Avery Anniversary XX

Avery Anniversary XX Twenty

Tasting: July 3, 2013
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 478

Avery 20th Anniversary

(c)2013 popsonhops

Avery Anniversary XX Twenty.

This beer was released a couple of months ago and believe it or not – I missed it. John texted me the other day that he found a stockpile of Avery Anniversary XX at a store he described as a “craft beer time capsule”. I was happy to swing by after work and was amazed at a couple of lingering gems. On the downside, maybe these won’t have the fresh hop influence it might of had last month. Let me pop the cap on Avery Anniversary XX and find out. Bright flavor upfront in the form of orange peel and pineapple. A dank bitterness overruns that brightness in a half-second. I thought there might be a bit more of a malt bill to balance off the bitterness, but there’s enough candy sweetness underneath to keep this one on the path. At 9.7% ABV it brings a bit of heat. Mouthfeel is slick and the finish is crisp with a nice late helping of hop resin left on the palate. Admittedly, I started off luke warm on this one, but ended up planning an excursion to pick up a few more bottles. 91 points.

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