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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

2,741 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,741
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 49
Gots: 212 | 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 jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/6/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a light amber orange body, creamy white head somewhat lasting. hoppy grapefruit citrus taste. very bitter. green tasting. very harsh. drying taste. Sweet grapefruity taste. Grapefruity dry aroma, bitter. less harsh tasting as it warms, more palatable.

Photo of theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear copper with a 2-finger white head that sticks around for awhile. Some lacing.

Not much to the smell, just some floral hops. The taste has a good IPA bitterness. Herbal, piney, flowery hops. Mouthfeel is really crisp & acidic.

This is a drinkable IPA--good hop finish with a bite.

Photo of jkendrick
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Clear golden-orange color with a pillowy white head and nice lacing. exactly what I expect from an IPA

S: Not a strong aroma, but I detect some citrus hops and pine, plus some malt in the back

MF: Smooth with good carbonation

T: Bracing hops of pine and citrus and a bit of a marijuana taste as well. It is well-balanced with a subtle malt that still allows the hops to shine

D: It has a bitter aftertaste and is pretty palette-killing. Probably would be a waste to have more than one.

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

A 12 oz bottle, the last of my LS Avery trifecta.

A: The IPA is a pale amber color, a watered down orange that is several hues away from the bottle it came in. Several fingers of head have resulted in thick splotchy lace all around the glass.

S: The aroma has a light citrus hop aroma, not overpowering by any sense of the term. As the ale warms, the nose improves drastically, releasing more resiny oils.

T: The IPA is well-balanced, straddling the too-hoppy line nicely. Citrus and pine fiavors are forward, flicking at the tastebuds immediately. The oiliness seems to slide the ale into its malt profile, caramel with a biscuity dryness.

M: The mouthfeel improves by leaps and bounds as the ale warms, so give it some time. The oiliness of the hops nicely coat the tastebuds.

D: Quaffable, a good IPA.

Photo of dakid618
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. No bottled on/expires on date on the bottle but bought from busy beer store so I assume it's fresh. Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of white head. Lacing sticks all over the sides of the glass. Smell is floral and citrus hops, like oranges and grapefruit. Taste is citrus hops up front but die down quickly to light dry biscuit malts. Taste leaves the tongue quickly and makes me want another drink. Light dry mouthfeel that lightly parches the tongue. Good drinkabilty, I could drink this beer all day long. Not my first choice for an IPA but a solid offering from Avery that I will likely drink again.

Photo of RunDWP
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I can say after drinking this is Wow! Really like what Avery has accomplished here with their IPA. I poured it into my tulip glass and a sturdy, thick light tan head formed above the dark orange brew. I have a weak nose, but not picking up much in the aroma catagory. Maybe a little of the hops goodness. How to describe the taste? The malt seems to have a slight caramel sweetness to it. The hops has this almost tobacco-like, leafy, herbal grassy quality. Maybe a little grapefruit peel in there as well. Liked the balance between the malt and the hops, with more malt than you'll find in most IPA's. Decent amount of malt gives it a slightly creamy mouth feel and it's a very smooth brew for all that's going on here. Look foreward to my next one.

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

On Tap at Centro in Boulder, CO

A-Pale yellow, milk-white head that hangs around for a while. very clear. medium carb.

S-moderate hops. hard to tell with so many competing smells in the restaurant.

T-Citrus hops. Tangerine. finish is bitter and a bit more pine. Very flavorful relative to the smell.

MF - medium to light bodied, crisp, and fresh

D-very at 6.3% could go for a few of these.

Overall, it is not the creme of the crop of IPAs but it is up there and a very nice offering.

Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold; no head given by the bartender but appears it is more than capable.
Strong scent of floral hops with a significant malt backbone.
Hops are certainly present in the flavor but do not dominate the brew as with many other domestic IPAs. I'd say this more resembles its British brethren as the hops are balanced well by the malt. Citric flavor with a piney overtone.
As stated, well-balanced, yet the hops nonetheless provide an ample kick. Quenching with a dry aftertaste.
Drinkable, satisfying...give me another pint, please.

Photo of Spidey13
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery India Pale Ale pours a hazy yellow with a bit of orange in there. A big, fluffy white heads sits on top and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma has some sweet caramel along with citrussy hops. There is a bit of lemon zest in there and an almost German pilsner quality to the aroma.

The taste is not overly complex: mainly toasty with some grapefruit from the hops. There is not a huge amount of bitterness but what is there is a bit harsh and not too smooth. Mouthfeel is medium with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice, simple IPA and I could easily drink a few of them.

Photo of nicnut45
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
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
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,741 ratings.