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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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3.2
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer has a red amber hue that shows a lightly amber tinged, full copper color. The aroma smells a bit sweet, reminds me of candied American hops, sweet tangerine, tart apricot, week green vegetables, a touch of green pine character, green / unripe fruit notes and meyer lemon. The aroma is actually a bit weaker than I was expecting, this did follow a Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, but that shouldn’t have been any problems for this beer.

Soft and creamy feeling, the texture is likely helped by the fact that this is only lightly chilled. The beer finishes with a bitting hop bitterness that helps to cut through the thick, viscous texture. A touch of alcohol heat couples with the bitterness to provide a sharp finish. The hop character in the flavor of this beer is quite a bit more noticeable than it was in the nose; candied ruby-red grapefruit zest, lychee, a nice tropical fruit note (which becomes more accentuated as the beer warms up) and a citrus oil component. Sharper hop notes of menthol, bitter herbs, pine, and a definite green hoppiness really tend to linger in the finish, with an astringency that couples with the hop bitterness. After a bit of time the beer can get a a bit green and herbal, a bit too raw even.

This is a bit thicker than I like in my Double IPAs, to me this is a bit more like a hoppy Barleywine. Not bad, but I was hoping for something a bit more quaffable. Hmm, I can’t help but be a little disappointed, I always expect stellar from this brewery, which might be a bit unfair.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

4
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
pours hazy orange with a head that died quickly. Smells thick of carmelized malt with citrus and pineapple. First taste filled my mouth with bitter chocolate and carmel. Alcohol is noticeable but welcome. and its very easy to sip down.

3.7
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2009
pretty straight forward hazy amber capped by a frothy light tan head which barely worked itself up with an agitated pour. very candy-like bubblegum aroma... followed by flowers, brown sugar, pine, orange and orange pith. the palate is very malty and certainly brown sugary sweet up front. luckily, it finishes with piney bitterness and dryness. the flavors in between match the aroma... dirty/earthy hops, spice, grass, orange, citrus pith, pine, and leafy lingering hops. alcohol warms the belly and dries off the tongue. thick bodied... almost heavy cream textured, soft and lux but a touch syrupy at times. bitterness helps. it is well put together and balanced though a little generic... 8/3/7/4/15/3.7

4
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(22oz bomber thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours an orange-yellow with some bubbles that fade quickly. Smell is pineapple, citrusy hops and maple syrup. Taste is also pineapple and citrusy hops. The palette on this beer is oily and nice with a great finish that’s well balanced.

3.8
User29624 (1687) - - JUL 9, 2009
On tap @ Maproom. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, pine, and citrus. The ABV is a little strong and noticeable since it is a little sweet. Good hop flavor and bitterness though. Glad to give it a try.

3.2
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
on tap at the maproom. pours hazy orange with white head. a big phenolic aroma with sugary, alcohol, and oranges. taste like a murky sugary boozy phenolic mess. bruisingly bitter finish, piney and citrusy. medium, syrupy at times body. not too enjoyable.

3.7
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Noogfest High 5. Sample from a bottle thanks to someone. Hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is big citrus orange, lemon. Taste is citrus, pine spice, caramel. Solid.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
@Noogfest High5-22oz bottle–pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is citrus/pine hops. Taste is pine/resin hops with a raw bite, alcohol, secondary sweet malt.

3.9
douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bomber brought back from Gold Rush country (not Alaska) by footbalm. Thanks again Eric. Pours a pretty clear orange/copper color with a medium white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a pure explosion of hops, sweet and bitter notes of citrus and pine. The taste is similarly full of hops; the flavor is mostly on the citrus side- tropical fruits and loads of oranges- but there is a strong bitter soapy finish. A super low alcohol presence despite the ABV. Overall, a nice brew and a solid double IPA.

3.4
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle. Clear honey orange. Sugar syrup and tropical fruit hop nose, mild phenols, mild soap notes. Texture is filmy, syrupy and slimy as Pizza Port tends to be, no surprise there. Thick, viscous, syrupy. Tastes of sugar syrup, lime, pineapple, mild acetaldehyde. Simple, mostly clean, unoffensive, could be any of two dozen other double IPAs on the market.


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