Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
picked up a six pack of this stuff cause I knew it was fresh, not necessarily because it was my fist pick. It is only fair to review a beer when it is fresh, I would bet that many beers here fail to hit the mark because of this, so beermakers, label your sh*t, and buy back old beer? (I end up buying more SA than I'd care to admit, cause I KNOW it will be fresh) So, may not always be possible, but would be a step in the right direction... I know, easier said than done, it is hard enough to just survive as a micro or craft brewer. Anyways, yes, pours a pale golden color, smells very citric, some floral hops and some faint malts. This is a very solid, yet middle ground IPA. It delivers that citric punch, not much pine, and a good baseline maltiness, reminiscent of the style. Faint alcohol in the nose....and somewhat heavy, for an IPA. Could even be an double IPA, and 6.5% abv, so drinkability, is wee bit heavy. What can I say, a solid entry, very true to the style of a west coast IPA, but not breaking too much ground in originality IMO. Pick this one up if you want a solid American hop fix, but take a chance on freshness, cause these are not bottle dated from what i can read.
09-08-2010 04:51:50 | More by Star80
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Gave this beer a shot while grilling some steak tip kabobs and I really enjoyed it. The color, head and aroma was what I expected for an American IPA. The taste was very good and overall the beer was very drinkable. I'm purposely not making specific comments because there was nothing special that jumped out at me. It was just a very enjoyable beer that I was free to enjoy without much thought.
09-06-2010 00:58:27 | More by mjrod2142
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Mid-wheat color topped by a loosely laced one-finger head of big loosely laced bubbles. Can see a lot of active carbonation rising from the bottom. (incredible lacing after I started drinking!)
Smell is sweet and floral, with some sharp notes of citrus -- Simicoe? Either way, this is an awesome bouquet -- quintessential IPA deliciousness!
The bready, sweet backbone is well balanced with a crisp hop bite. Assertive, but not an overpowering hope presence. Finishes with a nice piney coating that leaves you wanting another taste.
Carbonation is medium-high. Perhaps a little too fizzy, but it gives it solid drinkability.
Overall, very full flavored and excellent balance. When I think of a good, aggressive American IPA, this beer has those characteristics. Could session a few of these for sure.
09-05-2010 23:16:30 | More by GregPearson33
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
A: Thick frothy head that slowly settles to reveal some spotty lacing along the interior of the glass, golden straw in color, lots of activity going on in the beer - 4.00, S: This is a pretty traditional American IPA that includes lots of nice citrus and pine aromas, there is also a light biscuity nose and a hint of grass in the background - 4.00, T: Distinct hop bitterness, substantial pine and grapefruit pith, mild sweetness and some spicy zest - 3.50, M: Mouth feel has a drying astringency to it, medium bodied - 3.50, D: A nicely crafted IPA, very drinkable and one I'd sample again, with no date on the bottle it's hard to know if I got this beer during its early days with the full hop effect - 3.75
09-02-2010 01:10:55 | More by deereless
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured into nonic. Moderately strong pour leaves about a two finger head. The head retention is very good, slim cap remains through out. A solid sheet of lacing encompasses the glass and holds tight. Body is a hazy straw yellow, a bit lighter in color than I prefer when it comes to an IPA. Chunky yeast sediment remains suspended through out this enjoyment process.
Aroma is hop forward with a balance in the hop presentation. Citric and grassy hop smells split the bill. Light caramel and bready malt aromas are set just behind balancing out quite nicely.
Balance is truly the name of the game with this beer. Assertive bitterness hits the tongue right away, by mid palate the malt comes into play evening the playing field some. Hop flavor presents a good mix of citrus, pine and grassiness with out one over powering the other. The malt leans towards the bready side, not a lot of crystal malt shining through.
Medium bodied brew delivers a slightly creamy texture for an IPA. Carbonation is moderate, seems to be on point for this brew. Oily hop resin on the tongue helps the finish towards the long side. I could handle this beer being slightly more dry.
Very drinkable though not my favorite in the style. Overall the beer is solid yet lacks in areas of personal preference. I could certainly drink a few of these but would probably reach for something else before too long. Solid beer and worth a taste.
08-27-2010 01:46:32 | More by kzoobrew
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
A - Sort-of-a straw color and a little on the hazy side (unfiltered & bottle conditioned). The head is thick foamy white with excellent lacing.
S - Piney and resinous, nice and herbal and a little earthy
M/T - Up front the flavors are rather neutral and steadily become more hoppy and more bitter as you move further back on the palate. The finish is long, bitter (herbal hops) and just moderately dry. Carbonation is on the high side of medium.
A very good beer and an excellent representation of the style. I have to admit it is better than I remember the first time.
08-25-2010 04:32:04 | More by aeminter
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to Beermasons for bringing a few of these into the country. Very impressed with the Avery beers I have tried on vacation in the US, but this one is new to me.
Medium amber with a big, tight head that doesn't seem to recede at all throughout. TONS of lacing. Tiny, tiny bubbles rising all the while. Man this looks inviting.
Big pine smells in the nose, with a sweetish citric/floral undercurrent. Not getting any malt at this point. Big bouquet on this, though. Lovely.
This is damn tasty. Big and resinous, fades to fruitier flavors that I can't quite pin down (a little pineapple, but something else as well) and some earthy notes, which blend nicely with the caramel malt backbone. Perfumy and refreshing jab of hops again at the end of the sip. Big lingering bitterness. Different to a lot of US IPAs I have tried. The flavor profile on this is relatively unique.
Creamy and smooth. Man, that bitterness sticks around. I could drink these all night. Great IPA.
08-23-2010 10:45:26 | More by Parrotshake
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
A-Pours a clear golden-hued amber with a dense, two finger, white head that leaves thick lacing behind.
S-Smells a little musty and lemony almost like a gueze upfront with some pine and floral notes. Kind of weird for an IPA, but I'm open minded...
T-Spicy pine and bitter grapefruit upfront that transitions into a tropical fruit and light caramel middle with a balanced finish.
M-Medium bodied with low, but prickly, carbonation and smooth, slick mouthfeel.
D-A little different for an IPA, which is nice sometimes. I'd like to try it again to make sure I what I had was fresh, because the mustiness in the nose is making me wonder.
08-23-2010 03:49:47 | More by samie85
4/5 rDev +3.6%
This is a very robust IPA, without going all the way over the top. That is what this style is supposed to be - extremely robust. As such, I am very happy with this brew and wish I had a case sitting around to share with friends.
It has a bit of unadulterated bite. The hops are the main taste component and overpower everything. In this way it is out of balance, but nothing about that makes it a bad taste, just in your face.
08-20-2010 02:11:21 | More by schoolboy
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
12 oz bottle poured into a glass.
A - Clear orange color with a nice frothy head about one finger high. Sticky lacing residue covers the majority of the glass while drinking.
S - A pleasant aroma filled with hops, pine, citrus, orange peel, and a touch of malty sweetness.
T - This is definitely hoppy right upfront, with plenty of fruity citrus tones. Some pine creeps in alongside a temperate malt backbone. Finishes off with a lingering, dry, hoppy bite.
M/D - For an IPA, this has somewhat of a thicker body, which when combined with the long, dry finish and some sticky qualities, can slow the drinking down a bit.
This is definitely a solid IPA, but I think there's some better options out there for hopheads.
08-18-2010 02:55:50 | More by xnicknj
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Review from notes taken on 6/23/10.
Served in a pint at Als via the beer gas mixture. Appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger of creamy white head. Very solid retension with patchy lace clinging all over the glassware. Aroma is filled with a hop combo of citrus and herbal smells. Little bit of a grainy sweetness blends throughout. The taste of this brew is bitter with herbal hops upfront. Overall a light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Slightly crisp drying finish. Lingering aftertate of herbs and a biscuity grain character that imparts a bit of grassiness about the hops. Quite refreshing and drinkable.
08-17-2010 19:34:57 | More by stakem
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
A-Pours a slightly,hazy golden/orange with a two finger pearly,white crown that dissipated slowly leaving considerable,sudsy lacing.
S-There was initially a modest,floral hop aroma that gave way to tangerine and fresh grass.Some citric notes were also present.
T-Citric hoppiness upfront with more tangerine and lemon.Good level of hop bitterness.Some mild grapefruit and pine notes on the finish and aftertaste.
M-Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.Crisp,clean and refreshing.
D-This beer has a great level of drinkability.If there was a little more to it,I would give it a 5.Overall,a great beer from a great brewery.
08-17-2010 14:25:02 | More by StlHopHead77
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
A: A nice fluffy white 2 finger head appears and fades semi slowly over a crystal clear tan golden orange color. The head leaves a slight lacing and Belgian pillowy fluffy mounds as it fades.
N: Some nice tropical fruit hops, aromatic, some earthy bitter tones, the hops are there but still somewhat lighter. There's also some sweet malts, almost a caramel malt and touch of nougat, the aged hop aroma despite that this just showed up in the store today (no date on the bottle).
T: Tastes mostly as it smelled. Starts with some nice hops, tropical fruits, some citrus and orange, some earthy bitterness, somewhat bitter, not too heavy but its def pretty bitter. A little spicy hop character too. Again with the slight nougat aged hop flavor. All this blends with a slight crisp malt backbone, touch of crystal malts, and pale malts, etc. A good example of East Coast IPA despite being from CO. Hops and malts blended well. I also get a slight fruit quality, almost Belgian yeast fruit flavors.
M: Medium body with good carbonation.
F: FInishes pretty bitter and very slightly astringent. It's got lots more spicy and earthy hops with a little bit of the lingering citrus and orange, and even a little musty hop resins late (with the astringency). The finish is very long too, and is pretty dry.
08-16-2010 03:22:48 | More by jlindros
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Looks great - clear - bit of sediment - nice fluffy head
S: Smell is citrus, malt, a bit of zest there as well
T: Bitter, citrus, malt backbone
m: nice carbonation - a bit more than typical in an ipa
D: easy to drink - could have another. Haven't had a lot by Avery. Looking forward to trying one of their bigger beers in the future.
08-15-2010 01:39:20 | More by beerman207
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
A - nice layer of foam, copper tones
S - vague floral scent
T - earthy hop taste, not overwhelming
M - smooth, not as bitter as I like my IPA's
D - very drinkable and balanced
This is overall a good beer. A kick back on the porch 6 pack type of beer in my opinion. Hoppy, but not as bitterly strong as I'd like. However, it is no doubt a good beer.
08-11-2010 03:39:41 | More by BillHaverchuck
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into a pint glass. the head was long-lasting and billowed nicely while leaving good sheeting and lace throughout.
s - floral hops.
t - grassy hops.
m - a little too thin for my tastes.
d - solid ipa.
08-09-2010 15:51:31 | More by GPHarris
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
This beer pours a slighty hazy orange amber color. Head is offwhite in color and features both medium and larger sized bubbles that seem to be leaving some decent lace behind.
Smell is a combination of earthy malts and sticky hops. The malt aroma is a little more forward than I prefer in my Ipa's.
Taste is more of the same. You get the earthy flavors from the malts and and bitterness from the hops hitting the palate at almost exactly the same time making for a somewhat complex, yet balanced Ipa.
Mouthfeel is medium with a good (somewhat low) carbonation level.
Pretty good drinkability, but the earthy malts would having me switching gears after a few or so.
Morey's Bottom Line: An above average, but not quite elite Ipa. Definitely worth a try. If you're a fan of Titan, I could see you enjoying this Ipa. I tend to like my Ipa's a little less earthy/malty.
08-08-2010 19:11:26 | More by Morey
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
First off, I love IPA'a with a map on the label.
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Nice white, foamy head on top of a clear, light golden body. Good lacing.
S: A smooth hop aroma. A bit bit on the mellow side.
T/M: A carbonated mouthfeel, a earthy hop taste. A slight hop spice is shown.
D: great taste, but I feel this is not the IPA I would be turning to often.
08-08-2010 03:51:49 | More by GDBEERMAN
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
A - Pours a dingy golden orange. Huge 3 finger white head that settles into a moundy froth. Leaves spotted walls of crystal lace.
S - Floral pine, pungent earthy hops, bubblegum, caramel malt in the background
T - Bitter grapefruit rind, sharp grassy hops, peppery spice flows over a defined creamy & malty backbone, tangy citrus plays on the back of the tongue, finishes very crisp. Aftertaste is clean grapefruit.
M - Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.
A very impressive IPA! This beer has it all. A gentle balance of bold hops and caramel malt that ties it up in a perfect package.
This is a go to IPA.
08-08-2010 01:07:38 | More by StaveHooks
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
Nice clear, deep straw colour with a foamy, white head. Head retention is okay.
Resinous, slightly piney with a tropical note reminiscent of Simcoe hops.
Good, laid back malt which cleanly supports the resinous hops. Medium-firm bitterness.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.
A reasonable IPA. It ticks all the boxes but isn't a stand out.
08-07-2010 02:54:41 | More by dgilks
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
A- Nice hazy golden light amber color with 3 fingers of lacy head, very nice.
S- Typical citrus hops with a slight herbal hop and light sweet malt on the back. Average.
T- Nice hoppiness in the front with a pine/citrus flavor, light and refreshing, but finishes with a metallic/medicinal flavor that hangs around, not as smooth.
M- Light body IPA with loads of carbonation that clear the palate, however the finish is rather awkward with the metallic/medicinal flavor.
D- Very easy to drink, after the 3rd one you tend to not care about the metallic finish and want more.
08-06-2010 18:46:27 | More by Schmaltzy
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
Aroma of assertive hops....grapefruit....definitely very forward.
Taste is of astringent, grapefruit hops...and lots of 'em. While IPA's are, by definition, hoppy beers, this is definitely a hop lover's IPA. It's hops from the beginning of the sip until the swallow. Malt presence is pretty low here, somewhat noticeable in the body but certainly dominated by the hops. Aftertaste is very long and drawn out...the lemon peel hoppiness stays on the tongue for quite a while after the swallow.
Definitely a high IBU offering here from Avery. While I find the aggressiveness of the hops a little overbearing, I'm sure hopheads appreciate it.
08-06-2010 01:18:48 | More by NODAK
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
12 oz bottle with no freshness date noticed, poured into a shaker glass.
A - Slight haze (could be chill) on the light golden body. Lively carbonation races to the top to form the finger thick froth that remains throughout.
S - Lemon peel, grapefruit, and a touch of bubblegum up front. There is a bread quality and maltiness holding all of the hops up there.
T - Assertive bitterness picked up immediately as it hits the tongue. Pine resin, green apple, and pineapple hop flavor makes my mouth water for more. There is alcohol warmth in the belly, but not hot.
M - Medium bodied and not overly dry. Just the way I envision an IPA should be here. Clears the palate crisp, though the taste buds are damaged.
D - Moderate to low. 6.3 ABV is on the high end for an IPA and your mouth will shrivel up if you try to have more than 2 back to back from the IBU's.
08-04-2010 23:21:08 | More by ectomorph
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into my imperial pint glass. no freshness date.
pours a nice orange color, a little gold. a tall 2 fingers of a rocky velvety white foam. lots of lace and some great head retention. this bottle was calm, but some of the others in the sixer were gushers. might of been cause they were on there side for a bit.
the aroma is that of pungent, piney, citrus american hops. a little grassy and a hint of some caramel malts. hops are almost all you smell though.
a nice bitter grassy, grapefruit citrus, piney, maybe even a little fruity. has a some caramel malt, but mostly hop forward. finshs with a nice dose of grassy citrus bitterness.
medium bodied, carbonation feels good. hops are pungent and resinous on the palate.
drinks pretty good, enjoyed some while playing frisbee golf and they went down nicely. a great beer to session.
overall a decent ipa, nothing too spectacular, but still pretty tasty. i would buy this again, just maybe not right away.
08-04-2010 02:01:37 | More by dogfishandi
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a hazed burnt orange with adequate cap of frothy white head, leaving splotchy lacing. Scent is of earthy, piney hops with a touch of citrus, also present is a light carmely sweet malt. Taste brings a lightly bitter touch of piney and spicy hops, flavors of oranage linger behind and the backbone is a lightly sweet carmel taste with a touch of roasted nuts. medium bodied, slightly oily and dry on the toungue. A decent IPA that doesnt do anything remarkable or bad either.
08-02-2010 13:09:24 | More by rfgetz
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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