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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) | Avery Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,189 | Ratings: 3,022
Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a nice big head that eventually falls to ring of foam with floaters that leaves a healthy dose of lacing. Aroma is mostly hops floral and touch of citrus grapefruity aroma thrown in. Taste is malt with a big hop flavor and a good hop bite. It is crisp and refreshing leaves a good coating on your tounge. This brew is all about hops mouthfeel is a good medium, a drinkable brew that hits the spot. One of the better regular IPA's I have had. If you haven't tried it pick up a sixer, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of pezoids
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured well, with a beautifully bright and clear orange-amber color. Topped with a white thin head, that left a nice lace behind. The aroma is strong with cherry sweet malts along with an assertive floral hop presence. Detected some apple buttery notes.

The taste is nice and very well balanced. Sweet and bitter meld themselves together into a perfect balance of flavor. Fruity with a sharp floral hoppy bite towards the end that continues through the finish. Solid body of malt holds the beer together. This is really a fabulous IPA. Highly drinkable and not too overbearing, or heavy. Really just right.

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Photo of twilight
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the sample...

Pours a light golden orange with only the slightest of heads that leaves almost immediately. The nose is faintly citrusy with a hint of pine, but mostly that subtle hop flavor.

The taste is very clean. I mean, it doesn't have a huge malt backbone, but it doesn't beat you over the head with the hops. Unfortunately it's more of what I'm used to in a pale ale, but it has the whole grapefruit/pine thing going for it, so yeah, it's a nice neat IPA.

Very drinkable and Very delicious. I just heard avery is moving into the nyc market, and hopefully they'll bring some of this here. I'd stock my fridge and put it next to the HSA and HopDevil.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a foamy white head. The smell is a grapefruity hoppiness. The taste is a nice strong grapefruit hoppiness with a nice hop oil in the flavor. Mouthfeel is oily. As for drinkability, could have a few.

A fantastic IPA from Avery. A nice grapefruit hop that coats the mouth nicely. Quite good, and one I'd be glad to see again.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, creamy, white, dense, bubbly head. Rocky collapse. Sticky lacing. Clear, amber beer with fine carbonation. Huge stinky hops in the nose. Some sour, nutty stuff, some ink and bread. Stinky hops persist through the front with rotten/burnt nuts and some grapefruit. Full middle, a little watery tasting, bitter. Nice roasted nutty, bitter finish. Not bad. I like the nuts in the finish, but they're a little "off" elsewhere. It's a little nicer and milkier when warm. A decent, hoppy beer, but there are too many better ones in the field.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours light golden amber, healthy carbonation, white head and lucious well develped lacing. Full hoppy nose. Flavor profile starts with a full jolt of grainy, resiny hops, and leads to grapefruit,honey and melon. Very dry on the tongue, luxorious in the finish. A fine hoppy, dry, crisp and satisfying american IPA. Well done and Brew on ! Avery...ah what a brewery...

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Photo of mikeys01
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I have to say this is one of those beers that turns out to be just what you're looking for. Picked up a couple bottles in LA last week, now I'm wishing I'd picked up many more. Pours out a bronzey color, just a bit of orange tint, and capped with a very long lasting pure white head. Aroma is dripping with pine sap and grapefruit. Taste is bitter, bitter, and oh did I mention bitter? This IPA is a hophead's dream, with loads of fresh brutal piney hop flavor assaulting you from all directions. A few grapefruits bouncing around in there too. A decent amount of malt sweetness through the middle helps balance this one a bit, but my taste buds are already more than subdued by the hops. Very impressive, very drinkable IPA in my opinion, but very bold in the hop bitterness department.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always a strange phenomenon when a beer you've been looking for for some time just shows up in your lap. Around here, Avery was always something whispered but never spoken. Next thing you know, everybody and their brother was carrying the Reverend and the other Belgian rip-offs in the Bomber for right around $10. Too damned much for the weak reviews it was getting. But after chatting up a local shop keeper about some delicious Ruination to be found on tap in a nearby town, he busted out a fresh case of Avery IPA and ESB for me to sample from. Soon, i'm guessing this will be about as ubiquitous as the Reverend and Czar. And much better.

Avery IPA is a light copper-gold color with a spongy 1" head that calms to a clingy lace-laden 1/4" froth.

The nose is sharply astringent pine. Slightly medicinally citric notes. Spiky, grassy, harsh hoppiness, like getting wacked across the face with a fresh handful of cones.

Fortunately, the medicinal nature of this beer was mostly found in the nose. This beer has a sublime "lost in the wilderness" hop character that gracefully segues into a majorly rich SNPA-ish maltiness and finishes with more hints of substantial huskiness and a fruity hop burp finish. A melting in the middle malt sweetness is observed.

Great substantially refreshing tartness that one pint cannot quench.

There is a ton going on in this beer, and I am still unsure if that is loud and brash, or simply a complex cornicopia of delicious aspects. I think its a little of both.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly IPA hazy pour from a 12 oz browner with a ¼” ivory head cover that meanders with lace down the glass.

Awesome scents of pure floral hoppy cones combined with fresh cut grass and honey.

Bitter hop resin and sweet orange peel, finshed off with dry aftertaste. Juicy mixed fruits jump in as well.

Sizzly solid mouth feel that quickly dissipates and settles as she warms.

Last swigs: Similar to Troegs HopBack, but not quite as much hop punch in the palate. Quite a decent IPA candidate, except the nose overpowers the tongue. Boo hoo. Thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the trade.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

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Photo of chriscolby
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit lighter in color than a standard IPA. Clear with a nice, light head. American hop nose mingles with a lightly toasty grain aroma. Hop bitterness is a bit harsh, but nice hop flavor. Malty flavor has nice graininess and light biscuity notes. Very little crystal malt sweetness, which is present in many IPAs. Creamy mouthfeel with a comparatively light, but not watery, body. Hops aftertase is a little coarse.

This is slightly different take on the American IPA style. Less crystal malt gives this beer a malt character I like, without the chewy sweetness found in a lot of American IPAs. The level of hopping is fairly standard for an American IPA, but comes off as a bit coarse in the intial attack and aftertaste.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant golden, with good carbonation and a decent head that dispersed itself to a nice even coating at the top of my beer.

Strong citrus hop, grapefruit and orange.

Great piney blast of hops followed by a slight citrus kick at the end.

Very smooth, with just the right amount of cheek pucker.

This beer holds a special place in my heart because my wife is happy when I bring it home. Good good stuff, and one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a while. There was a good amount of lace on the glass. Smell was very citrusy, grapefruit to be specific. Must be cascades in there I would think. Taste was a sweet, toasty malt followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. Nice and citrusy with a dry finish. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin, but the carbonation was right on. Overall, I thought this was a very good IPA. I am enjoying Avery products more and more. I would certainly have another one.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.29 for a 12 oz. bottle.

This is a fantastic IPA. Flood of citrusy hops, with a good malt balance behind. Nice, good bite to it, but not at all overpowering or bitter like many IPA's can be. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and I hope I remember to buy it again in 6-pack form.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber appearance, just a bit creamy. Aroma is grapefruit & something else that I really don't care for (still trying to figure this out). Tastes crisp, citrusy, & almost too refreshing. Malts are definitely on the back burner in this one, but what is there is sweet & fruity. Medium bodied and dry with a great hop aftertaste. Damn good.

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Photo of jackndan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA: A very vigorous pour did not result in much head, and what it had was fairly lame, leaving very little lace. The beer appears to be very clear, with very minimal haze, and a light amber color. What it lacks in head, however, it more than makes up for in aroma. Wonderful hoppy aroma, very floral/citrus. The taste is very nice as well, extremely hoppy, with crisp snappy bites of hops, and a minimal understated note of malts laying a nice base. But this one is all about the hops, and is extremely flavorful. Very nice.

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Photo of budsboy
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow-orange with a fine white head and a good bit of lacing is there.

Aroma is inviting, citrusy floral hops and that's about all.

Taste is that trademark puckering grapefruity, piney hop flavor -- and a lot of it -- with a bitter end. Very satisfying.

Carbonation is a bit less than I expected, not as much action going on there as some other IPAs.

Drinkable? Shee ... give me another one of those.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour delivers a long lasting, thick foamy head. Beer is deep gold/bronze in color, and has a very floral hop nose to it. The taste follows suit with an intense floral hop bitterness, and some strong pine notes.
It has a crisp, wet initial mouthfeel, which leads to an oily hop residue finish. Alas, the hops and bitterness stay with you for quite a while. I'd be interested to see the IBU rating for this beer.
This beer tastes great, and burps even better.

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Photo of BierReise
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle No Date.This IPA poured a clear golden color with a thick snow white head that sticks to the glass. Beautiful hop aroma that is fruity with notes of peaches and grapefruit. Body is smooth with a slick mouthfeel. The flavor is an absolutely delicious blend of hops and malt. Lots of citrus and a good dose of bittering hops make this a winner. If Avery would ever come to Florida, I would never thirst for a good brew.

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Photo of drewbage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a glossy label no visible bottling or age date on the bottle.

Beer is a bright copper with a tall white finely white bubbled head that slaps itself to the side of a straight pint glass.

Aroma is flowery and spicy like a dense meadow field of daisies in the fall.

Flavor is at first spicy with a bright hop character like sandalwood. The malt body comes up in the middle with a soft approach that is just enough to cut through the bitter before a softer finish of hops break on to keep the tongue with just a touch of spice through for th next sip.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this for the first time in Arizona in a bottle (bought it at Sun Devil Liquor in Mesa) and then had it on tap at the Arizona Brew Festival. It tasted much different and a great deal better on tap. Then I found some here in Southern California in bottles but I'm not liking it all that much. It pours a very light amber-yellow in color. What strikes me about it is the bitterness. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but it does take a while for the malt to smooth it out. It does have a fairly complex taste, one that I'm unaccustomed to. Hmmm. Not too sure about this one.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very different IPA, compared with others that I've had. Pours a nice Yellow/Orange color, nice head, nice lacing and head retention. Smells slightly fruity. The taste is overpoweringly bitter. Not a grapefruit bitter, and not a floral bitter, but just bitter. Out of balance as well, no malt flavor comes though. Just, well bitter. Mouthfeel is okay, nothing special. As far as drinkablilty, I don't know if I will even finish this one, let alone as for another.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light copper., very clear with a nice fluffy white head that lasted a fairly long time. The hops left a nice grassy aroma which was noticable but not so strong that it burns out the nostrils. The maltiness was present in the nose but at a low level. The grapefruit taste of the hops comes through loud and clear but does not completely overpower the malts. The malt sweetness acts as a counterpoint to the hop bitterness so that this beer is properly balanced IPA. This beer's body was a little light for style. The hops and sweetness do play on the roof of my mouth and the carbonation tingles my tongue. Overall, I would say this in one of the better IPAs I have drank. None of the ingredients kill the others. A fine beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a golden amber body that displayed a slight chill haze. The head was initially about an inch thick and creamy, and settled down to a carpet of bubbles and left a good amount of lace going down. Lively carbonation was quite nice. The aroma was pretty mild for an IPA, with a floral, delicate hop smell that reminded me more of a Pilsner. Taste was very balanced with caramel malts, sweet and tart citric tones, and spicy to floral hop bitterness. It lacked the quintessential “bite” of an IPA, but was a very pleasant experience. Medium creamy mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste. An easy drinking IPA that has enough complexity to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Avery IPA pours a yellow-orange with a lively, thick and sticky white head that laces the glass on the way down. A thin head lasted for the entire glass.

Its aroma is of strong hops with citrus / grapefruit notes. Very appealing.

The taste is huge on the hops! The hops balance nicely with the citrus tones. Not too long ago, I probably would have thought the hop bitterness was over the top, but now it is very nice.

It is medium bodied and very drinkable. Overall, an excellent IPA. It reminds me of Stone's Pale Ale, but I like this better.

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Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very enjoyable IPA. The color is golden and the head is large at first then dies down. The lace coats the glass well. Very nice looking.

Smells of citrus and passion fruits under a slightly medicinal malt backbone.

The taste is reliable. I definately am getting my hop fix here. Orange and other citrus flavors are very prominent. Clean and crisp but very thin in the mouth. This is a solid IPA.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.