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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,573 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,573
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 150 | 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:
IBUs: 65

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002)
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Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale golden color. Has an aggressive, frothy head that lingers for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells of grassy, piney hops with a bit of graininess.

Taste: Aggressive bitter up front. Finishes dry, grassy, piney, and grainy. Pretty standard American IPA territory here.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: A pretty standard American IPA here. It's good and certainly very enjoyable but, honestly, there's nothing here to make it stand out from most other above-average American IPAs. Fairly drinkable and sessionable and certainly worth a try...

wahhmaster, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery has been in TN for a while but only recently made the move to West TN.. Picked a sixer up recently and cracking the first one tonight...

Bright citrusy hop aromas coming off of this.. Catches me a little off guard... Quite pungent with the hops although there's certainly a strong malt base underneath...

Quite balanced here... The hops are citrusy and bitter in nature with a good dose of grainy malts to beef them up some... As the beer warms, the bitterness of the hops slowly overtakes the flavor and it begins to finish a bit astringent...

Not a bad IPA really... A good selection when some of the powerhouses aren't available...

Tilley4, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Fezfreak
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color similar to a Pale Lager. Really nice 1 inch head that dissipated down to about 1/4 inch and stayed that way to the finish. Excellent lacing throughout. The smell was a balance of honey, malt, and sweet hops. The flavor had sweet, citrusy hops at the start with a creamy malt backbone in the middle, finishing with a nice bitter hop edge. Overall, I found this beer to be highly drinkable, and will seek it out again. The fact it comes in cans makes it truly portable.

Fezfreak, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my affligem chalice. Nice deep gold color. Quickly fled my head by laced my face. Smell is piney and citrus but not much for malt aroma. Taste is splendid well worth the wait. I ordered and waited about 12 days to try! Mouthfeel is very good. Slight carbonation and medium bodied. Paired with a short Cuban, cigar that is. Has session potential. Will drink hard, drink fast, and drink often. Cheers.

jhtipton, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

302nd review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz bottle- No dates I could find

App- Looks like an early sunrise. A light golden yellow with a little haze. One finger quick receding head on it. No real cling.

Smell- Wheat, hops, tangerine. A little bland to me. Also had a funk that reminded me of eating too much aspargus.

Taste- Wow, very bitter. Hoppy as well. Has a somewhat awkward taste behind it. It's very different from a lot of IPA's I have had. Is it more towards the true English IPA?

Mouth- Medium body with a nice high carb level. Nice malty/hoppy aftertaste

Drink- I was expecting a lot more from this but it was still pretty good.

FosterJM, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can. Pours a very thin looking light golden color, with a one finger head that has good retention and lacing. Bitter citrus hops in the aroma with a lot of grapefruit, a bit of grainy malt. Bitter floral hops hit the palate first, with some buttery biscuit malt and a deep bitter aftertaste. A bit light in the body and aftertaste, good balance in the carbonation. Easily drinkable, the medium ABV and mellow taste help.

ramseye4, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Dubbledown
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freely poured into a 14.9 nonic. One half inch white head, body medium golden.Big citrus smell, very lemony. Taste is very crisp and clean. Evaporates on the palate as soon as you taste it. As the beer warms in the glass you may notice a taste of grains of paradise and the head starts to look like egg whites with good lacing.

I like this beer very much. while it has a strong hop character, it dosen't taste like you rang out a pound of wet hops into it.

One suspposes that this ale would be indistinguishable from the fine brews that soldiers stationed in Victorian India would welcome with cheers as the English fleet slid into harbor at Bombay.

Grade B+ Purchased at Stony's-$10.99 6pack

Dubbledown, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a thick bubbly off white head.

Smell is very citrus and floral with some caramel malt aromas.

Taste is bitter grapefruit up front with some malty sweetness in the finish. Pretty good, great hop character.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a lingering dry bitterness, pretty nice.

Good drinkability, this is a solid IPA that seems to fly under the radar.

pmccallum86, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow-gold appearance, with a large frothy head and rich bubbles that dissipate into a good 2-finger lace.

Aroma is nice and citrus-crispy, with some flowery freshness. Nice!

First taste reveals a bitterness. Hops ahoy! Nicely tart and sharp, more on the citrus side of things. Flavor seems a bit one-sided. Needs to open up with more depth.

Certainly a strong IPA, though not one of my favorites.

secondtooth, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Jersey into a Flying Fish pint glass.

Avery IPA pours out a very bright gold and that's it concerning color, a nice bright white frothy, dense inch of foam that comes down to a cap, minimal lacing. The smell is weak, this smells like a two month old pale ale, malt, grass, light citrus. The taste really revs things up though, a nice change. Citrus, some pine, tangerine, pale malt, not to much, this is quite nice. Feel is a sharp bitter towards the end, light bodied a little too much carbed but not over bitey. A nice IPA and one of the better Avery beers I've had. Adam just needs to add some more aroma hops, that's all.

BARFLYB, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours out to a yellowish-orange color with a thin white head that has very good retention and some really good lacing to it. Also has some good carbonation.
S. Smell the floral hops right away and than some dry hops and also has a grainy smell to it.
T. The taste is some dry hops at first, than the floral hops come in and dominate the taste buds and than finishes off with a grainy hop taste, but a citrus taste is throughout it. The aftertaste is a strong citrus taste that goes away pretty quickly.
M. Mouthfeel clings to the lips, cheek and tongue and than leaves a dry feel to the mouth.
D. The satisfying taste and medium body feel makes this an enjoyable beer to drink when in the mood for an IPA.

DannyDan, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a green can with a map of the world and the exclamation "Hop freaks unite" at the top. It pours out a golden, almost amber color with a touch of haze that eventually clears up and leaves it with more clarity. The head is white, just under a finger tall, and retains itself moderately well. Consistent activity forms and reforms a sturdy foam that leaves moderate lacing.
Initially my reaction to the aroma is that it's got a nice, full hops presence but lacks vigor. It offers a nice bouquet of citrus, floral and herbal hops notes and a sturdy dose of malts, but it takes just a little too much effort to coax them out of the glass.
Off the bat, I'm not sure that the flavor has the strength I'd like either, so I let it sit for a few minutes to warm and, sure enough, a full-flavored, hop-forward brew reveals itself to me. The mixture of hops is very good, offering the same combination of citrus, floral and herbal flavor as in the nose with a light dose of spiciness as well. Malts are not understated but rest underneath the hops, making this a nicely balanced IPA.
The body is medium and this beer offers a good combination of crispness leading into smoothness. The finish is semi-dry and lingers well. Carbonation is moderate.
This is a good IPA and one worth trying.

Brenden, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange with a white head. The aroma is grassy and citrus hops with a little bit of biscuit malt mixed in. A well-balanced aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some orange citrus and grassy notes mixed in. Balanced flavor with low bitterness. The beer is a very easy drinker. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4-ounce sample pour.

A: Dark golden color. Can't comment on head since it was a sample pour.

S: Fairly dry hops on the nose, with a bit of floral hops initially.

T: Relatively dry and clean on the slightly piney and herbal hop flavors. Not overly citrusy, this also has a little bit of malt coming through for balance, but I'm left with a balanced and drier impression here.

M: Drier, not overblown or heavy style. It grew on me. For an American IPA, it's a bit reserved, but that can be good when you don't want to overwhelm your palate.

D: Not overblown, this one can probably be enjoyed over multiple pints.

JonathanG, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Deep clear gold in color, with a big, billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Juicy, citrussy hops
Taste-Big dose of hops, juicy and bitter grapefruit, long, lingering hoppy finish. Damn fine and tasty out of a can. Excellent portability for camping, fishing, boating, etc.

hosehead83, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, pale orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S:Pine, grapefruit and hints of tropical fruit

T: Nice citrus, pine combo, with a mix of caramel and bread.

M:Body is good for a single IPA. Plenty of flavor on the palate

D: Easy drinking, tasty single IPA

barleywinefiend, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes created on 2/10/11.

Avery IPA pours a golden-yellow with a slight haze to it. The head is pure white and rises to only about half a finger into my snifter. Carbonation bubbles climb at a medium march and the lacing is made up of intricate squiggles.

The smell is mainly of pine-y, grassy, slightly metallic, and resiny hops, heavier on the the grass than anything else. A malt counter in the form of a caramel aroma is present, but in the background. Toasty and biscuit aromas abound. There is just a bit of citrus aroma, but that is way in the back of the bouquet.

The taste reveals a lot more caramel and toasted malt than did the smell. Resiny and grassy hops are still very present, especially on the flat of my tongue and sides of my mouth at the conclusion of the sip. Just a touch of sweet citrus is also a part of the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is nice and pretty close to standard for an American IPA. There is plenty of hop bite with just enough of a light to medium body to massage the palate of the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation complements the body nicely.

This is a quite drinkable, even sessionable IPA, but not one of my favorites. It is solid all around, but nothing really stands out to me. Good, not great.

TCHopCraver, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clear light amber color with a thick white head and very little lacing. Smells of resinous hops and a little citrus and some floral notes. Tastes of bitter hops with a pine flavor and a little citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is good.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stoney's in DC. Poured into pint glass. Pours pale gold with a long lasting, big fluffy white head. Really awesome lacing. Nose is floral and citrus hops with a little malt/ corn smell. Taste is hops with a hint of malt and a nice bitter/malty aftertaste. Overall the hops dominate but it's not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for the style.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of zimm421
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a golden color with a beautiful amber tint. Has a nice foamy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing.

Smell is definitely hoppy. Lots of citrus aromas, and I get a little bit of malt underneath as well. The taste is definitely on the bitter side of unbalanced, but it is enjoyable. There is a decent bread flavor underneath, but it doesn't jump out and is not a strong presence in the flavor. There is an unappealing bitter aftertaste left after each sip, but it doesn't stay around for too long. Something just doesn't seem right in the aftertaste here.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with an above average level of carbonation. This would be very drinkable due to it's lighter mouthfeel and great flavors, but the odd aftertaste takes away from that. Otherwise, I could drink this all day.

zimm421, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of nickshep7
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent orange base with one finger white bubbly head. Head retention was very short, but a nice layer of sticky white lace remains. Typical IPA characteristics on the smell - some pine, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. Taste is similar to the nose with lingering pine notes. Mouth feel and drinkability remind me of a hoppy pilsner. A fairly light and refreshing IPA.

nickshep7, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz poured into a pint glass at Stars in Hingham, MA.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger off white head. Head doesn't stick around for long but leaves decent lacing down the glass.

Nose is pretty citrusy up front. Some pine as well. Definitely some sweetness from the malt coming through too. More citrus than pine or sweet aromas but pretty balanced.

Citrus notes come first in the taste followed by a decent amount of sweet malt flavor. There is a piny, bitter finish that lingers on the tongue for a bit.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Crisp and clean despite a somewhat dry, piny bitter finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing too impressive but definitely a beer flavorful enough to have a couple pints of.

ms11781, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw with close to two fingers of nice head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

Smell. Bitter herby hops and a little citrus. Just a little pine.

Taste. Bitter, floral hops. A hint of light toasty malts and some white grapefruit rind with a long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-strong prickly carbonation.

Drinkability. A decent drinker.

Rutager, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a slight head that dissipated quickly. No true lacing. Chill haze.

Citric rind hop aromas and some toasted malt and fruit. Hop dominant.

Nice hop flavor up front, balanced with some decent toasty malt, some sweet fruit, bread crust, and some...wow, I don't know. A spice? Floral? Something in the mix there in the finish. Good balance.

Medium body with enough carbonation.

Very drinkable. Not over hopped, and the bread and malt elements shine thru with just enough balance between sweet, toasty, and bitter. Very sessionable.

OtherShoe2, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(review from notes; sampled on 02/06/11)

pours an amber/copper tone with a healthy finger of off-white head; middling head retention and patchy pacing. decent looking IPA, if nothing especially noteworthy.

nose is citic-hoppy with some mild malty notes in the background. decent aroma, doesn't exactly get you salivating.

taste mostly follows the nose. grapefruit, zemon zest, maybe a subdued floral note. not getting a big malty presence, though there's a touch. hoppy bitterness persists through the finish. overall, a tasty and enjoyable IPA though of the unremarkable variety.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. good drinkability.

perrymarcus, Feb 09, 2011
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,573 ratings.