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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten - Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - TenAvery Anniversary Ale - Ten

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BA SCORE
88
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-12-2003)
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in the refrigerated section of Siciliano's so I figured what the hell. Cloudy orange with a decent tan head with nice lacing. Hops still stand out quite a bit in this for its age. Malt sweetness and alcohol have definitely caught up to any big hoppiness this may have once had. Some other elements in the nose as well that make it interesting. Sweet caramel malt is most dominate in the flavor. Citric and piney hop flavor are there but not as big as they once were most likely. There is still a good bitter bite to it that adds to the taste. Light bitter sweet flavors linger a bit in the aftertaste. A bit syrupy in feel but other wise decent mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but this isn’t something I would pick up too often. Interesting brew at this point but I am guessing it will be downhill quickly from here.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 19:00:23 | More by meathookjones
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stegmakk

New York

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a decent off white head that doesn't stay. Mediocre lacing.
Aroma was mostly fruity and some malt. Where are those 10 kinds of hops?
Taste continues to perplex me. I get a mild citrusy hops and fruit mixed with an almost bready malt falvor. Oh wait. The after taste I get a bit of piney alcohol. None of the flavors are overpowering and are mixed well, just a differnet mixture.
Mouthfeel was real good. Slick and yet creamy.
Drinkability is tough. I would have another if I could find one just to try and get the flavors right again, but other than that I dont think I'd drink much more of it in one sitting let alone ever again.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 16:52:32 | More by stegmakk
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a murky orange color. Sweet malt aroma. Some fruit in the aroma, mostly tropical fruits and berries. Oily hops in the aroma too, but the malt dominates. Big malt flavor and very fruity. Hoppy in the finish, but considering that there are 10 hop varieties, I would expect this beer to be hoppier. Creamy mouthfeel. The 10% abv is very well hidden. Pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:02:44 | More by beveragecaptain
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the glass every so slightly hazy with a low, white and persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and deeply malty. The malt aromas began to fill the air as the beer was first poured into the glass. The fruity esters were well aged and added complexity to the malt aromas.

The flavor was deeply malty with a complex and intense hop backbone. The malt contained a complexity of caramel and light sweetness that mixed with the alcohol presence presented a fruity aspect that was very well achieved. The main hop flavors present were definitely American in origin, but were well aged and complex.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant fruity bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was just almost full.The alcohol was present in small amounts in both the aroma and the flavor, but only served to add complexity and did not detract. The alcohol in the finish was mainly the warming that could be observed after consumption.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks to Skidz and BIF10 (yes I have held it since last July) Bottled in 2003 on label. Great beer, wish I had more...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 22:14:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark orange color, slightly hazy. Thin pale yellow head manages only a thin cap, but laces well.

Aroma - hoppy, juicy, citrus and dark fruit combined with a noteworthy alcohol presence.

Taste - huge alcohol and malt to start. Peach flavors are first, turning more citrusy and bitter on the swallow. The sweetnes and the alcohol inhibit any subtleties, though I doubt there were any intentions to that end. Very big and boozy, it makes an aggressive assault on the palate, over-muscles it to some extent. Comes across tasty but immature style-wise.

Mouthfeel - definitely smooth, the beer's high point. Carbonation is active, but the beer just slides through the mouth, very nice.

Drinkability - a novelty, not something I'd hunt down but worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 20:59:02 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Zorro

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FROM THE LABEL: Wow! Ten Years of brewing. Wish everyone could turn their passion into a profession. It has been immensely satisfying. Thanks to all our friends and loyal fans who have made it possible. To Celebrate, we've created a Ten, a very complex blend of 10 malts, 10 hop varieties added 10 different times, 10% a.b.v., and 10 years of brewing excellence. Peace to all and follow your dreams."

Wow sounds like overkill on complexity; lets see if we can taste it shall we?

When poured we get a cloudy copper colored brew, looks nice but not great. The head never really forms and just laces the top a bit, might be due to the 10% ABV. The cloudiness never clears up.

Smell is very malty. Hop scent is surprisingly absent; didn't they use some of those hops to dry hop at least a little bit? Lots of sweet fruity scents are carried on the alcohol fumes from this; pleasant Brandy and Whisky scents not jet fuel scents. Mostly the scent of apples and honey and caramel are present and maybe a tiny bit of grapefruit. It smells OK just not like a heavily hopped American beer.

Taste comes next. Taste is heavily malty and tasty fruity with a mild hop finish. You can clearly taste the Cascade hops in this and is fairly hop laden but it's no Stone Ruination either. This has a fairly woody and earthy aftertaste. 10 different malts I can believe, but I don’t think you can really ever taste more than three hop types in a brew, they all taste like hops with a few exceptions.

Mouthfeel is milk thick.

Drinkability is good as a beer; tasty it is but not a Double IPA. This would be better described as a hoppy barleywine, as that it is pretty good. Biggest shortcoming is the lack of a hop scent in the nose. I thought about giving it a 3.5 here but it doesn't say "Double IPA" on the bottle and it is a tasty hoppy barleywine, so I give it a 4.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 02:51:09 | More by Zorro
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: cool looking bottle and nice explanation of why they are celebrating "ten". However, it's almost 2005 and it says it was bottled in 2003. We shall see how aging has treated this beer (I'm guessing with 10 hops, it will have aged nicely).

Appearance: light amber in color (suprising with 10 hops) and a crusty white head. I figured with all those hops it would be darker and cloudier. Still, an impressive looking monster to marvel.

Smell: Light hops and a good sweet base to it. Wow...I figured this bad boy would rip my nose off and hand it to me. But not so...this is a highly balanced beer of the highest order. I only hope the taste matches...

Taste: ...and it does! A nice malty base with mild hop spikes on to the palate. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. The malt sweetness hugs your tongue and the hops occasionally pick it up and slap it around. But in a playful, flirty way...not in a wife beater t-shirt wearing kind of way.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Like eating some mashed potatoes with cream and chives. It's definitely got some good body and lip numbing going on.

Drinkability: Age has done you well my 10 friend. This was a great, highly balanced beer. To be had by all.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 04:17:15 | More by mattcrill
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy amber color with a off white head that dies quickly. Aroma is big and malty with lots of hops present, mixture of fruity juicy citrus hops orange grapefruity with a nice pine aroma in the background. Taste is good lots of malt background lightly sweet with big hop flavors abounding juicy fruity flavors blend and compliment the malt not an overly bitter beer light pine resin coating left in your mouth begs for another drink. Mouthfeel is on the right side of medium nice substantial mothfeel. Drinkability is very good. This beer has aged well and made for a well balanced I2PA thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this fine beer with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 03:09:47 | More by mntlover
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sacfly

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little head, and what there is quickly dies out. Nice orange color. Sweet smell of apricots. Taste is a nice, somewhat sweet and sticky fruity malt. Pictures of hops on the label, but none in taste or smell to write home about. At first I just thought maybe I had a bum bottle. But a friend that also had one cracked his a few weeks later and I felt the same. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

This was the 2003 reviewed in October of 2004. Maybe at one time this was more hoppy, but that is long gone at this point. I like this beer, but it was not at all what I expected. If you enjoy sweet, malty beers you will enjoy this. Don’t choose this if looking for a hop bomb IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 14:53:34 | More by sacfly
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep orange copper hues with steady carbonation bubbles rising up through the yeast floaties. A quickly dissipating thin egg shell white slick head leaving no lace. Hmph?!

Blended scents of apples and pears with acidic hops making up the nose. As this warms, Vodka scents ooze. Possibly, the hops have been subdued over the sleep settle.

First Swigs: Puzzling yet grand hops of bold assertive IBU sizzle. This is like hops stew. Plenty of malt reminiscent of rum torte to back up the ten different hops that are in here. Sweet piney, tropical fruit, mostly revolving around resins, pineapples dried apricots. Lasting slick inescapable awl-kee-hawl 10 % ABV finish. This almost a barleywine with less malt backbone.

Second yeast pour revealed a few more yeasty floaters, but minimal overall.

Spongy feel. Esters detectible. A bit too soft with the slow carbination. Awl-kee-hawl burn on the way down. Time has probably slowed the sizzle. A bit hot to be a “drinkable” brew.

Last Swigs: This puts the word American in American 2IPA. A hot yet palatable 10% ABV 2IPA with quite a balanced puzzle of cake malts and apricot hops. Who knows the travels that this bottle has had in a year+ roaming around. Hopefully a good one. Shelled out a bit too much at $13 at TDR Springhouse for it. Close to Great Divide’s Hurcules. Lacked carbonation, a twinge. 10 Hops: Columbus, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Stryrian Goldings, Bullion, Tettnager, Hallertau, Crystal, and Challenger) Thanks Larry P!

Beer is good. (sometimes great!) Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 04:08:01 | More by blitheringidiot
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Boto

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber: This beer poured a cloudy orangish color. There was very little carbonation and absolutely no head to it at all. Very nice nose. Some caramel and sour fruits. Notes of piney hops also, although they are subdued. A very good balance of a full bodied malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slightly sour aftertaste. A very good offering!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 23:53:31 | More by Boto
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far333

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-colored, almost iced tea colored. No head to speak of, but an inviting aroma of sweet honey and corn, ripe pears and some citrus hops. Mouthfeel is full, but a little flat, seemingly with low carbonation. Flavor is sweet and fruity, a little biscuity, with citrusy hops, followed by a bitter orange peel and pine hop finish. The hops are a little muted by sweet malts, and the finish is punctuated with an alcohol warmth. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm the flavors. This gets better as it warms a little. The more I sip, the more I want. Damn drinkable for such a big beer. Thank you Brent for sharing this limited item.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 00:48:43 | More by far333
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HardTarget

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: A ton of hops, but beyond that, some orange and banana smells. Took me awhile to come up with banana, not a Belgian banana, but banana is as close as I can get.
Appearance: Amber orange yellow glass with a long lasting white head. Nice lacing with solid tide marks noting sips. Second pour has a few little floaties in there, hop bits?
Flavor: 10 kinds of hops, but tropical fruit and some slight malt sweetness support the assault. A slight odd/off kinda stale but not bad taste going on as well. The bottle has to be close to 2 years old, but you would think this would age nicely.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light, call it a medium body, with some serious lip numbing going on. Pretty smooth and not overly oily.
Overall Impression: I hit Eleven (11) pretty hard, this one works a little better, possibly due to aging. It seems rounder, smoother, better put together. Where 11 was disjointed, this is more of a complete package. I slightly odd IPA, some different tastes involved, but enjoyable. Drinkability is impaired by the 10% abv, but the alcohol is next to invisible in the taste until it warms a bit, then it is a bit hot. A good celebration of a milestone; Viva Avery!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 04:57:39 | More by HardTarget
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peachy-coppery-gold in hue, there is a very slight haze but it is largely clear. A vaguely off-white head of one finger formed on a hard pour. The retention of this head was fair; it got skinny in the middle and then turned soapy, a bit thicker around the edges. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. I don’t find the nose to be all that hoppy, in fact there is an odd harshness lurking. This worries me a bit; I don’t want this to be an indication of how the palate is going to taste. The main aroma is peach/guava juice mix with an alcoholic twang of course. The hops are second fiddle; they offer a raw bitterness, rinds, and a hint of pineapple flesh. Way off in the distance, doing its own thing, is the malt, weak caramel notes. The potency is not very strong. Inviting enough. The palate is as harsh as the nose said it was going to be. Honesty is the best policy. But for some damn reason these big-ass beers from Avery push the right buttons with me. I taste them and I see almost no redeeming value in them. Hell, I don’t even see any craftsmanship in these beers. Yet, I like them every once in awhile. Just like I prefer the driving range to the golf course on occasion. Back to the beer, this is very juicy and alcoholic, fruity but not outright bitter. I wouldn’t call this an IPA; it just tastes like a mess to me. The alcohol is raw and warm and right up-front, it smacked my tongue as hard as it smacked my brain. The fruitiness is a blend of peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, and guava. Sugary sweet, the caramel malt “backbone” fades away before the finish. The outright hoppiness is low. I don’t know what to make of the taste; it is good but flawed, weak but tasty. The aftertaste is hot, somewhat bitter but more so sweet. Medium in body but too watery, the carbonation is low; overall the mouthfeel is adequate. This beer is not all that drinkable, unless you really enjoy big, harsh beers. I should have split this bomber and I should have had some cheese on hand. Live and learn I guess. It is a “fun” beer to quaff but I don’t have much of a need to re-visit it. The novelty wore thin. I bought a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 20:39:13 | More by bditty187
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light amber almost orange color with a nice white head about a quarter inch high leaving a nice lace. Aromas of spicy and citrus hops, along with zesty lemon, and a light caramel malt. Taste start off initially with a nice caramel, but then moves very quickly to an overpowering sugary sweetness, with some citrus hops, and a little toffee flavor. Following this, this beer continues to be overly sweet and zesty, almost cloying to the pallate. This beer finishes with a slight hop bitterness, but still the sweetness is overwhelming, and the alcohol kicks in at the end. This beer is relatively light bodied with an oily slick mouthfeel. As for drinkability, this is the first microbrew I've had to pour down the drain, for a tenth anniversary I was totally dissapointed, especially considering this was my first avery brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 00:22:37 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty good beer, malt and hops are well balanced with quite a bit of complexity. Malt flavor is powdery chocolate, not unlike a doppel. Hops show up more in aroma and finish with a touch of grapefruit and a mildly bitter finish. Copper colored with a thin tan head. Taste is engaging, but I got tired of it fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 08:07:45 | More by Sixpack595
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aracauna

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly dark amber with a hint of ruby. The head is sluggish and short lived. The aroma has a bit of that old fruit barleywine aroma, but there’s not enough of it there to qualify. There’s a good bit of caramelly malt in the aroma, but very little hops. The malt is biscuity with the caramel and the alcohol never really shows it’s true strength.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 07:40:29 | More by aracauna
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up three bottles of Avery Eleven several weeks ago and had given up hope of ever finding Ten. When I saw it in a beer store last week I had to buy a bottle if only to compare it to this year's version. Since it's a hoppy beer that's over a year old, I have my doubts about how well it has held up. Avery did a nice job with the bottle and label. Very classy looking.

Amberish orange with the same citrus pulp-like floaters that are present in Avery IPA. The head is large, stiff and resembles whipped cream as it falls. Absolutely phenomenal lace; there's a nearly solid blanket coating every square inch of glass. In fact, it looks more like actual lace than any beer lace that I've ever seen.

The nose is pleasantly hoppy, but is a little more subdued than I would like. Again, age is most likely the culprit. I remember seeing the hop bill on the Avery web site, but it's been a while now and I can't remember the specifics. Going by the nose, I'd say that Cascade and/or Centennial have to be present. Alongside the grapefruit and orange zest is a healthy quantity of caramel malt.

I'm not overly impressed with the flavor profile. It's dominated by a huge, sweet, caramel-drizzled, brandy-soaked, cake-like maltiness. As expected, the hops play a supporting role with underwhelming hop flavor and bitterness. They just aren't able to stand up to the onslaught from the malt. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and oily. I generally like big-bodied beer, but this one is so ponderous that I'm finding it somewhat difficult to drink.

Avery brews good beer and I'm especially fond of their IPA. Ten, however, drinks like an experiment that didn't quite work. Ten varieties of malt and ten varieties of hops at a 10% ABV must have seemed like a good idea, but it doesn't make for a very good DIPA. I'm glad that I got the chance to drink it for comparison's sake, but I won't lose any sleep over the fact that it's a limited edition.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 20:41:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine rind malty sweetness in the nose. Peach carbonated hazy slightly murky white look in the glass. Not much head retention at all after the pour. Very very slight white head. Big grapfruit bitterness upfront with some lemon and white pepper in the finish. Big full chewy thick malty mouth (a little too full...) this hurts drinkability a little. (bottled in 2003) Just not all that and a bag of chips.. it's unbalenced and confused in its flavor delivery IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 00:58:13 | More by frank4sail
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abents

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 6/17/04.
Pours a copper color with small white head and some lacing. Smells overwhelmingly of citrusy hops, alcohol, and a grassy outdoorsy smell. Tastes very citrusy with nice bready malt backbone. Almost sweet in the end with nice bitterness rising through. Very interesting mouthfeel as it feel slick in your mouth as you drink it. Very smooth and the high alcohol is pretty well concieved although still blatantly detected. Very interesting and tasty brew. Very nice double ipa from avery. I shall try the eleven very soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 03:07:28 | More by abents
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with foil over the cap. Pours a nice golden, copper color, clear. Minimal head/carbonation/lacing. Nose is full of alcohol, malty and hops in the background. Medium bodied, coating and sticky on the tongue. Complex, flavorful,richly malty, hops come through loud and clear. Citrusy and piney. This is obviously a big and strong beer. Malty sweetness nicely balanced by gobs of hops, 10% very nicely hidden behind all the flavor action. I love the style and greatly enjoyed this take on it. The bottle I sampled was at least a year old, so it seemed to have aged/melded together nicely. Classy and potent sipper. If you can find more of this stuff, buy it and enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 02:53:34 | More by Billolick
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel malt and piney hop aroma, nice and thick, with a splash of alcohol. Small, off-white head fades slowly to a film. Apricot colored beer is slightly hazy with little carbonation. Sweet cereal malt and resinous hop flavor, mildly bitter towards the end. Leaves a coat of flavor on the back of the tongue. Moderate bodied beer, slightly chewy texture. Big beer, almost a barleywine, hops on the bottle are slightly misleading as this beer has a solid malt base.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 04:03:07 | More by HappyHourHero
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a bubbly white head. The smell is citrus and a good bit of alcohol. The taste is a mix of the citrus and grassy hops, without balancing all too much, and a strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. As for drinkability, probably would be too alcoholic and unbalanced to have too many of.

An interesting experiment....10 hop varieties and 10% ABV. This one just doesn't work as it should. Avery has been a standout brewery in my mind, and this one doesn't lower their flag in any way, but doesn't raise it higher either.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 00:07:50 | More by beergeek279
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow and sits a reddish-orange in the glass with a little white head on top.

Smells of hops, caramel and some light citrus notes. A very light malt presence is there, but very well covered by hops.

Taste is highly sweet, yet surprisingly well balanced. Starts out with some caramel and fruity esters (apples, pears, raisins, figs), then moves into hop oil country (Notes on this in mouthfeel). Bitters come in slow and gradually, but come out strong. Citrus and leafy flavors come out in a controlled, bitter finish. A very different taste, but also quite intersting.

The mouthfeel is perhaps the most peculiar thing about this beer. This beer boasts a very large body and feels syrupy in the mouth. Hops oils coat all ends of your tounge and mouth, leaving you with pleasant flavors for a long while after swallowing. Carbonation is light and helps keep the flavors flowing, though it makes it much harder to pick out aromas.

I'd like to be able to drink more of this, but one bottle of this thick, syrupy beer is just so much. The flavor is all there, but the body is a bit strange.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 03:54:01 | More by Skidz
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, light copper appearance. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Retention is average. Lacing comes in patches. Sporadic patches. This one's got some huge caramel malt traits on the nose with a backdrop of citric, piney hops. The caramel malts expoled on the tongue, with a bit of toffee derived malt characteristics as well. The hops add a nice little bitterness and good flavor. Resin, cannabis, pineapple, pine sap...All contribute in minor ways to the hop profile. The mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right amount of prickly carbonation and a nice medium-full body. This is quite enjoyable. Avery is not one of my favorite breweries, but they hit the mark with this and the Czar.

Thank you cokes for this Anniversary Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 03:52:32 | More by Bighuge
Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.