Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty OneAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 05-23-2014

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Ratings: 406 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Beerswag
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Malty, and Carmel notes, Heavy mouthfeel, some licorice,
vanilla, a bite of hops which quickly disappears on the end. A bit heavy mouthfeel, and lacking balance. Smooth, and sweet tasting, lots of carmel, roasted malt, grain, and low carbonation.

Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with with a bit of piney hop. Scents of brown bread. Not a real aromatic beer.

Starts out mildly sweet and fairly malty. Medium bitterness and mildly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent hoppy brown ale.

Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed withTwo-row barley, Chocolate malt, Caramel 120, Honey Malt. Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo. Dry-Hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook
ABV: 8.3%
Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep mahogany, forming a nice yellow head with very good retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. Beautiful looking beer. The nose is great. Lots of fresh dry hops with pine, grapefruit on top of a nice fruity fermentation (apples, cherries), honey and a distant touch of roast. The mouthfeel is big, smooth, slightly cloying, rich. The taste is great...opens with aggressive hop flavor, followed by the cherries and apples, then a touch of carob, and finishing with leather and a touch of toast, more hops, more fruit, and a moderate piney bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

A nicely done anniversary ale. One bottle is plenty for one person, as it's quite rich. Avery does a great job and I wish them the best at their new facility. They brew some great stuff!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of beige head. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of hazelnuts and amber malt. The flavor is strongly comprised of hazelnuts and amber malt. There might be some piney hops but they are overwhelmed by the hazelnut and amber malt intensity. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

Photo of metsfan1
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to like this one but its too malt forward, more like an east coast IPA. The nose is nice and has a nice nutty finish.

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

delicious hoppy brown ale...I love a good brown ale and I love a good ipa....this is a perfect hybrid between the two styles...plenty of hops... not too bitter and the right amount of malt to balance everything out
overall a hell of a india brown ale and one of the better examples of the style out there

Happy 21st Avery...Cheers!!
Heres to 21 years of delicious beers and to 21 more...

Photo of Emart2500
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer ironically was a 21st birthday gift. Brown ales have never been a favorite. Smell of coco, choclate, coffee and rich dark fruits. Decent mouthfeel, the hops are subtle but do complement the malts. Overall fair beer.

Photo of ajm5108
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No real standout flavors and seemed a little bland...mostly nut, burnt caramel and a faint coffee and even a little tobacco...good hop / malt balance but overall pretty flat, needed one of the flavors to stanc out more.

Photo of hip2hops
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one defies categorization. "Imperial India-Style Brown Ale"? Imperial, yes. Brown, very! Not so sure about "India-Style," except for the pic of the Taj Mahal on the label. Nevertheless, a sturdy malt backbone with enough hop zing to beg repeated sips all the way through 22 ounces of a very interesting brew, quaffed from my trusty Southern Tier tulip. Thank you, Avery, and Happy 21st Birthday!

Photo of ghostwalker
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Body is dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick finger of tan head.

Nose is earthy and bitter. This one is neither a citrus bomb nor a pine tree.

Flavor is stoutly bitter, with a solid malt backbone. Reminds me of toffee or caramel in the dark sweetness, but the profound bitterness on the finish dominates.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick with a tooth-stripping finish.

Overall, a solid drinkable brew. Glad I am having this one on a cold winter's eve, it is pretty warming!

Photo of MarkQ617
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a 22 poured into my usual mug, my second review of an Avery beer. I found the color to be lighter than others, more of a chocolate brown with a lighter head than I would have expected. The taste was a mix of spices, rye bread, mad slight toffee notes. The flavor was actually fairly mild, which was surprising given the alcohol content. Pretty good, I guess I was expecting something a bit more robust.

Photo of Fcip78
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imperial brown ale - a triumph. Plenty of malty bite with a hop twinge.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Now Avery can order an Avery at the bar. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark midnight amber-sienna topped by two fingers of khaki foam. The nose comprises dry caramel, fig, dark bread, musty grapes, light treacle, and a vague mix of spices. The taste mostly brings in more of the same, though the treacle is now bitterer, and there's a bit more stonefruit notes. Not sure where any of these came from, given the style, but whatever, I guess. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, to say the least. Rather than a hoppy brown (I ain't callin' it an "India Brown" anything, daggummit!), I got something akin to a brown spiked with a healthy Belgian yeast and some spices. Weird. Not too bad, though...

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottled May 2014

A: poured into a nonic pint to a barely translucent brown with some red highlights and topped by a two finger dense and rocky light tan head that is slow to fade and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of dank, resinous and oily hops with some pine aroma. slight toasted malt aroma but it's very well hidden
T: taste is toasted malt and citrusy hops plus some pine resin. slight malty sweetness but a lot of bitterness. a little brown sugar in the middle but the hops provide a nice balance and there's some woody flavor. swallow is roasty malt with some oily pine hops and some lingering citrus
M: medium in the mouth with soft carbonation and a oily hop finish that keeps things from drying out
O: Probably a little too heavily hopped for a brown ale but this beer has it going on. Even after almost seven months this beer still brings a lot of hop flavor. There's still some solid complexity and the flavors are good as well. Avery's yeast doesn't seem to attenuate very well so there is still a good amount of sweetness to this beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a brown body with one finger head and an aroma that is more hops than malts but the earthy, citric hops don't overpower a roasted, bready, malt base.
More of a brown IPA than a hoppy brown ale, the dominant taste profile to me is the dirty, citric hops, while not unbalanced, do overpower the roasted and more bready, nutty malts (no real sweetness coming from these malts at all).
Finishes with a dry, crisp, even bitter finish. Not a bad beer and at times it was an enjoyable hoppy beer, but the malts and hops never really come together and it's just an alright beer.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown beer and I'm pretty sure it's clear... Two fingers of tan head, slimmed but never departed; some spattered lace down the glass trailed behind...

S: roasted brown malts - a distinct and earthy aroma - hints of deeper pine resins and moldering fruit; herbal accents, brushes with something medicinal...

T: the rich brown malts are immediately assertive, but followed soon thereafter with muddled hops of citrus and pine, all browned and mellowed, conjuring a rustic character; sugars are brown and molasses, perfectly applied...

M: smooth and warming; mellow but with a spicy brown edge; medium-bodied, mildly carbonated; great drinkability...

O: I liked this plenty, but since I prefer hoppy pales to malty browns, this may skew my review. Perhaps it appeals to some specific taste in me, as I seem to be far above the norm in my review. Only one way to find out.
Recommended. Give it a try...

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, a touch of caramel and a light hop spice.

The taste offered a clean roasted malt, charcoal, and a neat herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a superior dry, hoppy ale.

Photo of BethanyB
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: When held to natural light, clarity, a frenzy of carbonation, and garnet highlights are visible, but the dark mahogany color of this beer makes it otherwise look opaque. The beige head is pleasantly thick and creamy.

Smell: Caramel sweetness is nicely balanced by toasted malt and a generous helping of resinous, citrus, and herbal hops. Gentle notes of medium roast coffee and milk chocolate waft in from the background.

Taste: Roasted malt serves as the foundation for much brighter flavors. The taste matches the aroma--a complex, yet well balanced spread of butterscotch, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and plenty of zesty C-hops. I'd call it a roasty Imperial IPA, a style of beer that could become a fast favorite of mine if made with this level of panache. Avery Brewing Co. refers to this beer as an "imperial-India Style Brown Ale," and the taste tells me they've met their goal.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet medium-bodied, this is a sipper that's not too heavy. Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish help the wonderfully complex flavors to shine.

Overall: Avery makes my favorite Imperial IPA , Maharaja, and this anniversary beer is just as good...actually, it's better. It's very similar to the Maharaja, but with some hearty toastiness that brings more balance to the sweet and tangy, and also makes it perfect for colder weather or a cozy indoor evening. Ready to buy another bottle!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few strands of lacing are left.

3.5 S: This sure is interesting. Citrusy, floral, and slightly herbal hops stand out. The citrus is pretty nondescript. Meshing surprisingly well is a toasty nuttiness from the base.

3.25 T: Taste is hop forward as well. This time there's a big orange and lemony citrus component that tastes almost like a sweetness. Floral behind that. Moderate to heavy bitterness. The base beer gets somewhat lost underneath. The nutty toasty flavors are much harder to find.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a bitter finish.

3.0 D: Can't say I'm a fan of this. I'll give it that it's better than most black IPAs, but it's still a grouping of flavors that don't work together.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A real down bubbly brown with a an equal bubbly head (rising maybe 1/3" at bet with a vigorous pour). Body is slightly opaque looking pretty tough.

Smell: Strong hoppy scent, but not your usual IPA type of scent.

Taste: Comes off a bit nutty almost like sweet cashews with a malts galore creating a pure complexity.

Mouth: Has a high carbonation in my opinion and pretty sticky if you ask me.

Overall: Monster of a beer, would buy it again as long as I can find it. Adds a twist to what a DIPA or Brown Ale should be and is especially a special hybrid which i will always carry in my heart. Cheers and enjoy... Salud!!

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a mini 8 oz tumbler.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Brown sugar dominates the nose and works great with the piney, earthy hops. Almost borders on barleywine territory although the alcohol presence isn't really there.

T- More brown sugar sweetness plus some molasses and raisin. The hops are somewhat subdued but still provide a solid bitterness to complement the sweet malt. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Great hop burps.

M- Slightly creamy but still sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Just about every anniversary beer from these guys is awesome and this is no exception. Great malt/hop contrast. Highly recommended.

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours very dark brown color with 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left really good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Smells of molasses, brown sugar, piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, cocoa powder, roasted grains and coffee beans. Nice mix of malt and hops with good balance and roasted notes coming through the sweetness of the malt and hop aroma combo. Tastes like it smells, with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, piney hops, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, caramel, cocoa powder, roasted grains, coffee bean, leafy spices like tea leaf and pepper. Very tasty, smooth and easy to drink, this was a lot more hoppy than most brown ales yet still maintained the nice malty base and rich sweetness that makes for a solid brown ale. Really good brew and very above average for the style.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Review taken late June 2014.

Brown bomber style bottle with the usual foil found on Avery bottlings this being a brilliant silver with that great Avery logo. Label is simply Avery in style and artwork displaying the Taj Mahal as the main focal point. A beautiful label from Avery and falls in line with a lot of their other artwork. Poured into a short, stemmed tulip style snifter.

A - darkest of browns and damn near soft black yet for the array of reddish brown streaks gleaming through. A deep and dark brown side of mahogany in the light. Nice size to the head on the pour settling to a beige to off tan ring of lace leaving good stick.

S - a toasted malt character to start followed by some lovely notes of chocolate, burnt caramel and sticky toffee. A slight whiff of mild coffee grain. Pine like hops let off a big aroma of herbal and dirty pine notes finishing with a candy like burnt walnut note especially as it warms.

T - roasted brown malts and toasted bread notes kick things up. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel and toffee provide a semi sweet balance with the pine like hops giving you a punch you will no less want throughout the experience.

M - leaning on full bodied with a nice thickness and mouth coating texture. Flavorful and pure American in style.

O - a very nice imperial brown ale. It seems American craft brewers have all but solidified the massive brown ale and made it their own yet keeping in tact the roots of what a brown ale is all about. This is a nice anniversary offering from one of my favorite breweries. Just a nice big imperial brown ale.

Photo of HuskyHawk
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This pour a nice brown/amber red color. It's not porter level darkness. Smell starts with citrusy, grapefruit hop flavors and then adds some roasted dark toasted smells, like you'd expect from a Brown. The flavor is an intriguing mix of caramel, roasted nutty brown ale flavors with bright citrusy hops and bitterness. It's not dissimilar from "black IPAS" or certain "RED IPAs" and really lands somewhere in the middle as a flavor profile. It's a nicely made beer I would be happy to enjoy again.

Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%

"Imperial India-Style Brown Ale" per the label. No idea what that means, but okay - I'll review it as a hoppy brown ale.

Bottled May 2014. 8.30% ABV. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass BOTTLE with silver foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served into a snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like the brewery, but I'm very suspicious of the style description.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Off-white/pale khaki in colour. Aptly thick. Nicely creamy. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Has a nice even consistency and a nice complexion. Light inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark caramel-amber of average vibrance. Understated, with a light richness. Translucent; quasitransparent.

No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Caramel. Amber malts. Vague fruit. Herbal hop notes. Lightly nutty. Some hop resins. Light toffee. A kiss of pine. Ripe citrus peel. The grassy hop character eclipses any brown ale notes - including the faint nuttiness, suggesting an overhopped brew with an underutilized malt base. The British leanings are evident, but ultimately this is an underwhelming aroma of below average strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

If we're really considering this a brown ale, I'd like to see more intense, deeper nutty aromatics, and less of a dry toffee-ridden character.

TASTE: Maltier than anticipated. Amber malts, brown malts, caramalt...it's never too sweet, but it is too malty (even for a regular brown ale, never mind the imperial India-style nonsense.) Of course, it's quite hoppy for a purported brown ale, with grassy notes, resins, a bit of pine, and vague fruit. Has a light toasted character as well. Overripe citrus peel works its way in, to the beer's detriment.

I have to say, it's a bit scattered. The overhopping does not suit the dark malt base at all, and what I look forward to in brown ales - the nuttiness, the rustic brown malts, the clean yeast-devoid British feel - is absent here. The toffee is poorly executed, failing to evoke the finer chocolatey notes of toffee but bringing all the rough bitterness. I find it too bitter, which ruins the balance, and I'm not sure what they're after with the strange unbecoming citrusy notes.

It's a clash of too many hops with a neutral dark malt body, and never feels balanced or carefully executed. It lacks intricacy and subtlety, and is far from gestalt. I wouldn't call it cohesive per se, but it's not a mess.

Not yeasty or boozy, though the alcohol isn't all that well concealed.

TEXTURE: Strangely dry and coarse on the palate, with an unpleasant roughness and irritating scratchiness. It drags on the palate, lending the beer a poor overall presence. This texture suits neither the style nor the flavour profile well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: I was skeptical going into this review just given the purported style, and the beer was as underwhelming and imbalanced as anticipated. Avery makes some great brews, but this is by no means one of them. I'll finish the bottle alone with difficulty, and wouldn't encourage friends or trade partners to pick this one up. Not sure what they're after with this one, but I hope they'll stick to something more in their wheelhouse for the next anniversary offering - a sour or high ABV imperial stout, perhaps.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.