Avery Twenty XX India Pale Ale

Avery Brewing Co. of Boulder, CO celebrates their 20th anniversary with this lusciously hoppy double IPA, bottled in May 2013.

Avery Twenty

Brewed with Bravo, Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops, Twenty checks in at 9.7% ABV.

Avery. The very name conjures up images of hops. Their Maharaja imperial IPA has a special place in my hop-loving heart, and fortunately they brew it twice a year. Ale to the Chief (their “presidential pale ale”) delivered a solid dose of hops with quite a different character, but was apparently a one-off.  What, I wondered, would they deliver this time around for such a momentous occasion?

Pours a clear, bright honey-golden hue, topped by 1/8″ of pale beige foam that fades to a thin, patchy layer and collar after a few minutes.

Aromas of citrus (oranges, some tangerine, faint grapefruit), pineapple, and a hint of yeasty bread dough.

Moderately full-bodied, with light carbonation and a velvety texture.

The taste delivers on the hoppy aroma, with old oranges, tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple notes. Lightly toasted caramel malt and a biscuity character underpin the hops. Solid bittering throughout, well-integrated and smooth. Finish is bitter and earthy with a slight phenolic dryness. Complex. The bottle sat out and lost a good deal of its chill from the fridge; the second pour to empty the 22 ounce bomber produced a much thicker, denser head, and intensified the flavors all around.

Great stuff! Wish I’d had some closer to its initial release, to compare the fresher, younger hop character , as I imagine it’s mellowed a bit since May. In any case, if you love hoppy American-style IPAs and you see this on the shelf, grab it!

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