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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty OneAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Avery Twenty One
22 ox. brown glass bottle, coded "14160B6 10:25261"
$$7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Avery never fails, and their "Twenty One" is no exception. This "Imperial India-style Brown Ale" is really more "Imperial" because of its girth than it's hoppiness.

The base is a rich but not over-blown maltiness that's softly roasty and chocolatey, as well as directly grain-like. At it's heart it has that barley sweetness that you find in bigger beers like barley wine and old ales, yet it's not full in the mouth... I'd say it's medium-full leaning towards full, but it's also slightly crisp, and then silky smooth. Alcohol, of course, makes its way into the equation as well, giving it a subtly spicy flicker.

It has a solid bitterness, of course, which balances the malt and dries it; and the alcohol helps a little bit as well. It's only 8.3% alcohol but it shows. In certain beers I'd say that that's a defect, but in other beers, such as this one, it's almost a necessary component - without that delicate pinch of alcohol you might find the beer to be somehow dull or lack-lustre. The alcohol livens it a bit, and for an "Imperial" ale isn't that kind of a requirement?

Hops, of course, are also required in an Imperial Indian-style ale and there are plenty of them, but they aren't that aggressive. They don't jump out at you, and they don't overwhelm. If there were any more than what's already there, you wouldn't find the maltiness as it is; and I think, in fact, that you'd find a skewed beer, and maybe a different style altogether. No, this beer is about stability and balance. But what of the hops themselves? Well, they perch atop the malt, giving off a beautifully floral, softly citrusy, and delicately piney essence. If you search you'll also find some fruitiness, although I felt that came through more as a secondary to the malt in the flavor: there I found apple and red berries, backed by light pineapple, papaya, melon, and lastly, guava. Back to the malt, if it were any more roasty or chocolatey I think you'd lose some of the hop character.

As is often the case, the beer changes as you drink it, with the temperature increasing, and your palate becoming accustomed to certain flavors. Initially leaning more towards malt, as it warms that sways over to hops. That's part of its complexity.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and I could see drinking more than one of these in a row (but not two, because the strength will get to you). Nicely balanced! Worth seeking out before it's gone.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a frothy, medium-sized, beige head.

Smell: Predominant hop notes, with aromatic resins, oily citrus peelings, and moist, fresh-cut bitter herbs which, when hitting the nutty, toasty (lightly roasty) malts, gives a spiced woodsy vibe.

Taste: Charred bread crusts housing a little amount of brown sugar sweetness. Slight nuttiness. Grassy, sharply herbal tones, resinous, with supporting pithy tangerine and grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Small bits of sugar cookie and tempering sweetness try to emerge, though the beer ultimately finishes dry, resiny, and grassy, with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: For those vehemently demanding a bit more hops in their browns.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As American brewers continue to put a stranglehold on British beer styles, the brown ale is no exception. Imperial strength, drier body, toasty flavor and deep hop bitterness are just a few techniques at the brewer's disposal and Avery is content to use them all for their 21st anniversary ale.

Its dark brown austere promotes the character of statesmanship and masculinity though not quite black or brilliant. And that all carries over to a toasted taste and early aroma that unfolds with coffee, chocolate, burnt toffee and roasted walnut. Burnt citrus, grass and pine waft about and do more than simply balance the early palate.

As sweetness lightens across the middle, the toasted flavors rise along side of the hops for a taste that more resemble porter and IPA at the same time. Bittersweet chocolate edge toward cocoa, toasted bread to burnt toast and resinous pine to campfire. All the while, the taste of citrus peels develop their acute bitterness.

Toasty-dry in finish, the dark ale retains a moderate sweetness to balance the lightly roasted acidity and strong grassy, piney and citrusy bitterness. With mild alcohol warmth assisting to dry, the toasted elements overshadow any residual sweetness with ease.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark red amber colored pour with a thin off-white head that slowly evaporates. Initial hoppy aroma is mixed with some boozy brandy that entices me to drink it. Though the aroma is boozy the taste is very smooth. It has the alcohol punch but also blends in some nice hoppiness to neutralize the brandy. It works. While this is a sipping beer it was a very nice beer overall. The aging in brandy barrels really brings forth an interesting take on the Barelywine style. Nicely done.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +1%

22 oz bottle, says "bottled in May 2014" on label. Label notes "Imperial Indian-style Brown Ale"
pours a medium brown color, white head, that fades. aroma is bready malt and earthy hops. taste is a little boozy, malty flavors that start sweet with a touch of chocolate, that finishes dry and herbal. medium body - full mouthfeel. coats the mouth.

overall - an interesting beer. they didn't go crazy with the hops which in my opinion is a good thing.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: When held to natural light, clarity makes a frenzy of carbonation and garnet highlights visible, but the dark mahogany color of this beer makes it otherwise appear opaque. The beige head is pleasantly thick and creamy.

Smell: Caramel sweetness is nicely balanced by toasted malt and a generous helping of resinous, citrus, and herbal hops. Gentle notes of medium roast coffee and milk chocolate waft in from the background.

Taste: Roasted malt serves as the foundation for much brighter flavors. The taste matches the aroma--a complex, yet well balanced spread of butterscotch, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and plenty of zesty C-hops. I'd call it a roasty Imperial IPA, a style of beer that could become a fast favorite of mine if made with this level of panache. Avery Brewing Co. refers to this beer as an "imperial-India Style Brown Ale," and the taste tells me they've met their goal.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet medium-bodied, this is a sipper that's not too heavy. Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish help the wonderfully complex flavors to shine.

Overall: Avery makes my favorite Imperial IPA , Maharaja, and this anniversary beer is just as good...actually, it's better. It's very similar to the Maharaja, but with some hearty toastiness that brings more balance to the sweet and tangy, and also makes it perfect for colder weather or a cozy indoor evening. Ready to buy another bottle!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of snowmg
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jimmys
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip. bottled May 2014.

A: pours a medium brown hue. relatively good clarity. head is a brownish white hue. great retention and even better lacing. pretty fantastic looking brown.

S: a very present and very piney hop aroma. getting a mild citrus from the simcoe dry-hopping. not just hops in this aroma. there is a lot of malt too. chocolate. dry chocolate.

T: starts very rich. almost licorice like. bitter dark chocolate. some coffee. a little bit of alcohol heat. a decent portion of bitterness in the finish. all bitterness is hop derived from what I can gather. there is a slightly unpleasantness in the finish with the bitterness that I cant quite put my finger on. I just know that I don't like it.

M: carb is very smooth. silky almost. full bodied.

D: overall a big hoppy brown that needs some refinement around the edges. the malt profile isn't married exactly with the hop bomb that this is, which is probably my biggest problem. not way off, but could use a little work, IMO.

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Photo of Sinfull
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Deep brown color, good off-white head. Great hoppy aroma with notes of roasted malt. Roasted malt , citrus , grapefruit and strong bitterness in taste. Full body , medium carbonation. Long hoppy bitterness in aftertaste. Good black IPA.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours very dark brown color with 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left really good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Smells of molasses, brown sugar, piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, cocoa powder, roasted grains and coffee beans. Nice mix of malt and hops with good balance and roasted notes coming through the sweetness of the malt and hop aroma combo. Tastes like it smells, with molasses, toffee, brown sugar, piney hops, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, caramel, cocoa powder, roasted grains, coffee bean, leafy spices like tea leaf and pepper. Very tasty, smooth and easy to drink, this was a lot more hoppy than most brown ales yet still maintained the nice malty base and rich sweetness that makes for a solid brown ale. Really good brew and very above average for the style.

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4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a bit of auburn hue as it gets low. Nice head and good lacing.

S: alcohol, honey, toast/toasted malt, maybe a little cinnamon

T/M: more like a standard brown taste than the smell, but that's a relative thing. Lite woody, slightly copper bitterness behind a pumpernickel kind of bread taste. The alcohol makes it's presence early and lasts, but adds to rather than detracts from the taste. Good body, taste coats mouth a tad, carbonation sustains, but doesn't make a big presence

O: I recently made what I thought was a nice brown ale. I was not really a fan of the style, but this beer makes me think it's possible to make a nice brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One from Avery Brewing Company
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