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RATINGS: 755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present.The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation. Hops – Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe; dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo. Body – Medium.
Availability – Late Spring / Early Summer Release. Formerly 10.5%.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Courtesy my Secret Santa-thanks man! A nice west coast hop bomb. Aroma was a thick heavy citrus. Pour was a cloudy bubbly medium orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was perfectly balanced. There was a strong piney and citrus hoppiness with a solid caramel malt backbone. Very little carbonation. Another great beer from Secret Santa 09

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 16, 2009
Botella. Hazy deeep golden color with a nice creamy off-white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet hoppy, citrus , fruity and malty pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel indeed. Sweet quite hoppy, citrus, fruity caramel malty bitter flavour. Sweet and bitter well lasting finish. Hides the alcohol quite well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2735) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a moderate copper color with some slight white lacing remnants of a head. Notes of citrus hops and some sweetness lingering around with a touch of alcohol. Taste is rather boozy, some citrus hops and some sweet malty grain notes make an appearance, but the hops and the alcohol duel it out and the alcohol wins big time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22 oz bomber from Capones. Pours a murky orange with an average foamy white head. Aroma has lots of fruitiness with caramel and toffee sweetness along with citrus hops. The flavor has some serious noticable alcohol throughout the entire flavor along with lots of grainy malts and harsh citrus rind. Interesting but tone down the alcohol and balance this one out a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy bright copper color with a foamy white head. Nose is spicy hops with a big malty caramel sugary background. Palate is syrupy and bitter. Flavor is thick bready malt and sticky hop notes with light alcohol warming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bomber from Ledgers! Nose of pine, citrus, and floral hops. Cloudy copper orange with a medium glass lacing beige head. Flavor is bitter with some light caramel malt. Finish is nicely bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Bomber pours a transparent orange, amber with a creamy, slightly off white head. BIG nose: perfume, pine, lemons, candy. Flavor is mostly grapefruit, very astringent, pine tar. Finish is a little hot. Some light sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 A little hazy dark golden colored beer, with a thick foamy off white head. The aroma is some sweet with hop bitters, malty and fruits. The atste is dry bitter of hops. It’s burny, with spices like pepper and some alcohol in the back. The aftertaste is bitter and spicey. On tap at the brewery. A clear golden colored beer, with a white head. The aroma of sweet fruits, like citrus and mango, with hop bitters. The taste of sweet fruits like citrus with mango and bitters of hop. The aftertaste is sweet with hop bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bomber. Hazy orange-amber color, medium white head. Big hop aroma of citrus and some grapefruit, though maltiness is very prevalent. Taste is also very hoppy, lots of citrus fruit. Long bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
22oz bottle, purchased at Ledgers. Pours a murky, tarnished golden-tan color; murky, off-white head, patchy lacing. Lots of earthiness, citrus, and basic maltiness in the aroma; dulled from age. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of complex malt sugars; earthy hop bitterness, and light amounts of caramel oxidation; old at this point; lightly oxidized, candy sugar, lots of earthienss; hidden alcohol, but far gone. Lengthy finish: sugar, earthy hop bitterness, lasting bitter notes; a touch rough.


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