Liquor Mart 40th Anniversary Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Liquor Mart 40th Anniversary AleLiquor Mart 40th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ArrogantB on 06-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kirch
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed by Avery to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Boulder's Liquor Mart. Pours a dark golden color, with a good rocky white head. A mixed bag here on the nose, with some citrusy hops competing with the Belgian yeast. Flavors of biscuit malt, orange peel and Belgian spices. A nice anniversary gift, but nothing special.

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Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, label has a picture of Liquor Mart with classic cars in the parking lot. For sale only in Colorado, I don't see a date on it.

Appearance: Pours amber with a nice thick head, good retention.

Smell: Lots of yeast, a bit of citrus and pepper.

Taste: Very bright flavors, orange, yeast, some spicey notes in the finish.

Overall impression: Interesting beer - nice to see them team up with a local beer landmark.

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Photo of joe1510
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber

I got this bottle a couple months ago from the great trader russpowell, thanks for the trades Russ! Liquor Mart is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed wit orange peel and two yeast strains. As I pour, my Bell's tulip fills with a moderately hazy tarnished copper beer with an impressive amount of visible carbonation rushing to the surface. The carbonation comes from everywhere all the while keeping a dense two finger bone white head atop the body. As the head settles thin but sticky Belgian-esque lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The nose loaded with yeasty esters. White pepper, mild clove and perfumey almost soapy undertones seem a little discombobulated and all over the place. The orange peel was used heavy handedly but it works in this case with the dried peel lying over the top of this beer like a thin blanket. The malty base is sweet candi sugar and sugar cookie; I wouldn't expect anything different. There may be a little lemon/lime in here as well or that could be an example of me reaching too far. The orange peel and sugary malt base seems to keep the reins on the jumpy esters thrown off by the two yeast strains used.

The flavor for better or worse follows the aroma closely. The rock candy sweetness coats the tongue quickly while the orange peel and mild clove wash through. The orange peel really adds some nice depth and is the alpha male of this group. The ester spiciness kicks in on the finish to join in with the remaining orange peel, green apple and gritty pear. White pepper and soft clove come through on the finish with the pepper leaving some zip on the back of the tongue. The hops used bring the more soapy than perfumey flavor on the swallow. This is an interesting brew and it seems to be growing on me.

Each drink sends a moderate body, which leans toward the leaner side of the spectrum, across my tongue. The carbonation is a little livelier than I would have liked to see. There's a little too much prickliness on the sides of the tongue but this is just a minor squabble.

A bomber is enough for me thanks to the spiciness but this bomber is going down easy. I get worn out on spices easily so others may differ but 22oz is plenty for me.

I enjoyed this brew from Avery. It's cool they brew something special for a landmark liquor store and it ends up being a quality brew. Thanks for the bottle Russ, much appreciated!

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a very cloudy amber color with a solid, admirable 1 inch off white head. Head lasts very well, leaving sheets of lacing as it slowly descends.

S - Presents a floral and herbal nose accompanied by a nice dose of sweet, biscuity malt. Sweet caramel becomes more and more evident as it warms.

T - Starts with some toasted malt sweetness and a good blend of floral and herbal yeast flavors. Banana comes to mind mid-palate. Tastes almost vinous near the finish. A slight hop bitterness closes things out.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium, chewy body and a slightly bitter and drying finish.

D - A tasty if not delicious attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale from Avery. Worth picking up if you can still find it at Liquor Mart in Boulder. Alcohol makes its presence known throughout the life of the bomber.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received as an extra from ArrogantB. Thanks Mike!

A: This one's been sitting in the fridge a while, so I let the bottle warm up for about 30 minutes before pouring it into my Duvel tulip. The beer itself is reddish-orange with a massive off-white head with good retention that leaves some nice lacing in it's wake. Carbonation is HUGE and gorgeous

S: Opening up with a sharp citrus zest twang from the added orange zest, this beer also has a mild estery profile behind it with some mild spices. Mild sweet malt aroma is also present.

T: On the palate, this beer opens up with some citrus flavors with a rather sharp and almost astringent feel. Hops are also rather prominent with more citrus and floral character. There's a mild caramel sweetness that follows the hops. The Belgian character in this beer is almost an afterthought, appearing right before the finish with some floral and estery notes. The finish itself is dry and mildly bitter.

M: Overcarbonated leading to a rather prickly mouthfeel that doesn't go well with the hop, yeast and malt profiles. The finish, OTOH, is solid, as is the body which is light

D: At 6.2% ABV, I won't have trouble finishing it and am glad to have had the chance.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep red tinged, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear dark red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity without being overly sweet and it also has a significant spiciness that gets a bit musty at some point. This has some phenolic clove notes to as well as herbal, pine-like and citrus oil hop aromatics. Almost has a touch of tobacco to it as well as some lemon pepper, citrus zest, and something that smells a bit like cough-syrup. This takes on a bit of an herbal character after a bit that seems to thin out and make the aroma not nearly as interesting as it was initially.

Spicy, peppery and with a bit of warming, higher alcohols to it. This is fairly light bodied, and the carbonation also contributes a bit too this. This finishes with some phenolic notes that taste lightly of plastic as well as a solid hop bitterness. In the middle there is some fruity, malt sweetness that accentuates a grapefruit, orange zest and Meyer lemon peel citrus character that mixes in quite a bit with the spicy components found in this beer. Other flavors of ginger, black pepper, a touch of curing plastic and perhaps some cider like notes. This actually has a fairly significant vegetal note to it in both the flavor and aroma (sort of like mix of cooked cabbage and celery), that isn't really positive, but not horrible either.

Not bad, but not as interesting as I would like in a characterful, hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bet you know where I got this one. Pours a semi-cloudy lemony orange color with coppery hues throughout. A good pour provides a thick fizzy head with good retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose smells carbonated, if that is possible. Some Belgian characteristics with a yeasty note with a noticeable lemon and orange aroma. Some lighter phenols and some pepper notes. Some rose and perfume like aromas as well. Some grassy and noticeable hoppy notes as well. More along the lines of a Belgian IPA.

The taste is kind of hard to point out because of the carbonic bite. The Belgium characteristic is a bit smothered. The malt comes out with some bready and biscuit notes. Some chalkiness in the finish. The yeast backs off with some minor phenols. The perfume in the aroma comes out more in the taste with just a hint of rose quality. There is a stronger bitterness as well, with a filmy, grassy finish. Would like more Belgian overall.

The carbonic bite is pretty big on this one. Really hides some of the subtle flavors of the beer. The body is bit dry which enhances the hops a bit more. Overall, to me this is more on key with a Belgian IPA but there some muttled Belgian notes, I would like to see this cleaned up a bit more.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to russpowell for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, huge three finger thick creamy off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops tones, yeasty/floral. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some nice yeast notes, and some slight citrus notes. Medium body, slightly bitter, with a dry finish. Very drinkable, this is a different Belgian Pale Ale to me, very tasty. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 4 finger ellow-tan head over a briliant light copper-orange liquid. Smells lemony and oranges with woody hoppy and tropical esters. Grassy with a weedy driness. A little off vegetal. Perfumey with some spicy zing.

Tastes hop flavored with supporting malt sweet and a drying spice. Hop flavor mixes with an earthy and partly soured herbal that I find distracting. Malt has some biscuity character, but is nondescript (perhaps because it is so far under the other players). Herbal is orange tea with some drying oily component. Piney and belgan yeast phenolic mix in a way that gives me the willies. Md mouthfeel with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation helps lift the malt off the tongue to contribute to the drying aftertaste.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer is rare. Brewed once for one liquor store in Boulder. I feel lucky.

Pours a dark golden color with a decent amount of lightly bubbled head.

I smell the hops first, then the yeast and finally some twinges of malt. Ripe red apples, fruit juice and hints of wheat.

Yea! An awesome balance of hops and malt. Perhaps some wheat was used in this one? Belgian yeast adds a very cool fruity aspect. This beer is quite complex as the layers keep unfolding on my tounge.

Its Avery, what can you say?! This beer is baller! If you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on notes

Poured an effervescent & chill hazed caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: cereal, grainyness, grassy hops biscuitty malt & orange slices once warm

T: Biscuitty malt, grainyness, orange slices, a bit of booze with floral & citrussy hops up front. Lemon, white pepper, caramel & apricot comes through as this warms. Finishes with orange & lemon hops

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation that falls off as it warms. Some syruppyness & good balance

Drink pretty good, but a bit too complex to session on for too long. Good effort

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Photo of younger35
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from my buddy who lives in Boulder. I'm generally a fan of Avery and am pretty pumped to try this one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a semi chill hazed dark orange with light yellowish hues and a nice big two finger alabaster white head. A fairly thin cap sits atop the beer with a lush thick collar that leaves oodles of lacing.
Smell- The yeast is fairly apparent from the start with a nice zesty kick as is the orange peel. Has a fairly sweet maltiness that is very Belgium like. The hops are very assertive and citrusy. I know this is a "Belgium style" but I never expected this much grapefruit to be bursting out of the glass.
Taste- Fairly bitter from the start with that familiar grapefruit hoppiness that I've grown to love (or maybe always loved, who knows?). Lightly sweet and biscuity with some butterscotch and light brown sugar. A bit of piney herbal hops hide under all that grapefruit. The bitterness lingers for quite some time with a total absence of orange. It was in the nose but definitely not in the taste.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with medium zesty carbonation and a partially dry finish.
Drinkability- Overall this brew isn't too shabby. It's a bit different with the Pale Ale/Belgium mix but they really don't get in each others way. The nose has hints of something Belgium and the taste is almost all Pale Ale. Glad I got the opportunity!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This is a belgian pale with orange peel and Crystal hops. It looks really nice in the glass, perfectly clear orange color. It smells really hoppy to me. The flavor is also hoppy but this beer upsets my stomach like most belgians from Avery, I wonder if its the yeast? Their IPA's never give me any problems.

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Liquor Mart 40th Anniversary Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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