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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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.

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3.9
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Fuck yes. Blood oranges so unbelievably fresh and zesty, prickly and citruscy. Huge frothy and full texture, agressively hopped but not overly bitter. Wonderfully fresh and juicy. Just awesome.

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after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Growler. Thanks, BVC! Pours deep muddy brownish orange with a loose ring of grayish bubbles. No lace. Tons of sharp blood oranges hit you on the nose right away. A little sweeter and tangier than Campari, for sure, but you still brace yourself for that bitter jolt that you know is coming. Creamy medium body, and then the onslaught of flavor varieties starts--sweet pepperiness, dark spiciness, earthy notes, black bread, but, most of all, orange zest and that sharp blood orange bitterness that hits you like a wet towel snapping on the back of your legs. Bracing and refreshing, while still being ultra complex and interesting. A real classic for these guys--would be a shame to see it relegated to one-off status.

3.9
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
#1900. Growler (one of only four that were filled from what I understand), courtesy our main man northernbrews. Pours dark and hazy, reddish sienna brown in color. A thin blanket of beige colored foam settles to a swirly film, with a dense, sugary wash breaking apart into jagged, hoizontal lines of lacing. The nose is off the charts complex. A myriad of spices come through, everything from orange peel and coriander to spicy peppercorn and strong, resinous, piny hops. Blood orange sweetness and strikingly bitter grapefruit play off of one another nicely, with underlying dark candy malts and traces of ginger. The flavor is equally perplexing, sweet caramel and dark candy sugar malts accompanied by heaps of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, sharp ginger spice, and bitter coriander. Pine resin hops and sharp grapefruit lend substantial bitterness to the underlying malty sweetness. The palate is huge and somewhat syrupy, a bit hot on the tongue, definitely not shy with the alcohol. Overall, there’s alot to take in, but this is really well pulled together and completely unique. Great beer.

3.9
GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Thanks to Northernbrews. Strong and amazing citrus aroma with peppercorns. I can almost distinguish the hops and the citrus fruit. Excellent aroma. Flavor is bold and unrelenting. A little sweetness, hop bitterness and citrus. Very good and very strong. Another good experimental beer from Short’s. These guys seem to take a lot of chances, and this one paid off.

4.3
northernbrews (50) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Another winner from Short’s.

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and purple in the snifter. Nice khaki head with nice lacing. Served w/ a slice of blood orange......Starts with a blast of citrusy hops, mostly orange and grapefruit. There’s a little hint of the spices and faint malt background........Taste follows suit with some citrusy hops up front and some malt and spices near the finish. There’s also a nice tartness from the blood oranges.......Nice blend of unique flavors that goes down too easily for something so hoppy and strong......sure wish they’d bottle this, but I’m sure glad I was able to try it.......Congrats Short’s on a great 5 years and many more!


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