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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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2,437 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 106 | 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 geexploitation


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and quite brilliant light, goldish amber with a fluffy, small-bubbled head that eventually dissipates to a dusting. Big-time grapefruit aromas come out first off, along with toasty pale malts with a biscuity character. The malt notes come out much more strongly at higher temperatures. Tastewise, this is a classic American IPA, with citrusy bitterness up front, juicy, mouthfilling carbonation and even more robust sweet citrus flavors at the mid-palate, and grainy flavors and textures at the end. The finish is quite dry. Overall, this is a well-made, prototypical American IPA with all the strengths (hop flavors, aromatics) and weaknesses (little hop/malt balance) of the genre.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 06:31:50 | More by geexploitation
Photo of KFaulkner


2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer with a nice head that dissipates slowly and a sweet/bitter hoppy aroma.

For me, that's where the fun ends. I didn't care for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer. I just don't think it's for me. I also may be biased from the awesome Mad Elf I had prior to this one. In any case, the beer is smooth, with a nice hop bitterness, but it has a hoppy aftertaste that detracts from its smoothness.

Otherwise, the beer is excellent and nice interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 00:43:36 | More by KFaulkner
Photo of jeffjfindley


2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this brew is grand in my Michael Jackson approved tasting glass. A light copper with striking clarity & a head of superb retention. Mountains of lacing line the sides of the glass as you work your way to the end.

Smell is a blast of citrus hops and a touch of malt. Taste is like grapefruit juice, except soapy Leaves a downright musky aftertaste. Feel is unremarkable, aside from the lingering bitterness. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 05:23:09 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of ReDave


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow amber. fluffy white cream head.. [in fact it was starting to pop out of the bottle, even though i hadn't jostled it at all from the refrigerator]
head lingers with a sticky full lace down the glass.

Aroma is lacking.... Not sure how long this voyage from Colorado was, perhaps by wagon train? [dusty bottles]

Nice sharp hoppy bitterness. Slightly lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

A good typical IPA. We have many great IPA's to choose from these days, and this is close... Thankfully i have two more to thoroughly test out.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 03:00:38 | More by ReDave
Photo of Byeast


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep , slightly hazed golden color with a nice sized head of white froth. Some nice lacing left as well.

Smell: nice hoppy nose of citrus/grapefruit, slight lemon, with a fair amount of malt and a hint of medicinal smell.

Taste: hop flavors are on the raw and bitter, yellow and pink citrus side , a medium bodied , crust like maltiness in the middle , carbonation is active and slighly biting , finishes with a lingering , bitter and dry hop taste.

Mouthfeel : medium with a biting carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty ipa. Flavors are nice and raw , with a focus on the more citrusy (not so much orange though) tastes. None are too powerful , nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 22:44:11 | More by Byeast
Photo of LarryV


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly small head. Lots of citrusy hop aroma in the nose. Pours a orangish-gold color with a lovely medium mouthfeel, almost chewy. Flavor of orangy-citrus hops with a nicely balanced malt backbone. Quite a tasty and enjoyable brew, nicely crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 17:44:51 | More by LarryV
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold (verging on light orange) in colour with strong carbonation. Huge C-hop aromas of pine, black pepper, and grapefruit. More of the same in the mouth, only that the citrus flavors are a little less specifically grapefruit, and there is a sweet buttered biscuit element that makes an appearance mid palate. The chunky bitterness gets smoothed out a bit by the somewhat sweet malts. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:05:57 | More by fisherman34
Photo of Jermbrew


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a great head that remained visible throughout the duration of beverage. Clear light amber hue.

Smells like I'm chilling in an orange grove, I really dig the citrus aromas here. The smells carry over to the tasting portion of the drink. Malt is evident, this is nice. Mouthfeel is great...creamy goodness, which is complemented by excellent head retention!

Smoothness along with strong citrus hop contribution makes for a very enjoyable drinking experience

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 01:19:35 | More by Jermbrew
Photo of BlindPig


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1" white head. Clearish golden orange color.
S-Major citrus hops with huge grapefruit in the nose! Really not much at all. Has kind of a weird hint to it at same time though.
T- Big grapefruit flavor up front. Taste really follows the smell. The big citrus grapefruit hops. Nice decent bitterness coats the tongue. Really not much else to it. Pretty simple beer.
M- Stickier with medium carbonation and a medium to full body.
D- It is alright. I think the just pure grapefruit gives of a weird tang in aftertaste. Same one as the smell. Not to good. I am glad this one is a 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 05:10:50 | More by BlindPig
Photo of hunteraw


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice label, with an old map on it. Pours a pale orange, perhaps a little bit lighter than expected. Head retentino is good, lacing is very good.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma prevails, nice smelling, but not much else going on.

Taste: I wouldn't have been surprised to see this one labeled as an APA. The malt base has backbone. Hops are dominant, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: No complaints about mouthfeel, drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 02:10:35 | More by hunteraw
Photo of jhu1995


3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, bordering on golden, color with a decent head. Appears to be lighter in color than other IPAs. Smell is a very strong floral scent. Taste is somewhat average, with mostly floral taste and bitterness. Not an overwhelming hoppy taste, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 22:33:22 | More by jhu1995
Photo of TheBungyo


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour results in a light golden body topped with a medium cream head. Lacing is intricate and attractive. Nose is piney and leathery, very nice indeed. Taste is again, piney, like few other IPA's. If I was forced to compare I'd say this brew used real pine while the others used pine alternative.There's also a veggie/leathery taste that brings to mind sweet sugary corn and hops. I can think of no other way to explain. Mouth is nice and low on carbonation. This is damn fine ... I'm really digging this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 06:06:34 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of jmz62565


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear golden amber with a giant white foamy head. Very good lacing and head retention make this a very good looking beer. The smell is all about citrus hops. Grapefruit and tangerine are the most dominate hop aromas. The taste is a creamy hoppy bitter delight. Rich with hop flavor, citrus and bitterness, makes this very,very good. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing very well. A very good beer that I could have as a session beer. Nice job Avery.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 22:32:21 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Gasp100


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clean golden amber with a billowing vigorous white head with serious lacing down the glass.
S - Perfume, piney, earthy, hops - blending really well in the nose.
T - A very dry and neutral maltiness start which is overtaken by crisp, dry, grainy and bitter hops. The hop bitterness is definitely assertive, but it's not a hop bomb and I'm not blown away with fresh hop oils.
M - Mouthfeel is medium with a prickling sensation from the hops which continues to make me feel thirsty.
D - I could see this as a dinner/session beer paired with a good meal. Maybe 2 or three over the course of an evening. I bet this is really nice when really fresh, but my sample was probably past it's prime. Nice, traditional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 23:29:18 | More by Gasp100
Photo of badbeer


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, but with a creamy white head leaving a pretty good lacing. Hints of caramel and pine sap in the smell, perhaps a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Nice piney hoppiness to this, with a solid malt base to boot. Finish is a little light, but still nice and hoppy. Average carbonation with a nice full body. Pretty solid beer here, worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 01:08:50 | More by badbeer
Photo of TurdFurgison


2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was mediocre but turned out to be the best attribute. Dark golden and clear. The smell was a little hoppy but nothing special. The taste in particular was nothing to write home about. It could've been much hoppier, and honestly there was little malt presence as well. The most understated IPA flavor yet for me. I cannot recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 22:57:19 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of gonzo138


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice reddish gold, white sticky head that doesnt retain too well, but laces pretty nicely

S- nice citrusy hop smell, very nice and crisp

T- a nice citric pine bitterness that doesnt over step itself, a nice not overly hoppy IPA

M- kinda dry, moderate carbonation, sticks to mouth for a little while

D- a good IPA if you plan on having more than, and a more than decent enough hop fix for any hop head

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 07:49:30 | More by gonzo138
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent gold color with a thin white head. Smell is mostly of bitter hops, and a bit of sweet fruit. Taste is good, much like the effervescence of a pilsner with a gentle kiss of hops. There is an amazing balance of malts and hops in this beer, so that neither one is overpowering and both are delightful.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 00:18:18 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

vacation tommorow = andy's corner bar (bogata, nj) for a growler tonight! ($12)

very light brown hue, one finger of densely packed white head (mostly micro bubbles), very clingy, no carbonation rising up from below, a decent enough looking brew with points added for lacing.

mellowed out cirtus hops mixed with slight caramel tones, a slight astringent tone (but pleasant), peanuts.. oh wait, let me move those...
pretty much your typical IPA.. nothing special.

taste etc...
a nice crisp bitterness, even a little resiny, medium to light bodied, carbonation is a bit lacking for me, it almost is a bit too flat tasting. it coats decently enough, the bitterness is quite nice but it seems lacking in overall flavor punch.. something is missing. it is not bad or anything just very average.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2006 03:39:10 | More by Ego
Photo of MiScusi


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, which was purchased in mid July. Appearance was a clear apple juice orange with a strong fluffy and foamy head that disspated to a quarter inch cap after a couple minutes.

Aroma from hops is spicey

Taste begins right up front with pungent hop oils, middle is filled with bitterness that surrounds entire tongue, and the back end has a bitter citrus zing. Not much of a malt backbone present here.

Mouthfeel is fine, standard medium carbonation and fairly normal light mouthfeel for an IPA.

Overall impression is that if you are in the mood for an IPA and this is around, you will enjoy it. It definitely does what it sets out to do, deliver hops and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 20:29:03 | More by MiScusi
Photo of OStrungT


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with an off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. I detect some citrus aromas as well. A slight piney aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A grassy hop flavor upfront. It has a nice floral hop flavor. Some citrus fruit flavor is present.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a hoppy aftertaste. It is well balanced. The carbonation is good.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Also, the good flavor is not aggressive.

Overall: I like this beer, but it is kind of just middle of the road. It is by no means bad, but it is nothing exceptional either. It is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 02:49:17 | More by OStrungT
Photo of mmmbeer


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an awesome label of an old-school eastern hemisphere map complete with trade routes. It pours a bright colg with some sediment/haze and a 2 finger off-white head that leaves nice rings/sheets of lace. Smells of white grapefruit and sweet malts and the flavor adds to this apricot, light orange peel, and a heavy malt presence that is eventually dominated by the assertive bitterness from the piney/leafy hops. The body is medium and smooth and leaves a nice medium finish. Overall a good IPA, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 21:20:00 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a golden orange with a thick white head and very nice and almost excessive lacing. Pretty agressive pine aroma, citrus and grapefruit, good hop nose. Oh, also, little malt. Meh. Same thing with the taste, malts playing, like, 4th fiddle to the hops. So, basically, hops hops hops, wooptie doo. I like a hop bomb every once in a while, and this is a good hop bomb. Though I wish there were a little more to the mouth. Either way, a great beer to drink, one I'll have again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 22:47:14 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of depechemode1983


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apperance- semi orange amber transperent. sort of cloudy but ever so slightly.Head- yellow tan head. sticks around awhile with good lacing

Smell-hopy grapefruity. pungant bitter smell. nice hops aroma overa

mouthfeel. good carbonation, high acidic feel on the palate

taste- bitter hopy acidic taste..floral hops very earthy

notes- and ok IPA but not the best ive had. Not a session IPA for me though many arnt. for the price i would rather buy dogfish head 60 minute IPA but thats just me. Good brew all around better than most

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 20:14:10 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of oelergud


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

semi transparent golden orange body. Very light yellow head with good retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Big hop scents with grass and bread. Very very mild toffee and sunflower seed.
Harsh hops and grass throughout the taste.
Buttery and spiked mouthfeel with good coating.
Fairly drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 20:02:27 | More by oelergud
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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