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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,601 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 159 | 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:
IBUs: 65

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden color with a nice beige head which leaves nice lace. Awesome hoppy citrusy grapefruit aroma and taste (aroma is a bit flowery too). Decent balance but certainly more hoppy than malty. Light-medium bodied with an excellent balanced bitterness.

This IPA holds up well to aging: still hoppy after a year. One of the few I've found to age this well.

Per Avery website: 6% ABV and Columbus Hops.

RBorsato, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of boogles
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I like about IPA, and why I like IPA best. Simply put, this brew has a lot of fruit (nose and taste) but is also bitter (not overwhelmingly) without the alcohol of a double IPA, which makes it more drinkable. I'm not sure why this beer is not among the ranks of hyped IPAs. It's certainly one of my favorites.

boogles, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of benmiliron
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.29 for a 12 oz. bottle.

This is a fantastic IPA. Flood of citrusy hops, with a good malt balance behind. Nice, good bite to it, but not at all overpowering or bitter like many IPA's can be. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and I hope I remember to buy it again in 6-pack form.

benmiliron, May 13, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured well, with a beautifully bright and clear orange-amber color. Topped with a white thin head, that left a nice lace behind. The aroma is strong with cherry sweet malts along with an assertive floral hop presence. Detected some apple buttery notes.

The taste is nice and very well balanced. Sweet and bitter meld themselves together into a perfect balance of flavor. Fruity with a sharp floral hoppy bite towards the end that continues through the finish. Solid body of malt holds the beer together. This is really a fabulous IPA. Highly drinkable and not too overbearing, or heavy. Really just right.

pezoids, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of mattfungus
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A sweeter ipa with a golden/amber color.

Piney hopes but more white pine than spruce. Delicate and sweet.

A sweet aroma like mt hood hops or like a freshly opened box of fruity pebbles.

Good kick of malt, sweet malt and carmel at first mouthful.

Nice tingle as it leaves the tongue. Nice afterglow flavor, stays on the tongue for several minutes leaving with a sweet bitterness like aspen leaves mixed with sugar.

This one in which the label and holding up the bottle fool you. It's so clear in the bottle you wonder if the wrong beer is in their (is it kuurs?) but the flavor is worth savoring.

mattfungus, Jan 21, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery I.P.A poured a golden crisp color; it had moderate foam: head was about an inch. It smelt moderately of grassy pine tasting hops. The carbonation is not over the top or overly flat; it has perfect carbonation for an American style IPA. The taste remained loyal to the smell; it was crisp and refreshing. This I.P.A had very mild malty bite, which allowed the flavors of the hops to be showcased. There was a slight citrus sourness followed by a moderate bite of hops. This belongs like Stone IPA in the ranks of America's best I.P.A's. I cannot find anything really to complain about, concerning the beer. This is an American IPA which does not try to be a double or imperial IPA; it is simply a simple nearly flawless IPA.

chumba526, Jun 26, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Prospero, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Duddle111, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

BriAri, Sep 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

ATMinBoulder, Dec 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

prisdefer, Jul 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Stevotex, Sep 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

wertschy, Sep 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Wow really good stuff! Poured with a thick very long-lasting off-white head, lots of lace and a clear amber color. aroma is fresh hops and malt. Flavor is a wonderful blend of sweet bitter and Tang with resin hop dominating. Body is perfect. Drink drink drink!!!

drpimento, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Josh_Wolf, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ghwolf
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consider Avery's IPA to be one of the most agreeable and imminently drinkable IPAs on the market. Having recently enjoyed several Avery IPA on tap in Denver and at different venues, I was struck by the consistency of the beer. The color was golden; the beer head was firm, though it tended to dissolve faster than other IPAs I have had. The aroma was dominated by hops, though not overpowering. The flavor was remarkable consistent during the entire beer.
The 6.5% ABV is not as high as some other IPAs; nor is this beer dominateds by an alcohol flavor.
One of the best, everyday IPAs!

ghwolf, Nov 23, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer overall. A relatively hoppy beer, and definately not for everyone, but if you like hops, you will love this beer.

Living in the east it is fairly hard to come by. Lately I have only been able to find it in cans at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA

80FlareSide, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 08, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours into the glass with a nice fluffy white 1 finger head that dissipates rather fast and leaves a nice lace.

S: Lots and lots of hops, very citrusy. Exactly what most IPAs smell like. Smells great! Great background of grainy malt.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a nice bready undertone. Not too toasty. Grainy malt is perfect - brings in just enough strong barley to back up the strong hops. Not too sweet at all - has a very light grapefruit flavor.

M: Light body - not a filling beer. Carbonation good. Non-astringent for the most part. Pretty oily.

D: Great drinker, especially if one likes a light flavored, light bodied IPA. Would go great with a meal.

ralree, Dec 16, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first brew I ever sampled from Avery was their White Rascal, and I loved it... this brew just about matches it, if not better... appearance was exceptonal... very cloudy and hazy with a nice frothy head whose unexpectedly light color slightly resembled a wheat beer or hefe... Smell was great, full of bittersweet hops combined with citrus and grapefruit... taste complemented the aroma, with a bitter-sweet finish combined with grapefruit, citrus, and hops... flavor was slightly sweeter than usual for an IPA, which I really liked... this is perhaps one of the best IPA's I've ever tried... a great brew, Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 29, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, no fade, it is very clear up to light. Full foam, great head appearance.

S - Nothing overpowering, very light malty, citrus aroma. Great attractive smell.

T - Distinct hoppiness with the back up of the citrus. Carries well, makes my tongue tingle and finishes with a light bitterness.

M - Light creamy presence, again light, med body. Good feel.

O - Great beer. Was pleasently surprised with the smell and taste. Worth a trip back to the store for more.

ChrisConn, May 25, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy gold liquid... huge sudsy off-white head - 1/4" cap till end, good bit of lace (even on a less-than-beer-clean glass.... unfiltered and just lovely

S: resiny hops - lots of hops.... toasted cereal/grain... baked pineapple, grapefruit, tropical undertones, honey, crust of fresh-baked bread.... bold and beautiful, absolutely mouth-watering.... a scent I dream of

T: super-smooth blend of pale malt and hops up front, finishing with a floral, mellow citrus bitterness and alcohol warmth.... shortbread late in aftertaste.... the taste doesn't explode quite as much as the aromas suggest.... bold and refined, nonetheless

M: cottony-soft and feathery-light - like drinking a liquid wool blanket... citrus oil, silky-nectary... wow! perfect, ideal

O: this is the kind of IPA I long for.... reminds me a bit of Victory Hop Wallop (with less alcohol) or maybe Union Jack... stellar and quaffable

Bouleboubier, Feb 05, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Hazy orange color with a 2-finger head, sorta pillow like. Head retention is very good, a bit of spots left on the tulip for the lacing.

S - Wonderfully dry & floral with a nice citrus, orange/mango/pineapple fruit basket! Very nice dose of pine in there as well, malts are subdued as I can pick up just a touch of toast, but it really opens up more as it warms.

T - Wow, very very flowery here, quite a punch of it upfront with pine, and orange & mango fruits closely following. Bitterness is definitely there from beginning to end with a burnt bitter note that lingers. Malts aren't pronounced until it warms a bit, I get toast with a bit of caramel, it really helps to balance this beer.

M - Very smooth with a soft bite of carbonation, slightly chewy & slick and around medium-full bodied.

D - Ive had many many IPA's and this one impressed me with it's potency, it's got such a great flowery hop punch for the ABV! I'll definitely buy this one again, very drinkable coming in at 6.3%. I definitely recommend this American IPA. Cheers!

PintOHops, Jun 26, 2010
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4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cotton foam with great lacing. Golden in color.

Smell: Caramel and pine. Very simple, but it smells like Colorado and is close to perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. A bit too thin, but not flat.

Overall: One of the best IPAs. Extremely nostalgic.

tjsdomer2, Jun 17, 2013
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.