Short's Autumn Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Autumn AleShort's Autumn Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,382
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
361
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of zoso1967
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of TurboBrew
4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at shorts brew pub on vacation. & Pick up sixers of it every fall in SE MI !

Sidenote: I love shorts beer, and love ESB's.. therefore this is incredible.

A: A slightly hazy light copper color.. leaves a little head but mostly bubbles and fades away.

S: Sweet malty smell with tropical fruit.. just a hint of it.

T: Crisp and clean for a ESB. really hits like a amber ale and the fruit and wild stuff come in at the finish for me... excellent

M: Solid and on par with ESBs ive had, very good. Chewy and fruity.

O: Thank you sir may I have another? Will continue to buy sixers of this magical beverage until they run out and am forced to wait until next year

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Photo of KATramp
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of zchops
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of ChloeJMK
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it's got me into bitter ales

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Photo of BeerMama2014
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clint1019
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a medium amber colored head with a thin toffee colored head.

S - Has a nice light toffee aroma to it with a big grapefruit aroma. Other aroma's detected are a light spice aroma and a fresh green (almost grassy) hop aroma.

T - Starts out with a nice caramelly malt flavor with a nice grapefruit flavor. Finishes with a light hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

O - Wow! I honestly can't believe all the reviews below mine. This is an amazing beer! It has an amazing flavor and aroma and is such a well balanced beer. Definitely one of my top ten beers of all time.

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Photo of bluke338
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikerap100
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of bubbamich
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Hoppyman49
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of RomeosPartyStore
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

during the great pumpkin carving of 2010, this was one of many new beers sampled. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/29/2010.

the pour was a wonderful shade of amber with a good level of carbonation that was easily visible through the glass. nice head of white that comes up to around two inches and settles own with a moderate amount of lacing.

aroma of nicely rounded hops, light citrus mixed with a caramel sweetness that is simply sublime. near perfection here with every whiff. taking the first sip only reinforces this as each sip is better then the next. really just clean, crisp notes of citrus hops, caramel, bready malts, and a touch of apple like tartness cross the palate and leave a clean, sparkling finish that begs you to drink more.

overall one of the finest tasting and easist drinking seasonals i have had in a very long time. really very, very well done.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Young's nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour left a 1-1/2 finger khaki/tan head that drops to about 1/2 finger before falling to a full film. The body is a slightly hazy copper with light carbonation. Great sticky rings are left on the glass. Recent Short's brews have been lacking a bit in head retention for me. This one seemed to be a bit better in that regard.

S- As I poured, I was met with an initial hop rush that was earthy and herbal. There's a solid malt backbone that's somewhere between sweet and bready/grainy. Very nicely balanced. Something I'd expect from the style. Profile seems the same whether cold right from the pour or warmed after a long, enjoyable drink.

T- Great. Malts and hops come together in a wonderful balance. Malts are sweet at first and combine with earthy hops that are a bit grassy and herbal. The finish reminds me of a Whole-Wheat Ritz cracker. It seems like that typical Short's recipe that tweaks tradition and throws you for a bit of a loop. Malts morph into more of a grainy flavor with some warmth.

M- It's pleasantly, mildly grainy. Carbonation borders between medium and light. There's a slight tingle (hops perhaps). It's quite full without being offensively thick or biting. Well within the style for me.

D- ESB means balance and drinkability to me. This hit it head on. It's tweaked without losing ESB qualities. I would seek this beer out. If it weren't a fall seasonal, I could see this being a regular in my year-round rotation.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Through the amber glass after a few sips, I see a relatively strengthened head of about one cm inside the bottle. Sticky lacing on the side from which I am not drinking. Looks good to me!

Smell: Sappy citrus. Some coriander perhaps, and a lot of sour molasses. Sweet bread or fruitcake. Heavy on the malt nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I was a bit repulsed at first: a desired quality in an ESB, for me anyway. Bitter, sweet and sour all at once...the syrupy flavors intermingle with grapefruit-like sour citrus tones. Bready on the palate, but goes with very smoothly, leaving behind very little residue. A clean sip.

Overall: A win for Short's Brewing, again.

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Photo of jp32
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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 Sparty1224
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Harvest Party pint. Bottled on 8/28/17, making this just over 1 month old.

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange/amber color. Lacy white head.

S: The aroma really makes this a Fall beer. Nice notes of caramel, grape, cashew, honey.

T: Grape, caramel malt, bready sweetness. Just enough hop flavor on the finish to keep it crisp.

M: Medium body, not boozy at all. Great carbonation.

O: First had this beer 6 years ago. Was one of my early introductions to the great lore of Michigan Fall beers. This is always a great way to kick off the Fall drinking season. Just enough hop crispness to ease you out of the hoppy summer beers and then slowly into the malty and sweeter Octoberfest and Pumpkin beers. It's a great transitional beer that stands out from the rest. Very drinkable and just seasonal enough. Awesome artwork, too.

Recommendation: I'd be shocked if you haven't tried this beer by now, but I still highly recommend this beer to kick off your Autumn.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Burnt orange/copper color with a thin tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S_Toasted malt,bread,orange zest,peppercorns.

T_Dry,toasted malt,biscuit,orange zest,grapefruit, peppercorns and grassy hops.Lots of flavors but overall really well balanced.

M_Medium bodied,crisp very drinkable and refreshing.

D_Very delicious drinkable beer.

Not sure how this rates to style. Not too familiar with ESBs. This is great though.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Steimie
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Chief99
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 361 ratings
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