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RATINGS: 198   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6632) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6505) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
RBSG 2010 Keg: Coppery and reddish hue with a small and fading head which left no lace upon the glass, some oily legs. The aroma is quite fruity with tart orange zest, blood orange, apricot and plum along with a noticeable spiced character of corriander and white pepper. Some resiny and leafy hops along with white wheat, toffee and biscuity malts. The taste is both zesty and slightly sour fruit countered by some sweet malt character. Relatively spicy throughout with the peppers and floral overtones quite up front about their presence. A splash of hop bitterness and slight chalky wheat and yeast notes show up from time to time. The mouth feel is a bit surprising, not as heavy I expected nor as aggressive, still hardly easy and smooth with the peppery character and slight sourness keeping the palate alive. Not to bad but needs slight editing, I would try this again... sort of an Imperial "Witwine"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Brownish caramel, very thick, large frothy off-white head, splotchy lacing.   That is one zesty hop aroma, very citrusy.   Smells like sweetened orange rind, much like the stuff you might squeeze from the peel.   It actually smells a lot like ruby red grapefruit with sugar on it!   Very similar on the tongue, wow... that is interesting.   Hoppy, yet not biting.   This mainly seems just simply citrusy.   A little bubbley on the tongue, some fizziness.   Lingering citrus zest and sweetness.   Very odd.   Can’t detect the 11.7% ABV at all.   Drinks like its half that.   This is very interesting, champagne like in its effervesense.   Not sure what to make of it.   Entertaining, if a little too much like drinking a beery ruby red grapefruit.   Thanks for the freebie Kevin!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6231) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6012) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2012
12oz bottle from Tim
Appearance: Pours clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Malty, fruity and hot alcohols
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, coriander, orange peel with a bitter finish
This was interesting. lots of orange peel and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5930) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
nimbleprop (5790) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
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.


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