Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten | Avery Brewing Company

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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 HappyHourHero
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel malt and piney hop aroma, nice and thick, with a splash of alcohol. Small, off-white head fades slowly to a film. Apricot colored beer is slightly hazy with little carbonation. Sweet cereal malt and resinous hop flavor, mildly bitter towards the end. Leaves a coat of flavor on the back of the tongue. Moderate bodied beer, slightly chewy texture. Big beer, almost a barleywine, hops on the bottle are slightly misleading as this beer has a solid malt base.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a bubbly white head. The smell is citrus and a good bit of alcohol. The taste is a mix of the citrus and grassy hops, without balancing all too much, and a strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. As for drinkability, probably would be too alcoholic and unbalanced to have too many of.

An interesting experiment....10 hop varieties and 10% ABV. This one just doesn't work as it should. Avery has been a standout brewery in my mind, and this one doesn't lower their flag in any way, but doesn't raise it higher either.

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Photo of Skidz
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow and sits a reddish-orange in the glass with a little white head on top.

Smells of hops, caramel and some light citrus notes. A very light malt presence is there, but very well covered by hops.

Taste is highly sweet, yet surprisingly well balanced. Starts out with some caramel and fruity esters (apples, pears, raisins, figs), then moves into hop oil country (Notes on this in mouthfeel). Bitters come in slow and gradually, but come out strong. Citrus and leafy flavors come out in a controlled, bitter finish. A very different taste, but also quite intersting.

The mouthfeel is perhaps the most peculiar thing about this beer. This beer boasts a very large body and feels syrupy in the mouth. Hops oils coat all ends of your tounge and mouth, leaving you with pleasant flavors for a long while after swallowing. Carbonation is light and helps keep the flavors flowing, though it makes it much harder to pick out aromas.

I'd like to be able to drink more of this, but one bottle of this thick, syrupy beer is just so much. The flavor is all there, but the body is a bit strange.

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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 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 silenius
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More like a strong old ale than an IPA.

Sweet floral hops on a bed of sweet and syrupy malt. This was actually a very nice beer to drink, but not in the IPA style I expected. To my limited palate it was like a hoppy strong old ale (like a Bell's Third Coast Old Ale with extra hops). Sweet and comforting with floral hops. Nice.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice white head. Great lace drapes the sides of the glass.

There is a rich sweet malt aroma that absolutely dominates the nose. A touch of alcohol lighlty touches the sinuses.

This is a very sweet beer, but not too sweet. The hops are present, but more for texture than for flavor. There is carmel, toffee and other sweet elements that make this taste like a thin barley wine.

This is a pretty thin beer that boasts ten different malts. That did not detract from the experience of savoring the beer. The sweetness keeps you from gulping it and allows you to really enjoy the levels of malt.

This is a very drinkable beer that I would love to sample again. Overall, I was disappointed because the ten hop additions were not as assertive as I would have liked. However, I was pleased with the quality of this enjoyable beer.

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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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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 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 mzwolinski
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I quite looked forward to this brew from Avery, given my pleasant experiences with their other beers. This one pours a crystal clear copper in color, with a medium off-white head, and moderate carbonation. On giving it a whiff, however, I found that there just really wasn't all that much there. A bit of resinous hop aroma undergirded by a sweetish caramel malt, but nothing like what I expected from a mix of 10 freakin hops! The flavor started off surprisingly sweet -- grape-like citrus -- then develops into a somewhat piney/spicey hop flavor with a fair amount of alcohol warming and taste. Caramel malt lingers in the background but doens't stand a chance. Surprisingly, the finish isn't really all that bitter. The hops seem to lend more flavor than actual "tingle." Not my favorite double-IPA, but still, it's an interestingly complex hop profile, and worth giving a try.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-copper color. Very nice smell, hoppy and malty together. Taste very reminiscent of the style, with a good floral dose too. Nice and hoppy with good maltiness. Not as hoppy or as malty as DFH 90 minute or Dreadnaught, but still a good brew. Not as thick as I expected from an IPA of this magnitude.

A good brew, well worth the money.

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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 Rastacouere
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
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 kbub6f
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -9.2%
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 Edwin
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Served in the 22oz bottle with a gold-embossed label. Pours out a thick amber color with some head on top. Looks like a sure-fire winner in my book.

Smell - Blasted with hops, which to me is a great scent. Some floral and citrusy scents inside which beckon to me. A nice alcohol smell on the end.

Taste - I really enjoyed this brew. Lots of hops and some fruitiness therein, which is strong, but not overpowering. I loved every sip of this one. So much complexity and personality.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and a bit tangy on the tongue. Almost a barleywine feel to it.

Drinkability - 10% ABV, so watch your intake of this one. I love the flavor and the overall complexity, so I may brave 2 of these 22oz beauties, butI would surely have to do it in the comfort of my own living room.

Overall - some people are giving this one the thumbs-down, but I love this one. If you like hops and some experimental brew, this one is for you.

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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 CRJMellor
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown and orange that is slightly hazy. Aroma is dark and citrus fruits with a mild yet spicy hop note in background. Taste is a definite wow ! Grapefruit and prune juice in the front, some oily bitterness and neavier malt in the middle, followed by a mildly bitter spicy end. Slight hint of alochol in the aftertaste. Almost too much going on with this one but is very good. Only issue I see is that its acutally very sweet so drinkability becomes an issue.

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Photo of clvand0
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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 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 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 ngandhi
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BierReise
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber Bottled in 2003 Poured clear golden with an orange tint. Head is small and lacing seems minimal. Has a somewhat hoppy aroma and a bit of doughy malt. Alcohol is noticable also. Body is medium and smooth. Flavor is sweet and bitter. The mix of hops and malt are almost even. Has an alcohol burn at the end. Nice warming sensation. Overall pretty decent.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brewery website describes this as an "imperial IPA" - I won't debate the existence of that style, besides, this hit me as a strong ale/barleywine, more akin to Arrogant Bastard than anything else. A nicely complex beer - the multiple malts and hops put to good use. Hefty mouthfeel with a spicy malt and bittersweet well-hopped finish. A fair bit of fusel alcohol flavors, making the middle a bit raw. I'd vote to lay this one back for a while.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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