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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Photo of Cotton_27
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this and poured into a snifter, really enjoyed it. Its appearance is very nice and it has a great taste. Very nice brew for a chilly evening, thought it seemed to kinda have a warming effect, that i welcomed for a February release. Will buy again without a doubt

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep blood red brew. Straw colored foamy head. Lacing is mild.

Apricot, mango, caramel, toffee, bready.

Dry, well finished, lingering well-done bitterness, zero heat, nice flat sweetness, lots of dry apricot and mango flavors. Matches the nose very well. High carbonation that matches very nicely.

Highly recommended, should be considered near top of it's class. I wish all ambers/reds were like this. Simply delicious and easy drinkin'.

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Photo of robwestcott
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured super cold from a 12oz bottle to a shaped sun king pint a semi-translucent deep amber with a wisp of a short lasting head.

aroma of big earthy hops and brown sugars in the wayback.

very subtle, almost non-existent carbonation, yet it's not at all flat (?), medium bodied and hot.

big hops all over the place, as advertised, sweetness almost covered up entirely, but evident after its down the hatch.

interesting, but probably not going to down a sixer of these.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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