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Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 56
Gots: 26 | 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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3.66/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

kevanb, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- quickly dissipating head, pale cream-colored... Orange-colored body with a haze. Thin lace above the body. Visible heavy carbonation.

S- Peachy and and cherry-like. Bretty, horse blanket and earthy, and a big sour aroma. Slight caramel aroma.

T- Vinegary on the taste, something vegetal that reminds me of celery or a fresh salad. There's a touch of lemon at the finish.

M- Tart and sour at the same time, at times sweet and grainy and it has a vegetal texture. There is acidity here but it won't destroy your mouth.

It's like no other beer I've had for the vegetal quality. It's not an offtaste but rather a bold turn. I enjoyed.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 13, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated April 27, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of off-white head with decent retention. There is no lacing on the glass as I drink. The beer is murky with some visible carbonation. It is honey-golden in color.

S-The beer smells pretty sour with lemon, lime, and green apple flavors. It smells more sour than I remember it smelling when I first tried it on the day of the release. Anyway, there is some overripe fruit that I assume is the prickly pear, although I don't think of prickly pear as I sniff, with touches of oak and tequila. Unique, for sure.

T-The taste tracks the smell mostly with sour flavors like lemon, lime, and green apple balancing against the sweetness of the prickly pear flavor. Lurking underneath it all is a healthy dose of tequila and slightly funky oak. It is very interesting and true to the label, but I'm not sure that it is my favorite combination.

M-The feel is slightly heavy for a wild ale with semi-creamy carbonation and a wetness on the finish.

O-The tequila barrel and prickly pear definitely come through, which make for an interesting beer. While this is a good beer, and a creative one, I'm not go-go-ga-ga over it. I have a few more in the cellar and I'll be curious to see how they age because the bottle that I reviewed tasted different than I recall the bottle tasting on the day of the release (although I didn't take notes on that earlier bottle). Any, props to Avery for busting out the tequila.

spoony, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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miggs3030, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the more unique of these barrel releases from avery. thanks to drlovemd87 for bringing it by. the color is hazy amber, light, and there isnt much head or visible carbonation. the aroma here isnt particularly enticing either, for me at least. heavy on the tequila, fresh juicy agave, oak, and that classic watermelon jolly rancher candy vibe, sugary before its sour. the flavor is far superior to the smell, the tequila takes a back seat to the cactus flesh tasting prickly pear, which adds only a little sweetness and a lot of character that is fully compatible with the tequila flavors, which have a touch of smoke, and also mesh nicely with the sourness, which stays on the front of the tongue but is rather intense. the oak mellows things and gives just enough sweetness to an otherwise dry beer. it could stand a little more carbonation i think, but its medium body and soft overall feel allow the tequila flavors to stand out, as well as the prickly pear finish to last a little longer than it otherwise might. not overly sour, but robust in that regard. complex, but not muddled. its layers of flavor, sequentially arranged and contributing equally to the overall product. all of these beers in this series have been unique, but this one may take the cake. best use of a tequila barrel in a beer i have seen, although i suspect the quantity of ones on the market is about to ramp way up. outstanding beer, expensive, but worth it for the experience.

StonedTrippin, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Golden sour clear as day. Medium lacing.

S- I get agave, or cactus more so than tequila presence which goes 50/50 with a golden sour funk smell.

T- Again, more agave than tequila. They must have used some good tequila barrels. (Just read the label; prickly pear was added which is the dominant presence). Decent sour background. Not to impressed with that.

M- Thin golden sour with medium carb. This one is more negative in the M.

O- I thought I would hate this beer considering how sick I got off of tequila in high school. The only tequila that I get is a minute after the taste. Def give it a try!

gueuzedreg, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sammy, Jun 01, 2014
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Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.