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

Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale)
BA SCORE
3.9/5
171 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,450
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
171
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, purchased at the brewpub in August. A medium amber coloured body, with generous off-white head. A full mouthfeel. Complex malting, the aroma is malty, with a tad of hops. The taste includes orange. A long finish and pleasant aftertaste. A good take on it, was expecting hoppier.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in the Fight Club BIF from Hoppymeal, dated . Bottle # out of . Consumed on 07/08/2008.

A big, huge, enormous, thanks goes out to Hoppymeal for hooking me up with this one as well as the next few Short's brews I will be lucky enough to be sampling. I grabbed this one last night as the first one of the batch I was going to try as I did not want something too heavy with diner. Served right at 50 degrees and poured into a snifter, this was a lovely looking beer from the get go. Rich reddish amber color with a nice half inch head of frothy off white lace. Nice retention left this one having a good layer on the top and some very nice side glass lacing. Good carbonation could be seen streaking up towards the top of it.

The aroma was nice and rich. Some light hop bite still left in it, but you could tell the majority of it had mellowed quite a bit. Nice notes of caramel and sugary malts, classic red ale breadiness as well. This carried over well into the flavor. A somewhat bitter note struck me first, which was followed up with a semi sweet caramel tone. Solid biscuit like flavor is dolling around in the middle. Hops begin to show their color around the finish, giving it a nice pine and citrus like feel, but backing off before becoming dominant in any way. This was definitely driven by the malt for sure. Very nice and creamy smooth Mouthfeel, very chewy with a great consistency. Never really a dull moment here as the carbonation was really quite nice and left a very good impression with me. An easy drinker as the alcohol was nowhere near out of hand, and I thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this for a couple hours last night.

Overall I thought this was a very nice introduction to the world of Shorts for me. A classic for sure and left me itching to try the rest of the lineup. I would have to recommend this one for anyone, and it is clear that the couple years have treated this very well.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red in color with a soapy white head. Nice citric aroma. Good hoppiness and fruit character. Grapefruit is strong on the nose. A solid malt aroma as well; lots of toast and roast. The bitterness is far more pronounced than expected with pine and grapefruit peel. A nice citrus and fruit flavor to it as well. Some toasted bread and toffee give a mild sweetness.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an odd name for a beer. Beer poured into a snifter, shared by someone at a recent tasting. Beer is brown and pretty hazy. Forms a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low overall.

Aroma is pretty malty and sweet.

The first thing I notice about this beer in my mouth is how horribly I misjudged how carbonated it is by looking at it. There is a lot of carbonation in the mouth...a lot. Beer leads off with a medium body that is only slightly cut by the carbonation. Its pretty sweet with kind of a carmelly flavor to it. Overall I don't get "red" or "imperial red" from this at all. Its like a really weak barleywine. I think it was just OK.

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Founders tulip. No bottled on date in the typical spots for Short's bottles.

A - Medium to dark amber colour with a slight ruby glow around the edges. One finger of thick cream coloured head from the pour that slowly reduced to a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Big sweet malt profile up front filled with toffee and caramel aromas. The hop profile is hidden in the background and provides like floral aromas.

T - Huge bitterness up front that dominates the palate and lingers in the finish. The sweetness is here but is well balanced by the massive hop bitterness. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar flavours some through from the malt bill. Very opposite of the nose.

M - Medium body, sticky and dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Aorta Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I feel like a nice hoppy Red Ale tonight, so I thought I would crack the newest offering from Short's. I want to see what short's can do with a Double Red Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like label a lot on this beer, it looks good and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a dark amber red color that changed to a nice and bright ruby red color when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This Red Ale looks pretty nice.

S- The aroma seems to have nice balance. It starts out with some nice caramel malts that impart a caramel, grainy, and brown bread aroma, it also had a pretty high amount of sweetness. Next comes the hops which are pretty much all citrus with just a little bit of floral hops thrown in for good measure, grapefruit seems to stick out the most but there is also a little pineapple and blood orange. I like the aroma of this beer, it's pretty damn good.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it's just as balanced. It starts off with a nice amount of caramel malts that impart a pretty noticeable bready and grainy flavor with a medium amount of sweetness makes for a good malt backbone for this beer. Next comes a lot of hops that are grapefruit sticks out the most. The finish has a high amount ofmainly citrus and slightly floral, just like the aroma the bitterness that carried on through the aftertaste along with some bready malts and grapefruit. This beer tastes good but it's pretty bitter.

M- A little smooth, dry, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a nice medium amount of carbonation. No complaints here, the mouthfeel works very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was pretty damn good and it was a good example of what a Double Red Ale can be, this could almost be classified as an IPA or DIPA, but with this beer all the malts from the base of this Red Ale have enough flavor to balance out the loads of hops that were thrown into this beer. This beer had OK drinkability, it was pretty bitter so two would be my limit, but the flavor does a good job at holding my interest. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and the balance between malts and hops in the flavor and aroma, it made for one awesome smelling and great tasting beer. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of bitterness, that's the only flaw I could find with this beer and if it was just toned down a notch it would pretty much be the perfect Double Red Ale. I would for sure buy this beer again the next time it's released, I already went back and got another bottle and I could easily see a couple more in my future if there is still some left. I highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you like hoppy Red Ales, but it won't be easy to find. I am really starting to get into the Double Red Ales, the extra malt flavors that this style provides can hold up nicely to a lot of hops. I found this beer to be pretty similar to Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale, but I liked this beer more, Short's didn't do anything to crazy or out of the box with this beer, but they did choose a style that many brewery's overlook and I can tell they put just as much effort into this beer as they put into their experimental beers, and it really shows. Good job Short's this is now my favorite Double Red Ale.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wintbs379 for this brew...

A: Pours a deep red, almost brown. There is very little head, leaving only a thin white ring along the edges of the glass. No lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells like sweet malt, rye spice, and slight caramel. It's big on the spice.

T: Big and sweet up front. There is a little sweetness and spice that mix in the middle, and it has a huge spice finish. It's decent, but I'm not overly impressed.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out sweet and finishes dry. It's ok.

O: I'm not a big fan of this brew. It's a bit heavy and kinda hard to drink. The spice is a plus for me, but it just seems like it's lacking something.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 617 of 780, courtesy of Jim (Jale). Unexpected and definitely appreciated.

The beer pours a very dark copper color, reddish orange highlights, with a thin tan foam. Lots of bready malts in the aroma, that and sweet caramel. The hops have a faded and aged smell to them, still getting pine though. The broad strokes are that this smells a little like a barleywine but not a strong one (or more specifically an aged hoppy red ale).

It tastes much as it smells, which is to say it's malty and sweet, with a very slight bitter aftertaste. The taste grows on me a little with each sip, and most evokes something like 1.5 x Nugget Nectar + age. Excellent even at this age, the only knock being I'd prefer a sweeter aftertaste.

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Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Thanks for this one Jay!

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with three fingers of very long lasting light tan greasy head that took forever to fade into a very thick oily head that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Very hoppy nose with fragrant notes of grapefruit and citrus. I get some undertones of sweeter tropical fruit nectars as well.
T: Follows the nose with dominant fresh hop flavors. Caramel malts and a little bit of biscuit and roasted grain come through as well to remind me this isn’t an ipa. The finish is full of tropical fruits and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and grassy. Very very hoppy for an amber.
M: Soft carbonation, full, bubbly frothy mouthfeel, smooth, with a full body.
O: Tastes like a malty ipa. Not as good as NN but a very hoppy and flavorful amber. Thanks again, jbck109.

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Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. release

A -Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with two fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves very nice lacing.

S - Nice caramel malt, with a bit of sweetness. Big citrus hops aroma with a bit of bread malt. Very nice.

T - Taste is a nice balance malty and bitter. Mostly caramel malts with a bit of bread. Like the smell, the hops presence is mostly citrus. Maybe a touch too much bitterness, but very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with a bit of sticky sweetness and finishes dry and bitter.

O -This is up there with Tocobaga and Red Rocket as my favorite hoppy amber ales. Wish I bought more than a couple singles. A very nice beer with a great story behind it (check out Short's website if you don't have the original 750 ml release)

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Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a pretty long time, finally excited to finally get the chance to do so. Typically haven't been a huge fan of "red" ales in the past, but I'll never turn down a Shorts beer I haven't had. This one pours a lighter ruby-red color with hints of copper and maybe even a touch of purple. The cap is off-white showing decent retention and leaving some generous lacing through the top half of the glass.

The aroma's pretty light overall, or at least at first. I pick up quick on a few, sweet and malty aromas. Some citrus and juicy fruits; tangerine, melons, raisins, and plums. I know, a strange combination of fruits, but the aroma isn't "dark" enough to be comprise of all "dark" fruits. There are lighter and juicier aromas abound, I'm thinking tangerine is the biggest suspect. Hops aren't as vibrant as I'd like, but I have no idea how old this beer is, so what can I say? Mild hop oils with a very small hint of pine and resin. This one is certainly dominated by the fruity aromas and the sweet malt, though.

Up front, the first sip is a little boozier than I would have guessed it to be, but it comes hand in hand with a big sweetness to provide some balance. Very juicy and fruity like the aroma would have you believe. And when I say fruity, I don't mean in a "fruit beer" kind of way, I mean it in a "red ale" kind of way. Make sense? Didn't think so. Heavy tangerines, candied raisins, plum juice - this one is definitely sweet, but the hops quickly do their job to bring harmony to the table. Pungent, oily, and some lightly resinous pine needles with a herbal and almost ashy finish.

As the beer gets warmer, I get more and more caramel from the malt - by the last few ounces of this brew, the caramel was one of the biggest flavors, and the aftertaste was dominated with heavy caramel malts, toasted bread, and sugary graham crackers with some diminished, ashy hops and a fading, fruity sweetness. Excellent finish, actually, and maybe even better than the beginning and middle portion of the sip. Body is medium with a lightly sticky and moderately slick feel to it, medium carbonation.

Leave it to Shorts to make a beer for every style that ever existed. I'm sure this isn't the first "double red", but there probably aren't too many out there. Pretty good overall, maybe a little heavy on the sweetness - I would have liked more of an offsetting, bitterness balance. However, for not being particularly fond of the style, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rlcnmeyer for this rarity, bottle #546, poured into a tulip.

There is plenty of carbonation on this one and it pours a deep copper with a huge creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is that of a nice big red ale. It's got lots of caramel sweetness but with a toasted bread character overall. There are vestiges of hops in the nose, with a very faint citrus hop presence. It's pretty much all malts in the nose at this point.

The taste is sweet up front with lots of caramel malts and even some dark fruits and sugar. The finish really brings out the toasted bready malts and the finish is subsequently dry and ever so slightly bitter. Again, the malts are the major player here.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonation and on the heavier side of medium bodied. The slight bitterness, even after a couple years, suggests there was a solid hop profile on this one initially.

Another winner from Shorts with this one. It's definitely one of the more straight forward imperial series beers, and, while not as creative as some of the others, it's very drinkable and a solid execution of an amped-up amber.

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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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