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

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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
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -12%
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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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a double red ale from the good folks at Short’s. I couldn’t wait to try it!

This poured a golden-ruby hue with foamy big bubbles. It has a light grapefruity aroma with an upfront bittering. Very resiny, very piney, with grapefruit citrus notes and a sharp bittering that brings things into focus along with a low, light malt sweetness for balance.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 Captainren
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no dates listed on the bottle
Deschutes tulip glass

A: Pours a deep, amber red color. Initially I had about a half finger of off white almost tannish head. Some sticky lacing bits are left on the glass as the head fades. Lots like good carb streaming up the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of piney, earthy hops. Also some biscuity malts are in there. There is some spicy notes in there, rye? Lots of sweet caramel malts I take away.

T: There is a sharp bite on the tip of the tongue. You get some of those earthy hops. Then in the mid mouth you are met with some of those biscuity malts. The back end has some fairly strong bitterness. Like another member mentioned, it's almost similar to an ESB of some sort. It's fairly dry too. Don't know ABV but don't taste it.

M: Medium bodied brew. The bitterness lingers for a while.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of hollerined
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - 3.5 - 1 finger head, little to no retention. Tan head. Brownish-red, similar to maple syrup. Clear, filtered look.

S - 3.5 - Bready, roasted smell. Hoppy character, with light vanilla and citrus notes. Not overpowering.

T - 3.5 - Biscuity, toast flavors. Hints of dark chocolate and floral hops. Slightly spicy, warm alcohol finish. Rather hoppy for the style.

M - 4 - Medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

O - 3.5 - Smooth, drinkable. Don't really see the double red style though. Tastes much more like a hoppy brown ale to me. Good beer, but nothing I would make a special trip for. Definitely have had better Short's offerings.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to michibrew for this one. I probably never would have had a chance to try it, if not for him including it as an extra.

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep amber color with a half inch of off-white head. Head dies to a thin level, then stays put. Leaves a tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Big citrus nose of grapefruit and tangerine, combined with a mellow caramel malt sweetness. Impressively fragrant.

T - Starts off with a brown sugar and citrus sweetness that gives way to piney hops. There is a biscuity character to the malt and I get flashes of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) in the middle. The finish is pretty bitter, but the malt is never forgotten. The hops linger long after each sip goes down. I like the balance between classic amber style malts and a big citrus/pine hops presence.

M - Good carbonation and a smooth medium body. The finish is dry and not at all boozy.

O - I really enjoyed this hop-forward imperial amber. The smell is great and the flavors of citrus, caramel, and hops balance well. I will seek this beer out in the future.

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Photo of minterro
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the Keweenaw Co-Op in Hancock MI.

A&S: The smell is primarily sweet bready malts, but its very strong and delicious. There is also a sweeter caramel presence. A beautiful looking transparent dark ruby hue. Head pours about a finger and a half of off white semi fizzy foam. Head is retained in a thin creamy layer, but leaves great clumps of lacing.

T&M: Much different taste then smell. Very alcoholic in the taste (would have thought it was higher then 7.6%), Very, very bitter and dry in the finish (more bitter then a lot of ESB). Lots of piney hops towards the finish. Pretty unbalanced toward the side of hops, which I found interesting for the style. On the coarser side of mouthfeel. Medium bodied and on the low side of carbonation.

Overall: The bitterness of this beer was overpowering and hard to ignore in the overall rating. Even though this beer had some really incredible subunits like smell and appearance, I would consider this beer to be just above average for ambers of a similar price. I don't really know why this beer belongs in the amber style.

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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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