Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)

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2,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,849
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 56
Gots: 280 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Ratings: 2,849 | Reviews: 1,181
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear tangerine with fluffy white froth.
Bright clementine with some sorbet sweetness underneath.
A bit of white bread and honey with big lemon peel and tangelo hops.
Mango finish and lemon hard candy linger.
Medium leaning to light, dry, salty, smooth.

Big IBUs and lean citrus make this more West Coast than the past few IPAs I've tasted. Malts are mostly straight sugar, but still give it more balance than something from San Diego.

Well-executed, if simple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found myself up in Asheville last night, (Beerfly reviews forthcoming) and stopped in a fine little BBQ establishment on the strip. Ordered my beer before dinner, as per usual. Didn't know what to get out of the 75 or so bottles they had, but then I remebered I had not ever tried Avery IPA(I can hardly believe it myself). So I figured what the ell and ordered up a bottle. A very nice looking bottle came out, nice old style map on the front gave it a "worldly" look. Please and ready to start I dove in straight away.

Poured a reasonably clear, after some settling, orange amber color. Lots of visible carbonation. A very nice one inch white head graced the top of the glass. This faded in a couple minutes, receding into a thin film along the top that stayed with the beer till the very end. Nice residual lace in rings down the glass as the session went on. Had a decently thick appearence for an IPA and definatly looked the part.

The smell was a citrus and sugar hop bomb. Overwhelming smell of orange and tangerine overpowered just about everything else. A slight hint of sugar could be detected a well, giving it the orange popsickle kinda tone. Hints of grapefruit of pineapple bitterness could be picked up as well as the smell of fresh grass. Exactly what I would have wanted my IPA to smell like.

Diving right in my first impression was holy hops! Bigtime grapefruit and orange peel were so pronounced I could just sit there and smile. A touch of sweetness rounded out the initial feel with a dry bitter finish that left me yearning for another sip. Very clean and crisp feel, gave this the feel of a finished product and something that has been mastered. Great carbonation on the feel gave it the silky, rolling smoothness that I crave in a good brew. A tiny bit of a earthy, grainy malt tried to force its way through the full frontal hop assault. Very nice tasting IPA, quite impressed with the flavor.

Overall I have to give this one pretty marks. It really was exactly what I wanted at that time and did not dissapoint at all. It was your classic west coast hop bomb of an IPA, and that is something that I just love. Definatly a winner from Avery, a damn fine finish brew.

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light orange tinge with a light but sticky head,aroma is on the malty/fruity side with some soapiness ans grassy hop aroma that lingers.A nice balanced flavors in this one definent zesty hopiness but a nice malt backbone keeping this very nicely balanced.Not an over the top IPA wich is very nice,a very good beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light and crystal clear orange in color with a pillowy head that showed some good retention.

Smell – This one has a beautiful, complex hop profile at the nose. The piney resin and big citrus notes are soft and pleasant. I can also pick up a solid, sweetened malt base.

Taste – The sweet orangy citrus hops are monstrous. You can almost chew them. The pine comes out nicely as well, and there are some grassy aspects to this, too. The untoasted malt base is strong, and the light, fruity sweetness finishes this one off nicely.

Mouthfeel – Flat and on the heavy end of medium-bodied. This one is very thick, chewy, and fun to hold in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is for the hop-lovers only. I personally enjoyed the hell out of this bottle and will certainly be getting more from Liquid Solutions on my next order.

Update – Now two years later that I live in SoCal and can get this just about anywhere I thought I’d give this another review, but boy oh boy this hasn’t changed a bit. It’s just as I wrote about it in 2004. Nice IPA.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with over a finger of thick, foamy, off-white head. Lacing is fine and plentiful.

Aroma is floral with biscuit, buttered toast, and caramel. Maybe a bit too malty for an IPA bouquet, nevertheless full and pleasant.

Again, the malts hit first and hardest in this one. This can probably be attributed to the 120L Crystal malts listed for this beer on Avery's website. An interesting take, and tasty, but the hop character is somewhat subdued, providing little more than a bitter and slightly spicy backbone for the malty sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel is spot on: full-bodied, rather soft on the tongue at first with a dry finish. Very easy to drink for an IPA. Sessionable, but not my favorite.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes created on 2/10/11.

Avery IPA pours a golden-yellow with a slight haze to it. The head is pure white and rises to only about half a finger into my snifter. Carbonation bubbles climb at a medium march and the lacing is made up of intricate squiggles.

The smell is mainly of pine-y, grassy, slightly metallic, and resiny hops, heavier on the the grass than anything else. A malt counter in the form of a caramel aroma is present, but in the background. Toasty and biscuit aromas abound. There is just a bit of citrus aroma, but that is way in the back of the bouquet.

The taste reveals a lot more caramel and toasted malt than did the smell. Resiny and grassy hops are still very present, especially on the flat of my tongue and sides of my mouth at the conclusion of the sip. Just a touch of sweet citrus is also a part of the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is nice and pretty close to standard for an American IPA. There is plenty of hop bite with just enough of a light to medium body to massage the palate of the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation complements the body nicely.

This is a quite drinkable, even sessionable IPA, but not one of my favorites. It is solid all around, but nothing really stands out to me. Good, not great.

Photo of sgoodship
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap and I loved it, so I thought I would give the bottle a try.

It's a golden straw colored beer. Nice, soft white head. Great fine lacing and head retention.

The smell is great. Almost an Elder Flower - really beautiful and fragrant. It's powerful. You can tell that it is going to be hop forward.

The taste is a great mix of the floral and grassy hop with a hefty piney bite. Lovely. It start with more malt caramel but goes quickly into the hop and bitter hop finish. The floral comes back in on the aftertaste.

Fuller than expected - feel creamy smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

I just love this IPA. The profile and progression just work really well for me personally. Simple and well done.

Photo of Dmann
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid IPA for sure. The beer looked great with a great fluffy white head on top of a nice light amber colored brew. The smell was quite hoppy and fruity as well, with nice pinnapple notes and a healthy dose of Cascade in there as well. The flavor reminded me alot of the local AleSmith IPA which I know very well. The beer had a great bite to it and it was balanced well with the malts, but it had a little too much bread-y flavor in the finnish for me. All in all I think it is a very strong IPA, but not that unique in the scheme of things.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangy peach color. Nice white head leaves a small amount of lace. Smells of grapefruit and a bit of apricot. Tastes of pine and grapefruit. This IPA has a nice hoppy bite, with a fair amount of malt. I could down quite a few of these in one session.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. Not the best one I've ever had, but certainly one that I will drink from time to time.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass

Flows into the glass a beautiful crystal-clear gold with lots of carbonation. A stiff pour yields a massive head, very foamy with big bubbles. It condenses fairly fast and leaves a a lot of lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. I get citrus, pine, a bit of rising bread, orange peel, grass and a hint of onion.

This beer tastes great. Layers of hop flavors. Juicy citrus up front, some pine and a nice lingering and spicy bitterness. As it warms, a little bit of grassiness and even a hint of onion. There's also some malty sweetness hiding in the background.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of stickiness.

overall, a really good IPA that I wish I could obtain on a regular basis.

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Though I was pretty gentle pouring this, but there are small nits of suspended material throughout the glass, leading to a hazy light copper/pale orange color. One finger of tan head that doesn't stick around long. Small amount of lacing.

S - Citrusy floral aroma, with some caramel malt.

T - Sweet citrus with a lesser bitter element, with quite a bit of caramel malt. No bottle date, and I can't crack the label code, so I don't know how old this is. It was purchased recently. There is some bitterness that comes in halfway and lingers, which saves this a bit.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly resiny. finishes dry with some bitterness.

O - Would like to have a bottle I know is fresh to compare, but as is, this is a middle of the road IPA.

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Avery IPA pours a yellow-orange with a lively, thick and sticky white head that laces the glass on the way down. A thin head lasted for the entire glass.

Its aroma is of strong hops with citrus / grapefruit notes. Very appealing.

The taste is huge on the hops! The hops balance nicely with the citrus tones. Not too long ago, I probably would have thought the hop bitterness was over the top, but now it is very nice.

It is medium bodied and very drinkable. Overall, an excellent IPA. It reminds me of Stone's Pale Ale, but I like this better.

Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into pint glass. The label has no abv info.

Appearance: Avery IPA has an orange tan body with some fine sediment. On top is about a one fingers thick, light tan head which fades quickly to just a thin film that sticks to the edge of the glass.

Smell: The nose has a big fruity and juicy hop presence with loads of tropical fruit, orange rind and sweet malt with a hint of bread yeast.

Tast/palate: It’s flavor first hits you with big juicy hops right up front. The malt offers some sweetness for balance before a big citrus rind/pith like bitterness slowly sneaks in on the sides and lingers on palate. The palate feels fairly full and there is just enough carbonation to give it some lift.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber/golden color with a decent white head that retains well. Nice lacing.
Smells of subtle sweetness with a floral bouquet of bitter hops. Nose is more hops than anything. The taste surprised me. Seems nothing like the nose in this beer. Starts off sweet and malty and gets fruity & citrusy hop flavors coming through afterwards, finishing pretty dry. Enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, and dry finish. I would rank this beer pretty drinkable. There are a good amount of IPA's that I would grab first but this one is definitely no slouch.

Photo of Duster72
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangey amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is primarily citrus with some pine definitely in the mix. Taste is very pleasant but mild citrus hops with some pine. Little resin. Rather thin and easy to drink. A very pleasant IPA that does a nice job of balancing the bitterness. Very sessionable IPA.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, yellow/gold with a small, but long lasting, offwhite head. Patchy lacing is left all over the glass.
Aroma is mostly hops, pine and a touch of citrus, with only a hint of a caramel maltiness in the background.
The taste begins with a pine bitterness, that settles down into a more citrusy hops presence as the glass warms. There is a caramel malt background that keeps the hops from getting out of hand, but this is a westcoast style IPA all the way down. Grapefruit emerges to join the spruce pine flavor toward the end, but the finish has a bitter, piney, hops bite.
Avery has some of the best looking labels in the beer world, and this one is another attractive one. A very good, hoppy, westcoast style IPA that is very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours light golden amber, healthy carbonation, white head and lucious well develped lacing. Full hoppy nose. Flavor profile starts with a full jolt of grainy, resiny hops, and leads to grapefruit,honey and melon. Very dry on the tongue, luxorious in the finish. A fine hoppy, dry, crisp and satisfying american IPA. Well done and Brew on ! Avery...ah what a brewery...

Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am relying on AlexJ for some real good information...I have high expectations from this one...especially since it is Avery.
Pours a bright, clear copper color with a full finger and a half of off white head. For a thin beer, this has real nice lace.
Smell is sweet grapefruit and oranges...an almost butterscotch aroma.
Taste is superb...a nice bitter hop flavor w/ plenty of malt to keep this baby balanced. Also, a subtle spice with no alcohol present.
The carbonation is not overdone and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The flavors that linger invite me back for more. I could definitely stick w/ this one for an evening...no doubt.

just my luck...found this on tap at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA the very next day. No need to review...just a nice coincidence for me.

Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, but with a creamy white head leaving a pretty good lacing. Hints of caramel and pine sap in the smell, perhaps a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Nice piney hoppiness to this, with a solid malt base to boot. Finish is a little light, but still nice and hoppy. Average carbonation with a nice full body. Pretty solid beer here, worth trying for sure.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange with a white head. The aroma is grassy and citrus hops with a little bit of biscuit malt mixed in. A well-balanced aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some orange citrus and grassy notes mixed in. Balanced flavor with low bitterness. The beer is a very easy drinker. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head retention all the way through the beer, dark gold color

This beer smells absolutely fantastic with floral and piney notes

Starts out surprisingly smooth with a fuller body, then the hops come in. Its on the bitter side but its an IPA so its to be expected... nothing out of the ordinary! Pretty well balanced

Lingering aftertaste has a bit of a sourness that wasn't the greatest, perhaps just unexpected. The aftertaste doesn't distract from the entire beer though and it is still a pretty decent IPA. Don't know if I'd recommend it to someone for their first IPA but it's a good beer.

Photo of Byeast
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep , slightly hazed golden color with a nice sized head of white froth. Some nice lacing left as well.

Smell: nice hoppy nose of citrus/grapefruit, slight lemon, with a fair amount of malt and a hint of medicinal smell.

Taste: hop flavors are on the raw and bitter, yellow and pink citrus side , a medium bodied , crust like maltiness in the middle , carbonation is active and slighly biting , finishes with a lingering , bitter and dry hop taste.

Mouthfeel : medium with a biting carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty ipa. Flavors are nice and raw , with a focus on the more citrusy (not so much orange though) tastes. None are too powerful , nicely made.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool 12oz. amber bottle. Label has a map of Europe/Asia with a sea route from Britain to India marked in red ("Duh! It *is* an IPA" my wife said...). No freshness dating.

Appearance: A bright, clear golden color on the pour. Thin white layer of foam yields tremendous lacing of the glass.

Smell: Hops all the way. Very citrusy (grapefruit?) and spicy.

Taste: It was (hang on for the revelation) hoppy. A very flavorful, bitter hop profile. More bitter than expected, actually. The bitterness REALLY shows up at the end and with the aftertaste. Didn't finish as smoothly as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel: A really light-bodied beer. Very crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: Just a slight penalty in my book for the persistent bitterness in the aftertaste. It really hung around and puckered me up. Overall, an very good beer, though not my favorite, and one that I would still drink frequently.

Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, much better after the Redpoint. Golden pour with good carbonation and a big white head. Hops abound in the nose, grapefruit, orange, pine, but without resin. Smooth, yet bitter, taste with more pine and grapefruit. Some grassiness and malt in the finish. A true IPA that isn't an Imperial with the wrong label. Excellent beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle crimped cap.Thanks,to my good BA buddy Susdog for this beer

Moderate hop nose,very nice and complex mostly citrusy also piney/spicy/perfumy,a nice sweet carmelly maltness finds its way through all the hop aromas.

Very nicey balanced taste,with a sugary sweet maltiness and a clean,crisp citrusy,piney hop flavor. A perfect balance of taste throughout, leaves the taste of a sugar coated grapefruit lingering on the palate.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel,very pleasing,not as intense as a lot of IPA's out there,but very enjoyable,this is one I could drink all night.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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