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
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Thorpe429
1.54/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle purchased in Michigan a few weeks back. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a moderate copper color with a good white head and a nice amount of spotty lacing as the beer falls down into a nice cap and collar. Then, the nose. Well, it's another infected Short's beer. As much as I'd like to just grab another and ignore this, I've simply had way too many beers from Short's that are infected to excuse. This isn't just a bottle here and there. There is some caramel sweetness in the background, but mostly some lactic and acetic character. The taste really doesn't help--it's just plain terrible with sourness as the only thing that is really present. The mouthfeel is acetic and gross. Low carbonation as well. Just bad. I really can't understand how this is still going on; it's quite a problem.

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Photo of leadahmer
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of womencantsail
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour on this is a dark amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Smells pretty bad. Metallic and slightly tart with some strange fruity notes. A bit of citrus and caramel malts with some light toffee/bread. Lots of straw on the back end and a slight funkiness.

T: The flavor has a bit of a Sweet Tart sort of flavor to it. Lemon and lime sourness, obviously not as intended. Some malt notes but very little hop character other than maybe a bit of grass or straw.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Another screw up from Short's.

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Photo of claminat420
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(bottled on 8/23/11)
A- pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. left a nice amount of lacing with a hardy pour.

S- yeasty. as a brewer when you transfer your beer to the first fermentor to the second and you get that crud on the bottom of the first fermentor. that's what this beer smells like.

T- still yeasty but not as much as the smell. not getting much caramel malt. just biscuity yeast with some english hops. goldings i bet. lame.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- drinkin my bro's remaining 5 beers and hopefully never have to drink this beer again.

Overall- i love short's but this beer sucks!!they are my favorite MI brewer but this is nothing to brag about. if i wanted an esb i would take southern tier's harvest which is actually bitter. i notice more than usual yeast at the bottom of my glass which makes me feel like it's a homebrew.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy tea-like amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet cola and maple with grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet cola, maple syrup and some fruitiness with a decent bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I'm not a fan. It tastes like a hoppy maple cola.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Received as part of a recent trade. Surprised to see this, a comparatively normal beer from Shorts. That said, overall I'm not all that impressed with this one. Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with minimal tan colored head. Very pleasant nose, with floral hops, orange zest and cotton candy. However, this one falls apart on the palate. After a very enjoyable first sip or two, this one becomes somewhat sour, very bitter and a little soapy. First really unimpressive beer I've had from Short's.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of BMoney575
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on 10-16-10

Pours a hazy amber/brown color with just a slight film of head. A few white bubbles stay in place around the edge.

Smell is a pleasant sweet malt, followed by a kick of citrus hops. A little sour, with the standard Short's weirdness.

Taste is awful. Super bready and earthy, with a hit bitter hops right in the middle. I can't quite place the flavor, but it's a little medicinal and very off-putting. I don't think its gone bad, it's just not a good beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy, and unremarkable.

Drinkability is poor, the flavors are not good.

Overall, just this side of a drain pour.

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Photo of billab914
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass. It poured a deep orange/red color with a pretty decent head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded and left a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma shows some sweet caramel and malty flavors to it but it's mixed with a tart, crisp, very slightly sour, grape or apple fruitiness. I get a modest piny and earthy hoppiness throughout it as well.

The taste shows more of the tart, crisp, apple and grape like flavors to it. The caramel and malty sweetness comes through, especially in the finish. The hops are more reserved, but add a little of an earthy spice.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied with carbonation bing below average as well. Drinkability isn't that great, the tart and fruity flavors just didn't work for me and didn't seem to fit the style referenced on the bottle at all either. Not one of the better beers I've had from Shorts.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a gigantic white head. Looks like this may be another Short's beer with infection issues. The aroma confirms what I expected, there is something off with this bottle. I get some toffee and caramel notes in the aroma, but I also get a funky note I can't really identify. The flavor is similar, with some iced tea, toffee and lighter bitterness, as well as some light funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of avschmitt
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Paul3371
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of lurpy1
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As with some other Short's brews pours a murky amber. Smell is a combination of hop, and farmhouse aroma, but there's a troubling funk coming through. A dangerous frat-boy beer smell. Hmmm.... Autumn Ale lacks the balance I was expecting, veers sharply towards the hop and dry end of the spectrum. Not a problem, but there's a distinct watery undertone that detracts from the overall experience. Intensely carbonated as well.

I have not had many ESB's, so take this with a grain of salt. But I was not horribly motivated to finish this bottle.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-nice amber brown with a white wispy head
s-nice maltiness to it.
T-tastes like a lot of stale hops. This want even supposed to have that much hops in it! Not bad after you get past this
M-medium body and smooth. Dry aftertaste...
O-stale. Bottle dating helps!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a rather cloudy amber with little to no head as an after effect. sparse bubbles litter the top of the brew, and only emerge with a little swirl of the glass... even then there isnt much.
smells like carmel apples, sour grapes... some other mixed scents also but hard to distinguish. perhaps a light hop presence on the nose, but only sweet hops. something smells a little funny.
it is possible (or rather likely) this beer may be past its prime. i dont know anything avout shorts bottle dating so i wont know for sure. the hops again are very mild, although they do trail all the way through, until just about the end. i just feel this beer is a little watery. no one aspect of it really punches its way through to impress. the malt hop balance is ok i guess, but towards the finish it all just drops off. the watery aspect just kills the mouthfeel and drinkability for me... maybe ill try to get a definite fresh one next year.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice autumn color' yellow/orange, off white head of maybe a finger. Lace is ok,

Aroma is lightly malty, nutty, with an underlying citrus tone, though subtle. Yup, citrus sweet.

Taste has a bit of citrus, some bitterness, but also, some levels of tartness.

The feel is slick, smooth, lower carbonation. Nothing out the ordinary here.

Overall, not bad. Though the tart notes set it apart for me.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy tan, like a light-brown paper sack or a glass of apple cider. Actually, the cider description might be a good fit since it also has an old musty aroma, somewhat like cat pee or cider must.

Maybe—maybe—if I strain I can taste some honey sweetness. It has a heavy mouthfeel that lasts longer than I want it to.

I’m wondering if this is an old bottle by this point in the year—wish I could find a bottled-on date, as I just purchased this for consumption. Should know better to drink an autumn ale now since it’s December.

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Photo of wifehatesthebike
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sounds like some BA's reviewed some infected ESB below, too bad.

A: Golden amber and fairly clear, typical for what I expected of the style. Not much head as per normal for Shorts.

S: Caramel and malty. Faint whiff of hops, not much else on the nose.

T: Smooth, slick and somewhat watery initially. Transitions to a long lingering, yet mild hoppy bite. Goes down easy with little alcohol presence. I would have guessed this could be under 5%.

M: Watery and slick.

O: Pretty decent representation for the style, has quite the English tone to it. Could use a touch more carbonation to make it a bit more lively.

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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 Zonian1
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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