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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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Reviews: 65
Hads: 413
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 56 | 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:
Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 05-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, bottled on May 2014. Pours ruby brown with a medium frothy, creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and some cola with piney hops.

The flavor is sweet cola, roast chocolate, nutty malts, a little fruit, and big piney, leathery hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent hoppy brown.

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Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, toasty, and fairly robust balanced aroma of malt and hops. Toasted barley malts with big hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Big hop presence for a brown ale with earthy hints of grass and pine. Citrus hints of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Subtle hints of brown sugar. A pretty big balanced aroma that is almost like a black ale.

Taste: Like the smell, a big and balanced taste of toasted malts and earthy hops. Dark toasted barley malts with big notes of toasted bread, biscuit, nuts, chocolate, and coffee along with some toffee, grains, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Big presence of nicely bitter hops with earthy notes of grass and pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Nicely rich and creamy. A pretty good hopped up taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Nicely creamy, chewy, and drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on a brown ale. Big toasty malt taste with an equally big hop presence. Tastes a lot like an imperial black IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Pours reddish brown with a moderate white head. Smell is an amazing blend of toffee, almonds, hops, and a hint of other citrus.

After smelling the beer I was very excited!

Taste is a complex blend of nuttiness an spicy hops. However, it is overwhelmed by a strong boozey/acidic taste that hides the complexities. This beer is hoppy for this style which made the flavor have more bitterness than I expected - but not too bad. The finish did not make this beer very desirable.

Overall I was disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel Republic. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark red-brown with a very durable tan head that leaves patterned, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly hoppy: think IPA. Floral and fruity with faint malts. Good complexity.

Flavor: Mild-moderate bitterness; loads of hop flavor; some appreciated medium and sweet malt balance. Bitterness peak mid-taste rather than in hte finish or aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Some warming.

O: High ABV is partilly hidden. Worth seeking out.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -7%

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.