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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 BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated May 2013, so I assume past prime now in August. Pours a perfectly clear copper with fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is raw malt extract, some citrusy hops, and candy sugar smell. Flavor is super sweet pine citrus without much bite. Relatively light bodied for a double, but very slick mouthfeel. Definite caramel malt presence. Low carbonation. Only OK, but likely past it’s prime. Pretty drinkable other than the sweetness.

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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 Dope
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, nearly perfect amber. Big fluffy tan head. Head fades away quite slowly. Oddly enough, only minimal lacing but great head retention.

S: Nice pungent grapefruit. Some sweet caramel to back it up.

T: Again with the pungent and bitter grapefruit. Decent bit of pine in there too. Not really getting any caramel, must have been mistaken in the aroma. It's more of a sweetbread type malt. Nice wave of bitterness on the back end with some pine and resin. Hints of grapefruit, especially in the lingering oily aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with nice mouth-coating hop oils.

O: Nice DIPA. Strong and sharp hoppiness and quite decent bitterness to go with it. Malt is there but not quite balancing - just complementary instead. Very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour results in a thin half finger head above a rich clear amber hue. Retention is actually not very good but it manages to leave lots of attractive lacing on the glass.

Muted aroma, sweet honey malt with attractive pine and citrus fruit hop character, notes of red berries and nectarines are in there too.

Malts lay down a solid syrupy sweet bready and biscuit foundation ,relatively clean before the hop flavors of pine, pears and dark orange citrus comes in. Some sweet onion notes but I kinda like that. Not very bitter, malt lays down heavily and carries through with sweetness in the finish.

Average carbonation with a hefty body. Creamy and easy to drink, the alcohol feels less than what's on the label. Rather sticky but easy to put away.

An easy to drink IPA but not very big on the aroma or flavor, overly sweet though the hops are just enough to balance. Avery isn't big on IPAs in general but everything else they do is great, cheers to another twenty years.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. An average pour yielded a mountain of off-white head.

S - I get citrus and alcohol.

T - I taste a mouthful of hops. I get lots of bitterness, and some citrus. There is a lot of flavor.

M - Medium with a chalky feeling on my tongue.

O - This IPA was bottled in May, and it still has a lot of flavor. I bought this on the recommendation of fellow BA alkemy. It was well worth a try.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: cloudy dirty golden, some head with decent retention and lacing
S: strong orange-citrus notes
T: sweet malt and orange forward notes, like a creamsicle, sort of. Melds into a dryer end, but in a very subtle way...
M: up front some carbonation and the sweetness mentioned dominates. The subtleness mentioned (in taste) is a dry mossy feel early, ending in a malt-coated, orange tinged, dryness that isn't overpowering, but rather a nice surprise for me.
O: Very enjoyable beer, but with some of its malty sweetness, you have to be in the mood for this beer. It's a good middle-of-flight beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Avery Twenty pours a lighter gold color. It looks to have a touch of orange to it. It’s very clear. Backlighting reveals a little more orange, but it’s still light and subtle. A soft white crown tops it. It’s modest, standing less than a finger tall. Retention was a little on the short side. Lacing was very sticky, but left only a moderate trail of lace lining the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It’s very sweet up front. Smells like a mix of caramel and sugar cookies. The caramel is stronger than anticipated given the color. The hops are nice and strong. They’re piney, dank, and earthy. There are some light citrus grapefruit and orange notes, but they’re secondary to the other scents. The malts provide some balance, but it falls on the hoppy side of the fence. Alcohol is there, but it doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Not bad.

The flavor is on par with the nose. The malt base is alright. It’s very sweet and is sturdy. It does taste like a blend of caramel and sugar cookie flavors. The caramel is surprisingly strong. I wasn’t expecting much in that department initially. I was wrong. The hop flavor is very piney and dank. It has an earthy flavor that is a little reminiscent of onion. There are some citrus grapefruit and orange flavors, but they are definitely secondary. It’s a little bitter. The malts balance it out okay. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s a little warm, but isn’t boozy. Finishes sweet, piney, and dank.

The body is medium. Carbonation is light, and the bubbles feel nice and soft. It’s big and is definitely a bit of a sipper. It doesn’t go down too bad for a big beer though.

Twenty is a pretty nice release from Avery. I don’t think it’s great beer, but it is pretty good. Personally, It’s a little too sweet and caramel malty for me. The hops are also a bit too danky. It really is pretty good though. Just needs a couple of slight adjustments. Happy 20th!

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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 EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent orange color, beige two finger head, plenty lace, frothy dissipation. Soft floral and juicy citrus nose, slight caramel maltiness, hints of pine needles. Sticky, resinous taste, caramel, sweet bread, sweet citrus, pineapple, cut grass, medium bitterness. Creamy feel, full bodied, rich, sweet. Other than bei a bit heavy on the palate, great nose and flavor makes an overall quite good DIPA.

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Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber color with a massive foamy 2-3 finger beige head that faded very slowly and was packed with big bubbles, leaving great lacing with rings of foam going down and a layer on top.

Yeah, it’s hoppy from the start and I could smell it 8 inches from the glass – nice; smells of juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, coriander, tangerine, orange peel, maybe some pineapple, piney hops, fruit salad (yummy, yummy), caramel, grains and brown sugar; hints of flowers and mango come through at times, and there’s just enough malt backbone in the nose to make this smell great. Really well done.

Tastes much like the nose, with a juicy citrus hops hitting first, followed by oily grapefruit, sweet malt, pineapple, coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, tea leaf, herbs, light spices and then a bready flavor that’s like chalky yeast. The flavor has more malt than the nose and it tames the hops a bit and allows the alcohol to show through; the aftertaste is bitter and almost chocolatey, which is odd considering all the hop attack up front on the senses.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with mild carbonation, a buttery feel for such a dense brew, and a bitter yet sweet aftertaste that slides down pretty easy considering the ABV is always present. Borders on being a slow sipper like a Barleywine, but tasty enough to have to hold back from drinking it too fast.

Overall it was a very good beer, and one I would definitely have again. I may buy another bottle since it’s a limited release and I enjoyed it. Congrats on 20 years Avery, well done.

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Photo of harrymel
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled May 2013

It's golden with a soapy loose sheet of white foam and brilliant clarity. Smells of lots of grapefruit, resin, some orange peel, some sage, onion and a little malt. Flavor is malt, lots of onion (long steamed), resin, sweet malt, a little too sweet for my chops on the style. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Medium love for this beer overall, seems too sweet and the onion character isn't one I usually go for.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a big snifter. Label says it was bottled in May 2013, but it's probably the only bottling anyway.

Pours pretty, orange-ish clear, nice fluffy head. Widespread slow fine carbonation. Smell is muted, grassy, flowery. Taste is piney, rich, surprisingly malty, strong grapefruit rind aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Overall, this is a good beer, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color off of the pour. A very light bit of foam remains after the pour. The nose is a faint but it is definitely all about the hops. Faint but apparent grapefruit hops on the nose. The flavoring is all hops with the grapefruit and slightly orange flavor. The hops are what you get in the aftertaste and there is a nice hop fade on the tongue. A pretty brisk mouthfeel and it is fairly refreshing. Very well done.

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Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Glistening gold, clear, and with a slight 1/4 finger head.

S: Ridiculous fruit/hop component. I'm thinking mango and orange juice.

T: A bit of booze, but not much... so much awesomeness! That sugar content teetered the wall on being too much, but it ultimately wasn't.

M: The right amount of booziness and sugar, the carbo was just about right, and the ridiculous lacing told the story.

O: The DIPA category is VERY competitive. This one is a noble entry into that competition.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just put on @ the cwe iTap

The beer pours a rich looking coppery orange with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is grapefruit rindy with a hint of sweetness and booze. It's served a bit cold for true aromatics, but really only hits the citrus notes with any emphasis. The taste is a slap in the face of sticky hops, ruination-eque, crazy sweetness, hint of floral green tea changing thing up, and a love you long time bitter alcohol burn in the finish. I'd say this has medium bodied sweetness, is well carbonated, generously hoppy, and finishes with a nearly palate napalm bitterness. I don't see this dipa differentiating itself from the 100s of other good dipas I've consumed, but think it's still enjoyable when you've acquired the "hop itch."

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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 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 babaracas
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with two fingers thick white head, settling to a thin layer with splotches of thick lace behind. Smell: apricot, honey, grapefruit, bready note. Taste: peach, spiciness, pear-ish softness, grapefruit. Standard, delicious, drying finish.

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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 TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the bottle, pouring a brew of cinnamon orange into our Founders snifters. It boasts a two and a half finger tall head of clean-white, soapy bubbles, showing great retention. Webbed lacing is left around the glass as it eventually fizzes away. A chill haze cuts clarity, and tiny flecks of sediment are noted throughout. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose gives sweet notes of biscuity, bready brown and caramel malts, chalky pales, sugared iced tea tannins, tart and juicy fruitiness of grapefruit, herbal, and nectary hops, soft aromatic florals, bubblegum esters, cornbreadiness, orange zest, white grape skins, malted milk balls, black pepper spice, and buttery blueberry cobbler. Our first impression is that while the hops seem initially faded on the sip, they come back in full, bittering force, à la far west coast influence, for a striking finale. The taste begins with buttery, bready malts, heavy brown sugar sweetness, phenolic twang, cheap pancake syrup, tinny metallics, fusel booze, sticky resinous hops of citric and pine varietals, bubblegum esters, chalk, brown and caramel malts, and floral stemmage. The middle peaks with lime rind and tonic water bite, cleaner pale maltiness, banana bready sweetness, lightly burnt molasses, heavily salted butters, black pepper spice of booziness, toffee caramels, and lactic acidity. The end comes with frank metallic yeastiness, gravel, cooled banana esters, raisin fruitiness, tart citric rind, pale and caramel malts, vegetal radish spice, green grassiness, and a final punch of savory herbal hops. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of raw honeycomb dustiness, ground and gravel, juicy grapefruity hops, cumin and raw curry, lime rind, gin airs, spicy orange zest, revived chalkiness of pale malts, commercial vanilla cake icing, and freshly baked brown breadiness. The body is thick and chewy, and the carbonation is surprisingly high. Each sip affords raw slurp and smack, with creamy froth, foam, and pop to the back of the lips and the deep palate. The mouth is instantly cooled and coated, but drips into robust astringent pucker along the molar line. The abv is appropriate, and it drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. This was where the hops were best showcased, with a nice background base of grand maltiness. The latter really came through in the flavoring, effectively muting the hops with residual sugars and hidden darkness of grain. We were actually quite surprised to find such a pervasive butteriness to the flavoring, which acted to pull the malt bill further into the foreground. This offering represents a pleasant departure from the traditional Avery anniversary saison stock of the past several years, and it is certainly big enough to sit amongst them, but we found it to be a little simplistic without enough overt balance and “pow” to make us that much more excited about it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange body with a dense, frothy, white head. There's a thin layer of cascading lace.

Orange and apricot aroma. Caramel and a light toasty malts.

I like the citrus and apricot flavors. Pine to a much less extent. Light caramel malt and finishes with a fusel spice.

Moderate body and on the heavier side with the carbonation.

Overall, a very nice bigger beer with good flavor. The alcohol makes itself known in the taste and it works with the big hop profile.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"What else? What else would you expect from us, a bunch of severely hop obsessed brewers, to celebrate such a glorious occasion? Anything other than a massively hopped IPA would be an affront to our rich history of loving excessive use of that beautiful flower, Humulus Lupulus." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial India Pale Ale. Brewed as Avery's 20th anniversary ale, released summer 2013 in limited release 22 oz. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream white head over a very hazy amber body with no visible carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Fruity, citrusy and lemony hop profile with a moderate to intense bitterness forms the hoppy nose of this beer. The malt bill seems primarily pale malt with a lightly toasted caramel syrup base and a pinch of biscuity grain. The yeast properties give the beer an enhanced fruity nose and a dash of earthy minerals. Some oxidation and graininess are evidence of the beer's age. 3.75

(Taste) Caramel malt sugars with a fruity yeast cake takeover. The hop profile is evidently lost to time, with a subtle peppery hop note remaining. It's drinkable but was certainly much better when young. Bitterness is mellow. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately oily with a mild dryness. Carbonation generates a soft crispness for a fuzzy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and hoppy. Alcohol presence is medium and some oxidation and faded hop profile significantly change the nature of this beer. If you still have a bottle of this unopened, you may already be too late to enjoy it. 3.5

(Overall) Avery regularly crafts fairly solid anniversary ales that also are decent styles with a little bit of age on it. Picking up this bottle some long time ago, I knew this would be one that doesn't age well and needed to be consumed quickly, but sometimes beers slip through the cracks of time, as my bottle did. You live, you learn. If you have a bottle of this remaining, it won't be nearly as phenomenal as it was when released, but it certainly could get even worse, so drink up! 3.5

Avery Brewing Company's
Twenty XX India Pale Ale

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Served a hazy light golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine, with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of pine and grapefruit up fruit with just enough malt sweetness to temper the hops. There is a good bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, a bit tart, quite smooth with a quality feel. The 9.7% ABV is very well hidden.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style without being over the top.

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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 rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic DIPA look, with clear, amber colored body, two finger thick durable head, and gentle carbonation streamer. the smell was a little subdued (for the style), with hay, grapefruit, and honeydew melon in the nose, but not an assault. The taste delivered more hops than the nose hinted at, with a tropical fruit (apricot, persimmon, mango) flavor, followed by some herbs (mint, parsley, coriander) and a decent amount of sweet malt backing. Quite sticky and soft in the mouth, with not much of a carbonation zing. It's a good, gentle DIPA, for a late night relaxing. Not a bruiser.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty from Avery Brewing Company
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