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

2,711 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,711
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 194 | 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 biggred1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and cream colored body with a nice whipped eggshell head that leaves rings of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is nice and full with tons of centennial hops, lemon zest and faint toasted grain. The taste is nice pink grapefruit rind hops and peppery spice with just enough rich maltiness to balance perfectly. The feel is relatively light with a nice effervescent, seltzery carbonation that makes it a real treat to drink. A really good IPA doesn't need to be over the top on the hop end of the spectrum to be really good, and that is what we have here, a well made beer that hits the spot with a nearly perfect balance of flavors. A really refreshing ale.

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

I really like this IPA. Nice golden color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing down the glass. Big hop aroma from this beer, mainly floral with hints of citrus. Flavor is big time floral hoppy with some malt sweetness. Nice smooth mouthfeel not too light and not heavy at all, seems just right for the style. Very easy to drink a few of these.

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

This one was an interesting brew. The Smell is a bit citrus-like. The brew has a strong taste of hops. Color is goldenrod with a thick head on top. Has a crisp medium mouthfeel with a medium body. Overall it is a rather drinkable beer which would acompany a fish dinner nicely.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale orange color with a hint of golden. Somewhat clear, the carbonation streams are very hard to see. Head is big with great retention and a solid sheet of thick lacing.

S- Wide variety of west coast hops with a dank, spicy - somewhat vegetal and very herbal. Some sweetness from citrus hops(Cascade) and a bit of caramel sweetness. A bit of whole-grain toast smell.

T- Up-front hop-bomb, but not at all out of control. There is really no dominant hop flavor in this. Combination of bitter citric hops and herbal, woody hops make for a interesting balance. Malt character is substantial, but not dominating.

M- Bitter and slick alike many IPAs. Carbonation is gentle and foamy.

D- I found these pretty easy to drink and enjoyable with a potent hop punch

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

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear bright golden color with a ½" white, lightly fluffy head that recedes eventually to a ring of foam around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves some nice lacing for quite a while.

Smell: The aroma is light and faint but contains both citrus and some floral character.

Taste: As expected from the aroma the flavor is dominated at first by a burst of citrus bitterness (grapefruit mostly) with some malt coming through in the end, but there is not really enough caramel malt to relieve the hop bitterness, but there is enough to soften it a bit.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends on a dry note of bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: This is quite drinkable in its way and is nice as a changeup beer, but is not something I'd have more than one of in an evening. Rather this is a beer to have with pizza or some other meal. However, I like it well enough that I will be returning to this one again. But be prepared, the continuing intense bitterness is both tasty and almost a bit overwhelming in its ongoing, unrelieved harshness.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a finger of white creamy head that dissolves into a fine layer around the glass. The Aroma has piney/grassy hops and some grapefruit. The flavor has a biting piney bitterness upfront with caramel malt down the stretch and ends up with a sweet bitterness. Its a medium bodied beer that a lightly carbonated. Its a nice change of pace from the typical NW citrus hop bombs but that doesn't mean I'd reach for it every time I saw it.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good brew from a great state.

I believe this is my first reviewed brew from Avery. I have another one in the fridge, this one looked better at the time. The appearance is nice, has a cloudy non-transparent theme happening that I like to see with my IPA's. Came with a nice finger sticky head, disappeared though, with just little lacing around the glass.

The smell was okay-good. I like aromatic brews, that just are overwhelming. This smelled like malt, then a little bitter hop at the end. It also smelled of a slight stale metal, dont know.

The taste is good. I believe this would be a nice sessionable brew. It has a good mouthfeel with it. It has a grassy hop taste that spreads well on the tongue. It hits all over the mouth, and goes down very well. I also get a slight vanilla aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall a good brew. Unfortunately there are better IPA's out there, so this one might be overlooked next time I go to the store. Overall a good brew.
J

Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with clumpy offwhite head. Smell: feeling let down here, sweet caramel with whiffs of earthy and floral hops, ever so slight pine and candied citrus. Taste: lots of hops, floral, earthy, white grapefruit, medicinal in the finish. Sweet biscuity, caramel malt flavors in the background. This is almost really good, I'm thinking a little bit fresher might push it over the top. Will revisit.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with about one finger of head. Good retention and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S - Floral hoppiness with some hints of pine and citrus. Slight fruitiness in the background as well.

T - Piney, resinous, somewhat bitter hoppiness dominates the flavor. Light floral, citrus flavors in the background. Very slight sweet maltiness in there as well, but leans heavily toward the bitter hops flavors.

M - Kind of in between the light and medium bodied feel with fairly heavy carbonation. Perhaps a bit overdone on the carbonation.

D - Overall, quite drinkable and refreshing. Pretty nice hop profile and not too sweet. I could definitely see myself drinking this one again.

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

Dad brought a six-pack of these over during the move. Pours an amber color with a decent head. Smell is slightly citrusy and hoppy. Taste is hoppy, citrusy, bready and only slightly alcoholic. Moderate carbonation in the mouth. Very good drinkability and a solid IPA.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orange-yellow color with some active carbonation and sedimentation. The slightly off-white head is dense, creamy, and somewhat rocky. Retention is nice, with some very good lacing.

S: Mild biscuity malt aroma. Hops are citrusy and floral, mostly suggesting grapefruit and orange zest. Some faint pine resin is also detectable.

T: A standard dose of pale malt flavor up front, providing a biscuity taste. Hop flavors consist of orange oil, grapefruit pith, and floral bitterness, with hints of pine. A crest of bitterness surges into the background.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel. Creamy carbonation, with some dryness into the finish.

D: A very nice IPA - not an overloaded hop bomb, but still quite robust in its own right. A nice interplay of hop flavors and an appealing mouthfeel make this a very tasty beer from Avery.

Photo of dukew456
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with one finger of rocky head that sticks around for a good while. Lacing forms on the upper parts of the glass.

Smell is of pungent, piney hops, and not much else. A slight buttery-bread undertone comes through afterwards, but the wet grass hop smell is dominate. Maybe a little skunky, too.

Taste is full of resiny, piney, and earthy hop characteristics up front, with only a slight bit of balance from the malt. A slight alcoholic burn comes through in the end, adding a slight punch. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and medium bodied, but there is not a clean finish (as to be expected with most hoppy IPA's).

I have no qualms with painfully bitter hop bombs, but without balance the beer suffers and becomes bland and boring.

Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: my glass was brought to life by a radiating yellow and light gold color with a slight haze. Seems thin in the glass with watery edges. The fuzzy layer on top is bright white and bubbly. Uneven strings of lacing in horizontal and vertical fashion in a very good manner

S: light grassy and floral pine whiffs up front with a squeeze or two of citrus and lemons. Very light nose of toasted biscuit malts, if at all. On the timid side in the nose

T: the taste has a good bitter character that lacks some defining characters. It tastes of lemons and grasses then advancements toward bitter grapefruit crusted with pine needles beating up the tongue. Not very complex nor is it very sweet. What sweetness I gather is in line with honey and caramel flavors. It is rather clean overall and aims to please

M: light to medium body with plenty of zip. Things move well on the tongue and down the hatch

D: not a bad brew, I will reach for other IPA's next time. However, I will keep Avery IPA within reach. This one is a straight shooter

Photo of JAA
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased out of curiosity. I've had just about all of Avery's year round product line before, but i was relatively new to the craft beer world at the time i tried most of them. As time went on i tried the majority of Avery's other products, including seasonal and imperials. My palate matured, and my awareness of the craft beer world evolved. I have been reading the reviews of their year round brews and they are quite respectable. So, i figured i would give Avery the respect it deserves, and reassess the Avery line-up.

Okay, here's the actual review. I purchased this sixer along with a sixer of Two-Hearted at Publix. Nine and ten dollars, respectively.

Appearance is very light gold in hue, almost the same color as Anchor's Liberty ale. Giant bubbles comprise the single-finger head. Not much lacing, but does leave a spattering of bubbles in it's wake.

Smell great. Citrus notes dominate. Very juicy, makes my mouth water.

Tastes much the same. Juicy bitter hops. Orange citrus taste. Not malty at all. This is a playful, hoppy, thirst busting IPA. I had it with the Two-Hearted, and they reminded me of one another.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from a solid IPA. Zingy and refreshing.

Drinkability is phenomenal. An IPA for the ages. Who says IPAs have to be balanced to be great? Buy as many as you can drink. A wonderful beer, maybe a new staple in my fridge.

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

Golden color, poured in the yeasty bits so a bit cloudy at first. Bubbly, about 1/2 inch of white, foamy head. Citrusy, smells like the woods...piney. Taste is citrusy, bitter, dry. Leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Light mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not as fruity as I like my IPAs but overall, pretty good, will definitely drink again.

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

Pours a brilliant light orange with a rocky, pillowy head.

The nose is hoppy with some malts and a touch of yeast.

Extremely smooth. Malts upfront are overcome by pine and citrus hops. A slight astringency on the finish. Crisp, drying, and light bodied.

Balanced but leaning to the hops, this is an exceptionally drinkable ale. Not exceptionally interesting, but very, very solid.

Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Pale amber color with white pillowy head. This beer has great head retention. Smells of citrus with slight whiffs of malt underneath as well as piney notes. Taste is very well balanced. Citrusy and piney Pacific Northwest hops mingle with just enough malt and a nice amount of alcoholic warmth. Seems to have some toasty undertones as well. Very smooth for an American IPA with a subtle dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fuller than I expected, yet still wonderfully drinkable.

Photo of Bartrob6
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. wow! this beer is extremely clear and light looking. wasn't expecting that! gorgeous white head that laces awesome. beautiful beer for sure.

getting a bit of everything with the aroma of this beer. i can't pick anything out that dominates at all. floral, citrus, pine, fruity...no malt but who cares, its an IPA.

tastes just as it smells. awesome. very balanced (with different hops) pretty darn bitter too.

high carbonation is the only downfall i can find in this beer. but maybe it wouldn't look so good without it?

drinkable beer but if i had a few of these i'd be burping all night long.

very good beer. definitely worth trying if you like IPAs.

Photo of Monsteruss
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The foam was light yellow wheat, smooth, puffy and lacey. The color was simply gold. The smell was of a wheaty aroma, fruity, hopy and bitter. The taste was very bitter with a hippy overtone and a small fruity undertone. Mouthfeel - heavy bitterness, light to medium-bodied. Drinkability - the bitterness was too dominate to taste the other ingredients.

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

Pours an unusually cloudy pale orange color with a one finger large bubbly head. A ton of carbonation, lets off an exceptional citrus forward sweetness that I really enjoy. Surprisingly malty with a caramel toffee front and a really good, lightly bitter, bubbly hop infused finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and noticeably coating. Drinkability is off the charts, not the slightest alcohol bite and nowhere near overly hoppy. Hop heads may not agree but this is a very enjoyable IPA.

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

A = Light yellow honey with a thick white head that was present until the beer was gone.

S = Strong hoppy aroma with a slight hint of citrus. No malt to speak of.

T = A hop-head's dream!! An excellent array of hope flavors (and aromas) arise from this brew. From spicy notes to a nice bitter finnish they are all there. This IPA does not just throw hops at you, but rather presents you with the various flavors they have to offer.

M = Crisp and bold.

D = Very drinkable. The hops don't weigh on you after one or two making this a great session IPA. Avery got this one right.

Photo of SickBrew
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a 12'r after a bunch of yard work. This IPA pours more like a pale ale than an IPA - a bit on the yellow side. Head is about a finger thick in my pils glass and it leave a bit of stringy lacing as it recedes. Taste is good, malts a re bit more present that I prefer, but the acidic and somewhat grapefruit-like hop aromas and bitter background do temper the malts. There are some other earlthy/grassy flavors going on also. Nose could be a bit more aromatic, but then again, I've been off calibration from all the hopped up imperial IPA I've consumed. This is a really easy drinking IPA, has a great mouth feel and a good reward for a hard days work.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber golden color with a nice finger of white head that lasted throughout much of the drink.

Smelled of malts and hops, nothing really outstanding but they were both present.

Bitter up front, the malts coming in to balance it shortly after. The hops were very dry, no real citrus scent to it.

Not a bad IPA, I've had better and I've had worse.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly straw like appearance, with good head retention
Smells of nice piney hops
Tastes good, from what I remember. Light mouthfeel and very smooth.

Some hoppiness in there too. Overall a very nice IPA, and quite potent for just a regualr IPA

A very nice beer overall

Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slighlty hazy gold. Pretty straight forward looking, nothing extremely intriguing. Lacing sticks nicely.

S- I'm really not getting a whole lot. It's like a malt with hop undertones. A little floral.

T- It's well done. A malty bouquet with a bite. Maybe faint fruit, but more of a floral nature to it.

M- Medium, fluffy, and a little dry. Pretty interesting.

D- I'd have another, but there's a lot of other IPA's I'd rather keep stocked.

It seems like this brew has all the right elements, but not the right execution of them. It has balance, it has character, and it has the right ingredients, but the real punch seems to be missing, which is pretty crucial to any IPA, even for non hopheads.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,711 ratings.