DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to hubsluvsbeer and mikem409. Clear orange color. Little white head. Pretty decent lace. Big body, kind of sticky. light carbonation. Real big orange flavor, light sweet orange alcohol bite along with it. I kind of dig how aggressive and over the top that orange flavor is, though, so Shorts. Big peppercorn.. Some light raspberry type flavor, from the blood orange.... Very zesty, sort of moderate sweet taste. Some alcohol warmth, but the beer is pretty tasty overall so it’s easy to cut through that. Good, big beer. Impressive in that distinctive oddball Shorts way
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to badnewsbeers. Pours with a hazy but vibrant blood orange juice colored body and a thin off-white head that recedes. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, red wine, pepper, vanilla, esters, yogurt. Taste is citrus, light acidity (not infection or wild bugs), orange, pepper, earth, light cedar in the finish. Finishes pretty dry and sort of earthy. Lasting cigar box flavor. Some bitterness (seems more spiced based tannins than hop bitterness for some reason). A very different beer. Medium amount of tingly bubbles. Very dry for a barley/wheat wine.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KyotoLefty (7555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Sleestack on the RBSG Friday Bus. Thanks, Man! This is great. Beautiful orange-brown color with just a little lace. Huge, spicy, pepper and orange aroma with wheat. It’s tart, with great orange. You can really taste the pepper. Smooth, a beautiful beer. Love it!
Ibrew2or3 (7467) - 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.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a very cool rusty blood orange color with a soft, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma continued the blood orange theme, primarily led by the meat.. juicy citrus surrounded, and spicy pepper was more evident as it warmed up.. warm, but the sugars and spices kept it from feeling anywhere near 11.7%. The flavor was considerably less approachable (still good, but not what I hoped for).. orange meat and pale wheaty malts at the core, with tangy orange zest and lesser earth around.. really dried out in the end, and the peppercorns topped grainy sugars and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and kind of slick on the palate.. transitions through the mouth were only decent.. overall a complex and intriguing brew that wasn’t far from being great.
douglas88 (7248) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled on 1/2/11 thanks to ryan: Pours a clear amber bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh piny juicy orange nose with some light caramel sweetness. Starts with an interesting fresh orange flavor with some nice light malty sweetness and mild caramel notes with good complex orange flavor throughout. A unique and interesting brew.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.