5000 (6900) - 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! johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. Heavy citrus aroma with some faint spices. Tastes like a weak screwdriver with some malts and hops mixed in. Very tangy finish with some lingering spices. Syrupy texture with average carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well in the flavor but there is some burn going down the pipes. Different for sure. Not something I would drink regularly but worth a try. Travlr (26432) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. This was more hoppy than your usual barleywine, with decent citrus, grass and floral notes. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
GABF 2009. Have to go against the crowd on this one and say it was a little odd for my tastes, and not really in a good way. Was looking forward to trying all Short’s stuff but came away a little disappointed. Orangish-amber color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is loads of blood orange, spices, and pepper. Flavor is highly citric with a little too much tangy orange as well as earth, spices, lots of pepper, and wheat. Palate is somewhat astringent with medium body. Just a bit off in my opinion, but far from bad. madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at GTMW 2010 - Pours reddish cola color with an off-white head. It’s already weird! Nose is lots of piney hops, with a weird milky smell. The blood oranges really come through in the taste, with lots of rind and juice, mixed with some chocolate notes and some floral finishing hops. Smooth and well-carbonated, but I’m not sure these flavors were meant to go together. As with most of the Shorts stuff I try, The description sounds better than the execution. But I love trying them!
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Tastes like orange juice. Peppercorns are very subtle, but add a little bite. EricE (1372) - 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. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has that distinct aroma of citrus and energy drink. Deep red hue with a white head. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Palate is full bodied. Overall a decent brew but I was more surprised that it wasn’t infected since it came out of a Short’s bottle. To be honest it’s all I could focus on is whether or not the flavors were from infection or from the unique recipe. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Clear toasted orange with a small off-white head, fairly creamy, low retention. From a hand bottle from firmbuttstone. I definitely get the coriander and orange peel first in the aroma, followed by some spicy pepper. There is also some grapefruit rind going on, and a light tang. A little alcohol burns my nose. The flavor is a little more earthy (d/t the peppercorns, most likely) but still pretty well loaded with citrus and citrus peel (the latter more dominant). Not really all that sweet. Fairly fruity midway through to the finish, which was dry and peppery, some alcohol noted. Bitterness peaked at a 5. Low carbonation with a big full body. Not too bad--though it may have sounded slightly more interesting that what I though it actually was. onceblind (10897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
GABF 2011. Murky burnt orange, no head. Intriguing aroma of toffee and caramel malt, mild grassy bitterness, and some cream cheese icing. Flavor has some sweet funky toffee, mild grassy herbal bitterness, some light citrus fruit tones, a faint bit of floralness, balanced between sweet and bitter on a big-medium body. Nothing amazing, but well made.