Picked up a bottle of Eighteen at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury recently. Ironically, I drank Nineteen a few days ago on site at Avery during our trip to Colorado. While I try to keep up on beer happenings, I do lose track of some of the details for breweries not local. Buying a anniversary ale a year late would fall into that category, but that will teach me to trust the Top Ten bottles a bit less--especially those on sale. I should know better, but life happens. It's just beer and it's still Avery.
Eighteen is (was) a dry-hopped rye saison, but the hops are missing in the nose this late in the game. Light white head falls quickly over the cloudy, ruby ale. Rye and yeasty spice are clear in the nose and pleasant. Taste is heavy, flat and a bit muddled, but guessing time has taken the shine of this ale. Still pretty good and fine for tonight.