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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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2,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,489
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 rousee


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Clear amber-nice lace. Extremely hoppy smell it burns slightly and has elements of pine and citrus. There is also a slightly rotting wood smell too. Pure hoppiness in taste- very puckerish mouthfeel. Exactly what a decent American IPA should taste like. Not extremely drinkable as it is just a tad too belchy.

02-02-2006 23:03:38 | More by rousee
Photo of dirtylou


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

12oz single, Brennan's or was it Riley's?

appearance: pours a clear pale copper, slight foamy beige head with some minimal lacing...looks slightly bland

smell: certainly not a hop monster, theres some hop characteristics though - mostly spice, some slight citrus, and a decent pine level, spiced malt, lemon zest

taste: spicy hops, lemon zest and mild citrus is present but slightly muzzled by the spice level, malts are moderate and biscuit-like...i dont really care for this, certainly not one of my favourite ipa's

mouthfeel: moderate-light, a little thin, dry spicy finish

drinkability: ehh

02-01-2006 04:10:47 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Was presented to me on tap in a pint glass, the beer was a bronze color with a solid finger of fluffy white head. Some carbonation streamed up the sides of the glass and an impressive sheet of lace formed throughout the sample.

The smell was hoppy and fruitty with a crisp, clean, fresh scent.

The taste was innitially a hoppy bitter sensation that was not over-powering but seemed the perfect balance for the beer's characteristics. Some pine and citrus fruit were apparent in the taste. No alcohol detected, and the beer had a clean, crisp finish.

Medium body, well carbonated, and crisp.

A very enjoyable and drinkable IPA. This one hit the spot and had such a balance it could be had all night. Nothing poking thru too much, with the flavors all blended and contributing to complimenting each other.

01-23-2006 17:07:56 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of Mebuzzard


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into pint glass.
Good small; citrus, hops, some malt
Head was small but it did lace throughout a bit.
Color: Pale gold, looked a bit unfiltered (or maybe my glass was dirty).
Taste: Good hops, sweet-bitter balance, citrus, metallic finish. Could have drank more, no prob.

01-21-2006 17:19:12 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Wasatch


3.9/5  rDev +1%

Pours a clear golden color, some carbonation, small head, nice lacing through out the drink. Scents of hops, citrus, and pine. The taste is very nice of sweet, bitter flavor. Nice aftertaste. Not as bitter as other IPAs, but very nice. Medium body. Very drinkable. A nice offering from Avery. Would recommend.

01-15-2006 19:36:05 | More by Wasatch
Photo of beermanbrian


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Light golden color with a thick foamy head that lumps up as is diminishes. Extensive thick lacing that clings to the glass. Smell of citrus and pine oils. Piney taste isn't as strong as the smell but still gives adequate ipa kick. Bitterness on the back end has a slight metalic note to it that is slightly unpleasant but not enough to ruin a good beer. A nice drinkable beer that is worth a try.

01-14-2006 01:09:21 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer came a foggy dark gold with a dimpled foam rubber, slightly off white head that left some very nice lace. Smelled very piney with a bit of sweet nectarines. Tasted of a honey mandarin orange sweet malt with a surprisingly dry bite. Finished strongly of grapefruit rinds with a bit of bread dough. The duration of this dryness in the finish was alarming, but not entirely unpleasant. Hop burps revealed a fruitiness that I didn’t detect elsewhere. The mouth feel was medium bodied with a light unobtrusive carbonation, but it left a bit of a film in my mouth on the finish. This is an immensely enjoyable beer, but the finish is a bit much in its dry potency and sticky residual film.

01-12-2006 16:49:12 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of AngryPirate


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

When I tasted my first IPA I was in total disbelief. It grabbed me and slapped me around with its bold character and generous amounts of hops. since then I have been on a quest to find the perfect IPA.
Avery's India Pale Ale is a good effort however falls short in the hops department.
Pours a nice clean and clear deep golden, slightly orange color with a nice two finger clumpy head - looks georgeous, nice lacing all the way to the finish.
Smell is pretty standard for an IPA, hops not as domanant as I would have liked. Mostly a floral nose with subtle hints of pine.
Taste is a little mild for an IPA, more malty than expected, and not as bitter as I would have liked.
Mouthfeel is slightly on the oily side and finishes nice.
This is a very balanced brew, not one for extreme hop heads to run out and buy but may be for the novice, also would be a good session beer.

12-16-2005 20:29:22 | More by AngryPirate
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.28/5  rDev -15%

Pours crystal clear and pale orange, with an extremely sticky and long-lasting head.

Smell is biscuity, dried apricots, slightly grassy.

Taste -- hmm. This is a decent pale ale.... On the dry side, with a slight bittering in the finish following earthy, leafy notes. Slight caramel flavor. Not enough "pop" to the hops, and not quite juicy enough to qualify for IPA status.

A tasty beer, would go great with cheese and crackers, but not really an IPA in my opinion.

12-04-2005 21:31:39 | More by shirfan
Photo of longpondbeerman


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

I first reviewed the Avery IPA a year ago, and I think either my taste buds have changed or their recipe has. While it pours a carbonated dark gold--and still very clear--it's much more flavorful now, with distinct grapefruit citrus at the front of the palate and an outstanding bready finish. Did I just miss this?

11-23-2005 22:39:22 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of mooseisloose


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A great pale yet golden color out of the bottle into the glass. Robust yet soothing. Great surface tension on the dense voluminous head.
Sweet hoppy smell with carbonation with a backbone but not too much to bite. Great aftertaste leaving a sweet yet not overpowering bitter taste of a great beer. Kind of reminds me of my first ale homebrew but more hearty. An ideal brew to accompany any meal. I will be drinking more of this beer.

11-17-2005 00:25:05 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of AndoBrew


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

*I liked it would not buy again*

Appearance: Very pleasing to the eye, crisp clear clean amber honey color, nice white head. This beer was ment for the runway.

Smell: Had a mild floral aroma, with a pinch of a buttery carmel thing in there and a small small spice behinde it.

Taste: For an IPA seems mild on the hops, not always a bad thing. Very smooth for its class.... Nice balance between the light chewy butterscotch flavor with a mild yet intresting hop finish (the finish got better in the terms of complexity as a drank more, up front it was a tid un intresting)..

Mouthfeel: Avg. Nothing wrong with it I suppose, maybe a tad oily.

Drinkability: Indeed! With just a bit of cheese I could drink 3!

Notes: Like the flavors that are present, might just make them a tad more present. Good beer though.

11-14-2005 23:48:01 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of wingnutter


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Golden and foamy. Looks crisp.

Smell: Hoppy, citrusy.

Taste: Really hoppy, citrusy. Light and crisp. A little more sweetness than I remember when I first tried this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Recommend you give it a try.

11-06-2005 05:02:58 | More by wingnutter
Photo of smcolw


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Dark gold in color, fairly cloudy. Thin head but very nice lace.

Fresh mowed grass was the first aroma impression I had. Hop aromas come through at the very end.

Strong bitterness up front. It fades nicely to provide a nice malt-hop blend. The swallow provides more hop punch. The carbonation is slightly high; the body is in the moderate range.

A pleasurable IPA. Worthy of purchasing a six-pack.

11-05-2005 17:53:56 | More by smcolw
Photo of sopor


3.63/5  rDev -6%

Clear pale amber with a finger and a half of uneven creamy head sticking to the sides of the glass. Citrusy herbal hop nose witha hint of summer grass, not freshly mown. Malts are very light and bready, overlaid by assertively resinous and herbal hops. Perhaps a little more balance, a little more matl and a hint fo sweeteness would really aid this. The hops DO NO need to be subdued, but a little more malt backbone to support them would be nice. Moderately light body and light carbonation. Just some more malt would make this pick up a whole point on drinkability!

11-05-2005 16:08:57 | More by sopor
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Pours an oh-so clear golden hue with a splash of orange that looks reminiscent of apple juice. The last couple of weeks have been nothing but stouts and porters for me, so it's refreshing to see some sharp, crystal clear colors for a change. White foamy head, but it's dieing fast! Some great lacing throughout this beer's final moments.

Smell: A fruit medley (pineapple, mostly) mixed with piney hop aromas. I'm not picking up much (or any) malt in the nose.

Taste: A light, delicate flash of malt followed by a rushing tide of hop bitterness with a long, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and quiet thirst-quenching. Medium-light mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. Not bad! It's got good...

Drinkability: While India Pale Ale is not my favored style, I'm really enjoying this, as its got just the right amount of hops for me. Definitely as sessionable as an IPA can be.

Thanks again, Avery!

11-05-2005 04:47:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tavernjef


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Crystal clear orange hovered gold. Thinner medium head of dusted white froth. Keeps a fine skim and thin partially bubbly collar. Thin lacy sheets coat the glass with some icicle patterns.

Aroma is pretty nice here. Some wiffs tend to be stronger then others but stays generally forward and invitingly crispy with citrus. Comes across dry and pungent with a light cannibis stink with mixing notions to old citrus rinds of lemon, grapefruit, and nectarine. Some smokey fresh wood notes in there too. An interesting nose that no doubt has some hops to it.

Taste is welcoming with a clean profile of well-rounded paled citrus upfront. Tenderly dry with a fresh biscuity dough centering. Kinda crispy and crunchy yet smoothly balanced. Fine finisher, the citrus really turns the corner on the palates' back end. Bitterness is squeezed in with a semi raw citrus rind/peel sourness thats adding more well placed dryness. It tends to be parchingly subdued in its strength but very nice to let coat the tongue and palate with fluffy little hop bits.

Feel is about medium with a smooth clean texture and carbonation. Has a good portion of balanced dryness in both hops and malts. Favorable finish helps add to the fun of what is conceivably the best part of its character.

Overall an overwhelmingly fun IPA to drink. More then one will be needed as its citrusy dry nature and clean, snappy drinkability won't be a problem as it glides down with ease. One of Avery's better beers.

10-22-2005 02:57:36 | More by tavernjef
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.13/5  rDev +7%

12 oz. bottle

Pours a clear, golden yellow with an orange hue. Nice white head that fades, but not completely. Nice lacing on the glass.

All hops in the aroma, nice and bold and citrusy. Smells fantastic.

Lots of citrusy hops up front with a very clean, smooth finish.

Body is nice and full, very good for the style.

Very nice IPA, very easy to drink. An extremely good example of the style. Glad I have more than 1 in my possession!

10-21-2005 00:59:44 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of allengarvin


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Rather pale (for an IPA) tan color with a white head atop the brew. Hop aromas fill the nose, lots of nice spicy citrus notes, with a touch of maltiness. Taste continues the same theme: lots of flavor hops, powdery grapefruit flavor, light lemongrass, maybe a tad resinous, along with moderate maltiness and bitterness that's certainly present but not dominant. Finishes somewhat dry with a long, lingering taste of hops. Body is moderately light, actually, with a neutral texture and carbonation.

A refreshing and very tasty IPA.

10-20-2005 03:07:11 | More by allengarvin
Photo of hero27


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Surprisingly clear yellow(ish) color. Figured it would be the typical copper/bronze color of many quality IPAs. Smells brutally hoppy..I wasn't expecting the stinging hop aroma this baby gives off. Nice bitterness up-front..the hops do not dissapoint. The taste does a good job of backing up the intimidating aroma. Hop bitterness lingers forever, and it's as easy to drink as any IPA I've had. I no sooner swallow and it begs for another sip. Quality stuff...

A very good IPA..not quite standout caliber, but very typical of the American style, and fits nicely into what I'd like all IPAs to be. If it were available here, I'd drink this all the time. Find it, buy it..it's as simple as that.

10-20-2005 01:24:46 | More by hero27
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic. Purchased at Home Liquors yesterday.

Appearance- Gorgeous clear gold, pure as anything I've ever seen. The swirling activity of the tiny bubbles as they dive into the glass are extraodinary, and they create a two-finger off-white crown that settles to a thin foam. Clingy, sticky lacing rides the inside the whole way down.

Smell- Huge grapefruit aroma with a Douglas fir tree farm atmosphere. Mellow enough not to overpower the nose, but certainly big. Very clean. A bready malt character emerges as the beer slowly warms a bit.

Taste- Totally balanced citrus hops and medium bodied malts, with a nice bready, yeasty finish that I wasn't expecting. Clean and very enjoyable taste, with a lingering bitterness way at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, rolling, and very friendly in the mouth. Awesome burps without the aggression of a DIPA, as you might be familiar with... the ones that not only offend others but yourself as well. The most drinkable IPA I have tried yet, and I will be making this a staple in the fridge.

10-19-2005 16:32:17 | More by yelterdow
Photo of texashammer


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

Amber/orange in color, with thin but resilient head. Smells of bitter hops, floral and citrus. In the mouth, pine and a definite note of cedar join the citrus hops, but flowers still take first chair. Bittering hops are overwhelming. This is clearly a definitive example of not only an American IPA, but American hops as well. This is not a subtle beer. It shouts bitter and aggressive hops and it is excellent.

10-19-2005 01:32:17 | More by texashammer
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

This one pours a hazy, orange-bronze color with a nice long-lasting head. The smell is terrific. Loaded with citrus scents and a nice blend of bitter and floral hops, this one has the makings of a winner already. The taste is great. Strong hop density and an ass-kicking tart citrus flavor in the finish. Finishes a little dirty, that aftertaste just seems to linger and linger forever. A fair amount of carbonation and a medium-bodied texture make up the mouthfeel. Drinkability is good as well. The next time I pick this one off the shelf, I'm going to grab more than just one. Good beer.

10-13-2005 11:58:14 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of macpapi


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Have liked Avery products that I've tried in the past. Finally got around to tasting the I.P.A. Not disappointed.

Begins by pouring a light-orange, copper color with a slight white head that quickly dissipates. There is surprisingly little bubble action in the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell is primarily of hops, malt and citrus. A nice buttery feel also goes along with it. Floral bouquet is also present.

Taste has a good hop pull at first, followed by a strong citrus presence. Nice grapefruit kick on the tongue. Quite a substantial bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is sharp, carbonated and pretty full with bitterness on the tongue.

Overall this is a nice hoppy, yet creamy I.P.A. Very good citrus presence, and drinkable bitterness is there as well. A very sessionable beer on the whole.

10-06-2005 00:12:34 | More by macpapi
Photo of profzoom


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

I always get excited when it's time to try a new IPA, hophead that I am. This particular specimen did not disappoint. It poured a murky, honey copper color with a thick, puffy ivory head, leaving round lacing on the glass.

The smell was excellent. A distinct sharpness of hops, with almost a pine-like quality to it. The taste is also quiet good. Very hoppy, with a very nice bitterness going down.

The beer feels quite smooth, with a subtle carbonation. Overall, a very solid representation of the style.

09-22-2005 03:05:25 | More by profzoom
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.