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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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2,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 30
Gots: 126 | 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 mmmbeer


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

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.


08-19-2006 20:02:27 | More by oelergud
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.28/5  rDev -15%

Pours out to a medium orange color with a consistant foamy head that held at about 1/2 inch. Some lace was present, but mostly chunks of astray bubbles. Medium to medium high carbonation. Aromas of light floral hops and earthy spices. Some sweet cherry liquorice as well. Taste was medium bodied, what I would call a budding hop-heads intro to IPA's. A touch of sweet bready malt quickly gives way to bitter hops and clove like spices. Mildly lingering bitterness is noted. Mouthfeel was eagerly bubbly. Drinkability is good. A solid IPA for sessioning, although it doesn't offer much in originality or creativity. Worth trying.

08-15-2006 00:55:53 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of cproioi


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

This IPA pours a dark yellow/copper body with a 11/2 finger white head. Carbonation was present in the body of this beer. The beer gave off a strong hoppy aroma that was close a pine tree smell. I could only pick up very little hints of malts in the smell. The taste was mainly of the pine tree-esque hops but like the smell there was a slight sweet spot in the middle of the taste. The beer was a thin beer that finished semi-dry. It had a little to much of the residual sugars for my liking of this style of beer. It wasn't bad but nothing that I would write home about.

08-14-2006 18:21:29 | More by cproioi
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A tranlucent golden amber with a two finger white head. The head fades to one finder but has great staying power and laces the glass pretty nicely.

S - Smell is of floral hops with a bit of a tea like pungent hop aroma as well.

T - A nice hoppy bitterness leads the way and stays in the forefront for just about the entire drink. A malt presence comes through a bit and balances things out fairly well.

M - A nice feel overall. Medium bodied with a nice crisp carbonation that backs up the hoppy brew.

D - A nice quaffable IPA, won;t blow your mind but has a nice hoppy flavor and won't overwhelm.

08-13-2006 20:43:19 | More by EStreet20
Photo of BabaJohn


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

In my opinion, when a really bitter, hoppy brew is a success, it is so not by virtue of the hops alone, but the other balancing aspects as well. Avery's regular IPA seemed a bit out of balance. Looked great, a nice golden hue with frothy, clinging head and good retention. Smelled decent, though the characteristic IPA aroma seemed just a bit subdued. Taste was good and by comparison to many other weak, puny IPA's, this guy is great, but like I said before, the bitter hops seemed a bit out of balance (don't get me wrong, Stone's Ruination is one of my favorite beers). Interestingly enough, I seem to remember the Maharaja as being out of balance in terms of it's alcoholic traits. Here, there wasn't enough interest from the other characteristics. It surprised me and did not go that well with my Indian dinner. This one's right up there, but a few tiers beneath the top.

08-12-2006 01:55:52 | More by BabaJohn
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a clear light caramel color. Frothy plumes of white head reach a good inch with nice sustain and tracing. Aromas are heavy on American hops with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit. Flavor comes just shy of meeting the promise of the aroma. Hop flavor is aplenty with a decent malty sweet backbone, but the bitterness doesn't meet my demands. This is certainly above your run of the mill IPA's but it doesn't quite compete with the upper tiered ones. It's nice to open a single that can't be got in town, drinkability is excellent.

08-07-2006 21:04:29 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of unclederby


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Light copper in color this IPA poured out with a one-finger cap that disappated rather quickly; light lacing clings to the glass. Lots of citrus on the nose most predominately grapefruit. Flavors feature a touch of biscuity malt up front but the grapefruit bitterness of the hops soon take over for a bitter middle and end. Nothing over the top though. Nice graininess in the mouthfeel, with a medium, slightly resinous body. This is a straight up sessionable IPA, probably Avery's finest mainline beer.

08-06-2006 20:24:25 | More by unclederby
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

10/3/2005 $9.00 6 pack 6.00% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear copper-yellow with no head, but a thin lacing rims the glass.


Citrusy hops, mainly ripe juicy grapefruit with hints of a sweet malt background.


Redolant with ripe citrus character in the form of grapefruit underlined by a healthy malt sweetness, this is a nicely balanced IPA, that doesn't rely solely on scorching the tastebuds with bitterness. Avery is sometimes a hit or miss for me, but this is a definite hit. Nice hop character paired with plenty of malts.

07-31-2006 18:08:24 | More by cbl2
Photo of rgrace99


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Color was a clear gold, thick three-finger head with lots of lacing. Aroma was light citrusy hop, very restrained. Was very effervescent. Taste was excellent, mild hop character that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Well balanced with some malt character. Avery is very drinkable, what I would call an excellent 'session' IPA, goes down very easy without overwhelming the palate.

07-27-2006 16:55:55 | More by rgrace99
Photo of Phatz


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

This is a solid 'standard' easy drinking IPA.

Appearance: Pours clear gold, with big white head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Clean and light or reserved hop aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit hop character that is bold but well balance with malt character. This is exactly what I want with a sessionable IPA. Simple but tasty with a nice dry finish to top it off.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin feeling in the mouth. Light - medium body with adequate carbonation but just a tad too watery. Quit refreshing though just not what I expected.

Drinkability: This is certainly a beer for drinking. If you like IPAs don't waste time on a single bottle just get a case =)

Hope this is helpful.

07-27-2006 06:11:33 | More by Phatz
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

The color is gold and copper and orange and the head is big and fluffy and doesn't fall easily, it's dense. The lacing lokos really good and stuck.

The smell is malty, smells like a barley field with fruit like orange.

The taste is so malty and full bodied, but the hops that seemed very bitter kind of get lost behind such a great big malty flavor so the IPA-ness is taken down a notch where it could've been greater than it is.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and smooth, pillowy.

Overall it's great and would make an excellent session beer, but it could use some more hoppiness and fruitiness.

07-18-2006 05:37:47 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Blakaeris


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours golden-orange with a thick soapy head.

Smell is a huge blast of citrus hop. Very juicy. Understated sweet maltiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Great orange-grapefruit character. Carmel malt adds a complimentary backdrop to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent hop oilyness.

A solid offering. Very flavorful session IPA. I will definitely have another.

07-16-2006 23:49:13 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured a nice hazy shade of orange with a long lasting thin white head.

Smell is very nice floral hops with strong grapefruit smell as well.

Taste has a nice buiscuity malt backbone with a very floral hop flavor, with some nice citrus notes as well.

Moutfeel has that nice IPA oil feel to it.

A very tasty and drinkable IPA.

07-16-2006 23:37:11 | More by bashiba
Photo of Tballz420


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

The body of the brew is a gold-to-lighter-gold color; nice, big white head topping it off. Fair amount of lacing. The scent is dominated by floral hops, accompanied by sweet malts. The taste breaks down into a fairly standard IPA- meaning dank. Great mix of hops dominating, again alongside some sweet malt. Hints of alcohol spice. Fairly thin body. Overall, as with most IPAs, pretty damn good.

07-14-2006 21:16:56 | More by Tballz420
Photo of kimcgolf


4.53/5  rDev +17.4%

This IPA pours a golden orange with a nice white head. Immediate aroma of citrus fruit, predominantly grapefruiit, that carries over into the taste. The citrus taste, combined with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness and a hint of malt and alcohol, makes this very drinkable, with a great finish. I’m only dissapointed that I have not seen this in package stores, and will have to enjoy at Taco Mac for the time being. I could drink a lot of these on a hot summer day.

07-06-2006 11:08:33 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a beige two finger head that receded to lasting surface skim, with some good lacing. Body was an orange copper.

Smell - citrus, floral, and a toasty malt.

Taste - same as the smell. Citrus and floral hops over the toasty malt backbone, some caramel. Good bitter hop finish with more citrus, and a little bit of pine.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation, slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and goes down well. Very sessionable.

07-02-2006 17:40:07 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of kirok1999


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Very nice IPA.

Appearance- Very clear light orange with a ton of chunky lacing.

Smell- Huge hops, floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit,pine. Everything an IPA should have.

Taste- Nice hop bitterness matching the smell. Citrus and pine, very oily and pungent.

Mouthfeel- Slippery and bitter. Moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice, would make a great session beer with some cheddar and grapes.

06-29-2006 01:54:11 | More by kirok1999
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a clear copper, two finger ivory dense and rocky head. Chunky lace. Smells of big hops. Citrusy, tangerine and orange rind.

Nice malt taste and sweet citrus hops followed quickly by the strong bite of bitterness. Long lingering herbal bitterness. Very drinkable. Tasty IPA one of the better I've had in awhile.

06-28-2006 01:08:42 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

Avery- IPA

Appearance- light orange/ brown with a thin but heavy lacing head.
Smell- pungent hop. The smell reminds me of a perm ( you know the hair style)
Taste- strong unripe hops, sweet and piney.
Mouthfeel- sweet and bitter.

Overall- Although I didn't think this IPA wasn't anything special it had more flavor than alot of IPA's I've tried. Good try. Just not my cup of tea.

06-25-2006 23:00:39 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jamesdergen


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Golden honey color with big soapy off-white head. Most of it dissipates, but a remnant sticks around for the remainder.

S: Some medicinal, grassy hops that have a faint aroma of something very unpleasant and acrid that I can't put my finger on...

T: Follows the more pleasant part of the nose with some nice grainy backing. Sticky hop presence with great piney bitterness.

M&D: Super-smooth without being undercarbonated. One of the most drinkable IPAs I have had the opportunity to sample.

06-25-2006 03:17:05 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of dickroop


4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

I first encountered Avery's brewing style at a Stout tasting event. When I sipped the Out of Bounds Stout, I said "Wow, a stout with HOPS". Being a hophead, I kept returning to that brew all evening, through all the malty, sweet, and roasty flavors.

So when I saw the Avery IPA at my bev-store, I grabbed... and I was rewarded.

The bottle's label design, with its map of the sailing route from England to India, wins my admiration.

This brew is golden to straw colored with a healthy off-white head. After the glass was empty, the lacing was coarse, reticulate, and nice. The nose is an aggressive burst of citrus hops with unmistakable, unappologetic grapefruit aroma. The taste follows the nose and adds a pleasant bitterness that is not overwhelming and fades rather than lingers in the finish. The carbonation is not shy and makes for a refreshing mouthfeel, with only the slightest carbohydrate-derived stickiness.

For me, this ale was the first that just shouted "grapefruity hops". Because I like this light, bright hop variety, I rate the drinkability very high; this brew could be my favorite IPA in a bottle. I would love to find this ale on tap. Do I have to plan a trip to Boulder to find it?

06-23-2006 23:47:08 | More by dickroop
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very light yellow color, not a lot of bubbles, and a head that stays at about 1/4" above the glass and recharges slightly with a swirl or two. Thin and slightly sprawling lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Definitely good, but nothing too out of this world. A nice mix of piney and citrus hops with a mild malty fruit backing. Also seems like maybe a bit of yeast, but I'm not sure about that. Gets hoppier in the aroma as it warms.

Taste: Starts out bitter and pretty hoppy, but as it warms it's a bit more subdued and some of the subtle fruit characteristics start to come out a lot more, which I like a lot. Finish dies a bit by the end unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and slick, as I was hoping for more creaminess. The seeming lack of carbonation's probably not helping this along.

Drinkability: Not my favorite of the style, but sure, I could drink a few of these. Could be more flavor and complexity overall, but I definitely enjoyed it.

06-19-2006 21:32:40 | More by asabreed
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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