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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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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 523
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled May 2013. Acquired earlier tonight at Sunset Beer Co for $8.00. 9.7% ABV confirmed. "XX India Pale Ale." Reviewed as an IPA since it identifies as such (not an imperial IPA). 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic uninteresting label art and foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; I'm from Colorado and have never been big on this brewery - but then again I've had pitifully few of their beers, none of which are their really highly regarded ones.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice beige-light light khaki colour. Nice fluffy cream. Fairly frothy. Good thickness. Good (~5-6 minute) retention for the high ABV. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Colour is of average intensity. Above average vibrance, but not to an impressive extent.

Overall, it's standard fare for the style. Looking exactly as expected. No real lacing as the head recedes. Looking forward to trying it, but nothing's popping out at me so far.

Sm: I'm greeted by your typical floral hop character - not remarkably varied or evocative, but within style conventions. Searching deeper, I get a hint of vague grapefruit zest - though it isn't citrusy or juicy or fresh. Hop profile is balanced by some zealous sweet malts - caramalts, primarily, but some pale malt too. Lightly grassy; somewhat grainy. Really digging, I pick up some mango and maybe tangerine. Hop character is rather underwhelming overall; I've encountered hundreds of other IPAs that smell just like it. Certainly not unique or special. I'm not too confident in their hop choices based on the aroma.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not getting the oily, nectary, or biscuity hops that I crave in a good example of the style. Not getting any onion either if that's your bag.

Comes off overly sweet for the style. Seems like a mess. I don't anticipate serious complexity or subtlety. A decent aroma of mild strength.

T: The lack of balance is immediately apparent. It's definitely a mess, never feeling like a focused deliberate cohesive whole.

I get some tropical fruit character from the hops - tangerine, mango. Also a hint of grapefruit lacking any bite, juiciness, refreshing character, or zest.

Some generic floral hops round out the last of the hop character. No oily, nectary, citrusy, or refreshing hop content here, lads.

The body is your run-of-the-mill overcompensating IPA body: pale malts and caramalt in a quantity that's high enough to hide any hop bitterness but results in overdone sweetness as a result. Malts don't feel married well to the hops at all.

No complexity or subtlety of note. Quite mundane. Not a unique or special IPA by any means. A bit grainy, but not real grassy. Flavour intensity is average, as is the flavour duration. Lacks depth of flavour. Decent body.

No yeast character comes through. Maybe a bit of alcohol, but I wouldn't call it hot, boozy, or gushed.

Mf: Too thick for its relative lack of flavour depth and/or diversity. Decently full-bodied. A bit overbearing. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. Not oily. Average hardness; certainly not soft or approachable. Doesn't really suit or feel tailored towards the style. Not carefully done by any means. Middling execution. Average presence on the palate.

Dr: Meh. Another mundane brew from Avery. Overpriced for its quality. I definitely wouldn't get it again. Why brew this? Uninspired, unoriginal, and without any experimentation or boldness. Unrefreshing. Doesn't hide its ABV very well. I expected better, and I wasn't even expecting that much. Feels like Avery's cashing in on the one-off craze - and hey, they got my money - so good for them. Wouldn't recommend this to friends. I wouldn't want another.

High C-

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle that a friend slid me for free, nice. Bright orange color, good head. I liked the smell, it was promsing, very fruity, very dank, super hops. The flavor was a total letdown. Syrup, cherry cough syrup specifically. Yes it was hoppy but then I'd get that robitussin. Maybe its because I just got back from San Diego or maybe its because I was drinking Alpine IPA's all last week but this beer just sucked. What a mess.

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Photo of harrymel
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled May 2013

It's golden with a soapy loose sheet of white foam and brilliant clarity. Smells of lots of grapefruit, resin, some orange peel, some sage, onion and a little malt. Flavor is malt, lots of onion (long steamed), resin, sweet malt, a little too sweet for my chops on the style. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Medium love for this beer overall, seems too sweet and the onion character isn't one I usually go for.

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Photo of dazdave
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had very high hopes for this beer. That usually leads to a let down. Got this in a bomber. The smell was incredibly fresh! There is a serious dankness to this beer. That's kind of nice too.
This beer needs to warm up quite a bit. If its cold it isn't terribly bitter. As it warms up the bitterness comes out. There is incredible clarity to this beer. Personally if i'm drinking a big ipa i don't want crystal clear clarity. I want more of a cloudy unfiltered look to show off the dank. This looks and tastes overprocessed. Initially very round notes. There is nothing sharply bitter that comes through below 40 degreees. Once it hits maybe 50 to me it becomes a different and bitter beer. It really is an imperial at almost 10% alc. on the label it says it was brewed with a lot of amarillo which i do enjoy. Overall i'm non-committal on this beer. There are some nice things about this beer. It just takes too long to enjoy.

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Photo of Philousa
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clarity is awesome on this shiny, metallic copper brew with a half finger head that retains well and covers the glass evenly. Very small amount of lacing, which is odd. Aroma is full of juicy fruit, such as pineapple, grapefruit, and other tropical fruit. Pine is a major aroma as well, with a hefty amount of biscuit and wheat bread. A little bit of Christmas type spice is in there as well. The heavy bread aromas don't carry over to flavor. It's more like white bread with some astringency and vinous flavors, followed by grassy and herbal bitterness. I get some oniony quality in the finish as well.. It really kicks in with bitterness in the aftertaste, lingering a good while. The feel is balanced with a dry finish.

For being an Avery DIPA, this is very balanced. Lots of malt character, but the hop flavor is lacking in my opinion. Could have used more depth in the flavor as well, as the astringency really gets in the way of tasting it fully.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated May 2013, so I assume past prime now in August. Pours a perfectly clear copper with fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is raw malt extract, some citrusy hops, and candy sugar smell. Flavor is super sweet pine citrus without much bite. Relatively light bodied for a double, but very slick mouthfeel. Definite caramel malt presence. Low carbonation. Only OK, but likely past it’s prime. Pretty drinkable other than the sweetness.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled May 1, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves some sheets of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is oranges, pineapple, fruity hops, a little floral, resinous hops, some caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is oranges, pineapple, fruity hops, hop resin, decent caramel malt backbone with some sweetness, good bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, quite oily, moderate carbonation.

OK Double IPA. Quite hoppy, but fairly malty as well.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark orangey amber in the St. Bernardus goblet. Lovely aroma of fresh sawdust and gardenias, if you use your imagination a little. Sharp and sparkly mouthfeel.

Powerful flavors, but the hop bitterness is reined in slightly. Medium body but on the acidic side. Quite hot with alcohol. Warmly toned with malt, but it sharpens up after the initial glow. This is really a mix of hoppy flavors that is unlike any DIPA I've encountered. It's fruity, then orangey, then the resiny sharpness, and the mango, and the piney pineapple. Lots of aromatics give it a more drinkable and interesting character, but it's still a wallop of crazy flavors. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in OB.

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Photo of icehawk
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful clean amber with short lasting white head. Pine, sweetness, grapefruit aroma. Fairly big mouthfeel with a slick feeling in the mouth. Dry bitterness lasts after the finish. Bitterness is present from throughout. Some subtle honey-like sweetness helps balance the bitterness.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Served a hazy light golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine, with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of pine and grapefruit up fruit with just enough malt sweetness to temper the hops. There is a good bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, a bit tart, quite smooth with a quality feel. The 9.7% ABV is very well hidden.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style without being over the top.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so what's a dIPA suppose to be? Hoppy and malty, right? Along those lines this beer delivers.
Bottled in May, drank in May. How's that for freshness mofos!

Orange/copper clean and clear pour. A subtle head ticks points off this rating. Slick lacing.

Aroma is hoppy at first. Kind of has three main hop aromas: citrus, pine and onion. Where's the tropical? Oh well. The hops are dragged back in by a dollop of malt, which makes the aroma seem resiny and thick

Hops are all over this bad boy. They seem to fight rather than play nicely. Citrus and pine duke it out while onion nestles in the background. Caramel malt and the sweetness poke up their heads to say hi and leave a filminess about them. Don't really like that aspect. Fits the category, just for me a crisp dryness does the trick.

A big beer for 20 years.

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Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brew-Ligion in Murrieta, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight onion aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and onion flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the onion presence I am getting from the hops used is not that great in my opinion.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour results in a thin half finger head above a rich clear amber hue. Retention is actually not very good but it manages to leave lots of attractive lacing on the glass.

Muted aroma, sweet honey malt with attractive pine and citrus fruit hop character, notes of red berries and nectarines are in there too.

Malts lay down a solid syrupy sweet bready and biscuit foundation ,relatively clean before the hop flavors of pine, pears and dark orange citrus comes in. Some sweet onion notes but I kinda like that. Not very bitter, malt lays down heavily and carries through with sweetness in the finish.

Average carbonation with a hefty body. Creamy and easy to drink, the alcohol feels less than what's on the label. Rather sticky but easy to put away.

An easy to drink IPA but not very big on the aroma or flavor, overly sweet though the hops are just enough to balance. Avery isn't big on IPAs in general but everything else they do is great, cheers to another twenty years.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growl fill thanks to the fine and dandy folks @ Copper Mine Pub (a good reason to move to North Arlington...)

pretty vigorous pour reveals a sparkling white head rising up a mere finger and desperately holding on for dear life, very clear liquid revealing just a modicum of bubbles wandering drunkenly (given the ABV, not a surprise) up the glass, the head fades in just a matter of minutes, lacing is lovely with a cascading sheet of microbubbles clinging to each other like my girl and my credit card, a nice sea shore waves dissipating on the beach vibe, the orange hue is very uniform and clean, pretty good stuff here

deep orange bordering on grapefruit, stinging herbal hop notes (cone), big pull of underlying sweetness buoying this vessel o' hops, some earth hop tones are also in the mix, smells juicy

taste etc...
quite a mouthful weight wise, this really has a presence in that department, the carbonation is tricky but I like it... what does that mean? hmmm... it sort of almost feels as if the carbonation is absent but it rises up just enough to float the heaviness across your mouth, definite hop oils coating the gaping maw that is my head, the flavor is not crazy raze your mouth to the ground hops but there is a nice kick, is there bitterness? er, yeah, but the malt is really balancing things here, the ABV flavor does peek through here and there so the execution is not 100% on that front, you do get a real nice bitter acerbic hop tone on the back end, that part reminds me of ruination but not quite that bracing

a nice drinking experience, a well crafted brew for sure as it scores well without killing all sensation, a nice and thick DIPA that you can sip on for an eve. there is better but this is nicely rounded.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just put on @ the cwe iTap

The beer pours a rich looking coppery orange with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is grapefruit rindy with a hint of sweetness and booze. It's served a bit cold for true aromatics, but really only hits the citrus notes with any emphasis. The taste is a slap in the face of sticky hops, ruination-eque, crazy sweetness, hint of floral green tea changing thing up, and a love you long time bitter alcohol burn in the finish. I'd say this has medium bodied sweetness, is well carbonated, generously hoppy, and finishes with a nearly palate napalm bitterness. I don't see this dipa differentiating itself from the 100s of other good dipas I've consumed, but think it's still enjoyable when you've acquired the "hop itch."

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: pine, orange, and grapefruit tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malty start with grapefruit, orange, pear, caramel, and a piney bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden here, but there is some warmth late in the taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Surprisingly short lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a well balanced and nicely drinkable beer. As an anniversary beer, I expected a bit more uniqueness, but it does stay true to the DIPA style in a straightforward way.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, bottled May 2013. So, less than a month old.

A: Gorgeous clear copper color with 2 finger head. Ridiculous lacing.

S: Dank hops, honey, citrus, malt. Some alcohol present.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. The hop bitterness is beaten down with an abundance of sugar. I prefer big hoppy beers to be a bit more dry. But still, this one is pretty balanced.

M: Very creamy, good carbonation. A little sticky from all the sugar.

O: Nice release from Avery. Glad I got to try it.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.