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Avery Anniversary Ale - TenAvery Anniversary Ale - Ten

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mitchster on 06-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of comat0se
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW... Not only am I highly impressed by this beer, I am thoroughly impressed that someone in California reviewed this beer (that is brewed just down the street from me) before I did. Lucky bastard! =)

Some info about Ten from the website:
"Beer Style: Imperial IPA
Hop Variety: Columbus, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Stryrian Goldings, Bullion, Tett, Hallertau, Crystal, Challenger
Alcohol By Volume: 10.0%
Color: Apricot
To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we've created Ten, a very complex blend of 10 malts, 10 hop varieties added at 10 different times, 10% abv, and 10 years of brewing experience."

Getting down to the beer... Simply amazing. As soon as you pop the top on the bomber the aroma of fruit comes pouring out. Fruits like mango, peaches, and fresh ruby red grapefruit... not the peel but the ripe fruit. Closer examination reveals some fresh, leafy, noble hop aroma. The color is a beautiful copper-orange color, with a quickly diminishing head... the only thing that I could think to take off for, but that is really nitpicking. The taste is very fruity and slightly sweet, with moderately strong flavors of apricots, peaches, grapefruit, and hints of honey and also slightly bready. The fruits yield midway to a strong malt base tempered by some hop bitterness, alcohol, and light carbonation sting. Aftertaste is sweet fruits, and grainy malt. Slightly thick, lightly carbonated and very, very, smooth, AMAZINGLY smooth, and velvety in mouthfeel. Amazing beer, truly worthy as their tenth anniversary brew.

Here's to Ten more years!

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Photo of merlin48
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist this 22 oz capped bottle any longer, while foraging around my basement beer cellar. This one is, truly, an achievement in the annals of Colorado microbreweries. I could easily adopt LongBeachBum's assessment of this bottle's presentation and appearance, and TavernJef's appraisal of the taste and drinkability. So, I adopt their reviews as such, and incorporate those segments into my review(if that were possible). Anyway, the Avery 10 pours into my glass a clear, orange/copper amber, with a beige head that slowly diminishes into some sheets of Belgian lace.
Aroma is a "WOW!", with English, German, and American westcoast hops jumping all around a caramel and rock candy maltiness.
Mouthfeel is a robust smothering of various hops and active carbonation. Floral, citrus, piney, spicy, bitter...you name a hops sensation on the tongue and it's here.
Taste is dazzling in its complexity. Several layers of malt weave in and out of the profile: caramel, crystal, and pale malts, tease with cotton candy and toffee notes. This magical brew, however, lives up to its billing as an Imperial IPA, as the extraordinary hops rodeo gets going. Grapefruit, spruce pine, mandarin orangerind, and funky Fuggles all play well in this circus ring. Very complex, and absolutely wonderful in my book.
This is a bottle I plan to look for, and stock up on. A marvelous elixer, and noble anniversary ale for one of Colorado's finest brewers.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful double (imperial) IPA from the fine folks at Avery Brewing! Thanks to PRana for this fresh sample. This beer pours a nice dark amber/orange colour with a frothy, off-white head. The aromas are of alcohol, hops, various citric fruits, and heavy malts. The taste is a hoppy treat with a nice boozy warmth to it. There is a pleasant background malting keeping this beer together, but the hops and alcohol really shine through in this one! The mouthfeel is thick and rich, but not over-cloying and the drinkability is very good, especially considering that this beer is 10% ABV!

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Photo of Ellbert
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a wonderful beer. Exceptionally drinkable for being a 10% beer. The floral aroma of all of the different hops was amazing. The taste was so very sweet and perfectly balanced with the hop flavors. Even my girlfriend enjoyed this beer. She normally only likes Lambics.

Definitely a great beer however a little expensive, around $6.00 a bottle here.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the glass every so slightly hazy with a low, white and persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and deeply malty. The malt aromas began to fill the air as the beer was first poured into the glass. The fruity esters were well aged and added complexity to the malt aromas.

The flavor was deeply malty with a complex and intense hop backbone. The malt contained a complexity of caramel and light sweetness that mixed with the alcohol presence presented a fruity aspect that was very well achieved. The main hop flavors present were definitely American in origin, but were well aged and complex.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant fruity bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was just almost full.The alcohol was present in small amounts in both the aroma and the flavor, but only served to add complexity and did not detract. The alcohol in the finish was mainly the warming that could be observed after consumption.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks to Skidz and BIF10 (yes I have held it since last July) Bottled in 2003 on label. Great beer, wish I had more...

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Photo of Wildman
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a orange amber color and formed a nice bubbly off white lace that left laticed lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. The aroma was, wow, of hops, malt, oranges, apricots and after that initial explosion, settled into caramel. The flavor is of hops, malt, caramel and some other dark sweet flavors I can't place. The finish if of a medium body with a sweet finish tempered by the hops. One of the best Averys I have tried and worthy of it's Anniversay title.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good experiment by Avery, I didn't know what to expect. Probably over the top and hops out of balance. Poured a copper to straw color with some rust thrown in. Smells very estery, fruity, spicy. Nice hop flavoring. A boquet of aromas and quite perfumy. Tastes sweet, sweet malt. Almost Engish Barley Wine sweetness, but with lesser body. Plenty of ripe fruits: apples, oranges, mangos, pears, and peaches. Hop flavor is abundant. Mildly spicy from the hops, but with less bittering than I expected. Nicely melded from the aging and handling. Picks up some slight earthy and yeasty tones; tastes a little bread-like into the alcoholic finish. This beer never dominates or overpowers. Dangerously sweet and smooth.

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Photo of rabsten
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in spring 2007 at Marietta Wine Shop for $5.99, I've held on to it for an additional two years for no particular reason. I'm glad I did though and am a little sad that it's now gone (it was the third or forth oldest bottle in my collection).

Pours cloudy, hazy orange/amber. thin white head that disappears. Only minor, faint lacing. Tons of sediment/yeast, especially the final third of bottle. Much as I'd expect with 10 malts, 10 hops, and six additional years.

Initially the aroma was light, fresh citrus and tea. Almost an Earl Grey quality. Then, it became a sweet malt with light fruit notes. Final third, once it's warmed somewhat, it finishes with rye whisky notes.

Taste, like smell, started light and fruity, with a surprising, almost shocking, amount of hops. Peach and citrus appeared as well. Then, a mere two minutes or so later, a much maltier, sweeter taste developed. After the bottle had warmed somewhat, the whisky and cognac qualities appeared and dominated. A malty, heavy scotch ale/barleywine-like quality finished the experience.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to heavy, crisp first sip, rounder second sip, third: heavy.

First, there's very good drinkability. As noted above, it's very fresh and crisp, quire drinkable. Then, very quickly, it becomes a more complex and round drink, requiring more time to experience and process. By the final third, it's become a sipping experience, like with good single malt. Thick, yeasty, heavy, and flavorful.

So, this whole thing has been essentially three beers: 1)light, crisp, hoppy, fruity - about 4 ounces; 2) heavier, fuller, more complex barleywine; and 3) Old-ale, aged dopplebock, aged barleywine malt bomb.

Like I said earlier, I'm sad it's gone and I'll likely never have this experience again. But damn, I was lucky to have this one. This was a fine drinking experience and I'm glad I had it.

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Photo of hopdog
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (I'm glad I had a few opportunities at this one).

Poured a medium, cloudy amber color with a small head. Aromas and tastes of citrus, lightly floral, and caramel. Oranges. Nice balance. Sweet and bitter. Alcohol well hidden and easy to drink. Another solid IIPA!

Notes from 10/16/04

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Photo of Jables
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a nice creamy head.

The smell has a complex arrangement of hops with flowers, and grapefruit, as well as some piney hints as well.

The taste is similar to their regular IPA, heavy on citrus but with different hop flavors chiming in along the way. Also different from their regular IPA is the bigger malt presence, it isn't by any means BIG but its definitely there. The finish is wonderfully crisp and leaves you wanting more.

Definitely a worthy anniversary brew, congrats Avery

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Photo of mattcrill
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: cool looking bottle and nice explanation of why they are celebrating "ten". However, it's almost 2005 and it says it was bottled in 2003. We shall see how aging has treated this beer (I'm guessing with 10 hops, it will have aged nicely).

Appearance: light amber in color (suprising with 10 hops) and a crusty white head. I figured with all those hops it would be darker and cloudier. Still, an impressive looking monster to marvel.

Smell: Light hops and a good sweet base to it. Wow...I figured this bad boy would rip my nose off and hand it to me. But not so...this is a highly balanced beer of the highest order. I only hope the taste matches...

Taste: ...and it does! A nice malty base with mild hop spikes on to the palate. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. The malt sweetness hugs your tongue and the hops occasionally pick it up and slap it around. But in a playful, flirty way...not in a wife beater t-shirt wearing kind of way.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Like eating some mashed potatoes with cream and chives. It's definitely got some good body and lip numbing going on.

Drinkability: Age has done you well my 10 friend. This was a great, highly balanced beer. To be had by all.

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Photo of mcallister
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with a very nice thick white head that fades quickly into a bubbly rim job with some spotty lace here and there.

Nose is awesome very citrusy and fruit forward. Malt shows nicely big in caramel nature. Some quince and starfruit aromas with a bit of dried apricot and peach. Wonderful esters.

Sweet delicious malt with a leftover hop flavor that still has a slight bitter quality on the finish. Dried fruits and date, fig jams in the middle. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Mouth is a little soft but still very nice. A good few years of life left in this one but hops are virtually gone in the mouth.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful golden bronze, solid chill haze to its body, soft sea foamed beige head about a finger high which maintains for a good while before eventually settleing down to a thick skim, lace covers the entire glass with super thick curtains. One lovely looking glass of brew nectar. Aroma is pleasant, not as hoppy as one would perhaps hope for but lovely all the same with a nice soft piney sweetness over the top of some terrific caramel;sweet and candyish, super nice caramel, while enhaling its aroma its almost as if one can chew it or melt it in your mouth, yum! Taste follows suit with a very pleasant soft and mildly rendered hoppyness. Piney, fresh, floral, a touch of resin and a remarkably yummy caramel smoooth backing, my oh my is that some nice caramel. Feel is soft and well rounded in a medium body, smooth and a bit fluffy in its carbonation, making for some nice drinking; some very nice smooth drinking, oh yeah, yummy!

Big thanks to Gusler for the supply!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An Imperial IPA brewed with 10 different varieties of malt, 10 different hops (Columbus, Magnum, Cascade, Fuggle, Stryrian Goldings, Bullion, Tettnager, Hallertau, Crystal, and Challenger) added at 10 different times, 10% ABV, brewed for Avery's 10th year anniversary!

Pours to a beautifully clear honey and apricot colored brew, forming a whipped white head atop fine bubbles with a vigorous pour. Retention is very good with beautiful sheets of sticky brussels lace clinging tightly to the glass. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is perfumy and floral, but not obnoxiously so. Notes of delicately toasted malts, orange, honey, sugar cookies, vanilla, crisp water..this is very nice. Mouthfeel is extremely gentle and soft with a firm, dense body. Not too cloying, this beer is silky smooth and easy to drink. Taste is wonderful...again, the floral hops which are wonderfully balanced to the counterpoint of the firm, sticky malts. Toast and potent orange zest follow in the middle, and there is a hint of resinous green hops and pine needles in the lightly astringent, spicy finish. As it goes down, it warms the esophagus and belly and provides a soothing, gentle buzz. A taste of honey is left in the mouth long after drinking. The 10% abv is barely perceptable in odor or taste. Acidity is restrained compared to most other brews in this style, especially west-coast offerings. No off-flavors were noted, and my sample had no metallic taste, contrary to a few previous reviews.

This is an exceptional sipper from an exceptional brewery, up there with Salvation and The Reverend. Highyl rewarding...Seek this one out.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Competition is a good thing. I'm thrilled to be able to enjoy the results as various brewers attempt to outdue each other with a mega-IPA. Though this particular salvo in the "hop wars"is now over year old, it's still extremely enjoyable and worth a drink.

This brew came in a cap-finished 22oz magnum. Still can't figure out why some brewers insist on putting a cork in a large-bottled beer. The beer poured a marvelous medium-amber, with a healthy head. Smell was fantastic. Very complex, lots of different hop aromas dancing around. Taste did not let up any. This is a complex brew, and it's not possible for my palate to distinguish it all in just one sip. Although it's possible to sit back and enjoy the blissfull bitterness of the multifacited hops, there was a surprizing amount of maltiness as well. I'm always shocked to find a lot of malt in a massively hoppy beer. It's a welcome note, which leads to a better-balanced beer, but still a surprize. This brew was easy on the tounge, and very drinkable. I could easily finish a few of these a day, if only there was an unlimited supply.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, bready and sweet. Touches of hops, grapefruit and pine. A full bodied strong ale. As this is Avery’s 10th anniversary ale they brewed it with 10 different malts and 10 different hops. As one might guess this results in a very malty and a very hoppy beer. The malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and floral. Even with all the malt sweetness and hop bitterness competing against one another, this is a very smooth, nicely balanced beer. Very complex flavor. There is a touch of alcohol oilyness, but it hides the 10% alcohol very well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, light copper appearance. Slight, bubbly ivory white head. Retention is average. Lacing comes in patches. Sporadic patches. This one's got some huge caramel malt traits on the nose with a backdrop of citric, piney hops. The caramel malts expoled on the tongue, with a bit of toffee derived malt characteristics as well. The hops add a nice little bitterness and good flavor. Resin, cannabis, pineapple, pine sap...All contribute in minor ways to the hop profile. The mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right amount of prickly carbonation and a nice medium-full body. This is quite enjoyable. Avery is not one of my favorite breweries, but they hit the mark with this and the Czar.

Thank you cokes for this Anniversary Ale.

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Photo of Boto
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber: This beer poured a cloudy orangish color. There was very little carbonation and absolutely no head to it at all. Very nice nose. Some caramel and sour fruits. Notes of piney hops also, although they are subdued. A very good balance of a full bodied malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slightly sour aftertaste. A very good offering!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out thick with a slightly hazy but vibrant orange color. Small foamy head. Excellent lacing.
Sweet aromas of malt, caramel and oranges. A slight hint of vanilla
and a mild floral hoppiness.
The flavor was sweet/bitter with big flavors of malt, caramel and orange/mandarin. The hops were spicy and tangy and balanced out this brew very well. Alcohol was nicely concealed. Bordered on being a little cloying.
The mouthfeel was rich, creamy, sticky and viscous. Good carbonation cut the richness a bit and made the beer seem medium bodied The alcohol showed up and warmed the belly and the brain. Good stuff.
To my taste this certainly seemed closer to a Barleywine than an Imperial IPA. But hey...it was tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of mhewes
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grumpy for sharing this one

A : Pours a cloudy golden color with very little head

S : Strong malt aroma with some caramel and brown sugar notes

T : Strong malt flavor that gives it a nice strong flavor. There is some caramel and brown sugar flavors in there. There's a touch of hop betterness on it. This one has turned into a rather nice barleywine with the aging.

M : Syrupy, chewy but there's really good carbonation that makes it light on the tongue

D : Goes down easy. It's one that there is not a problem with finishing. Too bad it's going to be next to impossible to get more of it.

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Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy amber color with a off white head that dies quickly. Aroma is big and malty with lots of hops present, mixture of fruity juicy citrus hops orange grapefruity with a nice pine aroma in the background. Taste is good lots of malt background lightly sweet with big hop flavors abounding juicy fruity flavors blend and compliment the malt not an overly bitter beer light pine resin coating left in your mouth begs for another drink. Mouthfeel is on the right side of medium nice substantial mothfeel. Drinkability is very good. This beer has aged well and made for a well balanced I2PA thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this fine beer with me.

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Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer with lots of flavors mixed in. It poured a orangish copper color with a bubbly, medium sized head. Smell was fruity with a faint hop presence. The taste blew me away. I didn't really know what to classify this as. It's not an IPA in the sense that everyone knows an IPA to be. Yes, there were loads of hops but this beer wasn't bitter. There were also loads of malt. Starts semi-sweet and then becomes bready. It finishes slightly bitter but the hops are so diverse and really flavorful. Alcohol is noticed but because there are so many other flavors the alcohol really doesn't stand out that much. Somehow this big beer seemed light in body which allowed me to drink it with ease. Very well done.

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Photo of freed
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ten on my 25. I bought myself this beer for my birthday. Poured it after getting home today, and a bronze fluid filled my glass. Very intricate patterns of foam skirt the surface, waves like the horst and graben of the great basin, and a chaotic lace clings to the sides. Aroma is a confusion of hops and malt, each so abundant and dying to be known. Citrus mixed with the dusty smell of a bakery.

The taste is continuation of the aroma battle; malt provides a sweet start with a bit of tart from the hops, full bready malt body and understated bitter finish succumb to a great warming of the palate, throat, and stomach. Mouth grins, opens for more, race of flavors once again starts, this lap highlights new contestants. More malt flavors, but the hops are leading this heat.

This beer is a wonderful celebration of Avery's 10 years. Its also an excellent selection for my 25.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a year and a half in the cellar, I finally got around to moving this one to the fridge where, due to the huge back-up in my list of beers to review, it sat for another 3 months. I'd had one back in late '03 or early '04, and it's changed since then. But I wasn't expecting much from this bottle as I figured it would have lost its hop character, and it did, but there wasn't really that much to begin with. So I'm faced with a quagmire...has the mistreatment of this beer actually improved it in some bizarre way?... well, perhaps.

Even poured from a longstanding refrigerated bottle, it's orange body is still a little hazy (must be from the hops). A bit of effort was required to bring up the head, which was a creamy yellowed-white, but it dropped shortly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Fortunately, it does leaves a wall of thin, tiny splashes and specks of lace.

The nose expresses vanilla cookie-dough; the soft white innards of a fresh, hard-crusted loaf of bread; melted caramel; some resinous, subtly piney and citrusy (orange, pineapple) hops; and a touch of woodiness.

In the mouth it's medium-full and dextrinous enough to leave it creamy across the palate despite the light bristle of it's very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is rich and full, but not as sweet and bready as the nose suggests, but there is a distinct honey and orange character present. A mildly toasty side gives it breadth of character; and it's dried out a bit since I've last tasted it. The citrusy hops have lost their crispness; and the resinous/piney hops are softened a bit - yet the bitterness seems to have risen.

It finishes surprisingly dry, a bit toasty, and a touch chalky with some residual maltiness that's steeped in hop resin and lingers nicely.

As bizarre as it might seem, and completely going against the grain on what I believe regarding the cellaring of hoppy beers, I think this one has actually improved.... but I do have to note that it wasn't really overly hoppy to begin with!!! That said I'd still have to say that if you've got it, drink it now - it will only go down-hill from here.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rocky, craggy and lacey head, off-white in color that sits upon clear light amber w/red highlighted liquid. The nose is comprised of bready maltiness covered by a spicy hop note. Big maltiness is apparent at first sip. Quite bitter hoppiness comes next, though not in a palate blinding style. Fruitiness and malt sweetness returns in the swallow. Finishes long bittersweet and tasty...where's the 10% alcohol at? I don't really taste it at all, very decieving!

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
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