Beer Release (Short's Brew): Aorta Ale

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by HopHeadHerman, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (272) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Greetings,

    By next week, you will start seeing Aorta Ale hitting shelves throughout Michigan. This is the second time we packaged this beer in 12oz bottles. Aorta Ale was part of the 2007 Imperial Beer Series (#2 of 13) and is a limited specialty release.

    This year we almost had to rename this beer to "ObscuRED"--the government decided that a picture of an Aorta on a beer label made it look like a healthy beverage (WTF?). Fortunately, in the end they let us keep the name and original label.

    Aorta Ale: A double red ale that seems to indicate an intensity of flavor simply by it's dark reddish brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt seem reluctantly released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among some of the sweeter flavors up front, before giving way to a roasted cocoa like bitterness that becomes magnified by high alpha hops. Considering the initial overall sweetness, it's a heightened bitterness that dominates the finish.
    8.3% ABV
    127 IBU

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  2. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    Interesting....
     
  3. BeRanger

    BeRanger Devotee (433) Dec 11, 2011 Michigan
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    It's sad the government has to pander to a bunch of idiots that doesnt know the difference between a beer and a health drink.
     
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  4. 33nickadams

    33nickadams Disciple (310) Apr 12, 2010 Michigan

    Great beer! I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
     
  5. cates1tg

    cates1tg Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2010 Michigan

    Cannot wait, this beer is so damn good!
     
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  6. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Initiate (104) Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
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    I have been looking forward to this one. Also BTW tracked down some Bodacious and it was outstanding!
     
  7. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Disciple (371) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan
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    Expecting good things from this one.
     
  8. slowriot

    slowriot Initiate (121) May 11, 2012 Michigan

    Haven't tried it yet, but it hit SE Michigan yesterday, and I was able to grab a sixer!
     
  9. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Initiate (104) Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
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  10. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (419) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    beer store today said they would have theirs tomorrow
     
  11. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Is this release earlier this year than last? I definitely drank this in my canoe on Lake Superior last year, and DOUBT it was in February.
     
  12. slowriot

    slowriot Initiate (121) May 11, 2012 Michigan

    I found it at Super Fine in Canton.
     
  13. slowriot

    slowriot Initiate (121) May 11, 2012 Michigan

    I'm pretty sure this is the first bottled release of this brew since 2007.
     
  14. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

     
  15. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (272) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    2nd time we bottled this one--I'm pretty sure we released it around Feb.
     
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  16. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Initiate (104) Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
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    Thx man. I was just there too.
     
  17. GRDave

    GRDave Initiate (75) Oct 7, 2011 Michigan
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    Out in GR. Riverside on Northland Dr has it
     
  18. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    Its everywhere in A2...good double red but the alcohol is very prominent this year...last years was much smoother but what the hell do I know...
     
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  19. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    They had it last year. Saw it today in East Lansing. Very solid Red.
     
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  20. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (510) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    How;s the hoppiness of this one this year? I felt the hops were too bitter and overpowering last year.
     
  21. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Disciple (371) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan
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    It's got a little bite to it, but I think well balanced, helps hide the abv.. My gf's first reaction was "woah, that's hoppy!" Worth a try, though.
     
  22. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (272) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Had one at the pub last weekend and really enjoyed it. Very hoppy.
     
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