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RATINGS: 798   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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3.9
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours an orange amber with a slight haze, and a nice one finger off white head. Aroma of citrus rind. Medium bodied with carbonation somewhere between medium and soft. Flavor has a back drop of sweet toffee flavored malts, with a bold grapefruit rind bitterness taking center stage. Bitter finish with more citrusy notes, as well as some hop resin. Not bad. Probably much better fresh.

3.9
BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle sampled at Noogfest High 5. Poured a hazy orange with an off-white head. Nice orange citrus aroma. The flavor found more orange with a malt and pine backing. Medium body, creamy smooth, medium bitterness. Great!

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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 (1103) - 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 (5073) - 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 (1695) - 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 (10102) - 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 (8673) - 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 (6343) - 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.


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