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:
169
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of gordavidson
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear amber with some orange and brown highlights. The off-white head is thick and creamy and has great retention and leaves some lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Grass, caramel, pine, and a bit of citrus. There is a bit of earthiness on the finish. All of the aspects blend very nicely together.

T- Sticky pine, grass, citrus, and caramel. The flavors are much sharper and more pronounced than the aroma led me to believe. Pretty sweet at the beginning, but the hops quickly make their presence known and leaves some definite lingering bitterness.

M- Smooth and creamy body with a bit of carbonation bite on the finish that really emphasizes the oily and bitter aspect from the hops.

O- A very interesting and well made beer from Short's. Between the strong flavors and well-rounded nature to this beer, this is one of the more memorable offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a random liquor store we pulled in to turn around when lost, coming back from the KBS release. Did a Short's mix-a-six.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a foggy reddish-brown color that has a fingers worth of quick-to-leave head, leaving a few spots for lacing.

The nose isnt offering much but includes notes of grassy hops, sweet malt, a bit of citrus, and some booze heat.

The taste has some piney hops that weren't picked up in the nose. There is some earthy grassy hops as well and they are cut with some hearty, sweet malt. The malt is nutty and has a hint of a caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture after the hop bite fades. Nice levels of carbonation are leveled with the feel for sure.

Overall, decent double red that has some good, even balanced flavors but I wish it was a bit more intense on the hop profile. Still pretty solid.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with just a hint of red on the edges. Almost opaque. An awesome 1" bone/tan head, which only survives one or two sips. Thick lacing.

Smells fruity, malty, and hoppy all at once. Cherry skin is the fruit- it's dark, not citrusy or bright.

The taste and mouthfeel are a thick wallop- malts are all over, toasty, sweet, thick. The hops are big, coming across as earthy bitterness. A real wallop.

Strong stuff, and a pallet-destroyer! A wacky take on "red ale," whatever that means. Very malty, bitter, filling, powerful, and delicious.

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Photo of VinnieVanGogh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Finchum
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 12oz bottle

A: Pours a deep ruby red/orange color with 2 inches of frothy, creamy, white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Huge grapefruit and sweet caramel malt presence in the nose. This smells really good.

T: Very strong, grapefruit sweetness up front, a little bit bitter in the back. The malt really takes a backseat and is weaker in the taste than in the nose.

M: Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. I thought it was perfect for this style.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and thought they did a good job with it. I would pick it up if I saw it again. It is worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut mired red with a settled 1" thick, dense light khaki head. Very still, no visible uprising carbonation. Not at all clear, but not cloudy/hazy either. Looks very rich.

Very biscuity. Fresh, out-of-the-oven sourdough biscuits. Hops are pronounced with a lush fruity bouquet. Caramel malts emit a sugary sweetness, which the hops keep corralled and respectful.

The flavor is HUGE! Sweet out-of-the-gate. Not cloying at all. A bit of an abrupt hop attack, that also mimics alcohol heat - it's hard to tell which though. The hops are also big, which is nice for such a rich ale that that sometimes easily gets bogged-down or one-dimensional per the 'amber' style. Basically, the scent of this beer translates very accurately in the taste dept. Gobs of sheets of broken-bubble lace all the way down.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with ultra fine carbonation. It's airy without being bubbly. It's creamy without being thick. It's kinda magically cask-like. The finish is chalky and a bit prickly from the hops. Spicy, zesty finish.

Overall I do like this ale a lot. Leave it to Short's to create an interestingly unique rendition of a style of beer that is most usually predictable and mostly boring. And they just didn't do it by hopping the hell out of it, as there's precision in this here ale. Precision and passion, but never predictable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy dark amber with coppery edges. Two fingers of thick, luscious, bright light khaki head. Great lacing. Lots of fruity malt on the nose. Sappy, piny hop notes as well.

Toasted malts up front, before quickly becoming sweeter. Candied fruits and caramel in a delicious battle for mid-palate supremacy. Moderate herbal hop bitterness comes in to provide a little balance, before turning minty and piny in the finish. Lots of lingering caramel and fruit malt in the finish. Medium body with a slightly creamy feel. Very much what I look for in a good red/amber ale. Delicious!

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Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DannyDan
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a nice amber red hue with a tan head that has good retention and very nice lacing on the glass.
S. Nice mix of bread and caramel with hint of hops.
T. The taste starts out with caramel malts followed by some sweetness and lastly the floral and citrus hops hits the tastebuds and takes over. The aftertaste is a bitter, but good taste.
M. The mouthfeel is smooth, but leaves the mouth rather dry like many DIPAs do.
O. A very good hoppy beer that reminds me of a DIPA with some sweetness added to it.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +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 StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 HarmonMW
1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of travMI13
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby red/orange color with 2 inches of frothy, creamy, tan head. Tons of lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit and sweet caramel malt presence. This smells fantastic.

T: Very strong, grapefruit sweetness up front, transitioning to a strong bitterness on the back. Not really feeling much malt presence here, honestly. This is incredibly hop-forward for an amber/red ale. I really like it, but it is not what I expected.

M: Slightly oily up front with a very dry finish. This is more like an IPA to me.

O: I'm really enjoying this beer, even though I don't think that it really fits in the style. This tastes more like an IPA to me than anything. Luckily for me, I love IPA's. Definitely a worthwhile offering from Short's. I would drink this again.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet. This has a nice deep red maroon depth with a gold 2 finger that laces the glass thoroughly while you drink. I smell some grains and hops on the nose; there's and underlying whiff of dark dry fruits. This has a nice crisp beginning, maybe some rye, alpha hops, grain....sweet malts, raisins, plum, a nice dry finish with bitterness from the hops. I have to say im very pleased how well this brew is balanced, and wonderful on the pallet from start to finish. I can almost feel the compassion and friendship that went into this beer for Founders' dear friend.

This is a wonderfully created brew, the alcohol is well masked and integrated into the beer. Well done, wonderful red, one of the best (if not the best) I've had.

Cheers!

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Photo of samyoung
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cost Plus Wine Shop in Eastern Market is the best place to get beer in Detroit. Picked up a single of Aorta there; no date on the bottle.

Pours very deep ruby; no sediment or murk,completely clear. Has a caramel malt smell with bread and hops mixed in. Has a great roasted malt and piney taste with a wonderful bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel in thick and clingy and transitions into an smooth bittersweet finish.

I have not had many imperial amber ales so its had to compare Aorta to anything. All in all this is an excellent beer. High ABV, smooth malt character with just the right amount of hop kick.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great deep amber color that is transparent with a small amount of head. The color reminds me of a light red wine. I can see where the name of it comes from. Smell has a great floral scent but also accented with a bready maltiness. Taste is very well balanced between the malt and floral hops. Clean and dry aftertaste with some pleasant bitterness lingering. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Overall, I was really impressed with this one. This is a great beer!

Edit- 2/15/13- Even better than I remember. Huge Centennial hits and great backbone. Make more!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. It is an amber color with around half an inch of head. The smell has a nice floral hop presence and sweet breadiness. The taste is an extremely well balanced blend between sweet malts and hops. Very delicious and one of the better amber ales I've tried.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lovely mahogany color with an off-white head of about half an inch. Very nice lacing.

S - Piney hops as well as very citrusy fruit.

T - Bready malt, sweet with a sour twang. Big hops, earthy and citrus. Grapefruit.

M - Fine carbonation, with an IPA type finish.

O - This beer is delicious. Very very tasteh. Well balanced, but hoppy enough to respect as someone who craves bitter.

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Aorta Ale (Double Red Ale) from Short's Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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