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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
Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review will require some adjustments after a second bottle, I just know I'm not ready to do it justice, had an IPA before hand.

This beer just explodes with hop aroma, so fresh, to fruity, so citrus, just wonderful. A deep sugary malt is in the back waiting as well.

The pour had more head than you can imagine, 3/4 of a glass of foam will form if you give it a half assed pour. A bright and clean body, completely transparent with a light orange color. So yeah knock a point or two off for not having anything floating in it or a hazy ipa look, shame on you Avery!

The flavor gives me a mix of citrus hops but with a bit more passion fruit. There's a bite to this one that reminds me of a west coast ipa, but the finish turns to a southern hemisphere like beer. I'm not sure if this is the hops or the malt doing this. A lot of nice sugars in the malt give this a nice very balance finish with so much hop focus.

Very very drinkable almost too much at 9.7.

This was bottled in may so at most it was bottled in the last 20 days. Fresh! This is really good stuff but it misses the epic world class levels. Still a worthy beer from Avery and I won't lie...I'd like to see this on tap!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a large blooming one and a half finger white head atop that left multiple rings of broken chunks behind as it settled.Caramel malts and tropical fruits in the nose,sweet but not overly so.I like the full almost airy feel in the mouth,it went down nicely.Flavors of grilled pineapple and citrus with a tinge of vidalia onion the is a little off putting at first but doesn't overpower like another Colorado brewed beer wich I won't name.It's sweet but not nearly as sweet as way to many of the style,a worthy anniversary beer from a solid brewery.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color off of the pour. A very light bit of foam remains after the pour. The nose is a faint but it is definitely all about the hops. Faint but apparent grapefruit hops on the nose. The flavoring is all hops with the grapefruit and slightly orange flavor. The hops are what you get in the aftertaste and there is a nice hop fade on the tongue. A pretty brisk mouthfeel and it is fairly refreshing. Very well done.

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 timc100
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Floral, grass, some pineapple and light tropical fruit astringency. Sweet pink grapefruit in the background along with some pine and very, very slight resin stickiness. Very noticeable breadiness and biscuit sweetness. Really nice DIPA - not very aggressive, but well balanced and big on the floral, grass, and light-fruit sweetness.

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright, see through, copper orange with a very large, dense, pure white head that leaves nice lacing

S - bread, sugar, grapefruit, pineapple

T - pine, grapefruit, sweet malt, bread, pineapple, mango, bitter finish, alcohol

M - full bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really nice DIPA. It's bold and assertive. The hops are incredibly pungent and well rounded, the malt offers a nice balancing backbone, and the alcohol offers a warming, full bodied feel to the sip. This is definitely a DIPA worth checking out.

Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Avery Twenty pours a lighter gold color. It looks to have a touch of orange to it. It’s very clear. Backlighting reveals a little more orange, but it’s still light and subtle. A soft white crown tops it. It’s modest, standing less than a finger tall. Retention was a little on the short side. Lacing was very sticky, but left only a moderate trail of lace lining the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It’s very sweet up front. Smells like a mix of caramel and sugar cookies. The caramel is stronger than anticipated given the color. The hops are nice and strong. They’re piney, dank, and earthy. There are some light citrus grapefruit and orange notes, but they’re secondary to the other scents. The malts provide some balance, but it falls on the hoppy side of the fence. Alcohol is there, but it doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Not bad.

The flavor is on par with the nose. The malt base is alright. It’s very sweet and is sturdy. It does taste like a blend of caramel and sugar cookie flavors. The caramel is surprisingly strong. I wasn’t expecting much in that department initially. I was wrong. The hop flavor is very piney and dank. It has an earthy flavor that is a little reminiscent of onion. There are some citrus grapefruit and orange flavors, but they are definitely secondary. It’s a little bitter. The malts balance it out okay. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s a little warm, but isn’t boozy. Finishes sweet, piney, and dank.

The body is medium. Carbonation is light, and the bubbles feel nice and soft. It’s big and is definitely a bit of a sipper. It doesn’t go down too bad for a big beer though.

Twenty is a pretty nice release from Avery. I don’t think it’s great beer, but it is pretty good. Personally, It’s a little too sweet and caramel malty for me. The hops are also a bit too danky. It really is pretty good though. Just needs a couple of slight adjustments. Happy 20th!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a mini snifter.

Appearance - Burnt orange, pushing amber in color. Nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a touch of pine. All over the place with the hop profile, but it's good. Some sweetness and malt in the nose, too.

Taste - Again, the hop profile is all over. It's still really nice. More tropical in nature than pine. Grapefruit. Dry after the maltiness dies down. Almost too dry, but I appreciate the low sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - Quite enjoyable. Surprising from Avery. Maybe honing in on a particular hop flavor would improve this.

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 edproctor
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold into my bruery glass. A thick pillowy off white head took. Up about 1 1/2 fingers. Smells of peach, and a bit of floral. Almost had a bit of a lactic quality. Taste citrusy, lots of green hop flavor, piney, juicy, and ripe tasting. Had a very full body. Overall, this beer is a pleasure so enjoy it now!!!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange body with a dense, frothy, white head. There's a thin layer of cascading lace.

Orange and apricot aroma. Caramel and a light toasty malts.

I like the citrus and apricot flavors. Pine to a much less extent. Light caramel malt and finishes with a fusel spice.

Moderate body and on the heavier side with the carbonation.

Overall, a very nice bigger beer with good flavor. The alcohol makes itself known in the taste and it works with the big hop profile.

Photo of n2185
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus on the nose: pineapple, oranges, nectarines, peaches, and a bit of melon. A lovely bouquet of tropical hops.

T: Tropical citrus here as well with flavors of pineapple, oranges, and slight notes of melons. Earthier flavors kick in toward the finish with grapefruit and pine. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too oily or watery feeling.

O: A surprisingly good DIPA. The aroma on it is great and I wish the flavor had a little bit of the tropical bouquet that the nose had. Still, it's tasty and drinkable despite its high abv with a wonderful nose.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent orange color, beige two finger head, plenty lace, frothy dissipation. Soft floral and juicy citrus nose, slight caramel maltiness, hints of pine needles. Sticky, resinous taste, caramel, sweet bread, sweet citrus, pineapple, cut grass, medium bitterness. Creamy feel, full bodied, rich, sweet. Other than bei a bit heavy on the palate, great nose and flavor makes an overall quite good DIPA.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: perfectly clear amber beer, in a tulip, center-pour produced a fat ivory head of dense foam that persisted and left heavy sheets of lace

S: hoppage of pine and resin, citrus and herb; caramel and grain undercurrent

T: just a great DIPA: backbone of semi-sweet chewy malts; intimations of tangerine and orchard fruits; lots of hops percolate through the palate, bitter flowers and citrusy fruits - juicy and full-flavored

M: crisp and clean, bitter and full; medium body, ample carbonation, smooth and coating

O: Avery does an excellent job with their anniversary ales every year, and its hard to go wrong with a DIPA - incredible drinkability, wonderful flavor profile, with lots of delicious malts and stellar hops

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger off-white head kept full by constant carbonation; nice lacing. Great aroma of fresh pine and citrus hops, pleasant at arms length while pouring. Flavor also dominated by fresh pine, citrus and lightly herbal hops supported by caramel, lightly bready malt and stone fruit juice. Medium bodied with some creaminess and great mouth feel from carbonation. A very nice, well balanced and pungently hoppy IPA. Avery has produced a world class IIPA here. Requires serious pacing because of the high ABV and inviting taste.

Photo of Jree261
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden orange out of the bottle with eggshell foam.

S-Hoppy front that makes way for a strawberry creamsicle.

T-Spicy orange peel and campfire with red fruit on the finish.

M-Heavier than the aroma and flavors would suggest and I would like the finish to last longer. I love the creamy texture though.

O-Flavors on this beer are great, I just wish they would last a little longer on my tongue.

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. An average pour yielded a mountain of off-white head.

S - I get citrus and alcohol.

T - I taste a mouthful of hops. I get lots of bitterness, and some citrus. There is a lot of flavor.

M - Medium with a chalky feeling on my tongue.

O - This IPA was bottled in May, and it still has a lot of flavor. I bought this on the recommendation of fellow BA alkemy. It was well worth a try.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the hops, which contribute flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Only some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, it hides its alcohol very well.

Note: Bottled in May 2013

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 5/1/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours an attractive orange gold with a full finger of pale head. The head fades to a small halo which remains throughout and leaves nice full webs of lace.

Bright hop-forward aromas of oranges, pine needles, peach and a twang of peppery spice.

Right off the bat those strong, sharp citrusy hops are saddled up against a base of thick, sweet carmelized malts. Tangerines, sweet bread, grapefruit, semi sour peach, pine, earthy grass, peppercorns, cracker and a nice but not overpowering nip of booze. Excellent mix of super hoppy blended with sweet malts.

Oily, medium full feel with a nice moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue for a long bittersweet citrus peel finish.

Another outstanding imperial IPA from Avery. This ranks right up there with Maharaja in my book. I love a good bed of sweet malt for my hop bombs and Twenty has that a-plenty. This is definately worth a try, particularly if you're a fan of Maharaja. I plan to have this one a few more times this summer.

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 schwemjw
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A honey copper color. A nice pure white, one finger head.

S: Pungent! honey and tropical hops immediately hit you. lots of grapefruit and orange zest balanced nicely with caramel malt. There is definitely pine and a quality that reminds me of soap.

T: Caramel malt right away. Big tropical and orange hops balanced with the bite of grapefruit. Tart! There is a light white flower hop on the finish and it finishes clean.

M: Thick, heavy and dry!

O: Very tastey! more balanced than i expected with a good amount of malt. A very enjoyable brew but i had some higher expectations for this. I sure as heck wouldn;t turn it down though!
/84

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

Pours a beautiful golden orange/brown. A gentle pour allows for a small head to form that sticks around for the duration. Smells wonderful, mostly fruity/peachy notes with a lot of grassy/piney/citrusy hops. Sweet malt backbone comes in at the end. Tastes very similar to the smell... sweetness/fruityness up front, very much a peachy flavor, followed immediately by citrus hops and piney hops, and then finishes with its malt character and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Very good.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Another solid offering from Avery. For the price of $7.49, it is well worth trying around NC. A+

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 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.

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