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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - TwentyAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: watsonmd on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 523 | Reviews: 91
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, yellow-gold body with a solid inch of off-white foam up top.

Smell: Twenty is hoppy on the nose, smelling of guava, papaya and varied citrus fruits with underlying earthy herbaceousness. Sugar-coated pale malts underneath. Small shake of liquor gives a sense of implied warmth.

Taste: Honey and sugar-toned pale maltiness, a little sweetness of whipped syrup. In comes the tropical, charmingly citrusy hops while also being floral and a tad earthy. Moderate bitterness imparted. Lightly warming. Dry, bittersweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel has a bit of stickiness to it.

Overall: Some sweetness, certainly some bitterness, a bit of heftiness and some warming alcohol. Falls a bit short of Maharaja.

Photo of 1withself
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Imperial IPA I've had thus far.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"What else? What else would you expect from us, a bunch of severely hop obsessed brewers, to celebrate such a glorious occasion? Anything other than a massively hopped IPA would be an affront to our rich history of loving excessive use of that beautiful flower, Humulus Lupulus." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale. Brewed as Avery's 20th anniversary ale, released summer 2013 in limited release 22 oz. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream white head over a very hazy amber body with no visible carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Fruity, citrusy and lemony hop profile with a moderate to intense bitterness forms the hoppy nose of this beer. The malt bill seems primarily pale malt with a lightly toasted caramel syrup base and a pinch of biscuity grain. The yeast properties give the beer an enhanced fruity nose and a dash of earthy minerals. Some oxidation and graininess are evidence of the beer's age. 3.75

(Taste) Caramel malt sugars with a fruity yeast cake takeover. The hop profile is evidently lost to time, with a subtle peppery hop note remaining. It's drinkable but was certainly much better when young. Bitterness is mellow. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately oily with a mild dryness. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a fuzzy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and hoppy. Alcohol presence is medium and some oxidation and faded hop profile significantly change the nature of this beer. If you still have a bottle of this unopened, you may already be too late to enjoy it. 3.5

(Overall) Avery regularly crafts fairly solid anniversary ales that also are decent styles with a little bit of age on it. Picking up this bottle some long time ago, I knew this would be one that doesn't age well and needed to be consumed quickly, but sometimes beers slip through the cracks of time, as my bottle did. You live, you learn. If you have a bottle of this remaining, it won't be nearly as phenomenal as it was when released, but it certainly could get even worse, so drink up! 3.5

Avery Brewing Company's
Twenty XX India Pale Ale
3.59/5.00

Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled last May 13th 2013. On sale and I've wanted to try this so I took a chance.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Nearly clear dark gold with a frothy two inch head which receded to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Moderate pine and orange.

t: Oily smoothness with heavy body, then the hops bite. Citrus aftertaste with some bitterness on the tongue. The nearly 10% ABV seems amazingly well covered, virtually no throat burn.

m: Very silky smooth, Heavier than it looks, substantial body, which is part of its charm.

o: A sexy, tasty DIPA, still strong on hop bite despite its age. Perfect DIPA for the Fall and winter months. I was afraid this would not be so good after the months on it, but it was great.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the bottle, pouring a brew of cinnamon orange into our Founders snifters. It boasts a two and a half finger tall head of clean-white, soapy bubbles, showing great retention. Webbed lacing is left around the glass as it eventually fizzes away. A chill haze cuts clarity, and tiny flecks of sediment are noted throughout. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose gives sweet notes of biscuity, bready brown and caramel malts, chalky pales, sugared iced tea tannins, tart and juicy fruitiness of grapefruit, herbal, and nectary hops, soft aromatic florals, bubblegum esters, cornbreadiness, orange zest, white grape skins, malted milk balls, black pepper spice, and buttery blueberry cobbler. Our first impression is that while the hops seem initially faded on the sip, they come back in full, bittering force, à la far west coast influence, for a striking finale. The taste begins with buttery, bready malts, heavy brown sugar sweetness, phenolic twang, cheap pancake syrup, tinny metallics, fusel booze, sticky resinous hops of citric and pine varietals, bubblegum esters, chalk, brown and caramel malts, and floral stemmage. The middle peaks with lime rind and tonic water bite, cleaner pale maltiness, banana bready sweetness, lightly burnt molasses, heavily salted butters, black pepper spice of booziness, toffee caramels, and lactic acidity. The end comes with frank metallic yeastiness, gravel, cooled banana esters, raisin fruitiness, tart citric rind, pale and caramel malts, vegetal radish spice, green grassiness, and a final punch of savory herbal hops. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of raw honeycomb dustiness, ground and gravel, juicy grapefruity hops, cumin and raw curry, lime rind, gin airs, spicy orange zest, revived chalkiness of pale malts, commercial vanilla cake icing, and freshly baked brown breadiness. The body is thick and chewy, and the carbonation is surprisingly high. Each sip affords raw slurp and smack, with creamy froth, foam, and pop to the back of the lips and the deep palate. The mouth is instantly cooled and coated, but drips into robust astringent pucker along the molar line. The abv is appropriate, and it drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. This was where the hops were best showcased, with a nice background base of grand maltiness. The latter really came through in the flavoring, effectively muting the hops with residual sugars and hidden darkness of grain. We were actually quite surprised to find such a pervasive butteriness to the flavoring, which acted to pull the malt bill further into the foreground. This offering represents a pleasant departure from the traditional Avery anniversary saison stock of the past several years, and it is certainly big enough to sit amongst them, but we found it to be a little simplistic without enough overt balance and “pow” to make us that much more excited about it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

released in may, I am not sure how much this has faded, being an ipa and all, but if it has, it must have been absolutely incredible, because even in November this is drinking really well. hazy honey color on the pour with a gorgeous white head as thick as cool whip and not fading much at all. ring lacing to boot. the nose is the sweeter, more oily end of the hop spectrum, with a notable alcohol kick and a malt profile that supports the hops without interfering. the flavor is a lot more bitter than the nose, especially in the finish, but I still get a whole range of sweeter fruity hops on the front end. its got a island vibe to it, not pineapple in that way, but it has an airy lightness to it for the style that is really appetizing. easy drinking for its depth, soft in feel but very well carbonated. its not filling at all, and the buzz comes on slow. the last several years of this series have all been outstanding, but this may be the pick of the lot. in my opinion more complex than some of the other big avery ipas.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frothy, sticky yellow-white head on a reddish-golden body.

Nose is sweet and tart hops. Grapefruit, lemon and a little mango.

Flavor is tart, juicy and fruity. Super light malt body, with just enough residual sweetness to give it a minimal backbone. Hops are certainly front and center, but not really bitter. Huge flavor and aroma, low on bittering, I would guess.

Mouthfeel is tart, zesty, slightly stripping and sticky.

Overall, this is a great beer. I am a big fan of the Maharajah, and this seems to be cut from the same cloth.

Photo of Kuaff
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank this one at cellar temperature in a tulip.

A dense, four-finger off-white head forms no matter how gradually I fill my glass. Thick, sudsy foam. The body's a bright, transparent golden amber-orange.

The aroma is hoppy, in more of a juicy sweet way than in a bitter pine way. There are some herbal notes, along with a little vanilla, which is an unexpected, but pleasant, addition. It kinda smells like flowers! Honey, and a tangy orange scent are there as well. A very good aroma.

Bitterness is way toned down for a DIPA. Quite a malty flavor that begins with some citric hops, but turns into an aftertaste of biscuity breadiness accompanied by some nice herbal bitternes. It's a sweeter, less bitter example of the style. In addition to smelling floral, it oddly TASTES somewhat flora, if that makes any sense. I also think I pick up on a hint of vanilla... pretty nice.

The feel is kind of light and thin for a DIPA, with understated carbonation. It works pretty good for this beer though, as it goes down smooth.

A fairly unique DIPA that doesn't bombard one with bitterness.

Photo of kemoarps
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, I was kind of concerned about this one as it is a couple of months old. From reading posts on this here website, an IPA at that age may as well be c-diff diarrhea, as it will be completely worthless. Well... Thank goodness common sentiment is not necessarily true.

This beer pours a hazy orange/gold. Minimal nicotine-stained-white head that dissipates with little retention, but good graffiti left in layers along the edge of the glass.

This beer smells... amazing. To be perfectly blunt. This is a REALLY good smelling beer. Juicy and enticing... tropical fruits and floral notes bring this right into the Goldilocks zone of hoppy presence with a sweet malt backbone. moar plz.

Again, my fears of a faded Madonna-past-her-prime mess were assuaged as I began to sip. The nose promsed the allure of an engagingly juicy and... sweet isn't the word, but almost sweet in a non-sweet way (...you heard me) dalliance behind door number 2(0). Stepping through that door, the promises made in the heat of the nasal moment are delivered upon like a one night stand becoming the love of your life and a strong stable family for generations to come. This hits the right balance of juicy tropical fruits with just a blunting note of pine to keep it from being nickelodeon, all guided by the practiced sheepdog of a caramel malt base.

Fading into the finish we are left with nothing but happy memories of the juice, like OJ before the trial, and an almost-but-not-quite-pithy bitterness that reminds me of the striking balance and deft maneuvering displayed once again by those Lupulin luminaries at Avery.
This is a great brewery that has simply outdone itself for their own birthday celebration. I expected this beer to be good, even given its age (c'mon...), but this exceeded even my most optimistic expectations. WELL worth picking up, even here, four months later.

Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber color with a massive foamy 2-3 finger beige head that faded very slowly and was packed with big bubbles, leaving great lacing with rings of foam going down and a layer on top.

Yeah, it’s hoppy from the start and I could smell it 8 inches from the glass – nice; smells of juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, coriander, tangerine, orange peel, maybe some pineapple, piney hops, fruit salad (yummy, yummy), caramel, grains and brown sugar; hints of flowers and mango come through at times, and there’s just enough malt backbone in the nose to make this smell great. Really well done.

Tastes much like the nose, with a juicy citrus hops hitting first, followed by oily grapefruit, sweet malt, pineapple, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, tea leaf, herbs, light spices and then a bready flavor that’s like chalky yeast. The flavor has more malt than the nose and it tames the hops a bit and allows the alcohol to show through; the aftertaste is bitter and almost chocolatey, which is odd considering all the hop attack up front on the senses.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with mild carbonation, a buttery feel for such a dense brew, and a bitter yet sweet aftertaste that slides down pretty easy considering the ABV is always present. Borders on being a slow sipper like a Barleywine, but tasty enough to have to hold back from drinking it too fast.

Overall it was a very good beer, and one I would definitely have again. I may buy another bottle since it’s a limited release and I enjoyed it. Congrats on 20 years Avery, well done.

Photo of JeffBrenner
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

18 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber with a decent amount of carbonation that fades quickly to a nice bubble. Very little to no head or lacing. Has a very strange odor. Maybe it's just my bottle, but I can't say it's great. The pine notes still come out. Tastes sweeter than the average IPA. Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked, but still pleasant. Goes down very smooth. Tastes of citrus, pine and some sort of sugar, but not malty. Overall a decent IPA, I won't hold the odor as a killer, because I suspect something was up with my bottle.

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a copper color, a dark gold.

There is a fantastic aroma with rich juicy peach, mango, orange.

The flavor hits with lots of tropical fruit in the front. Then a medium bready malt, but then the end is huge. There's pine, and then it becomes an almost offensive astringent grapefruit pith.

There's a good amount of malt behind this beer, but also extremely hoppy and bitter. It's a bit of booze in there, but the finish is a bit much for me. Still a fine beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clearer, glowing ruby orange. Modest sized head. Good, consistent lacing. Just a nice looking brew.

S-Smell is heavy on booze, juicy citrus hops and a fistful of pine. It is a bold aroma that isn't too complex.

T-A large pine hop assault. There is also a juicy, candied citrus flavor that leads into the sweet caramel maltiness and a fruity yeast flavor. There are hints of other juicier, hop derived fruit flavors. Booze is clear.

M-A sipper. My pour went down slowly. Its plenty bitter and plenty hot but it just kinda works.

O/D-A big old' tongue bully. This take on the DIPA isn't my favorite but I thought this was an above average brew all things considered.

Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: cloudy dirty golden, some head with decent retention and lacing
S: strong orange-citrus notes
T: sweet malt and orange forward notes, like a creamsicle, sort of. Melds into a dryer end, but in a very subtle way...
M: up front some carbonation and the sweetness mentioned dominates. The subtleness mentioned (in taste) is a dry mossy feel early, ending in a malt-coated, orange tinged, dryness that isn't overpowering, but rather a nice surprise for me.
O: Very enjoyable beer, but with some of its malty sweetness, you have to be in the mood for this beer. It's a good middle-of-flight beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a small head of white foam on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and lease excellent lace. An aroma of pungent pine and grapefruit. Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of caramel and pine. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish. Definitely a malt forward DIPA, but the hop character is still nice.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quarter finger head but with nice lacing on a nearly clear copper with gold hues body.

S: pine resin, turpentine, heavy sweet bread malts, orange citrus and floral hops.

T: breads, candied orange, pine resin, earthy hops. simple overall.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. a bit oily, coating the palate.

Overall: I want more from this one, it seemed a little too simple

Photo of rand
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

Another ace from Avery, as they celebrate their twentieth with a big, West Coast style IPA. The brew is bold in every category - ABV, bouquet, palate - but stays within a nice range and balance, never letting one aspect taking over the brew. This is probably the best IPA Avery's concocted. Here are the specs:

A: Copper-tan in color, slightly opaque with a cloudy haze. The brew forms a sticky, frothy head that traces the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is appropriately hop-forward, with a combination of earthy tea, tropical and citrus notes. The malt-profile provides a nice, sweet backdrop, but unlike a lot of big, 9+% ABV IPA's, they don't overwhelm you or remind of bread soaked in sugar water.

T: The tropical notes really jump out at first, accented by a sweet undertone. Distinct citrus as well, almost as if they added orange pith. All of this is delivered in a vinous, bitter wrapper, which sweetens mid-sip. Booze is more noticed here, which works to dry the brew, leading to a long, bitter-sweet finish. Drinkable and tasty, the flavors can stand up to many of the amazing IPA's around here in San Diego.

M: Viscous and oily-slick, the heavy body only helps to deliver the bold aspects. Fortunately, plenty of carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice golden orange color. Glows a little brighter when held up to the light and there's perfect clarity, no haze or particles at all. Nice big off white to tangerine colored head that has some great lacing and glass retention.

The smell is good, bread, sweet, as well as a lot of tropical fruit aromas. Hops very present more pine than citrus and slightly earthy/grassy/floral. Sweeter than most Double IPAs I've had.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell, both still good. Nice malty sweetness, pale and caramel, very bready. Pinnaple, tangerine, mango ,plenty of citrus; then goes a little more earthy with some leafy pine resin and a hint of bitter onion.

Mouthfeel is good, high medium. Good carbonation level, and a lingering flavor for a little while. Pretty well balanced, maybe a little sweeter than most Double IPAs. Starts nice and sweet with bitterness that comes in stages.

We all know Avery can brew IPAs, Avery is actually the IPA that got me in to IPAs. This was a solid Double IPA, glad to have gotten a bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rustico in Arlington.

The beer is copper to orange with a half inch of off white head. Aromas of pine, hops, alcohol, dank hops. Flavor follows the nose. Though the beer is hop forward, there is a substantial malt presence throughout. Alcohol warmth throughout. Definitely drinks like a near 10% abv beer. Best for sharing with a few people. Ok...

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hay Merchant, and a few other places around Houston.

A: Pours a clear orange/reddish color. A frothy two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big pine, and oily hops up front. At first I am thinking this is going to be an over barring piny bitter bomb. Though quickly balanced by orange and citrus like hops. The malt character is strong, for good balance as well. A good and appropriate hefty caramel sweetness.
T: Follows the nose with a big piny and resiny flavor up front. Fruity, citrus like hops in the middle. Then finishes with caramel and crystal malts. The sweetness from the malts makes this very balanced.
M/D: A full body with moderate-high carbonation. A smooth crispness, if there is such a thing. Creamy with the right amount of heft in the body. A bit of solvent like alcohol that makes this nice and warming. Easy and enjoyable to sip on.

It has been a while since I enjoyed an Avery Anniversary Ale. This is well made, with a big hop presents up front, and substantial malt balances. Which makes this very enjoyable to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber with a nice two finger white head. Head dissolves and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Lots of tropical fruit. Piney hops comes through with a nice bitterness. Grapefruit really comes through at the end.

M - Nice crisp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. Well balanced througout a very nice DIPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2013

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 3 fingers of egg-shell colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Bready, leafy hops, pine & mango

T: Pineapple, breadyness, pineyness & leafy hops up front. Leafy hops, grapefruit & a little bit of breadyness & pears as this warms, a little bit of orange peel as well. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & leafiness with a touch of passion fruit, plus a bit of cattyness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, pretty good balance

A good DIPA would've loved to try this fresh, but pretty darn hoppy as it is. Pretty good, liked this better than some of the more recent Anniversary offerings. Drinks pretty easy, despite the ABV

Photo of dwren89
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: good clarity, orangey with white creamy head

Aroma: very piney, like a fresh cut Christmas tree, citrus aromas as well, biscuity malt

Taste: outrageously piney and grapefruity with an almost indetectable biscuity malt backbone, clean yeast

Mouthfeel: oddly light and crisp for a 9.7% ale. Medium carbonation

Overall: Delicious. Definitely worth a try. A step up from most DIPAs in terms of piney and grapefruity character that literally explodes on your taste buds

Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful golden copper color with a 3 finger head.

Immediate vanilla, grapefruit, banana, and nutmeg in the aroma.

Very carbonated mouth feel.

The taste is very citrus, more rind aftertaste than fruit, although there is some light grapefruit in the taste.

The finish is very hop forward with a lot of bitterness. There is also a grapefruit aspect to the finish.

This sipper is in the same class as Maharaja- although each beer has different strengths. The Maharaja has stronger, more pronounced grapefruit. The 20th anniversary adds banana, vanilla, and nutmeg to the finish, less grapefruit to the taste.

My top two beers from Avery: the 20th Anniversary and Maharaja.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Foundry in Westport. Poured into a bulbous Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - A truly enchanting looking beer, with a two-finger head of bubbly white with a slight warmish twinge to the color. Retention is excellent and lacing is pronounced. Body is a beautiful muddy-red amber color, with patches of maroon and darker notes.

Smell - Citrus, tropical fruits and yes, some booziness as well. The esters sneak in near the end of the aroma, almost unnoticed. The predominant characteristic is grapefruit and orange zest.

Taste - Again with lots of citrus and fruit, now with some resinous pine characteristics and shallot flavor profiles as well. The alcohol is again present, this time a bit more pronounced, with that element only getting more forceful as the beer warms. Some sweetness arrives as well, reminding me a bit of an English barleywine.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and viscous, with a body on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is slightly bitter and lingering.

Overall, a very tasty beer. It's not as distinct as some of my favorite Double IPAs, seeing as how it reminds me quite a bit of other examples of the style. That being said, it's a wondefully tasty beer from Avery--just one more example of their ability to do great work.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.