happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hops and and alcohol with some sweet almost milky malt character.And some crazed EI mother fu*ker on the label.I can’t say this is much better or worse than the eleven.What is this off taste consistent in most every Avery beer.C’mon guys, clean it up,you can do it!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden hue with a halo of a white head. Aromas of sweetness, pples, tea. Thick mouthfeel with flavors of honey syrup, a hint of oak, with a decent bitterness. Just like all of avery’s brews, this one is just average.
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors red-gold with small light beige head. Flowery, citrus pine aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, sweet with lasting spiciness. Almost like a hot cinimmon. Also earns points for well-done bottle with king and silver foil.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours orange hued golden, dark, large off-white foamy head, wonderful lacing, with soft carbonation. Citrusy nose, slight hop & pine. Seems somewhat sweet. Inital thought on sipping was that it was going to be too cloying, but it smooths out rather well. Good balance, still somewhat sweet, with a nice bitter finish and subtle hints of tobacco. The 9.7% ABV is extremely well hidden. Medium to full body & mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one! Thanks TChrome!
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 The Lure:
A plethora of filtered citrus fruit juices, with grapefruit as their prow, overcome a filet of caramel.
A herbal, resinous bitterness benefits from a substantial honeyed malt sweetness. Oranges and light citrus fruit tones spice up this smooth and also piney Double IPA.
He kept a diplomatic composure, but wore fiery eyes.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured with a big, frothy cream colored head resting like a turban atop the clear, coppery amber hued liquid. The huge hop nose was sharp and prominent, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and pine needles. The nose gave fair warning about the scope of the hops in this beer. Flavors of pine needles, candied grapefruit rind, apple sauce, all riding on a malt backbone stong enough for an Indian elephant. This has great balance for such a big beer. There is a long lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The alcohol comes out in the nose as it warms. Very thick, dry mouthfeel. I got more thirsty the more I drank. My little sister said it tasted like drinking a flower. When I finished the one bottle, the others were just begging to be opened. This is what I think of as an IIPA.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
QUite the nice looking IIPAm Nice darker orange clean coloring and a decent sized head on top. Aroma is heavy with citrus notes, and alcohol. There are some dark fruit feel to this as well, and some pine. Flavor is very weel balanced for an Imperial of this breed. It does hit you with the hops, but nothing too outrageous, since there is a good malt backing to it. However the alcohol is a bit more noticable that I would have expected.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like liquid resin, clear and amber in color with a thin but resolute head. Most appealing aroma of sticky, spicy, citrusy hops. Big in body but well matched with the huge hop flavor. Great hop character with pine and a tongue coating quality. My only complaint would be the grassy and vegetative qualities which I assume come from the hop bill. Otherwise, an exceptional ale.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is light amber with a thin white head...pine and soap in the nose with some hints of butter...nice malt hop balance with some sweet citrus something going on...very nice and well balanced...nice to see a beer from Avery that doesn’t taste over the top...
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Light amber in color, very minimal to no head, med lacing, can smell the hops and the taste is hoppy with alcohol overload and a bit too much of bitterness.