Anniversary Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale

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

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

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Photo of whatthehull
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

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Photo of johnd513
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Photo of Torgo
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of GRPunk
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking an anniversary beer on my anniversary.

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- 1/2 finger, off-white head quickly drops to a light, spotty lace. The body takes on many hues from ruby, to brownish, to nearly pink at the edges. Good sticky spots are left as I drink. The body's slightly hazed with light carbonation.

S- Initial fruity punch. Something of an apricot/peach mix with citrus. I'm gonna' have to guess that's the blood orange coming through. It comes across as a fine fruited spirit or liqueur. I don't pick up a ton of other aromas, but what's there is so unique and welcoming.

T- Oh, man!!! The blood orange is just a player on a team of flavor. Warm, fruity alcohol is like a nicely flavored brandy, perhaps. Wheaty aspects mix with a slight, pleasantly musty features. It has a spicy, peppery bite that combines with an almost pithy, citrus bitterness. A mix of sour/bitter citrus and pepper dry the finish allowing some of the sweetness to linger just a bit.

M- Alcohol bite borders on burn, staying just on the right side. Light carbonation helps smooth the full bodied, viscus brew.

D- It's a definite sipper. So complex and "fun" that I'm disappointed that I likely won't have a chance to try it again as it's a "one off brew." I'm pretty sure I got the last bottle at my local shop. The abv is the only thing holding me back from wanting to lock myself in my room with a sixpack. I have to give a shout out to one of my brewsday buddies for giving me a sample of this fine brew. I was pretty geeked to find my own bottle last week.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light orange color, good clarity. small white head that fades rather quickly to nothing

Smell: juicy oranges, more citrus, peppercorns and wheat. Pretty complex smell. the juicy oranges are a refreshing smell

Taste: strong orange flavor, comes in nice and juicy, some bitter orange come through, I believe its from the orange zest used, but it could be from hops. peppercorns come in slightly subdued but definitely there. all of this is lain over a wheat body. The juicy taste is just unbeatable. the balance is spot on and its very complex

Mouthfeel: kinda softer and lighter. actually refreshing which is weird but good for this heavy and strong of a beer. very hot on the backend too

Overall: i picked up the last one of these at the store when i had thought i missed it. and am i glad i did. this is a great beer. i wish i coulda got a whole sixpack. the tastes are spot. just delicous

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Photo of Cotton_27
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance overall

Very orange nose

Tasted peppercorn up front, with citrus finish

Very nice mouth feel

Overall another great offering from Shorts.

I can see why this is highly coveted very drinkable for a high alcohol beer
will buy this one year after year

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Photo of glazeman
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like a short preface is in order for this one: As a child, I lived in Italy for a spell, where blood oranges were very popular, and my bother used to buy blood orange juice for us. I mixed in a packet of sugar each morning at breakfast and loved the blood orange juice. Needless to say, I'm very excited to try this beer. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: A vigorous pour yields only a 1/2 finger white head in this dark amber colored beer. While there is not much head, a crown lingers for the duration of the drink and creates some nice lacing. There is also a nice swirl of bubbles in the middle throughout.

S: Probably the weakest part of this beer. There's a lot of sweet malts, mostly consisting of oranges, as one would expect, and a little bit of pepper in there as well.

T: Wow, the blood oranges really come through well in this beer and work far better than I would have imagined. They are integrated seamlessly and give this beer a wonderful taste. There's some orange sweetness up front, nice acidity in the middle, and some smokiness at the finish from the peppercorns. This is one of the most interesting and complex beers I have had in a long time.

M: This was a very smooth drink. A little low on the carbonation, but that works perfectly in this beer. It feels to me almost like drinking a nice cabernet, but with a little carbonation and a wonderful aftertaste.

D: My expectations were far exceeded by this beer. Really is an absolute must try in my opinion. The 11.7% ABV is completely hidden, the flavor is wonderful, it's smooth, dangerously drinkable. I saw this on the shelf during a recent trip to Michigan, and debated whether or not to buy it, but am so glad I did.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shorts Anniversary Ale : Blood Orange Wheat Wine

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter. A stunning rosy amber in color with an off white crackling bubbly head that retains quite well, leaving some lacework.

Smell: Vibrant orange zest quite fragrant, sweet wheat wine aroma typical of the style, yet laced with orange.

Taste: An intense and interesting blend of flavors. Not as sweet as the nose will indicate, a strong wheat malt presence, with an intensely bitter blood orange/bitter grapefruit peel like flavor. In the midst of this fruity flavor is a bitter grapefruit like hop, perfect for this brew inparticular. The citrus aspect, and the bitter hops, do a great job in balancing the sweetness of the standard wheat wine. Mild orangey citrus lingers on the palate. Long into the aftertaste is the peppercorn finish, a bit spicy and long lasting. As the beer warms, the peppery aftertaste becomes desirable. A treat to the senses. 10% abv is hidden. Well done!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, alittle syrupy/chewey malt. Carbonation moderate to low. To be expected with a brew of this magnitude.

Overall: A fantastic achievement in the art and practice of brewing. Wheat wine can be great or not so, and this one was the best of the style I've had to date. Captures the flavor of the blood orange, and the essence of a wheat wine in perfect harmony.

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Photo of Deuane
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, ruby kissed copper with a medium tan head that reduces down to a thin cap that leaves spotty lace.

S-Like alcoholic tang! Full of alcohol fumes and ORANGES! A good smack of malty sweetness kicks in on the back end.

T-Mmmmm, big, fat luscious hit of oranges followed by an alcohol burn and the zesty spiciness of the green peppercorn. A taste sensation in your mouth if there ever was one!

M-Medium leaning toward medium-heavy. Fat and complex with a very dry finish. Log lasting flavours.

D-Outstanding, this would get another 5 if it wasn't for the alcohol tickle and the fact that the 11.8% ABV will surely kick you on your ass in no time! Happy 5th Anni to Joe and the entire Short's crew! Well done, well done indeed!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big up to Mike.

A:Very deep yet vibrant amber color with some red tons. Really crazy looking beer. A thin covering of white head that stuck around for a while. I am stopping short of purple even though I love Prince.

S: The nose is insane.The citrus is off the charts. Oranges. Tons of them. I get a touch of the peppercorns and it gives it a touch of green which balances this beer out nicely. This beer is bananas.

T: Starts off with some citrus big surprise. Then a fairly assertive sweetness. There is still some hops left in this bottle. The heat is barely there and only in the finish. I like that in this style though.

M: Little bit thick. Soft carbonation.

D: I love a shorts beer and this is mos definitely that. Totally out there. I love this beer. Totally different take on the style.

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Photo of LuthersLager
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I came to the blood orange wheat wine with no point of reference (obviously). I figured worst case this will taste like some orange juice I left in my gym bag all summer... but I gambled any way. And I'm glad I did.

Like most of Short's beers its cloudy. There is always a little sediment swirling at the bottom of a bottle of Shorts. And like with other beers I found this one to be a slightly different experience when you leave the sediment in the bottle and when you poor it in the glass. So try it both ways.

The smell is what you would expect from something advertising its made with blood oranges. Sweet, citrus and sour.

The taste, well let me tell you what its not. Its not like making a screwdriver out of an Oberon. The wheat and orange are well balanced. Balanced in the same way malt and hops are in a great IPA. Think of the bitterness and sourness of the orange replacing the bitterness of hops in an IPA. The sour part of your tongue definitely dances.

Overall a great experience. I don't see knocking down a 6 pack on poker night, its the type of beer you drink in front of a fire and think about. Or drink some with a citrus based dessert. Makes me kinda wish I had one of those dumb chocolate covered orange things you get from people at work on Christmas.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the color alone on this scores high points. ruby red/orange hued beauty. rocky, minimal head, but doesnt matter. the color is just amazing, i wouldnt want it any other way... wow.
S: reminds me of a recent trip to florida where we had fresh squeezed local oranges for juice in the mornings. just super concentrated orange blast, and again, huge points. theres just the tiniest hint of alcohol hidden in there, but you have to struggle to find it.
T: the intensity of the oranges backs off just a smidge, but only to let in the peppercorns, but i love how it works together. this beer so far really is just stunning. my tastebuds are going crazy right now.
M: i love how smooth this is and the light heat from the peppercorn just completes the goal at hand. medium body with low carbonation seems the right fit, i cant get enough.
D: if this werent utterly through the roof in terms of ABV, id drink it forever. i know by the time i get to the end ill be ready to move on, but i will be refilling its space in my cellar with more bottles. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alelover!

What a beaut... bright red/orange body with a boozy, large gauge finger of head that recedes to a thin collar that laces perfectly, showing every bit of booze.

Huge blood orange presence - the peppercorn really compliments the citrus and wheat. Clean, sweet... very approachable.

Wow... again, the flavors from the oranges are big and bad. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate with undertones of cereal wheat and honey. This is absolutely fantastic. My favorite beer from Short's without a doubt. Unique, thirst quenching, vibrant. Is this really ten percent?

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2010. Thanks for this one jbck109!

A: Pours a very dark…blood orange…with a finger of off-white head that faded into a thick scum. A soft sheet of lacing was left after every sip.
S: Dominant scents of sweet oranges, tangerines, and I guess blood oranges although it’s been forever since I’ve had one and do not remember what they smell like. To me, the smell reminds me of those canned mandarin oranges you can buy that are bright orange and really squigy. With all the citrus this almost smells like a really hoppy ipa. I wouldn’t quite call it peppercorns, but there is definitely something spicy in there as well.
T: Follows the nose with big juicy notes of sweet blood orange and citrus hops. The finish is full of yeast and faint notes of bubblegum, and the aftertaste is green tasting, lightly spicy, and a bit bitter.
M: Thick bodied, low but bubbly carbonation, and a slick mouthfeel. I do not pick up any of the double-digit alcohol content at all. This goes down far too easily.
O: Exceeded my expectations to the point where I am ISO another bottle. I thoroughly enjoyed the ipa-like qualities this had to offer. Send me another bottle Jay!

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Photo of gford217
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from hoppymeal.

Pours a shockingly clear reddish amber with a small wispy head that recedes to a tiny collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs along the side.

The aroma is fascinating and certainly has a dominant orange presence. Very thick and rindy orange aroma with sweet wheat and hints of spices and pepper. Still, it's a massively sweet citrusy nose with the blood oranges bringing a completely new twist.

The taste is seriously sweet as well but the tartness of the blood oranges and thick wheat presence seem to balance out the sweet citrus. The finish is bitter and burns with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet and thick on the palate with low soft carbonation.

I'm extremely pleased with this one and I really enjoyed what the blood oranges bring to the table. Big, complex brew. Not extremely drinkable but quite a sipper.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-22-10

Pours a clear but very deep red color, with a filmy white head that settles to a thin ring around the edge.

Smell is hardcore fruity and sweet, sugar-coated strawberry jumps right out. The malt is a little deeper, adding a little beery character and slight earthiness.

Taste is all orange, with an enormously spicy, peppery kick. The fruit flavors are very delicate, and nicely complement the slick alcohol kick that comes next. The finish and aftertaste are dominated by the spiciness, which actually goes with the orange flavors. Very different, and very good.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick and syrupy, perfect form the strong booze quality and sweet fruity flavors.

Drinkability is remarkably good, this one will catch up with you in a hurry.

Overall, the spicy flavors balance what would be an epically sweet beer, making it something new and unique. Excellent.

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Photo of Auror
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Blind Bif 8. First beer opened. Box sent by Abraxel.

Appearance- Golden, almost orange-ish. Very clear. Not much head, even with a vigorous pour. Pretty in the glass. (4.25)

Aroma- Nice hoppy aroma. This one's definitely some sort of IPA/hop-forward beer. Mostly citrus notes in the nose. (4.25)

Taste- Super refreshing. It's hop-forward, but not as much as the nose would have me think. There's a definite citrus juicy-ness. Very grapefruity, almost like grapefruit juice. I like this a lot. I'm not ruling out actually containing fruit, there's so much of that juicyness. Slight pith and acidity. (4.5)

Mouthfeel- It's smooth, with very delicate, but noticeable carbonation. Very slight alcohol presence, but I wouldn't peg this as over 8% ever, so I'm gonna guess it's right around there. Love the feel of this. (5)

Overall- It's hot today, and this is incredibly refreshing. I can't tell if it's some sort of hoppy fruit-IPA or something hopped up with fruit in it. Hopefully it's not just a regular IPA with a fruity hop profile, because that would be embarrassing. I don't even really have a guess as to specific beer (4.5)

The reveal: Short's Anniversary Ale! A Blood Orange wheatwine, with orange zest and green peppercorns! On BA it says it was aggressively dry-hopped, so I got that and a citrusy fruit. Totally whiffed on the peppercorns though, and the actual style was a mystery, but in my defense, a fruited hoppy wheatwine is tough to pick out. I should have guessed Shorts though. Great beer! Looks pretty polarizing on BA, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks Abraxel!

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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: A deep, rich ruby red hue in the body. The white head pours about one finger formation and retention is not much more than a thin layer around the edges. Carbonation seems slow and great for style.

S: The aroma is nice and powerful, with a fruity sweetness of the blood oranges. Very nice barley and wheat aromas, at this point any hop aroma has mellowed out.

T/M: WOW, what a smooth wheat wine. Not syrupy body that I expect with the style or more crisp than a typical barleywine. The blood oranges add a juicy character that is well balanced with the malt body. A very tart, bitter fresh orange finish. The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing for the style. Lingering taste shows a good orange aspect, as well as focus on the malts.

O: This is a great wheat wine, and I would feel less concerned with using this blood oranges in a homebrew. I would not even think that this beer would be at 11.7% ABV at all, nice job.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Anniversary Ale 2011 for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. It's a warm summer like night in Michigan, so a brew with some wheat and fruit in it sounds like a good choice. I been wanting to try this beer for a while now, I hope it lives up to my expectations. I heard Shorts has started dating there bottles but I don't see one on this bottle,2011 Vintage . Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a mini snifter.

A- The label on this beer is kind of odd looking, looks an old school Russian castle and a kings throne, I don't really understand what they were going for. It poured a deep dark ruby red color that was nice and unique looking, it pretty much looks blood red. It had two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice long lacing.

S- Wow, the aroma of this beer is all about citrus fruits and hops. It smells more like DIPA then a wheatwine. The hops seem to pretty floral and are mixed in with tons of citrus fruits like grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and most of all blood oranges, it smells like it could be a hoppy orange juice. Very little wheatwine aromas come through, just the sweetness you would expect from this style. I didn't detect any green peppercorns in the aroma.

T- The taste is pretty much like mixing a half glass of orange juice with a half glass of grapefruit juice with some floral hops thrown in there. The wheat malts show up in the flavor and are pretty subtle and quickly overpowered by all the citrus fruits I picked up in the aroma. Only when it starts to warm up can I pick up the green peppercorns, they are very subtle and add a slight spice complexity to this beer. It had a slightly bitter finish, for how hoppy this smelled I was sure it was going to have some DIPA like bitterness to it but it didn't and I liked that. The booze is hidden masterfully in this beer, no way you could tell this is almost 12% by the taste.

M- Sweet, medium bodied, and the carbonation was descent and was better then most shorts.

Overall I though this was one excellent beer. For this warm mid Michigan night I don't think I could have picked a better beer. To me everything about this beer screams warm weather, the citrus flavors were bold and in your face and I thought that was really good and unique. The blood orange was the most prevalent of the citrus fruits like the description on the bottle implies, the peppercorns were much more subtle and harder to pick out but they did add to the complexity of this beer. The only other Wheatwine I have had was Pilgrims Dole from New Holland, its hard to compare the two since Pilgrims Dole seemed to be much straight forward and truer to the style, while on this beer shorts seems to use the Wheatwine as a backbone to hold tons of hoppy and citrus fruit flavors normally associated with DIPA's, I expect Shorts to try something with a style nobody has tried before and this seems to go along with that just like it should. The drinkability of this beer was awesome, it went down really smooth and there was no way I would have guessed this was almost 12%, which could make it pretty devastating after two or three. I only bought one bottle but I am making sure to grab a six pack before they are all gone so I can have some during the summer. I think everybody should give this beer a try, it's just that good. This was one kick ass brew from Shorts, I love all the crazy shit you guys do to your brews, keep it up.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 12 ounce bottle poured into a large wine goblet. An aggressive pour yields half a finger of peach-tinted head. Retention is moderate, though better than expected for such a high-gravity brew. A ring of lacing holds to the top of the glass and glides down as the beer disappears. The beer is mahogany colored with precious little translucence. I'm assuming the color is a result of the blood oranges, and it is a pretty sight.

Oranges manifest themselves way up front on the nose. It's a sweet, citrusy, alcoholic blending that works really well. Spicy hops snap nicely and only serve to compliment the fruity aroma herein. It is unlike any beer, wheatwine or otherwise, that I've put my nostrils to; but it's such a natural combination that I'm amazed nobody has thought to brew this before now.

The flavor follows suit. Sweet tangerine-like flavor is first to impact the tongue. This is accompanied by a nice dose of piney hops (hop varieties were wonderfully matched to this brew). The citrus and hops lay a wonderfully spicy groundwork that is formidably matched by the heft of the malt profile. It is malty to the point of being syrupy. As the beer slides to the back of the mouth, a nice literal kick of peppercorn is noted. It's enough that you know there's some pepper in there, but not so much that it detracts from the rest of what is going on. The primary flavors are intense to the point that you don't notice the alcohol unless you're really looking for it. For being so overblown, it has great balance.

It's tough not to have a nice mouthfeel with a beer this big, and Anniversary Ale does not disappoint. It's thick; it has a lot of alcohol which makes it velvety. The carbonation level is absolutely perfect. The citrusy nature of the brew actually makes it refreshing, easily the most refreshing and easy drinking brew in its weight class. It's supposed to be a sipper, but I'm failing to pause for very long between sips.

For the most part, Short's unorthodox concoctions are hit or miss affairs. This one is a big hit. In fact, it may be my new favorite in their seasonal lineup. It looks interesting, smells, tastes and feels great. And it's refreshing to boot. It's the most drinkable 10% beer I've ever sampled. Hats off to you, Short's.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about Short's Anniversary Ale. Here's to another great year of brewing.

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Photo of drxandy
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to chimay goblet

pours a delicious cherry wood, deep reddish amber, off white head fades quick but lacing hangs on forever

smells of amazing, this is truly the best smelling beer i think i've ever smelt. zesty citrus, simcoes?, if not fermented blood oranges and simcoes smell like they would go hand in hand, slight solvent alcohol on the back (when warm), amazing.

taste is of citrus pith off the bat, hop bitterness is light and in the background but the blood oranges hide it well, heavy on the zest. Very sweet malt and maybe blood orange juice are balanced in the finish by pith and dry hopping, spicy peppercorns in the middle - just enough to say hello. Alcohol hides very well, when warm you can smell/taste it but don't care because there's so much going on (in a good way). oh man.

mouthfeel is creamy with head, as it fades it becomes an adventure, lingering zest and hop oils, sweet, hot (without a burn), wow.

overall the abv puts it out of sessionablity, but who cares - this beer is fantastic, my favorite from shorts and prob. one of my favorites of all time, a ton going on at once but still in harmony which is a rare treat, wish i would have gotten a full 6pack instead of 2 singles

i want to try it aged but don't think i would have the discipline to do so.. yum

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Photo of moosiz
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter this anny ale is fruit juice red in appearance but with a closer look mellow golden accents are also apparant in the edging of the glass. White flat film cap retreats to the sides of the glass quickly. No active carbonation present.

Smells amazing. The orange is there and blends seemlessly with a deep hop aroma to make something kickass. Boozy apricot/brandy comes out as well.

Tastes bitter sweet. Blood orange (go figure), grapefruit, and spice with a hot boozy kick.

Flavor assaults the tastebuds but never gets to crazy. relatively dry finish with solid biting flavors that linger for a minute. Smooth slick mouthfeel.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, congrats to Shorts on 5 years, here's to many more! I labeled this one as a strong ale, but if I had to classify it by look, aroma, taste, etc., I would say it is an imperial red. The beer also has added spices, and is conditioned with blood oranges.

Pours a ruddy brown to ruby red in color, a slight haze in the glass. Dark cream to tan colored head builds to two fingers before slowly receding back to a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is far and away a monster hop aroma. Full of pineapple and tropical fruit notes, also a wonderful orange aroma, a bit of citrusy orange hoppiness, but also a dose of sweet orange fruit. Just a touch of pepper and sweet maltiness in the aroma as well.

Taste is where its at, a nice mix of sugary sweet maltiness has just a second to glance on the tongue before quickly blending with the citrusy hops. More of the tropical fruit, a large grapefruit presence, and more oranges, lead into an orange rind bitterness along with a bit of lemon and pepperiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, appropriate for a big hoppy red beer, a decent sized, slightly puckering bitterness adds some dryness and a very small touch of peppery tingle on the palate.

Highly drinkable and very refreshing, Joe and crew again show they can work magic with the hops. Served with a blood orange if desired at the pub, which is a nice touch. This beer is certainly best enjoyed fresh, but I can't help but wonder what some age might do, if it would go barleywine like aorta has, and if some of the added spices might shine thru more strongly. Delicious, thanks Shorts!

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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a ruddy color into my RR tulip. At first I see no head even with a relatively vigorous pour, however, thankfully small bubbles begin to filter up giving less than a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - An utter amazing nose. Ripe, juicy citrus notes permeate the air (mostly orange), along with plenty of zest and peppery spices. Honestly, this has to be one of the better, if not the best smelling beers I've encountered. I would almost be content just sitting here, smelling this beer all night.

Taste - Wow, the orange is heavily present right off the much so I have never tasted such fruit in a beer of this nature. After the initial citrus blast there is a kick of peppery spices. These flavors meld together and complement each other surprisingly and appropriately well. The first couple sips I didn't taste any alcohol presence, which is quite an accomplishment for such a high abv beer. After a few mores sips I still do not taste it in the sip, but I can feel the gradual warming of my throat. Holy cow - this beer is fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick, low carbonation, dry finish not unlike some wines, and as stated, a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure. What an interesting beer; granted what was I expecting from Short's? I am very thankful I was able to try this style and beer in general. Haven't had many beers really surprise me lately so needless to say I am happy this beer blew me away. The way the sweet orange and peppery spices mix, the dryness, tartness, alcohol warmth...everything just makes this beer complete. Well done Short's.

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