Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably my favorite of the Shorts line-up and one of the best amber ales brewed in Michigan. Nice chewy color with a solid craggy head. Maltiness, nuts, and a little tinge of hop in the aroma. Great mouthfeel, this is one thirst quenching beer. It really does capture the spirit of season.
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle to pint glass. The pour is a dark orange, perhaps a little copper, but dark, with a light tan head that fades down to a ring, leaving some decent lacing. The aroma is big on bitter in the front. It then fades through a little bit of a sweet caramel malt and touches on a vanilla note before the maltiness takes back over. The flavor is initially a bit bitter, with a good solid maltiness, but that's it. There isn't much else here, which is a little disappointing. The mouth feel is really thin and watery. There isn't much carbonation at all, and the aftertaste is a little bitter, but vanishes quickly
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superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/29/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, grape, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Aroma has a great balance of classic nutty, cereal, bread malts and subtle hops. Very well done. Medium dark amber hue with an off-white head that left great lace. Sweet flavor. Palate is medium-bodied.
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bronze orange. Quite a huge bitterness on the nose almost resinous. whoa. Lots of spice that almost resembles a mix in rye and pumpernickel bread. Very hard to drink a lot of this one.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Clear red orange color. Thin off-white head. Fades to minimal. Only a couple loose bits of lace, not much sticks. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, very light, sort of crisp carbonation. Some tropical fruity hop, light peppery. Toasty malt, light caramel. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Solid ESB.
Rasmus40 (9841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Hazy dark orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus and oranges. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 031213
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a caramel color with very little head. Has a very citrusy, floral aroma. Has a very bitter but hoppy flavor, but finishes kind of flat with a dark chocolate, nutty flavor. ok but not great.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Overall pretty good ale with mild tastes and medium body. Probably what it was designed to be and is very drinkable
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 9/12/13. Poured into a ... ahem ... a shaker pint. A glass is better than NO glass, right?
Appearance: Super hazy brown/orange color, almost like the color of the bottle the beer is in. Finger of a light tan head. Not much lacing. This beer certainly says Autumn to me.
Smell: For some reason, I thought this almost gave the aroma of a new car. I drank it, I let it warm up a bit, I tried to study it... I came to the conclusion that this smells like Autumn. That’s probably due in large part because I know what the beer is and see the label, but it gives me that impression. It smells like fallen leaves on dirt.
Taste/feel: A lot like the smell. Just a really easy drinking beer without much depth in flavor. You get the dirty sort of malt flavor. A slight hop spiciness. And that’s basically it. Quite earthy flavors in here. There is very little bitterness on the finish, my guess would be about 30 IBUs. The feel is about what I had expected. A medium body with a pretty light carbonation.
Autumn Ale’s a fairly enjoyable, albeit forgettable, beer from Short’s. I love the label on it, the beer looks great when it’s poured, and it has a decent flavor, but there’s just not enough depth to really keep my interest. Regardless of that, I could see myself enjoying a few of these while watching the leaves fall. Sometimes I don’t enjoy a taste of a particular beer as much as I enjoy the bits of nostalgia I get from it... this is one of those beers. Just makes me think about jumping into a pile of fallen leaves. I think the smell and taste of this beer actually sort of captures that, as weird as that sounds.
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light brown to mahogany pour, slightly cloudy with a half inch of white head. Cottony scent, lemon citrus, sweet fresh cut hay. Average to low carbonation, medium body and clean finish. Mellow flavor, Carmel malt and well rounded citrus flavors, a bit of roastiness and melon. Nice and easy drinking beer with a bit of character.