Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled last May 13th 2013. On sale and I've wanted to try this so I took a chance.
Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
a: Nearly clear dark gold with a frothy two inch head which receded to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.
s: Moderate pine and orange.
t: Oily smoothness with heavy body, then the hops bite. Citrus aftertaste with some bitterness on the tongue. The nearly 10% ABV seems amazingly well covered, virtually no throat burn.
m: Very silky smooth, Heavier than it looks, substantial body, which is part of its charm.
o: A sexy, tasty DIPA, still strong on hop bite despite its age. Perfect DIPA for the Fall and winter months. I was afraid this would not be so good after the months on it, but it was great.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2013 04:53:58 | More by scotorum
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 00:27:46 | More by TheBrewo
4.04/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 17:22:46 | More by StonedTrippin
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
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