1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,562 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 147 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,562 | Reviews: 1,151 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice fragrant hops from an amber pour with little head. Good malty, caramel backing matched very well with hops flavor and light lingering bitterness. An above average IPA for sure with a leaning towards hoppier end of the spectrum flavor to it. Need to try again, but good.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, hazy deep amber. One finger head on a fairly gentle pour. Receded to leave a nice ring and somewhat sparse yet sticky sheets of lacings.

Bready malt, some caramel sweetness and a touch of biscuit. Decent hop nose as well, grapefruit, papaya and pine. Somewhat subdued, may not be the freshest sample (no freshness or bottles on date) but sitll solid, fruity hop aroma with noticeable underlying bitterness.

Nice malts, much like in the nose. No real surprise in the hops either, nice bitterness, more aroma hops would be nice, pine seems to have taken over, with lesser citrus and tropical fruiit flavour. Nice tea like astringent flavour lingers at the finish.

A nice, almost medium bodied IPA. Would love the chance to try a fresh sample to see if there is more of an aroma hop presence, as is the bittering hops are overbalancing the aroma hops. Nice malt backbone, and finishes with a nice astringent finish making it very easy to back for more.

Very drinkable, and recommended to fans of IPAs. Pretty typical of the style, and as sessionable as any 6.3% abv beers come. Ill be trying this one again, and hop for a fresher, more aromatic sample that would turn this good beer into a great one.

demcorhip, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with copper-orange highlights. Pour creates a 1/2" fluffy white head which quickly dissapates to thin swirls of filmy foam.

Hops come to the forefront in the aroma with notes of citrus rind, pine needles and spice against a faint sweet background of caramel malts, honey and cookie dough.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a fine carbonation, but seemed to finish somewhat thin and a tad watery.

Crisp and refreshing hoppy flavor profile of fresh orange, grapefruit, pine and herbal tea come to the forefront followed by a backing of sweet crystal malts, light caramel, clover honey and floral notes. A moderate hop resin bitterness coates the tongue for the finish.

Although perhaps not a memorable American IPA, still well done a worth a try.

macster, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to barefootbrewer for this one that I acquired in a trade. Poured a nice deep golden color with orange hues and a nice white head that left decent lacing around glass. Aroma is hoppy with notes of grass, pine, and citrus. Flavor is the same, and is well-balanced with the hoppiness. This beer is nice and is not overdone. Very smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.

biggmike, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of melmoth100
2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, very cloudy, almost no head. Looked like apple cider. Minimal legs.

S - Hops, obviously, with undertones of cinnamon. Not much to it.

T - Resiny, acidic, with very bitter aftertaste. Again, not much to it.

M - Dense opening with gummy finish

D - Low, had trouble finishing a single glass.

Overall, a big disappointment. Just beer with extra hops, no real character. Did not care at all for the very bitter, resiny taste, nor the gummy, almost mucousy mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about IPAs in general, and this one did nothing to change my mind. Simply adding a bunch of hops to a beer does not generally improve it.

melmoth100, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was much better than expected. appearance is deceiving, a clear gold with a nice, creamy white head and persistent lacing. aroma of cookie dough predominates with floral, sweet spice (cinammon?), honey, and light-colored fruits. overall a complex, sweet, but not overwhelming bouquet that is hard to put my finger on. taste is moderate sweet malts and moderate hop bitterness, quite well-balanced, i wavered with scoring this quite high as well/ nice smooth but lingering bitter finish. medium-bodied, almost luscious for this strength, creamy, and some lively drying carbonation.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in Ommegang chalice. Mediocre head. An avaerage IPA with average hops and malts. So... average. I would get this as a subsitute for other IPAs, mainy because of the low cost.

Overall... an OK beer. I would probably get it against because of its low cost, but I'm not going crazy over it.

iconoklaztor, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a Sam Imperial pilsner glass. Nice deep gold color with orange hues. Slightly cloudiness. Nice off white head that left good lacing throughout. Smells of clean, crisp hoppiness (citrus). Taste is good and crisp, not overly bitter, but strong hop flavor. You can really catch the clean hop finish. Very drinkable.

DrDogbeer, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saffron colored with some chill haze. Nice 2+ fingers of eggshell head. Lacing is immense, great retention.

Smell is a bit understated, with honey soaked piney hops.

Taste is also somewhat light. Malt sweetness along with some tannin-like bitterness imitates the character of honey tea. Some citrus hops are also present.

Tannic finish leads to a dryish mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, which doesn't match well with the sort of chewy body.

This is a quite tame IPA, which makes it very very drinkable.

illidurit, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Bar & Grill

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow-gold in color with a little over a finger of off-white head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is mostly of hops, citrus (namely grapefruit) and pine aromas but a decent amount of maltyness to balance it out. Taste is quite good, lots of piney, citrusy hops in this one. However, it is still fairly balanced. The malts don't take a back seat and make sure that they make their presence known. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability this was pretty good. It was balanced and enjoyable and had a hop forward flavor profile that didn't overwhelm my palate.

mnj21655, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper gold, about par the course for this style

S: Milds hops aroma was all I could ascertain

T: Muted florals with red grapefruit

M: average for this style

D: Mild and refreshing. Has a watery smoothness to my taste buds

This is a refreshing Am-IPA offering from Avery. None or very little with respect to pine notes, but this beer is a smooth and drinkable. Very refreshing. It would appeal to me more in warmer weather. Otherwise, not a lot of character here compared to the hoppier extreme beers I like, but that can be nice at time. I might try this again, depending on the other offerings at my beer bar. But it isn't on my list of favorites.

Hoppington, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber-colored ale with good clarity. The head is solid and long-lasting. Not much to say about it - it's an IPA, and it looks like an IPA.

Smell - Resiny and pine-like. Sweet, bready malts hide behind citrus fruit aromas. Faintly floral.

Taste - Bracing bitterness from the start; this is a well-hopped IPA. The bready malt backbone is barely a support for the pine and lemon rind-like bitterness. A touch of sweetness appears mid-sip before being overwhelmed by coating hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste contains a hint of orange peel and tobacco.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with a sticky hop presence. Refreshing and drinkable to the extreme.

Notes - This is one of the better IPAs I've tried recently - truly great stuff. The only thing preventing me from giving it a higher rating is the sheer quantity of great IPAs out there right now. Blind Pig this ain't, but it's a quality brew nonetheless and worth seeking out. Glad to see Avery distributing to California these days; I've enjoyed everything I've tried so far and I'll definitely be picking this up again.

largadeer, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap this evening.

A - golden, cloudy, nice head

S - citrus, floral notes, some pineyness

T - citrus, enjoable sweetness, finishes nice and hoppy

M - light-medium body, good carbonation yet still pretty smooth

D - really nice; would definitely drink this all night or buy for home

ruckzuck, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 12oz bottle reads,
"Brewed with the Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."
Seems to me there's an *other* beer that claims it's brewed with Rocky Mountain water. Please take note, these two beers are very different, proving that at least in this case, the type of water isn't what makes the difference - it's how much water and what you put in it that matters.

A - This IPA was light golden orange in my imperial pint glass, with a very slight haze. Frothy white head bubbles down to a good film with plenty of lace.

S - Ripe fruits, pineapple and peach. Soft pine and a nice floral bouquet.

T - Very hoppy, citrus, and tight carbonation. Just enough malt to harness the bitterness. A dry finish with extremely bitter lingering. Characterized by some bright tannins and soft sweetness, mild florals of peony and rose.

M - Dry, crisp, yet smooth. A little lighter than some AIPAs in body and taste.

D - Quite drinkable. Very bitter and not too sweet. Good for someone who prefers bitter/hoppy with very little sweetness and not too much depth in malt. A good beer for this style, though a little light for me personally.

lightindarkness, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with some nice cream head. Airy hoppy nose that gives some pine characters. Smells like a forest of vibrant pine trees. Flavor is meaty with piney attributes. Just a robust overall flavor profile. Not much complexity to it. It just hits you and stays that way. Feel is good on the liquid. Nice bubble to it as well. Overall pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, and not really a dud. It is what it is.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first brew I ever sampled from Avery was their White Rascal, and I loved it... this brew just about matches it, if not better... appearance was exceptonal... very cloudy and hazy with a nice frothy head whose unexpectedly light color slightly resembled a wheat beer or hefe... Smell was great, full of bittersweet hops combined with citrus and grapefruit... taste complemented the aroma, with a bitter-sweet finish combined with grapefruit, citrus, and hops... flavor was slightly sweeter than usual for an IPA, which I really liked... this is perhaps one of the best IPA's I've ever tried... a great brew, Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with an orange tint to it. Smells of citrusy hops which aren't quite as strong as most IPA's, but are definitely there. There's some faint spice underneath it all. Has a good one-finger off-white head that fades fairly quickly leaving an inconsistent lacing behind. Tastes of hops which aren't too brutal, but maybe not as powerful as other IPA's. That being said, they work well in this beer. There's some orange peel mixed in that has some subtle fruity sweetness to it. Mouth-feel is smooth with a bit of chalkiness left behind that grows more obvious after a few drinks. Overall not a bad IPA, but I would change a couple of things to make this one stand out from the pack a bit more, something Avery usually excels at.

stephens101, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little different from what I was expecting from Avery. I love Avery Maharaja with its heavy duty hops blast. This was a good beer, but not as hoppy as most IPAs. Pours a clear, dark gold color with a fairly small white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is mild hops. Taste is what I would call "floral" hops and fairly sweet malt. Mouthfeel is ok, not watery but not full bodied either. Very crisp, the sweetness is not cloying or annoying in any way. Very pleasant and drinkable and nicely balanced but not a typical American IPA. As good a session beer as the 6.3 abv allows. Just not a hop-heads IPA.

JayQue, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of ffejherb
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass at Corvette Bar & Grille in Annville, PA. No date on bottle.

A - Poured a fairly clear yellow/light amber body with thich, frothy white head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

S - Grassy hops dominate with some light citrus notes, mostly grapefruit and lemon. Not much of a malt presence in the nose.

T - Bitter citrus hops smack the tongue immediately with grapefruit and lemon rind bitterness. Fairly long, bitter finish. Could definitely use some maltiness to balance out the tartness and bitterness. Pucker up!

M - Light body with semi-oily and a slightly thin watery texture. Carbonation was pretty lively and prickly. Finish was quite bitter on the tongue.

D - A little on the bitter side, but a good IPA. Could use some more malt to balance things out a bit, but otherwise, it's pretty solid.

ffejherb, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber/golden color with a decent white head that retains well. Nice lacing.
Smells of subtle sweetness with a floral bouquet of bitter hops. Nose is more hops than anything. The taste surprised me. Seems nothing like the nose in this beer. Starts off sweet and malty and gets fruity & citrusy hop flavors coming through afterwards, finishing pretty dry. Enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, and dry finish. I would rank this beer pretty drinkable. There are a good amount of IPA's that I would grab first but this one is definitely no slouch.

Doomcifer, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not very big head. Kinda like a Pabst blue ribbon but a little darker.

Smells grassy mostly, is this not a macro?

Tastes like not a whole lot. Maybe the shipyard and adam beforehand hurt the taste. This beer isnt much of anything.

That being said, it is a good beer to just keep drinking. Not too bitter, kinda sweet, nice malt bill, some hops.

Good starter beer to begin a night.

Murchmac, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this IPA. Amber colored with a one finger head and good lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops. Taste is not overly sweet a lot of hops come through maybe not as much as a double IPA but you can drink more of these without falling down. This is a beer you could drink all night and not lose interest. Enough complexity to keep your taste & olfactory buds working.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA kick lately and this is just one of many I've aquired.

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Nice, golden yellow appearance. A bit lighter than most IPAs I've had. Not completely clear, but not too cloudy. A strong head is initially there, but depletes to a soapy lace. Overall, very solid and unique.

The aroma is quite nice. Strong grapefruit and pine aromas. THis carries over into the taste w/ a sharp grapefruit bite initially, followed by more mellow citrus flavors. Strong bitterness at first, but it settles down nicely towards the end. The malts are well balanced for an American IPA. They definitely let the hops prevail, which is the way it should be with this style.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Just right. Nice and crisp w/ lively carbonation. All these qualities lead to a very nice beer. Not the best AIPA I've had, but it is a great one. Definitely in my top 20 at least. I will definitely try this one again and again.

brewdoc75, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of boogles
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I like about IPA, and why I like IPA best. Simply put, this brew has a lot of fruit (nose and taste) but is also bitter (not overwhelmingly) without the alcohol of a double IPA, which makes it more drinkable. I'm not sure why this beer is not among the ranks of hyped IPAs. It's certainly one of my favorites.

boogles, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice light color. gold meets amberish. very clear. white head with okay retention and okay lace. nose is hops like it should be. mostly citrusy -lemon with a touch of orange and some grapefruit in the background... also just enough malt for the hops to ride on. taste is the same... like a car with just enough gas to make it to the next filling station. medium body. smooth and slick with a hint of bite. goes down easy. if avery ipa was a girl ,i wouldn't kick her out of bed.

timtim, Dec 04, 2007
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,562 ratings.