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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 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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very nice pour of a golden yellow into a soft orange body. The head is off-white and frothy fading from a quarter to a trace, and leaving a nice lace behind.

S - Pungent blue cheese, hops, and wheat.

T - Smooth riding hops from start to finish. The beginning tastes a splint second which adds a bit of suspense. Then it gradually gains potency and finishes long.

M - It leaves and odd texture behind it, which I'm not fond of. It has a heavy start and a grinding finish.

~ In my opinion this beer is drinkable if only for its taste. The look and aroma are just added features. However, the feel brings this IPA back down to size. I guess I'm saying its average on a drinkability scale but if the texture were at least average. I think we'd have a real solid choice.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi transparent gold with a three fingers tall head of dense foam that retains as long as any I've seen. Lots of lacing circles my pint glass,huge lacy curtains. The nose is fresh,lemony and sweet with citrus notes. Light biscuit notes are humbled by bold citrusy hops,subtle lemon and earthy greenery. The body is medium and near perfect carbonation is soft and creamy. A good amount of bitterness keeps things on track without being overwhelming or too aggressive. A very drinkable IPA with just the right amount of flavor and balance.

Photo of usmittymc
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: An attractive, clear golden pour with a decent rocky white head.

S: Grapefruit, other citrus, some piney notes as well.

T: A real quick appearance for the hops. citrus and pine. Malty sweetness follows and is dominant.

M: Rather light for an IPA. decent mouthfeel.

D: At 6.3%, it's still a rather drinkable IPA. I would seek it out again.

Photo of nick76
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though IPA's are my style I enjoyed this one more than most. The aroma is strong with hop smells that include flowers as well as cedar and citrus. Some sweet malt smells as well. It is a dark golden color that is slightly hazy. The flavor is bitter as expected but does have a nice malt component as well. Finish is nice with toasted malt and hops.

Photo of jkrich
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; an old map of the route from Great Britain to India on the label.

Poured a bright, clear golden color with minimal head but leaves some attractive lacing.

There is a hint of hops and sweet malts in the aroma. This is one of the least fragrant American IPAs I have encountered. I detect a butterscotch aroma.

The taste matches the restrained aroma: nothing really stands out. There is an odd sweetness on the back of the tongue; similar again to butterscotch with very little hop bitterness. The ale does not improve as it warms.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied, watery and a little flat. It leaves a slick feeling on the tongue.

I was looking forward to a hoppy, American interpretation of an IPA. Perhaps I got an old bottle - this one may not have survived that long trip from England around Africa to India. I believe it has become malt heavy. It is very light for a 6.3 % ABV but not very sessionable.

Photo of BeerSox
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask into pint glass. Centennial Hop cask edition (served at Birreria Paridso in D.C.).

Very low carbonation that provides a thin light tan head. When the glass is presented the bubbles are still rising toward the top. Each sip delivers a very concentrated amount of sharp Centennial hops. The hops are also sharp in the aroma. In both the flavor and the aroma, sharp grapefruit is present. The malts give a little bit of a bread-like backbone.

Ever so sippable, it seems like the cask version only amplifies the hops. Recommended.

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

Bottle.

Poured a light orange/amber color with an average sized white head. Subtle floral and citrus smells. Piney and overly powering bitter taste (not a good bitter, more of a sour bitter). After finishing this beer, the glass was covered with lacing.

Notes from 5/27/04

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good white head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of big spiced hops. Taste the same, a very generic IPA to me, a slight sweetness on the end, but there is that initial hop bite. It would smooth out, but very typical nothing special here. Mouthfeel was ok and same with drinkability.

Photo of denflyr
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this IPA into a pint glass and it came out a slightly hazy mostly yellow with just a hint of orange in the color. Not a large head, but some diffuse lacing is apparent.

Of all things that come to mind to describe the smell the easiest one is a bit of mushroom followed by heavy citrus notes.

The taste is nice, but not the best I have had. The malts are nicely evident with just maybe a hint of sweetness on the finish. Obviously being an IPA, the hops jump out at you. I get a nice pine note with the hops.

The mouthfeel is nice as well and the hops are persistent, but do not ruin your palate.

The drinkability is there for sure. I could have several and might look for this again.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass nice golden color, very active carbanation, 1 1/2 finger white head, fair lacing. Not as hoppy smelling as I was expecting, some citrus. taste about the same as smells tangy finish, good fizzy mouthfeel that lasts a while. faily good drinkability, will drink again.

Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber color has nice clarity. Foamy off-white head has above average retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: A heavy dose of citrus and pine greats the nose. A small amount of caramel sweetness is in the background.

T: A nice hop profile dominates the beer. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit and pine intermingle nicely. Bitterness isn't too over the top. Sweet and toasted malt flavors are to be had, although not in abundance.

M: Medium body is slick/ Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: A nice, safe IPA. I would happily drink this again.

Photo of tadowdaddy
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper look with great head retention. VERY minimal lacing in my pint glass.
S - Nothing really stands out. Can smell a bit of a grapefruit scent but really, the smell of this beer really disappointed me. Detected minimal hop scent.
T - Very dry beer. Mild hoppiness, medium to heavy malt taste. Very dry beer with absolutely no aftertaste.
M - Carbonation was good, head stuck around and added to the mouth experience, but overall, nothing to brag about. This beer looks a lot better than it smells or tastes.
D - I'm giving it a 3.5 on drinkability because it's not a horrible beer to drink and is easy to swallow. It doesn't taste bad either, but is really missing my preferred hoppiness and also missing any distinct flavor. The flavor is very muttled together. Not a horrible beer, and would try it again in case I got a batch that doesn't fully represent it, but not my favorite either.

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

This one here has a terrific head and beautiful, thick, sticky lace that really impresses me. Unfortunately, the color is a bit too pale and less than copper to really bowl me over. The nose is similar, with grapefruit citrus tones for miles but almost as much sweetness as hop action. It's delicious but not really my epitome of AIPAs.

This is something of an anomaly in that it appreciates a solid malt backbone but still brings an army of light breaking, citrus tinged hops. Terrific balance here and the mouthfeel holds every drop, with a chewy, stout like finish. Original, and delicious, this one is easy to drink and lots of fun to do so. Citrus and pine are plentiful but the malt hangs tough enough. Not for amateurs, but this is highly drinkable and worth a try.

Photo of Nipitato
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Very light for an IPA. Almost a straw color. Thin head. Good clarity.

S: Well balanced aroma. Fruity hops with strong grapefruit character. Also just fruity. Carmel malt base stands up well to hop aroma.

T: Well balanced. Bitterness is minimal. Hop flavor is grapefruit and fruity. Malt backing is solid but does not possess any specific character.

MF: Moderate mouthfeel. Dry. Moderate carboantion.

D, notes: A good serviceable go to IPA. Well balanced and highly sessionable.

Photo of bonbini26
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Diamond

This is a very well balanced well rounded IPA. A very drinkable session IPA, with a nice floral and citrus presence. Nothing that will knock your socks offs, but at the time it was the only IPA the Diamond had on tap at the time, and figured id give it a try. Ale to Chief or Maharaja ill take over this one. Paired well with some soft irish cheddar

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold body with a two-finger head that quickly receeds and leaves lace patches. An earthy, strong and pungent (not in a bad way) hop smell, with citric fruits dominating and some dark fruits behing. Medium-bodied, this packs a hop punch over the taste buds but retains a smoothness to it even as it finshes dry. Some malty goodness in there, even though it is faint. Just a great IPA all around.

Photo of Pleepleus
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. Bottle to pint glass a coppery honey color with a minimal white head that reduced to a solid sheen that remained with heavy lacing. Smelled like grapefruit and hops with a mild hint of grass. Tastes fantastic. Citrus hops dominate the taste with just enough malt to coumter the bitterness. Very well balanced IPA with a medium feel and perfect carbonation. Has the solid flavor of an Imperial without the high APV. This is a very drinkable beer and I will be adding to my list of regular purchases.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a nice light copper color with a decent white head.
S - Aroma is very sweet and has some citrus hops.
T - The taste has a good balance between citrus and grapefruit like hop flavor and a nice sweet malt character.
M - It is light and has mellow carbonation
D - This is very drinkable because of it's balance.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another great selection from avery.

had this from a 12 ounce bottle, bought in portland oregon.

a: golden autumn, with a slight citrus orange glow.

s: the smell was a typical ipa selection, nothing out of the ordinary, very good.

t: a great taste, not too bitter and not overwhelming, very mellow citrus note and a bite that lingers but does not dominate.

overall a great selection, avery does not disappoint.

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