DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper/ruby color with big off-white head that provides plenty of lacing. Aroma of hopcit, spices, fruit. Tastes malty, with solid but not overpowering hops and some black pepper and fruity hints. Smooth, fairly dense mouthfeel. BBB63, I’m curious...and your descriptions are much better than mine...what is "Star Anise?" Is that what happens when I ask my wife to touch her toes while nude?
sloth (2636) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized beige head with excellent retention and a healthy lace. Clear, deep copper visuals. Nose is fruity, spicey, citrus infused. Med/full body, lightly resiny. Full, spicey hop flavors dominate, earthy and flowery, big but gentle at the same time. Crystal and pale malts play quietly in the background but are well represented no matter. Alcohol is well dispersed in the mix. A surprisingly crisp DIPA! Finish is medium dry and fruity. A nice enough DIPA though not as agressive as i expected.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 This brew pours a clover honey color with leanings towards amber. Has a nice frothy off white head that lingers a bit. Deliciously fresh pine resin greets your nose immediately. There are also some yeasty hints hiding in there. Fresh and inviting. The flavor has a malt and sweet caramel base with citrus and spicy hops right on top. The flavors are almost separate…very interesting. The body is medium and crisp, as well as a bit oily which let the hops hang around. I’m not sure this will age well at all, but for the time being…it is very nice!
I just had the second bottle of this that I bought at the same time as the first one. I’m amazed how quickly this has deteriorated. The hop presence was significantly reduced in both aroma and flavor. What was left was more of a musty aroma and taste that really lacked (probably a 3.4-3.5). Drink this stuff FRESH!
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A copper color with a large white head. The aroma is very citrusy and floral. The taste is creamy with citrus mainly orange peel. It has a certain grassy quality to it as well. Overall this is a very good beer. Avery rocks!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured this in a weizen and man was it beautiful. Medium brown with a huge beige head. Mostly sweet malt aroma with some pine hops. Flavor is all sweet caramel malt. While this scores well, only because I rate to taste buds and not style, it definately could use a bigger hop presence.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light copper body, medium off-white/buff head. Classic I2PA aroma of strong piney, grapefruity hops balanced by toasty, caramely malts. Smells sweet and bitter. Big, sweet, resiny body with lots of pine, generous grapefruit, and toasty caramels. Alcohol is detectable but light. After a few sips, a level of thinness becomes apparent, hidden behind the thick hop resins. Long but rather light bitter aftertaste. I’m not sure why Avery felt compelled to brew this I2PA after already brewing "Ten" and "Eleven," but it’s another good, if not excellent, addition to a rather uniform category.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 Current rating based on second batch, 2006
Bottle, batch #1, 2005
Pours thick and ruby, with a nice head on top and lace around the glass. First impression is the ever-present grapefruit/citrus that seems to be pervasive in beers of this style. Smooth enough on the palate, with a slight oily feel to it. The hops immediately take center stage, banging an E-chord at roughly 120 decibles. But instead of remaining intense, the sound is abruptly silenced by someone pulling the plug on the amp, relegating the noise to fade into the walls of the coliseum. There is a hint of cough syrup in the finish, and it becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The malt is detectable, but not enough to offset some of the tang in this one. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 6.
Batch #2, Bottled February 2006
Much more rounded flavor; the ingredients seem to have gotten better acquainted and are more apt to have fun together. This is an entertaining beer; the sour meshes very well with the slight sweetness and it makes the palate giggle. The folks at Avery are gettin’ good at this IPA thing: I’m salivating in anticipation of the next batch. Things can only get better from here, and they’re already quite good.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 [edit - 3/25/06 - batch one of this beer was amazing - I gave it a 4.5 - but the new batch - batch 3 - is terribly off - thin, with dominating sulfer and rotten eggs - man, what happened? - average between this and the original - 3.3] original rating: People talk a lot about grapefruit characteristics in strong IPAs, but my friends, this is one case where the comparison is very apt - there’s grapefruit and citrus all over this one, the aroma, the flavor, the finish - citrus abounds with a mouth-watering hop onslaught, but there is plenty of sweet, fruity esters to round it all out - if Shaharazade had this, she wouldn’t have needed to waste all that time telling stories.
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Initial rating, 2005: Bright bloody burnt red and deep orange color, with high saturation. A hop explosion on the nose, with that typical resiny, leafy hop cone stink, with sweet gummy oranges, apricots and maraschino cherries. Wonderfully sweet gummy pineapple, lime, mandarin oranges and a general fruit cocktail hop flavor, very well balanced by a sweet, creamy and smooth malt profile. I like that this doesn’t fall into the trap of just being a hop orgy, a nails-down-the-throat overaggresive hop product like Avery Eleven and Great Divide Hercules. Very well made. (4.4)
rerate 2007: Wasn’t so heavenly or creamy/frothy, but was still ok... lacked the dank, grassy, juicy qualities I liked in the first batch. Probably would get a 3.9-4.1.
rerate 2009: fresh one-week old bottle. Firm, chewy, and full on the palate. Hops are fresh but seem like they used concentrated hop oil and honey, it reminds me of the oily, artificial hop character in Bells Hopslam. Okay but I think I would take a super fresh classically-made IPA over this any day. 3.6-3.8 range.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Dark orange body topped with a sticky, creamy head. Very pungent aromas, but not really all that pleasant to me. There was a lot of oily hop aromas, along with some malt, but it was really muddy. The flavors are about the same. Muddy, dirty flavors. Not crisp at all. Reminded me of Flying Dog’s Wild Dog. Give me the regular IPA from these guys any day.