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 (2605) - 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 (898) - 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 (7121) - 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 (1065) - 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.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, Library Alehouse. Pours orange-gold with a small head. Nice bouquet of citrus and pine. Flavor is crisp, with punchy pine-hop notes and faint malt balance through the middle. Really quite nice to drink, just a bit of alcohol showing through on the finish. Tastes like a west coast DIPA, and I guess that can never be a bad thing! Just a good drinker, one that leaves a positive impression in the abstract rather than any one flavor element. Tasty?
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orangish color wit white head. Citrus hops aroma. Flavor is citrus and bitter hops with sweet malts. Medium body with average carbonation with a resinous finish.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear, harvest golden body with a generous, fluffy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and citrus hoppy goodness! A little bit of mango to, truly a nice aroma. Taste is caramel up front followed by herbal and then grassy hops, finishing with just a hint of citrus and sugar. A very good Pliny the Elder styled DIPA. Light to medium bubbles, with a decently full, yet still refreshing mouthfeel.