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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 06-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from hoppymeal, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a vibrant orange color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet, tart and alcoholic with citrus, brown sugar, caramel and a good amount of hops for a beer that has been aging for four years.

T: The taste is sweet and contains flavors of citrus, caramel & brown sugar. There’s a decent hops bitterness but it’s very subdued. The malt character is hearty and provides a good deal of substance. There’s a significant alcohol burn that gives it an ABW quality, but that is probably also attributed to the aging. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily enough for a beer this strong, not too filling, hell of a kick, good representation of style, Unfortunately I never drank this beer fresh, however, it seems to me that this beer has aged as well as any 2IPA can. It’s certainly a beer that you’re only going to want to drink one of but it’s a very good beer overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with foil over the cap. Pours a nice golden, copper color, clear. Minimal head/carbonation/lacing. Nose is full of alcohol, malty and hops in the background. Medium bodied, coating and sticky on the tongue. Complex, flavorful,richly malty, hops come through loud and clear. Citrusy and piney. This is obviously a big and strong beer. Malty sweetness nicely balanced by gobs of hops, 10% very nicely hidden behind all the flavor action. I love the style and greatly enjoyed this take on it. The bottle I sampled was at least a year old, so it seemed to have aged/melded together nicely. Classy and potent sipper. If you can find more of this stuff, buy it and enjoy it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 12-24-2006. Well this will be interesting. (realistically, I have low expectations)

Purchased today at Kelly Liquors, Albuquerque, NM. Maybe I didn’t notice it before, but there were several other bottles there, still. They have been on the shelf all this time (I am assuming). Here we go.

Pours a golden amber with a crème head. Nose is chalky, with light hops...and I just have to go back to the chalk description and say it is like talc almost. Flavor is still good! Woo hoo! This seems almost like an aged barley wine to me, and not so much a DIPA. Sweet on the end. Very, very light hop presence. Feel is sticky and thick. Slight alcohol presence. Still very, very drinkable. Though even without having this fresh, you can tell it has fallen off a bit from how it was fresh. For some reason as I go through the bottle, I just wonder exactly how much time this baby has left on the world before it goes totally bad. Glad to try it and maybe I will go buy the rest within the next week and a half before I leave town for good.

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

Clear, bright crimson hue, thick, active,creamy head.
Aroma is fresh and fruity, peach, apricot, and bold pine, plus candy apple, some grapefruit, and overall a huge hoppiness up in this nose.
Taste: bright, with powerful fruit, thick, and abundant, surely showing the larger ABV, a richly delicious IPA. Powerful, potent stuff, languors in the mouth, intense and rewarding.
Full-bodied, with a sweet, long finish. One terribly significant drink, a pleasure all the way down my throat!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/16/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2003 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-copper pour, 1/2 inch creamy white head with adequate lacing.

Smell- Had a bandaid type smell (phelonic?) Not real bad, but enough to take notice. Some sugary hops take up the rest of the nose.

Taste- Tasted a bit medicinal. Has very fruity and sweet hops as well as a sweet semi-dark malt background. Have a feeling the hops have faded a bit since being bottled almost 3 years ago.

Mouthfeel- Very warming and creamy. Ultra smooth going down, although now my stomach is burning.

Drinkability- I imagine in it's prime maybe late in 2003, this stuff must have ben awesome when the hops were fresh. Maybe even like a cousin to Pliny the Younger. Still is very good, but some of the flavor, I'm sure has disipated.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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 Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FROM THE LABEL: Wow! Ten Years of brewing. Wish everyone could turn their passion into a profession. It has been immensely satisfying. Thanks to all our friends and loyal fans who have made it possible. To Celebrate, we've created a Ten, a very complex blend of 10 malts, 10 hop varieties added 10 different times, 10% a.b.v., and 10 years of brewing excellence. Peace to all and follow your dreams."

Wow sounds like overkill on complexity; lets see if we can taste it shall we?

When poured we get a cloudy copper colored brew, looks nice but not great. The head never really forms and just laces the top a bit, might be due to the 10% ABV. The cloudiness never clears up.

Smell is very malty. Hop scent is surprisingly absent; didn't they use some of those hops to dry hop at least a little bit? Lots of sweet fruity scents are carried on the alcohol fumes from this; pleasant Brandy and Whisky scents not jet fuel scents. Mostly the scent of apples and honey and caramel are present and maybe a tiny bit of grapefruit. It smells OK just not like a heavily hopped American beer.

Taste comes next. Taste is heavily malty and tasty fruity with a mild hop finish. You can clearly taste the Cascade hops in this and is fairly hop laden but it's no Stone Ruination either. This has a fairly woody and earthy aftertaste. 10 different malts I can believe, but I don’t think you can really ever taste more than three hop types in a brew, they all taste like hops with a few exceptions.

Mouthfeel is milk thick.

Drinkability is good as a beer; tasty it is but not a Double IPA. This would be better described as a hoppy barleywine, as that it is pretty good. Biggest shortcoming is the lack of a hop scent in the nose. I thought about giving it a 3.5 here but it doesn't say "Double IPA" on the bottle and it is a tasty hoppy barleywine, so I give it a 4.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
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 weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for bringing this...
Appears a transparent gold orange with a small white head. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, mild oxidation, citrusy hops with mild pine.
Taste is of the same aromas with toned down hop presence that I'm sure was once lively but has since fizzled out.
Mouthfeel is caramel sweet, full bodied, and bitter.
The good news is that even though the "10 hops" seem to have faded, it would appear that the 10% abv has vanished, as it was hardly noticeable in this.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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 Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a crystal clear deep amber color with the head being modest in size and the texture frothy, as it erodes the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt aroma, very clean and fresh, quite appealing with the start richly malt and somewhat sweet. The top is middling in feel, the finish pleasantly acidic, the hops pronounced in their spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and long lasting with a bit of alcohol bitterness. A real “Belly Warmer” as it hits bottom, quite a load this one and one I enjoyed very much, a great beer from a great brewery that has grown to be one of my top ten breweries.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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 Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: This is a good way to celebrate - and Imperial IPA! Apricot-colored with a medium thin off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is well-hopped and heady. Rich-bodied with a strong hops presence, along with a little malt, spice and alcohol. The finish is long and nicely bitter. While not as complex as you may be led to believe, this is still a good beer.

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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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 cokes
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Beaver13
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ten poured a golden orange with a medium off-white head that went quickly to a thin layer and laced the glass. It had a strong aroma of grapefruit / fig, caramel and some grassy hops. I was suprised by the taste - I was expecting it to be much bolder and hoppier. It was a little thin, with some grassy citrus (peach / apricot) notes up front, then a buttery malt, followed by a subtle hop finish. Not at all what I was expecting, but it was pleasant nonetheless. I didn't notice the alcohol in the taste but it had a nice warming effect. Overall a suprisingly drinkable brew.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
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