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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of gordavidson
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, deep red liquid with some orange highlights. The bone white head is creamy and has some decent retention.

S- Oranges, pine, fruit punch, flowers, alcohol, and a bit of pepper. Complex and very appealing.

T- Caramel, grapefruit, oranges, peppercorns, and a bit of nuttiness. Unique and delicious without getting too crazy.

M- Very smooth body with a touch of lasting bitterness and alcohol warmth. The sweetness keeps things in check.

D- Overall, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well and the sweetness isn't too rich. Drinks far too easily for the ABV.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously shared by nonstick at a recent tasting. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a gleaming red/orange color, good clarity, no real head - just a low collar and no lacing left on the glass.

S - Aromas of alcohol, peppery, flora, oranges...overall, fairly low intensity that makes you search a bit.

T - Definitely getting oranges, quite bitter, peppercorns, alcohol, slightly tart/astringent. Interesting.

M - Tart, crisp, alcohol heat, fruity oranges...somewhat thin in body with a medium/low carbonation.

O - As usual with Shorts beers...this is interesting and a bit unique. I liked it, but not sure I need a lot of this. We shared a bottle three ways and it seemed about right. Good in small quanities, but not sure that a full bottle is necessary.

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Photo of hosehead83
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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Photo of zeledonia
2.09/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Tasted 22 January 2014.

Pours a deep amber with rusty orange hue. A thin layer of yellowish head, gone quickly, little lacing.

Smell is really intriguing. Some sweetness, and a bunch of orange with a moderate bite. It's got some zip, both from the citrus and the light spice. But there's something a little off about it.

Taste is just awful. Starts out pleasant enough, mildly sweet with zippy citrus. But it quickly devolves into horribly astringent bitter, like the nasty drying bitterness of grapefruit rind. I'm only taking a few sips to finish this review, and then I'm dumping it. I have negative desire to drink this.

Feel is fine, I suppose, if I can get by that horrible taste. Medium-bodied, kinda sticky, enough carbonation.

They put something in this beer that they shouldn't have. Maybe some part of the blood orange? Whatever it is, it gives the flavor a powerful and unpleasant bitterness. I like plenty of bitter beers, but this is just nasty. An unhesitating, unquestioned drainpour.

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Photo of SpdKilz
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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4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into teku.

A - Pours a deep apricot orange with 2 finger head that is eggshell. Fades quickly and leaves a very thin ring and some lacing around the glass.

S - Just wow, I could smell this right away when I started to pour. Huge aromas of blood oranges, citrus, with a sweet malty backbone. I'm sure there is a wheat beer in there, but the blood oranges smell so good!

T - Blood oranges, grapefruit, lemon peel, loaded with citrus flavor! Again the wheat base is hard to pick out and a mild sweetness of malts fills the middle. I can slightly find the notes of the green peppercorns on the finish. Some alcohol is present.

M - Medium to light body, excellent carbonation.

O - As my first Wheatwine, I love it! I'm sure they are not all this citrusy, but this was excellent. I need to convince Dan Cary from New Glarus to make one of these. He sure knows his way around wheat beer. Excellent work Shorts!

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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper maroon, slight head and some lacing. Aroma is juicy orange, sugary cherry, floral, grassy, macadamia nut, with a spicy and peppery undertone. There's a lot of really interesting stuff going on here, all nicely integrating and nothing dominating. I like the contrast between spicy and sweet. The taste does not quite live up to the great aroma in terms of breadth and balance of flavor, with the pepper coming through more--perhaps for the worse. Also present in the taste is a bitter red grapefruit. This is pretty dry. Carbonation and body are both medium. No heat to speak of. Overall, this has a really interesting nose, but the flavor comes up lacking, and I didn't find myself wanting another one after finishing.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind BIF 5, Beer #3, from abraxel. 12 oz., shared with the lovely vickster529.

A-Pours a clear reddish amber with a large frothy white head. Head does not stick around long, dissipating to a ring. Nice.

S-Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA. Sweet citrus, mostly tangerine and pineapple, a hint of malt but not a lot.

T-Initially pleasing, at least to me. Vickie is out immediately ("I'll take a Brawler, thanks"). Nice malt sweetness on the front, hop bitterness kicks in, fine so far, then a really odd strawberry jello sweetness mingles with the hop bite in the finish. Pretty decent overall but that finish kills me.

M-Medium bodied, lingering harsh bitterness.

O-Overall, an interesting wheatwine. Not getting the peppercorns at all, and the blood orange does not really work for me. Interesting, though.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty deep orange color with hues of purple, lightly cloudy, not too much head or lacing despite a rough pour, but still nice to look at from the gorgeous color.

Smells of oranges for sure, also quite spicy, herbal hops, and wheat are all present for a nice smelling brew.

Taste is boldly orange and hoppy, very spicy, yet still typically wheatwine. Rather enjoyable!

Body is pretty full with low carbonation and a lightly citrusy aftertaste.

Overall it's a very interesting brew that I'd like to re-try ever now and again just because it's so interesting. Tasty too!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for sending this.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange with fairly little head that recedes to a flat top pretty quickly, fairly minimal carbonation, appears almost flat, lacing recedes back into the glass.

S- Blood oranges, citrus lemons, fairly zesty smelling, malty wheat backbone, some light spices hiding in the background. About average aroma strength.

T- Blood oranges, zesty lemons, fairly citrusy with a decent amount of bitterness, peppercorn comes out fairly strong on the finish with a decent wheat presence. Citrus with a faint hint of peppercorn remain as a lingering aftertaste. Not bad taste wise, just a little bit too zesty for my liking.

M- Medium bodied, fairly flat, pretty drinkable, 10% abv fairly hidden. Not bad but could use some more carbonation instead of being almost completely flat.

O- This was an interesting brew that I was glad to try, but probably wouldn't seek out to try again. It was packed with flavor but the zestiness and peppercorn were a little bit too much in my opinion, plus it was fairly flat. Overall this is definitely something worth trying for it's uniqueness, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you love blood oranges.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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 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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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a slightly clear deep ruby red-orange with a very thin head. It basically disappears as soon as you pour. A quick swirl leads to a thin film of off white head.

S - Deep blood orange aromas. Some ruby red grapefruit and some nice slight fruit juice sweetness. There is some slight raspberry and some nice carmel notes on the back end.

T & M - Starts off with a nice orange sweetness and slight tartness. It is quite an interesting flavor. Tart like orange juice with a slight grain backbone. It is very acidic but not too tart. There is a slight coriander note to it as well. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a medium body and some slight warm carbonation. There is a nice spice character to this beer quite peppery. There is also a nice hopy character to the beer that adds a bit more citrus notes to it.

O - The beer is interesting to say the least. It has some good flavors and is pretty well crafted.

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