scrontus (4) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2003 does not count
poured a light amber red, little head. smell of head rather citrus-like, hints of mandarin orange? bitter up front with sweet rush afterwards. a top ten for me....kind of in the area of a stronger Alpha King jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours a hazy light orange with a nice creamy head.
The smell has a complex arrangement of hops with flowers, and grapefruit, as well as some piney hints as well.
The taste is similar to their regular IPA, heavy on citrus but with different hop flavors chiming in along the way. Also different from their regular IPA is the bigger malt presence, it isn't by any means BIG but its definitely there. The finish is wonderfully crisp and leaves you wanting more.
Definitely a worthy anniversary brew, congrats Avery
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
7/5/03: bottle. joet (2604) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2004
luscious brown-blush colour. snappy with a somewhat alcohol-ish nose. wow oh wow what an exquisite and smooth taste. lots of interesting malt sensations. an exceptional brew.
Lush, creamy, slight orange color, bright, dazzling. Love the sunshine citric notes vibrating amongst the pines. One to sit slowly with. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - AUG 29, 2004
bottle. pours a deep orange with a thin white head. aroma is sweet malt and candy. So damn good it is hard to put words to. nice enveloping sweet malt that courses through my soul and makes me think things might not be as bad as i had originally thought. hints of hop that linger on the edges that keep this in perfect balance. finishes with a nice fruit flavor that lingers into bitterness.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bought back in 6/03. Big and sticky sweet; heavy malty aroma floods the nose. The flavor is rich and luxuriant – sweet malts and subtle hops. Perfect velvety feel. I wish there was more of this. shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 3 year old bottle. Consumed 1/13/2006. Pour is grapefruit in color with some obvious sediment. No real head to speak of. Huge malt aroma with a well rounded edge of hops. This bottle has smoothed out and matured very nicely. This beer is beautiful and delicious. 9/4/9/5/18ThomW (35) - USA - SEP 7, 2003
11/18/06 - Bright mellon orange color. Wispy white head. Aroma is still pretty vibrant, but there is a solid malt presence. I’d say this is fading, but still very good. 7/3/7/3/16.
Wow, Avery pulled out all they had for this outstanding ale. You can taste the high alcohol content but a great ale anyways. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Rerate again 5/17/04. This is good and still getting better.
Rerate 4/04. True to my wishes, it's now a barleywine and a good one at that. Sweet drunken subtle apricot taste. Original rating. Light orange pour with minimal head. Sweet as this is heading towards barleywine. I cannot wait! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Color is a beautiful golden bronze, solid chill haze to its body, soft sea foamed beige head about a finger high which maintains for a good while before eventually settleing down to a thick skim, lace covers the entire glass with super thick curtains. One lovely looking glass of brew nectar. Aroma is pleasant, not as hoppy as one would perhaps hope for but lovely all the same with a nice soft piney sweetness over the top of some terrific caramel;sweet and candyish, super nice caramel, while enhaling its aroma its almost as if one can chew it or melt it in your mouth, yum! Taste follows suit with a very pleasant soft and mildly rendered hoppyness. Piney, fresh, floral, a touch of resin and a remarkably yummy caramel smoooth backing, my oh my is that some nice caramel. Feel is soft and well rounded in a medium body, smooth and a bit fluffy in its carbonation, making for some nice drinking; some very nice smooth drinking, oh yeah, yummy!