Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Avery IPA on draft with a jerk chicken pineapple cheesy sub = sheer delite.
What, I need to write more? If I must.
A: Clear gold, topped with a pure white, sticky head. Some bubbles rise through the beer and the lacing, as I drain this one, is uniform and cool. The head lasts about 20 minutes.
S: Mostly citrus hops (not a bad thing, really) some malt and an orange smell. Doesn't grab you, but it's basic and to style.
T. This is good. Crisp, bitter citrus hop flavor with a hint of acidity and pine. Alive and mildly harsh, cleansing and refreshing. Aftertaste lingers on the back of my tongue. This is a basic bitter American IPA but a darn good one. Hoppier than some and carries a real "bite". I dug it.
Mouthfeel is sharp from the acidic hops and rough carbonation. Bold. Good!
Again, this went wonderfully with my spicy chicken sub and I'll have it again. Great if you're a hophead looking for a quick fix.
08-16-2007 19:47:40 | More by kkipple
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours beeeaaautifully, rich, golden, superb lacing/head... this is precisely how I want my West Coast IPAs to look...
Smells like... ummmm... what does it smell like? I guess there's some hops in there... somewhere. Reaaallly disappointing at first, although the fruity hints that are there are appealing, but it never really shows up in strength, which is sad. I like me some hoppy aroma, dammit.
Tastes almost astringently bitter, with some pleasing light peachy sweetness... hop flavor is present/noticeable if not straining against all boundaries for flavor... however, this beer warms WONDERFULLY. I can't emphasize enough how much better this beer was down the home stretch than out of the fridge. Very frequently with IPAs as they reach room temperature you'll start to get fusel alcohols (at least, I find that to be the case... don't let that statement stand as truth by itself), but here the sweet fruit and citrusy, floral hop flavors all came rushing in. A totally different beer once almost room temp.
Despite my criticisms, this is a fine, middle of the road IPA. There's just so many GREAT ones out here in SoCal, why drink the Colorado imports? It reminds me of Smutty's IPA, strangely, although I think theirs has more malt... when freshly poured bitterness is far too assertive, and aroma is lacking on what would otherwise be an excellent brew, and both are better towards their finish, particularly if it's a slow finish.
Anyway, certainly try it. I hope to track this down in a keg one of these days soon and see how it works there.
08-15-2007 07:16:37 | More by errantnight
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz. bottle, with cool 15th century Eastern Hemisphere map on the label, looks like something Vasco de Gama would use,
A: Golden yellow, maybe a shade darker than a macro lager, or a pilsner, but the head is amazing, thick and white, it stays around for the whole glass, and leaves excellent lacing.
S: Smells of hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple abound.
T: Interesting, this is a much softer IPA in the flavor of the hops department, the hop compounds definitely taste more fruity, and of more like tropical fruit and citrus than I'm used to in an average American IPA. A different take, but I like it a lot.
M: Chewy and resiny, medium-bodied.
D: A good IPA from Avery, I've had better, but a quality beer at a good price, and easy to find, I'm sold. Will please beginning IPA drinkers and hopheads alike.
08-08-2007 02:46:45 | More by Halcyondays
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a vibrant amber with a thin white head that leaves some broken rings of lacing on the glass.
The smell is citric - grapefruit and orange. Some peppery alcohol is in the back.
The taste is of citrus - grapefruit and orange. Very bitter with just a nod of some sweet malt in the back end. Peppery alcohol gives it a kick. Rather astringent, with notes of soapiness and wet cardboard. Quite resiny after mid-way through.
This is a decent IPA overall, but I can't see what makes this special. It is slightly flawed and harsh. Not enough to really complain about, but enough to keep it from greatness. The citrus does shine forth, especially in the nose. It does seem to be lacking something tying it together that would improve it. As it is, it's decent, but found myself going to another IPA after one of these, though a second would be fine too.
08-05-2007 01:24:32 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.
Head was small, off-white and diminishing. Color was amber with light carbonation.
Aroma was citrusy hops. Grapefruit in the front, mild malt in the background.
Taste was bitter, citrusy hops, but is well balanced by the malt. Easy drinking and very crisp. Awesome beer, long lasting bitterness. Very sessionable.
08-03-2007 05:38:42 | More by drumrboy22
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
I had this on draft and was served a clear yellow pint with about ½ retentive head. The smell was of fresh hops and quite inviting. The taste was bitter initially from the hops, but there was a sweet malt backbone that held the flavors together. The mouthfeel was medium with a dry finish. This is an easy to drink IPA that was impressively hoppy, but not overbearing.
08-02-2007 20:41:47 | More by barefootbrewer
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
India Pale Ale pours a light orange with a craggy off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy hops - grapefruit to be specific. There is a wonderful bitter grapefruit hop flavor that dominates this beer. The malt in the background is doing its job but never gets in the way of the hops. An excellent modern American interpretation of IPA.
07-31-2007 00:48:12 | More by Drew966
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Very light color, golden siding towards amber, with little rushing bubbles. Crystal clear, head appears to grow after the pour and sticks for a while, quite white, leaving rings of fine lace. Very lovely.
Aromas of English style hops, a little peppery, mild pine, with some American citric addition as well. Smells fine, but a little weak. Flavor is citric hop heavy, with minimal pale malt interference. Fine by me.
Body is medium to slightly thin. Good hopping can be to blame, wouldn't mind a little more insistent malt presence. Flavorful and easy to drink, perhaps a touch on the simple side.
07-25-2007 23:27:47 | More by BretSikkink
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Purchased as part of a mixed 6 Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.
Pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a good head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer and it has some lacing.
The smell is strong on the citrus(grapefruit) and is quite inviting.
The taste is all hops up front. Lots of grapefruit with and some floral with a little grassy and in the background, I get a decent malty profile that helps give this IPA some balance. Very drinkable. I could easily see myself enjoying another bottle or 2. ;^)
The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and the carbo is medium. It's not an over the top type of IPA but it's a solid example of the style and it would be a regular of mine if it was available locally. Good stuff.
07-16-2007 23:09:00 | More by Bitterbill
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear copper color with a great marshmallowy white head. Leaves beautiful sheets of lacing!
Smells of sweet yet spicy hops.
Taste is grassy, but citrusy hops. Grapefruity with a nice bitter bite.
Overall, a very good IPA. It was a bit of a suprise, although Avery is quickly moving up my list of very good breweries. This can compete with most IPA's out there. Highly recommended.
07-16-2007 22:40:29 | More by bluegrassbrew
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass - I bought this 'on a whim' needing one more beer to fill a self-mixed sixer.
A - nice, clear, golden color with a tall white head that settled to a layer, leaving very nice lace.
S - strong floral hop aroma, malt aroma hits the nose as you start to drink.
T - very good balance of hops, malt, then hops on the back end.
M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, crisp, refreshing brew.
D - very good, highly drinkable IPA, mo' bitter is mo' better.
07-16-2007 03:42:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is heavy with hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness, with a touch of malt in the background.
T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops, then a nice balance comes from a hearty malt character and mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.
O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, decent kick, its flavorful enough that you can keep drinking for a long time without looking for something else. This is definitely a beer that I would stick with for a whole evening.
07-15-2007 02:21:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.1/5 rDev -19.5%
Pours a clean pale yellow and a small white head, sticky lacing too. In the nose big grapefruity hops, and the same in the taste, but with a dry end. It has a malty body and leave a dryness in the mouth. Good beer, with a good hop presence. Smooth and easy to put down.
07-14-2007 19:41:42 | More by OWSLEY069
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured amber/yellow, full head, small to medium size bubbles, delicate lacing. When I put a nose to it the first thing to pop into my mind was Scotch whiskey....it was subtle, but yes Scotch...wierd, then began to notice some piney/fruity scents. My only beer today (so far), the flavor literally pounced at my taste buds, with hints of grapefruit, lemon, pine, tantalizing my parched throat...a lovely hop/alcohol ballance...., my god my mouth is begging for more....Sorry... I got carried away.
I'm gonna get another one....Cheers
07-14-2007 00:04:04 | More by scottblaze
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. My first Avery beer. There seem to be a lot of new (to Spokane) breweries coming and going from the portfolios of the local distributors these days.
This poured a copper color that took on a gold hue when held to the light. It was relatively clear and had a 1 1/2" white head. Head retention was excellent and left lots of sticy lace to the sides of my Mirror Pond pintglass.
This was strangely malty in the nose. It's been a long time since I've had a beer that seemed so different in the nose than in the taste. It's not unpleasant - peppery and citrusy hops are detectable - but it just doesn't smell like an ipa, with the hops seeming to take a backseat to the malts.
The hops, oddly enough are in sufficient force in the taste. There's still a heavier malt taste than one would expect out of an IPA, but it's not nearly as oout of whack as the scent. This starts off with a peppery hop bitterness that is then paired with a fairly restrained citrus flavor. The bready maltiness from the nose is more restrained and is actually subordinate to the hops, but it's still more assertive than the malt flavors in most IPAs.
The mouthfeel is a litle more creamy than in most IPAs. While oily and prickly like I find most beers of the style, those two characteristics are definitely more restrained with this one.
This is a perfectly drinkable beer, but is not really what I look for in the style. I do find it refreshing after getting off work on a day that saw a high of 101 F, but I don't think I'll need an IPA like this again unless it's being offered cheap at my local.
07-13-2007 07:15:59 | More by woemad
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
A-Pours a orange/copper cloudy hue with good carbonation. A nice large foamed head settles in aruond 1 finger with a lovely ammount of lace.
S-nice sweet malt, with a really nice citrusy/earthy hop background. With a possible sourness in there too.
T-The taste is mildy sweet bready malt with a hop presence throughout. Tangerine and grapefruit hops are present throughout and very well balanced with that nice sweet malt. The bitterness is good for an IPA without venturing into the 2xIPA. The hop profile is very complex which makes this very interesting
M-Lighter bodied than I would like but still good. Decent carbonation saves it though.
D-This is a good IPA. I have been dissapointed with other Avery brews I have had but this one is excellent. This is one i would get again.
07-13-2007 03:14:23 | More by sleazo
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Golden orange pour with a white head which leaves lace down the glass.Citrus and pine scents in the aroma. Nice balance of hops and malt in the flavor. Not extremely bitter, a good starter IPA for those who are wary of the hop. Citrus hop flavors are present in the beginning. Some sweetness and bread malt flavors break through in the middle, but the hops take over with a nice bitter finish. High marks for drinkability. This would make a wonderful session beer if I had more than one bottle.
07-12-2007 02:31:44 | More by kwakwhore
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
The best way to describe an Avery beer is smooth. Nothing is ever out of whack when drinking an Avery. This is a clean,not too hoppy,not too bitter IPA. This is the kind of beer to give someone just starting out on IPA's because it will not scare them away. Then they can move up to a Maharaja and find true inner peace.
07-08-2007 23:44:06 | More by ejimhof
4.68/5 rDev +21.6%
Found myself up in Asheville last night, (Beerfly reviews forthcoming) and stopped in a fine little BBQ establishment on the strip. Ordered my beer before dinner, as per usual. Didn't know what to get out of the 75 or so bottles they had, but then I remebered I had not ever tried Avery IPA(I can hardly believe it myself). So I figured what the ell and ordered up a bottle. A very nice looking bottle came out, nice old style map on the front gave it a "worldly" look. Please and ready to start I dove in straight away.
Poured a reasonably clear, after some settling, orange amber color. Lots of visible carbonation. A very nice one inch white head graced the top of the glass. This faded in a couple minutes, receding into a thin film along the top that stayed with the beer till the very end. Nice residual lace in rings down the glass as the session went on. Had a decently thick appearence for an IPA and definatly looked the part.
The smell was a citrus and sugar hop bomb. Overwhelming smell of orange and tangerine overpowered just about everything else. A slight hint of sugar could be detected a well, giving it the orange popsickle kinda tone. Hints of grapefruit of pineapple bitterness could be picked up as well as the smell of fresh grass. Exactly what I would have wanted my IPA to smell like.
Diving right in my first impression was holy hops! Bigtime grapefruit and orange peel were so pronounced I could just sit there and smile. A touch of sweetness rounded out the initial feel with a dry bitter finish that left me yearning for another sip. Very clean and crisp feel, gave this the feel of a finished product and something that has been mastered. Great carbonation on the feel gave it the silky, rolling smoothness that I crave in a good brew. A tiny bit of a earthy, grainy malt tried to force its way through the full frontal hop assault. Very nice tasting IPA, quite impressed with the flavor.
Overall I have to give this one pretty marks. It really was exactly what I wanted at that time and did not dissapoint at all. It was your classic west coast hop bomb of an IPA, and that is something that I just love. Definatly a winner from Avery, a damn fine finish brew.
07-08-2007 14:18:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a clear light ho-hum gold with noticeable carbonation, with a decent head and lacing. Strong aroma of grapefruity hops. The taste ensues with strong grapefruit bitterness upfront that eases a bit as it goes down. Good aftertaste that lingers...
07-07-2007 04:27:39 | More by sstackho
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap in the Avery tasting room.
Pours a rich golden yellow with a small white head.
The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.
The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity. I did feel that the overall character was a little light though. I usually prefer my American IPAs to be slightly beefier, i.e. Racer 5, Wipeout, Alesmith, etc...
The mouthfeel was light, which aids in the drinkability. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.
07-06-2007 21:17:07 | More by SacoDeToro
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
First sighting of this draught in Central KY. The beer is as impressive as ever. Pours a bright copper / orange color with a decent chill haze that never went away and superb, frothy head retention that was just off from white, but stood firm to the bottom of the glass. The aromas are a mouth watering blend of toasted barley malt and citrus hops. Flavors are full and juicy, comprised of light caramel, bready, orange peel, lemon grass, and ruby red grapefruit. A touch of pine, yeast, and tartness rounded out the brew. The trick here is balance -- of course the hops shine, but not without keeping in check with the strong malt backbone, and creamy texture. The beer never wavered from fullness and richness, down to the the bottom of the glass. Fantastic experience with this one.
06-28-2007 13:54:27 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
This beer poured a bright orange/gold color, but a thin head and not much lacing.
The nose nose was floral and grapefruit, but not pungent. More than just cascade hops used here.
the taste was bitter on the tongue with with a malt blance in teh middle and the floral and grapefruit flavors at the finish in the back of the throat.
A good session beer that I will pick up in more quantity when I can find it.
06-20-2007 16:32:01 | More by ihscout426
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
Draft on special at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.
Arrives in a nonic pint, slow upward moving bubbles make their way through the clear golden ale. Some lacing at first that doesn't stick around. Head dissipates in time as well.
Pale malt aroma, with a vague piney hop presence. It's a stretch to pull out that much, and this is supposedly a fresh draft sample.
Bitter hops up front, citrusy becoming herbal, and dry in the finish. As it warms, there's a cereal grain quality like puffed wheat or rice. Bleh. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, that isn't balanced by the taste. One-dimensional bitterness becomes tiresome halfway through. Alcohol presence doesn't help either, and soon enough, water is needed to cleanse the palate.
06-18-2007 03:05:05 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
pours a beautiful true gold color with a frothy white head. smells good, lots of floral hops and some piney citrusy smells as well. tastes GREAT. full bodied, with a delicious hop aftertaste. a very well done IPA mouthfeel is solid,
overall a great beer for a good price
06-17-2007 02:44:22 | More by 1fastz28
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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