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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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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 237 | FT: 3
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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: 2,792 | Reviews: 1,171
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured two 12 oz. bottles into a 1 liter glass Mug.
Very beautiful caramel color, some cloudiness, moderate carbonation... gorgeously fluffly, slightly off white foam head, easily two fingers worth, and it sticks around. a lot of lacing in the glass.

Smell is very piney with some citrus, i also get some freshly cut grass and a hint of vanilla. great smell.

The taste is good, quite hoppy, and not a whole lot of a malt character. On the first one I had, I hardly got any malts in the taste, and it seemed unbalanced. but the more I've started to drink this brew, the better understanding I get of it. The malt is there, just subtly tucked away revealing itself occasionally inbetween the bites of the hops, which leaves a nice bittering effect lingering in the mouth after each sip. Maintains a nice strong flavor allll the way through.

The beer is fairly drinkable, enough that I usually want two.

Photo of claminat420
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent copper color with a nice foamy white head. heavy lacing.

S- caramel malt with a hint of some citus/piney hops.

T- a nice blend of the malt and the hops. the malt really just dominates but the hops are easily detected. alcohol is noticed but oh so slightly.

M- medium/heavy bodied.

D- can work a 6 pack no prob.

Overall- me being a hop head for an american ipa to have this much malt going on they did a damn good job of it. the piney/ slightly citrus hops don't really dominate as most ipa's but this one really just joins hands with the malt and either of the two are left alone. i would highly recommend to any ipa fan to try this and especialy ones who aren't yet into the hop explosion category.

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

A - It pours a beautiful brassy amber with near-perfect dimensions.

S - The aroma is equally hoppy and malty; generally piney, citric and caramel.

T - The taste is too strongly and sweetly of caramel malt. There is a bitter hop presence with a sour-ish overripe citrus finish, but overall the whole thing is unspectacular, at best.

M - A little thick and syrupy, especially in light of the flavor.

D - Avery's lesser brews confound me; the brewery has made some of the greatest beers I've ever had. This certainly falls squarely in the category of 'lesser brews'.

RE-TICK (and re-score)

A - It is the same as noted above.

S - Hop-centric nose features green herbal dankness and a bright lemon zestiness. Malt is subdued, which works well here.

T - Lemon zest is the prominent hop flavor, but it is joined by a piney freshness and rounded out by a mineral astringency on the finish.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Freshness is the key here; this seems to devolve rapidly after bottling. A fresh example, however, is delicious.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga. Poured into a Spiegelau pint.
appearance - amber golden, a little hazy.
smell - Citrusy hops with a (and I'm stealing this phrase from another reviewer because it's spot on) biscuity malt.
taste - lemon, hops, ,malt all well balanced.
medium mouthfeel, some creaminess.
Another nice beer from Avery, quickly becoming one on my favorites.

Photo of kbeals
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright golden, hazy straw color. About a finger of white frothy head sits atop it. Lacing is pretty good in this one, not much head retention, dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer.

S- A satisfying aroma of earthy hops reminiscent of pine trees. Not much of a malt backbone to it. Very lopsided favoring the hops. I usually expect a bit of sweetness in an IPA.

T- Piney, tongue biting hops. Sweetness does come through a bit on the flavor but not much. Sort of bready also.

M- Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Pretty much what I would expect.

D- Definitely. Light body and lower ABV make this an easy drinker.

Overall, not bad. Definitely a solid IPA but there are better ones out there.

Photo of dbalsock
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Little white head on top of clear golden body. A lot of carbonation present, yet the head reduces to nothing fairly quickly. I prefer a little more foam on my IPA's.

Smell: Definitely a hop attack of piney and earthy hops. There's no sense of a malt background here. It's a little flowery too. I personally like fruity hops a little more, but this is an enticing smell although rather one dimensional due to the lack of any malt background.

Taste: Much like the smell with piney, earthy hops. Not my favorite for an IPA, but I can see how some would like it a lot. There isn't much going on and not much in the taste to make me want to drink more of it, but a pint is a good amount.

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter without the body to balance. The carbonation cuts the bitterness a little, but doesn't do much to really balance the beer. It's extremely light bodied and may be a bit overdone as far as the bitterness goes.

Drinkability: I wouldn't go back to this. It's a fairly standard piney IPA with a lot of hops and not much else to help it stand out.

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

This was a nice and fairly well-balanced IPA. It poured bright cloudy orange with a little bit of white head. I loved the earthy pine nose and the taste was very earthy and piney as well...a slight bit of citrus/pine like a concolor fir. Medium-bodied, nice crisp finish. A good, solid IPA.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-deep golden amber color with lots of bubbles rising to the top but absolutely no head.

S-the nose is very light and brings a touch of hop oils, pine, and some citrus

T-not sure if something happened to this bottle; but very bitter throughout. A touch of pine and a fair bit of oily hops. Some floral notes with a very bitter finish

M-smooth and silky, almost no carbonation, it is very syrupy and cotast the mouth lightly. A little dry at the finish

D-this is not very good, too bitter for the flavors that are actually present, no carbonation at all. Syrupy and dry at the same time, it completely turns me off. I'm noping something happened to this bottle; but it looks fine and grabbed from a very good store

Photo of feelmefoam
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw-yellow color, perfectly clear with some nice carbonation running up the inside of the glass into a finger-and-a-half of frothy white head. The head has some pretty nice retention to it, lasting a couple minutes before falling into a nice foam cap that sits atop the beer as you drink, leaving really nice rings of lacing on the inside of the glass.

Pretty good smell, definitely not the best I've smelled on IPAs before, but it has the right ingredients. I can smell several kinds of hops, and although not as fragrant as I'd like, they do smell very good; a nice grassy citrus emanates from the glass.

The taste is right in line with the nose. Not the best I've had, but certainly tasty. Citrus hops up front and in the finish, with a little pale malt in the middle trying to balance things out. Nice crisp, dry bitterness in the finish that works well with the medium-light body and zip of the carbonation.

Tasty and light, this is a drinkable IPA for sure. The 6.3%ABV might get after you a bit if you drink too much, but it's certainly a good IPA that deserves to be consumed more than once in a sitting. Not the best IPA I've had, but it's miles ahead of others and a good representation of the style.

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

The bottle erupted when I tore the top off, but nonetheless it poured a nice tall bubbly head that faded quite slowly. The color was amber with good clarity.

The nose had abundant tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Honey, caramel and more sweet tones helped to balance it out.

The flavor was very good. The affirmative hop profile was full of pine with some lesser citrus and sweet tones. The malt had a very nice presence and kept things toasty and in check without stealing the show. Excellent flavor.

The feel was very slick and left a dry chalky finish. The body was medium with mild yet sharp carbonation. Real good IPA.

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

Pours a golden color, maybe the slightest bit of copper tint to it. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear. A nice off-white one finger head sits on top with great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is nicely hopped. Floral and citrus, with a nice mix of grassy and earthy hops. Only the lightest of sweet malts is coming through.

The taste is a lot like the nose, but a little more malty, and the floral hops are replaced by piney and bitter resiny hops. Sweet malts come out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, with a nice bitter bite. Finishes a bit dry and has a nice carbonation. Drinkability is really good.

Overall, a simple enjoyable IPA. There really isn't anything special about this, but it's really good, something I wouldn't mind having around at all times. It's affordable, enjoyable and tastes great. A winner in my book.

Photo of nelnutter
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange with a 1.5 finger head of foam. Good retention. Good-looking IPA.

S: Citrusy hops, definite grapefruit. Terrific hop smell.

T: Mainly citrus hops but not nearly as strong as the smell would suggest, but very good. Definite bitter finish.

M: Medium/light body with moderate carbonation.

D: Terrific finish, just bitter enough to want more. Glad I bought a 6-pack.

All-around a very good IPA. There's definitely hoppier out there, but this one's very well-balanced and even non-hopheads can enjoy more than one.

Photo of dondeez21
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass @ fridge temperature.
A: Hazy, burtn orange with a 1 finger foamy head.
S:Smells of nice citrusy hops with a very slight yeast aroma
T: Floral and Citrus hops with a faint malt backbone. Very pleasant and refreshing
M: Medium body with a slight alcohol kick on the back of your tounge
D: Very easy drinking beer. I only grabbed a single but wish I grabbed an entire 6pack. This is a solid American IPA

Photo of ironarrow42
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dingle House Pub in West Chester, OH.

Appears bright golden-amber in hue with a slight chill haze and a thick head of dense barely off-white foam. Some bits of sediment (yeast? dry hops?) are visible floating in the beer. Nice hoppy aroma with some pine, citrus and floral notes. The glass felt pretty cold, so I let the beer warm a bit.

Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and fine carbonation. Citric hops up front with grapefruit standing out, followed by toasty malt, more hops with a decent bitterness, some pine and floral notes. Hints of tangerine and lemon, and something else - maybe faint pineapple.The finish includes grapefruit pith. Nice, solid IPA with plenty of hops - more hops than Stone IPA, maybe on a par with BJ's Piranha Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Heavy foam sheeting on the glass.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange tinged copper, with creamy white foam. Medium retention. Some lacing.

Light peppery smell. Fruit noted of grapefruit.

Taste is a nicely hopped malty blend, with hints of the grapefruit that is in the note. Mild spiciness. Very good hop deployment - they manage to be present without being overbearing.

Very strong carbonation adds to the flavor. Good body.

Very drinkable IPA. Nicely done. Shows a good IPA can be made without hammering the drinker over the head with hops.

Photo of fjordhook
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the saucer in Austin out of a cask. Pours with a golden color, nice fluffy head, and an opaque body. Smell was filled with hops, but wasn't nearly as much as I expected. Taste was also not near as hoppy as I expected, it was very smooth. This was my first beer from a cask, at the bar I got the explanation of what exactly that entails. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what differences there were. My guess is that the hoppiness of the beer was affected because the yeast was still fermentating, which is why it was so smooth.

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy, bright orange body underneath a two-finger head of eggshell foam; excellent retention and lots of fine lacing - great looking IPA.

S: Pure, one-dimensional, juicy grapefruit. Great focus on the hops.

T: Big citrus hops dominate, with just the slightest bit of dry, toasty malt toward the tail end; totally bitter finish. Well-crafted example of a delicious style.

M: Medium body with a moderate amount of somewhat spiky carbonation.

D: Beautifully bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more.

Notes: This one isn't particularly memorable in any way, but it's an all-around excellent IPA, and therefore a useful go-to when looking for a casual session beer. Avery delivers a great balance of flavor, affordability, and availability. Great stuff.


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

A clear pale golden color pour with a medium sized thick lasting foamy head , lots of jagged lacing left . Aroma of citrusy hops ,grapefruit some candy sugars and lightly toasted pale malts . Flavor is of resin and juicy citrus with a nice addition of the toasty malts , some sugary grapefruit and light pine notes , light to medium body , with a clean crisp mouthfeel , medium bitterness with a long finish , very drinkable and a very good IPA

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Color is a dark orange. Pretty good retention. Good lacing.

S. Piney, and citrus hops. Bicuity malt, with a bready smell.

T. Pretty nice hop bitterness up front. More citrus hops in the flavor Not much malt going on.

M. Medium/light bodied. Pretty crisp and dry.

D. Drinkable. Not a stand out but still, a solid sessionable IPA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info. "Yeah it is!" Written in corner. Hmm.

A - Pours brilliantly clear with good carbonation rising from the nucleation point. A one-and-one-half finger white head pops up to lower slowly leaving lace everywhere. Beautiful light golden yellow color.

S - Mild but inviting aroma of low resiny hops with floral aspects and a hint of pine. Very little grapefruit citrus squeeze in there. Pale malts in the background. Not much going on.

T - The flavor, thankfully, has more going on than the nose. The hops are upfront with very resiny floral pine and a citrusy finish. Big zing to it. The malts do a good job of balancing out without being too submissive to the hops.

M - Very refreshing. Light-medium bodied and crisp and clean with a lingering finish of resiny citrus bitterness.

D - A good first beer to start with from Avery. It's a good IPA in almost every regard. Straight forward but well balanced and refreshing. Would be a great summer or session beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Golden orange with decent white head that leaves some nice lacing. Fresh citrusy/piny hop notes. Bitter hops throughout with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing. I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear bright orange amber in color, with a huge white head that lingers throughout its enjoyment, leaves tons of lace also

S: The hops are very citrusy and floral, not huge grapefruit notes, but definitely citrus hops, the floral comes through nice also, a good profile

T: Taste is an amped up version of aroma, tastes super citrus and floral, everything tastes super juicy and pleasant, enough malt is there to hold up the hops but does not really affect the flavor profile at all

M: Standard IPA mouthfeel with a little dryness

D: Very high, I love this IPA

Notes: I went into my local beer store and asked for an easy drinking IPA and I got what I asked for and more. This is now one of my favorite IPAs. Everything about it is awesome. I will need to try more of Avery's beers in the future.

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

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. (12/11/09) into a 16oz. nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a creamy golden orange with a 1.5 finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Wonderful grapefruit and pine aroma with a hint of sweet caramel malt and grass.

T: Grapefruit and grass/flowers assault the palate with a nice degree of bitterness which is slightly offset by the caramel malt backbone. There is also a certain breadiness throughout the palate.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Good drinkabilty and moderate abv. (6.3%) make this quite a sessionable beverage.

Overall this is a well-crafted American IPA from Avery and certainly one that I will revisit again. Noting earth-shattering, just a solid IPA. Recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Creamy dark orange with an off-white head. Decent lacing as I drink it.

S: Grapefruit zest, hoppy, somewhat floral.

T: Salty, bitter hops. Grapefruit zest and flowers on the bitter finish. Somewhat unremarkable IPA.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but I'd stick with single bottle servings.

Value: Not great.

Photo of DrMalt
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a 6 IPA tasting.

Yellow orange color with a white head.

Solid hop aroma but not inspiring.

There was something very different about the taste of this IPA. Seemed quite stringent, medicinal about its flavour profile. Maybe an old bottle as I enjoy other Avery beers (Hog Heaven/Maharaja) but his beer/IPA was not high on my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was quite thin especially compared to others in tasting.

Drinkability was impacted by off flavours.

Expectations were high as it is an Avery IPA but once I tasted it - it fell very short of my expectation particularly after I compared it to other IPA's side by side.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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