FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2005 bottling, Sampled March 2005Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with hints of orange. It is topped by a creamy, reasonably dense tan head that is held up by hops and a mild carbonation. The aroma smells like a fresh cut mix of oranges and grapefruit from a distance. Up close the citrus character is intensified as it gains a lemon-like sharpness as well as the aforementioned orange and grapefruit. There are also notes of pine, fresh cut herbs, apricot, and tangerines.
The taste is lightly sweet with an intense fresh American hop character that plays up the fruit character of this beer. This beer finishes with a bit of astringent sharp hoppiness, a solid bitterness and a bit of alcoholic bite. This beer is quite smooth, and even has a nice creamy body that is quite pleasant and helps to make this beer that much more drinkable. The flavors of this beer run the gamut from grapefruit, tangerine, mint, basil, pine needles, and candied orange peel. This beer has a bunch of hops in it, but it is not all that balanced towards the bitterness, there is a solid malt backbone, that while not particularly noticeable over the hops is very important to the fruity hoppiness that characterizes this beer.
Pours a nice somewahr deep tan with abountiful head. A pleasant citrus aroma not as overwhelming as some IPAs. Smooth mouthfeel, not mouthwatering still nice. Decent hop bite, dry in the aftertaste. Not as good as other Avery products but still up to par. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - MAR 8, 2005
pours the epitome of tan, with a sticky tall white head. aroma is piney, and green grapes with vanilla. silky mouthfeel. taste is rich vanilla ice cream, pine and floral hops. very thick and viscous like french vanilla ice cream in themidst of a mountain of pine and lilacs. finish is more citrus and raw. this is one 2ipa that might improve with age. i like it. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 I’m drooling all over myself with this one, so it’s kind of hard to type, but I’ll give it a go. Bright, rich copper hue, with a nice head and sticky, lasting lace. Texture is as soft as rabbit fur. Swished the first sip around in my mouth and first noticed fruity alcohol -- Ketel One vodka-soaked dried apricots. Locomotive hops -- big and steady. Malts were nice, too, with elements of freshly risen bread dough and fresh-baked sugar cookies, with yeasty accents. Fabuloso! Rerate (2006): Even better. Fresh, cupcake sweetness with bursting hops throughout, a balancing bitterness, and a warming alcohol in the background. Very good stuff. 2008, BATCH 7: Very nice as well. Cakey-sweet malts accented by hot, super-spicy hops and warming alcohol. This beer takes hops to a new level. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Thick, cloudy golden brown in colour with a creamy tan head. Nose is sweet floral hops. The flavour is well hopped but balanced by a malty sweetness. This beer could be dangerous, you can hardly taste the alcohol.
Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2005
The departs the 22-ounce brown bottle a clean and clear dark amber color with the head creamy and light tan in color, the size modest, after its decline the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet that clings mightily to the glass. Nose is rich in sweet malt with a magnificent hop floral spiciness with is fresh and appetizing, start is sweet malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish determined in it hop spicy bite, the acidity meaningful and the aftertaste dry and pleasant, another great beer from a magnificent brewery. wxman (1848) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
This is a really interesting IPA. Faithful to the style, but carrying an extra 2-3% ABV that goes nearly unnoticed. I get the same thing the previous raters noted in the nose. The aroma is just like opening a package of your favorite Northwest hops during the boil of a home batch. Must have been dry hopped. Hops dominate the flavor, but not as much as you might expect. Anyone who likes West Coast brews will not be offended. Some maltiness and sweetness come through near the end rounding out the IPA characteristics. Avery has done it again! Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Dark golden brown, with a very thin head. Aroma is all sweet sticky hops, but could be a little stronger. Initial taste is strong hops and bitterness. Becomes more malty and maybe candied, with the hops hanging out in the background. Believe it or not, the alcohol is very well masked, and the little bit that pokes through really contributes to the flavor. If only Avery could mask the alcohol in their other beers! Finish is an earthy maltiness, with bitter hops lingering. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Balanced and not overly sweet. Also tastes like they’re using a non-traditional dry hop. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Copper hued liquid sitting below a clan a microscopic bubbles desperately clinging together, first growing large, then dying into a smooth film that barely coats the surface of the liquid.
The aroma first reminds of opening two ounces of fresh whole flower Centennial buds, a very dry, spicy, medicinal, resinous, but most of all, extremely woodsy hop aroma. I didn’t detect much of a aromatic malt contribution, perhaps a bit of caramel, biscuit and fruit, but I did detect a somewhat unpleasant vitamin scent, which I attribute to yeast, although I could be wrong. The flavor does indeed exude much more malt flavor than any of Avery’s previous double IPA’s, especially Eleven, providing a huge base of caramel and toffee which serves to balance the onslaught of hop flavors that I simultaneously experience. The general flavor is a resinous blend of several hop varieties, which is well balanced by all the other elements of the beer. A tasty one for sure, and a unique way of approaching the style. Ernest (7824) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately to heavily hoppy (apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very piney, quite bitter and citric which amply fends off the big malt. Not my thing, but not bad.