Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Avery Eighteenth Anniversary Ale: Dry-Hopped Rye Saison

Today I'm drinking Avery Eighteenth Anniversary Ale, a Dry-Hopped Rye Saison brewed by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. The label depicts some grain stalks in front of a nice background. There is a story on the side that talks about the five different yeast strains used, ending with, "Peace to all and follow your dreams!" The neck and cap were covered with a nice silver foil before my five year old scratched a bunch of it off (not pictured). Bottled May, 2011. O.G. 1.069. 8.12% Alcohol. Let's begin.

Rye and spicy hoppy aroma. A definite yeast component combined with some fruity orange and candy is also quite a noticeable scent. Sweet candy flavors start things off, VERY sugary. VERY! Some yeast combines with fruity orange and overripe peaches, yielding funky yeast flavor next. Hoppy citrus takes a stab at the sweet and syrupy body. Strike one. The "hefty addition of rye" comes next, and while some flavor is there, it is no match for the work horse that is candy sugar. Strike two.

You'd probably bet this is a little spicy. Am I right? Well, the spices are overdone coriander and cloves, not any peppery solution to the overt sweet problem. Strike three. More fruit and more candy sugar thickness piles on to rub it in.

Sorry it's a bit blurry but I'm sure you can read it. Was getting wet from massive rain. Had to hurry!
Sorry. I love rye beers and I love saisons, but this did not hit either mark and was all over the place. I didn't appreciate this beer at all! Gonna buy me a Maharaja tomorrow to forget about it!

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