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: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nobody has reviewed this out of the cask? Ha ha I shall be the first, into a snifter from the cask at Churchkey DC.

Great color on this beer. Deep cherry red and ruby, with a soapy classic sudsy off white and tan head, very cask bubbly in appearance, but also some real good staying power. There's a few little rising bubbles but not many, the color of this beer is fantastic.

Closed nose a little not too bad, bud a small vinous character seems to come of mild vinegar, and bitter zest sort of apricot more than anything.

Taste has classic chewy out of the cask and butter coating feel, with a great chewy orange rind and juicy grapefruit bitter. Citrus bitter pounds out of this with a controlled soft palate. There doesn't seem to be much of a pepper angle on this though.

Overall real impressive, it's like eating grapefruit rinds and all its bitter softness in a liquid form, with a chewy backbone. Neat.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing red color, forming a thin but lasting head.

Awesome nose of grapefruit and blood orange amplified by citrusy hops. Slight marijuana and herbal notes. Peppercorns lend some spiciness. The fruit and hops work really nicely together.

Delicious grapefruit and orange flavors on the palate. Spicy, peppery, herbal. Some earthy notes mid palate. Finishes quite bitter and herbal. Dry and light bodied. Delicious.

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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an extra through a trade. Thanks (you know who you are!) I really enjoyed this one.

A: Reddish brown, transparent but a bit cloudy, half a finger head, some spotty lacing.

S: Blood orange... wow. It smells awesome. I can also smell something spicy (must be peppercorn as the bottle mentions), malt,

T: Ok, so... this beer is surprisingly bitter. I can taste the bitterness from orange zest towards the end. Starts off a bit on the sweet side, blood orange, some spice kicking in afterthat, followed by bitterness. Lingering taste is spice and orange zest. Quite unique (I haven't tasted anything like this before). I can also taste tangerine and alcohol as well.

M: I have never had a "wheatwine" before, but I was expecting something a bit thicker (like a barleywine). Its texture is closer to an IPA. Good amount of carbonation, and surprisingly refreshing. Dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this, but I guess I haven't had anything else to compare this against. I will be seeking other "wheatwines" and compare. I also may be very partial here because I love the taste of blood orange. If you like blood orange and don't mind the alcohol heat, this is your beer.

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