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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2,711 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,711
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 194 | 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 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)

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On top at the Pearl Street Pub. Pours a darker orange with an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Smells mainly piney and hoppy, very much like columbus hops, and slightly citrusy. Tastes of columbus hops mostly, very piney, no lingering bitter effect. A solid IPA that's always drinkable.

Photo of hoplover82
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is a solid American IPA.

Pours a very clear pale color with a white head that sticks around for the finally.

Lots of citrus notes. Grapefruit it seems. Very floral in the nose.

Just the right bitterness that lingers well. Lots of hop pungency.

This is definately one of the better IPAs Iv'e had.

For an American IPA this one I will grab for again and again. Thank you Avery! The Lord bless the hop harvest.

Photo of trbergman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Amber and slightly cloudy, with a one finger white head.

S - Toffee, biscuit, oily, resiny, viscous, huge malt bouquet, pine, a little grapefruit.

T - Interesting take on the style, almost like a small version of an American Barleywine. No freshness date that I can see on the bottle, but it doesn't taste old to me. Toffee, caramel, and biscuity malts. After getting past the aggressive malt backbone, the citrusy, piney taste of American hops makes itself known. Bitterness is moderate, and the brief finish is quite balanced.

M - Round, medium body in the mouth, very slick.

D - Alcohol is well hidden in the palate but definitely there. A pleasant sipping IPA.

Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An orange color with a two-finger white head that has great retention and lacing.
S- Smells of hops. Kind of a grapefruit smell. A bit of malty smell in there.
T- Tastes of bread dough and grapefruit. Pretty yeasty too.
M- High carbonation. Tends a bit toward the lighter end on the weight scale.
O- Taste is well rounded enough to enjoy a couple of them but at 6.3%, it's not quite a session beer either. Good hop flavor though and enjoyable.

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date.

Color is a dull carmel. Head is very fluffy and sticks around for a while leaving wonderfull lacing.

Aroma is of floral and citrus notes. Taste is quite similiar; very heavy on the floral taste.

Mouthfeel is bitter, smooth, and at the end it is bitter again. Leaves a dry taste in your mouth.

This is a solid ipa, nice and hoppy. A great representation of the style. I would recommend this one.

Photo of gdfan47
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- I really like this beer, pours a light yellow color with alot of white head
S- Fresh hops, citrus, some lemon and some other inviting smells I cant put my nose on
T- really crisp, fresh the hops are there and they are very pleasnt
M- Very smooth, pretty carbonated, the bubbles are nice and the lace is refreshing
D- one of my favorite IPAs, a great session beer

very enjoyable, I wish it was more readily avail a, and I wish I could find it in small bottles more easily ( I dont think they sell it at my usually single beer place)

Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was straw yellow with orange hues. Has some carbonation.
The nose is fruity, citrus, hops, and lemon and esters.
The flavor brings the beer into the wide open. got a good malt character with the hops balancing this IPA
Has an astringent bitter mouth feel. The finish last a minute or two and is very refreshing.

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

Yellowish-orange color, nice big fluffy head, good lacing.

Smells hoppy, of citrus rind.

Tastes of pine and citrus rind also.

Medium body, maybe a bit weak for the style.

Good solid IPA here, if somewhat average. Lacking the extra something that makes a great IPA, but I would have another. A good balance of taste and drinkability.

Photo of magictrokini
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, much better after the Redpoint. Golden pour with good carbonation and a big white head. Hops abound in the nose, grapefruit, orange, pine, but without resin. Smooth, yet bitter, taste with more pine and grapefruit. Some grassiness and malt in the finish. A true IPA that isn't an Imperial with the wrong label. Excellent beer.

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white heat that leaves lacing

S - All hops here for me that have a pine and citrus smell

T - Has a pretty good taste thats piney and bitter

M - This beer was a little thin light bodied with light carbonation to it

D - While the cask servings I've had are better than the regular on-tap serving its still a good IPA thats easy drinking worth a try

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, slightly cloudy golden color with a nice thick foamy off-white head that settles into a nice lacing. Has a slight hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with a dry hoppy finish. Not as bitter or hoppy as I had hoped.

Photo of BronYrAur
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Wow, this is a good looking beer. Thick, frothy, creamy white head that went perfect with the white sky/white snow layer outside. Great lacing left behind, and fantastic head retention all the way down.

Smell. Typical IPA smell. Reminded me a lot of Goose Island's version in both smell and taste. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely very robust.

Taste. Solid, hits all the right IPA notes. Not quite as strong hopwise as Goose Island's version (as long as we're comparing), but probably balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel. Creamier than expected, really, which is definitely a good thing in my opinion. Didn't really notice the carbonation much. Which leads me to the drinkability. This IPA, while not the most distinctive, goes down easily and is quite drinkable for a bitter beer.

Overall, Avery has a very solid IPA that I would most definitely buy again.

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a less expensive India Pale Ale this one is very tasty.
It pours well with a good amount of head. The Hops are not over powering and the crispness is something I enjoy very much!
The 6 pack is cheaper than most of the other beers in its class but it is by no means a cheaper tasting beer! I give it a thumbs up.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very nice pour of a golden yellow into a soft orange body. The head is off-white and frothy fading from a quarter to a trace, and leaving a nice lace behind.

S - Pungent blue cheese, hops, and wheat.

T - Smooth riding hops from start to finish. The beginning tastes a splint second which adds a bit of suspense. Then it gradually gains potency and finishes long.

M - It leaves and odd texture behind it, which I'm not fond of. It has a heavy start and a grinding finish.

~ In my opinion this beer is drinkable if only for its taste. The look and aroma are just added features. However, the feel brings this IPA back down to size. I guess I'm saying its average on a drinkability scale but if the texture were at least average. I think we'd have a real solid choice.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi transparent gold with a three fingers tall head of dense foam that retains as long as any I've seen. Lots of lacing circles my pint glass,huge lacy curtains. The nose is fresh,lemony and sweet with citrus notes. Light biscuit notes are humbled by bold citrusy hops,subtle lemon and earthy greenery. The body is medium and near perfect carbonation is soft and creamy. A good amount of bitterness keeps things on track without being overwhelming or too aggressive. A very drinkable IPA with just the right amount of flavor and balance.

Photo of usmittymc
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: An attractive, clear golden pour with a decent rocky white head.

S: Grapefruit, other citrus, some piney notes as well.

T: A real quick appearance for the hops. citrus and pine. Malty sweetness follows and is dominant.

M: Rather light for an IPA. decent mouthfeel.

D: At 6.3%, it's still a rather drinkable IPA. I would seek it out again.

Photo of nick76
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though IPA's are my style I enjoyed this one more than most. The aroma is strong with hop smells that include flowers as well as cedar and citrus. Some sweet malt smells as well. It is a dark golden color that is slightly hazy. The flavor is bitter as expected but does have a nice malt component as well. Finish is nice with toasted malt and hops.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; an old map of the route from Great Britain to India on the label.

Poured a bright, clear golden color with minimal head but leaves some attractive lacing.

There is a hint of hops and sweet malts in the aroma. This is one of the least fragrant American IPAs I have encountered. I detect a butterscotch aroma.

The taste matches the restrained aroma: nothing really stands out. There is an odd sweetness on the back of the tongue; similar again to butterscotch with very little hop bitterness. The ale does not improve as it warms.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied, watery and a little flat. It leaves a slick feeling on the tongue.

I was looking forward to a hoppy, American interpretation of an IPA. Perhaps I got an old bottle - this one may not have survived that long trip from England around Africa to India. I believe it has become malt heavy. It is very light for a 6.3 % ABV but not very sessionable.

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

On cask into pint glass. Centennial Hop cask edition (served at Birreria Paridso in D.C.).

Very low carbonation that provides a thin light tan head. When the glass is presented the bubbles are still rising toward the top. Each sip delivers a very concentrated amount of sharp Centennial hops. The hops are also sharp in the aroma. In both the flavor and the aroma, sharp grapefruit is present. The malts give a little bit of a bread-like backbone.

Ever so sippable, it seems like the cask version only amplifies the hops. Recommended.

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


Poured a light orange/amber color with an average sized white head. Subtle floral and citrus smells. Piney and overly powering bitter taste (not a good bitter, more of a sour bitter). After finishing this beer, the glass was covered with lacing.

Notes from 5/27/04

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good white head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of big spiced hops. Taste the same, a very generic IPA to me, a slight sweetness on the end, but there is that initial hop bite. It would smooth out, but very typical nothing special here. Mouthfeel was ok and same with drinkability.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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