Avery Anniversary Ale - Eleven - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by usualpulp:
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a deep amber color with a nice thick foamy head, which leaves lacing down the glass.
Smells very sweet and hoppy, nice citrus notes as well.
Based on the smell alone I expected this to be a hop monster beer, but I was suprised how well balanced the hops were with the malt. The hops flavors give the beer good complexity, and the malt sweetens it just enough to make the beer go down easy. There is a nice grapefruit taste to the finish.
The mouthfeel was good, slightly thick, but overall good, the beer isnt highly carbonated, but thats not always a bad thing.
Overall this is really a good beer, nice example of what an IPA should be.
08-15-2004 00:22:41 | More by usualpulp
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4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
Appearance This one poured a beautiful, dark orange in color with a tremendous head that showed awesome retention and laced the hell out of my glass. I mean, this head just left its mark like you wouldnt believe.
Smell The big, complex hops are in force. The pine resin, as big as it is, is matched with some giant citrus and huge Cascade-like hoppiness. The malts are cheesecake-rich and soaked in toffee and caramel.
Taste Man, is this big. This is the epitome of the ADIPA style. The malts are huge and extremely rich, the alcohol sharp and unrepentant, and of course the hops are amazingly complex and present throughout the taste.
Mouthfeel This is almost full in the body and will give your saliva glands quite the extraneous workout. Its caramelly sweet, hoppingly dry, and maltishly huge in the mouth.
Drinkability This one sustained the ADIPA flavors from beginning to end. Its a true standard-bearer for the style and gives credence to this fine but sometimes out there brewery.
Comments Thanks to my BuckeyeNation brethren in IA for sending this one all the way out to Seattle. Its not often that we Seattleites are impressed with foreign ADIPAs, but this is incredible.
05-16-2005 02:43:53 | More by RoyalT
4.55/5 rDev +8.3%
Deep amber orange with a nice fluffly, bubbly white head. Nice lacing as well. Dark, dank pine forest seems to have some grapefruit trees growing in there as well. I pick a grapefruit, slice it open and inhale it's citrusy fumes. Sweet toffee and caramel rivers cut through the forest floor. Inhale and be happy.
Sappy, piney hops meld effortlessly with citrusy grapefruit hops as they roll over my tongue. Toffee, nuts and caramel top off this hoppy delight. Perfect mouth puckering bitterness on the back of the palate on the way down. Alcohol is barely noticeable...just a damn good hoptastic double IPA...yum yum.
Creamy, deep body luscious and smooth. So easy to drink. I would gladly enjoy this all night long. I you love hops you simply must get your hands on this brew. I highly recommend it.
12-24-2004 01:45:32 | More by orbitalr0x
3.28/5 rDev -21.9%
The Eleven pours a clear, well carbonated, golden-orange color. It has a big, fluffy off-white head with great retention and lacing.
It has an almost sweetish, piney hop smell, with bready malts and tangerine underneath. The pine scent was very appealing and dominated at first but quickly went to a cloying tangerine smell. The initial aroma rocked but as it warmed, I liked it less and less.
The taste is strong sweet cookie malts and tangerines initially, with a citrus hop finish and a bitter aftertaste. It has a full, creamy palate that coats the mouth after taking a quaff. The 9% alcohol is hidden quite well. Like the aroma, this was pretty well balanced initially, but as it warmed the sweetness and tangerines came out way too strong. Other than the bitter aftertaste, this was skewed much more heavily towards sweet over bitter than I was expecting.
This was a true tale of two beers. My first couple sips of this were wonderful (but not quite in Hercules territory), but I liked it less and less as I drank more of the 22 oz bottle. The cloying sweetness and tangerine in the aroma and flavor became too much for me.
06-07-2004 05:18:39 | More by Beaver13
4.8/5 rDev +14.3%
Dark honey golden with a thick and creamy white head. Smells like a pine tree in my glass.... well, that and some grapefruit and rind. Wonderfully hoppy and bitter. So very freakin good! Bit of honey sweetness in the background. Smooth and medium bodied, decent amount of carbination going on in here, but not too much. This one has good drinkability for the hopheads. I still haven't found anything that has been too hoppy for me, this is just a great flavored brew!
09-18-2004 19:33:44 | More by shapudding
4/5 rDev -4.8%
11 pours a clear, bright pumpkin orange body with a thick and sticky one inch ivory head. Lacing effect consists of thick patching all over the glass.
Aroma is a hop monster. Pine cone, spruce, grapefruit, and orange notes take turns singing my nose.
Mouthfeel is thick and resinous, sticky with hop oil. Medium to full bodied.
Taste, like aroma, is a hophead's delight. Pine cone and spruce flavors eventually soften into pink grapefruit and orange, and some malt character peeks in midway through. This is so thick and resinous, it makes me think of a pureed hops liquore. Alcohol is hidden away in all the hops.
This is a true hops monster, lacking the balance of last year's Avery 10. Still, a very nice, Double IPA that nails the style well enough to earn straight 4's.
11-07-2004 18:54:10 | More by merlin48
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
Bomber bottle, W/ a silver foil over the cap and top of the bottle. Pours orangy, golden and pretty clear, tiny bubble white head, leaves nice lacing. Piney nose of hops and grapefruit rind. Full bodied and strong! Wildly flavorful and bold. This is a tasty elixir. Alcohol present-intoxication certain. I like Avery more and more with every creation of theirs I try. Seek and enjoy.
06-19-2004 03:42:56 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
I mentioned this brew twice today on BA, so I figured it was time to break open and enjoy. A big thanks to absolutesites for this gem.
Pours a beautiful hazy orange w/ two full fingers of the fluffiest tan head I have seen on a IIPA...lace is thick and super clingy.
The nose if full of citrus hops...grapefruits and oranges mostly. Some malt detected but not a hint of alcohol.
Taste is superb...a bitter hop bite w/ slight alcohol showing up in the beginning, but significantly fades as it warms. Carmelized malt very present in its flavor, making it one well balanced double. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable...thick, but not syrupy-sweet and carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability is great...9% allows you to have a couple of these and still be in control...somewhat.
My only compaint is not having this one fresh...can't imagine it getting much better.
04-06-2005 00:00:18 | More by warriorsoul
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-12-2005 00:54:25 | More by far333
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
Metal-embossed apricot under a dense and clingy puff of soiled ivory.
Fragrant of sugar cookies, vanilla frosting, tangerines and iron-tipped pine needles.
To start, it's full of cookie maltiness. Fresh-baked and still soft. Doughy and sugary. Fruitiness gradually enters, then dominates. Cream-covered strawberries and muskmelons and pineapples.
The malt profile is exquisite and exactly what it needs to be for a Double IPA. Dynamic and delicious. Off-setting, and noteworthy, but not overburdoning, heavy-handed, nor barleywinesque.
The main attraction for any DIPA is the hops. And they unfold here just like they should, but perhaps with a little less guster than expectation would warrant. All full of Novocain, pine tar and sugared grapefruit juice. Yes, this is certainly hoppy (and the burps come complete with flames), but it's hardly bitter. At this point, I can't decide if it is so well-balanced that the bitterness is disguised, or if I'd really like this to have more punch. I think that both are true.
Regardless, I'll gladly have this again (and again), the body is full of life and zest; short on cling and sag. Because of this, it remains drinkable well beyond its 22oz container.
Avery has let me down before, but not here. Light years beyond and much more cohesive than its predecessor, 10. Just like the Czar- while it may not be entirely realized and complete (though probably closer here than anywhere)- it simply tastes good. Great, even.
07-02-2004 06:14:53 | More by cokes
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
Glowing orange in color with a thick, white head that leaves a sticky lace on the glass.
The aroma is straight citrus--grapefruit, fruit sugars, and some bright, floral hops. This has really great hops; bright, full of flavor, citrus, nice and bitter, and wonderful.
A beautiful offering, with even a touch of malts in the finish. Warm, and very, very good.
05-16-2005 03:16:30 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
Big hoppy beer, with great aroma and big head. Liked the color,the dark fruit, the yeast. I would have been happy with a bottle of this all night. Rounded edges with malt. I am a fan of this brewery.
Last call at Radekfest 05, thanks for bringing MDS.
04-06-2005 13:42:09 | More by Sammy
4.45/5 rDev +6%
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.
07-25-2005 21:55:22 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Orange with a good sized, bubbly head.
Powerful hop aroma, grapefruit really comes through, smells exactly like what I expect from an IIPA. Citrus everywhere.
Full bodied with little carbonation. A firm grapefruit starts everything off along with a hardly noticable sweetness that stays the whole time. Everything is wrapped up neatly with a nice light bitterness.
Very well done IIPA, the alcohol is hidden well, until you drink all 22 oz.
08-19-2004 03:25:51 | More by Southernbrew
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
Good sized off-white head that left plenty of sticky lace. Copper colored beer.
Big hop aroma with plenty of pine and bits of citrus and floral as well. Malt is buried somewhere underneath the hops.
Big hop flavor; mostly piney with floral and citrus notes as well. Toasty caramel malt backbone falls way short of matching the hops in this one. Hops are slightly resinous, yet this beer is relatively smooth for being the hop monster it is.
Good body to the somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
Good drinkability for such a big beer.
Overall, a good double IPA.
05-20-2004 04:11:21 | More by PhantomVodoo
4.88/5 rDev +16.2%
Paid $6.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.
Eleven is a good hop monster with the best of them. Like Avery's IPA, it's got fantastic hop character and good malt sweetness, just more so. It's not as aggressive as DFH 90-min or 3floyds Dreadnaught, but that just makes it different, not worse. I think it can hold it's own with those masterpieces. If I had another 7 bucks I'd like to buy another bottle.
05-14-2004 03:26:11 | More by benmiliron
3.6/5 rDev -14.3%
Flowery, sprucey aromas. A very pretty golden colore ale with a bright white head. Starts with malty sweetness, then a big blast of honeyish flavors towards the finish and then boom! -- huge hop finish. Excellent lacework down the sides of my glass. This is just what a double IPA is supposed to be -- double the malt and the double the hops. Not very complex, but basically massive amounts of a what tastes like a single grain being played against massive amounts of hops. Finish is quite bitter, despite this I seem able to nearly quaff this beer -- of course my last beer was Alpha King. I'm noticing more typos though; the alcohol is probably hitting me harder than I think.
08-21-2004 04:34:42 | More by marcobrau
4.9/5 rDev +16.7%
As a big Avery fan, I was a little disappointed with the TEN but the ELEVEN is a much different beer.
Just like the Avery IPA, the ELEVEN pours a Golden orange color, with a generous ivory colored head that laces the glass niceley all the way down.
The hops make a big show right out of the gate. This beer is very heavily hopped right up to the point when you swallow and even after that. The hops are agressive, and there's a heavy grapefruit taste as well as a sweet current taste that lingers in your mouth. Not much chance for any malt to come through whatsoever.
The mouthfeel is nice and thick and bursting with flavor. As the beer warms to room temp the aromas and flavors seem to erupt into a sweet, fruity nectar.
I didn't like the Ten because of the sweetness and too many varieties of different and non-complimenting hops, but this beer is definitely a winner.
My praise goes out to Avery for a well crafted and very likable brew.
08-09-2004 00:02:32 | More by mudhoney
3/5 rDev -28.6%
this beer poured a medium copper, slightly hazy. Medium thick very dense head that left no lacing.
Big hop presensce inthe nose and a strong alcohol presence, but I got no other aromas at all. That should have been my first clue.
If a double IPA could ever be boring, this would be it. Lots of hops and little nuttiness, but overall, I was expecting more flavor underneath the hops that just wasn't there.
Next time I'll pass this by on my way to one of the better double IPAs
10-04-2004 01:22:53 | More by oracle
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours light copper/orange with a very dense yet fluffy dirty, white head. Gobs of lace present.
Aroma is pine tress, resin sap with caramel and a biscuity toastiness.
Flavor is a base of caramel and pale malt under a cavalcase of citrus and oily hop hits. Somehwat one-dimensional but tasty.
Mouthfeel is highly bittered with some faint cutting sweetness to it. Bittering is layered and cascading, definitely has some varying steps to it. Nicely done, again little one-dimensional with the exception fo the hop profile.
Drinkability is high. Need to be a diehard hop lover to truly enjoy but this is a good one.
09-02-2004 19:56:15 | More by CRJMellor
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-23-2005 21:17:02 | More by cheers2beers
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
Presented in a 22oz bomber just like the one in the picture; served in an imperial pint glass. This double IPA exuded a coppery hue loaded with fine carbonation and topped with a 1" ain't-goin'-anywhere-soon vanilla colored head. Lots of gooey, chunky lace coated the glass walls. Beautiful...
Even before my nose got down over the glass I could smell the delicious aromas of pine-laden hops, citrusy, juicy hops. Yeah, here there be hops. Also picked up were some lighter caramel and malt notes.
A couple quick tastes proved that a solid phalanx of hops ruled the roost. However, a sturdy platform of toasted malt and caramel flavors provided an excellent counterpoint to all those magnificant hops flavors. The citrusy, floral flavor of the hops cut through right away before the malt aspect came to the surface, albeit briefly. Then the resurgent hops character, this time more sprucey and resinous, slathered the palate in the finish. Alcohol? What alcohol? The %ABV was very well disguised. The feel was medium heading toward full, creamy thanks to all that tight carbonation, and surprisingly smooth.
Avery's Eleven was a nicely balanced double IPA that managed to walk the tightrope of hops vs malt with the hops being aggressively bitter enough without totally trashing the palate. While the ABV is nicely concealed, it can and will sneak it deliver a hard kick in the head. Definitely worth picking up if you see it.
07-06-2004 22:31:01 | More by Boilermaker88
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
Golden as a sunset with a nice had and minimal carbonation. Chunky lacing.
Fantastic blend of hops, piney and flowery.
Soooo good, a smooth blend of big hop taste. Big strong piney hop taste, with a touch of citrus.
Exceptionally smooth, hops blended perfectly.
You can probably tell by the big number attached to my review, something around a 4.3 or so probably, just what I though of this beer. And it is that good. A big beer that drinks like a regular beer, and one I am going to keep my eye out for, and nab it when I can find it. Avery was already on my map, this beer puts it near and dear to my heart.
05-30-2004 22:36:15 | More by hustlemuscle
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
From the bomber pours a hazy copper color with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a while, and there was a nice amount of lace on the glass. The smell was wonderful, big on citrus with a slight pine note as well. This is an outstanding smell for a beer. Taste was not very sweet in the beginning. Good amount of grapefruit hop flavor and good bitterness, but not overwhelming. Seemed slightly oily with all of the hops, not a bad thing. Low to moderate carbonation, which was good with a medium body. Overall, even though this is a Double IPA, it wasn't overwhelming in the bitterness category. Seemed to work real well, even though it wasn;t too sweet. Nice work on this one, happy anniversary.
06-19-2004 22:53:31 | More by Bierguy5
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eleven from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.