Avery Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 532 | Ratings: 1,059 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mikalveli:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Apr 12, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham.

A: An clear burnt gold with half finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Honey, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts.

T: Sweet honey mingled with Belgian yeast, cloves and bready malts. A slice of banana in the mix, too.

M: Low to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: This was recommended and I'm glad to try it. A soothing summer sipper that sweetens the soul.

Jun 06, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly copper body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of fruits (mainly peaches and pears) shrouded in a layer of nutmeg and allspice. Slight bready malt character, too.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, with full tastes of simple syrup stirred up with light caramel. Fruit juices enter the picture, giving flavors of peaches and pears and even figs. Floral, spicy hops with a medium bitter; not nearly enough to scrub away all the sweetness unleashed. What has been wrought the hops cannot unwrought. Some solventy alcohol near the end. Floral, spicy-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, pleasant Belgian Strong Golden, though a bit overtly sweet.

Sep 26, 2008
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MisterClean from California

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Golden color, light head, and dissipates quickly.

S - Coriander, orange, and candi sugars.

T - Heavy coriander perfume, orange, smokiness, toffee, and honey. Pretty well rounded and abundant in flavor.

M - Tangy and the bittering hops balance the feel and add to the body.

D - Wish I had a full glass.

Jun 20, 2008
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MattXT from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Oct 15, 2014
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GABrew from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jul 07, 2013
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blitz134 from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a little over a year. I dont think time would have hurt this one at all. I dont normally drink Belgians so it consistantly got shifted to the back of the cabinet.

Clear golden yellow body, small white head on top that reduced to an even thinner layer that seems to hold on. Lacing left down the glass.

Spicy Belgian yeast, some lighter fruits of apple and pears. A little sugary. A light grassy, herbal hoppiness too. Pretty straightforward for the style.

Spicy and crisp on the tongue to start with, a little corriander and pepper with some notes of alcohol becoming evident after the swallow. The light fruits come through again mainly after the swallow. There is more of the hops that work well with the underlying musty character that comes through in the finish.

Medium bodied and quite smooth. A little prickly carbonation. A decent Belgian Pale in my book, but its just like most others of the style out there for me. Easy enough to drink though, no major issues with this one.

Jun 13, 2007
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, bright, almost pastel orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head that displayed very good retention lasting for several minutes and left a sticky clumpy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: soft tart oranges and tangerines. Nothing really fancy nor dominant.

T: The flavor started out with big tart oranges and tangerines and a nice spiciness. The flavor makes amends for an otherwise moderately tame aroma. There was a nice honey sweetness to the flavor before yielding to a black peppery spicy finish. Overall a nice and big interpretation per style with a big spicy nature and smooth flavor. Flavor wise starts big and ends spicy.

M: a light oily viscosity with an extremely soft carbonation. Dry tangerines and a soft flowery bitterness is found on the fade and swallow.

D: Very nice drinkability, spicy and really enjoyed this. Would definitely buy this again and comes with a definite recommend.

Aug 18, 2008
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richkrull from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

May 06, 2013
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JamLand from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 28, 2013
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a medium orange color with an avearaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, apples, and some spices. Spicy apple tastes. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Very light alcohol in the taste. Not bad, I liked this beer and it grew on me as I drank.

Notes from 9/3/04

Nov 21, 2008
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Rayek from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold, with very active carbonation. Big and rocky eggshell head starts out strong and then settles to a thin layer of foam. A fair amount of chunky lace is left behind.

S: Lots of pine and clove in the nose, with a little bit of biscuit.

T: To me, this beer tasted more like an American DIPA with a Belgian twist than a straight up Belgian Strong Pale. A pine and grapefruit bitterness backed up by cloves hits right away. A dry malt flavor rides underneath. Finishes tart and dry with a lemon bitterness, plus a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body is light enough to mask the beer's strength. Carbonation level is about right for this style.

D: Strength makes this a good sipping beer. A nice complexity of flavors and aromas makes me want another.

On a final note, I must say I'm torn over this one. I liked the beer, but didn't think it fit the style all that well. The heavy dose of grapefruit in the middle really threw me for a loop. Get the grapefruit out of there, and you have a nice Belgian. With it there, it's a bit too American.

Mar 02, 2009
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BYOFB from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Dec 02, 2012
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

May 09, 2014
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danielharper from Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with frich29.

A: Dark orange-yellow, cloudy and opaque. Thick head at first but this dissipates after a couple of moments.

S: Strong aroma of oranges, slight Belgian funkiness. A touch of... chocolate-covered cherries? Nice.

T: Nice orange flavor, again with the Belgian funk, with a nicely astringent aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

M: Thick, highly-carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

D: Not bad at all for a style that I'm not always a huge fan of. Straight 4's for me.

Apr 20, 2006
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gpogo from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with beautiful creamy white head.

A- A fruity nose with a bit of a spiciness. Seems to have the belgian yeasty smell.

T- Initially fruity and sweet, followed by a kick of alcohol. Compared to other Belgian Pale Ale's this seemed slightly bland. Left a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium to Medium-light. High Carbonation. A slight hottness of alcohol, more than I would have enjoyed for this beer.

D- Not my favorite Avery offering. Pretty standard Belgian Pale Ale. I'd like to give it another shot.

May 17, 2008
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CelticAleMan from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dec 23, 2011
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Dcunicelli from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Sep 22, 2013
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dgallina from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep honey color with essentially no head or lace, but dependable carbonation. Smells very fruity and wine-like, with bright citrus notes,restrained alcohol spice and wood tones. Tastes much like it smells. Quite fruity at first, but with a strong drying woody white-wine like finish. Perhaps a touch too astringent at the end. Nice and light in the mouth considering the strength, with refreshingly active carbonation. A pretty nice drink overall, if a bit uncomplicated.

Aug 11, 2005
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babaracas from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with dense one finger white head, leaves a nice clump and lots of lace. Smell: sweet, grainy pale malt, vinous, graham cracker. Taste: sweet, musty and grainy, spicy, dried peach, maybe a little lemon peel, pepper at end of the sip, white nectarine. Dry, active carbonation, slightly creamy, alcohol hidden in the sip but warming. Better than expected, maybe even underrated.

Oct 13, 2009
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UnoMasBelgian from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sep 15, 2013
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ElizabethEleanor from Texas

5/5  rDev +29.2%

May 17, 2013
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edbeered from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a honey colored golden ale, with a minimal head and little or no lacing. Smell is minimal and sweet. The taste is of peach and apricot, with a honey-like sweetness and a strong alcohol presence. There is no hop flavor to speak of.
The mouthfeel is rich and flavorful. This is 9% alcohol and tastes it, but it is also smooth and silky. A nice ale, whose drinkability is marred only by it's high alcohol content.

Feb 14, 2006
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 20, 2011
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tenacioustomato from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mar 22, 2012
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
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