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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company

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

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very good

2,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 2214
Reviews: 1127
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002)
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Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap in an airport bar in Denver over 35 minutes, with and without an ahi Asian salad.

Pours a nice bright amber with a touch of haze. The egg-shell head is thin and falls fast, but lacing is resilient.

The nose is floral and sprinkled with grapefruit and the tar side of blood oranges. Not much hoppiness and no dank notes, but there is a clean breeze in its simple bouquet. Hints of lavender and honeysuckle draw me in.

The very beginning is a malty sweetness that makes it easy to gulp. Quickly, the citrus takes center stage with a bright and refreshing blend into the herbs and flowers from the nose. It's not wildly complex, but simply tasty, and very versatile. It ends bitter and leaves a roast aftertaste that blends well with foods, in addition to encouraging bigger gulps. There's a boozy edge, too, and the ethanol content is sneaky...

It's got a tall, thin posture on the tongue with added buzz of ample carbonation. But although there's not much heft, it's rightly matched to the flavor profile. I wished for some more oily length, but until the booze piles up, I find I can simply reach for the glass more frequently.

While it's not wildly complex, this brew is well-assembled and far from uninteresting. It's not only very drinkable on its own, but loves food--light, spicy, bready, and cheesy. I'd buy this one to sit alongside fun cooking ventures at home, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 20:34:07 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of reebtaerG


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Rustico Alexandria in a pint glass

A-pours a pale orange color with a one finger white head. Great lacing

S-great aromas of spice, citrus fruits, and light sweet malts

T-taste is very similar to the aromas

M-medium carbonation well balance of hops and malt slick to the tongue

O-overall an above average IPA very drinkable again and again....

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 01:56:54 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear, golden, bubbly carbonation; thick, foamy white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell - bright citrus and some pine.
Taste - grapefruit hops blended with a balanced malt backbone.
Feel - best part; excellent grapefruit bitterness, but enough layers to give some complexity!
Overall - a very solid offering available both in the bottle and can!

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 06:19:00 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of soju6


3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a slightly hazy light copper color with a nice head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some citrus, malt sweetness and bit of vanilla.

T: Taste of some pine and grapefruit with an easy malt sweetness and a bit of grain in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer for the style without being overly hopped.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 20:39:13 | More by soju6
Photo of WillHops


2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 02:18:45 | More by WillHops
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 23:23:56 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Rifugium


3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: ?
Recent tasting on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Hazy, golden-orange pour with a small cap of white head that retained well and laced the glass. Crisp hop aroma, pine and citrus, with some bready malts coming through. Actually quite malty in the taste up front, but pleasant and not overly sweet, mid-palate quickly brought in a rush of crisp hops, orange rind and pine, for a lasting bitterness that took the edge off the obvious malt base. Medium body, crisp, fresh mouthfeel. Quite a solid IPA overall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 02:20:26 | More by Rifugium
Photo of kojevergas


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery "IPA"
Served on-draught into a weissbier glass. Reviewed from notes. Paired with chicken wings at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Colorado.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pleasant floral and somewhat piney hops. Clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Piney and lightly citrusy/floral hops. Clean malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. Enjoyable but limited by its simplicity. Some nice cream on the open. Crisp and pleasant, but not subtle or complex. I do like it in a general sense, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Some nice cream. Suits the flavours pretty well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. Adequately carbonated. Too wet; somewhat watery actually.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from exceptional. I like it but it misses the mark of a true balanced IPA. It's not bold or experimental. Highly priced to boot. I wouldn't get it again, but if you're looking for a decent little IPA to have with a meal, it fits the bill.


Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 17:40:53 | More by kojevergas
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours glowing dark golden color. Slightly hazy with a finger of head.

Smells like big tropical fruits, musty, earthy, juicy hops, pineapple, candy like..big grapefruit

Nice hop bomb on the palate with more juiciness, tropical fruits, huge grapefruit again, some sweetness as it warms, malt with more time. Lots of bitterness, very nice.

Bitter and dry feel, enjoyed this one.

Fantastic well hopped IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 15:25:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served a golden orange beer with a one finger white head. The head had moderate retention and faded to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was rather sweet but at the same time hoppy as well. It had a base of tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango while the hoppy aromas were citrus in nature and of a grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon smell. There were also lighter notes of some caramel sweetness mixed within. Overall rather sweet and pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins more on the sweet side with a flavor of caramel, tangerine, and some mango. With these tastes is a grapefruit hoppiness as well as a bready backbone. As the taste advances the sweetness dims some and the taste bitters more as lemon and pine hop flavors hit the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end where they are met with some floral notes, leaving a satisfyingly semi-bitter taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thicker and creamier side with a slightly lower than average level of carbonation. It is quite soothing on the tongue and very nice for the hoppy and lightly fruity flavor of the beer.

Overall – A quite tasty IPA with some nice sweet and hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 00:58:15 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of chickenflea


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

World of Beer - UCF, Orlando. Beer pours bright golden color and medium white head.

The aroma is hoppy: piney and grapefruit notes dominate. Subtle malt aromas.

Initial taste is light, sweet and refreshing. Body is a tough heavy for an IPA - almost like a double IPA. Texture is smooth and a little oily. Hop bitterness really settles in on the aftertaste. Really!

The body is medium.

A good IPA. Well made with no distractions. Hopheads should love this brew, as it really delivers the bitterness on the finish. Not my favorite IPA (I prefer the fresh-hopped variety) but very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 13:39:02 | More by chickenflea
Photo of draheim


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Urge in Rancho Bernardo, CA. Pours a pale straw color w/ a slight white head.

Aroma is straightforward pale malt and grassy, piney hops.

Taste is mostly piney bitter hops and neutral pale malt. Clean and hoppy but overall unremarkable. Medium-bodied.

Overall this is a good IPA but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 04:33:19 | More by draheim
Photo of tbern007


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/golden yellow. Very impressive, thick white head that lasts, very nice lacing.
Scent is light pine, citrus rind. Pretty light.
Tastes of again pine, citrus rind (grapefruit more than others), mild malt in the background to provide a little balance.
Refreshing. Overcarbonated. On the verge of bitter but nicely done overall. I do think there are other IPAs, specifically of the west coast types, that are better than this but this is solid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 23:13:08 | More by tbern007
Photo of DNICE555


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. I can’t believe I’ve only had the maharaja and never their regular ipa. Very nice look and feel to it. I’ll take the maharaja in a taste and smell contest anyday. Although that may be unfair as it’s comparing an ipa to a dipa. Decent beer made by a very good brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 21:07:35 | More by DNICE555
Photo of ghwolf


4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 13:05:22 | More by ghwolf
Photo of beerismysavior


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Blind Tiger

Aroma - Slight citrusy / floral character, mediocre hop presence, lacks a volatile aromatic release upon pouring, understated overall aroma.

Color - Pale golden color w/ slight haze, appearance is intriguing, seemingly light for the style.

Taste - Malty backbone with a bitter finish, wonderfully complex development of flavor. Potential use of centennials near the end of the boil or in the whirlpool?

Mouthfeel - Microfine carbonation, crisp finish, highly appropriate for the style. Background lends itself to a solid yet soft malt presence, very pleasing / "beerish".

Overall - I would dub this a "summer" IPA. Unusually light, crisp, and yet enjoyable all at the same time. Perfect for drinking inside a screened in porch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 02:02:36 | More by beerismysavior
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

for avery, which is a wonderful brewery, this is by and large a non-descript ipa. pours golden and thin, weak vanishing head. nose is generic hops, nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. taste is a weak ipa. its an ipa yeah, but for avery, this is lame. their maharaja proves they know how to do it, but this one just comes up short. also somehow weirdly filling, and not in a nice way. eh

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 05:34:39 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of StoneTSR


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I never reviewed this beer. It was one of my gateway beers into the craft beer world. Now that I live in Boulder I no longer have any excuse not to review it.

A: Yellowish-gold with a thin head that has mostly dissipated by the time the waitress brought the beer.

S: A mild pine smell with a good dose of hops lurking on the background.

T: This is a strongly bitter beer. A lot of grapefruit up front with a touch of pine and lemon. A lot of hops and a lot of flavor in the Avery IPA. There is a good, strong bitte aftertaste as well.

M: Strong carbonation with a sharp dose of sparkle. Crisp and clean, this has a great feel.

O: This is an excellent standard bearer for Avery. It is bold, bitter and very crisp. It is not watered down or toned down like some flagship offerings are.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 22:16:37 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Jamestown Mercantile, in Jamestown CO. Pitcher to pint glass.

A- Pours a goldenrod/copper color. Two finger head that disapeared slowly leaving behind a nice film. Lacing is evident but not substantial.

S- Earthy, piney hops with a light tropical fruit punch. Small malt presence detected, giving notes of fresh baked bread that mixes interestly well with the earthy hop character.

T- Very much the same with the hops taking the lead. Much more piney than fruity, with a decent malt backbone.

D- Fairly light mouthfeel for the stlye, good level of carbonation, slight heat from the alcohol.

O- A good everyday drinking IPA. Nothing particularly earth shattering or exquisite, but I can respect this offering from Avery whole heartedly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 04:31:34 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
Photo of jbertsch


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a bar on Martha's Vineyard.
Hazy orange color with foamy crisp white head. Smelled of pear and citrus fruits. Citrus fruits came through on the taste along with notes of vanilla and honey infused malts. I actually like how the malt profile is kicked up a tiny bit to balance the hop volume a little...though it is still a hop forward brew. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel for an ipa, though still crisp enough. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 03:47:40 | More by jbertsch
Photo of hiku7


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on tap at Matchbox Pizza during a visit to Washington D.C., of all places.

Pours a clear gold, with a creamy white head and great lacing. Smell is floral and citrus and the malt is biscuity. A spicy assertive hop presence also. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious.

Very enjoyable IPA that I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 01:47:41 | More by hiku7
Photo of Lerxst


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a clear gold with a one finger creamy white head that has good retention and leaves ample lace.

S-Citrus-grapefruit and lemon-along with some slightly resinous hop notes with a slight and subtle caramel malt backbone.

T-Follows the nose with citrusy and slightly resinous hops with a somewhat sweet malt backbone coming in and staying for just a bit before a bitter hop bite rounds it out.

M-Just shy of medium body, a bit dry, with crisp carbonation

O-A very nice IPA. Not world class, but I wouldn't ever turn my nose up at one of these-its solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 23:09:55 | More by Lerxst
Photo of Schmittymack


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my watering hole, Old Chi's Westy. Poured an orangeish color with a nice foamy head that hung around for a bit. Aroma of biscuts, citrus, and mowed lawn. Taste was citrusy with some malt and biscuts and some spice with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Even doing this out of the "metallic" stein at Old Chi's, this is still a quite enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 09:39:18 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of vangambrel


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love how bitter this beer is. It was served at one of my favorite restaurants. I loved to get it, but since I'm in TN I no longer can. Bummer. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I used to get it whenever and wherever I could! Try it if you can, you won't be sad you did!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 00:23:13 | More by vangambrel
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Groveland Tap in Saint Paul, MN. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Amber beer, clear, with only a moderate head. The head didn't sustain too long, but a smattering of bubbbles did remain nicely.

S-Not much to this aroma besides piney/citrus hoppiness.

T-Unblanced, aggressive hop bitterness, which should not surprise me in an American IPA. The hops were a mix of strong citrus with a bit of herbal, floral characteristics to go along with it. Malt flavors were near completely absent.

M-Medium body, appropriate carbonation level.

O-Accetable, in spite of being very ubalanced with virtually no malt foundation.

Sampled 3/11/11

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 15:42:20 | More by CHSLBrew
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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.