Short's Autumn Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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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:
347
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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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 BeerOps
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pandarus
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red94tt
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aratcliffe
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djfrenchy
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mklisz
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drbenderdo
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Beerasaurus
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigleague
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrborchert74
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluke338
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

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 johnklotter
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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