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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

2,704 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 192 | 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 illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saffron colored with some chill haze. Nice 2+ fingers of eggshell head. Lacing is immense, great retention.

Smell is a bit understated, with honey soaked piney hops.

Taste is also somewhat light. Malt sweetness along with some tannin-like bitterness imitates the character of honey tea. Some citrus hops are also present.

Tannic finish leads to a dryish mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, which doesn't match well with the sort of chewy body.

This is a quite tame IPA, which makes it very very drinkable.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Bar & Grill

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow-gold in color with a little over a finger of off-white head that left some decent lacing. Aroma is mostly of hops, citrus (namely grapefruit) and pine aromas but a decent amount of maltyness to balance it out. Taste is quite good, lots of piney, citrusy hops in this one. However, it is still fairly balanced. The malts don't take a back seat and make sure that they make their presence known. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability this was pretty good. It was balanced and enjoyable and had a hop forward flavor profile that didn't overwhelm my palate.

Photo of Hoppington
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper gold, about par the course for this style

S: Milds hops aroma was all I could ascertain

T: Muted florals with red grapefruit

M: average for this style

D: Mild and refreshing. Has a watery smoothness to my taste buds

This is a refreshing Am-IPA offering from Avery. None or very little with respect to pine notes, but this beer is a smooth and drinkable. Very refreshing. It would appeal to me more in warmer weather. Otherwise, not a lot of character here compared to the hoppier extreme beers I like, but that can be nice at time. I might try this again, depending on the other offerings at my beer bar. But it isn't on my list of favorites.

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

Appearance - Amber-colored ale with good clarity. The head is solid and long-lasting. Not much to say about it - it's an IPA, and it looks like an IPA.

Smell - Resiny and pine-like. Sweet, bready malts hide behind citrus fruit aromas. Faintly floral.

Taste - Bracing bitterness from the start; this is a well-hopped IPA. The bready malt backbone is barely a support for the pine and lemon rind-like bitterness. A touch of sweetness appears mid-sip before being overwhelmed by coating hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste contains a hint of orange peel and tobacco.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with a sticky hop presence. Refreshing and drinkable to the extreme.

Notes - This is one of the better IPAs I've tried recently - truly great stuff. The only thing preventing me from giving it a higher rating is the sheer quantity of great IPAs out there right now. Blind Pig this ain't, but it's a quality brew nonetheless and worth seeking out. Glad to see Avery distributing to California these days; I've enjoyed everything I've tried so far and I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap this evening.

A - golden, cloudy, nice head

S - citrus, floral notes, some pineyness

T - citrus, enjoable sweetness, finishes nice and hoppy

M - light-medium body, good carbonation yet still pretty smooth

D - really nice; would definitely drink this all night or buy for home

Photo of lightindarkness
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 12oz bottle reads,
"Brewed with the Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."
Seems to me there's an *other* beer that claims it's brewed with Rocky Mountain water. Please take note, these two beers are very different, proving that at least in this case, the type of water isn't what makes the difference - it's how much water and what you put in it that matters.

A - This IPA was light golden orange in my imperial pint glass, with a very slight haze. Frothy white head bubbles down to a good film with plenty of lace.

S - Ripe fruits, pineapple and peach. Soft pine and a nice floral bouquet.

T - Very hoppy, citrus, and tight carbonation. Just enough malt to harness the bitterness. A dry finish with extremely bitter lingering. Characterized by some bright tannins and soft sweetness, mild florals of peony and rose.

M - Dry, crisp, yet smooth. A little lighter than some AIPAs in body and taste.

D - Quite drinkable. Very bitter and not too sweet. Good for someone who prefers bitter/hoppy with very little sweetness and not too much depth in malt. A good beer for this style, though a little light for me personally.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with some nice cream head. Airy hoppy nose that gives some pine characters. Smells like a forest of vibrant pine trees. Flavor is meaty with piney attributes. Just a robust overall flavor profile. Not much complexity to it. It just hits you and stays that way. Feel is good on the liquid. Nice bubble to it as well. Overall pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, and not really a dud. It is what it is.

Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first brew I ever sampled from Avery was their White Rascal, and I loved it... this brew just about matches it, if not better... appearance was exceptonal... very cloudy and hazy with a nice frothy head whose unexpectedly light color slightly resembled a wheat beer or hefe... Smell was great, full of bittersweet hops combined with citrus and grapefruit... taste complemented the aroma, with a bitter-sweet finish combined with grapefruit, citrus, and hops... flavor was slightly sweeter than usual for an IPA, which I really liked... this is perhaps one of the best IPA's I've ever tried... a great brew, Definitely recommended...

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with an orange tint to it. Smells of citrusy hops which aren't quite as strong as most IPA's, but are definitely there. There's some faint spice underneath it all. Has a good one-finger off-white head that fades fairly quickly leaving an inconsistent lacing behind. Tastes of hops which aren't too brutal, but maybe not as powerful as other IPA's. That being said, they work well in this beer. There's some orange peel mixed in that has some subtle fruity sweetness to it. Mouth-feel is smooth with a bit of chalkiness left behind that grows more obvious after a few drinks. Overall not a bad IPA, but I would change a couple of things to make this one stand out from the pack a bit more, something Avery usually excels at.

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

A little different from what I was expecting from Avery. I love Avery Maharaja with its heavy duty hops blast. This was a good beer, but not as hoppy as most IPAs. Pours a clear, dark gold color with a fairly small white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Smell is mild hops. Taste is what I would call "floral" hops and fairly sweet malt. Mouthfeel is ok, not watery but not full bodied either. Very crisp, the sweetness is not cloying or annoying in any way. Very pleasant and drinkable and nicely balanced but not a typical American IPA. As good a session beer as the 6.3 abv allows. Just not a hop-heads IPA.

Photo of ffejherb
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass at Corvette Bar & Grille in Annville, PA. No date on bottle.

A - Poured a fairly clear yellow/light amber body with thich, frothy white head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

S - Grassy hops dominate with some light citrus notes, mostly grapefruit and lemon. Not much of a malt presence in the nose.

T - Bitter citrus hops smack the tongue immediately with grapefruit and lemon rind bitterness. Fairly long, bitter finish. Could definitely use some maltiness to balance out the tartness and bitterness. Pucker up!

M - Light body with semi-oily and a slightly thin watery texture. Carbonation was pretty lively and prickly. Finish was quite bitter on the tongue.

D - A little on the bitter side, but a good IPA. Could use some more malt to balance things out a bit, but otherwise, it's pretty solid.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber/golden color with a decent white head that retains well. Nice lacing.
Smells of subtle sweetness with a floral bouquet of bitter hops. Nose is more hops than anything. The taste surprised me. Seems nothing like the nose in this beer. Starts off sweet and malty and gets fruity & citrusy hop flavors coming through afterwards, finishing pretty dry. Enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, and dry finish. I would rank this beer pretty drinkable. There are a good amount of IPA's that I would grab first but this one is definitely no slouch.

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

Pours a not very big head. Kinda like a Pabst blue ribbon but a little darker.

Smells grassy mostly, is this not a macro?

Tastes like not a whole lot. Maybe the shipyard and adam beforehand hurt the taste. This beer isnt much of anything.

That being said, it is a good beer to just keep drinking. Not too bitter, kinda sweet, nice malt bill, some hops.

Good starter beer to begin a night.

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

Nothing wrong with this IPA. Amber colored with a one finger head and good lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops. Taste is not overly sweet a lot of hops come through maybe not as much as a double IPA but you can drink more of these without falling down. This is a beer you could drink all night and not lose interest. Enough complexity to keep your taste & olfactory buds working.

Photo of brewdoc75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA kick lately and this is just one of many I've aquired.

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Nice, golden yellow appearance. A bit lighter than most IPAs I've had. Not completely clear, but not too cloudy. A strong head is initially there, but depletes to a soapy lace. Overall, very solid and unique.

The aroma is quite nice. Strong grapefruit and pine aromas. THis carries over into the taste w/ a sharp grapefruit bite initially, followed by more mellow citrus flavors. Strong bitterness at first, but it settles down nicely towards the end. The malts are well balanced for an American IPA. They definitely let the hops prevail, which is the way it should be with this style.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Just right. Nice and crisp w/ lively carbonation. All these qualities lead to a very nice beer. Not the best AIPA I've had, but it is a great one. Definitely in my top 20 at least. I will definitely try this one again and again.

Photo of boogles
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I like about IPA, and why I like IPA best. Simply put, this brew has a lot of fruit (nose and taste) but is also bitter (not overwhelmingly) without the alcohol of a double IPA, which makes it more drinkable. I'm not sure why this beer is not among the ranks of hyped IPAs. It's certainly one of my favorites.

Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice light color. gold meets amberish. very clear. white head with okay retention and okay lace. nose is hops like it should be. mostly citrusy -lemon with a touch of orange and some grapefruit in the background... also just enough malt for the hops to ride on. taste is the same... like a car with just enough gas to make it to the next filling station. medium body. smooth and slick with a hint of bite. goes down easy. if avery ipa was a girl ,i wouldn't kick her out of bed.

Photo of jspruit
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this 12oz bottle up from Case & Keg in Florida while visiting family.

Nice color upon pour-an orangey pale amber with a nice foamy head that left lacing throughout the pour and drink. Nice aroma with some bitterness to it-maybe raisins or grapefruit?

Does not taste like a simple IPA to me instead it has some strong fruit tones-particularly the grapefruit that carried through the scents from the pour. There is a dryness to the finish, but it is full of flavor and fairly easy going down.

I dont particularly enjoy the bitterness from this one and instead prefer a more simple IPA, but I do think that it is an interesting brew.

Photo of Squelch
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden clear with a lingering white foamy head. This head lasted the entire beer and left a beautiful lace. I don't know if you could ask for anything better on appearance from a beer IMHO.

S: Wonderful Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. Classic to style IPA.

T: Medium hops to style, full of piney, grapefruity amercian "C" hops. Wonderful hop to malt ratio. Fits style well. Hop flavor was exceptional. Must of been a low cohumelene hop variety as the bitterning hops were not harsh at all.

M: Medium bodied. Fits well to style. Only average component of this beer.

D: Exceptional beer. One of the best American IPA's I've had. Will be buying this regularly (if I can find this in my neck of the woods!)

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

A tasty pale ale, this golden-reddish ale rests below a modest off-white head that laces the glass nicely. Citrus hops rise to the fore, with a good deal of bitter smooth taste. Impossible to miss the hops in this, a plus. The texture was overall smooth, but with a somewhat bitter and, dare I say, chalky mouthfeel that somewhat diminished my excitement. Still, a fine IPA well worth having, and again, a fine product from the wonderland of Avery.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and it poured an orange color. There was a decent amount of creamy white head that really laced the glass nicely. It was a bit hazy in the glass. It smelled very strongly of hops. Quite citrusy and a little malty. The taste was real nice and malty sweet, just a bit more bitter than what I was expecting. It left a sweet aftertaste. Over all it was a really good beer and would have it again.

Photo of troutmask96
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent little IPA here. Pours a lager-like yellow, with very light head. Smell is very citrusy and biscuity. Nice lemony bite with a light malt backbone. A bit high in carbonation for me, but not disarmingly so. I would neither seek out nor avoid another one...

Photo of Opethsprite
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear orange with a white, foamy head and smells hoppy and briney with hints of concord grape. The concord grape really comes through in between the two waves of hops (the second being noticably more intense than the first). Personally, I find this beer to be too hoppy...It would have been very nice without that second, stronger wave of hops. But still, not bad!

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

12 oz brown bottle.

A- Pale amber with orange tinge. Deccent cream coloured head that leaves some lacing.

S- Good aroma. Grapefruit is dominant but there's some nice malt odours behind.

T- Strong grapefruit flavour with some other fruity notes (grapes). Finish is a grapefruit-like bitterness. Good malty background. I like it, though it isn't really what I'd normally look for. It was interesting.

MF- Crisp, medium bodied ale. A tad watery. Drying finish.

D- Good, but the flavour is one i'd tire of rapidly it it was all I had to drink. Definitely thirst quenching due to the crisp, drying mouthfeel and citrus flavour. Would be good in the heat.

Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with two inches of very creamy sawdust colored head. Head retention is very good, leaving a solid lace and a mess of stick all over the sides of the pint.

Smell is primarily grapefruit, but also some pine and herbal hop aromas with biscuity malt in the background. Not very strong aromas.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, if otherwise a tad boring for an IPA. Nice grapefruit and herbal hop flavor to be sure and it's well balanced with a good malt presence and subdued bitterness, too. But I'd like to see some more flavor coming through. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth on the palate, with a medium body and appropriate carbonation.

Pretty solid IPA, but from the makers of Maharaja I'm underhwelmed. Basically this lacks the robustness of flavor that makes a truly great IPA, in my opinion.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,704 ratings.