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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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very good

2,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,410
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 98 | 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 Soonami


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

A- yellow-orange amber with a little chilll haze, topped by a good, thick, meringue-like lacing from the foam

S- I could smell the grapefruit as soon as I cracked this beer

T- grapefuity, a little caramel, but not too sweet juiciness, with a good bitter finish that lasts long after the beer is swallowed.

M- smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation

D- Alcohol well hidden behind the citrus flavors Really nice on a warm late summer afternoon

Updated review, 09-08-2010:
In a fresh sample, the biscuity malt and the citrusy hops interplay well leaving a well balanced beer with a strong honey-like floral qualities that melds well with fruity hops and bready malts. I updated my ratings to reflect new observations.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 19:31:06 | More by Soonami
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass. Hazy golden hue, with obvious evidence of carbonation. Very thin head which didn't lace very well. The smell was very dull, with an ever-so-subtle hint of citrus; orange in particular.The flavor was identical to the nose, except that the finish was bitter and very dry. The carbo feel was nice on the palate, but the dryness was near unbearable. Given the uninspiring nature of this beer, I wouldn't want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 17:08:40 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of jdklks


2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

having just drain poured a weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale, im hoping that this one can bring me back from the abysmal depths of poorly brewed beer. However, it is not looking or smelling that way...

it is transparent and golden, with a tinge of amber and a thin, spotty white head that sits atop the surface like lily pads on a pond (one bubbling island appears directly in the center of the over-sized wine glass that is the vessel for this unfortunate looking brew). the smell is perhaps more underwhelming than the appearance. perhaps they included hops in the brewing process. a quick swirl of the glass tells me that yes, they did indeed add hops; but the aroma of these hops is more reminiscent of the dry and dull characteristics of vegetables than of the citrus juiciness typical of the ipa. other than that, it smells a lot like the glass of water i used to wash out the taste of club soda left in my mouth after the pumpkin ale.

seriously, one of the most uneventful beers ive ever tasted. i would almost rather it be really bad, because then at least i could say something about it. its dry, not oily like it should be. the hops faintly linger in the aftertaste that resembles something like bitterness. up front and in the middle is nothing but a carbonated mess. ive treated my palate badly tonight. im sorry palate.

as concerns the mouthfeel, it is overly-carbonated, as previously mentioned. the drinkability is surprisingly low for an ipa, because it is just that dull.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 04:12:22 | More by jdklks
Photo of benclimbs


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a off clear amber orange with a nice 1 finger head and light lacing, with visible carbonation

Nose is a mixture of caramel malts, grapefruit/citrus hops and a nasty old socks smell a lot like a morbier cheese - not what you want in an ipa (bad bottle???)

Taste us pretty good if you ignore the nose - creamy, thick malts with a solid lingering bitter hop finish, a bit of dried apples and prunes in this one

Notes- this would be a solid session ipa save the strange and nasty nose.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:47:24 | More by benclimbs
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a ring of painted lace around the glass. It smells of subdued orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit musty. The taste is tart, bitter, green, and grassy hops, which overpower the underlying mild caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the medium weight body is chalky and a bit filmy, and it finishes dry and grassy.

An ok American IPA, its balance skewed to the bitter/dry side of the coin.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:40:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of jneiswender


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Golden yellow, thick and sticky off white head.

S-floral and spicy hop scent

T-very juicy citrus hop front and a medicinal aftertaste

M-medium to light

D-Really nice American IPA. Could maybe afford a little more malt character but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 18:38:55 | More by jneiswender
Photo of glid02


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

Cask dry-hopped with Chinook poured at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque copper color with a 1.5 finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads of citrus hops with tropical fruits serving as the background. The dry-hopping did this bad boy well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malt flavors are quickly overtaken by citrus and heavy tropical fruit flavors. These flavors carry through until the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my pint quickly and could easily have a few of these.

Overall I haven't had the regular IPA so I can't compare, however if it's anything like the beer I had they're both worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2009 02:36:27 | More by glid02
Photo of inhopswetrust


1.83/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: nothing impressive; slight head and lacing

Smell: almost no bouquet at all; faint scent of floral hops

Taste: watery and weak front end; honestly reminds me of a pathetic American lager; finish is a strong bitter hops (grapefruit and citrus) which constitutes the ONLY redeeming quality of this brew.

Mouthfeel: thin and disappointing; the front end is so weak it made me cringe; carbonation is nonexistent; very little in this brew leaves a mark on the palate

Drinkability: very poor; while the hops finish is quite nice, the lack of body and presence on the entry is simply unforgivable. Perhaps something was wrong with the tap at the pub, but if not, a seriously imbalanced drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 02:54:07 | More by inhopswetrust
Photo of iuhoosier336


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

Seems like I always have a few of these in the back of my fridge somewhere. A good IPA. The color is a nice dark golden brown with a large light head.
The smell is of hops and light citrus. The taste is light on booze even though its 6.3%. Good and bitter with a malt finish. A good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 21:29:28 | More by iuhoosier336
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap about a year ago and really enjoyed it, but decided to review this one from the bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass, comes out a very light amber color. Has some decent clarity with a very slight haze. White head that went away fairly quickly, with a little lacing to the glass. Smell is very good, smell of hops, strong citrus, and a slight floral aroma as well. Taste is very good much like the smell, hops and citrus, mostly a grapefruit. Mouthfeel is good and clean with a slight bite from the citrus. Drinkability is good as well. A very solid IPA, I got it at a bar but would definitely get some for the house.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 16:58:53 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of pmatz2


2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light for an IPA Decent head retention. Light lacing down the side of the glass.
Scent - Can't really put my finger on it. One note smell that seems slightly off
Taste - One note taste Unpleasant Grapefruit (like there is to much rind mixed in with the fruit)
Mouth feel - Overall, Thin with a string bitter after taste. Can't taste the malt at all.
Drink ability - Had to eat something with this to finish. Did not enjoy this by it self.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 18:29:18 | More by pmatz2
Photo of david18

New York

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

This is another standard beer coming from a brewery that offers so many extreme brands. I had this the other day and liked it but didn't find it good enough to get over some of my other favorites. At 6.3 it's a little hot. Color and carbonation is good, taste is ok and drinkability is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 21:40:15 | More by david18
Photo of cvaypai


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

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Golden orange, translucent, ipa look. Poured with 1 finger of creamy white head that stays.

Smell - Very piney, citrusy, and a bit of sweet malts shine through. Maybe a bit of alcohol too.

Taste - I taste bread and bitters, with a bit of citrus on the end, there isn't much except the malt and hop bitterness here, its still not bad though. A bit of piney and resinous flavors come out later on.

Mouthfeel - A bit sharp, maybe a bit overcarbonated, but not too bad, nice little hop bite to it.

Drinkability - Pretty average drinkability for a beer of its style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:41:50 | More by cvaypai
Photo of jsh420


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

pours a clear golden with a 2 finger head that left lacing all over the glass

smells of pine and tropical fruit

taste is much of the same bitter pine and juicy citus grapefruit - has a bit of a soapy taste as well

mouthfeel is light slick and smooth

drinkability is good - this is a clean ipa that went down very fast - reminds me of SN topedo & Mojo

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 23:57:39 | More by jsh420
Photo of champ103


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus and grapefruit hops. A malty sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Though an odd chemical aroma detracts a lot.
T: Much better. No chemical flavor at all. Citrus, piney, and grapefruit hops. A biscuit malt flavor balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A medium body that is very oily and sticky. A crisp snap of carbonation as well. A bit to much bitterness to be a good session beer. Though, not hard to drink.

A decent IPA. Nothing special, but enjoyable. Not overly bitter like many beers of the style. Worth a try weather you like IPA's or not.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 02:53:33 | More by champ103
Photo of beerbrains


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a reddish tinge.
It has a rocky white head that leaves the glass covered in lace.
Smell is malty sweetness with a heavy dose of hops. The taste closely follows the smell. A single variety of hops cannot be picked out. Very balanced. Odd, I also get some cinnamon and vanilla.
Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. I could drink more than a few of these. Had this beer with a handful of Tamari almonds.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 04:21:47 | More by beerbrains
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is clear straw yellow with a rocky off-white head. See-through with some bubbles sticking to the glass. Cloudier with a more vigorous pour.

The smell is resiny hop up front; woody. Some roasted rye-like malts. A nice balance, but quite bitter all the way around.

The taste is roasted pale malts at first, followed by some pine/spruce. Really hoppy in the woody sense. The malts leave a burnt aftertaste, which is perfect for balance.

In the mouth, the malt sticks around all over the tongue; thick and creamy and hella nice. It's a very nice, woody, pale IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:24:26 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Pauly2X


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold with only a slight haze and a half finger head.

S- Fresh citrusy hops with a faint resinous note.

T- Light biscuity malt makes up the backbone throughout. The citrusy hops seem to progress slowly to center stage to dominate without any undue shock. However the hops continue to ramp this up towards the finish which is semi-dry and pleasantly hoppy.

M- Meduim bodied with smooth carbonation.

D- Pretty good, I'll keep this in mind.

Good and hoppy without being over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 20:34:26 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
6.5% ABV
I loved the map on the label. I tried this beer on June 18, 2009 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy orange-gold with a rocky white head. The aroma was malt, hops, and pine. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was crisp, some malt, and a bitter grapefruit. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 18:23:01 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of nicholasdes


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

I had to drink this straight out of the bottle, I know that is terrible, but it happens sometime. That being said I can't comment on the appearance to much. The hop aroma coming out of the bottle was great, strong and full but not to spicy. The excellent hopiness continued into the taste but not with the same force as the aroma. Light malty flavors up front with a long smooth bitter aftertaste. It is bubbly and light on the tongue. Not a very complex IPA but a very drinkable one and I can say it is great out of the bottle on a hot day. Ill pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 03:28:24 | More by nicholasdes
Photo of alexw


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes - tasted 04/2009)

A: Nice golden color, though darker than many IPAs I've tried. A bit of foamy head on the top of the glass, but not too thick -- maybe a half inch or inch. Carbonation doesn't appear too heavy in the glass -- lots of tight, small bubbles in the beer itself.

S: Smells very slightly of citrus, but primarity the hops come through in the smell -- they hit the nose hard, but not at all unpleasently. If I didn't like hops, I wouldn't have picked this up!

T: Tastes smooth -- very smooth. Surprisingly smooth, in fact, given the hoppy smells -- I expected a sharper, more bitter taste. There is definitely some body to this beer; some creamy malt flavors in there with the hops. Maybe I picked up a slightly old bottle, but my main complaint is that, as balanced as the beer is, it still tastes a bit too bitter.

M: Strikes the front of my mouth very crisply and sharply, like I'd expect an IPA/APA to. As it rolls to the back of my throat, it gets more thick & creamy.

D: I could drink these all day; a nice light, but not too light, IPA -- with some good body to it as well! As others have commented, there's really not much to complain about with this beer -- it's a great IPA, all around! I'll definitely be drinking more of it!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 16:29:02 | More by alexw
Photo of deapokid


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Builds to a billowy bed of foam as you pour, packing a two-finger head which retains throughout. Ale is copper-colored, but takes on an orange glow in direct light.

From first scent, the hop stink is powerful, reminding me of an imperial IPA rather than a traditional model. Maltiness and citrus acidity can also be detected after a few whiffs.

Flavor packs a bold hop bite and a sweet, orangy aftertaste. It's rather delicious, boasting a profound and scratchy hop profile.

This hoppiness hits the tongue in a forceful, but pleasant, way. It does leave a dry scratchiness at the back of the throat, but that shouldn't bother anyone accustomed to hoppy-ass beers.

Although this is a tasty, distinct and well-balanced IPA, it does have that rich, thick taste that reminded me of a Sam Adams Lager. It might be little too heavy for summertime chugging, but it is definitely a good way to start the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:05:37 | More by deapokid
Photo of chumba526


4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery I.P.A poured a golden crisp color; it had moderate foam: head was about an inch. It smelt moderately of grassy pine tasting hops. The carbonation is not over the top or overly flat; it has perfect carbonation for an American style IPA. The taste remained loyal to the smell; it was crisp and refreshing. This I.P.A had very mild malty bite, which allowed the flavors of the hops to be showcased. There was a slight citrus sourness followed by a moderate bite of hops. This belongs like Stone IPA in the ranks of America's best I.P.A's. I cannot find anything really to complain about, concerning the beer. This is an American IPA which does not try to be a double or imperial IPA; it is simply a simple nearly flawless IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 05:14:16 | More by chumba526
Photo of hockeyhead


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on sale so i bought a six pack
A: nice golden color and a white small bubbled head
S: great piny smell and even deeper the citrus orange and lemon comes through with a little hint of sweet malt
T: starts off with an aggressive hop piny citrus punch then slowly drys to a sweet malty finish and leaves the mouth lingering with the hop taste
M: medium body with nice carbination and smooth watery feel in the mouth
D: overall a great ipa when you want it to be a session beer grab a six pack you'll be glad you did

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:52:32 | More by hockeyhead
Photo of biggred1


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

Orange and cream colored body with a nice whipped eggshell head that leaves rings of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is nice and full with tons of centennial hops, lemon zest and faint toasted grain. The taste is nice pink grapefruit rind hops and peppery spice with just enough rich maltiness to balance perfectly. The feel is relatively light with a nice effervescent, seltzery carbonation that makes it a real treat to drink. A really good IPA doesn't need to be over the top on the hop end of the spectrum to be really good, and that is what we have here, a well made beer that hits the spot with a nearly perfect balance of flavors. A really refreshing ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 21:51:13 | More by biggred1
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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