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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,707 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 191 | 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 nicnut45
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy honey amber color as it fills the glass. The haziness almost reminds me of a hefewiezen although you can still see through it rather easily. A beautiful white creamy head as well that takes mountainess shapes as it sits amidst the sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell swells up to your nose as it is poured. It is a combination of dank hops and sweet sweet malt. What a powerful combo! Most I.P.A.'S are hop strong but this has a strong sweet malt nose as well. Reminds me of maple syrup and dish soap all rolled up into one.

The taste follows the nose, Just as you taste the sweet malt it gets knocked out by a strong soapy hop taste which is an unusual but I like it. Its hard for me to describe the malt taste as it only stays there for a second but compliments the hop taste nicely the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft pillowy carbonation. And bitter sweet hop resins that cling to all sides of the mouth after the swallow.

All in all I think this is one of the best I.P.A.'s I have ever head. And I dont think its a style that you would slam all night. Drinkability is average for me. I love I.P.A.'S but one of this calibur, I would do two maximum in a night. The strong hops, no matter how good just gets old one right after another. I would sit back and savor this one

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear yellow/orange color.. nice head that stays consistent all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing too. Smell is very hoppy (moreso than most IPA's). Taste is very good.... balanced and bitter, but not too strong. One of the better IPAs I've had.. if this beer wasn't too pricey I'd have it a lot more often.. but alas it is, and I can get comprable IPA sixers for 4-5 dolalrs less.

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

Nice head retention all the way through the beer, dark gold color

This beer smells absolutely fantastic with floral and piney notes

Starts out surprisingly smooth with a fuller body, then the hops come in. Its on the bitter side but its an IPA so its to be expected... nothing out of the ordinary! Pretty well balanced

Lingering aftertaste has a bit of a sourness that wasn't the greatest, perhaps just unexpected. The aftertaste doesn't distract from the entire beer though and it is still a pretty decent IPA. Don't know if I'd recommend it to someone for their first IPA but it's a good beer.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky golden color in the glass. This leaves plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is bittering hops. Taste is absolutely wonderful! Wonderful bitter hop taste. Plenty of juicy hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. This is a very well done IPA. Among the best. Crisp and refreshing, definitely won't be the last that I have.

Photo of chrisafari
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

aroma: piney, resiny hops dominate the nose. (Wish there was more citrus and freshness here).

pour: light orange amber brown, super clear with thin off-white head.

taste: begins mild and slightly sweet, then the hops kick in with similar characteristics to the nose: pine and resin. Finish is dry, but the after-taste is not very nice (it's kind of piney, but it's really harsh and unpleasant).

mouthfeel: medium body with some light lacing forming on the glass.

drink: medium-low to low. The harsh aftertaste makes this more difficult to gulp and enjoy.

overall: and okay IPA. Not worth the money, there are much better IPA's out there.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a few times, but recently I had it on tap for the first time. This was the best I have found yet, but I am still not a huge fan of this beer. I think an average IPA (which is fine) is about right. But the aroma is what sticks out the most as this thing smells fantastic, with citrus and piney hops coming through. The taste comes through as mostly base malt, and not much else to round it out. Comes out pretty dry to me and as drinkable as it is, I just don't seek this one out often.

Photo of nc41
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Very nice, color. head, retains it to the end. My 1st go and not disappointed at all. Citrus, bitter, nicely balanced, hops a plenty, but not a hop bomb. One very well made IPA and will satisfy most everyone who likes a hoppy IPA with some balance to it. Definitely a first choice at the establishment I had it at today.

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

Appearance: This beer pours as a cloudy (wheat'ish in cloudiness) golden honey hue. The head is thick and creamy. Plentiful lacings. Very good presentation.

Smell: There is a strong sweet hops presence with a slight citrus presence. Very good.

Taste: This brew has a very sharp biter hop flavor onset. However, the mid-taste has a hint of woodsy pine. During the ustain, the hop bitterness reappears. The flavor curve is excellent in design and interesting in presentation. Great job Avery.

Mouthfeel: There is a sharp hip bitter twang as the brew hits the tongue. Flavor tapers and the palate is a little clouded (like most IPA's) but it is not suppresive. Pretty good overall style design.

Drinkability: This selection is a little heavy due to the very high alpha hop presenct, however, there is still room for additional glasses. This would be a little strong for novice drinkers, however experienced drinkers will enjoy the overall brew character.

Prosit!
Nikki

Photo of tittymcj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half and half with William Pang (Queens, NY).

Poured a very crisp, clear, pale gold, with a one finger head and pretty minimal lacing.

Smells citrusy, but also a little funky. The funk reminds me a little bit of fruit, which seems to be a small part raisin, but also a little blueberry in the sweetness.

The taste is also very citrusy. A lot of hop flavor, but also a lot of bread/biscuit taste from the malt and some fruit present.

Medium body, with minimal carbonation, but a very present stinging hop feeling during and after.

Good beer, questionable drinkability. Lots of different flavors, including some fruits and bread, and a lot of hop bitterness. Definitely worth drinking, but doesn't stand out.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere in between yellow and amber and produced a massive head. Very strong hop smell with some malt. Malt actually hit me first, then I was quickly assaulted with a rush of hops that dominated the beer to the finish. The hop taste stays in the mouth well after the brew is gone. Definitely an IPA here. Carbonation is present, but not excessive. Drinkability is not the highest, like most other IPA's.

Photo of TheBear11D
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper yellowish golden orange with an incredibly long lasting foamy off-white head.

A good strong citrus hoppy intro with a floral and pine backing and a distant scent of rye.

Quite a bold citrus hoppy intro that gets stronger in the middle before the malt pauses for only a second giving way to the hoppy bitterness, again, in the finish.

Medium body with low carbonation. Compliments the flavor of the beer nicely.

Easy to enjoy. Bold flavor and tasty. Not a session beer but something to return to.

Photo of xsists
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark golden color almost orangish. Great 1-1.5 finger head that laces away beautifully.

S - Most noticable is a floral hoppy scent. A bit of citrus/grapefruit sifts through the hops.

T - Not huge flavor but plenty of hop pop. Hops are mostly up front giving way to a citrusy taste then a little more hop as it finishes cleanly with a great hoppy, roasty, dry finish.

M - A medium to full body liquid with mellow carbonation.

D - I would drink one or a few more. Would I go out of my way to pick it up? No, but I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of adamette
2.35/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night into a standard clear pint glass. Review from notes.

A Translucent orange/brown body with nice head with great lacing which extended the entire span of the glass.

S Not a big hop smell but it is primary none the less, some sweetness.

T Grapefruit hops in a much more intense way than the smell suggested to me. The grapfruit, as if I had chomped off a mouthful of it, was in the front, in the middle and hung on for far too long into the aftertaste. Any malt is totally eclipsed by the intense citrus bitterness of the hops. This is a one note taste and I am not impressed. About 30 minutes later I could feel the bitterness in the fluid of my eyeballs as if they were floating in this disagreeable liquid.

M Moderate to full with the tart of the huge chunk of grapefruit that I was chewing on and the reasonably high alcohol.

D Poor. It was difficult for me to finish this beer.

Notes: No me gusta. It is too much of a one note beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright copper color, 1 inch white head, thick and foamy. Whispy lacing.
S: Citrus hops, rye, grains, faint oily hops. Pretty mild.
T: Bitter hop nip, caramel, buttery almost. Grainy taste in the middle. Finish lets the sugary malts and hops linger.
M: Calm and refreshing, no alcohol taste. Sweet finish. But missing that nice bitter hop nip that I love.
D: Fine, quite sessionable.

Photo of turamarth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into globe with nucleation point.

Appearance: Light golden amber color lots of bubbles. 1 1/2 finger of a almost pure white head. Minimal lacing. Head recedes quickly into a thick film.

Nose: Lots of hops. Some jasmine tea, a little grass. Herby and floral. Very small hint of bready yeastiness.

Taste: Has a fairly nice hoppy bite to it. Astringency much alike with jasmine tea. Some citrus rind on the back on the tongue. A little malty sweetness, and some yeasty breadiness.

Mouth: Good carbonation. Light body. Leaves the mouth feeling nice especially with the bitter after taste. Great palate cleanser.

Drink: A pretty good drink. Goes down pretty smooth.

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

A: Light golden hazy orange in color with a nice one finger white head. Some lacing can be found on my pint glass.

S: Notes of grapefruit and mild pine give way in an awesome wave. An impressive display of aromatics altogether.

T: Big old bite of hops at first. High carbonation and a zing of the citrus and pine come together the pleasure the palate.

M: The gulp factor is there.

D: A must session beer for the hop lovers. This beer can hold its own!

Photo of Proteus93
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between straw and golden pale amber. A wonderful, frothy head grows on this and breaks down in cascading rolls. Very nice.

S: The hoppiness is a little odd. A somewhat herbal flowery scent with some touches of pine. There's almost a mustiness that I don't think I've picked up from the style before.

T: The flavour picks up again... though it's still quite an interesting profile. Herbal plant-like flavours... the mustiness is still there. Something like damp earthiness. It's not bad, just a little odd.

M + D: Carbonation is a little soft, body feels a little weighty and muddy. Not a better part of the beer. As for drinkability, it is doable and certainly not a horrible beer - not a favourite, though.

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

Served on draft into a goblet.

A: pours copper/apricot orange, clear, with a tan head that has the lightest shade of orange. Good lacing.

S: lots of American hop, citrus, pine, orange, grapefruit, lime, resin.

T: Definitely balanced toward the hop with little underlying malt character detected; some sweet toastiness is the extent of the malt. Hop flavors are what you would expect, and similar to the aroma characters, with the grapefruit/pine flavors being most prominent. Finishes with a puckering bitterness that sticks around for awhile.

M: light on the feel, about average carbonation; the bitterness lends a definite puckering at the end.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable; while not much stands out about this particular IPA, would definitely have again. Can have a few without sacrificing sobriety.

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

Standard (for an IPA) light golden color, with a two finger white cap perched up top which leaves excellent lacing.

Smells of hops mainly, no surprise there. Some citric notes in there as well.

Tastes a lot like it smells, although the citrus (mostly lemon) plays a bigger part. Not overly bitter, which is nice.

Medium body, with a nice amount of carbonation to tickle your tongue. Smooth going down.

Not among the very top brews in it's category, but if you like IPAs this one is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Jekster
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow to light amber color with a thick two finger pure white head.

Smell: The smell has sweet necter and citrus overtones. Grapefruit is a prominent smell along with star fruit. There is a slight pleasant cut grass aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant light honey sweetness that matches the initial smell of the beer. There is a definite forward hop bitterness that tingles on the tip of your tongue and then lingers as you swallow. There is the slight hop flavor of lemon rind but mainly the taste is dominated by hop bitterness. There is a slight presences of alcohol esters that linger after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel: The beer is extremely light on the pallet and extremely carbonated. I think the level of carbonation is borderline for the style and I personally would enjoy a bit less carbonation. It becomes almost bitey feeling.

Drinability: This is a beer for people that enjoy a nice lingering bitterness. I could drink a couple, but would choose other craft beers if I had the option.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I love a good IPA and enjoy bitterness. That being said, I would not seek this beer to buy again. I find that it is fairly one dimension with the hop bitterness and the aroma complexity does not follow through in the taste. I think the lingering bitterness would be a put off to most people who don't enjoy that aspect of IPA's. It's also a turn off for people, like myself, who enjoy bitterness, but like some other flavors to go along with it.

Photo of jsp2
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a thick white foamy head with great retention. Incredible strength to the citrus hop aromna. Taste of carbonation, then citrusy hops, followed by a strong dry bitterness. Light and crisp, the maltiness is just enough to keep the hops sane but no more.

What a great IPA, the hops really shine through on this one with both the aroma and flavor. I would love to try this one freshly tapped. A superb example of the style up there with the best of them.

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

A: Poured a rusty amber-orange with a creamy white head that left a fair, streaky lacing behind.

S: a big flower boutique of citrus and lemons with light lingering grassy notes.

T: The initial flavor was rich, sweet malt, with a moderate level of hoppiness of pine and fresh grapefruit to balance things out. The hoppiness was sharp and pronounced and paired well with the big sweet caramel backing. On the fade and finish a dry hopping left a flowery hop residue lacing leaving the mouth dry anxiously awaiting the next sip.

M: medium with a nice carbonation factor that brought out the intense hoppiness of the drink.

D: A nicely hopped ipa that was very drinkable with sweet caramel and moderate alcohol making for a big experience.

Photo of mdm46410
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a golden amber with a light haze and a thin, lasting off-white head. Heavy, even rings of lace coated the glass. The aroma included pungent grapefruit, tropical fruits, a touch of white pepper, and small amount of caramel. The flavor consisted of grapefruit juice, spicy hops, and a trace of caramel malt. Quite bitter on the tongue, but still very drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied and had light carbonation. A well made, quaffable IPA. Not to shabby.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice golden pour with a full sudsy head nearing 2 fingers, but dying back to about 1/4". Slightly hazy, but the only thing floating in this beer are bubbles rushing to the surface. Subtle lacing left in the glass.

Smell: A very hoopy aroma. My mouth was watering anticipating the hoppy bitterness. A flowery bouquet, an almost "green" smell and citrus notes.

Taste: The bitterness is BAM!!! in your face. A good mouth turning bite which is what I am looking for in a hop forward IPA. There are citrus hints, almost lemony lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and drying on the finish. There is a nice malt backbone that makes this ale unbelievably smooth. And IMO, the carbonation is dead on.

Drinkability: A very refreshing IPA with bitter hops abound. No characteristic of this beer is overwhelming or over bearing, and at the same time nothing is overly complex. In terms of Avery's IPA, Simplicity is Golden.

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

Reviewed on 9/21/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth. Pours a clear light orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of floral, citrus, and bitter hops. Flavor of nice floral hops with a slight hint of bitter pine in the finish. Nice hops/malt balance. Excellent IPA.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.