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

2,849 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,849
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 56
Gots: 280 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber-colored ale with good clarity. The head is solid and long-lasting. Not much to say about it - it's an IPA, and it looks like an IPA.

Smell - Resiny and pine-like. Sweet, bready malts hide behind citrus fruit aromas. Faintly floral.

Taste - Bracing bitterness from the start; this is a well-hopped IPA. The bready malt backbone is barely a support for the pine and lemon rind-like bitterness. A touch of sweetness appears mid-sip before being overwhelmed by coating hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste contains a hint of orange peel and tobacco.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with a sticky hop presence. Refreshing and drinkable to the extreme.

Notes - This is one of the better IPAs I've tried recently - truly great stuff. The only thing preventing me from giving it a higher rating is the sheer quantity of great IPAs out there right now. Blind Pig this ain't, but it's a quality brew nonetheless and worth seeking out. Glad to see Avery distributing to California these days; I've enjoyed everything I've tried so far and I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a ring of painted lace around the glass. It smells of subdued orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit musty. The taste is tart, bitter, green, and grassy hops, which overpower the underlying mild caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the medium weight body is chalky and a bit filmy, and it finishes dry and grassy.

An ok American IPA, its balance skewed to the bitter/dry side of the coin.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft on special at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Arrives in a nonic pint, slow upward moving bubbles make their way through the clear golden ale. Some lacing at first that doesn't stick around. Head dissipates in time as well.

Pale malt aroma, with a vague piney hop presence. It's a stretch to pull out that much, and this is supposedly a fresh draft sample.

Bitter hops up front, citrusy becoming herbal, and dry in the finish. As it warms, there's a cereal grain quality like puffed wheat or rice. Bleh. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, that isn't balanced by the taste. One-dimensional bitterness becomes tiresome halfway through. Alcohol presence doesn't help either, and soon enough, water is needed to cleanse the palate.

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy white head. It leaves nice lacing.
S - It smelled of citrus, hops and grass.

T - Hops, hops, hops! Also, a nice malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a nice IPA. Very hoppy almost like a Double IPA.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a crystal-clear, copper colored body. The beer exhibits good head retention and leaves excellent lace clinging to the glass.

S - Resiny aroma of pine hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. A good bit of sweet grain in the background supporting the hops with some light caramel and toasted malt notes.

T - Sweet malt up front, quickly balanced by strong hop character. Notes of woody, sticky pine with lots of toffee malt. Some spicy notes emerge from the hops in the middle and give way to pithy grapefruit flavor in the finish. Strong, slightly powdery, bitterness balances the significant malt sweetness in the finish. Lingering grapefruit hops and bitterness with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice IPA. Looks great and smells even better, but it really shows its quality in the flavor. Pine hops dominate the first impression of the beer, but fade to a very nice, pithy grapefruit by the finish. There is a great deal of malt sweetness here, and this is really my only complaint. While the malt helps to balance out the strong hops, it is just a bit excessive and makes the hop character seems a little medicinal by the end of the bottle. I think a slightly dryer finish would probably allow the hops to shine even more and also make for a more drinkable beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's India Pale Ale pours a yellow-amber body benath a full head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.
Citrusy, grapefruit-like hops appear in the nose along with some biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.
The flavor again delivers a splash of grapefruity citrus upfront, along with some lemon and chalky lemon rind, and a touch of pine as well. It's lightly honeyish and biscuity malt acts as a stage for the hops, and lets them keep the spotlight. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it firmly without becoming obtrusive. It finishes dry with fading notes of lemon that turn to pine, and then disappear leaving only a very long lingering dull bitterness behind.
For fans of citrusy hops, this one's a winner!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness, with a touch of malt in the background.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops, then a nice balance comes from a hearty malt character and mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, decent kick, it’s flavorful enough that you can keep drinking for a long time without looking for something else. This is definitely a beer that I would stick with for a whole evening.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 ½ fingers of stiff bright-white head. This retains with roughly a ¾ finger of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with sticky patchy lacing. The aroma smells floral, with a big push of bright citrusy hops. A fairly strong herbal presence (and some lighter pine) mixes in as well, along with a light spiciness on the edges. Malts offer up a supportive grainy sweetness underneath and I’m picking up just a touch of alcohol warmth along the back.

The taste has a sharp citric bitterness to it, tempered by notes of fruit and sweet toasted grains. Rind, spice, and lingering resins give the finish some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that gets borderline creamy at times despite the moderate amount of heft that his present. Alcohol warmth does accentuate the bitterness here but also helps bring out a lot of that sweet stickiness from the malts and fruit as well.

This was a pretty overall solid IPA from Avery, with well balanced hop flavors and a generally pretty easy feel for the alcohol content. It had been awhile since I’ve had this one and it more than held up to what I remembered of it.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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