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RATINGS: 187   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade with manny57 - Pours a mahogany color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is citrus, malt, and spice. Has kind of a funky finish. Taste kinda like a dry orange past its prime. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t feel like 11.7%. A decent beer. Thanks Ryan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12oz traded bottle. Pours a clear bronze color with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Pretty big aroma that’s tough to nail down but I could find the oranges, the hops and the spice. That’s a pretty big taste...not sure it’s my thing though. I think everything is over-powered by the peppercorn spice (specifically the green). I think I REALLY wanted the blood oranges to come through in a big way. Kudos for trying something new though. Interesting if nothing else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (5918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a clear ruby red with a small ring of white head. Nose brings the peppercorns upfront, with a huge body of juicy oranges and a sprinkle of coriander. Flavour is very similar, bringing out the peppercorns initially, followed by a huge backbone of juicy oranges and some moderate coriander notes. Finishes spicy (from both the peppercorns and coriander) and very juicy. Fairly light-bodied considering the ABV and style. Fun beer, though nothing overly deep and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
GABF 09. Pours a bright amber body and an oily diminishing head. Aroma is zesty spiced orange peel, juicy and oily, with toasted malts dough, wheat and honey sweetness- phenolic and a bit off- fusels and high esters. Fruity flavor, orange juice, zest, pine, sweet, sugary, phenolic messy high alcohol and harsh solvent finish- a let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks ryan. Crystal clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some tartness. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, orange peel, light grapefruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
A nice reddish orange color, with a great sweet ciitrus aroma. Flavor is gross though- orange flavored candy with dirty alcoholic medicinal quality, kind of like an orange flavored cough syrup. Maybe it’s the wheat, but it’s ruining what would otherwise be a great beer. Bottle from a trade with mibirder

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (852) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Amber. Smells sweet with a little tart. Taste also sweet-tart. Can get the orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at RBSG. Clear red pour with almost no head. Fruit malt and sugar with some alcohol. Alcohol cherry light malts. Too thin and boozy. Hmm not that good. 7/3/6/2/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Thanks to Tom... Dark bright apricot, light tan head... Very sweet nose, lots of caramel, pineapple and wheat, ok... The taste is much better, lots fruit, tart notes, not great but a better Short’s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
20110809 12oz bottle from Champane’s, I believe, back in spring of 2010. Beautiful color is amazingly red-orange, just like a blood orange. Head was reluctant, but I did manage a lasting though loose suds with a vigorous pour. Aroma is madly potent with peppercorn and orange, but also a ton of alcohol and strong solvents. Sadly reminds me more of Goo Gone than of an orangey treat. The malts are a mess, weirdly cakey sweetness, shortbread, but then a crazy oily and resinous character that coats and dominates the palate. Goofy beer overall, but it’s almost worth it just for the brilliance of such intense blood orange flavor and sensation. Alas, however, it is not quite worth it.

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