Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - FifteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen

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BA SCORE
81
good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.68% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-27-2008)
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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with gold foil into tulip glass, bottled in April 2008. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color, with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice and thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, pear, lemon, hay, grass, fig, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big apple, grape, pepper, pear, grass, herbal, fig, clove, lemon, floral, bread, and yeast spices. Fairly dry on the finish; with lingering notes of pepper, lemon, bread, grape, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Slight tartness on the finish, but not anywhere near what I was expecting from the aromas. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly crisp and prickly mouthfeel that fits well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming present at all. Quite easy to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is a nice and quite enjoyable spiced wild ale. Good amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. It held up well to age as expected.

Photo of Naugros
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always look forward to Avery's Anniversary Ales. They always bend the boundaries of the style guide and I love to see what style BA pigeon holes each year's offering into. I was betting they'd put this on in the saison category, but went with wild ale instead. Interesting.

Crystal clear amber with a creamy, white, tall head. Unlike most heads, the sides collapsed first, leaving a dense dollop in the center. The lace makes bands down the sides of the glass.

The smell is strong with the figs, smelling a lot like pears. There's some graham cracker, wet hay with the white pepper showing up on top of it all. The taste is very similar with an additional tang. The white pepper strengthens a little, changing the fruit character and masking it a little. In fact, the astringency from the pepper keeps this from becoming a nice crisp fruit beer with a solid measure of tartness. There's also some ash left behind on the tongue and the white pepper dominates the aftertaste. If the white pepper were toned down a bit I think it would be a much better beer.

A bit disappointed in the outcome, but I still applaud the concept.

Photo of zeledonia
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2008. Probably the oldest beer I've ever had; not sure where or why I picked this up, but since it's never to be brewed again, here goes.

Cap pops with a nice hiss; still well-carbonated. Pours a clear, medium golden-straw yellow. Head erupts as I pour, but the big bubbles pop quickly, and it fades down to a nice white cap. Some good gobs of lacing. Big streams of bubbles continue to rush up from the bottom of the glass.

Smells like fruity sweet and sour. Crisp sugary apple sweetness comes as the vanguard, followed by a big wave of lemony sour. It's actually quite good, with both that crisp sour, and the hints of sweetness underneath. Biggest complaint is that I'd like it to be more potent.

Taste is where this beer falls off. It starts out slightly sour, but then gets really muddled. A jumble of flavors I can't place - slightly funky, slightly earthy, grassy. But it's a little like chewing on a big gob of peanut butter - too much all at once, without any clear idea where it's going. Much less fruity and sour than it was in the nose, and with a dry bitter finish that's just okay.

What looked good in the glass does not feel so good when it hits my tongue. Carbonation erupts from everywhere, and I want it to stop. Aside from that, it's light-bodied, pretty thin, and so dry that it's gone in a flash.

Still a good beer, but looks and smells better than it tastes and feels. I suspect it's fallen off since brewing, but I found it quite drinkable even at 4 years.

Photo of cofeeguru
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of ScottyC54
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle a year ago at Oak Tree Liquors in Central New Jersey. A year ago I thought it was a huge find. I went a few weeks ago, and they still had it. I still think it is a great find, and Oak Tree probably bought too much of this brew from a great brewery.

On the pour I expected a far darker beer based on the style and description on the label. It came out as a orange-yellow color. There was quite a bit of fluffy head from the initial pour into my goblet. The head dissipates to a very small amount of foam on top.

I love the smell of wild ales. You get a ton of that spice coming off the top. The hibiscus really comes through here.

This is really one of those cases where the beer smells much better than the flavor. I get a ton of spice and flowers in the smell. In the taste all I get is the white pepper and flower taste.

I appreciate the opportunity to have this beer. However, I guess I didn't appreciate it enough.

Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mcallister
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BRLockwood
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kirch
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of scottyg354
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber. Tiny yet foamy head. Some lacing.

S: Funkiness. Fresh baked bread and spice.

T: Almost complete funkiness. To be honest the funk in this one is a little to overwhelming. There are hits of bread, lemon and yeasty spice ness, but the funk totally over powers these noes.

M: The part that made this beer enjoyable. Fluffy and light. Smooth down the hatch. Typical medium carbonation for a farmhouse.

O: Like I say for all beers, give it a spin. I just think this is way to funky of a brew, but everyone got different tastes.

Photo of alamode
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, very thin lacing around the top. Should I be surprised? This has had some time to sit. Although I missed out on it fresh I think it’s held up nicely. Lots of fruity esters and some spiciness comes through on the aromas. Very full-flavored,with a bite.

Happy belated quinceañera, Avery!

Photo of Beerdregs
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that this beer was bottled in 2008.
A: This beer was still so alive that upon opening foam oozed out of the top of the bottle for a good minute before I got impatient and went ahead and poured it anyway. The appearance was straw colored effervescent looking brew that with ample white head.

S: First thought was "cheesy". But when I let the aroma permeate I also can pick up various fruit essences. Apples or hibiscus? Alot going on here.

T: The sourness from the brett is here but perhaps mellowed out over the past 3.5 years in the bottle. The brett is not as aggressive as the aroma would have you believe. What is left is a wonderful balance of fruits, sweet malt and sourness. I keep getting apples but I wonder if that is the synergy between the hibiscus and figs. This is a fun beer for being a sub 8%.

M: medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation which lends to a very lively experience on the palate.

O: This beer was really fun to drink. I enjoyed trying to pick apart all of the ingredients described on the label. This was a real find sitting in the refridgerator at haskels in woodbury a month ago! Well done Avery!

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
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