Avery Twenty One

Posted: April 11, 2015 in American Brown Ale, Avery Brewing Company, Reviews

I haven’t had an Avery anniversary beer in two years. When I saw this one on the shelves, I thought it was worth bringing home. Let’s see if I was right.

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ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For those of you following our saga of 21 years, we FINALLY broke ground on our long planned and much needed Taj Mahal! An event of this magnitude deserved a unique hop bomb to toast with. TWENTY ONE is built on a foundation of dark specialty malts, framed by sturdy IBUs and crowned with a monumental dry hop addition of two of our favorites, Amarillo and Simcoe. The last Anniversary Ale from Arapahoe Ave? Yeah it is! Many thanks to you for assisting us in realizing our dream.”

Random: This was released in May of 2014.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose has a lot of piney hops, alcohol and nutty malts. The taste was pretty bitter and more reminiscent of an IPA than a brown ale. I got light booze, pine, grapefruit and grass. There was some nuttiness and toasted malt at the end, but the hop profile dominated the brown ale aspects of this. It had an exceptionally thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and quite bitter. This beer was $8.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. I thought that this was a really nice beer and would appeal to any hop head. Grab one while you can.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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