Avalon
Battery Steele Brewing

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,178
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,800
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 5.85%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
From:
Battery Steele Brewing
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
91
Outstanding
AvalonAvalon
Notes: Made with El-Dorado, Mosaic and Amarillo.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by BEERMILER12:
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: A good mix of citrus, pine, and earthy/grassy hops up front along with some lighter caramel maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine and then goes into some grassy hops and moderately sweet maltiness that balances the bitterness. Finishes with lingering hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good DIPA that is extremely well balanced. Super easy to drink as well. Definitely check it out

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was yet another beer that I traded for a while ago as the date on the bottom of the can read 7/14/17 with DDH EL DORADO, AMARILLO, MOSA written underneath that. Never had a beer from Battery Steele before and since this was from Maine, I got the impression that this would be an easily enjoyable, nicely crafted New England IPA, which is exactly what this turned out to be!

Nice, golden hue to this beer that was cloudy and topped off with plenty of somewhat-quickly settling head. Only a few thin rings of lacing stuck around along the back side of my pint glass as I sipped this. Apricot, stone fruit, nectar, dank hops, and subtle flora notes came through in the aroma as the taste was balanced, doughy, and oddly reminiscent of wet dew. Lots going on here but nothing overpowered everything else as the aftertaste was tingly and minty on my teeth, with a bit of gumdrop keeping things sweet and lively.

This felt stronger than it was in actuality because the alcohol complemented the flavors and the hops that were present, especially the Mosaic. Plenty to proverbially and literally chew on here even though this didn't break any new ground. If you love the style or IPA's in general, this would easily suffice but it's not one that would anybody over to it from what's preferable...

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Photo of liquorpig
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coombski
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold color. Small white head, some lace.
Sweet fruit, perfume. Sweet malt background.
Berry taste, probably strawberries. Some orange. A little caramel.
A pleasant beer. Will drink this anytime.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smoky dankness, weird.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Very slightly hazy pale golden yellow body pours from the tallboy to a snifter. A fluffy white head rises to one finger high with decent retention. A small ring leaves spotty lacing.

S- Dank and tropical/stone fruity hops in a fairly pungent aroma. Dank sticky skunky weed, passionfruit, mango, melon, mint, bubble gum, onion and tangerines.

T- Things shift around quite a bit compared to the aroma with a strong floral and resinous flavor coming out. An intense concentrated citrus zest flavor also shows up. Overall strong grapefruit, dank herbs and pine resin lead to creamsicle, melon, woodsy, apricot, mango, tangerine and onion hop flavors.

MF- Medium-heavy body and a high level of carbonation. The texture is somewhat creamy and foamy. Intense sharp concentrated citrus bitterness ends the experience in the finish.

A very pleasant and balanced aroma of dank and fruity hops shifts towards a more sharp citrus and bitter experience on the taste buds. I have been having this happen more and more lately. Is it the sheer amount of hops or some sort of concentrated hop product (the intense concentrated citrus bitterness burn)? Still rather good but more translation from the aroma to the palate would make it fantastic.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can. A bright colored beer. Pours mildly hazy but it glows with pride and vigor. Good head. Aroma falls into the "sorta west coast IPA, sorta east coast IPA" sweet and fruity. There is also that tangy, pithy, punch from it's West Coast bloodline. Taste hits you with some immediate, urgent, tangy-hoppiness. Minimal maltiness; just some sweetness for sweetness' sake. Pretty decent even though I have exhausted myself with this style.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benjaminsa
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not for me. There’s a super bitter hop the burns the throat a bit.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phishagonia
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a vaguely hazy orange with yellow character. Neat head. Really compactly foamy on the bottom layer with larger, more coarsely packed bubbles on top. Looks appealing.

S - bright and dank at the same time. Pithy lemon and grapefruit candy. Sweet sourdough and freeze-dried apricots.

T - doughy, gritty orange and lemon twist. I thought maybe a hint of vanilla but it's more like the sugary sweetness of preserved fruit. Resinous and floral undertones shine through the dank. Lemon-lime. Lingering tingling bitterness.

F - soft and supple, but drinkable. Expected a bit more heft from a ripe beer such as this though.

O - all around solid. Only complaint is that things feel marginally thin, which I've noticed on both Battery Steele brews I've had so far. Nice flavor with great notes of ripe candied fruit and sticky hops.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with 2-fingers of effervescent white head. The head leaves a good amount of cobweb lacing as it settles into a soapy halo.

The aroma brings lots of orange and mango, with a touch of sweet berries. A strong toasted malt backbone is there to provide balance.

The taste is full of berries, candied orange, and sweet caramel malt. Pleasant, but not a lot going on.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, but a fair amount of warming from the alcohol.

Overall, a very good DIPA that is relatively well-balanced but doesn't really stand out. It's a bit on the sweeter side, and the alcohol is definitely present. Still, a good beer that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ScottP
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avalon from Battery Steele Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 55 ratings