1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

2,670 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,670
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 41
Gots: 178 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,670 | Reviews: 1,154 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ajmoody76
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought in a pick a six. twelve ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. one finger white head. clear golden clarity and color. nice lace. looks good.

citrus hops on the nose. no off odors.

good hoppy taste. citrus. some sweetness comes through. balanced. citrus fruit aftertaste.

mid body. good carbonation. pretty good aipa. i may buy this again. could drink more than a few.

ajmoody76, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a 2 ½ finger foamy head that I was able to get to rise almost an inch above the top of the glass due to the substantial structure of the head. Obviously, excellent retention and also nice lacing. Honey amber in color and very clear with no visible carbonation. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma was of ripe fruits and had an earthy quality as well.

I really enjoyed the taste of this beer and was immediately happy that I had purchased two bottles. Nice citrus/grapefruit flavor with a decent malt backbone. Excellent balance and you could sense the layered flavors with the sweetness hiding behind the hop assertiveness. Worked very well together.

Fairly modest mouth feel and there was the slightest carbonation that helped bring the flavor to life.

Excellent drinkability. Very nice brew.

Reagan1984, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of thartman
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange and gold, like honey, slightly cloudy, slim light head; clingage on the glass. Smell of corn bread and grains mostly. Nice flavor, bread-like initially then some kick of hops, and grapefruit. The finish is somewhat dry. Overall, nice IPA, very refreshing and easy to drink. It reminds me more of a Pale Ale. Good Brew! Good Brewery!

thartman, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Handed out to all workers at Beer & Sweat to enjoy with dinner.

Appearance - pours a robust golden color with plenty of white foam. Crests above the shaker but stays inside. A meringue like cap forms and falls slowly, leaving thin lace trails all over.

Aroma - an herbal spiciness along with the pungent hops.

Taste - nice caramel/biscuit start. It is brief, as the piny and pungent cones move in with intent. Very full-flavor on those hops, intense and stopping just as it starts to get an unpleasant medicinal taste. A little harsh right at the end there, but a pretty good display of the hops, I have to admit.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy feeling. Lots of carbonation but it fits in well with the body so the bubbles don't stand out as much.

Drinkability - not my favorite IPA but it went well with Trotta's pizza.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass this is yet another offering from Avery that impresses. Pours a relatively light golden color for an IPA, yet offers decent head and retention. The color indicates to me that this beer will not overwhelm with the sweetness often used to cover higher alcohol IPA's. And at 6.3% this one is quite manageable.

Smell initially offers floral and citrus notes through the head of this beer. Earthy pine and peat moss arrive later. Yet either can be brought to the surface at will as you recreate or eliminate a surface film on the brew. Other hop notes are more subtle but surely there.

Taste is smooth and offers a touch of an oily hop finish. A touch of light sweetness is present but I sense it is half hop oil and half residual malts. Pretty well balanced. Not smoky-dry like some IPA's and easy drinking.

Note: Take two, different keg, different day(Sept 09, 2008). Beer is flawed, unimpressive and rather weak. Comments above remain unchanged and will remain so until and unless a third occasion dictates otherwise.

HalfFull, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with perhaps a hint of orange in there with a nice foamy head. Nice pine needle, citrus hop aroma. Bitter piney hop flavor with a touch of light malt that balances it nicely. Flavor seemed rather tame and easy drinking for the style. Smooth and actually pretty refreshing. This a solid IPA I'd have no problem going back to. In a taste test, not quite as good as the Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear deep amber orange with a half finger head and minimal lacing.

Smells of hops and an earthy pine.

Predominant taste is of piney hops. A real mild hop bite in each aftertaste. A very subtle earthy flavor in the background.

Smooth and light with a little carbonation.

Another nice offering from Avery. Could see enjoying one of these every once in a while

Zadok, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Avery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy light amber or dark gold body with a good sized fluffy egg-shelled head having good retention and lacing.
Smell: Citrusy, primarily grapfruit.
Taste: Very grapefruity.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good to better.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Translucent light brown/orange color. Thick off-white head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

3.0 S: Sweet corn husk and grains. Lots of leafy hops. Fruity, but not very citrusy, hard to pinpoint.

3.5 T: Kind of typical, run of the mill in flavor. It's very good, there just isn't a lot of depth to this beer. Decent balance with hops and malts. The smell lies, since there is a citrus element. Other than that it's grainy with earthy hop character. Small bitter aftertaste that lingers.

3.5 M: Starts out very carbonated and biting, but it loses that throughout the beer.

3.0 D: Not a bad brew, but I wouldn't want to deal with the aftertaste all night long. Don't get me wrong, bitterness is great, but it is best experienced with other flavors as well.

This is my third Avery beer and their beers really seem to be hit or miss.

DavoleBomb, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of ahking
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow color with a tint of orange. I took a quit swig of this before pouring and thought I was dealing with a deep orange amber color. Aroma is very nice. Rich caramel and malt aroma melds the smell with the taste so well. Flavor is rich, layer cake, tangy and floral hops. Slightly astringent in the finish lessens the enjoyability of this beer a bit. Somewhat disappointing there.

ahking, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Honey yellow, moderate head

Smell
Both fruity and piney; very appealing

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good crisp hop bite; low-to-medium body; slightly oily feel; tasty tropical fruit notes mixed with pine accents; pleasant maltiness, but I would appreciate even more

Overall
One of my all time favorite IPAs and a beer I buy frequently.

JEdmund, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It begins: an inch of thick, foamy head that just wouldn't die; a seriously industructable one with heavy retention and lacing, the latter clinging to the glass down to the bottom.

One whiff and a floral aroma assaults your senses with a subtle clovish cloyingness. One taste hits the palate with a blast of hops that fades to an aftertaste of orange peel. All in all, it is easy on the palate.

Of course, the head lived on throughout the quaff. What a beer, very smooth with a well-balanced body. I'll be seeking this one again.

jjboesen, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Greene Leafe Café (New Town location) in Williamsburg, VA. Served in a traditional pint glass.

A: Clear straw gold, foamy, fine white, one-finger head. Sparse and relatively fast carb.

A: Sweet caramel, herbal leafy hops, some bready grain.

T: Pretty strong bitterness, some sweet, simple sweetness, spicy, earthy hops. Not too interesting.

M: Medium-bubbled and bodied, fairly even, medium-thickness - very center of the road in everything. Good.

D: Pretty standard in my opinion, but there's nothing really wrong with it - good if you like a spicy, bitter-style IPA, but it just wasn't that outstanding in my book. Not bad though, and worth trying at least once.

CrellMoset, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, light orange/ yellow with a nice white head.

Piney, citrusyhop smell with some malt undertone.

Malty, crisp IPA. Bitter finish, with the hops finishing the taste.

Crisp, classic IPA feel in the mouthfeel, and pretty easy to drink.

aubuc1, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a golden hue and a big, thick foamy head. Also had a decent amount of lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops and a little bit of malt. Not as hoppy as other IPAs.

T: Lots of hops, a little malt and citrus. Very tasty and complex, but not overwhelming.

M: A lively carbonation level and a smooth finish here. This is a full-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer. While it's not exactly my favorite example of an IPA, it's still solidly made.

avalon07, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of mrsoul12
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white head that sticks around. Great aroma of piney hops, citrus, and grapefruit. Excellent hop flavor. I don't know what kinds of hops are used in this (Cascade, I guess), but they add a nice spiciness and a very pleasant bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little oily, with the perfect amount of carbonation. I'm a huge fan of IPAs, and this is just how I like them. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs.; very refreshing and highly drinkable. Definitely a great choice for any hophead.

mrsoul12, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful looking IPA, foamy finger of head that lingered and left lacing behind.

S: Nice citrus tones on the nose, hop apparency there as well. Definitely whets the appetite.

T & M: Taste left me a little disappointed, the bitterness is there but there is nothing really to offset. No fruity notes or anything or that nature that I could detect. Mouthfeel is good, leaves some bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This brew is drinkable but I do believe that there are better IPA options out there. A slight disappointment as I did enjoy the Avery Maharaja.

elniko, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with an inch or two of white foam. Mildly long lasting, with a decently built-up white crust.

Smells like floral and pine hops. Taste is pine with a touch of grapefruit, but also a hint of astringent bitterness I'm not the biggest fan of. Still, it's a pleasing, decent IPA. If it was cheaper, I'd buy it all the time.

Mouthfeel was also decently thick.

Overlord, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle without freshness dating. Cool label with map of Eastern Hemisphere complete with archaic trading routes to India. Purchased as a single @ Three Cellars and poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale, golden peach color with a thin, foamy head that dissapates immediately.

S: Hoppy, grainy nose. Not much else going on.

T: Citrus hops upfront. Herbal, tea-like middle. Malty towards the end. Bitter finish. To me, the taste profile is more akin to an adventurous APA. Worthy, but nothing special.

M: Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D: Good.

CaptainIPA, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear light straw color with white head. It smelled like pine hops with a bit of citrus. It tasted like a blend of sweet citrus hops and bitter pine hops, with some honey malt as well. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a clean mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean beer with refined flavor. A very good IPA that would translate amazingly into an imperial IPA.

Pencible, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of sevopie
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden in color with a light cream head, dissipates quickly but laces well.

Smell - Malt and hops hit you at the same time. Caramel and pine/citrus.

Taste - First thing you taste is the hops, a little more bitter than some normal IPAs, but very well balanced by the caramel malt. Grapefruit, pine, and almost even a tinge of lime are present.

Mouthfeel - Perfect amount of carbonation and weight bring the right flavors to the front.

Drinkability - This is my favorite standard IPA, slightly edging out Odell's. I could (and do on occasion) drink this all night long.

sevopie, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely golden amber color with an inch worth of foam and nice lacing down the glass. I get some sweet caramel malt in the nose backed up by a big dose of citrusy piney hops. Taste is the same but reversed. Hop bitterness hits the tongue first, and then is smoothed out by the sweet malt. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable.

KeefD, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.
Whipped cream like 3 finger fluffy white head. Big bubbly retention, thick lace lines the glass.
Color is an amber golden semi transparent.

Smell is a delicious piney mildly citruss hoppyness. Greassy earth tones with a good sweat malt balance.

This is a great brew. The taste is a bittering hop up front with a creamy full bodied flavor through the middle. Sweet bredy components and a big piney flavor at the swallow. Carbonation zing at the swallow that quickly disapears and the hops linger well, with a dry quality.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with mudeium carbonation.

This is a darn good ipa. Well balanced hops and malt, with the hops reigning in as the dominant flavor.
Good job Avery, nice brew.

Buebie, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with orange highlights. Clear with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma of citrus, malts and hops.

A rather light IPA...which is not a bad thing. Flowery, hops and malts. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was light with some cleansing and slightly dry.

Overall, a very drinkable IPA. Easy to drink. Sessionable.

atigerlife, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light orange, brilliant clarity, off-white sticky head.

S - floral hops with a light sweetness. I wouldn't call the hops grapefruit, but there is a mild citrus fruitiness.

T - Get a hint of sweetness on the tip of the tongue, then solid hop flavour carries itself from beginning to end. Lots of tropical fruits - pineapple, papaya, mango. Great lingering bitterness, more floral than citrus.

M - very smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium body. Alcohol is completely hidden. Finish is dry.

D - super easy to drink, clean tasting, with enough hops and bitterness to satisfy.

It's been a while since I've had the chance to enjoy some fresh American IPAs, and this is another winner. Cleaner, drier, and hoppier than anything avaiable north of the border. I know these types of beers are available in abundance down there, but you should really count yourselves lucky.

markaberrant, Jun 29, 2008
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,670 ratings.