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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

2,737 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,737
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 48
Gots: 211 | 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 thain709
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very bright and clear golden body with some active carbonation...a small, tight, one finger, white head formed and retained nicely...good lacing

S - What a hop bouquet...the malts are hardly in the nose...lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) mixed with some pine resin

T - The taste is pretty balanced between the sweet hops and bitter hops...there really isn't a malt presence in the flavor...the hops start off with a big, sweet citrus flavor that's full of grapefruit...a touch of lemon peel dominates towards the middle and rounds out the citrus hops...the piney hops take over for a bitter ending to this beer

M - Medium bodied...refreshing with a dry, bitter finish

D - This is a solid IPA from Avery and a good IPA in general...this is a good one to keep around if it is readily available to you

Photo of happygnome
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice brown color with about an inch of head that disappears slowly leaving sticky lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer
s: piny citrus grapefruit hop bitterness balanced nicely with caramel malts
t: similar to the aroma piny hop bitterness hints of alcohol
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice beer i enjoyed it

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice golden/brass color with a beautiful white head that is about 1 inch and recedes slowly leaving great sticky lace.

S - Some flowery hops are present and a nice grapefruit sweetness is also perceivable. Biscuit malt with nice bready hints.

T & M- Biscuit malt up front. Followed by some nice, mellow piney and flowery hops. Very good hop character, tasty and balanced. Nice piney hints as well. Very attractive. Goes down smooth medium to light bodied.

D - Extremely drinkable.

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

Draft pint at the Flying Saucer, Nashville.
Nice looking IPA, clear golden color with a decent head and thin lacing. Lots lots of pine and citrus fruit hops. Taste has lots of citrus bitterness, slightly sweet pineapple notes. Enough balancing malt keep eveything in check.
Medium body, crisp and nicely carbonated, refreshing. Nothing over-the-top, just a solid, flavorful IPA.

Still looking for a can for my collection

Photo of jte
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind tasted this against Dogfish 60 Minute IPA, Racer 5 IPA, and Stone IPA to select my next keg. All from 6 packs. Avery IPA won for its balance of bitterness with citrus. A well-balanced beer. Racer 5 and Dogfish 60 both didn't do as well. Dogfish 60 surprisingly was too bitter--that was the dominant and only flavor. Racer 5 didn't have enough citrus to balance the bitter as well, but it was not as one-dimensional as Dogfish 60. I was surprised at Dogfish--maybe it was a bad 6 pack.

Photo of sgoodship
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap and I loved it, so I thought I would give the bottle a try.

It's a golden straw colored beer. Nice, soft white head. Great fine lacing and head retention.

The smell is great. Almost an Elder Flower - really beautiful and fragrant. It's powerful. You can tell that it is going to be hop forward.

The taste is a great mix of the floral and grassy hop with a hefty piney bite. Lovely. It start with more malt caramel but goes quickly into the hop and bitter hop finish. The floral comes back in on the aftertaste.

Fuller than expected - feel creamy smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

I just love this IPA. The profile and progression just work really well for me personally. Simple and well done.

Photo of Sourcorn
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At about 70 IBU's, this wonderfully dry IPA is light and crisp on the pallet. The color is golden. You can smell the hops. And as I said earlier, dry and crisp on the pallet. easy drinkability. To easy if you know what I mean. I recommend this Avery product to who ever is looking for this style of beverage.

Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/6

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head, minimal lacing.

S: Nose is of sharp pine hops and a touch of citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a big piney bite leading in to a slightly mellow malt and grassy blend, finish has some citrus, grapefruit hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, a bit slick in the feel with a dry finish.

D: This is a well blended and highly drinkable IPA. I could sit with this one all night long.

Photo of felipesegundo
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing example of an IPA, very hoppy, floral aroma and taste. I loved every bit of it and will definitely buy again. The smell of citrus was quite nice and the flavor followed suit.

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Columbia, it went much better with pizza slice and definitely for hop lovers only. My friend thought it a bit bitter, but I think I will add this one to list of favorites.

Photo of eallured
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy gold/amber in color with stiff off white head, leaving a lot of lacing as it slowly marches toward equilibrium, a creamy island left in the middle of the glass.
Strong bouquet of fruits, citrus. Cascade sweetness juicyness with columbus dank piney resin. A little alcohol and brown sugar round out and warm up the aroma.
Flavor stands up to the Aroma. Bitter an fruity. Orange grapefruit and pineapple. Transitions to sticky sweetness temporarily as the finish transitions to a dry and smoothly bitter sensation. This has all three elements of hops character with a respectable caramel while maintaining crispness and moderate alcohol content.
Carbonation is very smooth, perhaps a little high but still very pleasant. A relatively viscous body but not too muh lingering sweetness. The bitterness cleans things up and gives crispness.
Very tasty but pleasingly palate destroying. This is the reason that Avery is highly regarded, even their year round beers are well down.

Photo of JTahoe
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep gold and a bit hazy. Thin creamy white head with minimal lacing.

S - Bready with bright hops, pineapple and light citrus w/ hint of sweet caramel.

T - Bready once again with decent hoppiness and a bit of pine. A hint of pineapple shows up again in the finish. After bite like lingering grapefruit rind. Some nice layers of complexity going on.

M - Crisp and astringent, slightly oily, carbonation dances nicely on tongue.

D - Very good. An enjoyable IPA I would reach for again.

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

Poured gently into a glass tumbler it produces a small, thin looking amber head that persists very well and leaves nice lacing. The color is amber. Grapefruit stands out in the aroma, and the taste is medium grapefruit hops. There is a medium maltiness with good carbonation that is kind to the mouth. This is a drinkable brew to which I'll be returning.

Photo of Stunner97
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very light clear color, golden to amber color, small amount of bubbles stream the center of the glass, to a nice thick white head

Smell- citrus hops, very overall nice hop smell, smells nice and fresh but smell is a little faint and of only hop

Taste- very strong bitter hop flavor up front, the flavor nicely lingers out to a nice long finish, a little one dimensional but as always I really love the hop profile that avery tends to use in there beers, its a very distinctive strong hop flavor,

Mouthfeel- somewhat creamy and oily, medium to full bodied for the style,

Drinkability- This is a very deeply enjoyable flavored hoppy brew, its one because of the intense bitter finish i find it one you must sort of sip and flavor and not zoom through, to me where this excels again is in just how great the hop style avery puts out is, i absolutely love there unique hop flavor

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

Poured a hazy orange gold color with a thick two finger head that hangs around for the duration. Nice chunky lacing that sticks and stays on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very nice. Citrus of lime and grapefruit. followed by a sweetness.

Taste is of earthy citrus. More fresh grapefruit and a little lemon peel zest. nice sweet balance from the barley. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a dry finish. Carbonation complements nicely.

Drinkability is good here also. Could make for an all night drinker. Every time I try this beer it seems to get better and better. Definitely a must for IPA lovers.

Photo of angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours 3 finger white head, body is a translucent gold color. Head retention is pretty good and lacing is amazing

Smell is of tons of hops. Piny, resinous hops at first then citrus and grapefruit aromas come in.Malt is in the background with some sweet honey notes.

Taste is obviously of hops. Floral hops followed by some bitter pine hops. Malt is not very much in the mix.

Mouth feel is light and well carbonated. Head leaves a nice froth through out the beer.

Drink ability is good. Semi sessionable , not too bitter. Not the best Ipa I've had but still pretty good.

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Beer is yellow and clear. Much lighter than I expected. The head forms nicely, uniform, deep across the top, stark white, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Smell is full of hop, mostly pine and some bitter citrus on the back end. No alcohol or malt character in the smell.

First off, drinkability really high, I'm really feeling this beer. There is some slight sweetness in the front and a lot of nice citrus based hop bitterness in the back. A little light for an IPA, thin mouthfeel, but overall a great example. Definitely a repeat for me.

Photo of DarrellK
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale clear yellow-gold with a pretty rich head of mostly tight bubbles.

The nose has some flowery notes but is about average for the style

Mouth - Again about typical for an IPA, some viscosity

Finish - A dry hoppy finish which is typical with a hint of the abv in there

Photo of natelocc787
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored with off-white head. Interesting smell with pine and lemon peel coming through the nose. Some bitter citrus in the taste with a balanced malt backing. Enough hops to quench this hop heads palate and a nice thick mouthfeel. Finish lingers on the palate.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that is a fairly ho-hum IPA out of a bottle, but is decidedly delicious on tap. Brought to me in a pint glass a slightly hazy medium gold color with a creamy, dense off-white foam. Even though this is a standard pseudo-pint glass and filled pretty high, there is some nice sticky lacing evident.

Smell is fresh and fruity hops...lightly tropical with maybe a slight biscuit maltiness. Very fresh and mouth watering IPA aroma.

Bittering and flavoring hops both are pretty prevalent in the taste of the beer. The lightness of the malt is refreshing and makes the beer feel weightless in the mouth and slides down the throat with ease. This is a fine brew and I find myself surprised that it has been around awhile and can hang with some of the bigger, west coast IPAs with ease.

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

this is a very light/clear looking IPA it pours a golden pils like color with a white 1/2 head( i like my ipa,s a little darker/oranger)..the smell is pine and citrus malt,bready/biscuit smells and some hop smells but all were faint however...the taste is the same its crisp and has a piney biscuit/bread taste with a malt backbone but its faint..its a little bitter but easy to drink its pretty well balanced for what it is ..it just doesnt have enough of the traits of an IPA for me to rate this very high..i can drink a few of these no problem but their are so many more to reach for ..ill recommend trying but nothing great going on here

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

A: Crisp, golden color with a good white head. Very nice lacing. Could be a pinch darker.

S: Mix of American Hops, and only a mild malt. I wish it were stronger and more well balanced.

T: Same as the smell, but a little more malt. As I go through the whole glass though, hops are really the only flavor that matter.

M/D Not much to have a description about here, just scores.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a thick foamy white head, great retention and lacing. Smell isn't very evident with my lack of a good nose. Taste isn't bad, but isn't very strong of any specific flavor. It's well balanced, and doesn't leave any bitter aftertaste. Which equals to a high drinkability for me. The mouthfeel is also good.

Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK so, this pours a lighter copper color with about one fingers worth of head that fades normally leaving little lacing but retaining well. The smell is bitter floral hops with a bit of citrus and pine, but mostly this smells like a well hoped aIPA.

Glug glug glug

Well...it hit up front with a big hop bitterness that carries with it a sweet malt taste. The hops a flowery without being overbearing about it, but until it warms, I guess that's all I'm going to get. I will say that the balance on this is nice, with just the right amount of hops and a solid sweet malt base. The mouth feel is good and a bit sticky, trailing behind on the tongue a little bit. Overall this is a good aIPA, not the best but very drinkable and all around tasty.

Photo of mtbbaboon
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. The color is a slightly cloudy dark blond...kind of a light shade for an IPA. I'm used them a little more orangey. Thin head that fades fast, leaving a thinner layer of bubbly on top. A few areas of lace. The first thing I smell is lemons, which is good because I like lemons. Nice hop presence in the nose as well. The taste...wow...very bitter...almost like chewing on a lemon rind. The lemony bitterness dominates the hops that are trying to come though. It almost makes me want to grind my teeth. The taste needs more hops and better balance. It's a medium mouthfeel that goes down easy, aside from the bitter aftertaste. I'll finish the six pack but can't see myself buying this again, though I'd drink it if it were there.

Photo of TexIndy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info - they only date the case box which is useless when buying six packs at the store since cases nowhere to be found. Was a hazy yellow color with tons of floaters. Lots of carbonation and sticky white lace. It had an average size white head that settled into a thin foam and a collar.

The aroma was floral hops, grassy, resin, spice and a touch of malt. Not as potent as I expected and was a little subdued. The taste was bitter hops from start to finish with a little bit of sweet malt to balance it. The hops used here have a very distinct bitter finish but doesn't go too far. Was good but I enjoy the ones with a less bitter hop more. Mouthfeel was crisp with good carbonation. Bitter finish but doesn't shred.

Overall, a good AIPA and another solid effort from Avery as usual. Recommend. Rotation: I like the flavor but as stated above I prefer a less aggressive bitter hop in my AIPA so this wouldn't make the normal rotation for 6 packs. Would have on-tap during my Colorado trips especially when visiting Avery's tasting room.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,737 ratings.