Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -52.6%
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.
08-15-2009 02:54:07 | More by inhopswetrust
2.03/5 rDev -47.4%
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.
02-16-2004 04:18:44 | More by ManekiNeko
2.2/5 rDev -43%
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.
01-30-2008 05:34:05 | More by melmoth100
2.28/5 rDev -40.9%
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.
08-08-2004 23:50:19 | More by oracle
2.28/5 rDev -40.9%
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.
05-08-2009 22:49:28 | More by Monsteruss
2.35/5 rDev -39.1%
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.
02-05-2011 22:27:37 | More by gopens44
2.35/5 rDev -39.1%
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.
01-28-2009 03:50:43 | More by adamette
2.38/5 rDev -38.3%
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.
02-05-2011 00:04:18 | More by GRG1313
2.4/5 rDev -37.8%
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.
12-14-2011 08:30:21 | More by Nachojon
2.42/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
09-04-2009 17:08:40 | More by donniecuffs
2.42/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
05-17-2007 01:11:38 | More by mrasskicktastic
2.5/5 rDev -35.2%
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.
01-09-2009 21:38:17 | More by Jekster
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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