Short's Brewing Aorta Ale - Imperial Red Ale
This next beer I'm going to review is from Short's Brewery in the town of Bellaire, Michigan. This beer comes from a limited edition series of 13 beers that were brewed. They are only available from the brewpub and I was lucky enough to have a good friend in beer grab me all of them. To find out more about the series surf over to: http://www.shortsbrewing.com/imperial_beer_series.html
Now onto the brew:
750ml bottle. #199 of 780.
Pours into my glass a deep maroon red with a solid inch of creamy khaki head on top of the brew. Good clarity with patchy lacing and a head that lingers on. Aromas start with a big dose of caramel malt alongside some roasted notes. Citrusy, piney hops are quite well placed in there too. Toasty with a fruity undercurrent as well, but big on the caramel. Slightly oxidized as well.
First sip brings a caramel / toasted malt upfront that flows into fruity, somewhat doughy notes as well. It moves into citric, earthy hops, definitely Cascades, but time has taken its toll and the hops have faded quite a bit. A bit nutty as it flows down with more fruitiness and a good bit of bitterness. Finishes smooth and malty with a bit of oxidation on the end as well.
Mouthfeel brings a solid body with a nice creaminess as it flows down. Mellow carbonation throughout. Nice and chewy, it's a big red ale that also goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. Overall, it's not my favorite from the series that I've tried so far but it's still a solid, tasty brew. Wish I would have had it fresh because the hops have faded quite a bit. I've been loving trying these Imperial Series beers, cheers to Shorts!
Overall I gave this brew a rating of Enjoyable.
Check out more information on Short's Brewing by surfing over to http://www.shortsbrewing.com/