Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.63/5 rDev +5.5%
Reviewing Opuntia, a sour ale aged in first-use small-batch tequila barrels with prickly pears for 9 months from Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado.
Bottle is dated 02/19/14. Served in an Upland snifter and enjoyed on 06/11/14.
Appearance: Pours a translucent orange-amber color with a thin layer of head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, below average retention. 3.75/5
Smell: Sour pears, lime, grape and agave/tequila! I hate tequila, yet I love this nose! Light oakiness and apple. 4.75/5
Taste: Sour pear, lime and green apple with a sugary sweetness and light tropical fruitiness. Faint agave/tequila (particularly relative to the nose). A touch of oak in the finish with the sugary fruit. Lasting sour pear flavor. So delicious. 4.75/5
Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Nice acidity with a good sourness without being super intense or overly dry and bracingly tart. 4.5/5
Overall: If you like pears and limes, then you must seek this delectable sour out.
Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.
03-18-2014 05:57:12 | More by jegross2
4.53/5 rDev +3.2%
Appearance: Orange, yellow, unfiltered hues. Decent white head the retreats rather quickly to a thin wisp on top of the beer. Similar in color to Bulliet Rye whiskey, except with bubbles and sediment.
Smell: Key limes. The sourness is present but subdued. Not overly tart. No clear sign of tequila.
Taste: Not as tart as I expected-- matches the noise. Nice acidity, subdued sourness, notes of lime, alcohol is not overpowering at all. Tastes like Sour Patch kids. Light to medium body, smooth drinking for a sour.
This really an enjoyable, sessionable sour ale. Which makes it unfortunate that they did such a limited release. I would have liked more tequila notes on the nose and palate, though.
03-27-2014 14:53:17 | More by roastedboulder11
Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.