Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simple, yet vibrant hop aroma, with hints of various fruits (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), along with notes of pine and grass. Red-orange color, with a gigantic froth and very, very clingy lace. Flavor is very hoppy, with columbus hops, and a nice caramel backing. Thanks for the special surprise, Ernest.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Avery 12th Anniversary party. Solid head, dark amber body. Strong hop aroma, citrus and pine. Palate has a huge hop presence, lots of bitterness stays strong through the finish. Body is light, but full, sweet and malty. Really should be listed as an IPA.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Given to me in a 12oz. bottle from the brewhouse with no label, this brew poured out glowing copper in color, with a foamy, one finger tall head, and sparse but pretty lace.
The aroma was sweet and tropical with an inviting mix of pine resin, mango, and hay in the air. The aroma suggested a sweet and hoppy beer, but the taste was a little different than anticipated. There was not much sweet flavor. Instead it was more of a dry, spicy, and slightly earthy taste, more akin to an English Bitter than an IPA. The piney hops made it more American than English in nature, but still could not shake the image of an ESB while quaffing.
The strength was rather low for Avery, and the brew would have been very sessionable, had I acquired more than one. A simple and robust Bitter to be had when you dilute Hog Heaven, as this is a half strength version of that big Barleywine.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Very hoppy, bitter, citric, and thin-bodied. Not something I find remotely pleasant, but all the guys at the brewery could have predicted that. With a little more body/malt, this could be drinkable for me, but as-is it’s just too stark and unbalanced.
Ratman197 (9802) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear copper with an amber head. Aromas of grapefruit, spruce, and musk. Palate is resiny. Flavors of grapefruit, spruce, and a bit of carmel with a bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9688) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours copper with a foamy tan head and excellent lined lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma, kind of sweet resin. Grapefruit citrus rind and pine flavor start with caramel malt body and a lemony finish, moderately acidic. Light to medium bodied and a tad fizzy and dry astringent palate.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had it at the anniversary party too. Looks just like Hog Heaven, smells a lot like Hog Heaven, tastes a little like Hog Heaven, but does not leave me in the gutter after 2 pints. I agree that it is unbalanced - lots of hpos without much body, but I like that. I even got to talk with Adam for a while and complimented him on the beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I hope this isn’t an event only brew! Tasted this on-tap at the Avery 12th party. Big layer of off-white head, medium copper body. Big, punchy hop aroma. Citrus, musky. Tons of wonderful hop flavor without overdone bitterness. A warm flash of malt and a bit of sweetness in the finish. Substantial on the palate, but not at all heavy. I was really expecting a toss-off beer with this. It was billed as "1/2 Hog". Yeah, not expecting much. But--surprise--this is a fine beer, one that shows off it’s hops exceptionally well.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 On tap at the Avery 12th anniversary party. Quite reddish amber, creamy white head. Aroma is tons of hops, mostly northwestern - as it feels that resin, pine, citrus flavor. Taste is bitter. Very bitter. Tons of bittering hops and some malt. Feels kinda out of balance. Would like it to be more malty to balance. Finish is crisp and bitter. Great body.