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: 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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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.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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