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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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2,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,794
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 238 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,794 | Reviews: 1,173
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Bright copper color, 1 inch white head, thick and foamy. Whispy lacing.
S: Citrus hops, rye, grains, faint oily hops. Pretty mild.
T: Bitter hop nip, caramel, buttery almost. Grainy taste in the middle. Finish lets the sugary malts and hops linger.
M: Calm and refreshing, no alcohol taste. Sweet finish. But missing that nice bitter hop nip that I love.
D: Fine, quite sessionable.

Photo of turamarth
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into globe with nucleation point.

Appearance: Light golden amber color lots of bubbles. 1 1/2 finger of a almost pure white head. Minimal lacing. Head recedes quickly into a thick film.

Nose: Lots of hops. Some jasmine tea, a little grass. Herby and floral. Very small hint of bready yeastiness.

Taste: Has a fairly nice hoppy bite to it. Astringency much alike with jasmine tea. Some citrus rind on the back on the tongue. A little malty sweetness, and some yeasty breadiness.

Mouth: Good carbonation. Light body. Leaves the mouth feeling nice especially with the bitter after taste. Great palate cleanser.

Drink: A pretty good drink. Goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hazy orange in color with a nice one finger white head. Some lacing can be found on my pint glass.

S: Notes of grapefruit and mild pine give way in an awesome wave. An impressive display of aromatics altogether.

T: Big old bite of hops at first. High carbonation and a zing of the citrus and pine come together the pleasure the palate.

M: The gulp factor is there.

D: A must session beer for the hop lovers. This beer can hold its own!

Photo of Proteus93
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between straw and golden pale amber. A wonderful, frothy head grows on this and breaks down in cascading rolls. Very nice.

S: The hoppiness is a little odd. A somewhat herbal flowery scent with some touches of pine. There's almost a mustiness that I don't think I've picked up from the style before.

T: The flavour picks up again... though it's still quite an interesting profile. Herbal plant-like flavours... the mustiness is still there. Something like damp earthiness. It's not bad, just a little odd.

M + D: Carbonation is a little soft, body feels a little weighty and muddy. Not a better part of the beer. As for drinkability, it is doable and certainly not a horrible beer - not a favourite, though.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a goblet.

A: pours copper/apricot orange, clear, with a tan head that has the lightest shade of orange. Good lacing.

S: lots of American hop, citrus, pine, orange, grapefruit, lime, resin.

T: Definitely balanced toward the hop with little underlying malt character detected; some sweet toastiness is the extent of the malt. Hop flavors are what you would expect, and similar to the aroma characters, with the grapefruit/pine flavors being most prominent. Finishes with a puckering bitterness that sticks around for awhile.

M: light on the feel, about average carbonation; the bitterness lends a definite puckering at the end.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable; while not much stands out about this particular IPA, would definitely have again. Can have a few without sacrificing sobriety.

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

Standard (for an IPA) light golden color, with a two finger white cap perched up top which leaves excellent lacing.

Smells of hops mainly, no surprise there. Some citric notes in there as well.

Tastes a lot like it smells, although the citrus (mostly lemon) plays a bigger part. Not overly bitter, which is nice.

Medium body, with a nice amount of carbonation to tickle your tongue. Smooth going down.

Not among the very top brews in it's category, but if you like IPAs this one is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Jekster
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow to light amber color with a thick two finger pure white head.

Smell: The smell has sweet necter and citrus overtones. Grapefruit is a prominent smell along with star fruit. There is a slight pleasant cut grass aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant light honey sweetness that matches the initial smell of the beer. There is a definite forward hop bitterness that tingles on the tip of your tongue and then lingers as you swallow. There is the slight hop flavor of lemon rind but mainly the taste is dominated by hop bitterness. There is a slight presences of alcohol esters that linger after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel: The beer is extremely light on the pallet and extremely carbonated. I think the level of carbonation is borderline for the style and I personally would enjoy a bit less carbonation. It becomes almost bitey feeling.

Drinability: This is a beer for people that enjoy a nice lingering bitterness. I could drink a couple, but would choose other craft beers if I had the option.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I love a good IPA and enjoy bitterness. That being said, I would not seek this beer to buy again. I find that it is fairly one dimension with the hop bitterness and the aroma complexity does not follow through in the taste. I think the lingering bitterness would be a put off to most people who don't enjoy that aspect of IPA's. It's also a turn off for people, like myself, who enjoy bitterness, but like some other flavors to go along with it.

Photo of jsp2
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a thick white foamy head with great retention. Incredible strength to the citrus hop aromna. Taste of carbonation, then citrusy hops, followed by a strong dry bitterness. Light and crisp, the maltiness is just enough to keep the hops sane but no more.

What a great IPA, the hops really shine through on this one with both the aroma and flavor. I would love to try this one freshly tapped. A superb example of the style up there with the best of them.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a rusty amber-orange with a creamy white head that left a fair, streaky lacing behind.

S: a big flower boutique of citrus and lemons with light lingering grassy notes.

T: The initial flavor was rich, sweet malt, with a moderate level of hoppiness of pine and fresh grapefruit to balance things out. The hoppiness was sharp and pronounced and paired well with the big sweet caramel backing. On the fade and finish a dry hopping left a flowery hop residue lacing leaving the mouth dry anxiously awaiting the next sip.

M: medium with a nice carbonation factor that brought out the intense hoppiness of the drink.

D: A nicely hopped ipa that was very drinkable with sweet caramel and moderate alcohol making for a big experience.

Photo of mdm46410
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a golden amber with a light haze and a thin, lasting off-white head. Heavy, even rings of lace coated the glass. The aroma included pungent grapefruit, tropical fruits, a touch of white pepper, and small amount of caramel. The flavor consisted of grapefruit juice, spicy hops, and a trace of caramel malt. Quite bitter on the tongue, but still very drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied and had light carbonation. A well made, quaffable IPA. Not to shabby.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice golden pour with a full sudsy head nearing 2 fingers, but dying back to about 1/4". Slightly hazy, but the only thing floating in this beer are bubbles rushing to the surface. Subtle lacing left in the glass.

Smell: A very hoopy aroma. My mouth was watering anticipating the hoppy bitterness. A flowery bouquet, an almost "green" smell and citrus notes.

Taste: The bitterness is BAM!!! in your face. A good mouth turning bite which is what I am looking for in a hop forward IPA. There are citrus hints, almost lemony lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and drying on the finish. There is a nice malt backbone that makes this ale unbelievably smooth. And IMO, the carbonation is dead on.

Drinkability: A very refreshing IPA with bitter hops abound. No characteristic of this beer is overwhelming or over bearing, and at the same time nothing is overly complex. In terms of Avery's IPA, Simplicity is Golden.

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

Reviewed on 9/21/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth. Pours a clear light orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of floral, citrus, and bitter hops. Flavor of nice floral hops with a slight hint of bitter pine in the finish. Nice hops/malt balance. Excellent IPA.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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

On top at the Pearl Street Pub. Pours a darker orange with an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Smells mainly piney and hoppy, very much like columbus hops, and slightly citrusy. Tastes of columbus hops mostly, very piney, no lingering bitter effect. A solid IPA that's always drinkable.

Photo of hoplover82
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is a solid American IPA.

Pours a very clear pale color with a white head that sticks around for the finally.

Lots of citrus notes. Grapefruit it seems. Very floral in the nose.

Just the right bitterness that lingers well. Lots of hop pungency.

This is definately one of the better IPAs Iv'e had.

For an American IPA this one I will grab for again and again. Thank you Avery! The Lord bless the hop harvest.

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

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Amber and slightly cloudy, with a one finger white head.

S - Toffee, biscuit, oily, resiny, viscous, huge malt bouquet, pine, a little grapefruit.

T - Interesting take on the style, almost like a small version of an American Barleywine. No freshness date that I can see on the bottle, but it doesn't taste old to me. Toffee, caramel, and biscuity malts. After getting past the aggressive malt backbone, the citrusy, piney taste of American hops makes itself known. Bitterness is moderate, and the brief finish is quite balanced.

M - Round, medium body in the mouth, very slick.

D - Alcohol is well hidden in the palate but definitely there. A pleasant sipping IPA.

Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An orange color with a two-finger white head that has great retention and lacing.
S- Smells of hops. Kind of a grapefruit smell. A bit of malty smell in there.
T- Tastes of bread dough and grapefruit. Pretty yeasty too.
M- High carbonation. Tends a bit toward the lighter end on the weight scale.
O- Taste is well rounded enough to enjoy a couple of them but at 6.3%, it's not quite a session beer either. Good hop flavor though and enjoyable.

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date.

Color is a dull carmel. Head is very fluffy and sticks around for a while leaving wonderfull lacing.

Aroma is of floral and citrus notes. Taste is quite similiar; very heavy on the floral taste.

Mouthfeel is bitter, smooth, and at the end it is bitter again. Leaves a dry taste in your mouth.

This is a solid ipa, nice and hoppy. A great representation of the style. I would recommend this one.

Photo of gdfan47
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- I really like this beer, pours a light yellow color with alot of white head
S- Fresh hops, citrus, some lemon and some other inviting smells I cant put my nose on
T- really crisp, fresh the hops are there and they are very pleasnt
M- Very smooth, pretty carbonated, the bubbles are nice and the lace is refreshing
D- one of my favorite IPAs, a great session beer

very enjoyable, I wish it was more readily avail a, and I wish I could find it in small bottles more easily ( I dont think they sell it at my usually single beer place)

Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was straw yellow with orange hues. Has some carbonation.
The nose is fruity, citrus, hops, and lemon and esters.
The flavor brings the beer into the wide open. got a good malt character with the hops balancing this IPA
Has an astringent bitter mouth feel. The finish last a minute or two and is very refreshing.

Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish-orange color, nice big fluffy head, good lacing.

Smells hoppy, of citrus rind.

Tastes of pine and citrus rind also.

Medium body, maybe a bit weak for the style.

Good solid IPA here, if somewhat average. Lacking the extra something that makes a great IPA, but I would have another. A good balance of taste and drinkability.

Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, much better after the Redpoint. Golden pour with good carbonation and a big white head. Hops abound in the nose, grapefruit, orange, pine, but without resin. Smooth, yet bitter, taste with more pine and grapefruit. Some grassiness and malt in the finish. A true IPA that isn't an Imperial with the wrong label. Excellent beer.

Photo of armock
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white heat that leaves lacing

S - All hops here for me that have a pine and citrus smell

T - Has a pretty good taste thats piney and bitter

M - This beer was a little thin light bodied with light carbonation to it

D - While the cask servings I've had are better than the regular on-tap serving its still a good IPA thats easy drinking worth a try

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, slightly cloudy golden color with a nice thick foamy off-white head that settles into a nice lacing. Has a slight hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus fruit. Medium bodied with a dry hoppy finish. Not as bitter or hoppy as I had hoped.

Photo of BronYrAur
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Wow, this is a good looking beer. Thick, frothy, creamy white head that went perfect with the white sky/white snow layer outside. Great lacing left behind, and fantastic head retention all the way down.

Smell. Typical IPA smell. Reminded me a lot of Goose Island's version in both smell and taste. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely very robust.

Taste. Solid, hits all the right IPA notes. Not quite as strong hopwise as Goose Island's version (as long as we're comparing), but probably balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel. Creamier than expected, really, which is definitely a good thing in my opinion. Didn't really notice the carbonation much. Which leads me to the drinkability. This IPA, while not the most distinctive, goes down easily and is quite drinkable for a bitter beer.

Overall, Avery has a very solid IPA that I would most definitely buy again.

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

For a less expensive India Pale Ale this one is very tasty.
It pours well with a good amount of head. The Hops are not over powering and the crispness is something I enjoy very much!
The 6 pack is cheaper than most of the other beers in its class but it is by no means a cheaper tasting beer! I give it a thumbs up.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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