Review of Short’s Blood Orange Wheat Wine Anniversary Ale

14 Jul
Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be drinking the Blood Orange Wheat Wine Anniversary Ale produced by the Short’s Brewing Company located in Elk Rapids, Michigan.

This brew is another gift from Mr. Liquid Bread and thus far I’ve really enjoyed all of the Short’s products that he has sent me.

Let’s see what we can find out about this brew from the company website,

A high gravity wheat wine made with blood oranges that render an alluring dark purple hue to the color. Flavor abounds from the spice of green peppercorns and tang from blood orange zest. Aggressive dry hop additions amplify the citrus overtones and spiciness found throughout. ‘Anni’ Ale typifies the full magnitude of Short’s Brewing Company by embodying all the complexities and fulfillment necessary to pay tribute to another year of brewing.

Let’s pour.

This beer comes in at 10.0% ABV and in a 12 oz. bottle.

It poured a slightly hazy ruby red color with a very nicely sized off white crown.  It was smooth and very soft with a thick soapiness to it.  The retention time was excellent and the lacing looked pretty darn good too.  A gorgeous looking beer I thought.

The nose brought forth hints of orange citrus and sweet mango.  Very candy like.  It kind of smelled like those dreamsicle cakes that you buy at sweet shops.  Very pleasing.  After the brew warmed a touch I was able to pick up a few notes of the light pepper.  Not too much though.  Just enough to create a bit of complexity.

The taste was very similar to straight orange juice with tons of added sugar.  Like an orange julius or something.  The bitterness was easily manageable however.  The spicy peppercorns were, again, noticed after the brew warmed and like the smell weren’t extremely prominent.  Not the most elaborate flavor, but it was quite tasty.  

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Rather dry, sticky and smooth.  Very good, lively carbonation as well.  A ton of flavor was left behind on the palate long after the sip was gone.

Well, I thought this was a very nice and somewhat unique brew.  It’s a touch one dimensional, but that’s ok.  Sometimes I find that if a brew is too complicated I get a bit confused.  It’s definitely worth a try if you can obtain a bottle.  It did become a tad bit sweet and “fruity juicy” towards the end, which lowered the drinkability somewhat, although I was still able to finish it easily.  I had to drink a full bottle of water afterwards just to cleanse my palate though.  Again, a big thanks to Mr. Liquid Bread (Chris Phillips) for sending me the Shorts Brewing Blood Orange Wheat Wine Anniversary Ale.  Be sure to check out his Youtube page for some entertaining and informative beer reviews.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+    

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Country: USA, Short's


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