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:
522
Reviews:
206
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
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57
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77
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13
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, burnt orange/copper. No head with a very thin white collar. No lacing and very little carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange pulp.

Taste: Grapefruits and blood oranges. Rich and juicy with a citrus juice tart. Wheat adds carame to the fruits. Not getting much booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a little more carbonation than appears. Slick and smooth. Clean finish almost like the carbonated juice drinks.

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

Pours hazy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, orange zest, orange rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, caramel, coriander, bread, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; with a huge citrus presence as expected. Taste of big orange, orange zest, caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, coriander, peppercorn, floral, grass, earth, and herbal. Light citrus rind tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, citrus rind, grapefruit, peppercorn, coriander, caramel, toast, floral, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic citrus and peppery flavor balance with nice complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark burnt orange/copper. Head is non-existent with a small white collar. No lacing or carbonation. Pretty.

Smell: Loaded with citrus. Rich earthy blood orange and huge grapefruit push. Juicy orange flesh with some zest and oily rind. Sharp bite of alcohol. Nice soft spice runs through the back. Deeply caramelized runs from straight sugar to caramel to a touch of toffee. Some wheat in there as well. Orange soaked in booze.

Taste: Straight up blood orange. Rich and juicy with a slightly tart finish. Wheat adds a nice compliment, bringing in something almost earthy. Grapefruit oil and zest play in the back. Big sweet maltiness add caramel and toffee. Alcohol heat grows as it warms, but it's a lot less aggressive than the nose. So much blood orange it's actually impressive. Slight hint of soft spice, it's really minimal. Bitter orange rind. Straight up juice. Lacks a little malt depth, one note after the blood orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Slick and smooth. Finishes clean with no lingering alcohol heat.

Overall: Hey, it tastes like the description on the bottle!

I've had less than great experiences with Short's and their crazy concoctions. This one actually drinks like a glass of blood orange juice with a little wheat and caramelized sweetness. Damn is it tasty.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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