RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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• Beer Type: Double Red Ale

Aorta Ale is a double red ale that indicates an intensity of flavor simply by its dark reddish-brown appearance. Subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt are released from the depths of this full bodied beast. Raisins, figs, and burnt caramel are among the sweeter and more forward flavors. It finishes with a roasted cocoa like bitterness, which is magnified by the high alpha hops.

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raymundo00 (19) - - MAR 9, 2012
Thick red ale with chewy, caramel notes and a crisp finish. This defines the image of a double red. - 2012

JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Had this last year. Just bought the new batch. Dank. Yummy. Gets me crunk. Awesome, like most Shorts!!!!’n

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
reddish brown with small head. hoppy read ale. alcohol well hidden. very nice red.

jesperhammer (4947) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
31-DEC-2010, bottle brought by Henrik. Brewed 7/5-2007.
Red (!) lasting low head.
Sweet red berries. Very hoppy bitter.
Fantastic almost barley wine like, just fresher.
I love this, thanks Henrik.

ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Draft at central city tap house Kzoo. Nice softer fruity hop aroma. Hazy dark red body with smooth tight bubble off white head? Not much lace. Really strong brew with plenty of alcohol and sweetness. Excellent American strong. A little early in the day for this one. Excellent. I continue to be impressed with Shorts

joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2008

Bottle #184 of 780
Brewed 7/5/06

Was lucky enough to land this in a great trade with Hoppymeal, thanks Derek! Aorta Double Red pours a glowing slightly hazed ruby red. A few fine carbonation bubbles make their way to the surface but there’s not much action. Two fingers worth of ivory head formed on the pour and eventually fell to a thick cap leaving sheet lacing on the fall. A really great looking beer!

My nose is immediately greeted with a good amount of mandarin orange and a tea-leaf like hoppiness. The mandarin is something I don’t come across very often and I’m really diggin’ it! Light caramel and toasty malts lay down the foundation and add a touch of sweetness. A hoppy red ale? Just my style!

The flavor follows the aroma step-by-step. The toasted graininess sets the stage for the more dominant hoppiness. There’s hardly any bitterness involved but more of flavor, aroma, and a big dry hopping. The hoppiness comes along more tea leaf like in the flavor than the mandarin the aroma suggested but that may be because it’s been a year and a half since the brewing. A very well put together red ale.

I’ve sampled a few Short’s beers and the mouthfeel has been very good on each one, this is no exception. They manage to keep the body lighter than expected for such big beers. Velvety medium body with a mild carbonation but there’s just enough there to tickle the tongue.

Aorta Ale is an easy one to put away. The alcohol, at 7.6%, never gets in the way. And it’s all at once refreshing and delicious!

Another really good brew from Short’s. I would have loved to get a bottle of this fresh and give it a try. I’m sure the Columbus used would have been a real treat fresh because they’re still damn good after a year and a half.


masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks to my wife for surprising me with this bottle. You are the best! Poured a cloudy light brown color with an off white head. Smelled inviting, citrus and biscuit notes. Taste was citrus again, balanced by a big malty base, biscuit and bready. I really enjoyed the balance here. Kept it’s hop profile for over a year now. reminded me a bit of decadence 2006, which I love. Well done shorts.

milewide (2326) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2012
Perfect blend of red/amber malt sweetness and fruity hops. Smooth, solid mouth feel. Very slightly cloudy, beautiful red color. Should be full time!

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