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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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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 92
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 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 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 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 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 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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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 maxpower
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange color with decent creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Sweet candy like citrusy aromas, sweet roasty malty caramel with grapefruit flavors, nice balanced and complex, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, some alcohol in it's lasting sticky finish.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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 SheepNutz
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a light amber color with half a finger of head, even on an aggressive pour. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty and has lots of citrus aroma. There's just a little bit of hops to the smell. The taste is very heavy on the malt and alcohol for the style. Very strong alcohol taste. The amount of hops is very low for this IPA. Seems more like a regular Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is very heavy and strong. The drinkability does suffer from the 10% abv.

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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 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 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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