Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
Had this on tap and it poured an orange color. There was a decent amount of creamy white head that really laced the glass nicely. It was a bit hazy in the glass. It smelled very strongly of hops. Quite citrusy and a little malty. The taste was real nice and malty sweet, just a bit more bitter than what I was expecting. It left a sweet aftertaste. Over all it was a really good beer and would have it again.
11-16-2007 07:29:26 | More by t0rin0
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a clear light apple juice color with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, citrus juice, and some floral and herbal hop flavors. A very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a dry finish just like the can says. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops.
10-11-2011 22:37:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium amber-copper color with an off white head that leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of citrus rind with a bit of citrus as well. Some amber and caramel malt in the background. Taste lays off the hop presence from the nose, bringing forward more balance and losing some of the nice hop integration that existed in the nose. Feel is medium with slight bitterness. Drinks pretty well and is one of their better non-sour offerings.
10-13-2010 01:19:59 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +1%
A: The beer is hazy golden orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly transitioned into a thin film followed by lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose as well as some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, citrus flavors dominate the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.
01-21-2011 18:21:15 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
Bumblebee yellow-amber. The beer is perfectly clear with a small number of fine floaters that resemble grapefruit pulp. The head is impressive. It's huge, almost pure white, and remains mountainous in the center, while sinking at the edges. Multiple rings of delicate lace put the appearance score over the top. An excellent look!
The nose is all about Styrian Goldings hops, an aroma (and a flavor) that I've come to love in Goose Island Honker's Ale. There isn't much else going on, but then there doesn't need to be. (Edit: I'm not sure what the hop bill was back in 2004, but these days (2009) it's comprised of Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.)
The flavor is dominated by citrus zesty hops, which is as expected. I'm betting that some variety of hop complementary to Goldings is used as well, since this ale tastes noticeably different than Honker's. There's just enough malt to do the job, but not so much that it ruins the hop-heavy balance of the beer (that's balance from a hophead's perspective). The mouthfeel exudes quality in all respects.
I'm sure there are better American IPAs out there, but there probably aren't too many of them. Avery IPA is the real deal and makes me wish that it was available in my area of the country. The label shows the shipping route from England to India. Pretty cool considering the style.
02-01-2004 16:19:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a decent head and considerable lacing
Smell: Malty aroma with lots of pine notes and citrus rind; a bit of apricot, too
Taste: Tons of citrusy bitterness, amost from the start, with just modest undertones of apricot fruit; at the finish there is a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue but you have to be looking for it to notice it over the bitter flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated
Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, a spry IPA for those who like their IBUs
11-20-2004 00:09:29 | More by brentk56
4.4/5 rDev +14%
First sighting of this draught in Central KY. The beer is as impressive as ever. Pours a bright copper / orange color with a decent chill haze that never went away and superb, frothy head retention that was just off from white, but stood firm to the bottom of the glass. The aromas are a mouth watering blend of toasted barley malt and citrus hops. Flavors are full and juicy, comprised of light caramel, bready, orange peel, lemon grass, and ruby red grapefruit. A touch of pine, yeast, and tartness rounded out the brew. The trick here is balance -- of course the hops shine, but not without keeping in check with the strong malt backbone, and creamy texture. The beer never wavered from fullness and richness, down to the the bottom of the glass. Fantastic experience with this one.
06-28-2007 13:54:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.68/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
07-08-2007 14:18:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with minimal floral or citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with some light caramel malt notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Not bad overall and pretty straight forward - I would have preferred more citrus notes and some floral notes but still enjoyable nonetheless.
03-17-2008 20:10:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
On-tap at Blue Palms
A: The pour is an orange-ish color with about a finger's worth of white head and some streaks of lacing.
S: A good citrus note to the aroma. It's more of a rind/peel sort of smell, with some piney notes that provide sort of an oily, resinous character to the whole beer.
T: Though the nose lead me to believe this would be a very bitter IPA, it was rather controlled in this aspect. Yes, there is a solid bitter pine flavor as well as some grapefruit rind, but it's not overpowering. A mild malt character, but it's not really sweet at all.
M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation and a bit of bitterness lingering on the tongue.
D: This was a decent IPA, but it doesn't quite stack up with some of the offerings I've become accustomed to here in Southern California.
10-11-2010 01:42:43 | More by womencantsail
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
3.55/5 rDev -8%
A: two finger white head with excellent lacing on a crystal clear golden with slight amber hue body.
S: pretty musty, a little wet sock hop like, light caramel malts, tangerine and orange citrus.
T: fairly malty with candied oranges, caramel, grassy, floral and mildy bitter hops.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: The beer is balanced but the hops aren't quite up to par. The bitterness verges on too much resin and wet sock hop mustiness for me.
07-18-2012 02:26:41 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: Pours an oh-so clear golden hue with a splash of orange that looks reminiscent of apple juice. The last couple of weeks have been nothing but stouts and porters for me, so it's refreshing to see some sharp, crystal clear colors for a change. White foamy head, but it's dieing fast! Some great lacing throughout this beer's final moments.
Smell: A fruit medley (pineapple, mostly) mixed with piney hop aromas. I'm not picking up much (or any) malt in the nose.
Taste: A light, delicate flash of malt followed by a rushing tide of hop bitterness with a long, spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp and quiet thirst-quenching. Medium-light mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. Not bad! It's got good...
Drinkability: While India Pale Ale is not my favored style, I'm really enjoying this, as its got just the right amount of hops for me. Definitely as sessionable as an IPA can be.
Thanks again, Avery!
11-05-2005 04:47:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
This beer poured out as a very nice golden color with a white head on top. The head retention and lacing were both very nice. The smell of the beer is very nice, lots of strong hop aromas with a subtle malt backbone. The taste of the beer has a great hoppy flavor. Lots of pine-like flavors. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Overall it's a great IPA, easily available and well priced. Very good stuff worth having again.
01-03-2013 02:22:05 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-27-2003 23:25:28 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
I can't believe I haven't officially set down my thoughts on this stuff yet. Go figure. It pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp pine, strong grapefruit, and a kiss of mild honey. I have this sneaking suspicion that some hops have been added to this beer... The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit, complete with peel, stealing the limelight. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a somewhat simple, yet very tasty and satisfying, IPA. Good times.
01-30-2012 00:48:54 | More by TMoney2591
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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