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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)

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1,173 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,923
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 61
Gots: 333 | FT: 2
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Reviews: 1,173 | Hads: 2,923
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +4.1%
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%
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 -19.1%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, yellow/gold with a small, but long lasting, offwhite head. Patchy lacing is left all over the glass.
Aroma is mostly hops, pine and a touch of citrus, with only a hint of a caramel maltiness in the background.
The taste begins with a pine bitterness, that settles down into a more citrusy hops presence as the glass warms. There is a caramel malt background that keeps the hops from getting out of hand, but this is a westcoast style IPA all the way down. Grapefruit emerges to join the spruce pine flavor toward the end, but the finish has a bitter, piney, hops bite.
Avery has some of the best looking labels in the beer world, and this one is another attractive one. A very good, hoppy, westcoast style IPA that is very drinkable.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Iron Hill's (Wilmington) East meets West brewer's reserve night. The card says it's made with Centennial and Columbus hops and then dry hopped with 2 pounds of Centennial hops per barrel.
The beer was dark golden in color and had a head that was bright white in color and left some really nice lacing. The flavor was a nice blend of hops and the aftertaste wasn't too bitter. The aroma was sort of a stinky feet hop aroma.

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Photo of Gusler
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago Brewery
The beer an unclouded amber to copper color as it sets in the glass, the head is mountainous in size, creamy in texture with the color a beauteous light tan, the lace a diaphanous skirt to hide the glasses charms. Nose is dominated by the hop floral spiciness, cotton candy sweet, malt laden and a magnificent treat for the olfactory senses, start is ambrosial, nice malt presence; the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is pesky in its acidity; the hops steal the show with their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that lingers on the palate, “WOW”! Another winner from this most magnificent brewery, that has climbed into my top three favorite breweries, right there with Stone and Alesmith, a must try for you hop heads and its now available here in bottles.

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Photo of pio
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's a light orange with golden highlights and a ruby tinted beer with a near white bubbly head that is supported by alot of carbonation activity. this leaves a nice webbing of sticky white lace.
the nose is dominated by hops, these exhibit piney, soapy, perfume and citric properties. only a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt base.
what a tartly sweet start, refreshing off the bat, that gets cleaned up by a sweeping hops profile that bitters the palate briskly and reveals a citric sweet and sour balanceing moment. leaves the mouth a bit bitter and clean overall. refreshing throughout.
the carbonation is medium and the body is light but not thin.
i had to go four for drinkability nearly just because this is an anytime any place beer for anyone who likes india pale ale.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed, orangy pilsener color with an off white head that's dissipating into fluff around the side of the pint. Grapefruity hop aroma mixed with some other vinous smells. Good domestic IPA, starts with a burst of malt sweetness followed by the drying factor of the hops finishing with another interplay of sweetness, like sweetened iced tea. Nicely effervescent and very drinkable. Shame I can't get this in my area. This beer's packed with flavor, yet maintaining an air of drinkability.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured golden. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was cirtusy hoppy with a decent malt background. The main citrus aroma was grapefruit (cascade hops).

The flavor was smooth with well balanced bitterness and malt presence. The malt/bitter balance was near perfect.

The finish was slightly bitter and very well done. The body was a little past medium.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light and crystal clear orange in color with a pillowy head that showed some good retention.

Smell – This one has a beautiful, complex hop profile at the nose. The piney resin and big citrus notes are soft and pleasant. I can also pick up a solid, sweetened malt base.

Taste – The sweet orangy citrus hops are monstrous. You can almost chew them. The pine comes out nicely as well, and there are some grassy aspects to this, too. The untoasted malt base is strong, and the light, fruity sweetness finishes this one off nicely.

Mouthfeel – Flat and on the heavy end of medium-bodied. This one is very thick, chewy, and fun to hold in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is for the hop-lovers only. I personally enjoyed the hell out of this bottle and will certainly be getting more from Liquid Solutions on my next order.

Update – Now two years later that I live in SoCal and can get this just about anywhere I thought I’d give this another review, but boy oh boy this hasn’t changed a bit. It’s just as I wrote about it in 2004. Nice IPA.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Lace sheets the glass as I drink.

There is a strong grapefruit aroma in the nose that is matched with an earthy hop quality. This is an exceptionally hoppy smelling beer, which is a pleasure for me.

The taste is similar to the aroma and is dominated by citrus hops. There is a sharp bite that is grassy and straw like. The malts balance the sharpness of the hops nicely. This was a hoppy experience that I did not want to end.

The mouthfeel was slightly creamy and smooth. Not as rich as some IPA's but certainly not a disappointment. The balance of sweetness and bitter was nice.

I think this is a very drinkable IPA that is very hoppy (in the nose and in the mouth) and is clearly not for everyone. It might be a little to sharp for some, but others will enjoy the experience.

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2.06/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap at the Lupulin Slam in a sample glass. This particular keg was dry hopped with a buttload of Centennial hops for the festival.

Appearance: Clear yellow topped by a rocky head, which receded to a ring and small gap of foam. Wee bits of lacing were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Weird cheesy smell at first, followed by tea-like overtones. Floral scents at the end.

Taste: Intense grapefruit flavors, sweet and tart. Bitter, tannic tea aftertastes. To call this "unbalanced" doesn't cover it.

Mouthfeel: Very watery for an IPA, heck, for a Pale Ale. I like a little more substance with this style. Tannins, or something like 'em, dry the mouth

Drinkability: Weird cheesy aromas, completely unbalanced hops. No thanks. Thankfully, this was only made for this one event. I might try the normal version of this in the bottle to see what the original tastes like.

Other: This was called Avery Dry-Hopped IPA at the event, but does not merit a new entry.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew I spotted on an adjacent shelf while I was grabbing up a couple '04 Old Guardians. Being on a two-month long IPA run, I couldn't resist. Normally I don't make any commentary re: the label but I found myself spending some time looking at and appreciating the cool map on the logo. It's a map of the route the British used to travel to India prior to the construction of the Suez Canal and is pretty neat.
Well, on to the beer! Poured into one of my trusty sampling glasses, this IPA had a clear light amber tone and a firm, resilient 1½" white head that hung around for long time and left nice streaky lace behind. The nose was redolent of juicy grapefruit and resiny pine needle notes. Quite a nice, sharp hops-laden aroma.
The taste had a nice caramel-tinged maltiness in front, which provided a good balance to the rush of zesty citrus hops that maintained an even presence through the finish. Neither aspect really trumped the other; rather the grapefruit rind flavor of the hops complimented the malts nicely. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lively and sporting a zippy citric tingle.
Avery's produced a real nice IPA here. It's got a bold, strong hops profile and the malt backbone does a fine job of keeping the flavors in balance. Very easy drinkability. A well-crafted IPA worth checking out.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard brown 12 oz bottle that lists ingredients: Water, barley, hops, yeast. Good sign.
Aroma: Puréed Cascade hops. Perfumed intensity.
Appearance: Bright clear copper color that had a nice fluffy white head that receded to a collar and left a respectable lace.
Flavor: Good malt base to bring all those hops back from the edge. Really lets the hops show their stuff without a horrid bitter. Malt is there, but strictly back stage. No oak tastes noted. Aftertaste of hops rises in bitterness as the malt melts away, but doesn’t cross the line. I think an IPA SHOULD cross that line, but no date on the bottle, so I don’t know if this one has been aged. If so, it aged well.
Mouthfeel: Very silky. Medium body, bit oily.
Overall Impression: YUM! Haven’t been blown away by many Avery products, but this is good! Mouthfeel is a bit too oily, but the body is good. Hops don’t knock the door down, but I enjoyed the restraint. This is a subdued, well-rounded IPA and worth a try. I’ll grab a sixer next time I see it, recommend you do the same.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a gray Olde Worlde Map of the Eastern Hemisphere, with the words ‘India Pale Ale’ above it. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: Has a lovely clear amber body with golden nugget hints when dazzled in the light. Big fluffy white head that covers the walls extremely well with a fine looking lacing that clings. Well carbonated, swirling the beer invigorates the head and replenishes the uniform covering. Looks great.

Nose: An invigorating whiff of sharp grapefruits and zingy pineapples & lemons punctuate a very distinct Cascade laden nose.

Taste: Well-hopped, but against a solid malty body with a light grapefruit feel in the ending. This is a very nicely balanced IPA that starts, middles and finishes extremely well. Tasty with a big bitterness and citric zestiness. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: Not over the top at all, but this does have a very confident mouth and a solid feel that backs the bold hops and strong malts together with the acidic citric pazzang that marks this as a great IPA.

Drinkability: As with the White Rascal, I picked up 4 bottles of this for $5.50. Thankfully, I faired much better with this than with the White Rascal. A very drinkable and hoppy IPA, that goes down easily. Its robust drinking means that it mixes well with the more tasty snacks and stronger cheeses extremely well also.

Overall: After the very disappointing White Rascal, this is more like it! The Avery IPA is a good drink. I have 4 bottles of this; I might just manage another in a minute. Whilst I would advise getting only a single of the White Rascal, I would certainly recommended investing in a 6-Pack of the IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very pale in color with a vast white head. Tons of lacing up and down the glass. Smell is really citrusy and quite bitter. Taste is similar but the hops seem to be the only thing in this beer. Where are the malts? The citrus taste can be akin to grapefruit and some herbal bitterness also comes to mind. Yeast leaves a faint drying to the end of this beer. But it just seems too unbalanced and the body is too weak. However it does go down easy and is quite quenching. All in all, an average IPA.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy fruit/Nair/gewurtztraminer nose that breaks apart on the palate to round fruit, firm, roasty bitterness, and dissecting carbonation. What's most interesting about this beer is the Belgian strong ale mid-palette that, I imagine, is from the Styrian Goldings. This seems to be a blend of British-style IPA and Belgian pale ale or maybe just what the Belgians would have made had they made an IPA. To further complicate the matters, flowers bloom on the bitter finsh -- surely from the Centennials -- to remind us of this beer's American roots, but are tied to a light grainyness that makes me think England again.

I've never been able to get behind Avery, but I think it has more to do with me than him. I'll continue to support this Illinois expatriate and his inventive, honest beers. If you're sick of the fruit-forward APAs, Avery IPA is a delicious step into the past, with one confident eye toward the future.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I wonder if this IPA could withstand the 1870's journey outlined on the bottle's label?

Transformed my clear glass flooding the empty vessel with muted golden amber color..

As the beer cascaded from bottle to glass it erupted into a wonderful white fluffy sculptured head. As I swirled my glass the head gripped the sheen walls producing strata of foam and lacing . The head endured the atmosphere's ravages and churning while I tasted and prod and tasted and observed..

What a fruity nose indeed! Maybe the beer's vibrant effusions were the result of being suddenly liberated from fromer dark confines. Fruity hops sprang forth along with a pride of other reminiscences--for an instant it reminded me of an exceptional double bock I savored many years ago. Delightful.

The flavor is all hops. Hops, hops and more hops. But the hops onslaught is not as strong as some other IPA's I've enjoyed.

My complaint is that the flavor character is rather one dimensional- if you're mantra is "hops and nothing but the hops"-- Gawd has come to your aid.

Other than the hops, there's not much else. I'm still attempting to reach a consensus over whether the lone hops flavor is indeed the province of IPA's or just certain IPA's.

Finished with a long lingering well, Hops taste..

Moutheel was congenial- in that the carbonation mated rather well with the bitter hops finish.

The clean finish and controlled hops flavor made for a very drinkable beer..

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.