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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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4.2
blackflag321 (701) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
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.

4
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2015
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.

4.1
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
2013 Bottle. This is slightly less blood orange focused that some of the older versions I've had, however still quite good. Has strong orange zest flavor with grapefruit flavored hops (Amarillo?). Tastes sweet and smooth, with a nice crispness and booziness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Manny57. Pours a nice caramel color with minimal head. Smell is heavy on the orange rind. Tastes of orange rind, some nice spices and a little hop character in the back. Tasty.

4.1
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2009
really glad I got to try this before it kicked. On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep orange brown with a small tan head. Aroma was sharp citrus, sweet malt, and some bitter hop notes. Taste was much the same, big full malt throughout, some spice, sharp citrus zest, bitter grapefruit and some lingering sweetness. This was pretty smooth I thought and hid the alcohol very well. Really nice job here.

3.6
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2014
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.

2.9
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
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.

3.9
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
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.

3.9
BlowOffTube (515) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2013
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.


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