MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Orange clear, tan head. Fresh hops aroma, and nicely layered. Big fresh hop flavor as well. Bitterness well balanced with malt. Very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of trees and alcoho;, possibly pine.Flavor had a small hint of alcohol,pine trees and citrus.i didnt enjoy the finish as well.I kept burping trees
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/ruby/ amber hue, with a cake-like, creamy, off-white, mostly lasting, with lots of lace. Steady carbonation. Nose is a big stinky hopped up grapefruit; pithy, sweet, juicy, sticky resin, pale fruit, spicy, garlic?...Absolutely seductive. Starts with malt flavor, cookie, dough, a bit of fruit(apricot), medium to full in body, oily, slippery mouthfeel, then its all big citric hops. Sweet, spicy, perfectly overdone hops. Is there apricot all the way through this beer? Sometimes too much is too good. I wet myself. Alcohol is hidden well. Very nice finesse. Another great one. Im very happy to have these guys available out east. Excellent. Whenever I find myself growing away from big hoppy beers, I get sucked back in by a great brewery with a great beer. Get yourself one of these!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color body, with a hint of cloudiness. Taller dark cream colored head that settles to a stable 1/4 inch of tight bubbles. Decent rings of lace. First whiff, I swear Iíve got a glass of orange juice. Yup, definitely OJ. Not your run of the mill OJ, the fresh squeezed with lots of pulp and a hint of zest. After the initial volatiles are driven off a mild sweet malt and light fruit nose comes out, not the cleanest malt, but it does finally come out. Smooth, slick, and creamy on the palate. The alcohol comes out toward the end of the quaff and thins it out with a mild burn. Lots of sweetness floating about this pine forest. Quite acidic through out the swallow, mostly attributed to the hops. For some reason, I just canít grasp the flavors and embrace them. They seem a bit disjointed and rough. I actually think a journey to India will do this one some good and will set a few aside for future tasting. Iím rather sure Iím going to look forward to trying this in 6 months to a year. Although I must say the finish is growing on me with lots of malt. If you like hops have it now, if you like malt sit on this a bit.
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma loaded with citrus hops and pine. Pours a transparent amber with a big creamy white head with excellent retention. Very nice lacing. Very malty with lots of sugar and caramel up front. Decent hop finish, but this may be a tad too much on the malty side. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol presence in the flavor what so ever. Itís been a while since Iíve had Avery 11, but I think that might be just a touch better. Looking forward to trying them side-by-side. Either way, a very nice IIPA.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Bottle. Nose is grapefruit and all hops. Typical IIPA taste and feel, but with a soft hop feel. Excellent finish. Perfect use of hops. A homereun.
Re-rate, MArch 2006. A decent IIPA, but a little on the thin side. Solid, but NOT a homerun.
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Piney, orange/lemon, pizza dough, tad metallic. Clean orangy red color, small head that faded to a little haze on the top. Sweet bitter flavors, same as aromas with viney, citrusy, ABV makes it a tad brash, butterscotch. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, Bitterdry finish. Leaves a oily coating. Nice imperial.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Avery brewed up a big one here, Baby!
I was imagining this beer to have more American Alpha Grapefruit hoppyness to it, but there is so much caramel malt in here that this IIPA nearly goes Barely Wine, IMO.
Never disappointing in the visual; This Avery Dictator pours a hearty mahogany body with radiant edges of amber and gold. The tan head was mountainous and creamy, leaving thick limitless sheets of lacing after every turn of the chalice. The aroma is a mass of Caramelized sugars and pine sap. Always finding a citric zesty grapefruit, and sweet notes of tangerine. Keep watch for some heaver, lightly smoky hints of brown sugar, and molasses which will be attending the merrymaking event. The hoppy bitterness shows itselfÖ no doubt.. the finish will be full of pine chips and citrus. I even find mention of pineapple and guava nectarsÖ. This is Imperial indeed! I fully dig the massive malt spin on this beer!
BTW, The near 10% abv will sneak up and pimp slap you when your not expecting it.. 22ozÖitís a BIG BEER!
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to TChrome for sending this! Ruby tinged amber. Mountainous cream colored froth. Huge pine notes, light earthiness, spicy hops, faint fruits, and light malt creaminess. Taste is slick piney hops, creamy sweetened malts, light alcohol notes, citrus fruit cameos and almost a hint of maple syrup. Body is slick and oily with some creaminess throughout. Moderate carbonation and lingering bitterness. Finishes with more piney hops, lighter fruit notes, sweetened malts and light spiciness. Nice way to hit 1500!
Beaver (1292) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves a lot of lacing.
The aroma is much more reserved that I was expecting. At first, all I get is earthy metallic hops. Then some sweet melon and tangerines come out to dominate. I also pick up some medicinal alcohol astringency.
The flavor is sweet melon followed by some harsh alcohol (that becomes less noticeable as time goes on) and a bitter almost metallic hop finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy.
Overall, another Avery "big beer" disappointment for me - they sound soooo good, but donít live up to expectations for me. Iíve had much better IIPAs. I donít like the sweet melon in an IIPA, the alcohol is a bit much, and I donít care for the hop flavor and finish. Great Divideís Hercules is MUCH more up my alley. To be fair, as I finish the 22, it becomes less un-appealing.