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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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2,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,548
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 144 | 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:
IBUs: 65

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002)
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Photo of dhd1491
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Average white head dies down quickly. Clear light golden appearance. Disappointing aroma for an IPA...one of my favorite experiences is that floral hoppy citrusy nose that hits you just before your first swallow of an IPA. Initially, good sweet-sour balance. Bit of a strange grassy-flinty aftertaste is a downer, though.

Overall, not a horrible IPA, but certainly not the best I've had.


Just to make sure I wasn't being too harsh, I cracked open a Sweetwater IPA (my IPA standard) to try side-by-side comparison. Not even close. Sweetwater's looks and tastes better, with better mouthfeel.

dhd1491, May 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with little head. not much of a looker.

the smell is off the hook though. piney, citrusy, detectable sweetness in the nose.

the taste is fantastic for this style. one of the best AIPA's i've had. this beer is super balanced despite being SUPER hoppy. citrusy hops dominate the front end, but the beer sweetens in the mouth as i swallowed.

the mouthfeel is nice, but not outstanding. consistent for the style.

i could drink these all the time. i really enjoyed this one. thanks barefootbrewer for hooking me up with it.


deepsouth, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from the bottle into a session glass. It is a golden orange color, lace head which sticks around for a while. The nose is Hoppy with pine and citrus notes, great if your a fan of hops and true to the style. The taste is hop forward good bite just enough malt, to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied a little chewy with a dry hop bitterness. Good beer if more available I would drink it more often.

aquaderek, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to Jhawkinmo for the chance to try this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Clear golden yellow color, with decent head and retention.

Smell- Beautiful hops smell quite floral and citrusy at the same time.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Decent hoppy flavor with a slight dryness at the finish. Well balanced. Medium body and carb.

Drinkability- A very good IPA one that I would drink again.

johnnyirishman, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4/5  rDev +3.9%

2007 vintage aged bottle poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a finger of foam that clings to the sides of the glass. Not much in the lacing department.

Smell- Hoppy as it should be with a two row backbone. Hops full of citrus, grapefruit and pine.

Taste- Malt upfront, I would bet non-aged is more floral upfront. Floral hops are in the taste with a piney backbone. Malt balances the beer making it easy drinkin'!

Mouthfeel- Astringent with hops, bitter, light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth, easy drinking. A good everyday beer. I would buy a sixer.

blakesell, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Clear copper with an inch of dense foam. Laces well.

S - Big, juicy grapefruit nose. Also light grass and floral tones, tangerines.

T - Solid hoppy flavour - grapefruit pith for the most part. Bitterness is very strong in the finish. Might be a touch coarse on the palate.

M - Moderate body is par for the course.

D - Solid IPA geared for hopheads.

allergictomacros, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into the Stone IPA glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange coloration, small head of froth, mild retention, some spotted lacing.

S - Nice blend of grapefruits and pine hops. Take this one in for a moment - it's pleasant.

T - Thankfully it tastes quite similar to the way it smells. Citrusy grapefruit body with a generous malt backing. Pine hops bleed into the dry finish.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation level, no residues, some pine notes left behind for the palate to savor.

D - Very well balanced IPA, I'd certainly go for another. A decent drinker and certainly one to look for, reco!

PhageLab, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Not a bad IPA from our friends at Avery. Pours a light auburn with a respectable head at first but dissapates quickly. I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass. Smells a mix between floral and oily hops. Taste the same with some mild grassy notes. Stings the tongue a bit.

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

A- A light orange color that is crystal clear. A decent head that goes away quickly and leave a little lacing.

S- Floral and citrus hops. A little pine and a grapefruit smell I could pick up.

T- Grassy, floral hops. Followed by a nice citrus flavour and grapefruit also a little bitter.

M- Medium body and nice carbonation to it.

D- Very drinkable. Nice balance and quite tasty

nrbw23, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance - Cloudy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Hay and grass smells are present.

Palate - Light to moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Grapefruit hop up front smoothing out to a nice light citrus finish.

Final thoughts - Very clean and refreshing ale.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

This one pours a light, clear, lemony-orange color with a light, foamy, white lid.

Fresh, lemon and grapefruit citrus smells are backed up by light biscuity malts and grassy hops.

The flavor is lemony at first, with light, balancing biscuit malts. A good amount of citrus rind, grassy earth, and piney bitterness fills it out nicely.

Solidly medium bodied and smooth with a lot of creamy carbonation.

A very fine IPA that I will not mind enjoying again.

Slynger, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of weiserr
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Colorado does a good job with IPAs; this is no exception.

Imagine drinking the neck out of a 40 oz. of malt liquor, then topping it off with Sunny Delight. Witness the appearance of Avery IPA. This isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Semi-clear shades of orange occupy the tenement while an aging Super rests comfortably in the penthouse. 1 finger white hula hoops decorate his pad sparsely throughout. The curtains are somewhat tattered; uncovered windows create a somewhat dismal appearance.

Smells of floral, citrus, and sugar-like mixtures. I would have liked it a bit more, had I not detected confections similar to candy corn.

I enjoyed the balance of the hop character; subtle citrus tones paired with more aggressive floral action, nice warming effect, but lacked a bit of hop punch.

A buttery, smooth feel with a clean finish.

Avery IPA is an easy drinker. I'm sure we'll session before summer's end.

weiserr, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%

A nice clear amber color with solid frothy off-white head and fair lace. It has a neat musty grapefruit aroma and some medicinal sweetness, almost rootbeer and vanilla. Big grapefruit hop flavor jumps out in a heavenly smooth creamy body, near chewy feel. Still it's an excellent guzzle beer with big time good flavor. There's a mild dry finish. Some malt and caramel along with a bit of nutty goodness. Drinkable and delicious! Bravo.

Durge, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Golden amber color with a lighter head that forms quick and slowly dissipates, except for a thin layer and a bubble island that wanders around mid glass.

Smell is citrusy, floral with a biscuit maltiness that has an earthy goodness. Not a big scent but you can tell something is going in this IPA

Taste is sweet and grapefruit like. There is a good malt backbone that is complimented by a mildly more dominating hop burn and bitterness. A slight spiciness off in the background that doesn't count for much but is enhanced by some fine carbonation.

A better then average IPA that doesn't disappoint. It has all the basics but it doesn't go much further then that. A nice beer thats easy to drink and worth having a few on a mild spring night.

jbphoto88, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of bosco7
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Crystal clear pale orange. Creamy white head.

Orange candy, aspirin, artificial floral aromas, and some grain in the nose. Not too great.

Tastes much better than it smells. Similar hop character to Stone IPA or Two Hearted Ale. Slight sweetness. Lots of citrus, some cedar, and perfume-like flavors dominate. Hidden amogst these flavors are lighter suggestions of malt.

Mouthfeel is right on. Not cloying and not excessively dry. Avery's IPA is a nice beer, however nothing new here. I'll try it again some day.

bosco7, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a honey gold with over a finger of thick, foamy, off-white head. Lacing is fine and plentiful.

Aroma is floral with biscuit, buttered toast, and caramel. Maybe a bit too malty for an IPA bouquet, nevertheless full and pleasant.

Again, the malts hit first and hardest in this one. This can probably be attributed to the 120L Crystal malts listed for this beer on Avery's website. An interesting take, and tasty, but the hop character is somewhat subdued, providing little more than a bitter and slightly spicy backbone for the malty sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel is spot on: full-bodied, rather soft on the tongue at first with a dry finish. Very easy to drink for an IPA. Sessionable, but not my favorite.

boston2bburg, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

I prefer from tap but very close from bottle and tap. Pours a hazy, darkish yellow color. When presented had a thin soft white head. Ok retention but did dissipate towards the side of the glass. Decent lacing as well.

The nose is more balanced. There is a sweet malt with a almost Belgian quality. This is enhanced with a light biscuit aroma. The hops are represented nicely with for of a grapefruit and piney ester. This is more perceivable off the tap than the bottle. Some bubblegum on the backend as well.

The taste has more of a hoppy balance. The hops have a more citrus twang with citrus and grapefruity up front. A good bite from the bittering with a more piney finish. The malt is really lacing with some generic taste with a touch of honey/sugary finish. Some yeasty esters as well, but light overall. Some cherry and bubblegum.

The body is a bit big for style. There is an oily texture that is a bit off but ok. From the tap seems smoother and easier to drink. Overall very easy drinking beer but missing a few tangibles for me to be great.

Oxymoron, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz brown bottle with no date poured into nonic.

A: Hazed dull yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Overall a subdued nose on this beer. The hops are foremost with a yellow grapefruit backdrop. Smells clean with maybe a hint of pine.

T: Hops hit the palate first and stay the longest. A nicely balanced IPA that delivers a good dose of hops that coat, perhaps these are the hop oils I hear about. Not much in the form of malt.

M: A lighter bodied IPA with heavier carbonation. Nice and crisp.

D: A thirst quencher. Good for a handful but not quite session worthy with its ABV.

FleeVT, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -7%

12 Oz bottle - undated

A - Pours a nice clear gold color. Very little haze. Light amount of carbonation showing, although it did leave a bit of head. I think my bottle storage orientation had something to do with t hat.

S - I get the wet hops smell out of this one. Like its the raw cone from a cascade or other northwest hops. Its very citrusy.

T - Starts with a nice sweet smooth flavor of barley - rolls quickly to the bitterness and finishes with that tasty wet hops flavor I detected in the smell.

M - Very light mouthfeel. Not harsh. Carbonation is not at all a factor in this one.

D- I can drink a few of these before my alpha acid detectors are flooded. Probably a good 3-4 session beer.

All and all a good choice - but I think other IPAs such as Mojo would come first. I wish Avery was more common in Iowa.

katan, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Very clear dark gold color. Nice foamy head that looks tough.

S: Smells like very fruity hops.

T: The hops are very well backed up by the malt, and then the hops reappear in the aftertaste. This is an incredibly smooth IPA. Well made.

MF: Nice body, velvety on the tongue with a nice finish too.

D: I would drink plenty more. Much better than others in this style that may be more popular.

MerkinMan, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a slightly hazed, yellow-amber with a small, white, frothy head that left a thin spider webbing of lacing along the upper 1/4 of the glass.

The aroma was fragrantly hoppy and sweet. Smooth, citrusy hops were prevalent along with rich caramel malts and a touch of candi sugar. Ripe fruits were noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma became more pronounced.

The taste was hoppy yet fairly one-dimensional. Grapefruit-like, piney hops dominated from start to finish. A touch of malt held things together. Semi-fruity. The lingering aftertaste was hoppy and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and rather fluffy on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer could have contained a bit more "punch" in the flavor department, yet it was enjoyable nevertheless. Definitely a sessionable IPA.

Damian, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with minimal floral or citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with some light caramel malt notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Not bad overall and pretty straight forward - I would have preferred more citrus notes and some floral notes but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Pale amber body with a small white head that leaves some lace behind..

S: Pungent oily hops.. some garden-like smells.. not much malt shining through.. lacking complexity..

T: Picks it up a bit compared to the aroma... the oily hops are rather bitter and harsh.. flavor through out.. again not much of a malt background..

M: Medium body. Lingers a bit.. Not quite smooth, but more viscous.

D: An ok IPA... its just a bit out of balance..

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Norsebrew
4.35/5  rDev +13%

When I moved to Colorado and asked the locals what the best IPA in the state was, this is the beer that the majority of locals pointed me toward. Well, I've probably bought and finished off 5-6 6-packs of this brew over the years, and I think that it ranks right up there with the best. Great fresh hop aroma and taste with a lingering fresh hopped aftertaste. This is a very drinkable highly hopped beer, and I recommend it to all IPA drinkers.

Norsebrew, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +6%

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, I had a version of their IPA dry-hopped with Columbus, a great advantage of drinking this strait from the source! Hazy pale gold with a small what head that leaves moderately heavy lace. The color is really brilliant in the sun, something about the appearance is really appetizing!

Smell is super resiny hops, like pungent skunk weed, with some soft, sweet malt lingering in the background. Very yummy.

Taste is nice and clean, with less hop flavor then the nose, although still plenty of bitterness, the stickiness of hops coats my teeth! Semi-sweet malt and a lingering, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty, fresh IPA, whose aroma in particular really benefits from the extra dry-hopping (although it didn't really change the original beer, just enhance).

ccrida, Mar 13, 2008
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,548 ratings.