Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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%+.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Damico (3108) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from northern brews. shared with jsprime. aroma of orange and pepper corns. the flavour is big with citrus up front, tons of pale and cara malt and biting pepper corns on the finish. unique but not outstanding. worth a try.
nimbleprop (6883) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross.