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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

501 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: watsonmd on 05-17-2013)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 04:03:09 | More by ArrogantB
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kojevergas

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
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-

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:48:25 | More by kojevergas
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

06-22-2013 19:48:55 | More by carteravebrew
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27.2%

06-22-2013 19:51:22 | More by hiphopj5
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harrymel

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 04:53:53 | More by harrymel
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DomingoOrtiz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

08-08-2013 00:06:41 | More by DomingoOrtiz
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

01-06-2014 15:00:53 | More by ThatsThatDude
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

07-11-2013 07:28:51 | More by IpeeA
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HopsintheSack

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

06-10-2013 03:19:19 | More by HopsintheSack
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

04-20-2014 16:38:43 | More by markgugs
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

06-23-2013 22:58:04 | More by vfgccp
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

08-08-2013 22:13:51 | More by tedho21
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beerist

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

07-30-2013 00:08:53 | More by beerist
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

08-11-2013 11:59:56 | More by greg4579
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dazdave

Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:55:45 | More by dazdave
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Philousa

California

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:42:59 | More by Philousa
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-09-2013 21:46:04 | More by Adkins1203
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15%

09-08-2013 18:50:27 | More by Schlafly33
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

06-05-2013 23:38:17 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

07-20-2013 03:24:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-09-2013 23:55:30 | More by WanderingFool
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

06-05-2013 13:30:07 | More by nlmartin
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nyclee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-09-2013 18:42:46 | More by nyclee
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-30-2013 16:51:55 | More by rudabegga9
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JHendu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-29-2014 02:01:03 | More by JHendu
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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.