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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

2,738 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,738
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 49
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 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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear light orange with a slight haze to it. Foamy, sticky head clings to my perfect pint glass and laces nicely.

Smell: Sweet candied citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit. A little grassy.

Taste: Its good, but not as good as the smell. The nice hops smells I expected to taste seem watered down. The bitterness it prominent on the back in a good way, but the citrus and other hops flavors are not as pronounced. The main flavor is bitterness, really. The maltiness is adequate and strives for balance.

Mouthfeel: Despite tasting a little thin, it doesnt feel that way at all. Its a little slick/oily. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability: Drinkability is very high. There's nothing bad about this, but it could be a little better. You could drink this all day. Its very agreeable, goes down smooth, very refreshing.

Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8/3/09

Poured into a goblet. Clear, golden body. 2 finger, off-white head that fades to 3/4 finger. Good lacing.

Smell is had a mild caramel sweetness. Very citrusy and floral.

Taste had a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Grapefruit and citrusy flavors. Nice floral presence. Mild maltyness and hints of caramel. Mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth was a medium/light body that was well carbonated. Dry finish.

Drinkability is good. Well balanced that finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Low sweetness and no signs of ABV.

Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of jdklks
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of inhopswetrust
1.76/5  rDev -54.3%
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.

Photo of iuhoosier336
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.39/5  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.

Photo of pmatz2
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of cvaypai
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of beerbrains
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
4.02/5  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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.97/5  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.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of nicholasdes
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of alexw
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Photo of deapokid
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,738 ratings.