brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark red (perhaps ruby red) color with a nice off-white head.
S: Tons and tons of sweet and mildly sour blood oranges in the nose. A really soft but noticeable peppery aroma as well. Quite interesting but strangely inviting.
T: The oranges are just as strong as in the nose. In addition to the oranges, there is a bit of a grapefruit note and the pepper is much more subdued. A nice sweet caramel note in the background as well.
M: Quite full bodied and a really nice amount of carbonation, which you donít always get out of a growler.
D: Another cool beer from Shorts. I liked the addition of the fruit in this one and found it to be a bit sweet and at nearly 12% ABV, this is one that you need to drink with caution.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle courtesy of DuffManSW, thanks Sean (sorry for drinking it without you, Kevin forced it on me). Rating #39. Dark amber pour with a nice little touch of orange and a small white head. Aroma was pretty nice, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness that went together pretty well. The taste on the other hand was a horrible mess, so many different things going on with the pepper and the oranges, it was strange acidic cluster that wasnít very pleasant at all, hopefully it was a bad bottle since other ratings were so high, or me and the other four guys just didnít like it. (1277)
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of jdubFL, wow! thanks Justin! Growler poured out clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma is IIPA like with fresh rich citrus, pine and grassiness and then a mild malt like sweetness. The taste is yummy with fresh rich citrus flavors, some pine hop bitterness, spicy rye notes, some drying malt roastiness and a thin layer of sweet maltiness. These notes all head off into the finish with the addition of a pleasing black tea like sensation that brings the whole thing together. This beers is fresh, rich citrus, robust, pummeling hops and yet manages to create a semblance of balance too. Wow! I need a keg or two of this.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours clear amber with a small, sandy head...aroma is grainy and fruity, orange pith and slightly herbal from the pepper?...flavour is tart orange, tart grain, lemony wheat...more tart than I expected and not particularly spicy, tons of orange pith bitterness, and absolutely no noticable alcohol for the strength...glad I got to try this one!!
bigtaster (688) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours almost like a soda with vibrant red/brown/orange color and lots of carbonation right off the bat, it quickly dissipates. Lots of wheat and oranges on the nose and a hint of hops. Flavor is something Iíve never tasted before, serious amount of the orange sweetness and a slight bitter bite along with a tiny bit of pepper in there. At room temp I only get a slight alcohol burn. Something dances around on the tongue that is difficult to pin down, maybe the acidity along with the alcohol. In any case an extraordinarily unique beer and enjoyable. Might try again with some age on it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red, minimal head, thick and oily, coating the glass. Aroma has a bunch going on, just sort of muddy though. Alcohol, pepper, some citrus rind. Flavor again dominated by booze. Tastes liqour like in a way.
BigBeer45 (1298) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a nice deep red pour into the glass and gave a quick disappearing white and off-white bubbled head that went to a sparse cover and ring, the flowing bubbles were light,
there are aromas of oranges, citrus, faint caramel, grassy, floral and citrus hops,
and flavors of citrus, orange fruit and biting hops with a touch of alcohol, some fruit and candy sweetness to,
finish has some bitterness and dryness I suspect from the hops and alcohol, there is a little pepper on the tongue but I hardly noticed it,
hop bitterness and alcohol leave the palate mostly dry and the dryness persists there after a bit, there is some alcohol warming in the throat, and the alcohol does not grow or get in the way as the ale warms but it is noticeable,
the mouth feel of this ale is medium, it does not feel like a big beer but feels light for a Barley Wine,
I thought this ale was a Citrus, fruity flavored BW, this beer may get you easily smashed with the little hints of alcohol that appear,
an interesting take on a Barley Wine drink.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. I canít put my finger on what else it might be. Iíve had blood orange juice and oranges before so I know the flavor and that isnít exactly what this is. 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.
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy shit, this stuff is dank. Smells like the orange glo stuff you mop the floor with, but nicer. This is a high gravity beer that you can enjoy on the hottest of days along the banks of the Detroit River. Man, do I love me some shorts.
Wow, cant believe this is almost 12% ABV. Really hides it well. Good mix of ctrus, malt, and hops. Well balanced. Suiiy is jealous.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pored a rose color with no head. aroma orange, hops, red grapefruit, nectarine, pink cotton candy spices. flavor semi sweet orange, pepper, grapefruit that isnít quite ripe ( in a good way) alcohol, . left a nice dry feeling. good beer