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 (7748) - 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.