Anniversary Ale
Short's Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #27
Ranked #9,160
3.97 | pDev: 12.59%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale
Notes: 2009 Tap only
2010 Tap and bottle
2013 Tap and bottle

Same recipe every year, according to the brewer, though ABV varies slightly.

"Anniversary Ale~ A high gravity wheat wine made with blood oranges that render an alluring dark purple hue to the color. Flavor abounds from the spice of green peppercorns and tang from blood orange zest. Aggressive dry hop additions amplify the citrus overtones and spiciness found throughout. ‘Anni’ Ale typifies the full magnitude of Short’s Brewing Company by embodying all the complexities and fulfillment necessary to pay tribute to another year of brewing. 10% ABV 63 IBU's"
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 12 oz 2011 bottle. On the day Short's sold out to Lagunitas. Amber color. Smell is orange zest. Spice. Flavor is big on the blood orange (surprised being 6 years old). Spice. Still decently carbed. Overall, pretty nice. Glad I split this though. Would have been too much to drink solo, unless over an hour or two. Good blood orange Heineken :P

Jul 27, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange. Foamy, short, off white head fades fast.

Smells fruity, citrus, light oxidation

Tastes sweet orange, malty. Fading to a tart citrus and heat from peppercorns. Finish is semi dry with citrusy linger. Medium body and smooth lower medium carbonation

Apr 04, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/18/14; drank 5/23/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Cloudy orange hue.

Off-white head; almost no lace.

Orange citrus nose; very bold!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Blood orange & grapefruit citrus tartness; a nice balance of sweet & sour. No booze heat. A delightful, easy-to-drink summer wheatwine.

Nov 10, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a hazy dirty brown color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of dry wheat notes with some grainy malt notes is typical for style. Taste is a nice mix of dry wheat malt notes, light grainy notes, light residual sugar notes with some subtle blood orange notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not sure the flavours are well-balanced between each other’s but interesting nonetheless.

May 12, 2016
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Masonz223 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: orange juice white grape sweet fruit wine
Taste: alot of orange peel upfront middle of the mouth sweet orange a white wine flavor a faint tartness finishes with a slight peppery taste Some grapefruit hop bitterness and a mild alchool burn.
Feel: medium to full body sticky syrupy mouthfeel.
Overall: lots of orange in this beer but also has a nice white wine Characteristic. Very nice.

May 10, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours an almost clear orangish color with no head
S: citrus fruity notes, mostly orange and an overall sweetness.
T: Nice orange favor, a little alcohol on the backend. Finishes a little dry.
F: very smooth and easy drinking.
O: this is a nice surprise, a pretty decent beer.

Apr 19, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange pour, almost a full inch of head, has some red hued edges to it. Aroma was a little bit sweet blood orange.

Taste was more sweetness, dat blood orange, didn't catch much if any peppercorn. Has a good citrus quality to it, counteracting a relatively light barleywine body. Caramel covers the alcohol. Enjoyed this one, good end of the night summertime beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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FlandersNed from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Lightly-hazy copper color., low off-white foam. Orangey/hoppy nose. Big green peppercorn & orange rind flavor. A bit boozy. Full body & medium to full carbonation.

Sep 11, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for leaving this for me.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades fairly quickly, just a touch of lacing, semi clear slight hazy honey orange color.

Nose is interesting, there is def some big wheat wine, heavy wheat creamy like, with nice citrus orange, little rind, some blood orange, hint pepper and spices like a coriander thing, big orange cream, but also a little tart funk like a little lacto or weird Brett thing but not really sure it is, and it really fades and turns into an orange creamsicle as it goes.

Taste brings weird candy like, some booze and hot phenols, little alcohol heat, into mild peppery flavors, peppercorn, coriander like spices, etc, with a slimy esters I think, slimy and tangy perhaps some lacto infection but not so pleasant thing. Plenty of orange, little rind, blood orange flavor even, orange cream thing, with nice peppercorns. Plenty of creamy heavy wheat, wheatwine flavors, candy biscuity toffee and dried fruit. Finish is a bit boozy, slimy sticky feeling sweet and hot booze, esters, alcohol phenols, little peppercorn, more orange peel and orange cream, and wheat.

Mouth is fuller sticky almost syrupy, some warming booze, little creamy, nice carb.

overall eh, it has some nice characters, nice orange flavors and creamy wheat wine, but the booze is a bit weird with the phenols, almost tart lacto like notes but it doesn't seem like an infection or sour really, it's strange, hard to really tell what it is, nice peppercorns and orange in general. Interesting but hard to drink much of it.

Aug 09, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a very slight haze. Not much head. Aroma is fruity, reminds me of canned mandarin oranges. The more I try and pull another fruit smell out of its aroma, the more it just reminds me of canned mandarin oranges again.

The taste is sweet while being slightly tart at the same time. I still notice those same canned mandarin oranges again. I'm not sure where the tartness is coming from, but it comes and goes. After awhile, the mandarin orange flavor becomes more of an orange peel or orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, however the 10% alcohol is very well hidden inside of this beer somehwere. Could be more carbonated, possibly more crisp... but other than that I do like it, and would recommend it if you're into unique versions of this style or orange-y beers in general.


Aug 08, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Beautiful bright orange color, almost no head. Citrusy aroma. Clean super sweet citrus burst of flavor that is powerful, even as it warmed up. This sweetness is followed by an almost opposite tart bitterness. This contrast did not work well for me. Easy drinking for the abv with little to no alcohol burn.

Aug 07, 2015
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 04/09/15.
A: A deep orange hue. I don't see the purple that is mentioned in the notes. A small head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring and minimal lacing.
S: orange and some bitterness a slight medicinal smell
T: Tastes almost like a screwdriver. Plenty of orange some hop kick and some bitterness from the zest
MF: a little syrupy and some alcohol burn.
O: interesting. reminds me of a juicy DFH Raison D' Extra. A good sipper.
the overall result is better than the some of its parts

Jul 20, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade. 2013 vintage according to my spread sheet.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a thin quarter inch white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of slightly sweet malts, blood orange juice and zest, candy orange. Little bit of alcohol and old hops.

T - Taste is quite sweet. Sweet malts, blood orange juice and zest. Light caramel, no peppercorns. Finish is candied orange peel. Really neat, how much orange flavour is in this wheatwine. Alcohol is hidden well. Very candy orange like.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, bit crisp. A bit syrupy, however, the alcohol is still hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this was a surprisingly nice beer from Short's. Really wasn't expecting the orange to be as prominent as it is. Completely shocked.

Serving Type: bottle

Jun 24, 2015
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hardysf from Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a fail by shorts in my eyes. Pours clear with a small head. Smells sweet and of citrus. Taste is a unbalanced mess. Sweet flavors, with an odd citrus (maybe guava). Up next is a bit of a sour flavor. Finishes with a spicy pepper flavor. I'm glad I decided to only buy a single instead of a six pack.

This brought back a lot of memories of bells Venus which also was a fail to me.

May 06, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a deep, slightly golden orange. Moderately hazy. About half a finger of almost pure-white foam. Moderate amount of visible rising carbonation.

Smell - 4/5
Pineapple, mandarin oranges, floral hops, perhaps slight hints of spice. An overall quite attractive citrusy-fruitiness.

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet. Blood oranges, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pine citrus hops, slight amount of bitterness near the end of the sip. Despite being 10%, no alcohol flavors detectable at all. Overall not a bad taste, just not really quite what I think a wheatwine should taste like.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied. Very smooth, with only a little bit of bitterness. Light to medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. Overall, I think I would have liked the feel to be thicker, as this is supposed to be a wheatwine, not a pale ale.

Overall - 3/5
Overall this wasn't really what I was expecting. I've only had one other wheatwine before, Pilgrim's Dole, and that tasted close-ish to a barleywine. And most barley wine have a taste in the same general area. I knew this would taste quite different because of the citrus elements, but this wheatwine tasted nothing like a barley wine. It tasted like a nice summery citrusy pale ale, or something like that. It was not a bad beer, just not really what I was looking for.

May 04, 2015
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MadeInTheMitten from Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured into my mouth, from a 12oz bottle. I've been waiting for this one! Let's see how it goes. First off, this has a kick in the teeth two-hearted ale taste (I'm not familiar with hop styles, so I'm not sure which I'm tasting. Closest thing I can think of is two hearted).. Followed by a faint orange taste. This beer is not my cup of tea. I could see many hop-heads loving this tho! It just isn't my particular "cup of beer". It sure does pack a buzz. I don't see myself opening up another bottle. Sadly. I was really looking forward to this one. Oh well, onto the next! I have five left if anyone is interested in a trade!

May 02, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden orange beer with a frothy foamy white head. Smell is of orange, citrus, blood orange, tons of malt, and a minor grassy/earthy smell. Taste is of blood orange and malt with a spicy background from the peppercorn. It's a mildly sweet beer with a medium body, mild carbonation and easy drinking.

May 02, 2015
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adapt313 from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this out on draft, day old firkin, and out of the bottle, both fresh and up to three years old now. I absolutely love short's anniversary. It is far from the most complex wheatwine I've tasted but it is just bursting with fresh blood orange flavor that never comes off as artificial in any way. It is refreshingly tart and easy drinking for a 10% ale which makes it a dangerous drink on a summer day. I am far from a short's fanboy, infact I'm not really a big fan of them as a whole but anniversary ale is fantastic.

Apr 06, 2015
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hotpipes29 for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark tan and very murky with a thin white head and a medium amount of visible carbonation.

S: Bright orange citrus, boozy, and rich underlying malts.

T: Tart pulpy blood oranges, some ethanol sweetness and heat, bready and grainy malts with some wheat husk on the back end. Tart, mildly peppery and some malt sugars in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol presence is noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: I thought this was fairly enjoyable, although the predominance of the blood orange flavor eliminates any illusion of complexity. But, it's a natural pleasant flavor to find in the beer. Glad to have tried this one.

Oct 24, 2014
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one from a grumbler (10th Anni) at the brewpub last summer, took it to a family reunion, and drank it out of red Solo cups. This ale was something special even in those circumstances. This year (11th Anni), poured from the bottle into tulip, pours a clear golden orange with a finger of fizzy head that dissolves quickly to a small ring around the edges, no lacing to speak of.
Aroma is huge on the nose, right from the bottle. Citrus hops and blood orange, sweet caramel malts. Every now and again, a whiff of booze, but it's never overpowering.
The taste is like biting into the juiciest of oranges with a small bitter and tart bite balancing out any excess sweetness. A bit of wheat ale lurks. Some heat and pepper bite on the backend. This one is bold in aroma and flavor, lots going on and all of it enjoyable. The ABV is dangerously subtle.
Hope Short's Anniversary Ale is around for many years to come

Jul 18, 2014
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10th anniversary edition (2014) poured into an Ikea snifter. The pour kicks up a relatively modest cream-colored head that fades quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. The liquid itself is a nice transparent gold with amber hues.

Wow - aroma is a citrus knockout! It's not the bright orange or lemon that I normally think of when I think citrus, it's a lot darker and more floral than that, making me think of plums and raspberries. I guess this is what blood orange smells like, but I'm not at all well-versed in semi-obscure citrus fruits. I also get hints of a caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty closely, with some surprising bitterness from an herbal hop presence thrown in on the finish. The fruit flavor here is really wonderful. However, with the caramel sweetness, fruit sweetness, and then finishing bitterness, it ends up feeling almost too sweet and too bitter at the same time. Still, the flavors are pretty nice, just not necessarily in conjunction with each other. I was a little underwhelmed with how the flavor compares to the aroma. Still, the flavor from the blood oranges is really wonderful, so I have to give it some points for that!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with somewhat heavy carbonation, which is nicely pleasant.

Overall, there was some really nice fruit flavor, but it didn't really come together on the palate for me.

Jun 29, 2014
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra as part of a great trade with BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating--that said, I know this releases in May, so it's either a month or 12 months old. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pretty standard appearance for a wheat wine, with a slightly cloudy, ruddy orange hue with hints of rust coloration in the body. I don't really see the purple hue that the blood oranges supposedly impart. Atop the body is a frothy one finger head with a smattering of larger bubbles from the pour, but mostly densely-packed microbubbles. Retention is moderate, and it leaves sparse silky lace on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - Bright citrus and acidity are the primary components, with an underlying alcoholic astringency. There is a very heavy presence from the blood orange, making this particular take on a a wheat wine more citrusy than I've ever had before. It really kicks up the inherent citrus notes that can come through in the style, but it's not a hoppy citrus.

Taste - Picking right up where the smell left off, this time with a big pungent explosion of citrus that borders on tart, but without any of the puckering feeling that you get from beers that tend towards the sour. It's pure fruit essence tartness rather than wild yeast/bacteria tartness. There is a subtle hint from the green peppercorns, with just a bit of herbal spice, but it's hard to detect, as I don't think I've had green peppercorns before. On the finish, there are subtle notes of caramel and vanilla sweetness, but it's very much subservient to the big citrus from the blood orange. The heat that was present in the smell isn't nearly as pronounced in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly tart, juicy feel on the palate. A hint of sweetness on the aftertaste.

Overall, a really interesting beer and incredibly refreshing for such a high level of alcohol. Based on the flavors, I'm going to guess that this is the 2014 release--the orange flavor is just so fresh and juicy.

Jun 11, 2014
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stortore from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 release.

My last 2014. Pours a nice looking orange with a small, dissapating head, some lacing. Blood oranges come through really well in the smell, as do the peppercorns. Also some malt and citrusy hops. Taste continues a strong orange presence, a lttle more malty than the nose. Peppercorns and hops not as strong as the nose, but they're still there. Some light bitterness on the back end. Great flavor. I do not find it to be overly sweet, as others have. Solid body, ABV is well hidden for the style

Really good wheatwine. The orange presence is big and flavorful, but it's a really well balanced beer. Try it if you can.

May 26, 2014
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber with a one-finger white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light lacing.

S - Big aroma of blood orange and orange rind.

T - Follows the aroma. Big burst of blood orange, grapefruit, and orange zest right upfront. A little bit of malt bring in some sweetness. Finish is bitter citrus peel.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Clean crisp mouthfeel.

O - Just like the description on the bottle. Definetly worth trying for the uniqueness.

May 17, 2014
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whatthehull from California

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

July 28th 2011 (from notes)

A - an almost cloudy blood red, one finger orange/brown head and little lacing

S - Wow, wine, tons of fruit, very sweet and sour, tons of hops and citrus, citrus and more citrus

T - very fruit, orange, lemon, lime, tons of wheat, sweet yeast, nice hoppy bitterness, some fresh cut wheat grass, lots of fruit wine notes and a bit sour

M - chewy, full body, low acidity, well balanced, medium complexity and long finish

D - well, this is different. Very fruity, some hops, big yeast and wheat. So if you are a hop head you may like it, yeast type person you may like it and same for wheat. This beer is more for someone looking for a change of pace and something without much of a genre and just good tasting. One of the best beers I have EVER had. Wow. My new favorite style!

Final thought - 10% and awesome. Wow. thank you shorts brewing and marcatgsb!

Mar 28, 2014
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