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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

2,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 237 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,789 | Reviews: 1,170
Photo of jboucher
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear amber hue. Nice fluffy head with excellent retention. The head looks like that of ice-cream on top of a root beer float. Fantastic sticky lacing that forms rings down the glass with little pockets of air bubbles. Abundant carbonation.

Smell: Hop and malt balance in the nose. Citrus fruits (grapefruit and orange). Caramel scents from the malts. Slight hints of pineapple. Very floral with a light biscuit note.

Taste: Short malty arrival followed by a very nice dry hop punch. Good hop profile. Citrusy tangerine notes. Orange peel is what comes to mind drinking this. Bitter and tart. Lots of carbonation makes for a lingering refreshing spiced-citrus finish. Becomes more bitter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. The highly carbonated beer blends well with the bitter hops. Dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Ending notes: Overall this is a very nice IPA. I would recommend this to the typical hop head. Nicely done, Avery!

Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a typical orange color with some more amber overtones. A finger or so of what foam caps the beer off. There's nothing wrong with this IPA's appearance. It just looks like the most average IPA you've ever seen.

Lots of grapefruit and orange zest aromas here. The malts smell more biscuity than caramelly, which is a little bit surprising. Again, straightforward stuff here. Not complex. Good though. Same with the flavor: it's straightforwardly grapefruit, orange, distant pine, and a malt profile that's balanced between crystal malt and pale malt. It's a hair thicker than I tend to prefer in IPAs, but nothing that the prickly carbonation doesn't help to sort out.

This is a very solid IPA. It doesn't amaze, but it executes its simple flavor profile. I'm glad to see it in cans; it'd be a great beer to take fishing.

Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thick pillowy white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Some piney hops and toasted aromas.

T- Lots of hop bitterness upfront with flavors of pine, floral, and some lemon grass. A tad bit astringent with a resiny aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Overall a solid IPA but hard to defeat so many other great beers of the same style.

Photo of Franz4
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden with a very nice, thick, bubbly head that settles slowly leaving lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Lemony with a touch of pine in the background.

T- Hop bitterness is accompanied by some floral notes, follows the nose nicely.

M- nicely carbonated, just enough to get the flavors out.

O- This is a nice beer, definitely one that I would turn to for a hop fix.

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow color beer with solid head for an IPA. Very clear. Lacing is solid.

S - Floral citrus nose sets this beer up well. Ready for the taste.

T - Citrusy, Spicy hoppiness that lasts throughout taste.

M - Crisp beer with higher than average carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. With that said the current carbonation makes it a great beer. Medium body.

O - Sold IPA. Crisp and flavorful. Few flaws. Will visit again.

Photo of Chizoad
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at BevMo and happily picked up a 6 pack. Was not disappointed in the least.

Cream white head with decent retention. Very slightly hazy beer, relatively light in color but I guess I'm used to drinking imperial IPAs.

Typical IPA aroma, citrus and malts.

Tasted fantastic. Bittering hops perfectly backed by malt, and just a hint of funk in it, which I loved.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation, and overall a great IPA.

Photo of jjanega08
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a stamp on the label reading 11045B7 16:40261

A= Pours a nice clear golden color. A little light for my taste however. The head is a nice thin white color with some sticky lacing and a little retention.

S= The smell is nice stinky hops. Juicy floral hops I would say. A nice grassy note to it without much backbone to it.

T= There is a nice bitter floral punch to it. Not anything crazy or over the top. A little bit of a let down from such a highly regarded brewery.

M= Smooth and crisp I will say the lingering bitterness is plesant.

O= Again I say it's a bit of a let down but I am also somewhat blessed living in the land of Surly and Town Hall. I prolly won't buy this again but I am happy I tried it and would even say seek it out if ya can.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light golden amber color with a decent creamy white head and good lacing onthe glass.
S: pine, lemon, caramel, molasses aromas
T: hazelnut like maltiness with a lemon pine hop and deep yeasty taste but all weak especially in the hop arena
M/D: light bodied but a little watery for an IPA. Good drinkability.

Photo of CrookedStill
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Light golden with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Hops! Lots of hops up front. A bit grassy.

Taste is much the same as the smell. Bitter hops up front with a mild sweetness in the background.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very middle of the road.

A decent IPA but I couldn't find anything that made it special or stand apart from the rest. Drinkable but wouldn't be my first or second choice.

Photo of n2185
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear, light honey yellow with three fingers of white head. The head recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Oranges, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Somewhat sweet with just a slight bitterness towards the end.

T: Some grapefruit followed by a good kick of grass and pine flavors from the hops. Slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness on the end that doesn't linger around.

M: Medium body and carbonation, the bitterness doesn't linger around so it goes down pretty smoothly.

O: Overall, a decent IPA. Far from great, but solid nonetheless. The fact that it comes in cans now makes it a good option to take to a friend's.

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

a: poured into a wide chalice, the ipa is a clear golden in color, coated with a layer of white carbonation that shows light retention

s: oily grapefruit rind hop aromas on a clean palate of pale grain malts, grassy hop tea, pine, tangerine juice, passionfruit, spicy-sweet kiwi, lots of quality resinous hop aroma, slight malt sugars

m: carbonation lively and refreshing but not abrasive, around light-moderate in level, with a light-medium body and crisp finish

t: the clean pale malt structure reveals a snappy grapefruit rind hop profile, pushing straight through a glimpse of sugar mid-palate, grainy and biscuity, heavily bitter citrus resin

o: a very nice ipa with a good amount of appealing hop character, simple and well constructed, the clean malts and refreshingly bitter finish make it quite drinkable as well

sixer picked up in Ft. Collins for the trip out into the wastelands, was pretty surprised to have not rated it in the past

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown/amber with a thick white head. Faint aroma is possibly a bit funky, maybe fruity....hard to tell. As time went on, the aroma became a bit more pronounced, floral with some maltiness. Wow!! Taste is great and wonderfully balanced. Starts mild with some fruityness, then a nice balance of fruit, slight citrus and malt, finishing up with some dry bitterness. Very well done, everything melds well, the tastes all complimenting each other. Very light on the palate, especially at first. Very drinkable and overall a wonderful beer if you want flavor without any one flavor overwhelming the other.

Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold into a Odell tulip with 2 fingers of white frothy head with some cling and considerable effervescent bubbles.

Aroma is quite perfumy, tropical fruit and pine predominate, mango and lychee. Interesting and some funk too, like wet grass or must.

Taste is really bitter up front, seems that more of the hop bill went towards bittering hops rather than taste. Malt bill seems to be a little on the heavy side, rather grainy and grassy, coupled with a pine resin hoppiness that doesn't dry very quickly.

Moderate body but with a carbonation that is seen but not felt, which I think helps this beer's drinkability some.

I've been on an Avery kick recently but this IPA pales in comparison to it's bigger brothers and most local selections. Pretty standard fare.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped buying Avery a while ago except for the big beers because they are always stale...oh wait a can.

A: Super clear golden color with a finger of white head and some nice sticky lacing.

S: The hops are there but fairly subdued. That could be because it has been years since I have had their normal lineup. The hops are quite floral and bright.

T: Very well balanced without a real hop bite which is weird for Avery. It is quite tasty and has enough hops to keep you coming back for more.

M: A touch on the thin side. I want a touch more body out of my IPAs.

D: Super easy drinking and I love that they are canning now. Really makes so much sense since their stuff gets here 6 months after it is bottled. A nice easy drinking IPA. Good everyday drinker.

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

Appearance: Poured a nice light amber color that was very clear. Head rose nicely and then dissipated within a minute.

Smell: I wasnt sure what to expect. I am a fan of Avery and for the IPA was expecting a lot more than I got. The hoppy notes came through but it wasnt what I wanted. It had minor scents of pine, citrus, and some kind of funk.

Taste: Once again I was let down with this. It did have a nice balance of malt and hops but wasnt nearly as bitter as I expected.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: pale yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: pine, citrus, grass, hops, malts

taste: grass, pine, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

drinkability: very nice and drinkable IPA. This is the first IPA that I've tasted that is very similar to my homebrew.



Photo of StLThrash
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Old Chicago - Silverthorne, CO.

A - Golden yellow, slight haze. Nice one finger head and left a small cap. Nice lacing.

S - Lots of floral and citrusy hops / grapefruit / pine.

T & M - Starts with bitter hop / grapefruit feel and finishes with creamy maltness. Very silky smooth and nicely carbonated. Very fine tasting IPA.

D - At 6.5 ABV, very drinkable. Refreshing - great smell, great taste, underrated in my opinion.

I'll definitely buy this beer in bottle after tasting it on tap.

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...

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...

Photo of Fezfreak
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of jhtipton
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Dubbledown
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of pmccallum86
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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