AVERY BREWING COMPANY
Avery Brewing Company was founded in Boulder, Colorado by Adam Avery. “Since 1993 our brewery has been committed to producing eccentric ales and lagers that defy styles or categories. Our products are thoroughly American at heart: blending Old World tradition and expertise with ingenuity, creativity and boldness.”
- India Pale Ale (84 Points)
- Karma (79 Points)
- New World Porter (95 Points)
- Old Jubilation Ale (93 Points)
- White Rascal (88 Points)
The Demons of Ale:
The Holy Trinity of Ales:
INDIA PALE ALE: 84 Points
This IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and cans.
Brewer’s Description: “In the 1700s one crafty brewer discovered that a healthy dose of hops and an increased alcohol content preserved his ales during the long voyage to India (as depicted in our label) to quench the thirst of British troops. Today, we tip our hat to that historic innovation by brewing Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale. Avery IPA demands to be poured into your favorite glass to truly appreciate the citrusy, floral bouquet and the rich, malty finish.”
My Description: This was a good IPA that actually got better once it had a chance to breath out of the bottle. It has a good sized, white colored head with a decent retention level and it leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is all hops with notes of floral, citrus, and pine. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has a good drinkability; it is not harsh, there is enough sweetness in the beer give it some complexity, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Grapefruit hops stand out as the main flavor with a faint malty note in the background. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a hint of sweet malt. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with seared scallops, pasta carbonara, or your favorite burger.
ABV: 6.5% Color: Hazy Orange/Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10
KARMA: 79 Points
This Belgian India Pale Ale is released in April for the Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “We believe in Karma. We suspect most of you do, too. It truly is a global concept: very simply put, “you get what you give.” Inspired by this principle and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we’ve created Karma Ale, a decidedly fruity and estery ale, intricate in body and nose, all driven by a unique Belgian yeast strain. Remember, good things DO happen to good people. Here’s to being good!”
My Description: This beer is decent but falls short on flavor and quality. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a decent retention level and a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of the beer, it is welcoming and pleasant. There are notes of earthy hops, grass, light malt, and a touch of spice. Karma is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are flavor notes of light malt accompanied by citrus notes and a hint of sour. This transitions into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with a touch of spice. There are not much yeast notes in this beer besides the spice and the bitterness is too low to make this beer enjoyable and refreshing. This ale was a slight disappointment and it is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, fresh salads, or salmon.
ABV: 5.4% Color: Amber Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10
NEW WORLD PORTER: 95 Points
This American Porter is released seasonally in January in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A traditional black porter, with a surprise twist — it’s dry-hopped! We’ve expanded the porter category a bit, adding a delightful, dry hop aroma to blend with the sweet caramel and chocolate characteristics of a Robust Porter.”
My Description: A delicious harmony of flavors makes this beer a treat to drink. It is smooth and the even though it is bitter, it doesn’t overshadow the many other flavors but compliments them beautifully. It begins with a large, beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting and really pleasant with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, woodsy hops, and a deep caramel presence. New World Order is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A nicely balanced flavor profile begins with tasty roasted malt notes accompanied by coffee, caramel, woodsy hops, and some citrus hops as well. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and the alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with dry rubbed pork ribs, guacamole, or beef brisket.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10
OLD JUBILATION ALE: 93 Points
This Old Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts.”
My Description: This ale just makes you want to sit outside on a cold winter night just so you can get warmed up by this beauty. It begins with a decent sized, light beige colored that fades quick to a film but holds the rest of the way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is complex and welcoming with a strong nutty presence along with notes of malt, bread, some earthy notes, and a touch of alcohol. Old Jubilation is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale presents a great depth of flavors. Dark fruit undertones and malt are accompanied by nutty notes and toffee. An earthy presence and a slightly bitter aftertaste add character. This beer is really smooth and tasty. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with roasted lamb chops, honey-crusted chicken, or beef stew.
ABV: 8.3% Color: Mahogany Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
WHITE RASCAL: 88 Points
This Belgian Witbier is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that’s yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale.”
My Description: This Belgian is a refreshing and satisfying Belgian with true flavors and a great body. It begins with a decent, white colored head with a sub-par retention level and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh with notes of orange zest, wheat malt, and yeast esters. It is medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation and a dry finish. The first thing I noticed is the delicious coriander note accompanied by a subtle orange hint. There are also flavor notes of light malt, wheat, and a touch of spice. The texture is slightly creamy and the alcohol is completely hidden. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blackened Cod, pad Thai noodles, or a seafood ceviche.
ABV: 5.6% Color: Straw Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
ANNIVERSARY TWENTY: 95 Points
This Imperial IPA is released only once in May 2013 in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “What else? What else would you expect from us, a bunch of severely hop obsessed brewers, to celebrate such a glorious occasion? Anything other than a massively hopped IPA would be an affront to our rich history of loving excessive use of that beautiful flower, Humulus Lupulus. 1993-2013. 20 years of brewing excellence. To all who have played a part in creating such a vibrant and quality conscious culture, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and pint glasses!!”
My Description: This beer is a great surprise. There are only a few Imperial IPA’s that can stand above the rest and this is one of them. They really did do their homework when creating this. It has a large and bountiful, off-white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is definitely hop forward with notes of wood/pine hops with some caramel malt presence. This ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It must be noted that this beer is very smooth and the alcohol is nicely hidden making this so easy to drink. Upfront, there are flavor notes of caramel malt and citrus/pine hops. There are also faint light fruit notes that add complexity and character. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and not harsh. This beauty is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with burgers, steak salads, or a cigar.
ABV: 9.7% Color: Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
THE MAHARAJA (2013): 97 Points
This Imperial IPA is released in limited quantities in the month of January in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning “great”, and rajan, meaning “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!”
My Description: The quality definitely stands out in this beer. It is very smooth, the ingredients taste delicious, and I did not pick up on any harshness from the hops. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a good retention level and a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is complex, pungent, and warming. There are notes of grapefruit hops, tropical fruit notes, and other light fruits among others. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Immediately, grapefruit hops take center stage accompanied by an apparent sweet malty backbone. I was actually surprised by the amount of sweetness in this beer, it does a great job to bring some balance. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but not intrusive. Throughout, one will also pick up flavors of pine hops, light caramel, and hints of tropical fruit. This beer is delicious and the alcohol will creep up on you. It is best enjoyed around 50°F and pairs nicely with shrimp cocktail, Thai dishes, or a deep dish pizza.
ABV: 10.4% Color: Copper/Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 7.5/10
SAMAEL’S (2012): 91 Points
This Oak-Aged English Strong Ale is released in the month of April in 12 oz. single bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Samaels is a super-caramelly, oak-aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. With the addition of a more roasted malt in 2007, Samaels now delivers subtle bitterness to add balance to the natural sweetness. Cellarable for 10+ years.”
My Description: This beer is definitely a sipper. It is very strong and a person needs to take their time to really appreciate all the complex flavors that develop as this beer warms in your hands. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is very rich with notes of caramel, sugar, light fruits, and alcohol. It is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a creamy finish. Everything about this beer is strong including the flavors. There are notes of caramel, molasses, woodsy hops, oak, vanilla, and fruits like apricots. This beer is definitely on the sweeter side but the aftertaste does provide a slight bitter note to bring balance. The alcohol is noticeable (obviously at this ABV) but not overwhelming. It is more of a flavor note than anything. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with bread pudding and other desserts.
ABV: 15.47% Color: Dark Amber Sweetness: 4/10 Bitterness: 2/10
THE REVEREND: 89 Points
This Quad is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Our brewers included as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as they could, making this the perfect beer for folks who love malty beers and are ready to take the next step. A divinely complex and beautifully layered beer with hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses, complimented by an underlying spiciness. Sinfully smooth considering the high alcohol content.”
My Description: Avery has delivered a smooth Quad that is a bit thin in body but delivers a complex flavor profile that satisfies. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades quickly leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of berries, cherries, and a hint of molasses. The Reverend is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile enjoyable; it is malt forward with a good amount of fruit presence. Notes of caramel malt can be detected along with plums, currants, stone fruits, and a hint of spice. An oaky undertone peaks through from time to time and the alcohol notes are slightly detected. The aftertaste is minimally bitter leaving this beer more on the sweeter side. Overall, this is nice example of the style that makes for a great Summer sipper. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steamed mussels, lamb chops, or baked brie.
ABV: 10% Color: Hazy Brown/Garnet Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10