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Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company

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Opuntia
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-01-2014 18:32:04 | More by Sammy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With as much of a wine character as it does of beer, Opuntia resonates with tangy and dry chardonnay, Belgian-esque earthy maltiness all packed into a cocoon of brilliant tequila and floral arrangements.

And those wine-like tones speak to the eye as its rosy golden appearance casts the most dainty of haze. A thin ribbon of cottony foam encircles the glass and scatters nearest its center and hangs on for most of the session.

Sharp aromas pierce the olfactory senses with utmost tangy tartness of lemons, limes, under-ripened oranges, sour grapes and crab apples. Its vinous aroma invites soft horse hair, saddle leather and cellar-like must while a background of agave and prickly pear offer a delicate fruit tone- similarly of orange blossoms and honeysuckle.

Stripping the mouth completely, the beer's acidity bypasses its wafer-thin and timid honey sweetness and slices through the thirst with dried citrus peels, sour grapes and chardonnay dry taste. Finishing sourish, a dry taste invites woody and winy character but with tepid cider notes. The bulk of its agave and prickly pear delicacy is reserved for the finish and aftertaste; as its musty bite recedes.

Its incredible dry mouthfeel absorbs the thirst and waters the mouth as its dry white wine acidity entices the palate with its mild astringency to accompany its souring pang. Its dry path closes with powdery oak and peppery warmth.

The beer's ability to deliver high flavor, power and complexity is remarkable, despite its moderate alcohol and its straight forward "wild" character than never really reaches across the sour fence.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 18:01:34 | More by BEERchitect
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-25-2014 00:18:51 | More by JAHMUR
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 19:26:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-20-2014 22:29:20 | More by XmnwildX12
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-25-2014 16:16:30 | More by MarkyMOD
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-18-2014 20:30:15 | More by drummermattie02
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Gobzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-04-2014 07:28:52 | More by Gobzilla
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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-04-2014 17:43:52 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-26-2014 03:03:11 | More by Axnjxn
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New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

06-11-2014 01:45:04 | More by BGsWo22
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-11-2014 02:21:53 | More by eawolff99
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-07-2014 23:10:08 | More by petermethot
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crobinso

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-10-2014 00:19:18 | More by crobinso
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange and pretty clear with light sediment and a fizzy, quickly diminishing head. Tropical, fresh aroma of tart fruit, sour notes, light oak and a touch of tequila. Similar flavor, juicy, fruity, tart, sour and lightly sweet. Medium body with a nice puckering feel and a lasting finish. Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:17:37 | More by jbaker67
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-12-2014 17:56:41 | More by akang
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jegross2

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Score: 96

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 05:57:12 | More by jegross2
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

06-11-2014 15:09:27 | More by vonnegut21
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-10-2014 16:43:21 | More by hiphopj5
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-23-2014 04:59:03 | More by jkball01
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spoony

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 02:37:17 | More by spoony
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-08-2014 17:14:36 | More by carteravebrew
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-27-2014 15:28:18 | More by AdamP
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-08-2014 13:12:14 | More by IndyDad
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Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.