Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.91/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into an Avery snifter. Enjoyed on 6.10.14, reviewed from tasting journal.
The beer pours a hazy, light amber color, hues of gold and copper with a thick, frothy, white head, a nice finger or so that has good retention and yields a high amount of lace. The aroma is very fun, potent tequila barrel, chewy oak, citrus, pear, strong funkiness and a surprising amount of malt. The balance seems fine, but it's just a very unusual combination of flavors for a beer, even a wild ale. The flavors are similar, more funky up front with a stronger malt presence as well, plenty of chewy oak with lots of citrus and tropical fruits, prickly pear is easily noticeable, while the tequila barrel is quite prominent towards the end, sweet agave flavor comes out but thankfully it lacks the booziness of tequila. The mouthfeel is nice, zippy, lively and bubbly that coats well with just right amount of carbonation and an easy, soft, finish that leaves just the right amount of pucker.
Verdict: A very fun wild ale from Avery, bizarre, creative, interesting, but more importantly, successful. The flavors are balanced, complex and very peculiar. The brightness and the tropical flavors are quite enjoyable and the adjuncts and barrel treatments isn't distracting at all. Kudos to Avery for their ambition here, it paid dividends.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 04:09:41 | More by kevanb
Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.