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

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travMI13
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, ruby red body with one finger of fluffy, white head. Nice lacing and solid head retention.

S: Orange, grapefruit, peppercorn, and maybe some corriander. Very interesting aromas. It smells sweet, with a bite at the end of the nose.

T: And that is exactly what it tastes like. Very sweet citrus (grapefruit and blood orange) with a touch of the peppercorn on the finish. Short's nails the description on the bottle. Alcohol is well hidden. If memory serves me right, the peppercorn was more pronounced when this was fresh. There is a bitterness on the finish, as well. I'm surprised the hops held up enough to provide that.

M: The bitterness and sweetness both linger for quite some time. Again, interesting. It feels a bit cloying at times, but I feel like this is working, all in all.

O: I can't remember ever having a beer like this one before, which is why I pick it up each year. It is a unique flavor pairing, and it really challenges the tastebuds. Like many of the Short's brews, this is probably not for everyone. Though I enjoy it, I do have to be in the mood for it, but there really isn't anything quite like it.

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Photo of HopHobo
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the anniversary party in May and totally forgot to review it. Lucky for me we were at Short's on 8/1/09 and they still had it on tap.

The first time I had this beer I remember it came with a blood orange that I eventually put into the beer and I thought really added to the flavor of orange in the beer. That was not the case this time around as the beer, when it came to me had no visble head and very limited if any carbonation. The color is very unique though for a wheatwine as its basically a deep purple color which I'm sure comes from the hundreds of pounds of blood oranges that were added to this brew. The smell is sweet and malty with a lot of orange smell and because its blood oranges it smells of bitter oranges, I really didn't pick up too much in the way of alcohol in the smell. The taste is pretty damn bitter and a little bit of an ass kicker....kinda hard to drink. The blood oranges are the dominate flavor and really bring out any hoppy bitterness in the beer...I puckered my lips a few times. As the beer warms it becomes a bit easier to drink, but this is certainly a sipper as it has a heavy mouthfeel.

All and All another very unique brew from Short's, but I had one glass at the Anniversary party and one this time as well and I don't think I could really drink anymore than that....its pretty strong. Now in all fairness I've had Joe's last 3 anniversary ales and all of them have been very very strong, but in the case of a double or triple IPA I think it works better than it does with this Wheatwine...still glad to try it and Congrats to Short's for 5 yeard and continued success!!

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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle received as an extra from the extremely generous Ed (OHLRangers), thanks a lot! Poured into a snifter. Hopefully this isn't infected. I've heard Short's beers can get infected by taking them out of the refrigerator.

A: The color is a reddish orange, perhaps not unlike the color of a ripe blood orange on a summer's day in the Southern Mediterranean. The head is a modest bubbly froth that quickly fades. It leaves behind only a little lacing, which is to be expected from such a modest and considerate head such as the one that formerly resided in my glass.

S: Mmmm, the aroma of blood oranges. That is what I smell, and it is quite nice. I suppose it's a bit like candied blood oranges, which I imagine might be a staple in the Italian kitchen if it were to exist. I also detect mango, pear, and grapefruit, as well as a little honey and peppercorn. There's some sweet bread beneath the fruit.

T: Lots of blood orange with accompanying grapefruit and apple. It has an upper moderate bitterness and a mild alcohol bite. It's quite sweet in a candied way, with a little bit of breadiness. I get more of the green peppercorn in the flavor than I did in the aroma.

M: Smooth and sticky on the palate. Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Hey, it wasn't infected! The blood orange is quite tasty, but to be honest this isn't a beer I could drink a lot of. A unique beer with an awesome aroma that was a pleasure to try.

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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle!

A - Very slightly cloudy, this beer has an awesome ruby-burnt orange color with a thin and loose bone-colored head. Decent retention for the alcohol and sticky lace and legs on the glass as well.

S - Mineral-rich fruit and wet rock strikes me right away. Orange citrus and spicy peppercorn follows with a light alcohol nose that never becomes solventy or hot. Soft wheat and amber malts, slightly toasted, with a hint of caramel back it up. A swirl brings out more orange aroma but also solventy alcohol.

T - Heavy and unique tart citrus arrests the tongue almost instantly and doesn't let go. Peppercorn spice finds it's way in mid-palette with an accompanying mineral hardness flavor. Toasted amber malts and warm ethanol alcohol chill in the background. No real wheat flavor.

M - Sharp tart citrus up front with a medium body and mineral hardness halfway through that finishes with a crisp carbonation and citrus zest. Smooth. The alcohol warms the stomach up slowly but is a little more noticeable retro-nasally.

D - This is a sipping beer if I've ever had one. Warming and potent with a complex flavor profile, Short's Anniversary has some well-used, interesting ingredients to make a good wheatwine.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bought at Spartan Spirits for a little over 2 bucks a single

Paired with peanuts

Very powerful sweet moscato smell to it. Not much bitterness in the smell, but the alcohol tones are well pronounced. A lively beer with ruby red color. Head is very fizzy and fades very fast, leaving behind no signs of lacing.

The taste is not nearly as intense as I expected. The addition of peppery spice is made present (very much so) in the finish. Citrus hops are present but a bit overpowered by the spicyness. Dry but not bitter in the finish. Very crisp and sharp on the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden, even as it warms.

I found this beer enjoyable, but would probably not seek it out again.

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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: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Thanks to northerbrews for the extra!

Decanted into a Gigantic Brewing goblet (it was convenient). Poured a pleasant honey-amber color, pristine clarity, no head, but a wispy layer of bubbles that dissipated to an extremely thin ringlet; no lacing. Lots of orange in the aroma, pith, pulp, rind, you name it, spicy peppercorns that came out more as the beer warmed up, herbal hops, and a bit of booziness. Taste was distinctively dominated by orange, much like the aroma, tangy, toasted wheat, secondary notes of banana peel, and a ubiquitous peppercorn presence. Higher alcohol was detectable, but not imposing. Flavors melded very well. Medium body, low carbonation, unusually good drinkability. Very nice!

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep darkish malt, orange hue. Semi murky. Not much head. Fat bubbled lace rest mostly around the edge. Not much going on there.

S - Sweet orangy smell. Wheat and sweet malt also evident. Something more bitter/less sweet. Cannot discern if its hops or peppers.

T - Almost too sweet, and the bitter tries unsuccessfully to rein it in. Most of the smell attributes follow here.

M - Undercarbed and under bittered for me.

D - Unique beer. Good to try one.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a dimpled English "pot " pint glass
Burgundy in color, with a rather short head of quickly dissapating foam
Aroma-Orange citrus, fruity, some subtle hop notes
Taste-Tart oranges, fruity, spicy,astringent.
Low carbonation, and a dry, wine-like finish, with some warming alchohol that hangs around.
Overall, very wine-like: Dry, tart, fruity and little carbonation. Not really my favorite style, but it follows form pretty well.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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