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Opuntia - Avery Brewing Company

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Opuntia
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.82%
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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spoony

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-30-2014 15:11:41 | More by Prospero
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

04-28-2014 11:25:41 | More by BrownAleMale
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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Virginia

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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

4.5

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.31/5  rDev -2%
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
Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.