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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

2,771 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,771
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 224 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Photo of AleWatcher
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into pint.

Bright yellowy gold color with a pillowy white head of 2 cottony fingers. Thick rings of lacing.

Smells of dank tropical fruits, light earthiness, and pine resin.
Taste holds a little earthy and sweet malts before the hops take over-- grapefruit, pine, and flowery hints of herbs.

Body is decent. Medium with good carbonation and prickly feel. Nice bitterness on this one.

Overall, this is a beer I'll be happy to grab again!

Photo of BBP
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- thick golden amber. Well carbonated. Good frothy head and lace.

S- floral hop aroma. Slight caramel malt.

T- slight floral hops. Only slightly bitter. Very balanced.

M- full but light. Lots of carbonation. Slightly dry and sticky finish.

D-very drinkable and solid brew but can't stand up well to many of the best ipas. Still enjoyable and nothing you would refuse.

Photo of cooncat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained this as a single from VE in Boardman, OH., for the princely price of $1.89.

Poured at fridge temp into my SA glass, a hard pour produces a brilliant peach yellow colored brew, with a nice white head. The head isn't very long lived, but it does leave excellent lacing on the glass.

The nose is forward with citrus and floral aromas, with just a touch of caramel thrown in. After so many IIPAs, its hard to be overly impressed with this nose. I'd like to see a bit more dry hopping to give it just another notch up on the aroma.

Taste is very similar to the nose, in that the citrus hops (Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial) are most dominant. They are no where over the top, and to me, this tastes like about 60-65 IBU (however, I'm a hop head, so YMMV). A bit of caramel malt flavor and a bit of bread try to show themselves, but get beaten back by the hops. Mouthfeel is just short of a solid medium.

Overall impression is that this is a very good, highly drinkable IPA. It's a little high in abv to call a session brew, but I could certainly make this a session brew. Avery's brews are always solid, and you can't go wrong with any of them. The IPA is another fine example. Highly Recommended. Get 'ya some!

Na Zdravje!

Photo of BigDRS
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

I get a solid two finger head with a great amount of retention but very little lace. Beer is tangerine in color and transparent.

The hops are very upfront in the nose. I get some pine and citrus notes. On the citrus end I'm getting grapefruit more than anything else. There is also a bit of a sweetness present as well.

Taste is sweet upfront, then hoppy, then sweet again. I was anticipating a bit more of a punch from the hops than I'm getting. Hop bitterness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel is ok, but not great. Feels a bit thin upfront but opens up mid-sip. I'd like there to be more carbonation.

Overall, this is ok for the style. This is my first time trying this beer ... perhaps my experience would be a bit different had it come from a bottle instead of a can? ... or maybe I'm thinking that since we're all so used to drinking craft beer from bottles. Anyhow, this would be a great beer for someone getting used to/into the style.

Photo of BrewIndy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my favorite glass as the bottle suggested.

A: A dull orange color with just a little head. It's leaving some nice rings on my glass.

S: Yep, there's hops in there. Citrusy and sweet is what I'm getting off it. More of a grapefruit comes to mind than lemon or orange (I'm not picking up either of those).

T: Lacks the punch of hops I was expecting. Perhaps I got an old bottle which is entirely possible, all the more reason IPA's should be dated. Still though it's not bad. It's got enough bitterness to it that someone beginning their journey into IPA's would certainly enjoy this beer. The sweetness from the malt is on the front end with maybe a bit of tartness but it's in the back end and down your throat you can feel the bitterness. Well done. I think it could stand to use some Dry Hopping which I suspect isn't being done to a great extent due to me not picking up a lot in the nose. But who knows?!

M: The mouthfeel is creamy up front with a dry finish.

O: So so. I'd give it 3.5 stars. Not quite 4. I'm hoping it's due to maybe an old bottle. This is certainly one I would try again. At the same time I'm happy I didn't get a 6 pack of it.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden/orange with about a finger of thick head shrinks down to a thick layer of lacing. Large mounds on the sides. On the nose I get sour malts and a dirty type of piney/citrus hop. Some alcohol notes also shine through. Creamy body with a light finish. A piney hop bite upfront that keeps on going. The middle is faintly citrus and finishes very dry. A lot of that dirty pines cuts through a little to much.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow/orange hue body, 2 finger fluffy head,
wonderful lacing.

S: lemon grass, pine, mild mango/peach

T: mango/peach, fine pine malt, long sticky oily finish

M: med/light body, slick/oily mouth

O: Nice Avery offering and especially for
it being in a can. There are better American IPAs,
but this is still very enjoyable. I could drink more
than a few and wouldn't mind getting a 6 pack
again in the future.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 ½ fingers of stiff bright-white head. This retains with roughly a ¾ finger of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with sticky patchy lacing. The aroma smells floral, with a big push of bright citrusy hops. A fairly strong herbal presence (and some lighter pine) mixes in as well, along with a light spiciness on the edges. Malts offer up a supportive grainy sweetness underneath and I’m picking up just a touch of alcohol warmth along the back.

The taste has a sharp citric bitterness to it, tempered by notes of fruit and sweet toasted grains. Rind, spice, and lingering resins give the finish some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that gets borderline creamy at times despite the moderate amount of heft that his present. Alcohol warmth does accentuate the bitterness here but also helps bring out a lot of that sweet stickiness from the malts and fruit as well.

This was a pretty overall solid IPA from Avery, with well balanced hop flavors and a generally pretty easy feel for the alcohol content. It had been awhile since I’ve had this one and it more than held up to what I remembered of it.

Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy golden yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a half finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell has aromas of pineapple,lychee,toffee and citrus zest,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of grapefruit,passionfruit,pineapple,light toffee and finished with a nice tinge of piney bitterness and overall a nice AIPA and would buy again.

Photo of SHODriver
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy yellow with a slight orange hue in some places. A finger of white head is produced and a small mat covers the beer after it recedess
S: kinda weak from this bottle. citrusy, sweet, and a bit of a tropical fruit smell.
T: Starts off with a smack of bitter pine flavor with a touch of citrus. The malt provids a splash of sweetness to keep things in check and the aftertaste is sort of a bittersweet piney flavor with hints of fruityness.
M: smooth with prickly carbonation. Full bodied as well. Not overly thick and not too thin.
O: a pretty good single IPA. I have a feeling that this one isn't very fresh but it's still pretty good.

Photo of jhughes23
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle poured into Tulip Glass

Nice Clear golden ale with alot of carbonation. Nice 2 finger head that goes down to a thin lacing layer.

Aromas start of nice and sweet with a citrus hop nose as well. But not as strong as I was expecting. The smell is nice it just doesn't fill up the nostrals.

The citrus hops are up front and then a malt sweetness comes in. I don't know if they are all like this but definlty heavyily carbonated. Takes away from the drinkability.

As you swallow there is definitley a strong bitter after taste that lingers. Sometimes I enjoy this in a beer, but in this particular case I did not. I have noticed other reviewers metion this as well.

I was disapointed with this beer because I was told good things, it's not bad, it's just not that great either.

Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Avery IPA poured out a one finger head on a pedestal of light, filtered amber.

At first, the nose catches a sweet hoppy aroma, followed by fruity esters that spice the aromatics.

The Avery IPA has a two part taste. The palate is greeted first by a sweet malty flavor, then closely followed by a flood of hops and hints of grapefruit that flood your taste buds.

As the Avery IPA leaves the mouth a distinct after taste is left lingering on the palate; with the front of the mouth mildly dry with a light malty flavor and the back featuring grapefruit hints and hoppiness.

Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having this one on tap, I immediately went to procure a six pack of cans. Sadly, although good, the insane hoppiness was rather muted. Poured a rich, golden color, with a nice white head. Muted hop aromas (comparatively) along with some light caramel. Easy drinking and medium bodied, with caramel and earthy hops.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a pale gold with two fingers of whipped egg white head that clings to the glass in thick webs.

Piney hops jump out in the nose with sweet orange.

Pine bitterness right off the bat, dark citrus in follows up, sweet malts struggle to keep it inline - oily medium carbonation and a slick earthy pine lingering at the end.

Thought it was fine, maybe a bit..raw? Harsh? Not bad, just not enough malt, it got buried completely.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery IPA

Poured feom 12oz can into a Maudite snifter.

The appearance of this brew is lookin' good so far. An almost translucent yellowish amber liquid settles with a couple fingers of white head. Rings of lacing are spread around the glass with a fraction of an inch between each ring.

The nose offers some confusing aromas. There is a sort of armpit scent that is anything but pleasant. The citrus scents are muttled together to host a clashing scent of hop offerings and an "off" smelling odor.

The taste is a bit more definable but still, an odd musky taste lies atop the fruity hop tastes. It is awkword at first but then as the beer warms, this taste is subdued by some bitter hops akin to citrus fruit, and some bready malt.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn smooth while still offering a decent amount of carbonation. Bitterness lingers and creates a dry feel throughout.

Overall, decent IPA but the boldness needed for a solid IPA is a bit lacking. However, it is quite drinkable and reasonably priced.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my watering hole, Old Chi's Westy. Poured an orangeish color with a nice foamy head that hung around for a bit. Aroma of biscuts, citrus, and mowed lawn. Taste was citrusy with some malt and biscuts and some spice with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Even doing this out of the "metallic" stein at Old Chi's, this is still a quite enjoyable brew.

Photo of vangambrel
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love how bitter this beer is. It was served at one of my favorite restaurants. I loved to get it, but since I'm in TN I no longer can. Bummer. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I used to get it whenever and wherever I could! Try it if you can, you won't be sad you did!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Great lacing, noticeable carbonation.
The smell is biscuity with some floral and grassy hops.
The taste is certainly bitter, grass and very herbal tasting hops start it out, the finish is of pale malts, not super balanced, but not bad.
The mouth is a little thin.
I am a fan of Avery but this didn't hit the top of my list of their brews. DuganA is a much better IPA in my book.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Groveland Tap in Saint Paul, MN. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Amber beer, clear, with only a moderate head. The head didn't sustain too long, but a smattering of bubbbles did remain nicely.

S-Not much to this aroma besides piney/citrus hoppiness.

T-Unblanced, aggressive hop bitterness, which should not surprise me in an American IPA. The hops were a mix of strong citrus with a bit of herbal, floral characteristics to go along with it. Malt flavors were near completely absent.

M-Medium body, appropriate carbonation level.

O-Accetable, in spite of being very ubalanced with virtually no malt foundation.

Sampled 3/11/11

Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station, tasted during Avery IPA event, $5 for 3 4 oz. pours, 4.17.11.

Clear light gold body, some visible carbonation, 1/2 finger head resulted in pretty good lacing. Hops dominate the nose, tropical with some citrusy, lemon pith, resin. Taste mirrors nose, more sweet than resiny. Medium light mouthfeel, minimal effervescence. Fairly well balanced, but not all that memorable or something I would seek out again.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery distro rep was picthing their beers at a shop when I was there earlier today and he tossed me an IPA and a Rascal to check out, why not?

a - opened the bottle and filled my captain lawrence taster tulip. Poured a transparent orange yellow with a thin head and light carbonation. Looks a bit thin. Decent lacing.

s - Nice soft citric hops. A pinch of eartiness and a dab of bitterness. A bit sweaty/sticky, but not much.

t - Much like the nose, this is a soft flavor. Soft citric hops, even balanced malt presence. Finishes a pinch bittery.

m - Light bodied, easy drinker...not in your face hops, not offensive bitterness. Nice cross-over IPA for the non-craft drinker. Subtle.

o - Overall this is a pretty subtle IPA. The hops are not in your face and the bitterness is very subtle and not offensive as well. There is no bottled on date, but I imagine it don't get much fresher than a sample from the distributor trying to sell product? Pretty good though and a bit candied in the flavor dept. This would be a good introductory IPA.

Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of cans a while back from Total Wine -

A: Poured into a New Belgium globe... its a nice and bright orange, with an egg shell head that leaves some significant patches of sugary lace.

S: Piney and lightly resiny hop aroma, along with some dry citrus peel; a little bit of sweet caramel maltiness in the background adds to the depth; pretty much a classic American IPA aroma.

T: Mmmm - nice and bitter, yet with a touch of sweetness. Pleasant pine hoppiness followed up by some well balanced caramel malt legs. A little bit of herbiness and grapefruit pith towards the finish, too. Again - a good example of your standard, hop-forward American IPA.

M: Medium-bodied; medium carbonation. Nice and crisp and smooth. Good feel.

O: For some reason, I feel like canned beers are more drinkable... this is definitely an easier-drinking IPA, though. Very tasty stuff - another candidate for “best camping / fishing / beach beer” (the canned version, that is).

Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating I can find on the bottle or label. Pours a clear, light orange/yellow body. Good one-finger white, creamy head. Nice lacing.

Nice aroma. Piney and citrusy hops. Maybe a hint of sweet malt in the background, but the aroma is definitely dominated by hops.

Great IPA flavors. Pine resin, grapefruit, and orange combine to provide a great hop flavor. Only a little malt in the balance, but that's OK. This hop profile is solid.

Solid brew overall. Would be a regular in my rotation if readily available in my neck of the woods.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Brewer's Outlet in Chadds Ford, PA. No bottle date listed (?). Poured into Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear pale orange color. Very thin off white head. Strangly, little carbonation. Mild lacing. The head fades quickly.

S: Some piney hops, but mostly malts from the nose. This is surprising to me. I wonder how fresh this case is?

T: Mellow hop flavor. Woody/piney hop notes and nice malt balance. Wish there was more citrus hops in there. Crisp finish though. Nice bite at the end.

M: Mild mouth coating. Liked that bite at the finish.

O: Another very drinkable IPA. I enjoyed it. Not the best IPA around but most certainly not the worst. Not as "citrusy" as described on the bottle label, but still goood and I would have again.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought this in a 6 pack not knowing what to expect.

Pours a super clear gold with little white head.

WOW the nose on this smells of straight tangerines.

The taste is of very sweet citrus with a lot of bitterness on the back. You pick up the malt in the first sip then your tastes buds go and you dont get anymore.

The batch I got must be super fresh because I cant imagine the hops getting any better than this. Great IPA.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.