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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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2,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,554
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 144 | 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 peterittenhouse
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is good stuff.

Nice copper color with big fluffy head. Initial smell knocks you out with piney,spicy hop aroma.

This is a crisp,rockin IPA that I could put on my list of "everyday beers!"

Very nice mouthfeel for a bottled IPA. Creaminess almost reminded me of a draft version.

I will revisit this again in the near future. Hats off to Avery for all the great stuff that they brew. Life is good!

peterittenhouse, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was new in my local so I thought I would give it a try. Really cool looking 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours orange gold, slightly hazy (maybe chill hazed?), about ½ inch thick pillow like head that slowly fades, thick full lacing is produced as I drink, then turns into lacing that looks like cracked plaster

S—strong hops, citrus, pine, followed by floral tones, very fragrant

T—strong bitter and floral jumps out at first, citrus follows, just a tad of sweetness, finishes with a nice lingering after taste

M—sharp and tangy, the way I like an IPA to be, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation

D—this is a great IPA. Easy to drink and could have a few more. I wrote this review after drinking 3 of the 6 I bought (over the course of 2 days) and I have to say this is one of my favorites.

hanco005, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a medium golden color with a small head that melted to thick lacing. (poured too cold, BTW).
Aroma is immediately bright and clean WONDERFUL citrus hops....bright lemon and oranges with the tinest of pine or spruce. I could smell this one from 3 feet away...it was wonderful.
Taste doesn't disappoint...crisp, bright, fresh citrus hops melting slowly to a slight grapefruit finishing bitterness.
This is VERY drinkable and refreshing ... perfect summer session beer.

IntriqKen, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte

Pours a solid light copper color ith a 1" head. The head itself is very rocky, and produces lots of lacing as the brew is consumed.

The smells is a gorgeous citrus hop. Deep and crisp at the same time... absolutely phenomenal.

Nice balanced citrus hop flavour. Combination of lemon, oranges, and lots of peach. Fantastic.

Moderately thick and moderately carbonated. Crisp, yet subtle. Perfect.

Very drinable, but for an IPA a bit too bitter. If I was reviewing this as a DIPA, it would certainly rank higher.

Far and away my favourite Avery beer.... this is simply a wonderful IPA that can easily compete with HopDevil and 60min.

nickss, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of ChrisA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the same night I tried Dale's Pale Ale. Poured a copper color with a one finger head. Nice hop aroma. Flavor of hops further on the back, tasting of grapefruit. A bit oily up front, which made it smooth but not as enjoyable as Dale's hop bomb. Solid brew, but not the usual hop fix I expect from an IPA.

ChrisA, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good IPA from Avery. Maybe not one of my favorites, but I've had much worse. The beer pours to a nice golden color with a slight amber hue. Has a decent carbonation supporting a thick pillowy white head. Lacing is great.

The smell is of juicy, fruity hops. Very grapefruity. Not much else of note, but it sure smells good.

The taste is more of the same. Very sweet and very bitter with no real sense of balance in between.

The body is fairly thick and syrupy. Over the top. Yep, it's Avery. I wouldn't want to drink more than 2 of these in a session just because of those syrupy hops, though it's good in small doses.

neonbrown82, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of bkett01
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow hue with a thick pearl white head which didn't stick around too long. A fresh and inviting hop scent with floral/grassy/almost minty hints are present. Appears to be mildly carbonated, with a good balance on the hop side with mildly detectable light malts. Overall, a very smooth flavor that finishes clean. No overpowering hops here, but they clearly make their presence known. A(very) tasty brew here, and while nothing clearly stood out about it, I would definitely like to have easier access to this one. Recommended!

bkett01, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of surfadelic23
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a lot lighter looking than I expected... Does not have that brassy/copper color I think of as IPAish. Still pretty though. I think the hops just punched me in the NOSE! What an aroma.
There is a nice but not overpowering bitterness on the front end and more subdued than the smell would indicate. The taste does a good job of backing up the intimidating aroma but again it's not as overpowering as the smell. That being said it makes for maybe an easier drinker than one would expect.
This is definitely out of the American IPA mold so folks who are used to the English style just realize that and you won't likely be bummed out...

surfadelic23, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

free sample, heard this was a good one.
pours a nice cloudy remarkably light orange. looks nice.

smells like grapefruity hops. very pleasant smell. nice citrusy, floral smell.

taste is maltier than i expected. a sweet earthiness blends with the grapefruit/citrus taste. it's ok. it's nicely balanced. hops add bitterness without overpowering.

mouthfeel is pretty light. its slightly watery in my opinion which is suprising considering its hazy appearance. all in all a good brew though, and very drinkable. nice light grapefruity IPA.

JasonCoop, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quite plain looking IPA here, light orange coloured with a small splotchy white head.
The aroma is much better rich scents of piney/grapefruit hops, quite invigorating.
In taste this is for me a rather middle of the road IPA, it has a nice grapefruit bittersweet taste but also has a good ish malt backing.
Almost balanced..unusual for an American IPA.
It is pleasant on the tongue nothing too serious but nice.
I found this a "OK" IPA, i did like it but i think this one bottle will be enough for me tonight.

Reidrover, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm just going above and beyond my expectations for an IPA now that the Cap is Popped. Avery IPA is solid all around and a great selection for the style. It's not real exciting though or overly hoppy. Nice copper tone, a bit of sparkle on the tongue, little head. Will get this one again.

Backer2004, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peaches? Is this #9 nope. Hmm... Peaches anyone else. Well it has a light body gives a good with head and lots of lace. I smell peaches and a little bit of feet and lots of yeast. No feet in the taste thankfully and the peaches flavor is tamped down by the emergence of alcohol and some sweetness from the malt. I am not sure what I make of this, but it is pretty good but not what I would call an IPA. Still an easy drinker with a midling mouthfeel.

Higravity, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pungent kind bud hoppy aroma. very light tea color with a large fluffy white head. Big citrusy hop flavors, but you can taste a lot of malty/grain flavors beneath that. Finishes with a bit of floral sweetness and then leaves a bitter aftertase. A nicely done basic IPA.

Jredner, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy near orange color. The head was thin off white in coloration. The head had good retention throughout the beer. Thick lacing rimmed the glass throughout the beer drinking.

Smell: The smell was of floral piney hops with a bit of sweet citrus.

Taste: The beer delivers a very nice floral piney taste of hops. The hoppyness combines with a nice malty base.

Mouthfeel: The beer delivered a meduim body. Slieghtly oily mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer all around. A very well executed IPA.

nlmartin, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a world beater of an IPA but it certainly has its place. On the bready side of the IPA spectrum... perhaps more of an English IPA than American? Reminds me a little bit of Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale... though I prefer this year's batch of the Brooklyn to this.
Others have described this one quite well... on the spicy side, not a hop monster... the bitter finish is a bit over done for my taste. Not amazing, not bad. This is how I've felt about most other Avery brews I've tried. I'll keep trying their stuff but revisits aren't too likely.

ommegangpbr, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rousee, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

dirtylou, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Sycodrummer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beermanbrian, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of AngryPirate
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AngryPirate, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

shirfan, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

longpondbeerman, Nov 23, 2005
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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