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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
In short: A surprisingly drinkable (almost refreshing) 12% spicy beer with plenty of caramel and ruby-red grapefruits. Good beer.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately nice months after bottling (9 months after first bottle rating). Bottle sent to me by jleblanc, thanks a lot Jeff
The look: Strange color, opaque murky dirty red-amber body topped by a small pink-ish head
In long: Aroma is pleasantly unsettling, never smelled anything like that. I had orange peels, strong Bloody Mary sensation (including spices and even tomato juice). To be honest I’ve never eaten a single blood orange in my life so I don’t know what the blood oranges they used is supposed to taste like. To me the taste was dominated by ruby red grapefruits and bitter oranges peels. I suspect that that this is what a blood orange taste like. Maybe. This is very fruity, bitter and with a strong biting acidity in the finish. Also some caramel and a whole lot of spices but with no single spice jumping out. Not alcohol presence whatsoever and this is near 12% beer that doesn’t benefit from a thick decadent body to hide the alcohol. A good beer. This is a 12% beer that I drank all too easily. Something tells me I should cut down on my drinking. “Something” is how I’ve nicknamed my girlfriend when I’m drunk. “Hey Something, wanna play with my weiner?”

Something tells me I should really shut the fuck up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2010
bottle, thanks to nellie, amber orange pour with white foam, aroma of sour fruit, flavor of candied orange peel, sour tarts candy, well done finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright amber color with a medium white head. A interesting nose with floral, pepper and orange notes. The flavor has tartness, orange peel, spicy pepper, a bit of kick in it and alcohol. Unusual. Almost like a well made cocktail. A thin palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Sampled on tap at the GTMW ’10 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice glowing fiery orange hue, a touch of haze but quite striking, glowing with a fiery purpose, a small whitish head dies to bubbles at the edges. Aromas are bigger malts and orange, peel and zest with some juiciness, a touch of spice. Caramel and toffee follow behind, wheat bread and the fruity esters associated with flaked wheat ensue. A medium body, surprised it isn’t bigger. The juiciness seems to make this go down quite easily. Small bitterness, a touch of mellow coriander linger with citrusy orange oils and faint bitterness in the finish. An interesting beer, I like the oranges en masse it offers, and it certainly goes down easy for being a fairly big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Thanks to Nellie and thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and wheat. The flavor is blood oranges, wheat and alcohol. There is a little bit of tartness in the flavor, but not as much as you would get in a sour ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2009
bvc you are the man, man for sharing this rarity. Shared this with some cool dudes on the roof of my girlfriends apartment. Cool dudes present were bvc, suzygreenberg, me, mj, tar, and after4ever. Super spicy hop nose, lots of orange citrus. Earth as well. Really intriguing nose on this one. Dark amber pour nice lasting head. The flavor is full of citrus and spice. Oranges, pepper, and earthy bitterness. Perhaps a little too spicy for my liking, but it still was fantastic nonetheless. Light alcohol warmth, but at 11.7% it was hidden well. Fuck yeah hoes! Hey Terrel Pryor, you should learn to go through your progressions please!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
(12oz bottle via trade with deyholla) clear rich orange with oily bubbles. Nose of spicy peppercorns, oranges, and other candied goodness. Taste of blood orange, juicy citrus, peppercorn, alcohol, Belgian yeast, floral. Great balance here, with a sweet fruity finish and long duration. Honestly loved this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks mikem409). Looks good for the style; a transparent vibrant orange with thin white lacing. Smells solid; sweet and boozy with a bit of pepper and a nice orange backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Sample from bottle shared at RBSG by ?. Thanks! Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin head. The aroma was orange citrus, spicy, peppery, acidic and toffee. The flavor is spicy pepper notes, tart orange notes and rich caramel, with moderate acidity. Medium-full bodied. Like many of Shorts beers, interesting and well worth trying.

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