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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eleven - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - ElevenAvery Anniversary Ale - Eleven

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 04-23-2004)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
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3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time that I tried this beer, I found it to be a total cacophony of hops. I won this more recent sample in a raffle from Courtney at the Hop Shop in Indy. Many thanks!

This beer totally overwhelms my Duvel tulip with foam despite a gentle pour from the bomber. It is colored with amber and orange and leaves a sticky lace from the top of the glass to the level of the beer. A quarter inch foam remains. The smell is of sharp, spicy hops.

I am once again dissapointed by this beer. I think that although this was a mess when young, it has mellowed far too much for the style. The hops taste spicy and dry. I detect very faint citrus flavors, and none of the juiceiness I have come to expect from this style. The malt is just noticeable. The finish is quite clean for a double IPA, which is actually refreshing. I am putting this down rather quickly, and I know how to guzzle a double IPA. I wish I had procured this about six months ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 06:39:51 | More by Sephiroth
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-16-2013 03:12:17 | More by BillRoth

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-05-2013 20:37:59 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-29-2012 18:23:05 | More by ygtbsm94
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5/5  rDev +19%

01-02-2012 03:42:53 | More by BRLockwood
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one last night, for the first time in about six years. Thanks for sharing Ratman. Lots of sediment in the bottle, but with a pretty careful pour, this one was a fairly clear amber color, with a little bit of head. Clearly oxidized, but a nice malty aroma, with a hint of hops. Pretty nicely balanced, even with the oxidation and very diminished hops. Still a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 21:18:11 | More by emmasdad
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 22 oz.

Poured hazy golden color with medium head that diminished quickly with good lacing.

Complex aroma of hops, citrus and caramel.

Medium body with creamy texture.

Well balanced flavor similar to aroma with a long smooth bitter finish.

Very good unusual brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 16:24:08 | More by tmoneyba
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle.

This one poured a hazy medium to dark amber color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, grapefruits, some floralness, grassy and malts. Tastes follow with a nice sweet and bitter balance. Easy to drink. Mmmm, very good.

Notes from 10/14/04

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:28:06 | More by hopdog
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a hazy orange golden with basically no white head

S : Some sweet malts, faint hints of hops, alcohol

T : Some sweet malt flavor followed by a hoppy bitterness. It feels like it's in the transition from a double ipa to a barleywine but just not quite there yet

M : Low carbonation, medium bodied

D : Probably needs another year or two at this point but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:01:36 | More by mhewes
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used to love this beer when it was released but that was before my reviewing days. Happened to see a large group of these staring at me on the shelves at Party Town in Kentucky so I figured hell lets see what it's doing.

Unfiltered looking russet colored bordering on copper. Head is thick and wooley and leavs sticky large encrusted lacing behind. Huge floaties are looking at me wondering what I'm doing.

Wow...quite a fine nose on this bad boy. Seems to have taken a barley wine aspect to it. Huge sweet toffeed malt aromas with golden raisin and fig appertif. Pure sugar cane, caramel, and still some floral hoppiness with a bit of lemon zest. A wonderful nose indeed.

Well one good thing about an overly malted DIPA is that after the hops are past you still have something reminiscent of a good barley wine, and this brew is just that. Very English barley wine in flavor. Thick mouth coating chewy sweet toffee, milk chocolate, and hints of peanut butter parfait, alcohol is hidden and leaves just a nice bite on the mid palate. Still some nice bitterness from a lovely floral hop agent. Hints of honey, marjoram, herb, lemon, fig, cane sugar, and maple. I really like the way this has transpired and would willingly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 23:15:06 | More by mcallister
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, copper body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Orange blossom honey, lemon zest, light toffee, and a good bit of alcohol fumes.

Taste: Sugary sweet honey and caramel maltiness upfront followed by plenty of strong citrus and pine notes leading into an intense, sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Three years later, this double IPA has managed to age fairly well, with the hops still retaining much of their former potency.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 20:57:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle (bottled in 2004) poured into snifter.

A - Hazy, orangey, copper color with very little head, but what is there leaves lacing all over the glass.

S - A little hoppy, a little sweet, a little musty, and quite a bit of wet paper type smell. Although an off-aroma, it becomes very pleasant when mixed with the sweet fruitiness and the pungent hops.

T - Sweet syrupy like a fine barleywine, but a nice punch of grapefruit hops to keep it tasting a little like the double ipa it once was. This has aged beautifully, there's pepper, pine, citrus, earthiness, and a little bit of subdued fruitiness.

M - Creamy and tingly. This has become velvety smooth during it's three years in the bottle. Fantastic.

D - So drinkable for a 9% beer that has aged for 3 years. An absolutely wonderful example of how some double ipas can benefit with a little bit of age on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 01:47:35 | More by dgfair
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rather hazy copper in color, with a moderate white head, no carbonation noted, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Profound citrus and pine tar hop aroma, with a sweet, honey-like malt note.

Taste: Opens with a strong, citrus hop note, with underlying sweet malt. The hop flavors soon turn to pine tar. The finish is sharply bitter, with the pine tar notes subsuming the sweet malts. The alcohol presence of 9.0% ABV is artfully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made example of a style which is difficult to craft well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 13:51:17 | More by Pegasus
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbub6f.
This is the last in a trade we made.

I cracked this bad boy open for myself in celebration of my daughters first birthday... What a good choice.

Eleven pours a golden copper color with a big, fat, thick, sticky, clumpy, head that left lacing all the way down. The head stayed a good lumpy two fingers for the whole ride.
You can tell right away that this is going to be a hoppy hoppy beer by the smell. There is a little bit of citrussy pine in the aroma as well. I finaly see what it means to have your nose tingle from the aroma.
Wow, I could only imagine how this might of been when it was fresh. That's not to say this beer didn't age well. Spicy hops are the backbone for this treat. Some malt presence shows a little as the beer warms, but it is still hoppy strong. A little alcohol as well as a slight orange flavor show through the piney hops.
Medium boddied and well carbonated. The creamy head on top of the beer makes for a creamy full presence in the mouth.
The alcohol is up there at 9.0%, but I think I can still handle a couple of these bad boys. Drinkable? Yes! especially if your ready for a magicaly hoppy ride.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 23:44:41 | More by BeerRun13
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North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Eleven, one of the best Avery beers ever, pours out a deep autumnal sunset orange with a huge eggshell colored head that is dense and lasting. Lacing is spectacular and clingy.

Aroma reaches me before my goblet does with it's tale of golden malts, scorched sugars, juicey grapefruit and orange, spicey pinapple, and oozing pine sap. Very full, rich aroma.

Flavor exceeds the expectations set by the nose. A big, chewy caramel and honey malt presence backs up a massive rush of juicey hop flavors, mainly tangerine, candied grapefruit peels, fresh mango, crushed pine needles, and light floral notes. Well balanced with no trace of the 9% abv. A damn near perfect IIPA.

Body is big, sticky, and chewy, with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The hops slap you around while your licking your lips for more. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 02:30:50 | More by AlexJ
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in 20 oz. weizen glass.

Appearence: The color is a dark copper tone,with slight cloudiness and pours a creamy two finger head. Leaves a nice lace clinging to my glass.

Aroma: Hops and more hops,with a definite malt presence.Pine sap and candied orange peel.Oh my,my!

Taste: On the first splash that hits my palate, a hop bomb explosion is felt throughout.Even after a year,spicy,sappy,bitter hops dominates this agressive beer.Although hops are very present, there is a nice alcohol and malt balance to go with the punch of orange peel and bitter pine sap.

Mouthfeel: The feel is a wonderful medium to full body.Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: Although huge and flavorsome the 9% abv limits this beer to one or two bottles per session.Definitly a beer to seek out.
Avery was right on the money with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 21:17:02 | More by cheers2beers
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best IPA's that I've ever had. Pours a color somewhere between a rust color and an orange color with a slight haze to it (looks like tiny little pine cones). Great carbonation and head retention. A big robust aroma of malt and sweet, ripe, and mildly tart fruits. A heavy dose of hops bring out strong citrus, herbal, and floral aromas. The flavors are dead on the aromas, just amplified greatly. A big firm and sweet body displays raspberries, mangos, papayas, nectarines, plumbs, and grapes along with a big bread flavor over a bitter, resinous hop character. Hops display pine-ey, grass-ey, spicy, tea-like flavors. Very strong, but not to offend. Chewy body that leaves a sweet, bitter coating that lingers indefinately. Should be a good beer to lay down for a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 18:42:10 | More by BEERchitect
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the glass, Avery 11 is a chilled, hazy peachy sort, no, more of a nutty apricot, how's that? And it's bedecked on top with a sturdy 1/2" scrumptious bubbles. Nice looking ale, very inviting.

Great big fruity bitterness greets the nose. Citrus zest, with tropical tones, as well, pineapple, mango, guava, a very comforting and lively hop aroma, all at once...another reason to urge my lips to meet the glass.

Juicy fruit and bitterness are king once the drink joins the palate, buy it's not too much, at least not to this hophead. Bitter grapefruit mixes with sweet mangos....full bodied, full flavored, but extraordinarily drinkable.
Yow! This is my kind of IPA, wonderful flavors, not too bitter, just enough...the bitterness lingers in the mouth just long enough before fading a touch.
I like it, I like it a lot!

much thanks go to oracle for the trade! I'm very glad to have the chance to get this one in me! Yum!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 02:57:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Avery "11" Double IPA

Deep, hazy, golden goodness in a glass! I can almost picture myself flying in a plane above the rugged troposphere that is the head atop this beer. Smell is all about the hops, very citrusy and floral (can something SMELL juicy?). This is an aggresively hopped beer. Well over a year old now and the hops are not only present, but dominate the taste of the beer. Fairly light in body for such a big beer, drinkability is good. The mouthfeel was amazing thanks to the silky, rocky head which remained throughout the entire glass. Finish is bitter and acidic (think apples). Happy 11th Avery!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 00:59:53 | More by TripelJ
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apple cider colored with a frothy white head. Aroma is inviting citrusy hops and cinnamon, with some alcohol rising out as well. Flavor is rich right upfront, sweet fruit and thick malts, just shy of cloying. This is followed up right away by chewy citrus hops with undercurrents of marshmallow and cotton candy. Some cinnamon and ripe yellow pear mixes in and out, and a piney/orange peel hop tingle lingers. The alcohol is surprisingly understated throughout, and shows itself only slightly in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and full. A tasty beer, perhaps just a tad on the sweet side. Thanks to Brent for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 00:54:25 | More by far333
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy golden amber with a HUGE moussy, tight bubbled head which erupted to the brim of the glass and coated it on the way down. The head took forever to fall and still left a shaving cream like mountain on top till the bitter end.

The aroma was fruity as the head fell back with some yeasty components. When the head finally fell back the aroma yeilded a nice caramel coupled with some floral notes and a nice fruity quality. Also present were some higher alcohol phenolics.

The flavor was muted hop bittering and muted carmel. The malt and hop balance was well done, but did not create an outstanding flavor. The bittering was tinny and acidic and contained a metallic note. While bitter, the beer really did not shine with complexity.

The finish was not quite dry with some caramel maltiness and bittering lasting and drying into the afteraste. The body was just at the brink of being full and well done. Not a bad double IPA, but missing complexity in the flavor. A good effort, but nothing to seek out.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 23:14:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sure glad I got a hold of this. poured a nice hazy orange with a nice size light tan head with a lot of lacing. aroma OOO those hops those wonderful hops, caramel, a nice touch of lemon, and orange. flavor a nice smooth creamy hop flavor, with a nice touch of caramel and orange, and a bit of honey. good beer

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 01:19:20 | More by walleye
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery's Eleventh Anniversary ale, a Double IPA, delivers a just slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a full head of frothy "antique" white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some thin rings and splashes of lace about the glass. The nose is enticing with bright notes of citrusy and piney hops (orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine), summer fruit (peach, melon), and sweet malt. It's delicate carbonation gently tickles the tongue, and it's medium-full body is viscous, slick, and smooth across the palate. A beautiful combination of sweet malt and fruity, citrusy hops appears upfront, and then quickly gives way to more piney hop flavors and a bold, rising bitterness. It finishes with a fleeting tide of sweet malt and hop that gives way to lingering bitterness and piney hop flavors. Quite nice! One of Avery's best... I hope to see this beer put into more regular production one day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 21:55:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Milky hazen bronzed peach. Densely fought light beige cap of medium stature is raised from an average pour. Whimsical lacing in droppingly curtainous strings. Keeps a slight skim and collar as its consumed.

Simple, delicate, balanced, and playful aroma of moderate caramel candy chews and highly sweetened pine-sided hops with a squeeze of lemon splashed orange marmalade. Oily hop heat emerges as it warms with a tinting of cinnamon leaves and peach pits.

Flavors mirror the wonderful display in the aroma nearly perfectly. Very nice renditions of fresh, soft, chewy caramel with sliverings of orange tingles upfront. Middle finishes the caramel with more of darker toffee roast, cinnamon sugared doughnuts, and slightly burnt citric hops of peach, orange, and pineapple. Finishes with a medium and moderate leveled bitterness of pine sap with creepings of toasted orange and grapefruit juices. Mixes lightly with left over caramel thats been a bit abused with a rougher edged, almost torn or scorchyness to its profile. Partial light drying takes on a small leafyness in the hops. But it stays well balanced with more of a toasted/scorched finish of both the caramel and the citrusy stuff and the bitterness. I tend to taste a lean towards the caramel throughout its character though.

Feel is super clean and well balanced in a light to creamy medium body. Hoppyness is actually low ended, yet active enough for some attention, as is the heat and the bitterness. But the flavors are sweet and fun with a fascinatingly smooth absorbtion. Goes down very, very easily. Slippery and quenching. The 9% is hardly evident. A reminscent clone to a Stone brew with a tad lighter body. Good stuff and slides down with amazing ease.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 01:31:53 | More by tavernjef
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2004 bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a hazy golden copper with a mammoth rocky off-white head and tons of beautiful lacing. Nose is bursting with grapefruit and citrus hops, caramel, apple skins, and pine. Taste is dominated by dry flavorful pine and citrus hops with a strong caramel and toffee malt keeping it from becoming overbearing. Just a slight hint of the alcohol begins to creep in halfway through the glass. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, this beer is a pleasure to drink. An exceptional double IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 22:21:06 | More by cubedbee
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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eleven from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.