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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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2,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,772
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 224 | 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 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.

Photo of chumba526
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery I.P.A poured a golden crisp color; it had moderate foam: head was about an inch. It smelt moderately of grassy pine tasting hops. The carbonation is not over the top or overly flat; it has perfect carbonation for an American style IPA. The taste remained loyal to the smell; it was crisp and refreshing. This I.P.A had very mild malty bite, which allowed the flavors of the hops to be showcased. There was a slight citrus sourness followed by a moderate bite of hops. This belongs like Stone IPA in the ranks of America's best I.P.A's. I cannot find anything really to complain about, concerning the beer. This is an American IPA which does not try to be a double or imperial IPA; it is simply a simple nearly flawless IPA.

Photo of hockeyhead
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on sale so i bought a six pack
A: nice golden color and a white small bubbled head
S: great piny smell and even deeper the citrus orange and lemon comes through with a little hint of sweet malt
T: starts off with an aggressive hop piny citrus punch then slowly drys to a sweet malty finish and leaves the mouth lingering with the hop taste
M: medium body with nice carbination and smooth watery feel in the mouth
D: overall a great ipa when you want it to be a session beer grab a six pack you'll be glad you did

Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,772 ratings.