Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - TwentyAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by watsonmd on 05-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
524
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsner.

Appearance - Pours crystal clear. Light amber color Creamy white head dissipates rather quickly, leaving nice lacing.

Smell - Fruity. Inviting toasted malt aroma.

Taste - Grapefruit, then malt, on the sweet side. Hops lingers in the back of the throat. Noticeable boozy finish.

Mouth-feel - Substantial. Nice hoppy bite around the edges.

Overall - One of the best of (the many of) this style I've tried.

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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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled May 2013. Acquired earlier tonight at Sunset Beer Co for $8.00. 9.7% ABV confirmed. "XX India Pale Ale." Reviewed as an IPA since it identifies as such (not an imperial IPA). 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic uninteresting label art and foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; I'm from Colorado and have never been big on this brewery - but then again I've had pitifully few of their beers, none of which are their really highly regarded ones.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice beige-light light khaki colour. Nice fluffy cream. Fairly frothy. Good thickness. Good (~5-6 minute) retention for the high ABV. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Colour is of average intensity. Above average vibrance, but not to an impressive extent.

Overall, it's standard fare for the style. Looking exactly as expected. No real lacing as the head recedes. Looking forward to trying it, but nothing's popping out at me so far.

Sm: I'm greeted by your typical floral hop character - not remarkably varied or evocative, but within style conventions. Searching deeper, I get a hint of vague grapefruit zest - though it isn't citrusy or juicy or fresh. Hop profile is balanced by some zealous sweet malts - caramalts, primarily, but some pale malt too. Lightly grassy; somewhat grainy. Really digging, I pick up some mango and maybe tangerine. Hop character is rather underwhelming overall; I've encountered hundreds of other IPAs that smell just like it. Certainly not unique or special. I'm not too confident in their hop choices based on the aroma.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not getting the oily, nectary, or biscuity hops that I crave in a good example of the style. Not getting any onion either if that's your bag.

Comes off overly sweet for the style. Seems like a mess. I don't anticipate serious complexity or subtlety. A decent aroma of mild strength.

T: The lack of balance is immediately apparent. It's definitely a mess, never feeling like a focused deliberate cohesive whole.

I get some tropical fruit character from the hops - tangerine, mango. Also a hint of grapefruit lacking any bite, juiciness, refreshing character, or zest.

Some generic floral hops round out the last of the hop character. No oily, nectary, citrusy, or refreshing hop content here, lads.

The body is your run-of-the-mill overcompensating IPA body: pale malts and caramalt in a quantity that's high enough to hide any hop bitterness but results in overdone sweetness as a result. Malts don't feel married well to the hops at all.

No complexity or subtlety of note. Quite mundane. Not a unique or special IPA by any means. A bit grainy, but not real grassy. Flavour intensity is average, as is the flavour duration. Lacks depth of flavour. Decent body.

No yeast character comes through. Maybe a bit of alcohol, but I wouldn't call it hot, boozy, or gushed.

Mf: Too thick for its relative lack of flavour depth and/or diversity. Decently full-bodied. A bit overbearing. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. Not oily. Average hardness; certainly not soft or approachable. Doesn't really suit or feel tailored towards the style. Not carefully done by any means. Middling execution. Average presence on the palate.

Dr: Meh. Another mundane brew from Avery. Overpriced for its quality. I definitely wouldn't get it again. Why brew this? Uninspired, unoriginal, and without any experimentation or boldness. Unrefreshing. Doesn't hide its ABV very well. I expected better, and I wasn't even expecting that much. Feels like Avery's cashing in on the one-off craze - and hey, they got my money - so good for them. Wouldn't recommend this to friends. I wouldn't want another.

High C-

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours brown in color, very clear. Head formation is awfully strong, thick. Well retained, mocha in color.

S - Lots of pine and resin, a very dank hop nose. The deep hops of simcoe or similar are making it very earthy.

T - Starts off lightly malty, but that doesn't stick around long as a heavy hit of citrus hops adds to it quick. Very smooth. Mid-stream the more resin, earthy hops notes comes in. Then the bitterness grips the tongue, hardcore.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Alcohol warmth is very well hidden but grows as it warms.

O/D - Another very good American DIPA. Really on the deep dark side. A bit filling - obviously full bodied. ABV will sneakup on you. If you like the heavy resinous types of IPA, this is will hit the spot. I'm not sure however it really distinguishes itself.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
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