Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten | Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - TenAvery Anniversary Ale - Ten
92 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 06-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light amber almost orange color with a nice white head about a quarter inch high leaving a nice lace. Aromas of spicy and citrus hops, along with zesty lemon, and a light caramel malt. Taste start off initially with a nice caramel, but then moves very quickly to an overpowering sugary sweetness, with some citrus hops, and a little toffee flavor. Following this, this beer continues to be overly sweet and zesty, almost cloying to the pallate. This beer finishes with a slight hop bitterness, but still the sweetness is overwhelming, and the alcohol kicks in at the end. This beer is relatively light bodied with an oily slick mouthfeel. As for drinkability, this is the first microbrew I've had to pour down the drain, for a tenth anniversary I was totally dissapointed, especially considering this was my first avery brew.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle split and poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. 1.093 O.G., 10% ABV, Keep refrigerated, Bottled in 2003!

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this bottle he picked up while we were at Martha's. Luckily, even with the 7 years of age on it, it's been in the cooler.

A - A tall pour creates no head what-so-ever. A swirl releases a thin ring of off-white bubbles. The color is a hazy apricot orange with golden highlights.

S - Huh. The nose is really strange. Some fruity mango and light citrus hop aromas with a pinch of herbs falls slightly behind a bold caramel malt nose. It smells almost barleywine-like. A swirl ruins the nose completely by adding a moldy, plastic alcohol hint that made me shiver with repulsion. Good aroma until the swirl though.

T - Toasted caramel malts make up the majority of the flavor but it definitely doesn't taste fresh in the least (obviously). Apple cider is all over the flavor and hops are next-to absent but that's a given with the age. A tiny pinch of bitter citrus.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation still. A low, lingering bitterness still comes out on the finish.

D - Not something I'm gonna finish but I gotta hand it to Avery; this beer is still decent with the age on it, it's just not very good. Also, it should be noted that this came highly recommended by a cashier at Martha's who said it was fantastic even recently. That makes me a little concerned they were trying to get rid of one of the last two bottles.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled in 2003. I couldnt believe this was still in stores. Found @ Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color that produced some yellow-like bubbles.

(S)- Some light fruits with honey & caramel. Fig-like with touches of butterscotch & toffee. A tad funky.

(T)- Lots of grapefruit and caramelized pineapple. Bits of old honey and toasted toffee. Subtle butterscotch.

(M)- A surprisingly good carbonation level at this stage in its aging,but its starting to fade. Slightly bitter. Much more malt driven at this stage too. Some citrus is still there.

(D)- I always enjoy trying super old aged beers like this. I am actually really surprised how well this is considering its 7 years old! Most DIPAs would be way too old at this stage, but this one has my respect for hanging on this long. Is much more like an old barleywine at this point or even an old ale. It isnt great, but its great considering how old it really is.

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Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle generously shared by HumuloneRed
Pours a cloudy orange color with a light offwhite head. Smell is creamy and faintly hopped butterscotch sweetness. Taste is similar with still a surprisingly hopped flavor after all this time to complement the butterscotch like creamy malt character. Seems to have held up pretty well.

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Photo of clvand0
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a light amber color with a thick head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a spicy, hoppy smell, with hints of malt as well. Not bad. The flavor has a nice malty taste - fairly complex, with some spices and a hoppy taste as well. Overall, I didn't care much for this beer because I didn't like the strength of the malts. Too strong for my taste, but a well made beer, non-the-less.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange with a decent off white head that doesn't stay. Mediocre lacing.
Aroma was mostly fruity and some malt. Where are those 10 kinds of hops?
Taste continues to perplex me. I get a mild citrusy hops and fruit mixed with an almost bready malt falvor. Oh wait. The after taste I get a bit of piney alcohol. None of the flavors are overpowering and are mixed well, just a differnet mixture.
Mouthfeel was real good. Slick and yet creamy.
Drinkability is tough. I would have another if I could find one just to try and get the flavors right again, but other than that I dont think I'd drink much more of it in one sitting let alone ever again.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear amber, surprisingly so, generous white head with irregular bubbles, many of which are ridiculously oversized. Aroma is pretty faint for a beer with that much ingredients, slightly vinous with notes of alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is initially very sweet, toasty cookies malt with a complex hop character, obvious alcohol. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste that stays on the tongue for quite a while and is very warming. Low-to-medium lacking body like Hog Heaven as MartinT points out, slightly creamy. While this bottle is around a year old, this could definitely be a bit more mellow. A living proof that it takes more than a bunch of ingredients and big numbers to make a fine tuned crafted brew.

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Photo of MaggieReed
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK so this is at this point a 6 year old bottle of beer, so im not sure how long its been sitting on the shelf at marthas. it could be that this is just too old...but, i first detected in the smell the faintest hint of olive juice...like...from a jar...poured a very nice orange- olive smell followed up by malt...almost no hop character. Taste was ok- fruity with caramel notes, but a strange olive character right up front, and a little bit of an off flavor all the way in the back too...like burnt sugar. I was not impressed, but I think a few years ago this would have been a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of ElGordo
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber-orange hue topped by a small creamy white head. Balanced aroma of sweet malt and fruity hops, tempered by a bit of Belgian-esque yeast and a good bit of a phenolic character. Notes of biscuit, caramel, pine resin, and alcohol. Palate is complex - slighty sweet malt, rich fruity hops, and assertive yeast. A syrupy sweetness pervades, probably a result of aging this beer significantly past its prime. The significant alcohol content makes its presence known. I wish I hadn't sat on this one for so long. Truthfully, it's still interesting in its current state, but just barely drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A copper color, pours with an off-white tannish head. From the aroma I get notes of orange, lots of alcohol when agitated, and a general floral hoppiness. Surprisingly upon first taste the beer is quite malty and mellow, a soft pleasing taste overall. It is a little sweet and predominantly malty at this point. A light amount of hop flavor, and not all that bitter at all. One gets a hint of alcohol in the finish, but pretty low considering this beer is 10% alcohol. This beer is not overly thick, this is the perfect amount of body for a beer of this size. There is a hint of sherry in the nose and in he finish of this beer, perhaps it is starting to age/ oxidize a bit. The alcohol melds with a hint of orange flavor in the finish. I wonder what this beer was like fresh, it is still reasonably good but I am sure, or at least I hope, that the 10 types of hops used must have faded considerably.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in the refrigerated section of Siciliano's so I figured what the hell. Cloudy orange with a decent tan head with nice lacing. Hops still stand out quite a bit in this for its age. Malt sweetness and alcohol have definitely caught up to any big hoppiness this may have once had. Some other elements in the nose as well that make it interesting. Sweet caramel malt is most dominate in the flavor. Citric and piney hop flavor are there but not as big as they once were most likely. There is still a good bitter bite to it that adds to the taste. Light bitter sweet flavors linger a bit in the aftertaste. A bit syrupy in feel but other wise decent mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but this isn’t something I would pick up too often. Interesting brew at this point but I am guessing it will be downhill quickly from here.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 22 ounce Bomber that was recently beer-napped along with its two older Brothers, The Czar and The Beast, on a recent trip to Phoenix. A large single black label with a wallpaper pattern of dark green hops covers 300 degrees of the bottles circumference. The Word ‘Ten’ is scripted in gold on the front label with the words ‘Avery Anniversary Ale’ in purple above and a oval that has ‘Bottled 2003’ below. Small gold print in the corner tells me that the Original Gravity was 1.093 and the Alcohol is 10% by volume. The right side of the label explains the significance of the 10. Crown capped with some gold foil wrapping.

Appearance: A lovely clear peachy orange golden body that has some summer sunset hues to it when the light dances through its body. The head that forms is a thin ¼” covering, just off-white, but smooth looking with some large bubbles that crater the head and collapse quickly leaving the beer with a thin stretched covering that still resembles a head. Crusty lacing which beads in places. Average levels of carbonation aid head retention.

Nose: Hops are certainly discernable in the nose, harsh hops with little in the way of any floral aroma. Some resinous hop oils and sweet caramel malts as the beer warms.

Taste: A light alcohol start entrances sweet malts and some bitter hops in the middle. Neither is dominant, but sort of intermingles and rotates the lead. Bitterness is more prevalent in the finish and most entertaining once the beer has been long swallowed. But the bitterness never gets to the levels I would expect; it’s almost as if the 10 Malts and 10 Hops balance each other too perfectly. I didn’t get much of a warming affect either from this which surprised me. Ever had a Sweet-Caramel-Malt-Hop Burp? You will if you drink this!!

Mouthfeel: Perplexing, I thought this would have a bigger feel, a strong robust feel, but it is nothing more than an above average mouth I find. Sweet at first, oily resin hops on the cheeks to finish, neither of which is that bothering or outstanding. Lingering bitterness in the mouth cheeks long after the beer has gone.

Drinkability: Well it starts fine, but after a while, it becomes a heavy drink, almost stodgy at times. The promise of so many Hops is painfully tantalizing, but the Malty/Hop porridge fails to deliver anything ultimately. Definitely a case of too many Cooks (Ingredients) spoil the Broth (Beer) I think.

Overall: 10 Years of Brewing, 10 Malts, 10 Hops, added at 10 different times, giving a 10 Percent ABV beer, which gets a….. ‘7.1 out of 10’. What?? Oops!! What the F**k happened?? I’m not sure. It’s not a bad beer, but it falls short of something that I would want to celebrate my 10th Anniversary of anything with. Overall this is a tad under whelming to be honest, especially with so much hype and Hops – where are the Hops? Maybe the Malts and Hops are so perfectly balanced as to neutralize this beer. Weird. But it definitely lacks something for such a big beer IMVHO.

I hope its two Older Brothers, The Czar and The Beast; kick my ass later for giving their cocky Younger Brother a good beating in the playground! We’ll see.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up three bottles of Avery Eleven several weeks ago and had given up hope of ever finding Ten. When I saw it in a beer store last week I had to buy a bottle if only to compare it to this year's version. Since it's a hoppy beer that's over a year old, I have my doubts about how well it has held up. Avery did a nice job with the bottle and label. Very classy looking.

Amberish orange with the same citrus pulp-like floaters that are present in Avery IPA. The head is large, stiff and resembles whipped cream as it falls. Absolutely phenomenal lace; there's a nearly solid blanket coating every square inch of glass. In fact, it looks more like actual lace than any beer lace that I've ever seen.

The nose is pleasantly hoppy, but is a little more subdued than I would like. Again, age is most likely the culprit. I remember seeing the hop bill on the Avery web site, but it's been a while now and I can't remember the specifics. Going by the nose, I'd say that Cascade and/or Centennial have to be present. Alongside the grapefruit and orange zest is a healthy quantity of caramel malt.

I'm not overly impressed with the flavor profile. It's dominated by a huge, sweet, caramel-drizzled, brandy-soaked, cake-like maltiness. As expected, the hops play a supporting role with underwhelming hop flavor and bitterness. They just aren't able to stand up to the onslaught from the malt. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and oily. I generally like big-bodied beer, but this one is so ponderous that I'm finding it somewhat difficult to drink.

Avery brews good beer and I'm especially fond of their IPA. Ten, however, drinks like an experiment that didn't quite work. Ten varieties of malt and ten varieties of hops at a 10% ABV must have seemed like a good idea, but it doesn't make for a very good DIPA. I'm glad that I got the chance to drink it for comparison's sake, but I won't lose any sleep over the fact that it's a limited edition.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ole girl pours out an amber tone with a bit of white head. Lacing follows rapidly. Nicely carbonated. Looks faahn.

Smell is a bit off. Not much hop character left at this late hour in Avery Ten's life. Mostly malt with an air of spoiled or stale quality to it. Disappointing. There is no bouquet to speak of here. Only bastardized sugar.

Taste is more of the same. This old girl did not hold up well to father time's assault. There is barely a touch of bitterness. Mostly just malty sweetness with a feel of some other kind of contaminated proliferation. Avery brews seem to have a particular base flavor which is evidenced here in a not so savory light. A bit sour and wild. Avery typically has a certain malt essence to it that is notable here but has been corrupted with age. This has a long shelved barley wine feel to it while lacking all of the desirable traits of an IPA and all of the finer things contained within barley wine's character. I wish I had drained this vessel when it was still in its youth. This beer has transformed from something other than a double IPA. It still has some depth of character, yet it is not what it was meant to be. As an abomination it is pretty good nonetheless. It is not however, a double IPA at this particular space and time. Therefore, I must grade it accordingly.

Mouthfeel is almost a non issue. It is medium.

Drinkability is just appropriate. This sample is hopefully not the same Avery Ten that came out new.

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Photo of BRLockwood
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kbub6f
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium-small, yellowish, creamy, dense, foamy head leaves filmy lacing. Clear, reddish-orange beer. Sweet and hoppy goodness in the nose. Creamy, with a little milk-gone-bad. Lots of hops in the sugary front. Alcohol too. The middle is a thick, sweet, syrupy maltmurk. Major alcohol in the finish underneath a dark hoppiness. The alcohol is surprisingly obvious for a beer so crammed with big tastes. It does fade a little with temperature. The parts of this beer are good, but for me they're so big that it turns into a muddy, cough syrupy mishmash. I've got a couple of bottles in the penalty box for unsportsmanlike. We'll see if they mellow by next Christmas.

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Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Orange beer with brown-ish tones, it looked very hazy. Despite a vigorous pour, it had an impossibly thin head and lace.

Smelled of a comforting albeit typical grapefruit with pine aroma, and notes of melon rind. too. The malt had shades of honey, toffee, and faint roast. Slowly it opened to soft herbal and grassy scents, and a little butterscotch as well. Fairly sweet, in sum.

Tasted straight off like an alcoholic grapefruit juice, with a husky citric bitterness yet still juicy on the tongue. Buttery flavors wash over lightly and then intense florals bite you with their vegetal bitterness (e.g. endives). The malt backbone has the soft ease of a fluffy cornbread. Unfortunately, a bunch of spicy alcohol toward the end hurts things, constrasting strangely with a creamy-yeasty finish.

Nice full mouthfeel, as I think it should be with Double IPAs. A pleasing beer, very complex from that crazy grain bill, but not a wow-er.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine rind malty sweetness in the nose. Peach carbonated hazy slightly murky white look in the glass. Not much head retention at all after the pour. Very very slight white head. Big grapfruit bitterness upfront with some lemon and white pepper in the finish. Big full chewy thick malty mouth (a little too full...) this hurts drinkability a little. (bottled in 2003) Just not all that and a bag of chips.. it's unbalenced and confused in its flavor delivery IMHO.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of hops I figured an aniversary beer brewed with 10 different styles of hops has got to be the best thing ever bottled. Alas, I was wrong. Albeit it isn't the best...but not the worst either.

Beer poured to a nice orange hue with a fairly thick head which thined out after a bit, but still enough to leave some lace on the glass.

The taste seemed a bit too sweet to me..I would have thought that with all the hops in here the bitter factor would have been through the roof.

Fruity aroma with stong hints of the 10% abv.

Not a bad beer....just think it wasn't worth the the $7 a bomber.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: A ton of hops, but beyond that, some orange and banana smells. Took me awhile to come up with banana, not a Belgian banana, but banana is as close as I can get.
Appearance: Amber orange yellow glass with a long lasting white head. Nice lacing with solid tide marks noting sips. Second pour has a few little floaties in there, hop bits?
Flavor: 10 kinds of hops, but tropical fruit and some slight malt sweetness support the assault. A slight odd/off kinda stale but not bad taste going on as well. The bottle has to be close to 2 years old, but you would think this would age nicely.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light, call it a medium body, with some serious lip numbing going on. Pretty smooth and not overly oily.
Overall Impression: I hit Eleven (11) pretty hard, this one works a little better, possibly due to aging. It seems rounder, smoother, better put together. Where 11 was disjointed, this is more of a complete package. I slightly odd IPA, some different tastes involved, but enjoyable. Drinkability is impaired by the 10% abv, but the alcohol is next to invisible in the taste until it warms a bit, then it is a bit hot. A good celebration of a milestone; Viva Avery!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark orange color, slightly hazy. Thin pale yellow head manages only a thin cap, but laces well.

Aroma - hoppy, juicy, citrus and dark fruit combined with a noteworthy alcohol presence.

Taste - huge alcohol and malt to start. Peach flavors are first, turning more citrusy and bitter on the swallow. The sweetnes and the alcohol inhibit any subtleties, though I doubt there were any intentions to that end. Very big and boozy, it makes an aggressive assault on the palate, over-muscles it to some extent. Comes across tasty but immature style-wise.

Mouthfeel - definitely smooth, the beer's high point. Carbonation is active, but the beer just slides through the mouth, very nice.

Drinkability - a novelty, not something I'd hunt down but worth the experience.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an imperial IPA and, therefore, borne of Rogue I2PA and the Dreadnaught every BA has come to cherish. Between the two, the limits of hop infused, superconcentrated beer have been reached; Avery takes a step in a new direction here which is why, I contend, the BA ratings are so "love it or hate it."

With Ten, the often taxing imperial IPA bitterness (how is it different from a barleywine, again?) is ditched in favor of an aggressive hop flavor schedule. The malts are favored, yes, but remember that IPAs were made to survive long boat trips from Britain to India; high hopping helped to preserve the beer, but high sugar levels are just as effective. An IPA doesn't have to be hard to drink. This is more of a fortified malt beverage than a beer (as port is to touriga nacional and other portugese wines). The deep flavor profile is of note; most exceptional is the toffee nose and long dried apricot finish reminiscent of sweeter riesling that, on their own, make this beer approach classic status. The initial taste is green and leafy, floral with citrus and malt sugar.

As the beer warms, the alcohols come to the forefront on the nose, but the aggressive flavors of this beer come to balance them.

The syrupy malt, as fulfilling as late harvest sauvignon blanc or any good dessert wine, comes to be sickening. The first taste is "wow," the final taste a debilitating "whoa." Of course, the 10abv also starts to catch up with you and, unlike Dreadnaught, the flavor isn't profound enough to ignore your twitching liver. The sad thing about Avery Ten is that is loses itself in itself. At times, I feel as though this beer is drinking itself and not at all concerned with how I feel about it. Though complex, is this beer ten-hop-ten-malt complex? That seems unfair to ask, but if Avery wants to market it this way, the beer has to live up to it. Great beer has layers of taste -- I immediately think Sierra Nevada Celebration -- that manage to package themselves harmoniously only to dismantle themselves and reattach for an overall experience that is a new child of sensatia greater than the parents: order in chaos. Though there are several tastes in Ten, they are all ultimately one dimensional -- good, but hard-headed and stubborn to mature.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear orange-hued golden. Small and vanishing pale khaki fizz.
Pineapple nose is coupled with a toffee malt base along with evident alcohol and metal. Not as strong smelling, hop- or alcohol-wise, as expected.
Malts lay their cards first. Toasted caramel and barely contained plummy dark fruits. A buttery toffee lies below. Turns increasingly fruity and the hops begins to manifest themselves. Mango and kumquats soaked in gin. Turns more bitter, but never assertively. The malt-hop confrontation continues throughout. Cracker dryness competes with pine needles and loads of orange-rind. Sourdough faces off with acrid metallics. Herbals draw a bye and are left uncontested. Though this is not as hoppy or as flavorful as one might expect. Alcohol contributes too much to the overall fray, and is continually gin-like and ever-present, perhaps with some additional white rum sweetness. It's never obnoxiously hot, however, a good deal of the perceived bitterness is octane-induced.
Medium mouthfeel belies the relative heft of this beer. This is a meaty-ass brew, though never too heavy or cloying.
Overall, a solid, huge IPA, but probably a bit too filtered for its own good. A little yeasty softness would reap substancial benefits. It is certainly interesting and worthwhile, just a bit "hard" and exposed.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly dark amber with a hint of ruby. The head is sluggish and short lived. The aroma has a bit of that old fruit barleywine aroma, but there’s not enough of it there to qualify. There’s a good bit of caramelly malt in the aroma, but very little hops. The malt is biscuity with the caramel and the alcohol never really shows it’s true strength.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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