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Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 59
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.65% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged 9 months in Tequila Barrels with prickly pear juice added.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014)
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3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 2/19/14.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, agave, tequila, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and bubblegum flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of prickly pear and tequila aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

pour is lightly hazed copper with a white head. Nose is fruited, pear is light, hint of kiwi, sweeter, faint tequila and grain notes. Taste is fruitier, tequila is faint. Pear comes through more in the back with a moderate tartness. High carb and light body.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Had this at Hamilton's along with other Avery sours. This one blew me away. I don't normally think tequila barrels and sour work well together but this one is executed really well. Excellent complements with the prickly pear almost tropical. Just a pleasure to drink start to finish. Even has some lactic finish in the mouthfeel which I really dig in a sour. Would buy a case of this in a heartbeat if I could find it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - A very interesting fruit aroma. I don't smell much prickly pear on a daily basis, but it smells like it's in the cactus family. Faint tequila aroma.

Taste - Lots of fruit. Like the smell. A fruit cactus flavor. A vegetal flavor that isn't unpleasant. Seems to fit. Citrusy. Pleasant sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - I didn't expect to like this. The tequila is present and not unpleasant, which is quite a surprise.

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Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.