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Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Crystal clear orange hovered gold. Thinner medium head of dusted white froth. Keeps a fine skim and thin partially bubbly collar. Thin lacy sheets coat the glass with some icicle patterns.

Aroma is pretty nice here. Some wiffs tend to be stronger then others but stays generally forward and invitingly crispy with citrus. Comes across dry and pungent with a light cannibis stink with mixing notions to old citrus rinds of lemon, grapefruit, and nectarine. Some smokey fresh wood notes in there too. An interesting nose that no doubt has some hops to it.

Taste is welcoming with a clean profile of well-rounded paled citrus upfront. Tenderly dry with a fresh biscuity dough centering. Kinda crispy and crunchy yet smoothly balanced. Fine finisher, the citrus really turns the corner on the palates' back end. Bitterness is squeezed in with a semi raw citrus rind/peel sourness thats adding more well placed dryness. It tends to be parchingly subdued in its strength but very nice to let coat the tongue and palate with fluffy little hop bits.

Feel is about medium with a smooth clean texture and carbonation. Has a good portion of balanced dryness in both hops and malts. Favorable finish helps add to the fun of what is conceivably the best part of its character.

Overall an overwhelmingly fun IPA to drink. More then one will be needed as its citrusy dry nature and clean, snappy drinkability won't be a problem as it glides down with ease. One of Avery's better beers.

Served In: Pint Glass