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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This yearís Anniversary Ale truly defies categorization. Starting with our premium two row malt as a foundation, this ale has been carefully engineered to support a prodigious load of American hops. With almost 2 lbs of hops per barrel added to the kettle during the brew, this strong blonde ale is bursting with fruity citrus character. Additional Simcoe hops are added to the tank via dry-hopping, showcasing their unique pineapple essence. Youíll find our 14th Anniversary Ale remarkably quaffable, but at 8.5% ABV, we suggest a moderate approach to this celebratory brew.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (874) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
OK, this was good. Tons of hoppy flavor. Reminds me of a super over-hopped tripel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2250) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I didnít even realize what I was ordering when I did. It arrives at the table and reaks of being a hopbomb. BUt reaks in a good way, except I am not a hophead and am now dreading having to drink this monster. Here goes- WOW, incredibly well balanced. Again, I am not a hophead and this is really enjoyable. Gets ponderous towards the end and the hop burps suck, but good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5618) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
(cask at draught house) opaque gold-yellow with ring of bubbles. Nose of Belgian Candi sugar, grapefruit and oranges. Taste of celery, bitterish citrus (orange zest, grapefruit esters), and banana bread with alcohol present. Finish Is medium thick, creamy and sweet with bittering notes rounding it out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
On tap at Quarry Hofbrau. Poured an inviting, deep honey/orange body with some off-white head that left sticky lacing. Aromas of oily lemon zest, citrusy hops and just a hint of malty sweetness. Flavors of bitter lemon/orange hops, some yeast, sweetness thatís both candi-ish and melon based. Mild citra/pine bitter finish. Active, soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. No alcohol in the nose or flavor. IMHO, a bit hoppier than necessary (overules the Belgian qualities). But, what the hell do I know?!?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3799) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is sweet fruity hop. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth bitter hop and nice lingering bitter finish. Easy to drink, a good Belgian strong ale from Real Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1104) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Nice citrus aroma. Cloudy orange in color with a citrusy hops flavor. Mild pleasing bitterness thatís not over powering. Overall I really like this, itís easy drinking with some complexity. It also has a decent sweet bitter aftertaste thatís enjoyable. Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1538) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
On cask at the firkin fest at the Petrol Station in Houston. Hazy gold, beautiful fragrant fresh fruity hop nose. Taste comes off with very fresh hops, like a toned down dipa. Very smooth-milkshake smooth. I could not believe that this rolls in over 8%-the alcohol is very well hidden. Best beer of the 5 firkins tapped that night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Pint at the breweryís anniversary party in Blanco. I would never have guessed this was 8.5% ABV. A fruity, but hefty blonde. Golden orange color, slightly cloudy with moderate carbonation and a well-formed, but small white head. In my opinion, this tastes and smells predominantly of orange and other citrus (i.e. grapefruit) with other fruit to round it out. I do have to admit: for such an orange beer it is well crafted. The dry-hopped Simcoe adds a nice spiciness. Itís very easy and smooth and perfect for such a hot day. Real Ale must make their anniversary ales with the season in mind. Good thinking. Drinking a wee heavy in this weather probably isnít as likely to happen.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is band-aid lemon hay. Flavor is peachy musk and sweat with a finish of orange juice and grapefruit. A touch of pineapple and bread poke in there as well. Fluffy and coating on the tongue. Flavor, on paper, sounds weird but it works. Very tasty and worth seeking out.


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