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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - TwentyAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty

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470 Ratings

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%

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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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange hue with 3 fingers of creamy off white head. The head dissolves slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass that lasts for quite a while. Very clear transparent beer with a good amount of rising bubbles.

S: Pure hops come out of the aroma. Strong citrus aroma, a little pine resin as well, no real malt smell.

T: The grapefruit hops come on strong and a little hint of booziness as it changes over from the carbonation into a good malt backbone. Hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness and a slight burn from the bitterness. Very smooth and very drinkable DIPA.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. Good levels of creamy carbonation blend the assault of hops with the sweet malty flavors, very well done.

O: Very good beer. I love the balance, the hop flavor and the creaminess of this ale. Very good combination that leads to a very enjoyable and solid DIPA. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:30:41 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of soju6


3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 20:36:29 | More by soju6
Photo of icehawk

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:18:28 | More by icehawk
Photo of Braseltonage


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a .3L globe. Bottled May 2013.

A: Pours a translucent, rich golden beer with 1/2: of fluffy, cotton head. Solid lacing throughout.
S: Sticky pine, but sweet, think ponderosa bark. Slight tropical aromas. Sweeter citrus, candied lemon, notes of honey.
T: Really falls in line with the aroma, almost to a T. The pronounced pine up front, followed by the citrus punch really reminds me of a imperial version of their standard issue IPA. Really a different beast than say Maharajah or Dugana. The pine lends a bit of a rind quality to the sweeter citrus notes. Light, honey-like malt sweetness. Not overly complex but not heavy at all either.
M: Solidly medium feel. The lightly sweet malt gives just enough body to keep the hops in line, but dries out very nicely to make a beautifully drinkable 9.7% bomber.
O: Very good. Had been a while since a had re-visited some Avery beers. I need to swing through more often. Not an absolute knockout, but a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:06:41 | More by Braseltonage
Photo of Tucquan


4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-08-01 in Columbia, PA from a Brauler acquired from The Fridge.

A - Fairly clear orange-amber with a 20finger off-white head that drops to 1/3-finger quickly but leaves sheets of lacing.

S - Very inviting aromas of very ripe pineapple, moderate dankness, pine and sweet pale malt.

T - Sweet malt, orange and pineapple flesh give way to a good amount of orange zest bitterness. There's a bit of pepper and plenty of crushed hop cone goodness. Moderate alcohol flavor. Finishes pretty dry considering how sweet it starts and the citric tartness and zesty bitterness last long into the finish.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Chewy, slick, resinous and prickly; all good by me.

O - This a really nice DIPA. l like it better than their Maharaja or DuganA. Glad I got a growler.

Note, the Brauler is a new stainless steel growler with a valve in the top of the cap to let you charge it with CO2 after the initial serving. I had a glass a day for four days in a row and the ability to recharge each time with CO2 preserved the aroma and flavor. There was no oxidation.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2013 21:20:01 | More by Tucquan
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 15:41:29 | More by tdm168
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Above average lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of hops, malt, and a lot of fruit.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly high amount), some pine, malt, and a good amount of fruit (apricot, grapefruit). A complex and surprisingly subtle and tasty flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, very well done beer. Drinkable.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2013 00:59:43 | More by avalon07
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: Pale apricot body with a minimal amount of off white head.

S: Huge cornucopia of tropical fruits. Toasted malt, barley, honey, fresh pine needles and zesty citrus.

T/M: Hopped up with juicy tropical and zesty fruits that splash around on your palate. The fresh pine needles show up with the barley and subtle booze. Zesty full mouthfeel that tingles the mouth. Finishes with citrus infused booze.

O: Now this is how to celebrate 20 years. A lush burst of juicy fruits to hop up the palate. I wish this was always available.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:20:04 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of metter98

New York

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 21:43:38 | More by metter98
Photo of beagle75


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark citrus slightly exceeds tropical fruit and a funky dankness that is suggestive of Simcoe hops involvement. Hops qualities are restrained overall, compared to the taste. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with husky malt and rich aromatics of fresh hops pellets and ripe nectarine. Dark citrus flavors emerge into the middle as sweetness increases and alcohol comes on strong. The finish is fairly bitter for style, but really fresh tasting with a lot of latent dark citrus.

M: Medium viscosity, very resinous and slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An inspired DIPA--this is huge and hops-driven, yet focused so as not to seem a mess. Worthy of a 20th anniversary celebration. It would be interesting to drink this beer side-by-side with Stone Ruin Ten.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:30:34 | More by beagle75
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Glistening gold, clear, and with a slight 1/4 finger head.

S: Ridiculous fruit/hop component. I'm thinking mango and orange juice.

T: A bit of booze, but not much... so much awesomeness! That sugar content teetered the wall on being too much, but it ultimately wasn't.

M: The right amount of booziness and sugar, the carbo was just about right, and the ridiculous lacing told the story.

O: The DIPA category is VERY competitive. This one is a noble entry into that competition.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:36:33 | More by Chaney
Photo of Franziskaner


3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 04:14:52 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - orange/amber, noticeable carbonation; lace is minimal.
Smell - fruity, citrus, some grapefruit. Excellent!
Taste - yum! This may be the easiest drinking DIPA that I've had!
Feel - the hop profile here is steady and reliable. So well done!
Overall - this is limited, so pricey. Hopefully Avery can recreate this!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:34:07 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up locally after hearing such positive rumblings on this one. enjoyed from a dfh ipa glass.

a - brew poured a transparent ipa orange with a classic frothy ipa head. huge lace covered the glass.

s - sweet pine cone dankness.

t - dank sweet pine cone-ness. nice sweet caramel backbone. almost like a barley only sweeter and hoppier.

m - a bit thick and syrupy, but not really. fairly sweet.

o - overall, a nice treat and enjoyable one off, but not something i'd look for on the reg since it is a bit too sweet for me, but really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:03:23 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Clear amber colored body with little bubbles to it, a slightly off-white head rising to about a quarter inch settling quick after the first sip.

Smell: Light but potent hops. Light in the sense that it comes and goes, but potent that it's an forgettable smell. Raw hops...wish it didn't dissipate so quickly.

Taste: What this brew lacks in smell it beyond makes up for in taste, strong bitterness makes you think it's over 100 ibu's. Floral to the point you think you're eating the hops itself. Wish it was more complex like some Avery's other IPA's but the bitterness is going to be addicting. One sip isn't enough.

Mouth: Medium-heavy carbonation very sticky pine notes at the end. Some might say a dry finish...I think it is borderline perfect.

Overall: A very different take on what I love from Avery. I usually don't mention other beers during my reviews, twenty is a beer in it's own class definitely not superior to Maharaja but definitely worth investing the ten bucks or so on the bottle. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 05:33:55 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of brewcrew76


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear orange with a fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit, citrus with a slightly sweet background. Some tropical fruits also appear.

T - Grapefruit and orange peel, tropical fruit, light pine as it warms, melon. Resiny hops with a honey like sweetness.

M - Good carbonation. Big and sticky DIPA leaving some hop oils behind.

D - Very tasty. Glad I stumbled upon this in MKE since I don't think Avery is in WI.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:46:29 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from FreeBridge

Shiny golden, good clarity with a bit of chill haze. Topped by four fingers of snow white rocky bubbles. Inviting drippy lace.

Gigantic grapefruit aroma. Other supporting citrus. Very enticing.

Big solid semi-sweet foundation with real depth. An orchard of juicy fruit. Bitter enough to cover all the sweetness, but somehow balanced that way. A hint of heat in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel, with some prickliness.

An excellent anniversary present from Avery to us.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:55:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Vonerichs


4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:56:11 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of buschbeer


4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:58:30 | More by buschbeer
Photo of snaotheus


3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a big snifter. Label says it was bottled in May 2013, but it's probably the only bottling anyway.

Pours pretty, orange-ish clear, nice fluffy head. Widespread slow fine carbonation. Smell is muted, grassy, flowery. Taste is piney, rich, surprisingly malty, strong grapefruit rind aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Overall, this is a good beer, but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:43:44 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2013 05:04:35 | More by Ego
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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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."

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 00:50:11 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip with a 1 finger, white head. Semi-hazy body. Light copper colored body.

Aroma is was hop heavy. Loads of citrus and floral hops. Some caramel and bready notes. Mild amounts of alcohol.

Taste was a hop monster of a beer. Huge citrus and floral flavors. Some light tropical notes. Big amounts of hop flavor upfront, followed by a slight chewy, bready, caramel flavor(s). Finished with some citrus and pine bitterness and mild notes of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium/high carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Fantastic beer. Massive hop profile with a good balance of malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:09:56 | More by riored4v
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 02:46:39 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of prototypic


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:31:29 | More by prototypic
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
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