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Anniversary Ale | Short's Brewing Company

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3.94/5
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524 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,766
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
524
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
76
Trade:
13
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 206
Photo of FlandersNed
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Lightly-hazy copper color., low off-white foam. Orangey/hoppy nose. Big green peppercorn & orange rind flavor. A bit boozy. Full body & medium to full carbonation.

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Photo of Mpeter
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LGB362
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bismarksays
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for leaving this for me.

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades fairly quickly, just a touch of lacing, semi clear slight hazy honey orange color.

Nose is interesting, there is def some big wheat wine, heavy wheat creamy like, with nice citrus orange, little rind, some blood orange, hint pepper and spices like a coriander thing, big orange cream, but also a little tart funk like a little lacto or weird Brett thing but not really sure it is, and it really fades and turns into an orange creamsicle as it goes.

Taste brings weird candy like, some booze and hot phenols, little alcohol heat, into mild peppery flavors, peppercorn, coriander like spices, etc, with a slimy esters I think, slimy and tangy perhaps some lacto infection but not so pleasant thing. Plenty of orange, little rind, blood orange flavor even, orange cream thing, with nice peppercorns. Plenty of creamy heavy wheat, wheatwine flavors, candy biscuity toffee and dried fruit. Finish is a bit boozy, slimy sticky feeling sweet and hot booze, esters, alcohol phenols, little peppercorn, more orange peel and orange cream, and wheat.

Mouth is fuller sticky almost syrupy, some warming booze, little creamy, nice carb.

overall eh, it has some nice characters, nice orange flavors and creamy wheat wine, but the booze is a bit weird with the phenols, almost tart lacto like notes but it doesn't seem like an infection or sour really, it's strange, hard to really tell what it is, nice peppercorns and orange in general. Interesting but hard to drink much of it.

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Photo of jp32
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a very slight haze. Not much head. Aroma is fruity, reminds me of canned mandarin oranges. The more I try and pull another fruit smell out of its aroma, the more it just reminds me of canned mandarin oranges again.

The taste is sweet while being slightly tart at the same time. I still notice those same canned mandarin oranges again. I'm not sure where the tartness is coming from, but it comes and goes. After awhile, the mandarin orange flavor becomes more of an orange peel or orange zest flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, however the 10% alcohol is very well hidden inside of this beer somehwere. Could be more carbonated, possibly more crisp... but other than that I do like it, and would recommend it if you're into unique versions of this style or orange-y beers in general.

Salud!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Beautiful bright orange color, almost no head. Citrusy aroma. Clean super sweet citrus burst of flavor that is powerful, even as it warmed up. This sweetness is followed by an almost opposite tart bitterness. This contrast did not work well for me. Easy drinking for the abv with little to no alcohol burn.

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Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 04/09/15.
A: A deep orange hue. I don't see the purple that is mentioned in the notes. A small head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring and minimal lacing.
S: orange and some bitterness a slight medicinal smell
T: Tastes almost like a screwdriver. Plenty of orange some hop kick and some bitterness from the zest
MF: a little syrupy and some alcohol burn.
O: interesting. reminds me of a juicy DFH Raison D' Extra. A good sipper.
the overall result is better than the some of its parts

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Photo of Jaszucs
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronricorossi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayes86
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade. 2013 vintage according to my spread sheet.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a thin quarter inch white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of slightly sweet malts, blood orange juice and zest, candy orange. Little bit of alcohol and old hops.

T - Taste is quite sweet. Sweet malts, blood orange juice and zest. Light caramel, no peppercorns. Finish is candied orange peel. Really neat, how much orange flavour is in this wheatwine. Alcohol is hidden well. Very candy orange like.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, bit crisp. A bit syrupy, however, the alcohol is still hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this was a surprisingly nice beer from Short's. Really wasn't expecting the orange to be as prominent as it is. Completely shocked.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of smittybrew83
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrs3994243
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sculls65
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy blood orange.. big beer that sneaks up on you

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Photo of MadLatvian
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichiganBrews
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CaeserTits
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lefty17
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxPowers
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paco1029384756
2.27/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

This one should have stayed in the closet.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 524 ratings
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