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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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3.2
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to northernbrews for this one. 3.5 A: Clear deep amber color. Half a finger of frothy cream colored head that recedes quickly and leaves one small patch of lacing. 4.0 S: No lack of citrus in this one. Lots of orange going on here along with the orange & cream lifesavers. Also some strawberry, neutral wheat, sugary candy canes, and a mild spiciness. Interesting, it really does smell like those creamsaver things. 3.5 T: Again, the orange creamsavers. This is okay, but I think it’s too orange heavy. I’d like a stronger toffee maltiness. Some grapefruit in there as well. While I’m on the topic, this has a reasonable bitterness and a stronger hop presence that I was expecting. Slightly tart and sweet in a candy way as opposed to a malty way. Alcohol is very well hidden. 3.0 M: Lighter medium body. The body is simply too damn light for a barleywine. I don’t like ultra thick and sweet Bwines, but I don’t like the other end of the spectrum either. Carbonation is a bit low as well. Otherwise very smooth with the smallest warming sensation on finish. 3.5 D: I like Short’s for their innovative brews. While they had a good idea here, it fell short due to the lack of maltiness (which is something I rarely suggest when considering barleywines). Still, it was worth the experience. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-12-2010 02:39:22

3.4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Brownish caramel, very thick, large frothy off-white head, splotchy lacing.   That is one zesty hop aroma, very citrusy.   Smells like sweetened orange rind, much like the stuff you might squeeze from the peel.   It actually smells a lot like ruby red grapefruit with sugar on it!   Very similar on the tongue, wow... that is interesting.   Hoppy, yet not biting.   This mainly seems just simply citrusy.   A little bubbley on the tongue, some fizziness.   Lingering citrus zest and sweetness.   Very odd.   Can’t detect the 11.7% ABV at all.   Drinks like its half that.   This is very interesting, champagne like in its effervesense.   Not sure what to make of it.   Entertaining, if a little too much like drinking a beery ruby red grapefruit.   Thanks for the freebie Kevin!


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wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
i was very surprised by this one, very nice wheat wine. well balanced and drinks very easily. nice application of unusual ingredients without going over board, everything works very nicely.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2011
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.

3.3
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Clear red orange pour with lots of crap floating around. Citrus and peach aroma. Peach flavor with citrus notes. Slightly sweet. Fruit dominates with a bitter finish.

3.8
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Big thanks to Jim for the opportunity to try this! A- Body is a crystal clear orange/red hue. Pours with <1 finger head that eventually fades completely-very faint traces of lacing are left behind in the glass. S- Nose is pretty faint- blood orange is the dominant factor there is also just a hint of peppercorn and other tropical fruits. Very faint alcohol as well. T- Taste is much more like a witbier- blood orange, corriander, peppercorn, big wheat backbone. Finish has a moderate alcohol sting-but the initial flavors remain consistent. M- Medium carbonation and a medium weight body. D- This is another very interesting, unique brew by shorts brewing co. The alcohol heat really comes through toward the end of this brew. Still enjoyable and unique. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-07-2010 03:21:15

3.6
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Big citrus hop nose, lots of grapefruit and orange juice, some citrus. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, massive amounts of orange juice, lots of flowers, and a shit load of raw sugar. Rather intense stuff. Thanks for the bottle Jeff.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - 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.

3.8
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle from deyholla, thanks Derek! Pours a cloudy, deep red-orange colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is zesty grapefruits and juicy oranges, peppercorn, a touch of tartness, a good amount of caramel, some esters, and a hint of spicy alcohol. Flavor is pretty nice. Lots of juicy and zesty citrus, a pleasant spicy peppercorn, a touch of acidic tartness, caramel, a light bread, fruity esters, and some toffee. Caramel grows slightly into the finish where this dries nicely with a light, woody bitterness and plenty of peppery, juicy, almost candy-like oranges and grapefruits. Just a hint of spicy alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-thin body with a soft, creamy, moderate level of carbonation. The palate does seem a bit thin for a beer this size, but I think it really works with this. It dries very nicely and hides the alcohol real well. Overall, a pretty cool beer. Lots of orange and grapefruit zest with a pleasant spicy peppercorn throughout. Enough of a caramel to balance and very easy drinking. Short’s never fails to keep me on my toes with these beers.

4.6
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
What an awesomely interesting beer! Pours amber. Nose is largely orange, herbal, hops, basil, coriander, lemons, grass. Taste is malts, orange, basil, coriander, pepper, hops, and light malts. Finishes dry and not much bitterness. Slick palate. This is amamazing in the sense that it’s so unique and well made. Fuckin A


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