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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Pours reddish clear and slitly brown. Small white head. Peppery, orange, coriander aroma. Sweet taste. Palate is thin, watery, tart, slight bitterness - probably from the zest.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Aroma:Sweet orange, sweet malt, sweet hops in the nose. Appearance:Dark honey color, very little head, low retention, low lacing. Taste:Lots of orange, some grapefruit rind in the foretaste. Very sweet. In the midtaste, the hops come through a little more. The hops are all citrus. The slight orange tang continues through the aftertaste. Palate:Light to medium body, a little bit abrasive on the back of my throat as I drink. Overall:This is an incredible and complex wheatwine with amazing orange flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mvp (174) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Fantastic peppery orange aroma! Copper orange color with a small white head. Has a pleasent orange flavor for a beer and kind of spicy too. Here comes the bad part. The body is very light and watery. I am very happy to try it. If you like a full flavor light beer you will like this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarro (125) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2011
2010 12oz white logo’d cap (first batch). Pours a thin candy apple red. Beautiful raspberry hue in the color. Smell reminds me of a super fruity dipa. Tons of mango, sharp grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Taste is bit of hops, incredibly juicy grapefruit and blood orange with a slightly bitter rind finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with sufficient carbonation. This is one of my favorite wheatwines or possibly fruit beers. Very creative and well executed. My favorite Short’s brew by far. No trace of alcohol on the finish. When enjoying this beer be sure to leave the last 2 oz of sediment in the bottle, but you can drink that separately too!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Abner (113) - Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very lightly hazy, brilliant golden orange with a quickly dissipating head. Aromas of oranges, bubblegum, yeast, spice, alcohol -- smell is an interesting mix between fruit wine and ale yeast. Complex and interesting taste, as well. Citrus, orange, peppery/spicy, "bubblegum" yeast, alcohol. Moderately bitter. The alcohol is definitely apparent. Lightly peppery finish. Definitely a sipper. Really an interesting beer.

4.3
   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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamsCellar (24) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A very unique beer both in aroma & flavor, reminiscent of a raspberry lambic, but dry hopped. NOT a traditional barley wine. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours bright ruby orange/red, with no head. Smells of sweet berries and floral hops. Light bodied, with a thin texture, but an explosion of flavor: blood oranges, coriander, piny hops, spicy ground peppercorn? If not for the hoppy kick, my wife would love this beer (borderline fruity chic beer), however the orange-zest-peppercorn-hop combo will appeal to the hard core beer enthusiast. Very experimental, very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Tastes like orange juice. Peppercorns are very subtle, but add a little bite.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jwrock3 (22) - - MAY 9, 2014
Oh, what a nose! Blood oranges all over the place both in the nose and the color which is amber with a litlte orange twist. LIttle to no foaming at all. There is an unfortunate sort of maybe hoppy edge.. Maybe just the alcohol which in that case will be nice to age out of this one. The above comments came from drinking it very cold. Now then, letting it warm , the flavors come out nicely although still a bit boozey. Mouthfeel is sublime and it is what it is described as...wheat wine with slight blood orange inclusion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nash7624 (18) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2010
12oz pour from bottle. Dark orange/brown almost red body with minimal head. Lots going on in the nose: orange, candy, alcohol, spicy, caramel, a little grassy...... Flavor equally complex with more orange, floral hops, sweet malt, spicy pepper.... Mouthfeel is a little shallow in my opinion. Initially sweet malt and orange, then finishing with slight pepper bite and perfectly balanced bitterness. Overall an outstanding and terrifically complex wheat wine.


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