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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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%.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5015) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2009
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Big IPA hops aroma with a nice malt backing. Very grapefruity.
Appearance: Amber in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Nice IPA flavor this was full og hops and fruity grapefruit flavors. Truly Awesome.
Palate: Dry IPA Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: One killer IPA. This is one for the books.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Deep orange pour with some head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, some sugar, caramel and toffee malt. Flavor of wood and pine needles, leafy hops. A bit of citrus, tropical fruits, some herbal notes. A bit of sugar and toffee, but all in very good balance. Big full mouthfeel, dry hoppy finish that lingers. Yeah, it’s thick. Bad ass, DIPA, but it was good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Pours murky/burnt orange. Smell is pine and malty. Taste is malt, sugar, and citrus. The body was has a weird thickness to it. A let down for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
22oz bomber served in a Duvel Tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a slightly hazy dark gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. Lots of resiny hops in the aroma, some malt, a little sugar and a bit of alcohol. Not as hoppy as the aroma would suggest. There is still a good amount of hop bitterness. Nice malt base with some sweetness. Medium to full bodied. Good balance of malt and hops. If you’re looking for a hop bruiser, this isn’t it. This beer really grew on me as I drank it, maybe the 10% ABV had something to do with it!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Pre-tapping 8oz. sampling in a shaker at Lunar Brewing Co. Poured a hazy orange with a foamy, off white head that diminished somewhat quickly and left some spotty lacing. The aroma was sweetness of malt, fruit as dried pineapple wedges, some tropical notes, and citrus. The flavor was similar with a strong malt presence, balancing hop bitterness, and a significant alcohol warmth. Full bodied, almost a little syrupy, but an excellent Imperial IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer has a red amber hue that shows a lightly amber tinged, full copper color. The aroma smells a bit sweet, reminds me of candied American hops, sweet tangerine, tart apricot, week green vegetables, a touch of green pine character, green / unripe fruit notes and meyer lemon. The aroma is actually a bit weaker than I was expecting, this did follow a Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but that shouldn’t have been any problems for this beer.

Soft and creamy feeling, the texture is likely helped by the fact that this is only lightly chilled. The beer finishes with a bitting hop bitterness that helps to cut through the thick, viscous texture. A touch of alcohol heat couples with the bitterness to provide a sharp finish. The hop character in the flavor of this beer is quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the nose; candied ruby-red grapefruit zest, lychee, a nice tropical fruit note (which becomes more accentuated as the beer warms up) and a citrus oil component. Sharper hop notes of menthol, bitter herbs, pine, and a definite green hoppiness really tend to linger in the finish, with an astringency that couples with the hop bitterness. After a bit of time the beer can get a a bit green and herbal, a bit too raw even.

This is a bit thicker than I like in my Double IPAs, to me this is a bit more like a hoppy Barleywine. Not bad, but I was hoping for something a bit more quaffable. Hmm, I can’t help but be a little disappointed, I always expect stellar from this brewery, which might be a bit unfair.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
pours hazy orange with a head that died quickly. Smells thick of carmelized malt with citrus and pineapple. First taste filled my mouth with bitter chocolate and carmel. Alcohol is noticeable but welcome. and its very easy to sip down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2009
pretty straight forward hazy amber capped by a frothy light tan head which barely worked itself up with an agitated pour. very candy-like bubblegum aroma... followed by flowers, brown sugar, pine, orange and orange pith. the palate is very malty and certainly brown sugary sweet up front. luckily, it finishes with piney bitterness and dryness. the flavors in between match the aroma... dirty/earthy hops, spice, grass, orange, citrus pith, pine, and leafy lingering hops. alcohol warms the belly and dries off the tongue. thick bodied... almost heavy cream textured, soft and lux but a touch syrupy at times. bitterness helps. it is well put together and balanced though a little generic... 8/3/7/4/15/3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours an orange-yellow with some bubbles that fade quickly. Smell is pineapple, citrusy hops and maple syrup. Taste is also pineapple and citrusy hops. The palette on this beer is oily and nice with a great finish that’s well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
On tap @ Maproom. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, pine, and citrus. The ABV is a little strong and noticeable since it is a little sweet. Good hop flavor and bitterness though. Glad to give it a try.


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