Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
05-29-2013 07:23:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.11/5 rDev -0.2%
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
07-27-2013 21:43:38 | More by metter98
3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
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
08-24-2013 02:09:15 | More by kylehay2004
3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-05-2013 23:56:07 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-24-2013 02:10:18 | More by nickfl
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
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
08-15-2013 03:06:46 | More by russpowell
4.04/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-18-2013 17:22:46 | More by StonedTrippin
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
05-30-2013 06:38:27 | More by mactrail
3.91/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-21-2013 23:52:31 | More by Gavage
2.73/5 rDev -33.7%
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.
06-07-2013 04:48:25 | More by kojevergas
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.