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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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2,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,740
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 SickBrew
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of elliot23
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sight: Poured a pretty solid creamy head. Over two fingers. Body is a nice gold amber color. Nice lacing on the walls.

Smell: Definite hop presence in the nose as well as floral and maybe a hint of cucumber. Slight malt as well.

Taste: Bitter up front but very clean and balanced. Almost reminiscent of an English cream ale for some reason in the middle. Has a very long lasting malt finish. Flavors present are grapefruit, something floral, and maybe some pine.

Feel: A light body IPA for sure. Good crisp experience.

Drink: A good IPA. Something to be savored and not consumed by quantity, but not many IPAs are. Gets better as it warms up.

Photo of Sean9689
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a white head. Smell is citrus/hops/grapefruit Taste is good, better then others, but nothing too special. Citrus, hops, and floral on the palate. Mouthfeel is lighter but exactly what to exect from an IPA. I would drink this beer again, and will do so!

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

This struck me as a run of the mill, quality IPA. It's definitely a good beer, but it didn't have any extraordinary qualities. It's a nice looking beer, slightly hazy, golden hue. The smell is pretty exactly what you'd expect from an IPA, Citric, piny hops with a malt undertone. Taste is the same. Very nice hoppy tartness with a bitter element on the finish. Enjoyable.

Photo of mizzourah
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It's a light orange color with a touch of gold to it. The head was off-white, about one-finger thick. There is also a good amount of lacing.

S- Floral, citruses and hops.

T- I pick up the hops right away. They are floral with some pines and citruses, mostly grapefruit. It leaves a nice bitter taste. I would have liked a little more malt in there, but it's a very solid representation of the style.

M- Somewhat oily, leaving a nice coating on the mouth.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. It has a good amount of hops and bitterness, enough for a hophead to enjoy. Still, it isn't overwhelming and I could easily down a few of these. A very enjoyable brew.

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

On cask. A dark, slightly hazy gold with a white head. Smells very hoppy, though more herbal and floral than bitter. The aromas are actually almost spot-on pot. More malt comes out in the taste, though the herbal hoppiness is still dominant. Surprisingly well balanced and not overly bitter. Pretty standard cask ale body. Nice IPA.

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

A - Pours to a creamy off-white two finger head with an amber cloudy body. Nice lacing.

S - Has a sweet floral bubble gummy aroma.

T - Initial bitterness but it doesn't bite for long. It lets you know that there's some hops in there. No bubble gum in the flavor. Getting some floral bitter-sweetness though.

M - Clean and tingly.

D - An enjoyable IPA that is worth having again.

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice IPA and it hits all the right notes. It pours a nice clear, orangey amber color with a creamy white head, lots of lacing and retention. There is also lots of carbonation in this beer too. The nose is very nice, and gets better as it settles. Its a literal floral bouquet with a bit of orange burst, a bit of fruitiness, some bready and sweet malts underneath, and a nice grapefruit like pungency comes through as well.

The taste is a bit drying, and doesn't have as much oily and estery juices from the hop as I would have liked. There is a leafy hop texture to the beer, it isn't as piney or grapefruit acerbic in character, but there is a nice balance with the bready malts. This is a well balanced beer with substance and texture. The medium bodiedness, the creamy biscuity malts, and the dry hop leaf really complement each other. I wish this had a touch more oily hop, but this is a really good IPA nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a tad drying and palate cleansing, the after taste is slight. The 6.3% ABV is not even noticeable. A worthy beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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

Funnily enough I just finished the best IPA from BC I have ever had (central city Red Racer IPA) and so I was kinda let down by this one(considering Averys rep). Poured fairly dark with a nose that suggested hops but was not over the top. The beer was not really that hoppy but once it warmed up and I considered the nice balance and the hops it did use I realized this was a drinking IPA that does not tear your face off with IBUs but rather lets the hops speak at their own pace. Nice beer but I did expect more hops

Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Apperance is excellent, pored into pint glass a golden/orangeish color, good sized frothy white head excellent lace all the way down
S: Smell is of slight malt but dominated by hops. Reminds me of an amarillo IPA I made not too long ago. Also there is a slight astringent smell to the beer
T: Big bitter bite up front, mellows out after a bit revealing some grapefruit flavor. As with the smell i'm picking up some astringent tastes in there
M: Medium bodied, medium amount of carbonation
D: Not bad, pretty tasty IPA, would pick up a six pack of this if I found it in my area again.

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

A: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Yielded about 1/4 thick foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing too. Light golden color.

S: Relatively mild hop aroma with some caramel malt that really delivers on the nose. Perhaps amarillo hops? There's some citrusy aroma as well.

T: A not-too-bitter hop taste right up front. followed by a somewhat malty aftertaste. A citrus taste works it's way into the back of your throat, too, as well as a little bit of alcohol.

M: Decently smooth with decent carbonation. It feels good going down haha

D: Oh most definitely. A drinkable brew...not much else to say.

I've been drinking this beer for a while. For the past 6 months or so it's been a mainstay in my fridge. It might not be the best tasting or best smelling beer but it's got something to it. It's just a solid IPA. Few flaws to really point out.

Photo of diamondc
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery really made this beer as pale as could be. Some amber of course, but crystal clear. Nice foamy head with sheets of sticky lacing on the side.

Grapefruit aroma jumps right out of the bottle. Pine shows up in there also. A few whiffs reveal a bit of spiciness, maybe some pepper.

Grapefruit again stands out as a flavor along with apricots. A lot of herbalness too. Not getting much malt in there, but I'm still digging it.

Maybe a tad too astringent due to the grapefruit bitterness, but it's still a real good IPA. There's a nice creaminess to the beer that makes it easy drinking.

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

I love beers from Avery. This one is no exception. Nice citrus smell. Smooth and easy to drink with lots of grapefruit in the taste, and nice lingering bitter after taste. I love this easy to drink American IPA . Also a great session IPA. I think I'll have another.

Photo of Onenote81
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange. Decent finger-width head on top. Excellent lacing rings with each sip. Smells of grapefruit and flowers. Nice citrus pop. Flavor is bitter, but pretty average. Nothing spectacular here. Mouthfeel is decent. Crisp, yet smooth. Not bad.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a good experience with many of Avery's past beers, most recently Ellie's Brown Ale, saw this in the store today, had a craving for an IPA and thought I'd give this one a try.

Pours out a good deal brighter and clearer than about any IPA I've seen in a while. While not a bad thing it is certainly a surprise to see something that resembles a clean and clear lager than a down and dirty ale. Ropes of carbonation ripple through this tawny golden liquid and support a surprisingly durable half inch thick head.

Aroma is quite subdued, even at a relatively warm temperature the overall aroma feels lacking in complexity and strength of character. Yes there is a slightly leafy hoppiness here and barely a peep from the malty aspects of this beer. Quiet quiet quiet, lets see what it tastes like...

Pure clean balanced and ultimately forgettable. Maybe this one sat on the shelf for too long as the taste seems a bit cottony and covered, though the mouthfeel is there. Nice and sturdy on the palate, slightly abrasive and grabbing.

Drinkability i'snt bad, tastes is a bit one dimensional easy to drink as it does not demand much from you but.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a slightly chilled orange/light amber body with a small, less than one finger eggshell cap. Moderate lacing and an average amount of tiny bubbles.

Biscuity malt up front--not really what I want to be smelling first in my ipa's--and light oranges and grapefruits. Very subtle smell, not overly pungent.

Hmm, pretty well balanced. Bitter, citrus hops up front leading to a toasted biscuit malt backbone and then a pretty solid bitter finish. Nothing to write home about, but definitely fills my hop craving.

Medium bodied and smooth. I'd like it to be a little chewier. But it doesn't disappoint.

This guy leaves a pretty nice bitter aftertaste that builds up over time. Not a problem for me. The abv is a little high to session, but you might be able to get away with it.

A pretty solid version of the style. Not spectacular, but a good choice for an everyday ipa.

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

From Bottle into Tulip. Poured hazy golden yellow with medium head which mostly diminishes but lingers with the lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine. Hoppy taste and to me quite dry and bitter, especially in the finish. But that is what they tell you to expect. Overal a good, well above-average American IPA - and a map to boot - Cheers!

Photo of patril
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured smooth with a light fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a pretty, thin white surface. Big-time lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet and malty on the nose. I can detect a faint hop aroma and I'm now very curious about how that will show up on the tongue.

T - Hops hits first and hits hard. It's totally backed up by a sweetness that comes through much stronger in taste than in smell. I can't taste alcohol until it hits the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering. It makes me want to take another sip to get at that maltiness.

M - Big carbonation, but this beer is light in the mouth. It almost has to be, considering the attention-getting taste. Very good.

D - I could have a few of these tonight. Not too heavy but quite substantial.

This beer is totally rewarding with every sip and very true to style. If you're an American IPA lover you owe this one a try.

Photo of joshuadlight
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth.

This is a awesome IPA. Showed up with a big fluffy white head and coated the glass completely as I drank. Solid IPA characteristics throughout. Citrus and hops. I've never had a cask beer before, but I felt the beer was a little too flat and a little too warm for me to give it an outstanding mouthfeel rating. However, I really enjoyed it and will enjoy more in the future.

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date to be found.

Fairly large off-white head on top of a hazy dark yellow/light orange body. Good head retention. The aroma is very sweet and citric. Bit of a piney taste. Overall it's a very solid example of the style.

Photo of gpogo
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazed light orange copper with moderate sized white head.

A- Citrusy hop aroma with a light caramel malt aroma.

T- Nice bitterness throughout the beer and sticking around into the aftertaste. Light caramel malt flavor with a taste of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation

D- Enjoyable IPA. Nothing over the top.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a light amber orange body, creamy white head somewhat lasting. hoppy grapefruit citrus taste. very bitter. green tasting. very harsh. drying taste. Sweet grapefruity taste. Grapefruity dry aroma, bitter. less harsh tasting as it warms, more palatable.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,740 ratings.