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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

2,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,788
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: 2,788 | Reviews: 1,170
Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light, clear, lemony-orange color with a light, foamy, white lid.

Fresh, lemon and grapefruit citrus smells are backed up by light biscuity malts and grassy hops.

The flavor is lemony at first, with light, balancing biscuit malts. A good amount of citrus rind, grassy earth, and piney bitterness fills it out nicely.

Solidly medium bodied and smooth with a lot of creamy carbonation.

A very fine IPA that I will not mind enjoying again.

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

Colorado does a good job with IPAs; this is no exception.

Imagine drinking the neck out of a 40 oz. of malt liquor, then topping it off with Sunny Delight. Witness the appearance of Avery IPA. This isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Semi-clear shades of orange occupy the tenement while an aging Super rests comfortably in the penthouse. 1 finger white hula hoops decorate his pad sparsely throughout. The curtains are somewhat tattered; uncovered windows create a somewhat dismal appearance.

Smells of floral, citrus, and sugar-like mixtures. I would have liked it a bit more, had I not detected confections similar to candy corn.

I enjoyed the balance of the hop character; subtle citrus tones paired with more aggressive floral action, nice warming effect, but lacked a bit of hop punch.

A buttery, smooth feel with a clean finish.

Avery IPA is an easy drinker. I'm sure we'll session before summer's end.

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

A nice clear amber color with solid frothy off-white head and fair lace. It has a neat musty grapefruit aroma and some medicinal sweetness, almost rootbeer and vanilla. Big grapefruit hop flavor jumps out in a heavenly smooth creamy body, near chewy feel. Still it's an excellent guzzle beer with big time good flavor. There's a mild dry finish. Some malt and caramel along with a bit of nutty goodness. Drinkable and delicious! Bravo.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a lighter head that forms quick and slowly dissipates, except for a thin layer and a bubble island that wanders around mid glass.

Smell is citrusy, floral with a biscuit maltiness that has an earthy goodness. Not a big scent but you can tell something is going in this IPA

Taste is sweet and grapefruit like. There is a good malt backbone that is complimented by a mildly more dominating hop burn and bitterness. A slight spiciness off in the background that doesn't count for much but is enhanced by some fine carbonation.

A better then average IPA that doesn't disappoint. It has all the basics but it doesn't go much further then that. A nice beer thats easy to drink and worth having a few on a mild spring night.

Photo of bosco7
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale orange. Creamy white head.

Orange candy, aspirin, artificial floral aromas, and some grain in the nose. Not too great.

Tastes much better than it smells. Similar hop character to Stone IPA or Two Hearted Ale. Slight sweetness. Lots of citrus, some cedar, and perfume-like flavors dominate. Hidden amogst these flavors are lighter suggestions of malt.

Mouthfeel is right on. Not cloying and not excessively dry. Avery's IPA is a nice beer, however nothing new here. I'll try it again some day.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with over a finger of thick, foamy, off-white head. Lacing is fine and plentiful.

Aroma is floral with biscuit, buttered toast, and caramel. Maybe a bit too malty for an IPA bouquet, nevertheless full and pleasant.

Again, the malts hit first and hardest in this one. This can probably be attributed to the 120L Crystal malts listed for this beer on Avery's website. An interesting take, and tasty, but the hop character is somewhat subdued, providing little more than a bitter and slightly spicy backbone for the malty sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel is spot on: full-bodied, rather soft on the tongue at first with a dry finish. Very easy to drink for an IPA. Sessionable, but not my favorite.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I prefer from tap but very close from bottle and tap. Pours a hazy, darkish yellow color. When presented had a thin soft white head. Ok retention but did dissipate towards the side of the glass. Decent lacing as well.

The nose is more balanced. There is a sweet malt with a almost Belgian quality. This is enhanced with a light biscuit aroma. The hops are represented nicely with for of a grapefruit and piney ester. This is more perceivable off the tap than the bottle. Some bubblegum on the backend as well.

The taste has more of a hoppy balance. The hops have a more citrus twang with citrus and grapefruity up front. A good bite from the bittering with a more piney finish. The malt is really lacing with some generic taste with a touch of honey/sugary finish. Some yeasty esters as well, but light overall. Some cherry and bubblegum.

The body is a bit big for style. There is an oily texture that is a bit off but ok. From the tap seems smoother and easier to drink. Overall very easy drinking beer but missing a few tangibles for me to be great.

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

12oz brown bottle with no date poured into nonic.

A: Hazed dull yellow with a frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Overall a subdued nose on this beer. The hops are foremost with a yellow grapefruit backdrop. Smells clean with maybe a hint of pine.

T: Hops hit the palate first and stay the longest. A nicely balanced IPA that delivers a good dose of hops that coat, perhaps these are the hop oils I hear about. Not much in the form of malt.

M: A lighter bodied IPA with heavier carbonation. Nice and crisp.

D: A thirst quencher. Good for a handful but not quite session worthy with its ABV.

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

12 Oz bottle - undated

A - Pours a nice clear gold color. Very little haze. Light amount of carbonation showing, although it did leave a bit of head. I think my bottle storage orientation had something to do with t hat.

S - I get the wet hops smell out of this one. Like its the raw cone from a cascade or other northwest hops. Its very citrusy.

T - Starts with a nice sweet smooth flavor of barley - rolls quickly to the bitterness and finishes with that tasty wet hops flavor I detected in the smell.

M - Very light mouthfeel. Not harsh. Carbonation is not at all a factor in this one.

D- I can drink a few of these before my alpha acid detectors are flooded. Probably a good 3-4 session beer.

All and all a good choice - but I think other IPAs such as Mojo would come first. I wish Avery was more common in Iowa.

Photo of MerkinMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear dark gold color. Nice foamy head that looks tough.

S: Smells like very fruity hops.

T: The hops are very well backed up by the malt, and then the hops reappear in the aftertaste. This is an incredibly smooth IPA. Well made.

MF: Nice body, velvety on the tongue with a nice finish too.

D: I would drink plenty more. Much better than others in this style that may be more popular.

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a slightly hazed, yellow-amber with a small, white, frothy head that left a thin spider webbing of lacing along the upper 1/4 of the glass.

The aroma was fragrantly hoppy and sweet. Smooth, citrusy hops were prevalent along with rich caramel malts and a touch of candi sugar. Ripe fruits were noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma became more pronounced.

The taste was hoppy yet fairly one-dimensional. Grapefruit-like, piney hops dominated from start to finish. A touch of malt held things together. Semi-fruity. The lingering aftertaste was hoppy and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and rather fluffy on the palate. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer could have contained a bit more "punch" in the flavor department, yet it was enjoyable nevertheless. Definitely a sessionable IPA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with minimal floral or citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry bitter hops with some light caramel malt notes. Medium body with good carbonation. Not bad overall and pretty straight forward - I would have preferred more citrus notes and some floral notes but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of callmemickey
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber body with a small white head that leaves some lace behind..

S: Pungent oily hops.. some garden-like smells.. not much malt shining through.. lacking complexity..

T: Picks it up a bit compared to the aroma... the oily hops are rather bitter and harsh.. flavor through out.. again not much of a malt background..

M: Medium body. Lingers a bit.. Not quite smooth, but more viscous.

D: An ok IPA... its just a bit out of balance..

Photo of Norsebrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I moved to Colorado and asked the locals what the best IPA in the state was, this is the beer that the majority of locals pointed me toward. Well, I've probably bought and finished off 5-6 6-packs of this brew over the years, and I think that it ranks right up there with the best. Great fresh hop aroma and taste with a lingering fresh hopped aftertaste. This is a very drinkable highly hopped beer, and I recommend it to all IPA drinkers.

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, I had a version of their IPA dry-hopped with Columbus, a great advantage of drinking this strait from the source! Hazy pale gold with a small what head that leaves moderately heavy lace. The color is really brilliant in the sun, something about the appearance is really appetizing!

Smell is super resiny hops, like pungent skunk weed, with some soft, sweet malt lingering in the background. Very yummy.

Taste is nice and clean, with less hop flavor then the nose, although still plenty of bitterness, the stickiness of hops coats my teeth! Semi-sweet malt and a lingering, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty, fresh IPA, whose aroma in particular really benefits from the extra dry-hopping (although it didn't really change the original beer, just enhance).

Photo of soupyman10
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one under the name "Hop Freaks Unite" at the Berkley Front, assumed it'd be a solid one. It wasn't too bad at all. Poured a nice copper color with a good off-white pile of foam on top that left excellent lacing as it drained. Crystal clear. Definitely a nice looking brew. Nose was too mild, a touch of citrusy hops but not much else. Taste was a little better, although still a fairly subdued flavor. Citrus and fruity hops working fairly well with the very subtle caramel hops. Body was solid with good carbonation. Overall, not a bad one, although it might work better in my book as a pale ale rather than an IPA, just because the hops were so mild.

Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap, it had a clear amber appearance with a thin lacing. Overall, a sharp, hoppy malt aromas was the primary smells I feel. The taste had citrus sweetness supplementing the malty flavors. A great carbonation kept the drink from lacking it in its quality. Overall, a very good IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle gotten at Brawley's into a pint glass.

A. Golden brew with a decent creamy head with good retention. Moderate carbonation.

S. Citrusy, pineapple hops with a hint of malt. Healthy aroma.

T. As it smells, citrusy hops. Mild malts. Clean bitter finish.

M. The carbonation is now apparant, but crisp finish.

D. Very drinkable. A solid IPA that I hope will soon be more readily available.

Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Rich golden color, brilliantly clear. Moderately sized white head, creamy and with decent head retention.

Arom - Hop aroma that is a bit citrusy, but not particularly prominent. Malt provides a caramel sweetness as well. Aroma quite balanced, but subdued.

Flav - a piney hop flavor, but doesn't overpower a strong caramel malt sweetness. Balanced. Finishes with a gentle hop bitterness. No sharp edges to the flavor profile, but maybe too subdued with the hops (both flavor and bittering).

MF - Medium-full body, no astringency, vanishingly small alcohol warming.

D'ability - A very drinkable IPA. Hop flavor prominent, but not distinctive. Lack of harsh "pucker" factor on the bitterness increases the drinking experience.

Photo of MisterClean
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from All Wine

A - Golden yellow, two fingered head, which dissipates slowly and creates slight lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, grass, and light malts.

T - Heavy grass and finish of light malts.

M - Slightly bitter, could be better balanced.

D - Good, but would prefer other IPAs vs this guy.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rather light yellow color with a good head.

S: Citrus and pine, just as is should be.

T: I nice initial wallop of citrusy hops. It's a lot of citrus just like I like my IPA's. The finish is a little disappointing, very little bitterness and a bit thin.

M: A lot of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: A very good IPA, not the best I've ever had but certainly not a bad option.

Photo of JamesS
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange-amber color with good head and nice lacing, although there was an extraordinary amount of carbonation (which I don't prefer). It has a nice scent, a very hoppy/bitter aroma with orange-citrus overtones; however, the aroma was very light. A nice hoppy flavor, perhaps a bit dry, but very nice nonetheless. Nothing overly distinct, though. It goes down fine, just a bit rough from the dryness. While it would not be my first IPA of choice, it goes well with the sampler pack from Avery and it would not be a waste what-so-ever.

Photo of dmamiano
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on the pour, light golden straw color..ever so slight haze as I peer through the glass. Head remained for a while and turns rocky....good lacing laft behind.
Smells of sweet malts and citrus in the hops.
reminds of the smell of orange juice.
Taste is medium in the malt department, but very bitter at the beginning and the end.
A slight citrus taste left dangling on my tongue as the beer goes down the hatch.
Nice beer.

Photo of MMansfield
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample brought back by a friend from NY state.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish gold colour, hazy. Bone white head slowly settles to a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Aroma: Cat piss from the simcoe hops, tangerine, & some pine.

Taste: Citrus and caramel malt mostly. A little sweetness from the malt fades a fairly hoppy finish dominated by simcoes. Finish is slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lighter carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Statement: Decent IPA, not elite, but very good.

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

Floral, malty aroma. Clear and golden with minimal white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing, but a few bubbles on sides of the glass. A good, balanced hop and malt flavor. Flavor and aftertase both had a lot of citric and floral overtones. Aftertaste also had a lingering bitterness. Medium-light carbonation and medium bodied.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,788 ratings.