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RATINGS: 215   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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3.7
SudsMcDuff (8382) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Ok, let’s make a 9th rule of Fight Club. If you’re a hemophiliac, please let us know before you fight. Now can someone get Jerry a towel?

1.8
nimbleprop (8278) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross.

3.3
bytemesis (8209) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is oranges, pepper, honey, bready malt. Flavor is pretty sweet, and strongly bitter, orange zest, pepper, honey. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely interesting, cant really say I enjoy it.

4
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.

3.6
jackl (8011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle pour. Hazy gold with a small head. Nose is of grain. Some golden pear. Jasmine. Orange. Flavor is fairly sweet, fruity. Croissant. Orange peel. A bit chalky. Full body, soft carb.

3.5
radagast83 (8002) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a Ruby orange color with a small white head. Aroma was a touch citrus, spice notes, something familiar that I still can’t quite put my finger on - probably just the blood oranges. Beer was certainly not as hot as I would have imagined based on the ABV.

3.7
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle thanks to badnewsbeers. Pours with a hazy but vibrant blood orange juice colored body and a thin off-white head that recedes. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, red wine, pepper, vanilla, esters, yogurt. Taste is citrus, light acidity (not infection or wild bugs), orange, pepper, earth, light cedar in the finish. Finishes pretty dry and sort of earthy. Lasting cigar box flavor. Some bitterness (seems more spiced based tannins than hop bitterness for some reason). A very different beer. Medium amount of tingly bubbles. Very dry for a barley/wheat wine.

3.8
JaBier (7806) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Growler sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 2. Pours clear amber with a medium tan head. Orange notes with some malt, a good amount of hop and some spice. Spicy and orangy flavor up front with a bitter grapefruit finish.

3.6
drfabulous (7780) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2013
12 ounce thanks to BlowOffTube. Orange and yeasty. Slightly sticky. A slight bit of pepper, though by no means overpowering. Like all Shorts beers, odd and different.

3.8
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottled. Poured a very cool rusty blood orange color with a soft, tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma continued the blood orange theme, primarily led by the meat.. juicy citrus surrounded, and spicy pepper was more evident as it warmed up.. warm, but the sugars and spices kept it from feeling anywhere near 11.7%. The flavor was considerably less approachable (still good, but not what I hoped for).. orange meat and pale wheaty malts at the core, with tangy orange zest and lesser earth around.. really dried out in the end, and the peppercorns topped grainy sugars and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and kind of slick on the palate.. transitions through the mouth were only decent.. overall a complex and intriguing brew that wasn’t far from being great.


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