Anniversary Ale | Short's Brewing Company

Anniversary AleAnniversary Ale
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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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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release

A - Pours a nice clear red-tinged reddish orange with minimal head and essentially no lacing.

S - Citrus and wheat are the dominant aromas. Citrus is more pulp than rind.

T -- Big citrus taste, both pulp and rind. Nice acidity, but not sour. A bit of bitterness. Wheat is also prominent. Finishes a little dry and bitter. Also nice pepper on the finish.

M - Has the pillowy (for lack of a better term) mouthfeel I associate with wheatwines. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, but not so in this case. Finishes with some lingering bitterness.

O - Pretty enjoyable wheatwine, and I enjoyed the citrus and pepper components.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle, vintage 2010, tasted on 20 Dec 2011.

Incredible red-orange color with moderately good clarity. Pours with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Funky nose with orange in the background. Orange flavor is apparent but is not so much fruity as it is dominated by the tangy bitter character of the rind and hops. Very sharp finish punctuated by the peppercorn.

For the abv, it seems fairly light bodied, smooth and dry. I was expecting something a little heavier and sweeter. Definitely a palate cleanser.

A unique beer with a lot of character - well worth a try.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/ruby red with a thin off-white, slightly orange-tinted head. Head dissipates quickly and lingers around the edge. No lacing.

Aroma is hard to place--very spice like. Some ginger? botanicals? piney Christmas tree? Little orange sweetness and pepper. Light alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is slighty sweet oranges with some peppery ginger and caramel malt sweetness. Taste follows through to the finish. Some bitter citrusy hops at the finish. Some white-grape/wine-like flavors throughout. Very floral.

Medium to full bodied and syrupy with a moderate bubbly carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish. Very slight alcohol heat.

Really interesting and unique. Very distinct orange and ginger flavor. A definite sipper, but stays interesting. One glass is enough.


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

A - Nice tan foamy head. Brew is cloudy orange color.

S - Lots of citrus! Some sweet fruits too. suagry. some orange and lime.

T - Unique bitterness. Lots of grapefruit. some unusual orange flavors and perfectly floral.

M - Smooth, sweet bitterness. Wonderful carbonation. No heat.

O - This brew optimizes what I love about Shorts. Very unique brew. Yum. Nice sweetness, very refreshing. Highly recommended, unique brew. Very sweet, but in a good way.

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Anniversary Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.6% out of 100 with 523 ratings
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