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Ross's's' Melange - Avery Brewing Company

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild ale with Chardonnay grape juice, aged in Chardonnay barrels.

(Beer added by: Doodler on 06-21-2013)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-14-2013 17:24:21 | More by djrn2
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a lot of ownership, Ross must really like dry white wine because like the beer's name suggests, the chardonnay character owns this beer!

Bright, like bubbly chardonnay- the light straw beer proudly shows off its streaming carbonation to form a cottony-white cap of foam. Its racing appearance is near brilliant despite a modest haze. Its fizzy-fluffy retention reforms with a gentle swirl each time right down to the last sip..

The sharp and tangy aroma of chardonnay also commands the nose as white grape, green apple and a mild lemony sulfur note wafts about. A crisp bread note is short as is quickly overtaken by the fruity and fermented acidity. Cork-like in character, a musty and woodish aroma rises and captures the senses like sea air and damp hay.

In similar fashion, the taste of chardonnay takes center stage on the palate as those tangy, tart and semi-sour flavor layer upon the tongue- white grape, lemon, apple, under-ripened berry all reinforce a dry vinous taste. However, a wafer-thin cracker taste supports the vinous taste with its own terse bread sweetness. But a quick finish ensures a piquant souring with cork-like must, dry oak, and a pleasant brine character.

Its dry and light body is aided by its unsurprising champagne-like carbonation. Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness and exacerbates the beer's tartness, mineral and peppery character. A fleeting finish of powder and wood spices once again affirms the ale's wine-like tone.

Ross' winy thumbprints are all over this beer. Even as this saucy elixir turns its back on its beery roots in favor of the vine, there's enough of that unique Belgian-esque sourness to relate to the puckering taste that I love so much in sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 17:20:48 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

10-11-2013 20:39:08 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2014 05:12:13 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-18-2014 05:15:26 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 01:12:53 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-20-2013 21:10:46 | More by JAHMUR
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-17-2013 18:47:51 | More by mdfb79
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Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

11-22-2013 02:08:26 | More by XmnwildX12
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-04-2013 21:10:44 | More by MarkyMOD
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-09-2013 07:41:19 | More by zestar
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-02-2013 03:54:17 | More by Gonzoillini
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-17-2013 23:56:51 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-04-2014 04:04:40 | More by afsdan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ Euclid Hall, #4 in the barrel aged bike ride

A beer very similar to Cascade the Vine in my opinion - light, clear body, active carbonation and a nice head. Full blown chardonnay throughout, champagne yeast, grassy, green grape, sour apple. I have no idea how this was 11% - dug it, but I am giddy for champagne barrel aged beers

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:55:25 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-01-2013 14:26:38 | More by drummermattie02
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.13.14
Bottled June 04 2013

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy white head that fades fast.

S - Oak, white grapes.

T - Odd chardonnay grape-like and oak.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Odd, just plain - sweet odd! Chardonnay in an odd way.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 06:09:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-28-2013 22:27:02 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-27-2013 22:33:36 | More by Gobzilla
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2013 02:00:04 | More by eawolff99
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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-08-2013 21:33:20 | More by Holland
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-16-2013 22:22:16 | More by AlexFields
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-26-2014 17:36:15 | More by BMart
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received bottle in trade with LotsofLupulin- thanks!! Appearance is very light in color with short lived white head. Some spotty lace present, but not much. The nose is full of Chardonnay character with heavy white grape must, a healthy dose of lactic acid, a touch of funk, and plenty of character from the barrels. The taste starts with sweet grape juice and quickly dries and has Chardonnay all over it. Sourness is second thought as the wine character really overshadows. The finish is quite dry. The high abv is masked well. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this has a very champagne like quality as it tastes like a heavily carbonated white wine. The brett is present on the nose but seems a little lost in the flavor. Definitely a unique offering from Avery, not quite as enjoyable as some of the sours in this series though.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:59:11 | More by homebrew311
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birchstick

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

11-06-2013 05:09:57 | More by birchstick
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Ross's's' Melange from Avery Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.