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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
342
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
48
For Trade:
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 342
Photo of theecaleb
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 120z bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, Amber in color. Great lacing, dirty white head.

S: Nothing fancy, does not really have any fall/spice/pumpkin smells that stand out.

T: Thicker than expected, decent taste of hops, strong spice taste but I can not determine what spice I'm tasting.

M: Good carbonation, thick and fairly rich, bitterness of hops stand out.

O: Not bad, better than the average autumn brew. It is definitely more of an ESB than a autumn ale. To me, most of shorts beers taste the same, hoppy. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Mora2000
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
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 wisrarebeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Sicilano's

A: clear, chestnut color, good lacing, thin veil in end
S: full nose, fruity (mango)
T: medium bodied, hard to rate because it's an 'autumn ale' but the style is an ESB, dominates with fruity hop finish and a bit of hop bitterness, some roasted malt body
M: medium bodies, strong fruit/bitter hops
O: unusual style, need a bit more malt , odd style for an autumn ale

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short's Brewing Co.
Autumn Ale
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a nice clean amber color. Half a finger of off white big bubbled head, fades quick. Cloudier with hazy notes. Not a terrible looking beer.

S: Smells of sweet malts and low hops. There is some fruitiness in there. But mostly malt: caramel and toffee are noted.

T: A little bit of bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but then it's a spicy malt beer. Like others have mentioned, I have had better ESBs but this isn't horrible. Sweet & bitter finish.

M: Light leading to medium.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear amber color with a 1/4 inch of slightly opaque colored head. Lacing is good but minimal.

Smell is not bad for an ESB more sweet with caramel malts, little to no herbal tea quality, and a nice hop presence.

Taste is definitely one of the better ESB's more so an amber ale than an ESB. I get caramel and toffee sweetness next to a bitter hop presence that gives it a chewy mouthfeel. Light to medium at best but ABV is spot on.

Overall if I was a local I would consider getting it again but to go through the trouble of shipping from MI it wouldn't be worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a light amber with a 1 finger bubbly head. Some retention and lacing but not much to report. The aroma is very malt forward with hints of toasted barley, toffee, and sweetness. A mild hop character as well, earthy. The flavor also starts with a heavy dose of toasted malt, toffee sweetness. Mildly bitter with a medium blend of earthy hops. The beer finishes light, smooth, and a lingering raisin-esque sweetness. Easy drinking. Lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, more malts than I anticipated from an ESB, though the beer is easy to drink and solid.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
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 elNopalero
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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 phaulie03
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color with minimal head, maybe a finger worth.

S-Before pouring, a distinct yeasty malty smell. Once poured a more distinct malty, sweet, toffee smell.

T- Initial taste is dominated by the malt flavors. A slight, hoppy bitterness is present and increases through the finish. Final taste is of mild bitter hops and a subtle sweetness almost raisin-like. Kind of unusual for an ESB...typical for shorts I guess.

M-Despite being predominantly dominated by the malts, relatively light, easy drinking. Hardly notice the alcohol.

O- Not enjoying overly hoppy beers, I enjoyed this very much and thought it was interesting enough to try again. The hops and malt interplay well. Good for someone trying to get into hops perhaps.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep amber color with a finger of off-white head. Little lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts and toffee and just a hint of citrus hops.

Taste was much like the aroma. Caramel malts, toffee and light hint of brown sugar and citrus hops.

Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

An easy-drinking amber from Short's.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy amberish brown color - about one finger of tan head.

S- Caramel/Toffee with traces of nuts and citrus.

T- Carmel malts starting off, with the same kind of after-taste added with some toffee/pine nuts. The finish is pretty smooth, not too much of a hoppy bite.

M- Light beer with hints of carmel, toffee and nuts.

O- Overall it wasn't a bad beer - one you could have one or two of but doesn't really have drinkability of a lot of the other Shorts Brews.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with thin lacy cap of foam which clings to glass.

S: Aroma is of citrusy grapefruit with a bit of malts sweet and inviting.

T: Sweet malty blend into the light hops floral and spicey.

M: Medium body rich and smooth.

O: Overall a good beer to drink and relax and just chill not to high of ABV borderline sessionable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an amber colored ESB with a lovely 1 and a half inch head. smells like an english pale ale, with dusty malts and caramel notes. tastes fresher and more crisp than the nose, with a moderate hop bouquet in the finish. not your usual fall beer, but i like this one for the season. a bit filling with a heavier body keeps it from being a great session, but all in all its a pretty good beer, my first from short's

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Photo of claminat420
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
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 33nickadams
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown amber color with about a half finger of head. A medium amount of bubbles float to the top. The smell reminds me of melted butter and slight vinegar. (I've had Bloody beer before from Short's and it actually reminded me of it a bit.) The smell is a little off-putting. The taste has a nice bitterness up front, then followed by a surprising earthiness. A nice combination. It has a medium mouthfeel that seems appropriate. Overall, interesting taste and the smell is a little strange. I'm not sure I would get this every year.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mixed of Short's for $11, overpriced. Tan-orange color with a white head, looks good. Smells like a malty ESB but nothing jumps out as special, average. Taste is malty and reminds me of an English ESB so that's good. This was a decent beer but for $11 I expect a lot more.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was waiting for a semi-chilly day to try this one. And here we go...

Pours a rich but dull copper/amber. head is cream white and somewhat dense. Lacing is nice, half sticky half clean.

Aroma has a blend of hops and caramel. The hops give hints of citrus and floral, but tend to lean more toward earthy. And this gives a nice segue to the caramel. Bready and a bit sticky. Some herbal notes. Just when I think it'll become a Scottish beer, the hops provide a detour. Nice feel to it throughout. Perhaps a bit more citrusy than a regular ESB, but still quite nice.

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Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thin light tan head. A fruity, earthy aroma. Taste is a mellow herbal start, followed by a juicy dark fruit middle, and a raw clinging hop finish. Hop resins cling to the tongue. Mouthfeel is rich, overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerhan for this guy.

Pours a very small fizzy barely head covering, with a super hazy bright orange red colored beer.

Nose has some floral but earthy hops, almost U.K style bitter like hops but not quite hedgerow, some light malt aromas with a weird syrupy almost soured malt aroma, and some spices that kinda make me go bleh.

Taste starts with weird malt flavors again, light syrupy and almost bad malt flavors, extract maybe, then weird spices, weird spices with a slight heat and maybe hot pepper, then some light earthy herbal hop flavors with bit of bitterness. Finishes dry with a slight pepper heat and light spices, syrupy malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, touch of hot pepper heat.

Overall not great, weird spices and some hot pepper heat, hops are there but not great, malts are just not great either which may be the spices overpowering and making them taste weird but meh!

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Photo of chugalug06
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice straw colored foamy head. Brew is deep orange with some nice browns and reds... Clarity is negligible. minor lacing.

S - Not very overwhelming on the nose. Some nice spices, pumpkin and nutmeg stick out. Very light.

T - Not overly hopped. Kinda underwhelming... Where's the hop Short's? This brew should be caked with sticky delicious citrus hops. None are to be found. Some Cascade Hops are present, but I can only taste Cascade.

M - Perfect (heavy) carbonation. Light bitterness. Dry. Thin.

O - Perfect with a sharp cheddar cheese. This brew needs more balls. It's lacking significant malt and hop. A nice beer, but nothing special. A small step above average.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI.

A: The ESB is a muddied copper color, fuller with a distinct orange hue. That darker orange leads directly to opacity, along with a bright glow near the base of my glass. A finger of white head is trying muster up some lace.

S: A strong nose, plenty of juicy hops. The citrusy aroma is reminiscent of Huma Lupa Licious. Not much in the way off toffee or caramel.

T: Peppery, the hops don't stand out as much in the first sip. Caramel malts are present, as it a mild off flavor. Difficult to describe, the flavor isn't overwhelming just below the surface. The toasted malts don't add much, pushing the hops out of the way. A faint sweetness settles over the ale, not a good sweetness although there is some toffee there. The finish is rather dry, the yeast strain (seems like ringwood without the finish sweetness) adding a unique flavor to the mix.

M: The finish disregards the worse aspects of the ale, leaving a wall of citrusy hops to linger. That saves the ale in my opinion, rendering it drinkable. Burps bring the hoppiness back to the forefront.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger cream colored head fades to a thin layer on a reddish brown autumn colored beer, slight haze and edges fade to blonde, no lacing 3
S – Caramel sweetness, cherries, granny smith apple tartness, slight florals & citrus, very good scent a solid 4
T – Woody/nutty start, lots of earthy characteristics, caramel toasted malts with very slight sweetness, fruit has faded to a mild bing cherry, not a lot of bitterness, mild spicyness towards the finish, I would like some more clarity here 3.5
M – Medium body, good carbonation provided a good smooth mouth feel 3.5
O – Drinkability is OK, I was bummed taste didn’t quite live up to the nose, glad I tried it and moving on, just hanging on to a 3.5

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to splax23 for this extra in a recent breaking of the trading ban. Having this to celebrate the end of the 2011 Twins season. Blech.

Pour is an unfiltered/almost opaque orange. Noses up to a nice cracked grain breadiness, adulterated with earthy hops. Whiff of citrus.

Short's Autumn Ale leans forward into Fat Tire territory too much for me: the whole wheat bread crusts are strong in this one. Ahnold strong. Caramel, Arizona Iced Tea, unfocused slice of apple orchard slither through the body; what? Earthy citrus hops round out the experience & provide order on the downslope. One & done.

Love Short's & the style, but this one elicits the shrug of a Phillip K. Dick novel, as in, what the hell was that? Messy beer that lacks cohesion & more importantly, great taste. A bogey above mediocre.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color; evenly hazy (did not clear as the beer warmed). Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated quickly to a broken skim. Laced the glass at the top in wide rings.

A: Caramel and toffee; slightly sweet. Rather interesting citrus and floral hop character (not prominent).

T: Lots of malt and hop character for the style (I guess that's good). A little nutty to compliment the same malt character that was in the nose. A little sticky resin in the middle; maybe even flattish. Some spice in the finish to add to the mix.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and complex. Good balance to malts.

O: Good ESB though the look (hazy/cloudy) was a little odd.

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Short's Autumn Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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