Sunday, June 17, 2012

Short's Anniversary Ale

This one has been up at 8th St. Grille for quite a while and it has now been put into the Thursday $3 draft category. However, I just ordered a 4 Oz. sample of it due to the absurd amount of alcohol for a early afternoon pint. I can certainly appreciate the unique ingredients though.
10.0% ABV

Appearance: Soft dense white cream foam head with a strong carbonation that clings to the sides of the glass.Clarity is optimal but darkens into an ambered red as the volumetric perimeter of the glass increases. Lacing is wet and speckled. A tint of pink.
Aroma: The scent of tart fruit - namely oranges and even raspberry permeates from the surface of the beer. A sugary sweetness accompanies the upfront tartness and fruit based scent. Tropical and citrusy.
Taste: The front starts briefly sweetened to uphold against the near sourness of what is to come. Immediately after a mouth puckering grapefruit fruit flavor emerges, alongside a berry tartness. This continues until the end, where the rind of the orange-fruit paralleled by a citrusy hop complexity balances and even plays on the tartness that is the primary character of this beer. Tannic bitterness present too. Because of all the puckering flavors, it's difficult to decipher the amount of alcohol that is present in this beer. 10% ABV? Doesn't seem like it, but then again, the flavor is easy to deceive. Similar to a grapefruit orange juice, just lighter and spiked with alcohol and a generous addition of hops that induce a familiar but bitter citrus flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with a zesty feel and a resined texture in the end. Carbonation is high, to provide a zipping bite. The body is excruciatingly light but with no sacrifice to flavor, making this a perfect summer refresher AND something easy to get a buzz off of. Very acidic, and because so, it can really chaffe up the tongue.
Overall Impression: More similar to a cider/fruit ferment than anything else...Think the B.Nektar Zombie killer. However, I really dig the Rind bitterness and hops at the finish, distinguishing it more from any of the fruitier drinks. I didn't get much of the peppercorn, but maybe that enhanced some of the alternative, more prominent flavors. There is a lot of tropical going on in this one, and it's not to be taken lightly... Following this post I found it also to be considered a wheat wine..which may help make sense of the flavors.

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