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RATINGS: 796   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9499) - 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 beers best features, imho.
-Im 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6924) - 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 Monks Cafe. Same beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5899) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22 oz bottle from Binnys 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Pours dark amber with some hints of brown. White head recedes quickly. Nose is big with grapefruit and pine, along with some candy aromas. This packs a tart punch on the palate with the hops bringing out big grapefruit, but too much grapefruit that it is a little unpleasant. Pine is there too with some herbs, and the candyish sweetness is not in focus any longer. Its like sucking on a ripe grapefruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Hazy orange pour with lots of bubbles and a thick light tan head. Hoppy aroma with hints of tropical fruit. Slightly sweet thick flavor. Grainy malt with hints of honey. Overpowering hops with an intense bitter finish. Some alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
22oz bottle. Dark golden orange color with a small white head. Candied citrus, sweet pine hop aromatics. Citric, pinesol hop character predominates. Mild malt character peers through tropical fruit and an acrid floral component. Medicinal aspirin finish, vegetal qualities. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly hot.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2009
22oz bomber served in a tulip. Super hazy orange pour with a two-finger thick head of creamy light beige foam. Great retention and lacing. The aroma included fresh tangerines, a bit of mango and some peach. Tropical fruit overload! Very fresh aroma. The flavor had fresh tropical fruit, citrus, and a solid dose of underlying caramel. A nice crisp bitterness, but also some light astringency. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. One of the better DIPAs that I have had recently. Well done!


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