Avery Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.18 | pDev: 6.7%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Tart and citrusy with lots of tequila character. Aged for several months in Suerte's Añejo and Reposado barrels
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a medium
dark brown tinged dark tea color with a moderate head of white foam
that settles to a thin ring with subtle lacing. Nose of faint tequila, oak,
tart lemon, lime, and pear with acidic touches. Flavors surpass the nose
with a nicely presented tart green apple and pear note dashed with lemon
and lime zest and pith with mellowing oak and tequila notes with mild sweetness
thrown in to cut through the brisk tartness. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
light carbonation, and a tart finish showing fruit notes and mellow tequila.

Overall, while I am no sour guy this is a solid little brew!


Mar 21, 2020
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whatthehull from California

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a GoT OmmeGang glass

A - pours a lovely translucent copper, with a hint of golden straw, one finger bright white fluffy head that quickly dissipates.

S - the oak is so fresh and clean smelling, the tequila is steller, clean water, nice citrus, really nice sweet, yet slightly toasted/roasted grains/malts, the sour, mixed with sugar and booze smells awesome, wow, well done.

T - sour, sweet and booze collide for awesomeness. The clean water, citrus and slight zest are nice on the back end.

M - medium minus body, nice balance, simple complexity, medium plus carbonation and plus acidity.

D - Very drinkable especially consider it is a tequila aged sour. The wild part for me is the booze flavor is there, but the ABV is still under 8%. It almost gets better the more it warms and pairs well with both sweet and savory items. Worth a share, but I'd keep this one to myself as it is retired.

Final thoughts - Not sure of the price but the ABV is about normal for sours/wild ales at around 8% and really would love this on cask in an unlimited supply at my house.

Jan 31, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a bright amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. So-so-lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of tequila, a funky, acetic quality, citrus fruit, wood, and other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a mild tequila presence (less than expected), some oaky notes, a lot of the acetic, vinegary quality, and light yeast. This is a tart and lively flavor. The tequila doesn't have quite the impact I thought it might, but it still works on its own merits. Pretty tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done, light, and effervescent beer. Drinkable.

Feb 01, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a hazy amber color with a creamy off white head. Good retention. Spotty lacing gets left behind.
The aroma is sour and offers apple cider vinegar, plum, cherry, port wine, raisin, brown sugar, toast, caramel malt, oak, and some boozy warmth.
The taste follows the nose. Very sour with potent acidity, apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar, with plum, cherry, and grape notes; a nice candied sweetness of brown sugar and caramel from the malt, oak and just a hint of tequila creeping in, and it finishes musty and earthy with grape must, and a big punch of sourness.
The feels is soft, creamy carbonation, flows quickly on the palate but leaves a sensation of silky smoothness.
A super delicious, fruity barrel aged sour!

Nov 25, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 15.14 (Including tax and discount)/12 oz bottle ($ 1.26/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 9/11/18.
“Bottled Mar 17, 2017” on front of label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark orange, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, controlled center pour), off white, medium density, fizzy, completely diminished in a few seconds, leaving a partial ring of tiny bubbles fed by slight effervescence.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light orange, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Sour and vinegary.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins sour with a vinegary, teeth-cleaning, astringency. No tequila or any other barrel-flavor found. Ends a bit sweet and sticky. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Despite the absence of barrel-aged flavor, this is still a decent sour/wild ale. Unfortunately, the price reflects the barrel-aging and not the over-all slightly-above-average quality of the brew. One and done.

Sep 11, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this a few months ago on a whim. Bottle dated 3/17/2017 like others reviewed here. With the weather turning warmer I thought this would be a good choice tonight.

Poured into a DFH tulip with a lacy white medium head over a dark old gold body. Smell is of a stringent wine-ish quality; maybe that's the tequila interacting with the malts. Anyway despite how that might sound it's not an unpleasant smell. Taste is very citrusy and tart with a nice tequila snap at the end. Carbonation is very active. Mouthfeel is fine.

Glad I snagged this good example of a wild ale.

May 27, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 3/17/17, had 2/9/18.

Pours a mostly clear darker amber, with a one and a half inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Very active carbonation. Smells somewhat tart. Aromas of tequila, agave, some malt, light mint and vanilla, some apple, oak, a little yeast, black pepper when warm. The taste is tequila, malt, agave, oak, light vanilla, light wintergreen instead of mint. Can’t imagine the last time wintergreen crossed my mind. Tart, acidic, lightly sour. A little bit of a Seven Up taste, too. Smooth, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated.

Very enjoyable and different. The aroma and flavor really benefit from the great tequila barrels. Well worth a purchase.

Apr 05, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3.17.2017

L - Copper, with clarity, some minor lacing

S - Tart, sourness, tequila, oak

T - Sugar, grapes, sourness, tequila. Extremely tasty and the big range of flavors blend well

F - Light body but full carbonation.

O - Another awesome BA brew from Avery. Tasty!

Dec 31, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, yeast, pale malt, alcohol, grass, slight wood, and a hint of herb. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level and noticeable tartness. Tastes of bacterial funk, yeast, pale malt, alcohol, grass, slight wood, and a hint of herb. Overall, weaker appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Nov 28, 2017
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Viaduck from California

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty orange-amber color, it’s slight head made of coarse bubbles quickly subsides to a ring around the circumference. Aroma is slighly muted, notes of vinegar, lime & honey & butter. Taste is moderately tart, mouthwatering but yet dry. Flavor is green apples, pear, limes, vanilla, a little bit of malt & hint of tequila flavor & it’s firey finish. Medium body with plenty of sensations to keep the tongue occupied. Overall it’s a bit pricey for 12 oz bottle but just like every other brew that I’ve tried from Avery it is great.

Nov 18, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of tequila on the nose with an accompanying faint malt and moderate clean sourness.

A: Light brown color, hazy, wth a golden hue, hazy, with almost no head that forms a very thin ring around the glass.

T: Bready character with citrusy notes, moderate tequila flavor, followed by a clean moderate sourness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious; the beer has a lot of tequila in the aroma, but the flavor really opens up with citrus and a clean sourness that really balances all the components.

Nov 10, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/17/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, peach, melon, berry, green apple, red/white grapes, hay, straw, grass, tequila, oak, honey, agave, brown sugar, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, pepper, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrels, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, peach, melon, berry, green apple, red/white grapes, hay, straw, grass, tequila, oak, honey, agave, brown sugar, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, pepper, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, peach, melon, berry, green apple, red/white grapes, hay, straw, grass, tequila, oak, honey, agave, brown sugar, white bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.35%. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly lactic/drying finish. Really great well rounded Brett/Lacto complexity, awesome Tequila barrel presence, and balancing pale malts against acidity. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Sep 30, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt amber with a large, fluffy off-white head settling to a thick collar.

Smell is muted, but has a sort of Flanders Red cherry char with some veg, pepper and hints of vinegar.

Taste is where the show begins, as sharp acid introduces some charred barrel, green apple and grapefruit. The acidity softens after a few moments, but still leans acetic as it brings in notes of cranberry, lemon, lime and an unusual earthiness not often found in sours. Once Tequilacerbus came to temp, the distinct note of agave tequila presented in the aftertaste and the swallow.

Mildly sharp with a softening froth and a semi-dry finish.

Sep 10, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber body; frothy, fizzy head; head pops and fizzes down in size fairly quickly, ultimately fading to a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. Tart, lemony aroma with suggestions of tequila. Big sour flavor infused with an agave undertone; fresh cut lime. Medium-heavy body; tart and acidic on the palate.

A respectable little offering from Avery, that delivers a fine blend of wild ale character with a tart, lime-like tequila edge.

Sep 08, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent copper with a pinky of fast-falling cream colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, Tequila

T: Red grape, sourness, a little bit of grassyness & a little oaky dryness up front. Oaky dryness & a little white wine as this warms. Finishes bone dry, oaky with white wine

MF: Medium body with slight carbonation

Thought this was pretty good, was hoping for great

Sep 02, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange with an impressive head building atop; splotchy lacing all around

Smell: The Tequila barrel impact blossoms, with agave and oak; lime, carambola, funk, lactic tones and a vinous character

Taste: Lactic lime and carambola forward, with the agave and barrel tones blooming; acetic, funky and vinous, through the middle, with the agave flavors coming back strong, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet, despite the ABV

Overall: A lot going on here and all of the pieces in the puzzle come together; skillfully brewed

Aug 21, 2017
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a tequila barreled beer where the tequila is up front!!! I love tequila when used in conjunction with sour/wild style beers and this one nails it....the only downfall is the price per bottle. Will still pick another up, if I see it.

Jul 06, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from the tap, this might be my favorite of the tequila aged beers these guys have put out. it was somewhat understated compared to how they usually go. i think the sourness, while past tart to puckery and acidic, is not over the top here, and i could have easily had a few of these, which is nice. its also a little more relaxed on the tequila, as strong and woody and honest as the barrel character is here, its not all i can taste, which is a trap a lot of tequila barrel beers fall into. i can still readily appreciate a bronzey copper malt base, some brown sugar sweetness, a red wine or even port wine fruitiness in here, and the actual agave itself, lush and fresh, before the high botanical smokey oak comes in and smoothes it all over. notes of tart cherry, fresh fig, soft pepper and vinegar, there is a cleanness to it that is unexpected. the tequila tastes high quality and mature, and the beer tastes like it was in these barrels for awhile. a little sharp on the nose, but mellow on the palate. minerals, bacterial sourness, and a tequila worthy of sipping instead of shooting to finish. this is killer beer, and a perfect continuation of a remarkable series that is becoming legendary at this point!

May 20, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With a long, several month slumber in Suerte's Añejo and Reposado tequila barrels, the moderate bodied but piquantly sour beer that goes in soaks up all that oaken agave glory for a spicy, sour and spirited session that'll have you asking for another before you can say Speedy Gondolas.

Deep golden, nearly amber, the bright beer splashes the glass like white wine or oak aged tequila. A scant lace stretches the surface while sharp aromas of citrus, oak spice, cider, white wine and faint woodsiness tighten the jaws with its mere scent. With the whistle amply wetted, the first sip is shy with agave sweetness, wafer and sourdough.

But as the ale tramples the tastebuds, its strips each and every one of them of thirst as its brazen acidity quickly supplants the malts and its sheer sourness attacks the soft tissues of the mouth. Lime, lemon, dry cider, dry white wine and a pep of vinegar pierces the taste with a peppery, agave laden sourness with its own exotic kiwi-like fruits equipped with white grape, honeydew and guava.

Absolutely dry, thin and light on the palate, its soft carbonic bite highlights the spice of tequila and sheds light on the brunt of acidity that plays out on the finish. Enamel stripping and thirst quenching, the beer carries a quick aftertaste of bleached oak, cork and dry burlap.

Apr 20, 2017
Tequilacerbus from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 72 ratings