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Avery Anniversary Ale - TwentyAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by watsonmd on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of edproctor
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold into my bruery glass. A thick pillowy off white head took. Up about 1 1/2 fingers. Smells of peach, and a bit of floral. Almost had a bit of a lactic quality. Taste citrusy, lots of green hop flavor, piney, juicy, and ripe tasting. Had a very full body. Overall, this beer is a pleasure so enjoy it now!!!

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Photo of watsonmd
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of the Freshest Avery DIPA, XX 20th Anniversary.

Bottled in May, 2013

A: Golden, orange clear color, with a thick white head. Scant lacing throughout the session.

S: Fruity, hoppy, sweet and bubble gum. Some pine resin in the nose as well.

T: Follows the nose, and is a hop explosion in the mouth. Citrusy, sweet, and resinous. Pine flavors follow, and are well balanced. Faint tobacco flavor as well, with a full mouth draw.

M: Up front it seems dry, but there is a sticky, sweet pine that stays on the sides of the tongue.

O: Awesome, fresh, balanced DIPA, and one I would get again. Might even save one, to see what happens.

Avery Anniversary has made another great beer milestone.

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Photo of fcbrew
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Choice City in Fort Collins in a pint glass.

Wonderful Double IPA. Poured a hazy golden copper with clean white head and lacing. Powerful, pungent, aromatic hop aroma. Very full thick mouth feel. Nicely balanced with plenty of malt. The full range of fresh hop flavors are present. Grapefruit and pine are up front with just the right bitterness. Noticeable alcohol burn on the way down. Reminded me of Pliny the Elder but the Avery is distinctly superior. Have not had the Avery in the bombers- it is ridiculously expensive at $8.99.

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Photo of alexipa
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear yellow-orange with a thin white head. Oily lacing.

S: It's like smelling raw hop pellets fresh out of the bag. I'm not sure I've ever smelled a hop presence in a commercial beer this prevalent. Pine, grapefruit, and some sweet malts.

T: Strong malt presence, some caramel and sweet bread. The bitterness is clearly defined and separated from the sweet notes, if that makes any sense at all. Lots of grapefruit now with some pine and generic bitterness as well. This is really unique.

M: Beautifully carbonated and full bodied, can barely tell this is approaching 10%. Avery again just perfected the mouth-feel of this beer.

O: Whew. Probably my favorite bottled Avery IPA variant yet. This one is special and should be sought out.

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Photo of hitter114
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to stella chalice

A: Filtered golden/ copper white head nice lacing
S: Resinous Farm Hops, some funkyness
T: Very fresh (bottled 4 days ago) nice malt backbone and hop blend, taste is a similar hop profile to stone enjoy by
M: Average bitey and bitter ipa

o: Really good balanced dipa, def reminds me of enjoy by... very fresh hops, nicly done by Avery well worth 8 bucks

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange hue with 3 fingers of creamy off white head. The head dissolves slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass that lasts for quite a while. Very clear transparent beer with a good amount of rising bubbles.

S: Pure hops come out of the aroma. Strong citrus aroma, a little pine resin as well, no real malt smell.

T: The grapefruit hops come on strong and a little hint of booziness as it changes over from the carbonation into a good malt backbone. Hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness and a slight burn from the bitterness. Very smooth and very drinkable DIPA.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. Good levels of creamy carbonation blend the assault of hops with the sweet malty flavors, very well done.

O: Very good beer. I love the balance, the hop flavor and the creaminess of this ale. Very good combination that leads to a very enjoyable and solid DIPA. Well done.

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Photo of xhuskr
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Beachwood-Seal Beach

wonderful brew...hit the spot on a Friday evening after work.

A-clear and present joy
S-solid IPA hoppiness, pine, citrus, dank...if you're reading this you know
T-smooth and so wanted more..the abv kept me from doing so. will hopefully get some more
O-really solid beer...been moving towards PA and away from IPA, but this was more than worth the trip.

Happy Anniversary Avery...happy hoplover here!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from FreeBridge

Shiny golden, good clarity with a bit of chill haze. Topped by four fingers of snow white rocky bubbles. Inviting drippy lace.

Gigantic grapefruit aroma. Other supporting citrus. Very enticing.

Big solid semi-sweet foundation with real depth. An orchard of juicy fruit. Bitter enough to cover all the sweetness, but somehow balanced that way. A hint of heat in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel, with some prickliness.

An excellent anniversary present from Avery to us.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger off-white head kept full by constant carbonation; nice lacing. Great aroma of fresh pine and citrus hops, pleasant at arms length while pouring. Flavor also dominated by fresh pine, citrus and lightly herbal hops supported by caramel, lightly bready malt and stone fruit juice. Medium bodied with some creaminess and great mouth feel from carbonation. A very nice, well balanced and pungently hoppy IPA. Avery has produced a world class IIPA here. Requires serious pacing because of the high ABV and inviting taste.

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Photo of dwren89
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: good clarity, orangey with white creamy head

Aroma: very piney, like a fresh cut Christmas tree, citrus aromas as well, biscuity malt

Taste: outrageously piney and grapefruity with an almost indetectable biscuity malt backbone, clean yeast

Mouthfeel: oddly light and crisp for a 9.7% ale. Medium carbonation

Overall: Delicious. Definitely worth a try. A step up from most DIPAs in terms of piney and grapefruity character that literally explodes on your taste buds

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Photo of n2185
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus on the nose: pineapple, oranges, nectarines, peaches, and a bit of melon. A lovely bouquet of tropical hops.

T: Tropical citrus here as well with flavors of pineapple, oranges, and slight notes of melons. Earthier flavors kick in toward the finish with grapefruit and pine. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too oily or watery feeling.

O: A surprisingly good DIPA. The aroma on it is great and I wish the flavor had a little bit of the tropical bouquet that the nose had. Still, it's tasty and drinkable despite its high abv with a wonderful nose.

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Photo of rand
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

Another ace from Avery, as they celebrate their twentieth with a big, West Coast style IPA. The brew is bold in every category - ABV, bouquet, palate - but stays within a nice range and balance, never letting one aspect taking over the brew. This is probably the best IPA Avery's concocted. Here are the specs:

A: Copper-tan in color, slightly opaque with a cloudy haze. The brew forms a sticky, frothy head that traces the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is appropriately hop-forward, with a combination of earthy tea, tropical and citrus notes. The malt-profile provides a nice, sweet backdrop, but unlike a lot of big, 9+% ABV IPA's, they don't overwhelm you or remind of bread soaked in sugar water.

T: The tropical notes really jump out at first, accented by a sweet undertone. Distinct citrus as well, almost as if they added orange pith. All of this is delivered in a vinous, bitter wrapper, which sweetens mid-sip. Booze is more noticed here, which works to dry the brew, leading to a long, bitter-sweet finish. Drinkable and tasty, the flavors can stand up to many of the amazing IPA's around here in San Diego.

M: Viscous and oily-slick, the heavy body only helps to deliver the bold aspects. Fortunately, plenty of carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, I was kind of concerned about this one as it is a couple of months old. From reading posts on this here website, an IPA at that age may as well be c-diff diarrhea, as it will be completely worthless. Well... Thank goodness common sentiment is not necessarily true.

This beer pours a hazy orange/gold. Minimal nicotine-stained-white head that dissipates with little retention, but good graffiti left in layers along the edge of the glass.

This beer smells... amazing. To be perfectly blunt. This is a REALLY good smelling beer. Juicy and enticing... tropical fruits and floral notes bring this right into the Goldilocks zone of hoppy presence with a sweet malt backbone. moar plz.

Again, my fears of a faded Madonna-past-her-prime mess were assuaged as I began to sip. The nose promsed the allure of an engagingly juicy and... sweet isn't the word, but almost sweet in a non-sweet way (...you heard me) dalliance behind door number 2(0). Stepping through that door, the promises made in the heat of the nasal moment are delivered upon like a one night stand becoming the love of your life and a strong stable family for generations to come. This hits the right balance of juicy tropical fruits with just a blunting note of pine to keep it from being nickelodeon, all guided by the practiced sheepdog of a caramel malt base.

Fading into the finish we are left with nothing but happy memories of the juice, like OJ before the trial, and an almost-but-not-quite-pithy bitterness that reminds me of the striking balance and deft maneuvering displayed once again by those Lupulin luminaries at Avery.
This is a great brewery that has simply outdone itself for their own birthday celebration. I expected this beer to be good, even given its age (c'mon...), but this exceeded even my most optimistic expectations. WELL worth picking up, even here, four months later.

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Photo of Jree261
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden orange out of the bottle with eggshell foam.

S-Hoppy front that makes way for a strawberry creamsicle.

T-Spicy orange peel and campfire with red fruit on the finish.

M-Heavier than the aroma and flavors would suggest and I would like the finish to last longer. I love the creamy texture though.

O-Flavors on this beer are great, I just wish they would last a little longer on my tongue.

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Photo of riored4v
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip with a 1 finger, white head. Semi-hazy body. Light copper colored body.

Aroma is was hop heavy. Loads of citrus and floral hops. Some caramel and bready notes. Mild amounts of alcohol.

Taste was a hop monster of a beer. Huge citrus and floral flavors. Some light tropical notes. Big amounts of hop flavor upfront, followed by a slight chewy, bready, caramel flavor(s). Finished with some citrus and pine bitterness and mild notes of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium/high carbonation level. Crisp finish.

Fantastic beer. Massive hop profile with a good balance of malt flavors.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange/amber, noticeable carbonation; lace is minimal.
Smell - fruity, citrus, some grapefruit. Excellent!
Taste - yum! This may be the easiest drinking DIPA that I've had!
Feel - the hop profile here is steady and reliable. So well done!
Overall - this is limited, so pricey. Hopefully Avery can recreate this!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear orange with a fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit, citrus with a slightly sweet background. Some tropical fruits also appear.

T - Grapefruit and orange peel, tropical fruit, light pine as it warms, melon. Resiny hops with a honey like sweetness.

M - Good carbonation. Big and sticky DIPA leaving some hop oils behind.

D - Very tasty. Glad I stumbled upon this in MKE since I don't think Avery is in WI.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy. Bottled May 2013, so super Fresh

A - Clear dark golden color, lots of clarity, 2 fingers of head, and lots of sticky lace left on the glass. Just like a good DIPA should...

S - Dank hops! Equal mix of bitter and floral aromas.

T - Very smooth, well balanced, DIPA. Not a hop bomb, but hoppy indeed. Great balance with the malt grain. So smooth, the ABV is well hidden!

M - Oily and slick, full bodied

O - A great DIPA, dangerously good, with a hidden kick. Packing a buzz half way through it!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 5/1/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours an attractive orange gold with a full finger of pale head. The head fades to a small halo which remains throughout and leaves nice full webs of lace.

Bright hop-forward aromas of oranges, pine needles, peach and a twang of peppery spice.

Right off the bat those strong, sharp citrusy hops are saddled up against a base of thick, sweet carmelized malts. Tangerines, sweet bread, grapefruit, semi sour peach, pine, earthy grass, peppercorns, cracker and a nice but not overpowering nip of booze. Excellent mix of super hoppy blended with sweet malts.

Oily, medium full feel with a nice moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue for a long bittersweet citrus peel finish.

Another outstanding imperial IPA from Avery. This ranks right up there with Maharaja in my book. I love a good bed of sweet malt for my hop bombs and Twenty has that a-plenty. This is definately worth a try, particularly if you're a fan of Maharaja. I plan to have this one a few more times this summer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in May 2013. Pours slightly hazy pale golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, mango, peach, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with huge complexity of tropical/citrus hops with a moderate malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, mango, grapefruit, peach, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of tropical bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus peel, pineapple, mango, peach, floral, grass, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus and tropical hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance that doesn’t overpower hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, fairly crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big complexity of citrus and tropical hop flavors, with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 9.7%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-08-01 in Columbia, PA from a Brauler acquired from The Fridge.

A - Fairly clear orange-amber with a 20finger off-white head that drops to 1/3-finger quickly but leaves sheets of lacing.

S - Very inviting aromas of very ripe pineapple, moderate dankness, pine and sweet pale malt.

T - Sweet malt, orange and pineapple flesh give way to a good amount of orange zest bitterness. There's a bit of pepper and plenty of crushed hop cone goodness. Moderate alcohol flavor. Finishes pretty dry considering how sweet it starts and the citric tartness and zesty bitterness last long into the finish.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Chewy, slick, resinous and prickly; all good by me.

O - This a really nice DIPA. l like it better than their Maharaja or DuganA. Glad I got a growler.

Note, the Brauler is a new stainless steel growler with a valve in the top of the cap to let you charge it with CO2 after the initial serving. I had a glass a day for four days in a row and the ability to recharge each time with CO2 preserved the aroma and flavor. There was no oxidation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: perfectly clear amber beer, in a tulip, center-pour produced a fat ivory head of dense foam that persisted and left heavy sheets of lace

S: hoppage of pine and resin, citrus and herb; caramel and grain undercurrent

T: just a great DIPA: backbone of semi-sweet chewy malts; intimations of tangerine and orchard fruits; lots of hops percolate through the palate, bitter flowers and citrusy fruits - juicy and full-flavored

M: crisp and clean, bitter and full; medium body, ample carbonation, smooth and coating

O: Avery does an excellent job with their anniversary ales every year, and its hard to go wrong with a DIPA - incredible drinkability, wonderful flavor profile, with lots of delicious malts and stellar hops

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Photo of Kuaff
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank this one at cellar temperature in a tulip.

A dense, four-finger off-white head forms no matter how gradually I fill my glass. Thick, sudsy foam. The body's a bright, transparent golden amber-orange.

The aroma is hoppy, in more of a juicy sweet way than in a bitter pine way. There are some herbal notes, along with a little vanilla, which is an unexpected, but pleasant, addition. It kinda smells like flowers! Honey, and a tangy orange scent are there as well. A very good aroma.

Bitterness is way toned down for a DIPA. Quite a malty flavor that begins with some citric hops, but turns into an aftertaste of biscuity breadiness accompanied by some nice herbal bitternes. It's a sweeter, less bitter example of the style. In addition to smelling floral, it oddly TASTES somewhat flora, if that makes any sense. I also think I pick up on a hint of vanilla... pretty nice.

The feel is kind of light and thin for a DIPA, with understated carbonation. It works pretty good for this beer though, as it goes down smooth.

A fairly unique DIPA that doesn't bombard one with bitterness.

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Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful golden copper color with a 3 finger head.

Immediate vanilla, grapefruit, banana, and nutmeg in the aroma.

Very carbonated mouth feel.

The taste is very citrus, more rind aftertaste than fruit, although there is some light grapefruit in the taste.

The finish is very hop forward with a lot of bitterness. There is also a grapefruit aspect to the finish.

This sipper is in the same class as Maharaja- although each beer has different strengths. The Maharaja has stronger, more pronounced grapefruit. The 20th anniversary adds banana, vanilla, and nutmeg to the finish, less grapefruit to the taste.

My top two beers from Avery: the 20th Anniversary and Maharaja.

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Photo of SeanDonahue
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is exactly what I would want in an IPA. Big, bold orange color with almost a tint of amber to it. Once poured, this beer produced about a two finger head.
The aroma is even better. This IPA has big bursts of citrus. When I first popped the bottle open, I could smell the hops sitting a few inches from the bottle within seconds. You could tell that this beer is packed with cascade hops based off of the aroma.
The taste of this beer almost goes against the aroma. While the aroma had a ton of citrus, the taste is overpowered with bitter hops with little citrus quality.
Overall, this is a very well-balanced double IPA. It's not too bitter that one wouldn't be able to drink but it contains the perfect amount of hops to enjoy. I haven't seen this everywhere so pick it up if you see it!

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