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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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1,168 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,168
Hads: 2,900
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 58
Gots: 321 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Photo of brewme
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Due to the high rating, I have tried this beer multiple times, to rule out bad batches, shipping malfunction etc. Nope: Every time it smells & tastes badly skunked.

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Photo of inhopswetrust
1.76/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: nothing impressive; slight head and lacing

Smell: almost no bouquet at all; faint scent of floral hops

Taste: watery and weak front end; honestly reminds me of a pathetic American lager; finish is a strong bitter hops (grapefruit and citrus) which constitutes the ONLY redeeming quality of this brew.

Mouthfeel: thin and disappointing; the front end is so weak it made me cringe; carbonation is nonexistent; very little in this brew leaves a mark on the palate

Drinkability: very poor; while the hops finish is quite nice, the lack of body and presence on the entry is simply unforgivable. Perhaps something was wrong with the tap at the pub, but if not, a seriously imbalanced drink.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap at the Lupulin Slam in a sample glass. This particular keg was dry hopped with a buttload of Centennial hops for the festival.

Appearance: Clear yellow topped by a rocky head, which receded to a ring and small gap of foam. Wee bits of lacing were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Weird cheesy smell at first, followed by tea-like overtones. Floral scents at the end.

Taste: Intense grapefruit flavors, sweet and tart. Bitter, tannic tea aftertastes. To call this "unbalanced" doesn't cover it.

Mouthfeel: Very watery for an IPA, heck, for a Pale Ale. I like a little more substance with this style. Tannins, or something like 'em, dry the mouth

Drinkability: Weird cheesy aromas, completely unbalanced hops. No thanks. Thankfully, this was only made for this one event. I might try the normal version of this in the bottle to see what the original tastes like.

Other: This was called Avery Dry-Hopped IPA at the event, but does not merit a new entry.

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Photo of melmoth100
2.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, very cloudy, almost no head. Looked like apple cider. Minimal legs.

S - Hops, obviously, with undertones of cinnamon. Not much to it.

T - Resiny, acidic, with very bitter aftertaste. Again, not much to it.

M - Dense opening with gummy finish

D - Low, had trouble finishing a single glass.

Overall, a big disappointment. Just beer with extra hops, no real character. Did not care at all for the very bitter, resiny taste, nor the gummy, almost mucousy mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about IPAs in general, and this one did nothing to change my mind. Simply adding a bunch of hops to a beer does not generally improve it.

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Photo of Monsteruss
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The foam was light yellow wheat, smooth, puffy and lacey. The color was simply gold. The smell was of a wheaty aroma, fruity, hopy and bitter. The taste was very bitter with a hippy overtone and a small fruity undertone. Mouthfeel - heavy bitterness, light to medium-bodied. Drinkability - the bitterness was too dominate to taste the other ingredients.

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Photo of Nachojon
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Orange amber, crystal clear no haze. 1 finger head. Very nice lace.

S- Smells like, apples? Apple juice? No hops, no warmth. Such an odd flat smell.

T- The not impressed continues here. Dry hops I would say, sort of a dry apple as well. Boring.

M- Dry?! Nothing exciting on the tongue.

O- I didn't expect greatness from this one. I got less that that and less.

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Photo of oracle
2.4/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

20oz imperial pint in a tradition english pint glass.

Beer arrived with a very dense 1 inch head that demonstrated excellent retention and heavy lacing all the way down.

Smell was characteristicly hoppy, with a strong citrus aroma that promised that this might be a superior IPA.

Unfortunately, the taste failed to live up to the promise in any way. All I could taste was bitterness. No malt flavors, no hop flavors, just bitterness. Extremely disappointing. I won't be ordering this again.

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Photo of gopens44
2.41/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Decent frothy head that leaves behind a thin layer of foam that rides the crystal clear straw colored beer.

S - More malty than anything else, with just a touch of earthy hops peeking through towards then end of the single aroma whiffing session.

T - I'm not sure what they were trying to accomplish here, but I hope they had a better idea in mind. This one was more biscuity than anything else, with a bitter presence around the edges and a slight honey sweetness. The taste in my opinion was not only awful, but did not even remotely represent the style.

M - Thicker than the appearance would suggest with a high level of carbonation.

No. Not ever again.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a fresh, newly stocked can.

Crystal clear amber orange with a nice thick white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is medium assertive cooked fresh pineapple, indicative of an IPA but a hint more apricot or stone fruit and all only medium assertive.

Mouthfeel is actually inviting and it feels "good," feels well made and is perfect carbonation and balance.

Flavors are the real downfall here as the beer comes back with a nice clean grapefruit bitter finish.

Flavors are just not appealing. Dull and has a "stale" orange/stale lemon bitter flavor profile. The bitter profile is not bright or clean and it tastes like bitter spoiled oranges or even marmalade that's "gone bad."

Finish helps in that it's a bold bitter grapefruit but no brightness.

Not my kind of flavor profile. Most IPAs I've had from reputable places are simply better than this one. My opinion only.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass. Hazy golden hue, with obvious evidence of carbonation. Very thin head which didn't lace very well. The smell was very dull, with an ever-so-subtle hint of citrus; orange in particular.The flavor was identical to the nose, except that the finish was bitter and very dry. The carbo feel was nice on the palate, but the dryness was near unbearable. Given the uninspiring nature of this beer, I wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.44/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden with a small head and a thin broken ring of lacing.

S - Soapy hops and faint light malt.

T - Soapy hops, faint malt. Seriously soapy (pine soap) hops dominate throughout the flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and still soapy.

M - Thick, a little harsh from carbonation, fairly refreshing.

D - Okay. It is a medicore IPA. Very soapy tasting and out of the soap sector there isn't much going on. I will not bother with this one in the future.

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Photo of adamette
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night into a standard clear pint glass. Review from notes.

A Translucent orange/brown body with nice head with great lacing which extended the entire span of the glass.

S Not a big hop smell but it is primary none the less, some sweetness.

T Grapefruit hops in a much more intense way than the smell suggested to me. The grapfruit, as if I had chomped off a mouthful of it, was in the front, in the middle and hung on for far too long into the aftertaste. Any malt is totally eclipsed by the intense citrus bitterness of the hops. This is a one note taste and I am not impressed. About 30 minutes later I could feel the bitterness in the fluid of my eyeballs as if they were floating in this disagreeable liquid.

M Moderate to full with the tart of the huge chunk of grapefruit that I was chewing on and the reasonably high alcohol.

D Poor. It was difficult for me to finish this beer.

Notes: No me gusta. It is too much of a one note beer.

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Photo of pmatz2
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light for an IPA Decent head retention. Light lacing down the side of the glass.
Scent - Can't really put my finger on it. One note smell that seems slightly off
Taste - One note taste Unpleasant Grapefruit (like there is to much rind mixed in with the fruit)
Mouth feel - Overall, Thin with a string bitter after taste. Can't taste the malt at all.
Drink ability - Had to eat something with this to finish. Did not enjoy this by it self.

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Photo of Jekster
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow to light amber color with a thick two finger pure white head.

Smell: The smell has sweet necter and citrus overtones. Grapefruit is a prominent smell along with star fruit. There is a slight pleasant cut grass aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant light honey sweetness that matches the initial smell of the beer. There is a definite forward hop bitterness that tingles on the tip of your tongue and then lingers as you swallow. There is the slight hop flavor of lemon rind but mainly the taste is dominated by hop bitterness. There is a slight presences of alcohol esters that linger after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel: The beer is extremely light on the pallet and extremely carbonated. I think the level of carbonation is borderline for the style and I personally would enjoy a bit less carbonation. It becomes almost bitey feeling.

Drinability: This is a beer for people that enjoy a nice lingering bitterness. I could drink a couple, but would choose other craft beers if I had the option.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I love a good IPA and enjoy bitterness. That being said, I would not seek this beer to buy again. I find that it is fairly one dimension with the hop bitterness and the aroma complexity does not follow through in the taste. I think the lingering bitterness would be a put off to most people who don't enjoy that aspect of IPA's. It's also a turn off for people, like myself, who enjoy bitterness, but like some other flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of jdklks
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

having just drain poured a weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale, im hoping that this one can bring me back from the abysmal depths of poorly brewed beer. However, it is not looking or smelling that way...

it is transparent and golden, with a tinge of amber and a thin, spotty white head that sits atop the surface like lily pads on a pond (one bubbling island appears directly in the center of the over-sized wine glass that is the vessel for this unfortunate looking brew). the smell is perhaps more underwhelming than the appearance. perhaps they included hops in the brewing process. a quick swirl of the glass tells me that yes, they did indeed add hops; but the aroma of these hops is more reminiscent of the dry and dull characteristics of vegetables than of the citrus juiciness typical of the ipa. other than that, it smells a lot like the glass of water i used to wash out the taste of club soda left in my mouth after the pumpkin ale.

seriously, one of the most uneventful beers ive ever tasted. i would almost rather it be really bad, because then at least i could say something about it. its dry, not oily like it should be. the hops faintly linger in the aftertaste that resembles something like bitterness. up front and in the middle is nothing but a carbonated mess. ive treated my palate badly tonight. im sorry palate.

as concerns the mouthfeel, it is overly-carbonated, as previously mentioned. the drinkability is surprisingly low for an ipa, because it is just that dull.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a light amber orange body, creamy white head somewhat lasting. hoppy grapefruit citrus taste. very bitter. green tasting. very harsh. drying taste. Sweet grapefruity taste. Grapefruity dry aroma, bitter. less harsh tasting as it warms, more palatable.

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Photo of WillHops
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Everything about this beer is weak/ bland. Could easily pass for a pilsner.
Light color
Watery head - "lacing" if you will
Hops - no indication of any (at least not above what may be contained in a Bud
Mouthfeel is very smooth with zero hops bite
Taste is weak and watery that leaves as soon as it's swallowed.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-deep golden amber color with lots of bubbles rising to the top but absolutely no head.

S-the nose is very light and brings a touch of hop oils, pine, and some citrus

T-not sure if something happened to this bottle; but very bitter throughout. A touch of pine and a fair bit of oily hops. Some floral notes with a very bitter finish

M-smooth and silky, almost no carbonation, it is very syrupy and cotast the mouth lightly. A little dry at the finish

D-this is not very good, too bitter for the flavors that are actually present, no carbonation at all. Syrupy and dry at the same time, it completely turns me off. I'm noping something happened to this bottle; but it looks fine and grabbed from a very good store

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan at all. Not much smell, taste, or feel. I have week taste buds and need flavorful beer to wake them up. I would say its a great starter IPA for anyone looking to get into IPAs. I do want to say it's not a bad beer but as I mentioned would prefer a hoppier, bitter beer.

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Photo of Duff27
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated 11229B6...fairly fresh.

A- One-inch white head on a dark golden beer. Plenty of effervescence rising to the top on the pint glass. Average head retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Smells bready, grassy, and slightly skunky.

T- Follows the smell somewhat although the skunkiness is muted thankfully. More malty than hoppy. Weak citrus hop notes more lemony than anything.

M- Medium mouthfeel, adequately carbonated.

D/O- Overall not impressed with this Avery offering. I wasn't expecting world class by any means but I wouldn't even considered this an "average" IPA.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and cloudy, looks kind of like unfiltered heavy apple cider. Strong hop taste but not overpowering, not too complex as you can't really taste much except the hops (maybe a wee bit of malt), smooth and drinkable however it hits you with a bit of a delayed aftertaste, heavily bitter. A good beer, except for...the smell. I'm sure it's just me, and I tried to stay objective on this, but the smell of these hops reminded me of a cat-piss stain we used to have in the corner of our living room in San Diego. Smells like ammonia, or as CheeseWheel put it "an old man's couch after too many accidents." Mouthfeel was great, more noticeable probably since I was holding my nose. I tried to shake this but just couldn't, it really detracted from my drinking experience but hopefully not yours, if you are a hop-head that picks this up and thinks it smells great you'll probably like it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't impressed by this beer as much as other reviewers were. I thought it delivered a pretty good wallop of bitterness in the taste, but it was unaccompanied by all the flavors that I think make IPAs different and delicious, like pine, citrus, floral notes, or candy. This is just a hop shot, which I don't feel deserves an elite rating.

Apppearance was pretty good. It poured a pale amber (compared to other IPAs I've had recently) with a very good amount of head.

Aroma was not bad, but struck me as being nearly non-existent.

Taste is a blast of hop bitterness, without any accompaniment of other flavors, making this beer lack, for a better word, harmony.

Mouthfeel was appropriate, and all-in-all, I thought this beer was OK, but not great.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was mediocre but turned out to be the best attribute. Dark golden and clear. The smell was a little hoppy but nothing special. The taste in particular was nothing to write home about. It could've been much hoppier, and honestly there was little malt presence as well. The most understated IPA flavor yet for me. I cannot recommend.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The color is a slightly cloudy dark blond...kind of a light shade for an IPA. I'm used them a little more orangey. Thin head that fades fast, leaving a thinner layer of bubbly on top. A few areas of lace. The first thing I smell is lemons, which is good because I like lemons. Nice hop presence in the nose as well. The taste...wow...very bitter...almost like chewing on a lemon rind. The lemony bitterness dominates the hops that are trying to come though. It almost makes me want to grind my teeth. The taste needs more hops and better balance. It's a medium mouthfeel that goes down easy, aside from the bitter aftertaste. I'll finish the six pack but can't see myself buying this again, though I'd drink it if it were there.

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Photo of fcbrew
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden with little head and no lacing. Almost no detectable aroma. A Budweiser initial taste followed by a very bitter aftertaste. Poorly balanced and thin. Avery can make a delicious IPA (See Avery 20th Aniversary IPA). In fairness, this IPA seems to be widely variable from one 6-pack to another. It is not a big seller and I suspect that it is sometimes quite old. Not the best IPA.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.