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RATINGS: 194   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 Shortís Brewing Company by embodying all of the complexities that come along with another year of brewing.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1307) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2010
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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4643) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Wow. Just wow. You go Shortís! Thanks to jdubfl for sharing this one. Pours hazy brown-red with an off-white head. Nose is tart citrus, hops, grapefruit and orange flesh, limes, all manner of citrus with some pepper and bitterness. Flavor is an explosion of citrus: grapefruit, orange, tart, peel, citrus flesh, and hops combine to make this the most barley wine wheatwine I have ever had. This beer was pretty style-bendingly cool, and I did not detect hardly a hint of almost 12% ABV. Enjoyable, for sure, and definitely a summer beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (2033) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Crushed at BSAF 10. Very sweet, citrus bite from the oranges, with the pepper coming through in the finish. Cool beer, but too sweet for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2010
growler courtesy shared by Jdubfl. pours amber, tan head, told it was a wheat wine, not sure about the barley wine. aroma, tart and fruity, some grains? and yeasty. flavors, malty, plenty of pinety hops, drinks like a soapy boozy DIPA with lots of hop flavors. Hints of honey like sweetness, fizzy citrus/tangy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Bottle from Shorts. Poured clear ruby color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, spice and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout complex beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (7705) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Bottle. Pours a brownish burgundy with a very small light wooden brown head. Aroma has a combination of caramel and blood orange with a slight undertone of pepper. Flavor begins sweet with caramel but the finish brings a blood orange note that helps balance out the flavor nicely. There was a hint of spice and some coriander in the finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Orange pour. At the brewery. Huge hop aroma with big spice, spruce and huge orange peel. Flavor is also massively hoppy with added orange, coriander, pine. Tons of spruce. Interesting.


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