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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

2,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 2215
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 GeoffRizzo


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dull orange with little head and no lacing, has a large based cascade hops aroma, some citrus on the nose as well. Taste dominated by hops, but not overpowered, blend of sweet grapefruit, some orange peel, and some malt undertones. Well rounded for an IPA, not overly hopped, but presence felt nicely. Creamy and tasty, above average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 12:47:45 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pale orange color, fine, if short, off-white head.

Aroma: bristling with pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Quite a bit of hoppiness in this nose!

Taste: fierce and fiery hop bitterness right up front on the palate, but much appreciated and quite delightful.

Body is about medium and of sufficient heft, although malt is a bit lean in this IPA, abd the hops continue to stand tall in the saddle throughout the drink. But that's what I like, li'l ol' hophead, me.

Relentless flavor, tasty, tasty.
Real humdinger of an IPA that I'd gladly return to, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 13:29:54 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of pheurton


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head. medium body from a low level of carbonation. i detected a muted fruitiness in the middle with a dry finish and pleasant bitterness. i enjoyed this one, and could probably drink more than a few of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 16:10:52 | More by pheurton
Photo of Wildman


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a foamy white head that left some lace as it subsided. There was a small amount of carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and citrus. The flavor was of hops and of what I would call citrus rind, which is a interesting characteristic of the hops that leads to slightly burnt/bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 18:19:51 | More by Wildman
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool 12oz. amber bottle. Label has a map of Europe/Asia with a sea route from Britain to India marked in red ("Duh! It *is* an IPA" my wife said...). No freshness dating.

Appearance: A bright, clear golden color on the pour. Thin white layer of foam yields tremendous lacing of the glass.

Smell: Hops all the way. Very citrusy (grapefruit?) and spicy.

Taste: It was (hang on for the revelation) hoppy. A very flavorful, bitter hop profile. More bitter than expected, actually. The bitterness REALLY shows up at the end and with the aftertaste. Didn't finish as smoothly as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel: A really light-bodied beer. Very crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: Just a slight penalty in my book for the persistent bitterness in the aftertaste. It really hung around and puckered me up. Overall, an very good beer, though not my favorite, and one that I would still drink frequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 18:01:23 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear dark gold tinged orange with a pillowy head that has a moderate life span and settle to thin lacing on top. The nose is a piney spicy hops that are very strong. This heavily hopped IPA is just damn good. The mouthfeel is pillowy and soft which helps to balance the extreme hops. Very enjoyable and very complex flavors here. The hops are so strong you almost miss the sweet malt underneath.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 12:29:16 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of BeerAngel


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow/orange color with a small white head that lingers for quite a while. It has a strong powder-dry hop citrusy/lemony smell. I’m not certain it is, but it smells like it. After first taste, I would nearly go out on a limb and say it is definitely dry-hopped IMO. The taste consists of hops, hops, and then tapers into hops. Then you can taste a little bit of a dry grapefruit flavor after the hops die down. But this is waaayyyy after! It is light bodied and finishes ultra-dry. You almost need a thirst quencher after each swallow because it leaves your palate so dry. Is there powder in here? Hop powder no less ;-) It is a serious IPA in the hop category, but it lacks in complexity. I love hops, but I like to taste other things too. Different! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 17:49:33 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Mitchster


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear, orange-golden with a whipped, meringue-like lightly beige head atop small to medium-sized bubbles and moderate carbonation. Lacing is great with little bits o' foam stuck precipitously to the glass and rings at every sip...retention is very good. Aroma is fantastic...tons of grapefruity, extremely fresh hops (Columbus, Styrian Goldings and Centennial) with lots of green, leafy hop character and subtle warm, toasty grains. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth and prickly but ends with a harsh, dry finish with a medium-light body. Taste starts out with very flavorful citrusy, juicy hops, fades into a brief metallic note, then the backbone of toasty malts just barely makes themselves perceptible. The finish is intensely dry with an initially harsh POTENT hop bitterness which smooths out somewhat and lingers on the palate for a long time. It tends to get better as it warms, but the finish is a little medicinal.

A very fine IPA in it's own right, but not smooth enough or balanced enough to compete with Stone IPA or Centennial IPA.
6.0% ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 16:39:51 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Morris729


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange amber color with a large creamy and foamy white head with good retention that eventually fades into a bubbly and very sticky lace. Nose is strong floral hops with some citrus notes. Light to medium in body with the hop oils creating a bit of a slick (yet also a bit sticky) mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, bitter, bitter! Loads of raw hop leaf flavors, hop resins and tannins, and notes of grapefruit rind. Bone dry finish. This stuff is very addicting and would make a great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 22:53:45 | More by Morris729
Photo of RBorsato


4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden color with a nice beige head which leaves nice lace. Awesome hoppy citrusy grapefruit aroma and taste (aroma is a bit flowery too). Decent balance but certainly more hoppy than malty. Light-medium bodied with an excellent balanced bitterness.

This IPA holds up well to aging: still hoppy after a year. One of the few I've found to age this well.

Per Avery website: 6% ABV and Columbus Hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 10:00:58 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Pegasus


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a touch of haze, modest but quite dense cloudtop head develops slowly but retains well. Carbonation is slight; lace is thick and broken. The aroma exhibits the expected strong grapefruit hop characteristic, with hints of malt beneath, although these are forcefully subdued by the hops. Taste begins with a momentary fruit sweetness, which is quickly vanquished by the intensely bitter grapefruit hop and pinesap flavors. Towards the finish the malt manages to assert itself for a moment, but is completely overwhelmed by a wave of intense bitterness, which lingers long beyond the end of the taste. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Although it is not to my taste, this is a well-crafted IPA which will doubtless appeal to hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 19:22:59 | More by Pegasus
Photo of TXHops


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ABV: 6%
Hops: Columbus

Another IPA. I drink a lot of IPA's it seems, though I don't always rate 'em…
Avery's IPA pours a slightly hazed, yellowy gold color with a very white, uneven head that lasts forever. Even after 10 minutes, I still had a good 1/4 inch of lumpy foam riding on top of my beer. The haze usually detracts from a beer’s appearance score, but in the case of IPA, I like just a touch of haze for authenticity. I’ve always suspected that real IPA’s had quite a bit of hop detritus detracting from perfect clarity... Between this beer’s slight haze and the beautiful head, it looks wonderful. The big hoppy nose is all about Columbus, which apparently, is the only hop in this beer. The first time I drank this beer, I thought the resulting aroma was pure orange-grapefruit juice, with a nod toward the grapefruit. The taste seemed identical--pure citrus, followed by a brief stab of mellow, pale malt sweetness. However, on the second pass, a juicy, pineapple aroma and flavor led off before the real citrus could kick in. This particular flavor is also found (in considerably more abundance) in Avery's Hog Heaven. Before the malts can stake a reasonable claim to contributing to the flavor profile, the grapefruit comes rushing back in, crashing over the bready maltiness, then reluctantly giving way to a long, lingering, assertively bitter finish. After a couple of big drags, I can almost pick up a backscent of pine needles under the grapefruit. Following that vague olfactory sensation, the possibility of pine flavor creeps into the hoppiness as well, lending just a dash of complexity to an otherwise very straightforward IPA. The resulting burps don’t have the much-desired hop jelly character unfortunately—just bitterness.

This one’s good—I can see me drinking a LOT of it when the weather’s a little warmer, but it’s not a contemplator or a sipper. I’d probably score this one a bit higher if the bitterness weren’t so intense that it almost hurt. I love the hoppiest beers I can get, but I like to be able to taste other stuff as well. I really enjoy Avery’s hint of pineapple—that’s quite unique and VERY appealing, but it doesn’t make up entirely for the brute force of the bitterness. To further expand on this thesis, this beer is not so much a hop head’s dream as a bitter head’s dream… It’s a super-hopped, extraordinarily bitter Columbus bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 19:50:56 | More by TXHops
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, slightly darkened gold in color. Good, creamy off-white head that leaves lace. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the hops. Mostly citrus flavors, but plenty of piney flavors as well. Some sweet pale-malt flavor, but not quite enough to help balance the hops IMO. Hop oils leave their mark and create a lingering bitterness after the finish; prominent enough that I knocked down the drinkability just a touch. Good mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid IPA. Although there are other IPA's I like better, this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 16:34:54 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of aaronh


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color, it pours slightly hazy with a very nice head that displays excellent retention. No noticable carbonation trails in the beer give it a very rich appearance. As the head fades, it leaves a layer of foam typically found in malty brews. The aroma is very hoppy, with distinct citrus characteristics mixed with a hint of rose florals and a touch of sweetness that almost conjures up the image of bright pink bubble gum. On the tongue, the malt character of this beer is strong, with noticable sweetness evident through the balanced hoppiness. The finish is noticably bitter and very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with minimal carbonation. The only astringency is from the liberal dose of hops. The drinakbility is excellent due to the balance of the flavor. This is no hop-heads IPA. It is one for the masses of ale lovers everywhere. A solid, everyday IPA that should become a staple in my liquid diet.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 18:02:23 | More by aaronh
Photo of proc


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable IPA. Pours out to a dark gold, almost amber color in the glass. Aroma is that of grapefruit. Mostly hops in the taste, as per the style, but remarkably balanced. Nice hoppy finish. This would be a good session IPA and a decent choice for someone looking to try the India Pale Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 16:51:54 | More by proc
Photo of Brent


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

Hmmm - an English or American style IPA? This one seemed to fall in the middle. More malty and a little less hoppy than the American version, but the hops were a little more pungent and busy than the English. Verdict - a mid-Atlantic IPA, and a tasty beer to boot. Good body and solid grapefruity, slightly floral hops. Very drinkable, and at 6% abv you can line a few of these up and still navigate afterward.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 19:07:56 | More by Brent
Photo of mickstepp


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

Another nice big hoppy I.P.A., just the way I like 'em. Golden in color, a little hazy and slightly evervescent. Aggressive hop flavor and a little sour in the finish. Not big in the head or a big lace but a very nice citrus, floral aroma. A very, very fine example of the style from a highly repected brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 11:10:11 | More by mickstepp
Photo of putnam


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. drunk from a 32oz glass. Crispy, Venutian head. Head full of grapefruit juice and grapefruit rind. If you like this sort of thing, or if you're thirsty, this is Great beer...Pure essence of grapefruit juice...from a can...Grapefruit salad...Ruby red...


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 23:11:45 | More by putnam
Photo of beernut7


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This powerful IPA pours with a nice copper color and foamy white head. The huge spicy hop aroma is unmistakable, this is a hop head brew. The flavor is big, spicy with an aggressive bitterness and a nice malt infusion. The hops take top of the hill with this beer, though. The malt pretty much gets the hell out of the way. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 13:27:32 | More by beernut7
Photo of BKotch


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new offering from the beer gods at the local liquor warehouse, and a pretty darn good IPA. Clear golden color, better head than many and a fair amount of lace down the side of the glass. Decidedly hoppy, but I didn't get the strong citrusy flavor that some reviewers have mentioned and which tends to turn me off. The citrus that I sensed was well balanced with floral notes. Good carbonation on top of all this yielded a very, very drinkable IPA. Oh yeah, and I really liked the label, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 21:35:21 | More by BKotch
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this has no effect on my review but what a great label on this brew the "eastern hemisphere map" rocks. Very clear gold color with a white head. hop/mineral nose which is constant but not huge. Nice lace on the glass follows your efforts. Wonderful bitterness base to the brew which is assisted by a great malt mouth. This is a solid IPA! Very drinkable. I wish it was available in my area of the hemisphere.

Cheers to mattmaples for the sample

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2002 19:05:57 | More by frank4sail
Photo of goindownsouth


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting IPA. A very light brew in color. The aroma is not as hoppy as I would have liked. The flavor, on top of all that, the flavor is bitter and sharp. Very, very interesting. Still, I would try it again to see if I missed something. Worth a glance if you are looking to try something different. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2002 15:07:15 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of mattmaples


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I sit here in front of the computer and sip on a glass after a hard days work at the shop I stop and think...."CHRIST!! there is a lot of Cascades in this thing!"

Great golden color, good enough head for an ipa, wonderful citrisy hop aroma, and it tastes like your chewing on a grapefruit. I like it well enough luckily it isn't totally over the top on the hop bitterness (although it is on the flavor) not being a total hop head I still prefer the Lagunitas Maximus but this one rate very well in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 21:21:06 | More by mattmaples
Photo of Murph


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

Pours a clear golden with a nice creamy white head. Smell is all hops, insane floral and citrus (grapefruit) aromas. The first sip is like taking a big bite out of a grapefruit. Insane hoppiness. Very slight malt balance, but no actual malt flavors. Super clean and dry finish and very drinkable. Nice IPA. A must for hop heads. Insanely hopped. Definitely very drinkable though and a great session brew as most of the beers in this style are.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2002 15:44:07 | More by Murph
Photo of marc77


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this IPA. It's got a light amber hue and a classic Cascade hop profile all around. The nose is all citrus, the flavor is citrusy and the bitterness is right on for an American IPA. Although Cascades shine in this brew, the sometimes overbearing grapefruity nature of many AIPAs isn't present in this brew. Avery hopped this one well. It could use a tad bit more malt and body, but that's just me. I like malty IPAs. Still-- I could drink this all day and be quite satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 22:10:19 | More by marc77
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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