Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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 LambicPentameter
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Foundry in Westport. Poured into a bulbous Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - A truly enchanting looking beer, with a two-finger head of bubbly white with a slight warmish twinge to the color. Retention is excellent and lacing is pronounced. Body is a beautiful muddy-red amber color, with patches of maroon and darker notes.

Smell - Citrus, tropical fruits and yes, some booziness as well. The esters sneak in near the end of the aroma, almost unnoticed. The predominant characteristic is grapefruit and orange zest.

Taste - Again with lots of citrus and fruit, now with some resinous pine characteristics and shallot flavor profiles as well. The alcohol is again present, this time a bit more pronounced, with that element only getting more forceful as the beer warms. Some sweetness arrives as well, reminding me a bit of an English barleywine.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and viscous, with a body on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is slightly bitter and lingering.

Overall, a very tasty beer. It's not as distinct as some of my favorite Double IPAs, seeing as how it reminds me quite a bit of other examples of the style. That being said, it's a wondefully tasty beer from Avery--just one more example of their ability to do great work.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.59/5.00

Photo of scotorum
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy. Bottled May 2013, so super Fresh

A - Clear dark golden color, lots of clarity, 2 fingers of head, and lots of sticky lace left on the glass. Just like a good DIPA should...

S - Dank hops! Equal mix of bitter and floral aromas.

T - Very smooth, well balanced, DIPA. Not a hop bomb, but hoppy indeed. Great balance with the malt grain. So smooth, the ABV is well hidden!

M - Oily and slick, full bodied

O - A great DIPA, dangerously good, with a hidden kick. Packing a buzz half way through it!

Photo of kemoarps
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, I was kind of concerned about this one as it is a couple of months old. From reading posts on this here website, an IPA at that age may as well be c-diff diarrhea, as it will be completely worthless. Well... Thank goodness common sentiment is not necessarily true.

This beer pours a hazy orange/gold. Minimal nicotine-stained-white head that dissipates with little retention, but good graffiti left in layers along the edge of the glass.

This beer smells... amazing. To be perfectly blunt. This is a REALLY good smelling beer. Juicy and enticing... tropical fruits and floral notes bring this right into the Goldilocks zone of hoppy presence with a sweet malt backbone. moar plz.

Again, my fears of a faded Madonna-past-her-prime mess were assuaged as I began to sip. The nose promsed the allure of an engagingly juicy and... sweet isn't the word, but almost sweet in a non-sweet way (...you heard me) dalliance behind door number 2(0). Stepping through that door, the promises made in the heat of the nasal moment are delivered upon like a one night stand becoming the love of your life and a strong stable family for generations to come. This hits the right balance of juicy tropical fruits with just a blunting note of pine to keep it from being nickelodeon, all guided by the practiced sheepdog of a caramel malt base.

Fading into the finish we are left with nothing but happy memories of the juice, like OJ before the trial, and an almost-but-not-quite-pithy bitterness that reminds me of the striking balance and deft maneuvering displayed once again by those Lupulin luminaries at Avery.
This is a great brewery that has simply outdone itself for their own birthday celebration. I expected this beer to be good, even given its age (c'mon...), but this exceeded even my most optimistic expectations. WELL worth picking up, even here, four months later.

Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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...)

eyes...
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

nose...
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

verdict?
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice golden orange color. Glows a little brighter when held up to the light and there's perfect clarity, no haze or particles at all. Nice big off white to tangerine colored head that has some great lacing and glass retention.

The smell is good, bread, sweet, as well as a lot of tropical fruit aromas. Hops very present more pine than citrus and slightly earthy/grassy/floral. Sweeter than most Double IPAs I've had.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell, both still good. Nice malty sweetness, pale and caramel, very bready. Pinnaple, tangerine, mango ,plenty of citrus; then goes a little more earthy with some leafy pine resin and a hint of bitter onion.

Mouthfeel is good, high medium. Good carbonation level, and a lingering flavor for a little while. Pretty well balanced, maybe a little sweeter than most Double IPAs. Starts nice and sweet with bitterness that comes in stages.

We all know Avery can brew IPAs, Avery is actually the IPA that got me in to IPAs. This was a solid Double IPA, glad to have gotten a bottle.

Photo of bobhits
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review will require some adjustments after a second bottle, I just know I'm not ready to do it justice, had an IPA before hand.

This beer just explodes with hop aroma, so fresh, to fruity, so citrus, just wonderful. A deep sugary malt is in the back waiting as well.

The pour had more head than you can imagine, 3/4 of a glass of foam will form if you give it a half assed pour. A bright and clean body, completely transparent with a light orange color. So yeah knock a point or two off for not having anything floating in it or a hazy ipa look, shame on you Avery!

The flavor gives me a mix of citrus hops but with a bit more passion fruit. There's a bite to this one that reminds me of a west coast ipa, but the finish turns to a southern hemisphere like beer. I'm not sure if this is the hops or the malt doing this. A lot of nice sugars in the malt give this a nice very balance finish with so much hop focus.

Very very drinkable almost too much at 9.7.

This was bottled in may so at most it was bottled in the last 20 days. Fresh! This is really good stuff but it misses the epic world class levels. Still a worthy beer from Avery and I won't lie...I'd like to see this on tap!

Photo of rand
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

Another ace from Avery, as they celebrate their twentieth with a big, West Coast style IPA. The brew is bold in every category - ABV, bouquet, palate - but stays within a nice range and balance, never letting one aspect taking over the brew. This is probably the best IPA Avery's concocted. Here are the specs:

A: Copper-tan in color, slightly opaque with a cloudy haze. The brew forms a sticky, frothy head that traces the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is appropriately hop-forward, with a combination of earthy tea, tropical and citrus notes. The malt-profile provides a nice, sweet backdrop, but unlike a lot of big, 9+% ABV IPA's, they don't overwhelm you or remind of bread soaked in sugar water.

T: The tropical notes really jump out at first, accented by a sweet undertone. Distinct citrus as well, almost as if they added orange pith. All of this is delivered in a vinous, bitter wrapper, which sweetens mid-sip. Booze is more noticed here, which works to dry the brew, leading to a long, bitter-sweet finish. Drinkable and tasty, the flavors can stand up to many of the amazing IPA's around here in San Diego.

M: Viscous and oily-slick, the heavy body only helps to deliver the bold aspects. Fortunately, plenty of carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber with a nice two finger white head. Head dissolves and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Lots of tropical fruit. Piney hops comes through with a nice bitterness. Grapefruit really comes through at the end.

M - Nice crisp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. Well balanced througout a very nice DIPA.

Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful golden copper color with a 3 finger head.

Immediate vanilla, grapefruit, banana, and nutmeg in the aroma.

Very carbonated mouth feel.

The taste is very citrus, more rind aftertaste than fruit, although there is some light grapefruit in the taste.

The finish is very hop forward with a lot of bitterness. There is also a grapefruit aspect to the finish.

This sipper is in the same class as Maharaja- although each beer has different strengths. The Maharaja has stronger, more pronounced grapefruit. The 20th anniversary adds banana, vanilla, and nutmeg to the finish, less grapefruit to the taste.

My top two beers from Avery: the 20th Anniversary and Maharaja.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frothy, sticky yellow-white head on a reddish-golden body.

Nose is sweet and tart hops. Grapefruit, lemon and a little mango.

Flavor is tart, juicy and fruity. Super light malt body, with just enough residual sweetness to give it a minimal backbone. Hops are certainly front and center, but not really bitter. Huge flavor and aroma, low on bittering, I would guess.

Mouthfeel is tart, zesty, slightly stripping and sticky.

Overall, this is a great beer. I am a big fan of the Maharajah, and this seems to be cut from the same cloth.

Photo of Philousa
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of icehawk
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of riored4v
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Braseltonage
4.11/5  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.

Photo of schwemjw
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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!
/84

Photo of timc100
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Floral, grass, some pineapple and light tropical fruit astringency. Sweet pink grapefruit in the background along with some pine and very, very slight resin stickiness. Very noticeable breadiness and biscuit sweetness. Really nice DIPA - not very aggressive, but well balanced and big on the floral, grass, and light-fruit sweetness.

Photo of Kuaff
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank this one at cellar temperature in a tulip.

A dense, four-finger off-white head forms no matter how gradually I fill my glass. Thick, sudsy foam. The body's a bright, transparent golden amber-orange.

The aroma is hoppy, in more of a juicy sweet way than in a bitter pine way. There are some herbal notes, along with a little vanilla, which is an unexpected, but pleasant, addition. It kinda smells like flowers! Honey, and a tangy orange scent are there as well. A very good aroma.

Bitterness is way toned down for a DIPA. Quite a malty flavor that begins with some citric hops, but turns into an aftertaste of biscuity breadiness accompanied by some nice herbal bitternes. It's a sweeter, less bitter example of the style. In addition to smelling floral, it oddly TASTES somewhat flora, if that makes any sense. I also think I pick up on a hint of vanilla... pretty nice.

The feel is kind of light and thin for a DIPA, with understated carbonation. It works pretty good for this beer though, as it goes down smooth.

A fairly unique DIPA that doesn't bombard one with bitterness.

Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.