Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Thanks to ernest for this one. Pours amber with a nice frothy white head that lasts. Smells of grapefruit, oranges and mild sugar. Tastes bitter with some nice spicey elements initially. Metallic finish. Very strong for a 4.5%. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2005
09.17.05 12oz bottle thanks to Ernest. Orange amber color is a perfect match for Jimmack’s coffee/popcorn maker. Thin beige head of sudsy bubbles. Aroma is cat piss, pineapple, cotton candy, peat, caramel, and resinous hints. The body is bone dry, quite thin, a tad chalky, and sort of empty feeling. Bit of pine and citrus in the background. I don’t think I get it, but it’s always cool to try one-off stuff like this. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2005
12oz. bottle shared by willblake. Clear copper color with a small tan head. Nice citrus hop aroma with a touch of piney resin. Flavor was a bit of a let down after the aroma. Tastes of hops, grapefruit and a touch of caramel, but all very subdued. Thin bodied. Not bad, and very drinkable, but also very forgettable. geno5 (21) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Hoppy then fruity aroma, passionfruit, pineapple, amber hue with nice frothy head that sticks to glass. Light body, dry and a bit bitter after the initial sweet. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Simple, yet vibrant hop aroma, with hints of various fruits (orange, pineapple, grapefruit), along with notes of pine and grass. Red-orange color, with a gigantic froth and very, very clingy lace. Flavor is very hoppy, with columbus hops, and a nice caramel backing. Thanks for the special surprise, Ernest.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Sampled at the Avery 12th Anniversary party. Solid head, dark amber body. Strong hop aroma, citrus and pine. Palate has a huge hop presence, lots of bitterness stays strong through the finish. Body is light, but full, sweet and malty. Really should be listed as an IPA. rajendra82 (1102) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Given to me in a 12oz. bottle from the brewhouse with no label, this brew poured out glowing copper in color, with a foamy, one finger tall head, and sparse but pretty lace.Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2005
The aroma was sweet and tropical with an inviting mix of pine resin, mango, and hay in the air. The aroma suggested a sweet and hoppy beer, but the taste was a little different than anticipated. There was not much sweet flavor. Instead it was more of a dry, spicy, and slightly earthy taste, more akin to an English Bitter than an IPA. The piney hops made it more American than English in nature, but still could not shake the image of an ESB while quaffing.
The strength was rather low for Avery, and the brew would have been very sessionable, had I acquired more than one. A simple and robust Bitter to be had when you dilute Hog Heaven, as this is a half strength version of that big Barleywine.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Very hoppy, bitter, citric, and thin-bodied. Not something I find remotely pleasant, but all the guys at the brewery could have predicted that. With a little more body/malt, this could be drinkable for me, but as-is it’s just too stark and unbalanced. Ratman197 (15346) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle poured a clear copper with an amber head. Aromas of grapefruit, spruce, and musk. Palate is resiny. Flavors of grapefruit, spruce, and a bit of carmel with a bitter finish. BeerandBlues2 (13804) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle at The Avery Experience. Pours copper with a foamy tan head and excellent lined lacing. Pine and citrus hop aroma, kind of sweet resin. Grapefruit citrus rind and pine flavor start with caramel malt body and a lemony finish, moderately acidic. Light to medium bodied and a tad fizzy and dry astringent palate.