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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

2,602 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,602
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 159 | 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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with minimal floral or citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with some light caramel malt notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Not bad overall and pretty straight forward - I would have preferred more citrus notes and some floral notes but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber body with a small white head that leaves some lace behind..

S: Pungent oily hops.. some garden-like smells.. not much malt shining through.. lacking complexity..

T: Picks it up a bit compared to the aroma... the oily hops are rather bitter and harsh.. flavor through out.. again not much of a malt background..

M: Medium body. Lingers a bit.. Not quite smooth, but more viscous.

D: An ok IPA... its just a bit out of balance..

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Norsebrew
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I moved to Colorado and asked the locals what the best IPA in the state was, this is the beer that the majority of locals pointed me toward. Well, I've probably bought and finished off 5-6 6-packs of this brew over the years, and I think that it ranks right up there with the best. Great fresh hop aroma and taste with a lingering fresh hopped aftertaste. This is a very drinkable highly hopped beer, and I recommend it to all IPA drinkers.

Norsebrew, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, I had a version of their IPA dry-hopped with Columbus, a great advantage of drinking this strait from the source! Hazy pale gold with a small what head that leaves moderately heavy lace. The color is really brilliant in the sun, something about the appearance is really appetizing!

Smell is super resiny hops, like pungent skunk weed, with some soft, sweet malt lingering in the background. Very yummy.

Taste is nice and clean, with less hop flavor then the nose, although still plenty of bitterness, the stickiness of hops coats my teeth! Semi-sweet malt and a lingering, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty, fresh IPA, whose aroma in particular really benefits from the extra dry-hopping (although it didn't really change the original beer, just enhance).

ccrida, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one under the name "Hop Freaks Unite" at the Berkley Front, assumed it'd be a solid one. It wasn't too bad at all. Poured a nice copper color with a good off-white pile of foam on top that left excellent lacing as it drained. Crystal clear. Definitely a nice looking brew. Nose was too mild, a touch of citrusy hops but not much else. Taste was a little better, although still a fairly subdued flavor. Citrus and fruity hops working fairly well with the very subtle caramel hops. Body was solid with good carbonation. Overall, not a bad one, although it might work better in my book as a pale ale rather than an IPA, just because the hops were so mild.

soupyman10, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap, it had a clear amber appearance with a thin lacing. Overall, a sharp, hoppy malt aromas was the primary smells I feel. The taste had citrus sweetness supplementing the malty flavors. A great carbonation kept the drink from lacking it in its quality. Overall, a very good IPA.

fitzy84, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle gotten at Brawley's into a pint glass.

A. Golden brew with a decent creamy head with good retention. Moderate carbonation.

S. Citrusy, pineapple hops with a hint of malt. Healthy aroma.

T. As it smells, citrusy hops. Mild malts. Clean bitter finish.

M. The carbonation is now apparant, but crisp finish.

D. Very drinkable. A solid IPA that I hope will soon be more readily available.

MarkSCCOT, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of mpyle
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Rich golden color, brilliantly clear. Moderately sized white head, creamy and with decent head retention.

Arom - Hop aroma that is a bit citrusy, but not particularly prominent. Malt provides a caramel sweetness as well. Aroma quite balanced, but subdued.

Flav - a piney hop flavor, but doesn't overpower a strong caramel malt sweetness. Balanced. Finishes with a gentle hop bitterness. No sharp edges to the flavor profile, but maybe too subdued with the hops (both flavor and bittering).

MF - Medium-full body, no astringency, vanishingly small alcohol warming.

D'ability - A very drinkable IPA. Hop flavor prominent, but not distinctive. Lack of harsh "pucker" factor on the bitterness increases the drinking experience.

mpyle, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from All Wine

A - Golden yellow, two fingered head, which dissipates slowly and creates slight lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, grass, and light malts.

T - Heavy grass and finish of light malts.

M - Slightly bitter, could be better balanced.

D - Good, but would prefer other IPAs vs this guy.

MisterClean, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rather light yellow color with a good head.

S: Citrus and pine, just as is should be.

T: I nice initial wallop of citrusy hops. It's a lot of citrus just like I like my IPA's. The finish is a little disappointing, very little bitterness and a bit thin.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: A very good IPA, not the best I've ever had but certainly not a bad option.

willjschmidt, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange-amber color with good head and nice lacing, although there was an extraordinary amount of carbonation (which I don't prefer). It has a nice scent, a very hoppy/bitter aroma with orange-citrus overtones; however, the aroma was very light. A nice hoppy flavor, perhaps a bit dry, but very nice nonetheless. Nothing overly distinct, though. It goes down fine, just a bit rough from the dryness. While it would not be my first IPA of choice, it goes well with the sampler pack from Avery and it would not be a waste what-so-ever.

JamesS, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on the pour, light golden straw color..ever so slight haze as I peer through the glass. Head remained for a while and turns rocky....good lacing laft behind.
Smells of sweet malts and citrus in the hops.
reminds of the smell of orange juice.
Taste is medium in the malt department, but very bitter at the beginning and the end.
A slight citrus taste left dangling on my tongue as the beer goes down the hatch.
Nice beer.

dmamiano, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of MMansfield
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample brought back by a friend from NY state.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish gold colour, hazy. Bone white head slowly settles to a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Aroma: Cat piss from the simcoe hops, tangerine, & some pine.

Taste: Citrus and caramel malt mostly. A little sweetness from the malt fades a fairly hoppy finish dominated by simcoes. Finish is slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lighter carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Statement: Decent IPA, not elite, but very good.

MMansfield, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Floral, malty aroma. Clear and golden with minimal white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing, but a few bubbles on sides of the glass. A good, balanced hop and malt flavor. Flavor and aftertase both had a lot of citric and floral overtones. Aftertaste also had a lingering bitterness. Medium-light carbonation and medium bodied.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bright yellow amber, maybe the slightest pink hue. Clear.
Head was faily weak, less than a finger. It does hang well though, and leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Hop profile is sweet. A note of pineapple. Not much else in the aroma.

I can taste the Crystal & Centennial hops. Bright citrus and mild florals. The finish screams grapefruit...juicy citrus, with a good bitterness.

Drinkability is definitly there. A bit high for a session beer, but it has a good flavor by itself to a degree that I wouldn't want to eat anything along side it.

IPAs are my prefered style, and my radar/sensitivity is always a bit more fine tuned when i'm trying one. This IPA lacks a bit on the body. It feels a bit too light and aqueous for me, despite having an okay resiny bite. Im taking a notch off of the mouthfeel because of it.

Overall, a great offering from Avery. I would recommend for any hop-lover.

SurlyDuff, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice fragrant hops from an amber pour with little head. Good malty, caramel backing matched very well with hops flavor and light lingering bitterness. An above average IPA for sure with a leaning towards hoppier end of the spectrum flavor to it. Need to try again, but good.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, hazy deep amber. One finger head on a fairly gentle pour. Receded to leave a nice ring and somewhat sparse yet sticky sheets of lacings.

Bready malt, some caramel sweetness and a touch of biscuit. Decent hop nose as well, grapefruit, papaya and pine. Somewhat subdued, may not be the freshest sample (no freshness or bottles on date) but sitll solid, fruity hop aroma with noticeable underlying bitterness.

Nice malts, much like in the nose. No real surprise in the hops either, nice bitterness, more aroma hops would be nice, pine seems to have taken over, with lesser citrus and tropical fruiit flavour. Nice tea like astringent flavour lingers at the finish.

A nice, almost medium bodied IPA. Would love the chance to try a fresh sample to see if there is more of an aroma hop presence, as is the bittering hops are overbalancing the aroma hops. Nice malt backbone, and finishes with a nice astringent finish making it very easy to back for more.

Very drinkable, and recommended to fans of IPAs. Pretty typical of the style, and as sessionable as any 6.3% abv beers come. Ill be trying this one again, and hop for a fresher, more aromatic sample that would turn this good beer into a great one.

demcorhip, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with copper-orange highlights. Pour creates a 1/2" fluffy white head which quickly dissapates to thin swirls of filmy foam.

Hops come to the forefront in the aroma with notes of citrus rind, pine needles and spice against a faint sweet background of caramel malts, honey and cookie dough.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a fine carbonation, but seemed to finish somewhat thin and a tad watery.

Crisp and refreshing hoppy flavor profile of fresh orange, grapefruit, pine and herbal tea come to the forefront followed by a backing of sweet crystal malts, light caramel, clover honey and floral notes. A moderate hop resin bitterness coates the tongue for the finish.

Although perhaps not a memorable American IPA, still well done a worth a try.

macster, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to barefootbrewer for this one that I acquired in a trade. Poured a nice deep golden color with orange hues and a nice white head that left decent lacing around glass. Aroma is hoppy with notes of grass, pine, and citrus. Flavor is the same, and is well-balanced with the hoppiness. This beer is nice and is not overdone. Very smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.

biggmike, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of melmoth100
2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, very cloudy, almost no head. Looked like apple cider. Minimal legs.

S - Hops, obviously, with undertones of cinnamon. Not much to it.

T - Resiny, acidic, with very bitter aftertaste. Again, not much to it.

M - Dense opening with gummy finish

D - Low, had trouble finishing a single glass.

Overall, a big disappointment. Just beer with extra hops, no real character. Did not care at all for the very bitter, resiny taste, nor the gummy, almost mucousy mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about IPAs in general, and this one did nothing to change my mind. Simply adding a bunch of hops to a beer does not generally improve it.

melmoth100, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was much better than expected. appearance is deceiving, a clear gold with a nice, creamy white head and persistent lacing. aroma of cookie dough predominates with floral, sweet spice (cinammon?), honey, and light-colored fruits. overall a complex, sweet, but not overwhelming bouquet that is hard to put my finger on. taste is moderate sweet malts and moderate hop bitterness, quite well-balanced, i wavered with scoring this quite high as well/ nice smooth but lingering bitter finish. medium-bodied, almost luscious for this strength, creamy, and some lively drying carbonation.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in Ommegang chalice. Mediocre head. An avaerage IPA with average hops and malts. So... average. I would get this as a subsitute for other IPAs, mainy because of the low cost.

Overall... an OK beer. I would probably get it against because of its low cost, but I'm not going crazy over it.

iconoklaztor, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a Sam Imperial pilsner glass. Nice deep gold color with orange hues. Slightly cloudiness. Nice off white head that left good lacing throughout. Smells of clean, crisp hoppiness (citrus). Taste is good and crisp, not overly bitter, but strong hop flavor. You can really catch the clean hop finish. Very drinkable.

DrDogbeer, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saffron colored with some chill haze. Nice 2+ fingers of eggshell head. Lacing is immense, great retention.

Smell is a bit understated, with honey soaked piney hops.

Taste is also somewhat light. Malt sweetness along with some tannin-like bitterness imitates the character of honey tea. Some citrus hops are also present.

Tannic finish leads to a dryish mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, which doesn't match well with the sort of chewy body.

This is a quite tame IPA, which makes it very very drinkable.

illidurit, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Bar & Grill

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow-gold in color with a little over a finger of off-white head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is mostly of hops, citrus (namely grapefruit) and pine aromas but a decent amount of maltyness to balance it out. Taste is quite good, lots of piney, citrusy hops in this one. However, it is still fairly balanced. The malts don't take a back seat and make sure that they make their presence known. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability this was pretty good. It was balanced and enjoyable and had a hop forward flavor profile that didn't overwhelm my palate.

mnj21655, Jan 11, 2008
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,602 ratings.