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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - 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%+.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, a wheatwhine with a lot of oranges and peppercorn. Dark brown and lacey. Full mouthfeel. Malty and licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
12 ounce bottle shared at RBSG by sleestak. Thanks! Pours a lightly hazy copper color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Spicy, peppery aroma deep orange notes, other citrus and toffee. The taste is big spicy pepper notes, tart orange notes and faint caramel. Medium-full bodied. A bit too tart but still quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8610) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle from a generous trader. Pours a clear blood red. Nose of strong orange, lemon, citrus, peppercorn, spice, peel and coriander. Taste is strong orange and peppercorn with spices. Very sweet. Lots of citrus rind.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
12oz courtesy of Desaparecido. Poured a hazy ruby red grapefruit color with a small head that had little retention or lace. Massive piney/resiny hop nose hints at what may be a sweet, sticky DIPA. Taste has perfume, blood orange spiciness and tartness, hop oils, lots of peppercorns coming through that at first hint at massive booziness/spicy alcohol but the body stays spicy and very dry with no warming alcohol even at near 12%. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Thanks to Moggman for sharing a bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma with notes of citrus primarily, as well as some spice. Medium body with flavors of citrus, tangerine, spice and wheat. The finish is fruity with a lightly zesty citrus aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8104) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle thanks to badnewsbeers. Pours with a hazy but vibrant blood orange juice colored body and a thin off-white head that recedes. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, red wine, pepper, vanilla, esters, yogurt. Taste is citrus, light acidity (not infection or wild bugs), orange, pepper, earth, light cedar in the finish. Finishes pretty dry and sort of earthy. Lasting cigar box flavor. Some bitterness (seems more spiced based tannins than hop bitterness for some reason). A very different beer. Medium amount of tingly bubbles. Very dry for a barley/wheat wine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7588) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2013 bottle. Wouldn’t really call it a wheat wine but a fruit beer. Smell is citrus juice and barley. Flavor is blood orange, malt, an pepper. It is good but could have done without the spice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottled. Poured a very cool rusty blood orange color with a soft, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma continued the blood orange theme, primarily led by the meat.. juicy citrus surrounded, and spicy pepper was more evident as it warmed up.. warm, but the sugars and spices kept it from feeling anywhere near 11.7%. The flavor was considerably less approachable (still good, but not what I hoped for).. orange meat and pale wheaty malts at the core, with tangy orange zest and lesser earth around.. really dried out in the end, and the peppercorns topped grainy sugars and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and kind of slick on the palate.. transitions through the mouth were only decent.. overall a complex and intriguing brew that wasn’t far from being great.


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