Opuntia | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.65%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged 9 months in Tequila Barrels with prickly pear juice added.

Added by dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
24
For Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

pour is lightly hazed copper with a white head. Nose is fruited, pear is light, hint of kiwi, sweeter, faint tequila and grain notes. Taste is fruitier, tequila is faint. Pear comes through more in the back with a moderate tartness. High carb and light body.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 2/19/14.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, agave, tequila, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and bubblegum flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of prickly pear and tequila aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - A very interesting fruit aroma. I don't smell much prickly pear on a daily basis, but it smells like it's in the cactus family. Faint tequila aroma.

Taste - Lots of fruit. Like the smell. A fruit cactus flavor. A vegetal flavor that isn't unpleasant. Seems to fit. Citrusy. Pleasant sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - I didn't expect to like this. The tequila is present and not unpleasant, which is quite a surprise.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Avery snifter. Enjoyed on 6.10.14, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a hazy, light amber color, hues of gold and copper with a thick, frothy, white head, a nice finger or so that has good retention and yields a high amount of lace. The aroma is very fun, potent tequila barrel, chewy oak, citrus, pear, strong funkiness and a surprising amount of malt. The balance seems fine, but it's just a very unusual combination of flavors for a beer, even a wild ale. The flavors are similar, more funky up front with a stronger malt presence as well, plenty of chewy oak with lots of citrus and tropical fruits, prickly pear is easily noticeable, while the tequila barrel is quite prominent towards the end, sweet agave flavor comes out but thankfully it lacks the booziness of tequila. The mouthfeel is nice, zippy, lively and bubbly that coats well with just right amount of carbonation and an easy, soft, finish that leaves just the right amount of pucker.

Verdict: A very fun wild ale from Avery, bizarre, creative, interesting, but more importantly, successful. The flavors are balanced, complex and very peculiar. The brightness and the tropical flavors are quite enjoyable and the adjuncts and barrel treatments isn't distracting at all. Kudos to Avery for their ambition here, it paid dividends.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated April 27, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of off-white head with decent retention. There is no lacing on the glass as I drink. The beer is murky with some visible carbonation. It is honey-golden in color.

S-The beer smells pretty sour with lemon, lime, and green apple flavors. It smells more sour than I remember it smelling when I first tried it on the day of the release. Anyway, there is some overripe fruit that I assume is the prickly pear, although I don't think of prickly pear as I sniff, with touches of oak and tequila. Unique, for sure.

T-The taste tracks the smell mostly with sour flavors like lemon, lime, and green apple balancing against the sweetness of the prickly pear flavor. Lurking underneath it all is a healthy dose of tequila and slightly funky oak. It is very interesting and true to the label, but I'm not sure that it is my favorite combination.

M-The feel is slightly heavy for a wild ale with semi-creamy carbonation and a wetness on the finish.

O-The tequila barrel and prickly pear definitely come through, which make for an interesting beer. While this is a good beer, and a creative one, I'm not go-go-ga-ga over it. I have a few more in the cellar and I'll be curious to see how they age because the bottle that I reviewed tasted different than I recall the bottle tasting on the day of the release (although I didn't take notes on that earlier bottle). Any, props to Avery for busting out the tequila.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- quickly dissipating head, pale cream-colored... Orange-colored body with a haze. Thin lace above the body. Visible heavy carbonation.

S- Peachy and and cherry-like. Bretty, horse blanket and earthy, and a big sour aroma. Slight caramel aroma.

T- Vinegary on the taste, something vegetal that reminds me of celery or a fresh salad. There's a touch of lemon at the finish.

M- Tart and sour at the same time, at times sweet and grainy and it has a vegetal texture. There is acidity here but it won't destroy your mouth.

It's like no other beer I've had for the vegetal quality. It's not an offtaste but rather a bold turn. I enjoyed.

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Opuntia from Avery Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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