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RATINGS: 800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A massively hopped strong pale ale brewed to celebrate our anniversary each year. Anniversary Ale is light gold to pale orange in color and offers a potent aroma of fresh pine and citrus with some warming alcohols present.The taste is a thick, chewy hop presence only barely contained by balancing malts. The finish is pure hop expression with a moderate warming alcohol sensation. Hops – Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe; dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo. Body – Medium.
Availability – Late Spring / Early Summer Release. Ranges from 10%-11% ABV.

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golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
bottle. cloudy orange / brown. aroma is pungent hops, very earthy and grassy. flavor is the same with pretty significant caramel malt sweetness to balance. medium / high amount of bitterness.

3.1
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bomber from Perry’s. Who says WC IPA’s are dry? This is a sugar bomb that smells, looks and definitely tastes sweet. Although I’m not a big fan of the sugarbomb IPA - this wasn’t horrible. Not great either though. Pours copper with no head. This was pretty much flat with some carb in the first of the pour. Full of piney resinous hops. Full of sugar though, which distracts too much.

3.1
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bomber. Ugh- this was even worse than expected and I didn’t have high hopes going into this. Pours a medium hazed copper with a medium head and some ok lacing- spotty. Aroma is minty, herbal grassy earth and old citrus with some sappy white pine needles- but as it warms I thought it would get better- but gets worse with solvent and nail polish remover with harsh ethanol burn. Flavor is minty, green citrus hops, pine and resin with earth leather, toffee, and crackery copper metallic malts and hops- then more solvent and burn from alcohol. Ugh.

3.4
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 (bottle 9/4/10). Clear copper color. Medium off white head. Moderate citrus hop aroma, with light resin. Moderate sweet malt flavor, with moderate citrus hop. Avg duration. Moderate bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

3.6
MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous and citrusy hops explode out of the honeyed malts, before alcohol heat and sustained piney bitterness seal this virile Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam lays atop the orangey haze.
-The finishing hop bitterness is intense, but it remains balanced because of the lengthy honeyed malt notes.
-Biscuity malt flavors add depth.
-The cushiony mouthfeel is one of this beer’s best features, imho.
-I’m looking forward to drinking my other bottle of this and seeing if I enjoy it even more or if I find it too brash.

Bottle.

3.9
drfabulous (7816) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2010 Talked Sanford into opening it. Very malty. Almost a barley wine. Lots of caramel. Intense alcohol presence. In July 2010, had the 4th at Monk’s Cafe. Same beer.

3.6
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bomber, shared by someone at the CCB BA Bolita release. Pours golden with a fizzy ring of off-white head. Very hoppy on the nose, citrus pine and caramel. Some grapefruit, pine and caramel, a bit of sweetness that dries to a resiny bitter finish. Medium to light mouthfeel, not letting on the big ABV.

4.1
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Almost orange with nice fluffy white head and lace. Aroma of grapefruit dominates. Flavor is nice sweet malt followed by a very nice citrus bitter. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. A very nice beer.

3.6
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22 oz bottle from Binny’s South Loop (Chicago, IL). All packed and ready for GTMW 09. Settling down to a beer. Pours a hazy fiery orange with amber notes. Small offwhite head that is thick and almost custardlike and dies to a layer, laces small. Aromas are fairly hoppy, throwing a lot of grapefruit rind, florals, gumball, touch of orange, caramel and pale malts, overall very nice. Initial is a bit different than the aroma let on, taking toffee and caramel up front and pushing into a wave of hoppy bitterness: grapefruit, resiny pine plays a big factor, sticky with citrus and florals. Backend sticks some bitterness, sweetness comes back into play, a bit of candy and then some toffee / caramel, balanced fairly well. A bit underbodied for what this guy throws at me.

3.9
jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2009
From a bottle poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.


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