepest part of it with just a little give. The head it forms is about half a finger tall, just off-white, and a little too soft to keep up. Some does remain, and it manages strong spotting.
The smell is mostly earthy and metallic with a little tea leaf. There's just a ghost of toffee in there.
The flavor is toasty with steely overtones, and more expressive than the nose. The middle to finish is very tea-like, with chalky and leafy dryness along with woody notes in the finish. Otherwise, just a hint of caramel adds a light touch of sweetness. Somehow Short's made this beer seem hoppy with only 30 IBUs, but without taking flavor away.
It really leans dry all the way, downright woolly on the palate at times leading into the leafy/woody finish. It is nicely crisp, and there's something keeping the dryness from going overboard. It's clean enough to be pretty smooth underneath.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown / burnt orange color with half an inch of off white head.

S - spices, malt, caramel, grass, earthy.

T - Malty up front with caramel sweetness followed by some spice and then finally finishes bitter. Medium body - easy to drink.

O - Solid offering - I would have this again.

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Photo of Dope
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber with a good sized, dense and fizzy tan head. Great head retention and lots of fluffy lacing on the glass.

S: Malty, full of stale bread. A little caramel. Some herbal hops floating around.

T: Lots of medicinal, herbal hops up front mixing with a little caramel. Grainy, stale dark bread in the middle with a bit of nuttiness. A flourish of bitterness and more herbal hops in the finish with another brief hint of that caramel and nuts. Lingering drying resinous hops between sips.

M: Medium bodied, drying on the back end.

O: On the hoppy/bitter side for an ESB, definitely "americanized". Pretty plain and simple - largely unspectacular. Drying bitterness actually detracts here from the drinkability of a normal ESB it seems. Pretty decent regardless.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish amber in the glass. Plenty of coarse foam. Really pleasant nose of roasted grain and fragrant hops. Quite light bodied with a sudsy mouthfeel.

Pronounced nutty flavor is the best feature at the first sips. It is soon submerged in the bitterness. Thin and sharp, followed by a long bitter aftertaste. It almost tastes like some old cinnamon spice is in the mix, making for a dirty taste in the back of the throat. Still, if you like a more bitter ESB, this one may be appealing.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Hazy copper color with a decent white head. Head retention is fair, but there is a nice amount of lace on the glass.

Biscuit-like malt up front. Some floral hop notes, a bit earthy as well. Suggestion of stone fruits.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Biscuit malt, with minimal sweetness. Hop flavor is floral, with a hint of citrus. Bitterness balances things well.

Medium body, with soft carbonation. Easy to drink. Not bad.

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