lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thick and fluffy antique white head. Pungent aroma of freshly cut grass, pine needles, orange rinds, and grapefruits. Medium to full-bodied and a touch sticky. The flavor starts off with a bit of sweet caramel. Kinda biscuity too. Quick transition to some resiny, grapefruity flavors. A bit of a drying finish. The 8.5% ABV becomes only somewhat apparent as it warms. Very enjoyable.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours a clear golden orange color with a medium thick and fluffy white head that lasts awhile. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Fresh grapefruit aroma as well as notes of grassy hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, hops and sweet malt in the background. The finish is citrus and pine with a lingering hops aftertaste. Solid all around.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear pale peach color with a fluffy "sea foam" off white head, great lacing. Nose is full of fresh citrus, some light pine in the background with a touch of malt. Flavor holds lots of citrus with a big bitter finish. One of the better (new) double IPA’s I’ve tried over the past months.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold, bright tropical goodness with a thick head that lasted through each sip. Spectacular. Clean yet dense. Tropical and earthy. Can be gulped or savored. Peppery and pineapple finish.
drjay44 (2480) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick long lasting off white head of long duration, with heavy lasting lacing, over a clear light amber (SRM 9) body.....nose redolent of pine, resin, grapefruit, toffee....taste is initially a bit of sweet malts (they got the F.G. under 1.010), then hop bitterness, which then became on the finish very floral hop....mouth feel is thick and heavy, carbonation low. Another wonderful, heavy, thick, rich, balanced creation from Avery.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, orange-copper colored body with a two finger-width, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and resiny citrusy pine with juicy grapefruits and pineapple. A light crystal malt sweetness and lemon-grass along with a light dough. A very pleasant aroma, just doesn’t jump out like some of the best West Coast IPA’s. Flavor is really nice though. Moderately sweet cereal grain maltiness with a light crystal and dough. Lots of bitterness consisting of resiny pines and some herbal grass. Big grapefruit and lemon along with a nice apricot too. Finishes dry with lots of lingering bitterness. Medium bodied, although maybe a bit thin on the palate. Slightly sticky and nicely balanced for such an assertive IPA. Overall, a really nice West Coast themed IPA. Lots of piney bitterness and just enough of a malt balance. There are a few things preventing this from being absolutely outstanding, but it was damn tasty nonetheless.
matthewjk (857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty tasty, but this thing has a bite to it! Standard citrus, floral aroma is present upon pouring--I have never been a big fan. The flavor is Bold! A little malt would have been nice for balance, but this is a quality IPA.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured healthy, mostly clear medium orange with a dense cap of off-white head. The aroma was delightfully juicy.. floral, citrus, and lesser earthy notes stood out over caramel and biscuits.. the sweetness actually stood up to the big hop bill well. The flavor found caramel and sourdough malts at the core, again surrounded by assertive bitterness (pine resin and grapefruit for the most part).. peppery alcohol becomes a bit too much on the latter half of the drink, but it was still tasty. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation and lots of bitterness.. hot at the end, but great up to that point.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Verdugo Bar. Nose of piney, orange rind hops. Very thick malt balance is evident in nose and flavor - slightly biscuity but very bread crusty and slightly brown. Taste reminded me very much of Green Flash dubs but less hoppy. Ryan at the bar told me a couple weeks ago that this was supposed to be a Pliny clone, but I didn’t observe that to be true.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA pours a rich, golden, copper with a nice head and great lacing. Flavors are of nice, sharp, citrus hops, yet crisp and a bit herbaceous. All in all, you can definitely count of Avery to continue to deliver great brews while staying creative and pushing boundaries.