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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Growler gratefully shared by B to the V to the C; pours dark brown with foamy tan/head head; aromas just ooze out of this one; dank fruit, cinnamon, an almost belgian yeasty/IPA kind of note with the hops, lemons, spice and orange; nose is kind of everywhere, but somehow works out; texture is soft and quite full bodied with so much flavor; everything seems so fresh and fruity; tons of spice, caramel, sugar, oranges; with so much going on, it doesn’t seem much like a wheat wine, which is more than fine with me; i’m a total Short’s fanboy and this one was another knockout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Courtesy northernbrews via GoT. Chestnut color, thin broken white head. Great aroma - toasted malt, orange, strong earthy hops, very aromatic and unique. Taste is robust, sweet malts, spices up front. The citrus and peppercorn elements meld nicely and leave a piquant sting on the palate. A beer that occupies all your senses while drinking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 20, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 2009 Handbottle. This smells incredibly insane. Wow. wow. wow. Nothing has ever put off an aroma like this. Incredibly rich, juicy syrupy candied orange and fresh hop resin. Glowing and intense. There’s some pithier, rind-like orange character and some definite hop bitterness. But the combination of the palpable blood orange molasses and the fresh raging orange-like citrus cones is dense and out of this world. Pours a darker, sienna-tinted red-brown. Flavor is just as intense. Right off the bat the oranges come through and then a characteristic, slightly aged but still delightful hop leaf comes through. Shorts has mastered a real unique hop flavor profile and its here again. Actually, tastes much like last year’s in that regard. I’m not getting much wheat density, but the oily texture of the beer is probably that dimensions contribution. Starts with a good punch of orange and then runs long on a constantly morphing and unique hop run. A solid crisp snap of carbonation carries some orange rind spritz into my nostrils. Alcohol and sweetness meld well with the other characteristics of the beer. This is a pretty unique and incredible beer. A fantastic evening sipper. Thanks so much Sean. I can’t believe I got to try this.

2010 12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Minimal light spice and fruit aroma. Pours in a brilliant ambered ruby. Flavors are piney and citrus-like, strong and tangy. Sugary and dense. I’m getting a little weary of the use of peppercorns. The citrus, wheat and peppercorns come through, but are an odd combination. Cleaner and tighter than my memory of last year’s batch. I think this would be world-class and stunning without the green peppercorns. The blood orange character is great and the strong ale brewing fine. Enjoyable to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Courtesy of northernbrews

Growler: The aroma is loaded with oranges with a hint of grapefruit hops. The flavor starts with lots of oranges with some citrus tanginess in the background long with some caramel. Moderate grapefruit hops in the finish do a nice job of balancing the flavor, but the oranges always stand out. There’s a faint spiciness in the finish as well. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium-full bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Fuck yes. Blood oranges so unbelievably fresh and zesty, prickly and citruscy. Huge frothy and full texture, agressively hopped but not overly bitter. Wonderfully fresh and juicy. Just awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Growler. Thanks, BVC! Pours deep muddy brownish orange with a loose ring of grayish bubbles. No lace. Tons of sharp blood oranges hit you on the nose right away. A little sweeter and tangier than Campari, for sure, but you still brace yourself for that bitter jolt that you know is coming. Creamy medium body, and then the onslaught of flavor varieties starts--sweet pepperiness, dark spiciness, earthy notes, black bread, but, most of all, orange zest and that sharp blood orange bitterness that hits you like a wet towel snapping on the back of your legs. Bracing and refreshing, while still being ultra complex and interesting. A real classic for these guys--would be a shame to see it relegated to one-off status.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
#1900. Growler (one of only four that were filled from what I understand), courtesy our main man northernbrews. Pours dark and hazy, reddish sienna brown in color. A thin blanket of beige colored foam settles to a swirly film, with a dense, sugary wash breaking apart into jagged, hoizontal lines of lacing. The nose is off the charts complex. A myriad of spices come through, everything from orange peel and coriander to spicy peppercorn and strong, resinous, piny hops. Blood orange sweetness and strikingly bitter grapefruit play off of one another nicely, with underlying dark candy malts and traces of ginger. The flavor is equally perplexing, sweet caramel and dark candy sugar malts accompanied by heaps of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, sharp ginger spice, and bitter coriander. Pine resin hops and sharp grapefruit lend substantial bitterness to the underlying malty sweetness. The palate is huge and somewhat syrupy, a bit hot on the tongue, definitely not shy with the alcohol. Overall, there’s alot to take in, but this is really well pulled together and completely unique. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Thanks to Northernbrews. Strong and amazing citrus aroma with peppercorns. I can almost distinguish the hops and the citrus fruit. Excellent aroma. Flavor is bold and unrelenting. A little sweetness, hop bitterness and citrus. Very good and very strong. Another good experimental beer from Short’s. These guys seem to take a lot of chances, and this one paid off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Another winner from Short’s. Pours a dark brown with hints of red and purple in the snifter. Nice khaki head with nice lacing. Served w/ a slice of blood orange......Starts with a blast of citrusy hops, mostly orange and grapefruit. There’s a little hint of the spices and faint malt background........Taste follows suit with some citrusy hops up front and some malt and spices near the finish. There’s also a nice tartness from the blood oranges.......Nice blend of unique flavors that goes down too easily for something so hoppy and strong......sure wish they’d bottle this, but I’m sure glad I was able to try it.......Congrats Short’s on a great 5 years and many more!

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