Liquor Mart 40th Anniversary Ale



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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A Belgian-style pale ale fermented with two yeast strains for estery complexity, orange peel for a citrus zip, and plenty of Crystal hops for a perfumy, floral aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
hazed sweet tea appearance with a fluffy white head. citrusy bubblegum nose with a lemon slurpee quality. taste- first is rotting corn vegetable like flavors, then- a rough alcoholic taste. what yeast or spice gives this horrid first taste & lingering rotten wood flavor? is this relabeled karma? i have to think if it isnt it is a very similar recipe,, because karma is the only other beer avery makes that i hate and this is very similar in flavors. same lettuce and seedless grape taste that really does not sit well with me. 4 6 3 1 6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
This is a belgian pale with orange peel and Crystal hops. It looks really nice in the glass, perfectly clear orange color. It smells really hoppy to me. The flavor is also hoppy but this beer upsets my stomach like most belgians from Avery, I wonder if its the yeast? Their IPAs never give me any problems. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-07-2008 03:23:25

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle-dark honey brown with a thick film of bubbles. Nose-sweet, pink grapefruit, PNW hops. Taste-cherry syrup, strawberry juice, medium bitter, candy sugar sweetness, black cherries, bubblegum, Juicy Fruit gum from the yeast, crisp hops. Maybe the best use of hops ever. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 25, 2009
BIg thanks to Mjames for tossing a bottle of this my way. Clear amber with a light tan head. Big citrusy, caramelly fruity aroma. Medium body and smooth. Lightly sweet pale malt base with citrusy orange and earthy spicy yeast. One of Averys better attempts at a Belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2008
22oz. bottle, obtained from the celebrated Liquor Mart itself. Softly fruity and sweet aroma, with notes of lemon frosting, faint spices and leafy hop. Hazy medium amber color with a persistent, fluffy, off-white head and thick sheets of lacing. Flavor is gently malty and bitter, with slight touches of citrus, pear and peppery spice, remaining largely dry throughout. Highly effervescent yet silky smooth palate, body is light-medium. Very drinkable, all in all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Clear and light amber with a nice head on top. Crisp on the tongue. Toasted bread, light toffee, nuts and grains in the malts. Hops were bitter and spicy, with snappy notes of orange, lemon, flowers and grass. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue, along with some nips of alcohol. Fairly easy to drink, though it does have a bold edge to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13011) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pink grapefruit, bubblegum, and caramel. Flavor of hops (citrus, floral, light pine), yeast, and some spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Sample from November 21, 2008 beer club meeting. Great head on this sucker! Color almost looks like an IPA. Metallic flavor. Light, honeyish with a cool and bright mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle at Avery Taproom. Clear amber - white head. Soapy, roasted, knkbrd, swedish flatbread, grassy, spicy, sweetness, nice fruity, orange/ citrus peel, nice hoppy.... Belgian Pale Ale !?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep red tinged, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear dark red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity without being overly sweet and it also has a significant spiciness that gets a bit musty at some point. This has some phenolic clove notes to as well as herbal, pine-like and citrus oil hop aromatics. Almost has a touch of tobacco to it as well as some lemon pepper, citrus zest, and something that smells a bit like cough-syrup. This takes on a bit of an herbal character after a bit that seems to thin out and make the aroma not nearly as interesting as it was initially.

Spicy, peppery and with a bit of warming, higher alcohols to it. This is fairly light bodied, and the carbonation also contributes a bit too this. This finishes with some phenolic notes that taste lightly of plastic as well as a solid hop bitterness. In the middle there is some fruity, malt sweetness that accentuates a grapefruit, orange zest and Meyer lemon peel citrus character that mixes in quite a bit with the spicy components found in this beer. Other flavors of ginger, black pepper, a touch of curing plastic and perhaps some cider like notes. This actually has a fairly significant vegetal note to it in both the flavor and aroma (sort of like mix of cooked cabbage and celery), that isn’t really positive, but not horrible either.

Not bad, but not as interesting as I would like in a characterful, hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

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