bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2013
aggressive hoppy aroma. malty flavor standing up to the hops, and a bit of a licorice note. malt sweetness and bitterness, on first take, the malt sweetness trumps the bitterness, but the hops take over in the finish. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Orange color with a creamy white head. Lots of resinous hops, oranges, caramel malt, honey, woody notes. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours light orange in color mostly clear with a small white head. Aroma brings pleasant soft lemon and floral notes. Body is dry with some citrus zest flavors and a zingy citrus ending. The booze is blended in there we’ll, but noticeable. Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap at Avery. Pours a mostly clear yellow orange with very fine, white head. Aroma is hoppy, resinous, piney, floral. Flavor is hoppy, piney, strong citrus in the finish. Quite resinous, alcohol is well masked. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and crisp texture, mildly oily finish. A very good Imperial IPA. edwardbass (859) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
An impressive Imperial IPA. Aroma is sweet malt with some hops and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt (dried fruit, heck, I don’t know enough to characterize it) with alcohol and the hops are complex, and both forward and not. The hops linger around for a long time, seemingly dancing around on your tongue for quite a while. An exceptionally balanced Imperial IPA.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle:   Fiery golden, translucent, moderate sudsy white head, fiarly nice lacing.   Soft citrus peel, pith, and tea/tobacco leaves on the nose.   Moderate citrus and tea/tobacco leaves on the tongue.   Not real bright.   Not too bitter, mild to moderate sweetness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Feels pretty smooth, a bit heftier than most.   Muted hop and citrus notes on the finish, tea and tobacco leaves are minor.   Not a real bright example, smooth, a bit heftier than most, but not terribly bright. Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle. Exactly what you’d expect from Avery in the vein ... Full-bodied, richly amber and active, with a fortress of a head. The aroma is a bit subdued, but hints at what comes thru in the flavors -- warm resin and dark citric acidity, warming to the palate with the alcohol evident but not overwhelming. (#5260, 9/21/2013) ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
I’m very happy that Avery chose to make a double… er, sorry, “XX IPA”… for their twentieth anniversary ale. It has a very nice, soft golden orange color and a frothy, bright white head. The aroma is a full, beautiful bouquet of floral, fruity, and sweet hops and soft, but distinctive malts. It’s so alluring I want to take off my close and jump into this beer. I wish my house smelled like this. They should make air fresheners or incense sticks that smell like this. For a double IPA, and with as much hops in the nose, it’s somehow not all about the hops.
It’s warm in the mouth with oily hops. Hopped with Bravo, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade, then dry-hopped with more Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade, this beer is not lacking of hop character. It tastes like a complex, but well-balanced mix of hops, offering bitter bites here and there, but nothing intensely lasting. Honey malt blends dreamily with hops in the finish, making for a balanced experience of sweet maltiness, hop flavor, and bitterness.
It feels thin in the mouth, as a serious double IPA should, but what I like about this beer is that there’s still a nice malt body to it that isn’t laden with caramelized malts and/or other residual sugars that can get in the way of the hops. Coincidentally, I made my last IPA with honey malt and 2-row barley… thanks to how impressed I am with this beer I think I may start experimenting more with honey malt IPAs. bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle 6 months old. Pours a crystal gold with little head. Aroma is a huge blast of caramel and sticky hop goodness...grapefruit, pine, ripe tropical fruit. Flavor is all that plus a very spicy middle. Booze is not hidden. It is sticky and silken and bracing in the end. Such a unabashedly forward hop bomb done near perfectly. PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 22 oz Bomber. Beer pours to an orange slightly cloudy color with a medium head. The aroma is very strong with citrus & grapefruit notes and a slight alcohol smell. The taste is light with a small bitter finish and a little alcohol on the end. Overall an excellent DIPA.