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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 05-23-2014)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Avery Twenty One
22 ox. brown glass bottle, coded "14160B6 10:25261"
$$7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Avery never fails, and their "Twenty One" is no exception. This "Imperial India-style Brown Ale" is really more "Imperial" because of its girth than it's hoppiness.

The base is a rich but not over-blown maltiness that's softly roasty and chocolatey, as well as directly grain-like. At it's heart it has that barley sweetness that you find in bigger beers like barley wine and old ales, yet it's not full in the mouth... I'd say it's medium-full leaning towards full, but it's also slightly crisp, and then silky smooth. Alcohol, of course, makes its way into the equation as well, giving it a subtly spicy flicker.

It has a solid bitterness, of course, which balances the malt and dries it; and the alcohol helps a little bit as well. It's only 8.3% alcohol but it shows. In certain beers I'd say that that's a defect, but in other beers, such as this one, it's almost a necessary component - without that delicate pinch of alcohol you might find the beer to be somehow dull or lack-lustre. The alcohol livens it a bit, and for an "Imperial" ale isn't that kind of a requirement?

Hops, of course, are also required in an Imperial Indian-style ale and there are plenty of them, but they aren't that aggressive. They don't jump out at you, and they don't overwhelm. If there were any more than what's already there, you wouldn't find the maltiness as it is; and I think, in fact, that you'd find a skewed beer, and maybe a different style altogether. No, this beer is about stability and balance. But what of the hops themselves? Well, they perch atop the malt, giving off a beautifully floral, softly citrusy, and delicately piney essence. If you search you'll also find some fruitiness, although I felt that came through more as a secondary to the malt in the flavor: there I found apple and red berries, backed by light pineapple, papaya, melon, and lastly, guava. Back to the malt, if it were any more roasty or chocolatey I think you'd lose some of the hop character.

As is often the case, the beer changes as you drink it, with the temperature increasing, and your palate becoming accustomed to certain flavors. Initially leaning more towards malt, as it warms that sways over to hops. That's part of its complexity.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and I could see drinking more than one of these in a row (but not two, because the strength will get to you). Nicely balanced! Worth seeking out before it's gone.

NeroFiddled, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As American brewers continue to put a stranglehold on British beer styles, the brown ale is no exception. Imperial strength, drier body, toasty flavor and deep hop bitterness are just a few techniques at the brewer's disposal and Avery is content to use them all for their 21st anniversary ale.

Its dark brown austere promotes the character of statesmanship and masculinity though not quite black or brilliant. And that all carries over to a toasted taste and early aroma that unfolds with coffee, chocolate, burnt toffee and roasted walnut. Burnt citrus, grass and pine waft about and do more than simply balance the early palate.

As sweetness lightens across the middle, the toasted flavors rise along side of the hops for a taste that more resemble porter and IPA at the same time. Bittersweet chocolate edge toward cocoa, toasted bread to burnt toast and resinous pine to campfire. All the while, the taste of citrus peels develop their acute bitterness.

Toasty-dry in finish, the dark ale retains a moderate sweetness to balance the lightly roasted acidity and strong grassy, piney and citrusy bitterness. With mild alcohol warmth assisting to dry, the toasted elements overshadow any residual sweetness with ease.

BEERchitect, Jun 26, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a frothy, medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Predominant hop notes, with aromatic resins, oily citrus peelings, and moist, fresh-cut bitter herbs which, when hitting the nutty, toasty (lightly roasty) malts, gives a spiced woodsy vibe.

Taste: Charred bread crusts housing a little amount of brown sugar sweetness. Slight nuttiness. Grassy, sharply herbal tones, resinous, with supporting pithy tangerine and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Small bits of sugar cookie and tempering sweetness try to emerge, though the beer ultimately finishes dry, resiny, and grassy, with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: For those vehemently demanding a bit more hops in their browns.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Treyphan9, Tuesday at 08:33 PM
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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!!

BlurryVisi0n, Tuesday at 05:44 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

CHickman, Sunday at 10:42 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.