unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good IPA, and not what I expected! The aroma is sweet, hoppy and flowery, mostly roses and grass. The big bottle poured a nice, lacy head but it didnít last long. In my glass this IPA is a crystal clear copper color, pretty to look at. I could smell the hops and I expected the bitter bite, but the malty sweetness was a surprise! In a way, this reminds me of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday, though not as heavy in body or sweetness. The bitter, intense hops do a nice job of balancing the other characteristics, and end up producing a really great tasting brew! Thereís a well-hidden alcohol bite in there too, and Iím grateful for it! Overall, Iím excited about my first experience with Avery and I canít wait to try the others I have in the fridge!
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark copper color, quickly dissipating head. Smells good, like an IPA should: evergreen, a sweetness your nose can detect. Medium bodied for an imperial style anything. Smooth, sweet, pleasently biiter grapfruit and evergreen flavors, not much of a finish. Wouldnít have guessed itís high ABV, which is a compliment. Got it for under six bucks at Whole Foods, a steal in my opinion. Itís not as complex as Three Floyds Imperial IPA (my benchmark for all great American beers at this point), but it is tasty and makes me happy.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Vintage 2005. Clear amber colour. Hoppy, caramelish notes. Loads of sweet caramel malt, loads of aroma hops but somehow I had expected more of this. Just glacing a sweet caramel base with a ton of hops doesnít necessarily make a great Double IPA. I want some more complexity here. Will this grow with age or just grow tired? 120805
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
í05 bottle courtesty of PDee! Clear dark amber body with an ample foamy white head that resembles the froth on whipped cream. The aroma is bursting with piney goodness with spicy citrus rind, dandelion flower, and subdued caramel malt in tow. Pretty typical IIPA flavor (itís unfortunate that we can say that!) - rather bitter pine hopping throughout with grapefruit flesh and carmael/tootsie roll malt underneath. Lasting pine bitter finish with residual sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. This would be a great big beer to drink with friends (just enjoy but not to think too much about) but itís too one dimensional to really enjoy by oneself.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Sweet caramel, hoppy aroma and a light sweet caramel pine tree hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
rickgordon (3853) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. RBESG -05.
Now this is the 2IPA! Citrusy nose, with notes of nuts and chocolate. Ultra-dry, very bitter with a slight sweetness behind. Extremely long finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich sweet mouhfeel. Nose was hops. Color was amber, head was decent with adequate lacing. This was a hooey sweet brew from Avery? Imagine?
ABUSEDGOAT (2582) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Cloudy amber body. Aroma is grapefruity/hops with alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Some caramel in there too giving it a syrupy mouthfeel. Lacking complexity, raw.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with big foamy white head. Aroma is very malty, with hints of cherry and oak and a bit of sweet hops. Flavor is malty, sweet, with caramel dominating, along with fruity notes of strawberry and cherry, with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall definitely on the malty/sweet side of the DIPAís. I like it, but itís a bit too sweet, and doesnít really showcase its hops.
DanielBrown (4380) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Good aroma: hoppy and harvesty. Rich, syruppy mouthfeel. Flavour is sticky and hoppy; fizzy and orchard too. Sweet strength in the cardboard finish. Really good.