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Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top w/nice label; sadly, the bottled-on date has been hopelessly smudged. Poured this one into my grandfather's Belgian chalice. Today we laid that dear man to rest, after a lifetime of hard work and struggle, so I thought that this beer, in that glass, was fitting. Here's to you Gramps, we'll see you in a little while...

Appearance: Pours a lightly-hazy deep golden hue with a beautiful, creamy ivory cap of Belgian lace.

Smell: The ditty online suggested that this beer was hoppy, but I still wasn't quite expecting this. Styrian Goldings and Sterling here bring earthy, fruity, somewhat 'Noble-ish' hop character, and plenty of it. A few swirls bring out light Belgian yeast character and hints of sweet candy sugar, but the hops still predominate. Not at all off-putting, just not what I expected either.

Taste: The taste is a little bit more in keeping with my expectations. There is still a firm, if rather clean, hop bitterness here. This actually feels like a bit more than the listed 33 IBUs. However, under the earthy, herbal hop flavors are more pronounced fruity Belgian yeast flavors, as well as a peppery spice (perhaps from the alcohol?). A solid, clean bitterness smacks you on the finish and lingers surprisingly. This is a hoppy beer, and a bitter beer as well. It's definitely an American take on the style, but it's not quite so far out as to be considered 'out of style'. Intriguing, and somewhat refreshing ,despite the gravity.

Mouthfeel: Light (but pleasant) for 9% abv

Overall: An intriguing take on the style, unique, and a little bit odd. But cool. Kinda like Gramps. The biggest thing this beer has going for it, in my opinion, is that the clean hop bitterness and somewhat lighter Belgian yeast character keeps this dead drinkable (and even fairly refreshing) even at 9% abv. At $7.49 a bomber, I wouldn't pick this up regularly, but might well now and again when I'm looking for a hoppy interpretation of a Belgian style.

B 84-85

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/28/2011. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, earth, floral, honey, clove, light banana, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, floral, earth, honey, light clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, earth, honey, clove, and light yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very well balanced flavors with nice complexity; no cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. Avery does a really nice job on many of their Belgian styles.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat clear golden straw yellow into my DFH signature glass. The head takes a while to build, but when it does it's a really nice, thick fluffy white. It fades rather quickly and leaves a nice bit of chewy lacing all over the glass. Decent carbonation.

S- Buttery caramel, sweet tropical citrus (pineapple, melon, star fruit, mango), and little hints of bitter citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit). I was expecting more banana and clove. It certainly has touches of it, but no where near what most Belgian ales give. Very sweet on the nose! Not really at all what I expect from this style... not bad mind you, but definately different.

T- Just a ton of caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. Hmmmm... never had a Belgain Strong Pale that was anything like this. Not quite sure what to think. No real lemony citrus, barely hints of banana/clove/bubblegum that defines this style imho.

M- Nice caramel sweetness, subtle hints of zemon zest, brown sugar, and tropical fruit. Thick and oily for a Belgian Pale. No real bubbly carbonation. Kinda thick and sweet.

O- Very confused by this beer. It's certainly not bad, but it doesn't really follow what I consider the guidelines for the style. Perhaps it's an old bottle, it wouldn't surprise me here in upstate NY. It was kinda dusty. I'll definately try this one again sometime in the future.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

There's not a lot to be asked of the appearance of a BSPA. Salvation has a golden yellow body that's completely clear. It has 1.5 fingers (or more) of fluffy white head. Thus, it's a good-looking beer.

Unfortunately, Salvation suffers from the problem that most American-brewed Belgian Strong Pale Ales suffer from: an out-of-control yeast strain. Duval, for example, is a textbook in balance and thoughtfulness. Salvation is just overdone. Too much flavor, or better put, too intense. Sugary fruits for days, bubblegum esters like whoa, an aggressive level of hop flavor (that, of course, clashes with the yeast flavors). Flavors of grape must and tea leaves would be interesting if everything (including the booziness) wasn't cranked up to eleven.

The mouthfeel is fine here: able-bodied & effervescent. It's a bit hot with alcohol is its only detriment. But overall, this is an off-the-mark, below-average attempt at a style that not many American brewers get right.

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Photo of BurnInLA
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a golden hue, nice head and has a little lacing.

Floral boquet with the typical smell of that belgian yeast.

Good flavor of fruit, spice and alcohol... it tastes strong.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side which is typical of this style (for the record, Avery calls this a Belgian Style Golden Ale, not a strong pale ale, although it is and does taste strong.)

Overall I think this is a decent beer for the style. It was pleasant, but nothing really stood out. But I liked it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - Cloudy orange golden hue with a two finger head that fades to leave a wonderful blanket.

S - Light belgian yeast and subtle sweetness. Very light.

T - Very light again with light caramel and malty sweetness. Some faint esters and booze. Kind of disappointing.

M - Way too boozy for my liking, mouthfeel is lighter, but that alcohol is hot.

O - Overall, I'm disappointed with this Avery offering. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some very peach and apricot like fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct peach flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I especially like the peach flavor I am getting out of this one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed dark orange brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Surprisingly hoppy with flowery notes foremost which are followed by herbal and citrusty notes. Huge peppery spiciness along with a good amount of clove. Light apple fruitiness. Bready malts and yeast.

3.5 T: Again a strong hop presence for the style, but not IPA level or anything. Flowery, citrusy, and herbal. Again lots of pepper and clove notes as well. Apple and peach fruits. Bready malts. Yeast.

3.5 M: Medium body. Lightly spritzy carbonation. Light creaminess. Smooth.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer. It's missing the complexity and complementarity of flavors that the best Belgians have, but it's entirely drinkable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a light golden color with a trace of copper around the edges, and with a somewhat better than average head retention and lacing... The nose is indeed very apricot-like, but also contains light cinnamon, clove, coriander, and a bit of banana aroma as well. The flavor is very peachy up front with a bit of caramel malt thrown in as well for good measure. Gets a bit alcoholic and solvent-y in the finish but only by a tiny amount which is acceptable in my book. Body is somewhat too thick for my tastes, however, and also somewhat too lightly carbonated. But other than these minor issues it is a worthwhile brew.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from Oct 2011

A: pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a small white head with minimal retention
S: smells sweet and fruity with a bit of alcohol. a little bit of grassyness as well
T: light malt, slight fruitiness, some grassyness, spice and a little sweetness. a bit of alcohol on the swallow with some more fruitiness
M: slightly prickly carbonation, medium to thin mouthfeel and a little dry
O: well done, a little high on residual sugars but plenty of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of nukem5
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped and poured this beast into the glass and like magic a great looking orange amber color with a decent cap of foam that covered the top for a good while.

The aroma consists mainly of sweet fruity and sugary, with a light banana smell.

The first sip reveals a honey clove nutmeg combo, with a fruity yeasty quality about it. Next is a bubble gum flavor with that hunk of banana taste hanging in there.

The body is a wonderful medium to full, nice and warming you definitely know its an elevated ABV. Great feel rich creamy yet constantly beaconing to drink more.

Definitely would have over and over again. Thanks to all at Avery for a great beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty much as expected but not very pale at all more of an amber bright yellow with a hint of orange. Head is a 1/4 inch but oddly quickens to just a light lace ring.

S - Very nice smells of barnyard funk or brett from a distance but up close I get more citrus hops and fruity yeasts. Smells very nice.

T - Quite a mix of flavors I get fruity yeasts mostly tart apple, then citrus hops, then a sort of sweet honey that finishes out with a moderate bit of hops. ABV is nicely balanced as expected.

M - Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall A very nice American take on the style that's dangerously drinkable. Saddens me the only place I found this was Boardman Ohio (Vintage Estates). Great beer.

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Photo of agent2550
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Salvation is a golden color with a brown tint. The head is white and short.

Smells of citris/sour come to the nose first followed by a subtle floral aroma.

Very silky smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation.

This beer has a slightly sweet flowery taste. Bitterness lingers after.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Stella Artois glass. Champagne bubbles with more carbonation in the lacing than head.

Intense flavor of Belgian yeast with celery. The nose is equally intense, with spice cake and floral hops. Surprisingly hoppy with a distinct bitterness. Quite sharp. Lots of spice flavors for some reason, like clove and others less distinguishable. Some kind of fruity flavor, like melon and pineapple. Just surprisingly spicy, like an overdose of cinnamon in the bun.

Interesting to compare this with Unibroue Don de Dieu, which is in the same style. Much less heavily flavored, even though it's brewed with spices and the Avery is allegedly not. 22 oz bottle was $6.99 at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego.

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Photo of Luigi
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear rich golden color with a large white two/three finger head and a small amount yeast particles. The head settles down and retains to a thick blanket (about half a finger) over the top of the ale with plenty of sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of light sweet fruit, yeast, and honey wheat bread. Kind of gives off a white wine aroma in the sweetness yet balances out with yeast and light two-row malt. The yeast aroma is very Belgium!

Sweet fruit flavor like white wine (minus the acidity) hits the palate first. Unlike the pale ales America is used to, this American brewery has held back the dry hop. Thus keeping the focus on the malt and yeast. Which gives a nice light bread flavor and hints of honey along with the Belgium yeast. The hop is a little leafy, but does not dominate the beer. And at 9% abv., Avery hides this very well.

Lightly carbonated, slick on the tongue, yet still light on the palate. Very easy to drink.

This Belgium Strong Pale Ale is a wonderful offering from the Avery Brewery. Just like The New Belgium Brewing Co. AKA Flat Tire to most, Avery has delivered an authentic tasting Belgium Ale that is impressive and well most important... tasty!!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a full finger's worth of head that retains well and brings with it small spots of lacing. The head eventually settles to a 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge and a light sheet of surface foam.

S- Rich and yeasty with notes of spice. Some hop aromas sneak in.

T- Nutmeg and clove notes. A good amount of malt sweetness which is a surprise. Overall, has an even Belgian flavor that's quite nice but not mindblowing. Mild hop bite and traces of funk that's brought on by the yeast.

M- Lots of tang from the spice. Wet and smooth. Medium carbonation.

O- Very pleasing considering the ABV.

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Photo of iSip
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Salvation, 22 oz. bomber: I love Belgian style beers for an after dinner treat. The Avery Salvation fits the bill perfectly. Using my best tulip glass, the Salvation radiates deep amber with a hint of ruby color. Resting comfortably on top is an ample head that lasts to the finish. You expect that wonderful aroma of yeast and bready notes from a Belgian style, and this Avery brew delivers in abundance. But the best is yet to come. Very smooth going down, the Salvation has a wide array of flavorful notes, from apricot and pear to hints of cinnamon and alspice. I greatly enjoyed experiencing Salvation! Bomber size "signature" brews are expensive, but at times are good but not outstanding. The Avery product clears the bar.

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Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Honey-brown, cloudy and mostly opaque. One finger of creamy, cream-colored head drops to a foamy, sticky top layer.

Touch of Belgian yeast, pear juice. Lots of honey, some floral notes, touch of green apple. Touch of spicy hops. Subdued, you could tell this used to be brighter. Still decent. A little oxidized.

Malty. Lots of honey and Belgian candy sugar, alcohol. Toasted biscuits. Floral with roses. Sweet pears, some apple.

Sugary and thick for the style, a viscous medium body. Carbonation is light and electric, alcohol’s fairly high and comes through the nose as well as the throat.

It could be better, but I wouldn’t doubt this is because the bottle’s been on the shelf a little too long. Through the oxidation, however, is a pretty good Belgian. I’ll revisit this one when Avery decides to distribute in Arizona again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 22oz bomber to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a fairly light yellow with a small 1/2 finger white bubbly head with very little retention and mild lacing throughout.

S - A pleasant mix of fruit tones (hints of raisins and plum) together with a mild belgian yeast and sweet malt.

T - More fruity than anticipated, again with the raisin and plum fruity character, not overpowering but present. Light malty sweetness. As it warms the alcohol presents itself. The fruit flavors seem the most dominant but it's well balanced. Mild bitterness.

M - Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Hides the alcohol well. Good beer. not as much character as I'd anticipate but it's easy to put down. I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-27-2011 14:03:27

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden yellow. Short off-white head with weak retention.

S: Apple cider, citrus, pale malts. Nice floral, earthy aroma off the surface.

T/M: Apples, citrus, cider and alcohol on the initial sip. Big, bready, malty body rounds off with honey, caramel and sweeter notes. Yeast, wheat, lemongrass and malty spice. Smooth, Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Nice. Some fascinating, well behaved complexity.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber - thanks to jfam for this one

Appearance - Clear gold/amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, corn, malts, hops, banana, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste breads/wheat mixed with lots of corn and light hops. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a touch of banana and green grapes. It ends with a slightly bitter corn/grain aftertaste.

Overall - Not an undrinkable beer, but also not what I was expecting. It doesn't have enough carbonation and feels way too heavy to be within the belgian style. The taste is fine, but it's not complex at all and seems to have some adjunct qualities. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Thick, whipped cream-like, off-white head. The beer itself is clear yellow with a tinge of light orange.

S - Leads of hops give off a floral, lemon and slight grapefruit aroma. Beyond that is a big wheat malt quality.

T - Surprisingly sweet. Fruity hops, grapefruit and some leather. Very phenolic and woody. Much too sweet for the style.

M - Medium body, astringent and a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Overly sweet, phenolic and messy flavors overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (and foil covering) served into a pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Lightly hoppy, with pleasant yeast, light candied sugar, and potential crystal malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite yeasty - which I love. Some light cream is present on the open and fades. A touch of candied sugar is noticeable and pleasant, but not overstated. Light unobtrusive malted barley forms the foundation, which is simple bet effective, pleasant, and refreshing. It's quite nicely balanced, but a bit simple. Some alcohol intrudes just after the climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick for a golden ale, but it's forgivable. It doesn't get in the way of the nice flavours.

Dr: The alcohol shows up in the flavours, bringing the drinkability down a bit. You couldn't session this. It's a nice little Belgian Golden Ale in spite of its simplicity. I'd have it again either aged or on-draught, but for my money I'd sooner have Russian River Damnation if I'm going to be drinking this style.

Would pair very well with food.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a snifter.

Appearance: Transparent orange-amber, light bubbles. White head, pretty subtle maybe 1/8" off the body.

Smell: This ale wreaks of yum, yeast is evident but not overly done.

Taste: Damn good, that's pretty much it! slightly citrus with hints of pine which obviously make it slightly bitter.

Mouth: I will tell you this...this beer may come off flat to most of you. Light carbonation but with this taste I think a little more would've definitely helped.

Overall: Will definitely be a steady in the fridge Avery Brewing Co might be one of the biggest sleepers in the micro-brewery business but not a sleeper to me. Well crafted beer and that pretty damn good. I hope you all enjoy...Cheers!

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Photo of bonbright7
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite styles is Tripel and this one reminds me of that without the coriander or pepper elements. It looks normal for an overtly alcoholic ale in Belgian ways, but it didn't illicit much head or froth when I poured it into my broad glassware.

The nose on this is very concentrated with sweetness implied, though I couldn't get much more out of it until the taste leaped out. Still, the taste was like the aroma in a very concentrated and narrow range. It painted the Salvation as both heavy and something like liquor.

The mouth feel was interesting for a moment, but the relentless presence of the alcohol made me think of other things to look for in my fridge.

I would like to revisit this one on tap to see if my suspicions were unfounded and to see how it performs in a bar atmosphere against others like it.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.