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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

2,775 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,775
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 225 | 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 dukew456
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with one finger of rocky head that sticks around for a good while. Lacing forms on the upper parts of the glass.

Smell is of pungent, piney hops, and not much else. A slight buttery-bread undertone comes through afterwards, but the wet grass hop smell is dominate. Maybe a little skunky, too.

Taste is full of resiny, piney, and earthy hop characteristics up front, with only a slight bit of balance from the malt. A slight alcoholic burn comes through in the end, adding a slight punch. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and medium bodied, but there is not a clean finish (as to be expected with most hoppy IPA's).

I have no qualms with painfully bitter hop bombs, but without balance the beer suffers and becomes bland and boring.

Photo of Magpie14
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: my glass was brought to life by a radiating yellow and light gold color with a slight haze. Seems thin in the glass with watery edges. The fuzzy layer on top is bright white and bubbly. Uneven strings of lacing in horizontal and vertical fashion in a very good manner

S: light grassy and floral pine whiffs up front with a squeeze or two of citrus and lemons. Very light nose of toasted biscuit malts, if at all. On the timid side in the nose

T: the taste has a good bitter character that lacks some defining characters. It tastes of lemons and grasses then advancements toward bitter grapefruit crusted with pine needles beating up the tongue. Not very complex nor is it very sweet. What sweetness I gather is in line with honey and caramel flavors. It is rather clean overall and aims to please

M: light to medium body with plenty of zip. Things move well on the tongue and down the hatch

D: not a bad brew, I will reach for other IPA's next time. However, I will keep Avery IPA within reach. This one is a straight shooter

Photo of JAA
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased out of curiosity. I've had just about all of Avery's year round product line before, but i was relatively new to the craft beer world at the time i tried most of them. As time went on i tried the majority of Avery's other products, including seasonal and imperials. My palate matured, and my awareness of the craft beer world evolved. I have been reading the reviews of their year round brews and they are quite respectable. So, i figured i would give Avery the respect it deserves, and reassess the Avery line-up.

Okay, here's the actual review. I purchased this sixer along with a sixer of Two-Hearted at Publix. Nine and ten dollars, respectively.

Appearance is very light gold in hue, almost the same color as Anchor's Liberty ale. Giant bubbles comprise the single-finger head. Not much lacing, but does leave a spattering of bubbles in it's wake.

Smell great. Citrus notes dominate. Very juicy, makes my mouth water.

Tastes much the same. Juicy bitter hops. Orange citrus taste. Not malty at all. This is a playful, hoppy, thirst busting IPA. I had it with the Two-Hearted, and they reminded me of one another.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from a solid IPA. Zingy and refreshing.

Drinkability is phenomenal. An IPA for the ages. Who says IPAs have to be balanced to be great? Buy as many as you can drink. A wonderful beer, maybe a new staple in my fridge.

Photo of MattsLilBeerLuvr
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, poured in the yeasty bits so a bit cloudy at first. Bubbly, about 1/2 inch of white, foamy head. Citrusy, smells like the woods...piney. Taste is citrusy, bitter, dry. Leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Light mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not as fruity as I like my IPAs but overall, pretty good, will definitely drink again.

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

Pours a brilliant light orange with a rocky, pillowy head.

The nose is hoppy with some malts and a touch of yeast.

Extremely smooth. Malts upfront are overcome by pine and citrus hops. A slight astringency on the finish. Crisp, drying, and light bodied.

Balanced but leaning to the hops, this is an exceptionally drinkable ale. Not exceptionally interesting, but very, very solid.

Photo of zoso1967
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Pale amber color with white pillowy head. This beer has great head retention. Smells of citrus with slight whiffs of malt underneath as well as piney notes. Taste is very well balanced. Citrusy and piney Pacific Northwest hops mingle with just enough malt and a nice amount of alcoholic warmth. Seems to have some toasty undertones as well. Very smooth for an American IPA with a subtle dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fuller than I expected, yet still wonderfully drinkable.

Photo of Bartrob6
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. wow! this beer is extremely clear and light looking. wasn't expecting that! gorgeous white head that laces awesome. beautiful beer for sure.

getting a bit of everything with the aroma of this beer. i can't pick anything out that dominates at all. floral, citrus, pine, fruity...no malt but who cares, its an IPA.

tastes just as it smells. awesome. very balanced (with different hops) pretty darn bitter too.

high carbonation is the only downfall i can find in this beer. but maybe it wouldn't look so good without it?

drinkable beer but if i had a few of these i'd be burping all night long.

very good beer. definitely worth trying if you like IPAs.

Photo of Monsteruss
2.35/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The foam was light yellow wheat, smooth, puffy and lacey. The color was simply gold. The smell was of a wheaty aroma, fruity, hopy and bitter. The taste was very bitter with a hippy overtone and a small fruity undertone. Mouthfeel - heavy bitterness, light to medium-bodied. Drinkability - the bitterness was too dominate to taste the other ingredients.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unusually cloudy pale orange color with a one finger large bubbly head. A ton of carbonation, lets off an exceptional citrus forward sweetness that I really enjoy. Surprisingly malty with a caramel toffee front and a really good, lightly bitter, bubbly hop infused finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and noticeably coating. Drinkability is off the charts, not the slightest alcohol bite and nowhere near overly hoppy. Hop heads may not agree but this is a very enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Cheers
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Light yellow honey with a thick white head that was present until the beer was gone.

S = Strong hoppy aroma with a slight hint of citrus. No malt to speak of.

T = A hop-head's dream!! An excellent array of hope flavors (and aromas) arise from this brew. From spicy notes to a nice bitter finnish they are all there. This IPA does not just throw hops at you, but rather presents you with the various flavors they have to offer.

M = Crisp and bold.

D = Very drinkable. The hops don't weigh on you after one or two making this a great session IPA. Avery got this one right.

Photo of SickBrew
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a 12'r after a bunch of yard work. This IPA pours more like a pale ale than an IPA - a bit on the yellow side. Head is about a finger thick in my pils glass and it leave a bit of stringy lacing as it recedes. Taste is good, malts a re bit more present that I prefer, but the acidic and somewhat grapefruit-like hop aromas and bitter background do temper the malts. There are some other earlthy/grassy flavors going on also. Nose could be a bit more aromatic, but then again, I've been off calibration from all the hopped up imperial IPA I've consumed. This is a really easy drinking IPA, has a great mouth feel and a good reward for a hard days work.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber golden color with a nice finger of white head that lasted throughout much of the drink.

Smelled of malts and hops, nothing really outstanding but they were both present.

Bitter up front, the malts coming in to balance it shortly after. The hops were very dry, no real citrus scent to it.

Not a bad IPA, I've had better and I've had worse.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly straw like appearance, with good head retention
Smells of nice piney hops
Tastes good, from what I remember. Light mouthfeel and very smooth.

Some hoppiness in there too. Overall a very nice IPA, and quite potent for just a regualr IPA

A very nice beer overall

Photo of mafiasentinel21
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slighlty hazy gold. Pretty straight forward looking, nothing extremely intriguing. Lacing sticks nicely.

S- I'm really not getting a whole lot. It's like a malt with hop undertones. A little floral.

T- It's well done. A malty bouquet with a bite. Maybe faint fruit, but more of a floral nature to it.

M- Medium, fluffy, and a little dry. Pretty interesting.

D- I'd have another, but there's a lot of other IPA's I'd rather keep stocked.

It seems like this brew has all the right elements, but not the right execution of them. It has balance, it has character, and it has the right ingredients, but the real punch seems to be missing, which is pretty crucial to any IPA, even for non hopheads.

Photo of elliot23
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sight: Poured a pretty solid creamy head. Over two fingers. Body is a nice gold amber color. Nice lacing on the walls.

Smell: Definite hop presence in the nose as well as floral and maybe a hint of cucumber. Slight malt as well.

Taste: Bitter up front but very clean and balanced. Almost reminiscent of an English cream ale for some reason in the middle. Has a very long lasting malt finish. Flavors present are grapefruit, something floral, and maybe some pine.

Feel: A light body IPA for sure. Good crisp experience.

Drink: A good IPA. Something to be savored and not consumed by quantity, but not many IPAs are. Gets better as it warms up.

Photo of Sean9689
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a white head. Smell is citrus/hops/grapefruit Taste is good, better then others, but nothing too special. Citrus, hops, and floral on the palate. Mouthfeel is lighter but exactly what to exect from an IPA. I would drink this beer again, and will do so!

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

This struck me as a run of the mill, quality IPA. It's definitely a good beer, but it didn't have any extraordinary qualities. It's a nice looking beer, slightly hazy, golden hue. The smell is pretty exactly what you'd expect from an IPA, Citric, piny hops with a malt undertone. Taste is the same. Very nice hoppy tartness with a bitter element on the finish. Enjoyable.

Photo of mizzourah
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It's a light orange color with a touch of gold to it. The head was off-white, about one-finger thick. There is also a good amount of lacing.

S- Floral, citruses and hops.

T- I pick up the hops right away. They are floral with some pines and citruses, mostly grapefruit. It leaves a nice bitter taste. I would have liked a little more malt in there, but it's a very solid representation of the style.

M- Somewhat oily, leaving a nice coating on the mouth.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. It has a good amount of hops and bitterness, enough for a hophead to enjoy. Still, it isn't overwhelming and I could easily down a few of these. A very enjoyable brew.

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

On cask. A dark, slightly hazy gold with a white head. Smells very hoppy, though more herbal and floral than bitter. The aromas are actually almost spot-on pot. More malt comes out in the taste, though the herbal hoppiness is still dominant. Surprisingly well balanced and not overly bitter. Pretty standard cask ale body. Nice IPA.

Photo of hoppyhobby
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a creamy off-white two finger head with an amber cloudy body. Nice lacing.

S - Has a sweet floral bubble gummy aroma.

T - Initial bitterness but it doesn't bite for long. It lets you know that there's some hops in there. No bubble gum in the flavor. Getting some floral bitter-sweetness though.

M - Clean and tingly.

D - An enjoyable IPA that is worth having again.

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice IPA and it hits all the right notes. It pours a nice clear, orangey amber color with a creamy white head, lots of lacing and retention. There is also lots of carbonation in this beer too. The nose is very nice, and gets better as it settles. Its a literal floral bouquet with a bit of orange burst, a bit of fruitiness, some bready and sweet malts underneath, and a nice grapefruit like pungency comes through as well.

The taste is a bit drying, and doesn't have as much oily and estery juices from the hop as I would have liked. There is a leafy hop texture to the beer, it isn't as piney or grapefruit acerbic in character, but there is a nice balance with the bready malts. This is a well balanced beer with substance and texture. The medium bodiedness, the creamy biscuity malts, and the dry hop leaf really complement each other. I wish this had a touch more oily hop, but this is a really good IPA nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a tad drying and palate cleansing, the after taste is slight. The 6.3% ABV is not even noticeable. A worthy beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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

Funnily enough I just finished the best IPA from BC I have ever had (central city Red Racer IPA) and so I was kinda let down by this one(considering Averys rep). Poured fairly dark with a nose that suggested hops but was not over the top. The beer was not really that hoppy but once it warmed up and I considered the nice balance and the hops it did use I realized this was a drinking IPA that does not tear your face off with IBUs but rather lets the hops speak at their own pace. Nice beer but I did expect more hops

Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Apperance is excellent, pored into pint glass a golden/orangeish color, good sized frothy white head excellent lace all the way down
S: Smell is of slight malt but dominated by hops. Reminds me of an amarillo IPA I made not too long ago. Also there is a slight astringent smell to the beer
T: Big bitter bite up front, mellows out after a bit revealing some grapefruit flavor. As with the smell i'm picking up some astringent tastes in there
M: Medium bodied, medium amount of carbonation
D: Not bad, pretty tasty IPA, would pick up a six pack of this if I found it in my area again.

Photo of originalsin
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Yielded about 1/4 thick foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing too. Light golden color.

S: Relatively mild hop aroma with some caramel malt that really delivers on the nose. Perhaps amarillo hops? There's some citrusy aroma as well.

T: A not-too-bitter hop taste right up front. followed by a somewhat malty aftertaste. A citrus taste works it's way into the back of your throat, too, as well as a little bit of alcohol.

M: Decently smooth with decent carbonation. It feels good going down haha

D: Oh most definitely. A drinkable brew...not much else to say.

I've been drinking this beer for a while. For the past 6 months or so it's been a mainstay in my fridge. It might not be the best tasting or best smelling beer but it's got something to it. It's just a solid IPA. Few flaws to really point out.
Enjoy

Photo of diamondc
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery really made this beer as pale as could be. Some amber of course, but crystal clear. Nice foamy head with sheets of sticky lacing on the side.

Grapefruit aroma jumps right out of the bottle. Pine shows up in there also. A few whiffs reveal a bit of spiciness, maybe some pepper.

Grapefruit again stands out as a flavor along with apricots. A lot of herbalness too. Not getting much malt in there, but I'm still digging it.

Maybe a tad too astringent due to the grapefruit bitterness, but it's still a real good IPA. There's a nice creaminess to the beer that makes it easy drinking.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.