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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Anniversary Ale is a high-gravity wheat wine made with blood oranges. Flavors range from the spiciness of green peppercorns to the tang of blood orange zest. Aggressive dry hopping of Simcoe hops amplifies the citrus overtones and spiciness found throughout the beer. Anniversary Ale typifies Short’s Brewing Company by embodying all of the complexities that come along with another year of brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Big citrus hop nose, lots of grapefruit and orange juice, some citrus. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, massive amounts of orange juice, lots of flowers, and a shit load of raw sugar. Rather intense stuff. Thanks for the bottle Jeff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12931) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks ryan. Crystal clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some tartness. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, orange peel, light grapefruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle from deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a cloudy, deep red-orange colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is zesty grapefruits and juicy oranges, peppercorn, a touch of tartness, a good amount of caramel, some esters, and a hint of spicy alcohol. Flavor is pretty nice. Lots of juicy and zesty citrus, a pleasant spicy peppercorn, a touch of acidic tartness, caramel, a light bread, fruity esters, and some toffee. Caramel grows slightly into the finish where this dries nicely with a light, woody bitterness and plenty of peppery, juicy, almost candy-like oranges and grapefruits. Just a hint of spicy alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-thin body with a soft, creamy, moderate level of carbonation. The palate does seem a bit thin for a beer this size, but I think it really works with this. It dries very nicely and hides the alcohol real well. Overall, a pretty cool beer. Lots of orange and grapefruit zest with a pleasant spicy peppercorn throughout. Enough of a caramel to balance and very easy drinking. Short’s never fails to keep me on my toes with these beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
What an awesomely interesting beer! Pours amber. Nose is largely orange, herbal, hops, basil, coriander, lemons, grass. Taste is malts, orange, basil, coriander, pepper, hops, and light malts. Finishes dry and not much bitterness. Slick palate. This is amamazing in the sense that it’s so unique and well made. Fuckin A

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orangish / copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, nuttiness, some spiciness, caramel, and woody. Tastes of citrus, peppercorns, caramel, toffee, some dark fruits, and nutty. Alcohol content well hidden for 11%+.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Cool beer! Pours a magnificent... blood orange color, clear with fizzy carbonation, lots of flakies though. Fantastic tart blood orange aroma, great citrus! Flavor follows, tangy blood orange, the peppercorn kicks in towards the finish in an unexpected way that really complements the orange. This works for some reason. Hides the alcohol wonderfully. Just a bit of a cough syrup aftertaste though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle shared by Vic. Pours a hazy orange amber toned body with an off white head of bubble and light head retention. Aroma of hops, vine, pepper, dusty and herbal with celery and spice notes. Spicy and pricking pepper both green pepper and pepper corns. A hint of polish and very spicy with no warming. 10% yeah right, could it be? As it warming pepper comes out slight less giving way to a light hoppiness and alcohol ever so slightly. A bit woody with a hint of citrus but mostly pepper notes. Seems so thin for the suggested abv, maybe i drink to much ris. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
The aroma of oranges is awesome, not too sweet and not too tangy - very Shortsy. The beer pours murky brown with an orange hue and a white head. The flavors of orange come in pretty quickly, dominate, and then settle with citrus bitterness on the palate. The beer is medium in body for a barleywine, not syrupy. Also, it is unbelievably smooth for such an incredibly high ABV of 11.7! We were guessing 6ish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours an orangish color with an off white head. Smell is immediately magnetic to my nose--the peppercorns and blood orange really make a wonderful pairing. The taste is another step up from there, with the peppercorns not too pronounced and the blood oranges presenting a cacophony of flavors all by themselves. Mouthfeel is exception...thought this was about 5% abv based on taste. Drinkability isn’t that high, although I thought about boosting the score about more as this is so good compared to other wheatwines that it’s drinkability is by definition good or a bit higher. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-23-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Exotic appearance, a murky pink-orange-brown, like an offal slurry, topped by a medium head of the same, albeit lighter, color. Spicy, sweet and bitter orange flesh and rind nose. Potent body, intensely tannic and bitter with huge orange peel and orange skin notes, the tart and bitter flavors overwhelming and pummeling the palate with astringency. Some chalky yeast notes are evident in this harsh morass, but that was about all I detected. This is a serious whiff, extreme and largely unenjoyable.

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