Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Holy Cow. I love Avery. They make awesome beers and I’ve had almost every one. This beer breaks away from their normal bomber-style beers, in that it is balanced (not a hallmark of Avery beer). It is balanced, while still being one of the hoppiest beers I’ve ever had (if that makes any sense). I’ll get to the gist:
Appearance- Phenominal clarity that belies it’s strength. Frothy white head, orange color.
Aroma- Piney frsh hops; smells like hop pellets when they come out of the package.
Flavor- HOPS!!!! Hops in front, hops in the middle and hops in back. Cascades for sure. Very Grapefruity. Has somewhat of a smokey flavor that, I’m sure doesn’t come from peated or Rauch malt, but rather; is a derivative from the cascade hop profile. There is some balance here, but hops still dominate. If I had to guess, I would say that a lighter crystal malt (40?) and vienna or victory malt compliment the pale malt here. The hops lend a robust hop flavor when I exhale after tasting. This beer is very boozy, but I cannot taste much alcohol.
Fantasic beer: I drank it while sitting in my back yard in a relatively cool July evening. BoozieSusie (15) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Nice and hoppy and balanced other than the hop attack. A huge hop citrus / grapefruit flavor rolls over everything. Super Yummy hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2008
It pours a beautiful clear pale copper color. Has a small dissapating off white head. Smells of sensational citrusy-floral hops. No real malt aromas. The hops are just fine for me. Seems like more than Cascades to me. Average to pretty nice lacing. The flavor is of spicy, piney, citrusy hops and a little bit of malty goodness. Pretty smooth on the palate, a little alcohol sting. A nice bitterness that lingers nice. zizzybalubba (1873) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Seaboard Wine in Raleigh (Batch 2, I believe based on purchase date, bottled November 2008). Dark orange pour with a fluffy white head. Rich pineapple aroma; dominates over any other aromas. A hint of peach in the aroma as well. Taste is much of the same but with a nice malt backbone and a bitter hop finish. An outstanding beer even at 6 months after it was bottled. Try it if you can still find it. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Copper color with a small head. They nailed the nose, with an intense blend of west coast hops that deliver loads of grapefruit and lemon. Flavor packs a wallop with a lovely, beautiful hoppiness. Lemon, citrus, resin, pure, oily hops. Well utilized hops and also hops of high quality. Delicious display of hops. Basically a 1.5 IPA here.
BelgianRed (9) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008 does not count
On tap at Lavomatic in Cincinnati. A distinctive beer--citrus scent is backed up by something more floral. Flavors are mostly balanced but for the first few sips the hop character stands out. Long, warming finish--an excellent beer! TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Loved it!!! Very well balanced with lots of resinous hop goodness, balanced by a nice malty sweetness that was never cloying. I drank this while watching Barack Obama give his acceptance speech. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with it... beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Pours nice sunburst amber. Smell of tangerines in a crisp bright way. Taste is also nice citrus hops very delicate & elegant. Definitely balanced with a nice amount of malt. Great beer! handsomejn (77) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Pours an opaque light copper, white top, nice pattern on the glass. The hops are just delicious, citrusy pine, with a long luxurious finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Rich on the palate. Well balanced with a little caramel if you go looking for it. Another great beer from Avery. jcwattsrugger (12450) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
22 oz bottle-pours a rich off white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is nice pine/citrus hops-cascade. Taste is nice pine/citrus-grapefruit rind raw hops-bitter, secondary/some medium malt-caramel. Great beer. Medium body. Semi-dry long finish. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.