paintedmaple (591) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle...some crazy a$$ $hit here...a symbiosis of wheat, orange, hops, and green peppercorns with all of them assertive yet co-mingling in harmony. This is a decidedly different wheat wine. Refreshingly easy to drink, it finishes with a surprisingly bitter-tart finish. Way good.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours hazy orange with little to no head. Aroma is a nice punch of blood orange. Really vibrant citrus notes here. Also getting a Hawaiian Punch vibe. Taste is soft, velvety with little carbonation. Blood orange again features nicely here with some barleywine traits coming through. Syrupy. Not getting a lot of the peppercorns though there is some faint spiciness in the background.
Franckg (580) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe orangée légèrement trouble, aucun col de mousse, dentelle inexistante, apparence liquoreuse. Arômes de liqueur d’orange, moût bien sucré, un peu de citron et alcool. Malgré un nez intéressant, je suis tout de même surpris par la simplicité de celui-ci. Ne semble pas d"une grande complexité et je me serais attendu à des effluves plus puissantes. Voyons ce que le palais en pense. En bouche, encore là, la liqueur d’orange domine. Beaucoup citronné (trop de houblon?) et je cherche la présence du poivre vert se trouvant dans la recette. Le goût sucré qu’on recherche dans ce type de bière est aussi relegué au second plan. Aussi, saveurs d’herbes et d’alcool. La finale permet d’apprécier l’amertume du zeste de citron. Texture assez mince, faible effervescence, rondeur ordinaire. Quoique la base du liquide est intéressante et originale, il y a un manque de complexité évident. J’aurais aimé que le côté "vin" ressorte plus. À essayer pour l’originalité, mais je n’en ferai pas un rendez-vous annuel.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an expected reddish orange with medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is again, pretty predictable of red grapefruit (or blood oranges), oranges, spices (especially pepper), and a bit of mild wheat and yeast. Flavor matches well, unfortunately. I had a feeling this wasn’t going to be my type of beer, but thought I would give it a try to try to prove myself wrong. I wasn’t wrong dammit.
blackflag321 (569) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very leery of any fruit in beer, but I love this stuff! The blood orange pops out on the palate, but quickly fades. Then the peppercorn very subtly tingles the palate; it, too, is not overdone. Doesn’t taste like any barleywine I have had . . . doesn’t taste like any other beer I have had.
ebone1988 (529) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet fruit, oranges, hops, peppercorn comes at the back for sure. Appearance is also orange, super light orange head. Taste is sour orange, light hops, grapefruit, and the peppercorn spice is subtle but nice at the end. Mouthfeel is nice, solid carbonation, somewhat thick, got a great orange peel aftertaste. Overall, this beer is on point. I am a huge fan, and I am happy with how many beers Short’s will bottle. Cheers!
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, nice clear golden orange pour. heavy orange and pepper aroma. flavor is heavy citrus/orange and finish with the spice of the peppercorn. Lots of character. Really enjoy this one.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange with a white frothy head. Different from the first smell and taste. Smell and tastes sweet like caramel and grapefruit. Very light and lively. Has a hard to describe tang. Would never have guessed the high alcohol content.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$2 bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint".
Appearance: Pours a sunset sort of orange color with about a finger of a white head, that dies down pretty quickly. Decent bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Quite significant alcohol legs.
Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and mango dominate the aroma... very fresh smell. Pleasant and inviting.
Taste: Interesting ... I’ve never had a Wheatwine, so I didn’t know what to expect. This is very distinctive. The peppery note coats the mouth but isn’t too pungent, and there’s also a citrus flavor with quite a sour quality, which I’d assume is the yeast used in this beer. The aftertaste is heavy on the wheat, with almost a briny flavor as well... Summit hops? A strange mix, but it’s manageable. Peppery, sour orange juice brine is the essential flavor here, with a wheaty, minorly burning finish. The feel is surprisingly light, as I was expecting a thicker beer. I’m glad it’s not too thick though, as this beer could easily become cloying if that were the case. The aftertaste is probably my favorite part about Anniversary Ale. Love the wheat, orange, pepper flavor.
This just isn’t quite my style. It’s not bad by any means, though. In fact, I’d consider it to be a VERY GOOD beer just because I never thought "Peppery, sour orange juice brine" would be an appealing flavor. Definitely glad to have tried this, and it’s a unique beer, but I’d not have it often.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the more interesting wheat wines I’ve ever had. Pours burnt orange with a white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is tangerine peal and orange. Taste is like eating a blood orange, peal and all. I think it might be better if the orange zest was toned down a little, but I still enjoyed this.