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 taez555
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright orange/tan body with a small white head.

The nose was a fruity citrus hop smell. Very fresh, with a slight skunk/biscuit/vegetable note as well.

The taste was a very crisp and clean medium body. A huge hop taste and bitterness. It starts soft with a very “background” sort of citrus peel hop character. There’s a round caramel malt flavor as well. It really compliments the hop perfectly. You can really taste the malt and hop separately in this beer. It’s sort of like beer 3D, the malt is in the foreground the hops are perfectly clear in the back. It ends with a lingering bitterness.

Really a very nice session beer. Perfect balance of big malt and big hop. Sort of reminded me of a session beer version of stone ruination IPA. Another great standard from Avery.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe it or not, this is my first Avery beer! A sixer of this was actually cheaper than a sixer of Alpha King and I'm in Indiana. This one poured a light orange/golden with a very nice frothy white head although a large percentage of the bubbles were soapy looking. Aroma is obviously hop-centric. I get a mix of citrus and pine. Taste is very crisp and clean with that nice edginess of hops. Some caramel tasting malt lies in the background. Good drinkability. This is not a blow the doors off type IPA but a session type IPA that matches up great with the BBQ chicken pizza that I'm having for dinner (yeah for college diets). I will be reviewing more Avery products in the future.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange pour with a huge rocky head. One of the best heads I've ever coaxed out of an IPA, and it stuck around and left tons of lace as it slid down the glass. After that look, the rest of the beer was something of a comedown. The aroma was lightly hopped with lots of biscuity malts. The flavor itself is kind of weak for the style. All of the hallmarks are in there: grapefruity hops, solid malt backbone, and a little bite, but they're all pretty subdued and nothing really catches your imagination. Overall, a decent enough brew that won't destroy your palate, but there's easily dozens of American IPAs out there that are much more creative and interesting than this one.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am relying on AlexJ for some real good information...I have high expectations from this one...especially since it is Avery.
Pours a bright, clear copper color with a full finger and a half of off white head. For a thin beer, this has real nice lace.
Smell is sweet grapefruit and oranges...an almost butterscotch aroma.
Taste is superb...a nice bitter hop flavor w/ plenty of malt to keep this baby balanced. Also, a subtle spice with no alcohol present.
The carbonation is not overdone and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The flavors that linger invite me back for more. I could definitely stick w/ this one for an evening...no doubt.

just my luck...found this on tap at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA the very next day. No need to review...just a nice coincidence for me.

Photo of clvand0
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a standard yellow color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a little caramel malt, but has a huge presence of dirty hops. Smells like shoes. The flavor has a bit more of the malt character, but that smelly hop flavor is there. I didn't care much for this one.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visiting this beer again after a while. Thaks to clvand0 for sharing. It pours a rather pale orange color with only a slight head on it. The nose is not necessarily good. Its got a little of the dirty old sock smell to it. I'm not so impressed here. The flavor is better than the nose would say, but I would put this as an APA over an IPA. It has a decent residual bitter on my tongue. The feel is fairly thick, with a minimal carbonation. This is definately not in my top IPA's. I really don't like the aroma on it.

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

Aggressive pour into my Delirium tulip yields a bright honey colored brew topped by a peak of pure white head that leaves intricate patchwork of lace as it dissipates.

Aroma is moderate and filled with tangerine and grapefruit mixed with soft florals, backed by a malty, honey sweetness. There's a hint of skunky and funky pine in there too that I find mouthwatering, reminds me of juicy green buds.

Flavor is remarkably similar to one of my other favorites, 60-Minute IPA. Starts off with a hefty dose of carmelized citrus flavors, biscuits, wildflower honey, skunky hops (in a good way), and is backed by a nice malty finish. Hops taste like Cascades or Centennials with something a bit spicier.

Mouthfeel is medium and finish is long and drenched in tangerine hops. I don't know why this beer doesn't get higher marks, it's awesome!

Photo of hungryghost
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber in color, a little cloudy, lots of carbonation in the glass, frothy white head that leaves a heavy lace.
Faint aroma of hoppy evergreen. Not a strong smell for a pretty hoppy beer.

Plenty of bittering hops in the taste, possibly a hint of grapefruit at the very end. The hop flavor lingers in your mouth after it goes down.
Smooth, feels almost creamy.

Wish I had another...

Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Head is resilient, with great lacing. Aroma is all pine and citrus. Taste is has a bit of a malt start, but that quickly is overpowered by the hops character, which seems to be more bitterness, and less the pine and citrus notes portended in the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit too to clunky with its hops character, in my mind, and drinkabilty suffers the same. But if you're in the MORE HOPS party, this will probably be more appreciated by you. Enjoyable, yes, but could be more so.

Photo of ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clean golden amber ale. Has a big creamy white head with a pretty lace. Aroma is a very assertive hops both citrusy and spicey. The flavor starts out with the same assertive hops character. There is a dry hop finish that has a light hint of toasted malt to round out the flavor.

Photo of HogHill
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label of this bottle has a map of Europe and Asia, with a red line mapping the course from India to England. A single 12 oz bottle poured a clear gold and orange into my pint glass. Not much of a head at all though there is a white lacing. This IPA smells strong of hops and makes me realize it's been to long since I've drank an IPA. This one tastes more on the citrus side than the pine side of the IPA fence, a grapefruit flavor is most prominent. Carbonation is good, not too bubbly not too flat.I think I could put back a few of these no doubt. Avery puts out a quality IPA for sure.

Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with a nice off white head. Has a strong grapefruit aroma. Nice medium body. The taste is a strong grapefruit bitter flavor with a malt sweetness that sneaks in the back door. Finishes with a bittersweet after taste.
Very nice.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate gold color with a decent foamy head.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of citrus, pines and some floral notes.

Taste begins with a potent floral hop taste as well as a medium bitterness. Bitterness becomes a bit more pronounced but is kept in line by the malt. Flavors tend to die out a bit while the hops keep flowing only more citrusy. Finishes up with a citrusy aftertaste.

Mediocre IPA, nothing really bad but certainly better examples available.

Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m Glad to see this brewer appearing in TN. I also enjoy the label depicting the long journey from England, around Africa to India. I poured the 12oz single into my trusty Sierra Nevada tumbler pint. The brew is perfectly clear, the body amber with a hint of straw color. The pour resulted in an aggressive, sticky, white head, nice strands of lace and great retention. The nose is great. The hops are green, juicy, leafy, citrussy, piney and sticky, the full compliment of a great IPA, these aromas are of course backed up with a respectable sweet malt backbone which combined with the hops is reminiscent of a ripe juicy cherry. Up front it’s lightly sweet and slick, quickly though the bitterness of the large dose of hops takes hold, not bitter enough to hurt you but assertive. In the finish the bitterness fully unfurls and is accompanied mainly by citrus flavors, but a nice dollop of pine sap as well which retains a lovely after-taste. Very well balanced, in that IPA kind of way. Is there alcohol in this? I sure can’t taste it. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a tad on the light side. No doubt this is a great IPA, glad to have it available around here!

Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a beautiful head and nice lacing. Smell is citrus with yeasty undertones...mmmm. Taste is initially sweet with the hops kicking in at mid-palate...finishing with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit light and not overly harsh. Smoothness of the brew makes it very drinkable. A nice IPA.

Photo of twelvsies
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orangy amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell, unlike a lot of those west coast hop monsters, is more floral and sweet smelling. Nice grassy tones as well. Taste is much similar; very mellow, a tad sweet with nice malts backing up the hops. Definately hoppy though - hits you with a bitter slap towards the finish. Great smooth mouthfeel and I've never come across an IPA that isn't extremely drinkable, this one included.

Photo of IceAce
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The English pint glass this arrived in showed a dense collar of yellow / tan foam shielding the copper body from the skunking effects of the midday sun. The finger of foam collapsed slowly and revealed a nose that (with eyes closed) transports one to the tree-lined Rockies in Colorado where this elixer is brewed.

The first taste shows an immediate heaviness of well-coordinated hops; Columbus? Centennial? Cascades? All of the above? The hop mix comes off as well-balanced witha malt that allows the hoppiness to stretch its legs without becoming overbearing.

The finish is (of course) dominated by the hops...but this delicious ale leave a lip-licking sweetness which endures for quite some time. Outstanding, full mouthfeel; but the over-the-top hops ding the drinkability just a tad.

Excellent brew to be paired with spicy foods such as Blackened Anything or Mexican Chili Colorado.


Edit: A quick check of the Avery website shows that the hop content is: Columbus, Styrian Goldings, and Centennial

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 Sixpoint
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I've seen this beer around NYC for a while now, and I think I've also seen it at Blind Tiger Ale House and Spuyten Duyvil.

You'd think in order for a beer from Boulder, CO to be out in NYC, the company has to be doing something right. Well, they definitely are. Avery IPA is squeaky clean. There is absolutely no technical flaws in this beer... no oxidation, no infection, no DMS, etc.

One thing that is only slightly disappointing is the light color, it almost looks more like a pale ale than an India Pale Ale. What ever happened to the idea of making an IPA a deep amber color with copper hues?

At any rate, despite being a bit thin-bodied, this beer is excellent. It quenches your thirst with its nice balance. There are generous amounts of flavor and aroma hops to both start you off strong and finish strong as well.

Maybe that's why I find myself ordering this beer, over and over again.

Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter in color than many IPAs nowadays, it is a coppery gold hue with a hint of tawny influences. Really tiny bubbles raced towards the off-white head, this added a little life to the beer. The foam reached two fingers in height; it slowly faded to a rocky, soapy cap, a half finger in height. Lacing started before any liquid was removed, I always love to see that! Once I started drinking the beer subsequent lacing really flourished. Attractive. The nose is hoppy. Fairly raw with citrus acid infused with pine combs and spruce. Grapefruit rinds are secondary and these play with a sugary sweetness. Minimal malt influences, only hints of caramel, very weak throughout. Potency is solid, plenty of juice, suggestions of alcohol, kind of hot, raw too. I like the nose; it is no more extraordinary than many really good IPAs. Inviting. The palate is very enjoyable; upfront is a soft, sprucey influence with pine needles and some malt sweetness. The middle is hoppy, assertive but not out of whack, grapefruit rinds, lemon zest, leafy, kind of dry. Then the finish flashes quickly, a juicy burst of malt and acidic hops, some alcohol, some hints of mint leaves. Pleasant. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. This would really play nice with some sharp cheddar cheese or burgers. It is an IPA and the hops are the focal point, as well they should be, but its not some crazy, raw, hop bomb. It is a really well brewed American IPA. Once warm, a very lovely, sweetness develops but the hops, in turn, fade. Oh, well. Medium/medium-full in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is solid, while its nothing special it is very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable. A well crafted hoppy beer from Avery? Who knew they had it in them? I’d gladly buy a six-pack, sit back, and quaff! I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

Photo of Truh
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made sure I had stocked an appropriate amount of deer repellent with this one on 11/13/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour at Big City, Jim and Kumar in tow.

Fluffy, down pillow 1/7-inch head at start. Golden yellow hue with walkabout hallucinatory bubble flow; krystal-clear. Hop vine cut fresh with resin dripping flow to nose; just want to ball it up between my thumb and forefingers. Bitter crank of Bartleby the Scrivener hop bite that judders between my cavities, with just a touch of rounding, searching citrus juice to taste. Medium-sized body; would have at least one more pour, though the jacked hops definitely wear on the palate.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap during the BBF post-party at Big City. Gold dubloon in color, it came topped with a white sticky head, that stayed in the glass as I drank it done. Aroma came across as slightly brassy, but mostly all citrus. Mouthfeel was decent, with prickly carbonation. Low malt, though present, my notes indicate there was some bitterness in the mostly citrus hop finish. Decent.

Photo of carln26
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer earlier this fall while on vacation in Denver, Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to make notes. When I saw this on display at Marty’s in Newton, MA I bought a six-pack immediately, and am enjoying a pint as I write this. This comes from the bottle a bright copper/gold. Thin cream colored head and just a light lace are left on the glass. Brewers from the Denver area seem to get the nose right on an IPA. This has a bright floral hop character with just a hint of citrus, maybe some pine. The taste has a delicate bitterness in the front accented by the floral characters that were on the nose. No real malt to speak of, nor is this beer accented by alcohol. It is truly defined by the hops used in the brew. It has a great silky smooth mouth feel, and I can drink may of these fine beers. I typically like an IPA with a bit more balance, but this hoppy brute can quickly change my mind.

Photo of niknar
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden orange color with a nice white head that settles to a strong collar within a few minutes. Leaves some pretty good lacing down the sides of the glass. Excellent clarity. Aroma is fairly complex with citrus, floral hops, and yeast notes. Taste is bursting with hop bitterness (reminescent of orange peel) and some nice mild malts for balance. Definitely characterized by the hops though. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but not the strongest characterization of this offering. Drinkability suffers ever so slightly due to the strong bitterness, but overall this is a very good beer that is definitely worth a try. True to the style, the hop bitterness dominates its character.

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

On-Tap @ Big City. Orange with a fluffy white head that lasts. The aroma is very hoppy with some nice zesty citrus notes in the mix as well. The taste is very hoppy up front with some citrus flavors and some nice biscuity malt flavors on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is good as well. A nice example.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,849 ratings.