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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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very good

2,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 237 | 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: 2,789 | Reviews: 1,170
Photo of Zadok
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of treehugger02010
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.31/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of ahking
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of JEdmund
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey yellow, moderate head

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

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

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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mrsoul12
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of sevopie
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Buebie
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Honey-golden color with ample off-white head with rings of lace down the glass.

S: Hops dominate with a more earthy, herbal character, probably due to the combo of Tomahawk and Simcoe hops. Some sweeter caramel malt aromas are there too.

T: A smooth and understated beer with plenty of earthy, floral, and pine hops flavors which are played off of a hefty dose of caramel and pale malts. I would like to see more hops/less malt character on this beer, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A very heavy, oily feel which is exceptionally smooth. Aftertaste is mildly bitter with a lingering sweetness.

D: A nice package in my first Avery offering. A solid IPA with a more earthy aroma and flavor profile.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI.

A - Golden color with good clarity and a moderate head with nice lacing.

S - Floral hops that greet you upon each sip.

T - Lots of fruity and floral hops. It finishes with a slight bitterness and grapefruit flavor. The low to moderate malt sweetness provides a nice foundation for the hops while allowing the hops to play the main role.

M - Nice consistency and carbonation. The hop flavors coat your entire mouth with every drink.

D - I could easily spend a night on this one. This is a re-review and I enjoyed this round much better than the last. Avery is starting to win me over.

Photo of Ben4881
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

India Pale Ale
Avery Brewing Co.

Avery's IPA is yellow. Hints of orange shine through, but the dominant color is yellow. It is translucent with slight haziness. A short white head emerges and falls quickly to a very thin layer of bubbles, leaving a healthy amount of lace.

Fruity hop aroma takes center stage. The most prominent fragrance is grapefruit. Behind the grapefruit is a subtle aroma of piney hops.

Bitter hops and dry grapefruit hit the palette up front. The frontal bitterness fades to a flavor with much more yeasty bread character with a slight suggestion of malt. This flavor is subtle and does not last long. Then the hops make a comeback. The dry bitterness creeps back in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is not very intense, but leaves an excellent subtle dry piney flavor, persuading another sip.

This IPA has a rather light body with a healthy dose of carbonation.

The mouthfeel makes this beer very drinkable. The bitterness is not overly intense, but bitter enough to be enjoyed by those who like hops but don't like it to beat their taste buds into submission.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear golden yellow liquid, very small white head resolving to a light foam cover over the surface relatively quickly, light lacing left on glass.

S = Strong assertive grapefruit rind scent, sharp somewhat phenolic smell possibly from the yeast.

T = Tartness on tongue right up front that becomes stronger as the liquid hits mid-palate, lots of bitterness, taste of grapefruit and lemon rinds, less so of pine but it is in there. At the same time, this one does have adequate malt flavors to create some balance and keep this drinkable. Long dry finish.

M = Medium bodied, quite carbonated, almost astringent on tongue, pretty good mouthcoating.

D = This is a hops forward American style IPA all the way and is easily enjoyable if your are in the mood for a good strong, assertive but not over the top IPA.

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Received this in a recent trade with russpowell, thanks for all the great beer Russ! Avery's IPA pours with a clear deep golden body and faint but noticeable orange highlights, especially when backlit. The dense cotton white head grew to two fingers and eventually fell to one leaving sticky arched lacing on its way. A few streams of carbonation bubbles work their way to the surface. Each drink leaves behind more sticky lacing.

There's a good deal of earthy citric hoppiness as soon as I take a whiff. Orange and grapefruit dominate although the orange comes out on top. There's not a whole lot of malt present but what's there does the job nicely. The malt profile comes across as pale and somewhat cake like. I prefer my IPAs on the hop dominated side of the spectrum and this delivers.

The expectations the nose laid down are met and surpassed in the flavor. The pale maltiness is there but the hops are the showcase of this beer. The grapefruit jumps out at me right away with the orange close behind. Finishes with a zesty citric zing and a touch of malty sweetness to keep the hopping from running out of control. This is a very good IPA.

The body of this beer really fits well. Medium bodied with a snappy carbonation that keeps things moving quickly. The bitterness is there at first but grows and grows with each sip.

A very easy drinking IPA. The citric leanings make it all at once refreshing and bitter. This glass is disappearing very quickly.

This is an excellent IPA from Avery. I've passed this one up over and over again in favor of seasonals and such. This teaches me to start picking up more of the year round offerings instead of passing them by. Thanks again for a quality IPA Russ.

Photo of danielharper
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours into my pint glass with a dark orange body and a thin soapscum head that stick around for awhile. Moderate effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Very transparent, no yeast apparent.

Smell: Heavy floral hops, bitter and refreshing. Hints of pine needles. The scent is complex and inviting but not overpowering. Nothing spectacular here, but pretty much note-perfect for the nose of an IPA.

Taste: Strong hops at the front, slightly dry on the back of the tongue. Sweetness follows, notes of citrus (oranges) and a touch of odd maltiness way in the back... caramel? Strange, but something in the flavor is twigging that sense impression. The complexity is interesting but again subtle, and it gets mostly buried by the heavy hop presence in the front. Dryness also becomes more pronounced as the beer warms -- that's the overall impression I'm left with as the beer gets towards the bottom.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, heavy carbonation, goes down clean. A bit thicker than your average IPA, good but nothing special.

Drinkability: This is a good IPA but not necessarily a great one. I'd take it above a lot of other beers of the style, but it's not a scratch on Sweetwater or Bridgeport, my two faves of that type.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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