Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) | Short's Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double red ale that seems to indicate an intensity of flavor simply by it’s dark reddish brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt seem reluctantly released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among some of the sweeter flavors up front, before giving way to a roasted cocoa like bitterness that becomes magnified by high alpha hops. Considering the initial overall sweetness, it’s a heightened bitterness that dominates the finish.

82 IBU

Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of blissfulNemo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moshea
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lochef81
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2016. Pours hazy deep reddish/orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/sticky/resinous, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mild warmth lingering after the finish for 9.6%. Overall this is an awesome imperial red ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; despite the moderately strong bitterness and increasing resin/rindy dryness. Nicely juicy feeling on hops and yeast fruitiness. A really delicious offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a two finger creamy off white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caranel malts, toffee, tropical fruits and light earthy hops.

T - The taste is sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, grapefruit peel and some piney hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry mouthfeel.

O - This is a pretty solid double red. The flavors are nice sweet malts and earthy hops.

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Photo of ribby
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy caramel red, with a fine bubbled creamy head. The aroma is relatively intens for the style, mostly hops with a bit of yeast. The taste is a slighly sour hoppy ale. There is enough malt to be balanced, but still on the hoppy end of the spectrum. Overall, a very good beer, and one of Shorts best.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip. Deep, rich garnet color with a few fingers of substantial head that leaves pretty attractive lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, warm sugary dark fruits. Flavor is figs, plums, caramel, biscuit, with a bitterness that's more prominent on the finish and becomes less prominent as the glass is drained. The aroma and flavor increase as the ale warms, the feel becomes thicker and silky.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
2.87/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 98green
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Very unique style for me. The smell and taste are very wine-like to me, tannins and some grape must tang. Lots of warming burn in the end too. In the end, I neither love it or hate it. I won't seek this one out next time around, but I will recommend it as it might be in somebody else's wheelhouse.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed it in a snifter from draft. Beautiful mahogany color, beautiful beige head and very nice veiled lacing. The smell is pungent and malty. Great taste with caramel and spice. Nice and sweet and full bodied.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red with medium white head lasts a bit with light lacing

Smells amazing. I really loved the smell. Sweet malty hoppy. Earthy just great.

Sweet malty and nice hops well balanced. Medium body with medium carbonation but the carbonation feels like it's a lot smoother smaller bubbles maybe. Finish is hops with some sweetness.

I definitely enjoyed this and will enjoy again

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Photo of HardyA
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachraymer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jamesod
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Bowse
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Amazing beer, sneaks up on you. Awesome hops and color.

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Photo of domfreego
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of RDQueena
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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