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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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2,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,768
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 222 | FT: 2
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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 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.

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

amberish orange with a fluffy white head

This beer is very floral and citrusy smelling with a lot of pine and hop resin

The other times I have had this beer it seemed overly sweet, this batch maybe was fresher and had a lot of perfectly bitter hop juiciness. A well crafted AIPA that is great as a session or go to IPA.

Photo of Gtreid
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber color, with one finger of bone white head, that when receeds leaves plenty of thick sticky lacing.

A: Nice citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, honey, and flowers. Some sweet malts try to balance the nose but don't quite measure up.

T: As expected from the style, citrus hops and some sweet malts. Again the grapefruit is quite present and that leads to a very dry, bitter finish.

M&D: Light to medium body. The light to moderate carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel. The bitter finish lingers a bit too long, nonetheless, this is on par for the style, nothing outstanding, but good. Skal.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Definite hop presence in the aroma. Citrus, piny (for lack of a better word). Mild, unidentifiable ester sweetness. Very little malt aroma.

Appearance - Amber-deep amber in color; beautiful color. Slight haze due to hops. Frothy off-white head that poured about 1 full finger width, but quickly dissipated to about a 1/4 finger width. Very little lacing or head retention.

Flavor - The hops make themselves known the whole way through the sip. For a brief moment I detect a pleasant malt sweetness, but that is quickly countered by the hop bitterness. The malt does a good job keeping the hops in check while still staying in the background. The bitterness is not overpowering. The hop flavor and bitterness is nicely balanced. The bitterness does linger after the swallow. In the hop flavor I detect citrus, grapefruit, and the slightest hint of grassiness. Some resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin body. Nicely carbonated-frothy. Bitter.

Overall Impression - Very drinkable beer. Nice hop presence through out. The bitterness doesn't "kill" your palate in the way many IPA's do. Great example of an IPA

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

Avery's Maharaja is counted among my favorite DIPAs, so when I saw this AIPA offering, I was actually hesitant to get it, thinking it might be a bit of a let-down.

Still, I figure I'd taste and rate the beer on its own merit and not solely based on other, similar styles offered by the same brewer, so I gave this one a try. And because I could get it as another single 12 oz offering at Bristol Farms (Redondo Beach, CA), i figured why not give

I'm happy to say that I was not at all disappointed. I've found that Avery seems to have good solid offerings of the styles they brew, and this one was no exception.

Poured a bright golden amber with a creamy head, a finger or two wide. Aroma of citrus, more on the woodsy than spicy side, but pleasant, if not somewhat understated.

Taste is what you would expect of a solid AIPA with a nice, balanced hoppy bite. Not aggressive but not watered down in bitterness, nor too sweet to appeal to other tastes that tend towards a more malty brew.

All that combined with a pleasant mouthfeel makes for quite a drinkable brew.

Photo of Homerbag
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Gold body with thin cap of foam.

Smell is almost good. Piney hops are forefront and make this pleasant and floral. I just wish there was a little more to the aroma. Taste is a definition of American IPA. Nothing mememorable about it, but you would not be dissapointed by enjoying this one. Get this when you want to show people what an IPA is and you won't be let down. If you are a hop head looking for your next fix, this will do as well.

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

This IPA was a nice example of the style, although it was nothing too impressive.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden/amber color with a small white head, carbonation evident.

S- Smell was hoppy (citrus/grapefruit type)- underlying maltiness.

T- Taste was really nice (typical IPA though). Floral, citrus, piney hops. Some malty character, nothing pronounced. Nothing complex here.

M- Oily and sleek.

D- Easy drinking IPA, surprised at the 6.3%. Nice example of the style, but nothing complex.

Photo of sml505
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Very clear light copper. Wispy foam lacing. Head throughout.

S - Strong hops. Grassy, grapefruit, lemon.

T - Strong bitterness with hoppy, grapefruit finish. Watery texture.

O/ M - Strong aromas, fruity flavors. Light to med mouthfeel. Very bitter finish.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangish brown in color with one finger off-white head. Receded into thin layer of foam. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet piney hoppiness. Also some citrus aroma.

T - Great taste of piney hops at first. Very bitter with little sweetness to provide balance. After a few drinks a funny taste of soured fruit begins to take over. Not a pleasant aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied and well carbonated. The aftertaste limits the drinkability though.

Photo of righlander
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a straw yellow from a 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass. dissipating to a half finger head with good lacing. smell is citrus and floral with a hint of sweet malt underlying. smells hoppy enough to be an IPA. taste is massive floral hop assault with a citrus tone good carbonation and a light body. mouth feel is just what you want it to be as an IPA. a very good IPA, it could use a tiny bit more body, but all in all a great IPA. I will be buying this again. good IPA for the hot summer. Cheers!

Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jake' Bistro and bar in Steilacoom, WA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. Nice two finger frothy white head, is fairly resilient.

Smell is a little unusual. A sweet smell a bit like wallpaper paste.

Taste is a distinct malt presence up front with a bitter citrus, grapefruit, finish. Good tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

A very drinkable IPA. Not overhopped. Nice, Smooth and sessioable.

Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery IPA pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet citrus, more orange than grapefruit, with hints of pine and some earthiness. The flavor is more citrusy hops upfront but not over the top on the bitterness. Sweet pale malt comes through, followed by solid bitterness that lingers after the beer is gone. This is a great American IPA for sure, tons of the "C hops" I love.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Steady carbonarion bubbles up from a clear light amber body with a small white head that stays consistent leaving a bit of lace.

Smells of grassy herbal hops with citrus notes as well.

The hops show up right away, not allowing for the malt to say much more than a quick hello to the taste buds. A tea-like bitterness gives way to grapefruit pith bitterness, followed by a lingering piney citrus flavor that fades slowly off the tongue.

The mouthfeel remains on the lighter side of medium(how I like it) with enough carbonation to keep it balanced. There is also a slight creaminess to the mouthfeel that I liked alot.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark gold color with a tan head. The nose has a collection of citrus fruits, spicy hops and faint candy malts. Flavors of big powerful hops over a rich malt profile. A well balanced and tasty IPA. The body is medium with some hop oil to it. A nice example of the style. Goes quite well with some spicy curry.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a surprisingly clear straw color with a respectable once inch light tan head. Head fades to a 1/8 inch layer but leaves impressive lacing on the glass.

S - Hops don't clunk you over the head like some IPAs, but this is nicely flavored with some grapefruit and lemony citrus flavors and a bit of a grainy, caramel sweetness.

T - Starts with a touch of sweet, followed by a nice dose of tart, fruity hops with some resin flavors. Leaves a drying bitterness at the finish as you might expect.

M - Moderate carbonation from the start with a medium body and a lightly drying finish. A bit sticky/resiny in a good way.

D - A nice balanced and drinkable IPA that is a good choice anytime. Not quite among the best in most stores' selections (Odell, Stone, Dogfish, etc. are tastier in my book), but still a nice beer nonetheless.

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

now...not the first beer from this brewer. Maharushi or whatever...is a kickass dipa. i had to try this beer. very good. it poured beautiful. nice carbonation. nice head nice hop smell. very nice hop flava. nice lace the whole glass through. i love dipa but this is an excellent ipa. keep up the good work i will look for more!!

suckem up and movem out.


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

Golden amber in color with a thin white head that falls to a ring, leaving some lacing down the glass. Smell is floral, perfume, and herbal up front with light citrus fruit underneath. Pretty unique. Taste is peppery hops and citric flavor coming after. Grapefruit, orange, but all of which are lighter/not as bold and up front as your typical IPA however. A hint of caramel sweetness to balance and then a nice biscuity malt flavor rides in for the finish. Mouthfeel isn't as lively or bitter as you'd expect. Light spicy bitterness and kind of slick on the tongue but not watery. I like this one more than the numbers may indicate. Almost sessionable.

Photo of dhd1491
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average white head dies down quickly. Clear light golden appearance. Disappointing aroma for an IPA...one of my favorite experiences is that floral hoppy citrusy nose that hits you just before your first swallow of an IPA. Initially, good sweet-sour balance. Bit of a strange grassy-flinty aftertaste is a downer, though.

Overall, not a horrible IPA, but certainly not the best I've had.


Just to make sure I wasn't being too harsh, I cracked open a Sweetwater IPA (my IPA standard) to try side-by-side comparison. Not even close. Sweetwater's looks and tastes better, with better mouthfeel.

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

this beer poured a cloudy yellow with little head. not much of a looker.

the smell is off the hook though. piney, citrusy, detectable sweetness in the nose.

the taste is fantastic for this style. one of the best AIPA's i've had. this beer is super balanced despite being SUPER hoppy. citrusy hops dominate the front end, but the beer sweetens in the mouth as i swallowed.

the mouthfeel is nice, but not outstanding. consistent for the style.

i could drink these all the time. i really enjoyed this one. thanks barefootbrewer for hooking me up with it.


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

Poured from the bottle into a session glass. It is a golden orange color, lace head which sticks around for a while. The nose is Hoppy with pine and citrus notes, great if your a fan of hops and true to the style. The taste is hop forward good bite just enough malt, to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied a little chewy with a dry hop bitterness. Good beer if more available I would drink it more often.

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

Thanks to Jhawkinmo for the chance to try this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Clear golden yellow color, with decent head and retention.

Smell- Beautiful hops smell quite floral and citrusy at the same time.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Decent hoppy flavor with a slight dryness at the finish. Well balanced. Medium body and carb.

Drinkability- A very good IPA one that I would drink again.

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

2007 vintage aged bottle poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a finger of foam that clings to the sides of the glass. Not much in the lacing department.

Smell- Hoppy as it should be with a two row backbone. Hops full of citrus, grapefruit and pine.

Taste- Malt upfront, I would bet non-aged is more floral upfront. Floral hops are in the taste with a piney backbone. Malt balances the beer making it easy drinkin'!

Mouthfeel- Astringent with hops, bitter, light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth, easy drinking. A good everyday beer. I would buy a sixer.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,768 ratings.