Anniversary Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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"

Added by hoppymeal on 05-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
520
Reviews:
205
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
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57
Gots:
77
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13
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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!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the brewery. The brewery described this beer as a wheat wine and the description stated that they used a half a pound of blood oranges per gallon. This beer pours a ruby red color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The smell has a huge tropical aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. The taste is incredibly sweet with grapefruit and orange flavors. The mouthfeel was relatively thick and nicely carbonated. Hands down the most interesting and complex beer I have had so far this year.

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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

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Growler thanks to StFun on Ratebeer! Clear, but very dark orange/red pour, light lasting lacing and an aroma of sweet blood oranges and a little caramel. Flavor is incredibly unique; toffee, floral bittersweet blood oranges, then jumps into bitter grapefruit, pineapple and finished with a warming and just slightly boozy aftertaste. Very good, I might need to go chasing after a few bottles of this.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
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