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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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2,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 42
Gots: 176 | 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 gmfessen
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an orange-gold color with a thick, two fingered bubbly head. The smell is a nice bouquet of grassy/citrusy hops, a bit of spice and a touch of sweet malt. The taste is also quite hoppy, very well balanced though and only slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, very enjoyable. Overall I must say that this is an excellent IPA, not the most extreme mind you, but very well done and drinkable. As it says on the bottle "yeah it is!"

gmfessen, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a decent white head that fades to a thin cap that sticks around and leaves some pretty good lacing. The aroma is of cereal grain,light malt, and some floral hops. The taste is nice and balanced between the malt and hops. A littlemaltier than some ipas, but not sweet. The hops could be a little more pungent in this one, but its a quaffable brew,medium bodied and relatively refreshing.

Georgiabeer, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that never goes away and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Smells of sweeter hops with a touch of apple juice.

T: Some nice citrusy hops in front with a bready, apple juicy malt presence following. Overall, not very bitter - more floral in the hops department. Nicely balanced. That said, for an IPA, I could use a bit more. Seems more like an IPA mixed with a bit of an amber ale. Still though, it's tasty.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

D: While being well balanced, I could also see getting bored with this.

Overall, I can recommend this, but I also wouldn't rave over it.

rallison, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color, fairly light in hue. Nice foamy thick white head; leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Somewhat sweet and spicy hop-based aroma. Nice, but a bit too static.

Taste: Well-balanced with a spicy hops and lesser bready malts, with an overall mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and rather smooth, with a very light carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit stronger than the typical IPA, but it's not noticable. Taste works quite well.

Definitely an enjoyable IPA -- nothing spectacular, but if given the opportunity I'd definitely check this out again. Good flavor and comes out seeming generally balanced.

mithrascruor, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ 69 Taps Pub & Eatery. It was served to me in a standard American bar pint glass. I thought they served a bit too cold, so I let it warm up just a bit. This Avery beer was a clear almost pale gold color with a nice 1 finger soft white pillowy head of foam that had excellent retention. It left behind some foamy rings, a small skim of foam, and tons and tons of white sticky lace around the glass. I thought the aroma was way too soft. It need to be more pungent. All it had was just a trace of grapefruit and a hint of citrus hops. And those only came out when it was warmed up. There was nothing when it was cold. It improved a great deal in the taste. It started off with a small hint of toasted malts and then went directly to a bare knuckle grapefruit punch to the tastebuds. After that I detected only a trace of citrus hops and a few citrus fruits and that's all folks. That grapefruit punch was just so strong that no other flavors could come out to shine by themselves. It had a slight aftertaste of grapefruit to it, but at that time, I could tell that the grapefruit gave everything it could give in the initial taste. Overall, a very nice slightly above average grapefruity IPA and it's something I would to like have again on-tap or in a bottle.

AltBock, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with no Drink by Date. The appearance is a pale, clear amber color with ample carbonation and is topped off by a one finger white head. The lacing is minimal.

The aroma is distinctive: both a sweet and spicy smell with a combination orange and grapefruitiness. The flavor is good and hoppy as an IPA should be. It is accompanied by a sweet maltiness and contains pine notes and spicy ginger in the mix. The mouthfeel is a light to medium body that has a real nice zing to it. An easy drinker.

abcsofbeer, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaker "pint"glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of fluffy off-white foam. Moderate lacing through the first half of the glass, but it has since become virtually non-existent. Smells of fresh pine, citrus, and caramel malt. Tastes of pine, mildly bitter grapefruit, spicy pepper, followed by a decent malt backbone. Medium in both body and carbonation. Recommended.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from AJ's back in late October for $1.79.

Beer poured a golden color with a nice white head that is well sustained and leaving generous lacing behind. Nose is a blast of resinous grapefruit hops. Taste is slightly malty up front and finishes full hop force with the Simcoe hops being predominate. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth for the style. Overall drinkability is good. This is a great beer to try for the hopheads out there!

arizcards, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a few of these in the old band room; It really is amazing because when you pop that top its a herbaceous hops and grapefruit. Great smell of maltiness under the pop and fizz of all that hop-fruit.

Nice malty backbone with near perfect balance. I bit heavy and water near the finish rather than that clear end and finish that would make this superb.
I would pair this with cajun chicken primavera or perhaps a nice hotdog.

andjusticeforale, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of WAP
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, light copper color with a thin head. Smell is not very strong - with grapefruit and floral hop notes present. Taste has a slight sweet grapefruit and caramel malt up front followed immediately by strong hop bitterness. There is little in the way of balance here as the hops dominate the finish. Nicely flavored overall, but lacking balance in my opinion.

WAP, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell indicated a resiny peppery hop and soft malts.

The taste featured a piney and resiny peppery hop and a very good soft grainy malt. Good doughy finish as well.

The mouthfeel was full and spicy with a dry finish.

Overall an exceptional IPA. Very drinkable and a pretty close to perfection.

plaid75, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. After a fairly aggressive pour, I had about 1 finger worth of bone white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass and leaves some heavy lacing. There is also a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is dominated by pine, a very clean, crisp smell. The taste is well balanced - pine, hop bitterness, citrus, & malt. All flavors are well represented, but none stand out. Mouthfeel is creamy yet dry due to the carbonation - an interesting feel to say the least. I really like this & could definitely drink more than one of these at a time. Recommended.

As a side note, my aunt (who knows nothing about beer) got me a 6 pack of this for my birthday. I love when relatives actually care enough to go out and find good beer. It's so much better than getting a gift certificate.

montageman, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I decided to finally re-try this one after loving the Maharajah so much. The color was yellow with a rocky white head. The smell was weird and pungent. The taste was bitter and not in a good way like Ruination. I think I probably had an old batch but no way to tell. I would not buy this again and I would recommend people buy the Maharajah instead.

ArrogantB, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, pale golden color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Grassy/pine in aroma. Malt - are ya there? Hint of caramel half way through the glass.

Taste follows along, but malt more noticeable. Grassy at first. Malt comes through as crackery. Not much sweet here at all. Maybe a hint of fruit in finish/aftertaste. Pepper at finish.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Drying.

OA, quite good. A nice find. A well-hopped regular IPA with a manageable ABV.

, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about one finger of white head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell is hops, with citrus and floral notes. Slightly sweet, as well.

The flavor is good: hops, with hints of citrus, and every so slightly peppery. There is a faint flavor of caramel malt, but it is easily overshadowed by the hops. This is a good example of an American-style IPA that doesn't go overboard with bitterness.

The mouthfeel is good, and fairly substantial. Drinkability is good, especially since the bitterness is not overwhelming.

Overall, this is a very nice American IPA, without the aggressive bitterness and citrus flavors of some other IPAs. Definitely a beer for hopheads like myself.

auntfloyd, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served with a decent sized head that was lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops over a pale malt backbone, it was somewhat weak, however. The taste was a great balance of fresh citrus and piney hops against a subtle malt backbone. The beer was nice and creamy on the palate. The alcohol was well hidden. This is not all that high on my list of IPAs, but enjoyable nonetheless.

atsprings, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz bottle with no freshness info at all. Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass, resulting in a clear, copper-golden body with a bubbly slightly off-white head that turned pillowy. Very good head retention settled slowly to leave nice rings of foam all the way down.

S: Fairly strong smell of citrusy hops -- primarily grapefruit -- at first, but with some sweetness coming through as well. I wrote "honey-drizzled grapefruit." After a couple sips there was an odd metallic scent that I just couldn't shake. It definitely detracted from what was otherwise a nice nose.

T: As they should be in an IPA, hops are most noticeable at first blush: citrusy, pineapple, grapefruit and bitter lemon flavors. Definitely some bready malt underneath it all, but the hops dominate. It finishes with a slightly resiny, somewhat metallic semi-sweet lemony hop bitterness that coats the back of the mouth and lingers well into the aftertaste. Good hop burps follow.

M: Lighter than expected, heft-wise. Becomes creamier as it warms. Resiny hops leave a certain chalky grittiness coating the teeth and for that reason I deducted a little from the score.

D: Very good. This went down pretty easily, the only shortcoming being the drawback in the feel. The bitter hops that linger into the aftertaste really seem to parch the mouth, practically demanding that you take the next sip.

Notes: I'm not sure how long this one has been in my cellar -- it ended up hidden behind some bigger bottles -- but it's probably been there at least 6 months. Not sure if this would be a big hop bomb fresh, but it was definitely enjoyable after a few months of aging. . . . My wife had a Stone IPA at the same time, and it was remarkable how similar they appeared, color-wise. If anything the Avery looked a little better (just a hint darker and with better head retention), but I liked the nose on the Stone more. Definitely recommended.

Kendo, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of lpayette
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale orange with a very nice creamy and rocky head. Good lacing.

Smell- Hops are expected. More specifically pine, citrus, and floral notes (in that order of significance). A hint of wet dog is not too much of a distraction.

Taste- A nice hoppy taste with a good amount of malt for a bit of balance. Creamy. Lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Quite bitter, and nearly big enough to be considered an Imperial IPA. Long bittering finish.

Drinkability- Overall a very solid choice.

lpayette, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That thar's an IPA pour if I ever did sees one: clear as the day, golden as the sun, and with a sticky white head just like me grandmother.

Smells of very heavy and very spicy funk hops. Very distinct blend of American hops that mixes floral high-alphaness and spicy high-alphaness.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Yoawza! That's a wonderful blend of spice, flowers, dryness, and funk, a lot like Dreadnaught only not quite as intense. Spicer hops upfront, moving into more floral hops in the middle and ending bitterly, with only the weakest hint of malt to come in and balance things out. But malt's not needed, really, since the hops do such a great job of balaning themselves.

I'm picking up intense nodes of Columbus and Centennial hops, but there's at least two and maybe even three more in there. It's excellent, whatever the blend is.

mynie, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery's India Pale Ale poured a light, golden color and I was surprised to find some cloudiness to this beer. Head development was substantial with thick clumps of foam clinging to the sides of my pint glass. This beer is very hoppy, but exhibits the typical hop bouquet of an American IPA. Taste exhibits good hop biterness; not too powerful, but lingering just a bit too long on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, also typical of the style. Overall, this is a good, solid IPA. Definitely one for hop lovers.

hammer09, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a vibrant orange with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. A mountainous head forms on top leaving magnificent trails of sticky lacings that cling over the tulip pint.

Whiffs of citrus fruits. Freshly sliced oranges and limes in the nose with a peppery spice. Fruity.

Sweet citrus twang with a black pepper bite. Hints of tropical fruits with a blast of hops. Major hops. Pine, oranges, peaches with a thick resiney blast. Nice malt presence with a touch of caramel.

I like how soft the mouthfeel is. A tad mellowing and true to form hopped-up 69 IBU gem. One of the better, almost sessionable 6.3% ABV beers in this style.


Hibernator, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of a trade with fisherman34. Thanks Kris!

Pours with a big, fuffy 3/4 inch head that slowly recedes, leaving a nice pretty lacing. Carbonation in the glass is very mild, just a few straggling bubbles rising to the top. Hazey orange IPA colouring, a little lighter in colour than a lot that I've had though. Nose is crisp but a little muted. Hops are there, but not in mega-spades, what there is is piney, oily, grapefruity and lemony, with a touch of pineapple and floral sweetness. There's a bit of mustiness in there as well, but little in the way of a malty aroma.

Taste is pretty one dimensional. Bitterness is predominately piney and resiny and bites pretty hard. There's not much in the way of malt sweetness to balance out the hops, and the malt has a decidedly soapy awkwardness that takes this one down a notch on my scale. That's really about all there is to say about the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that's just about right. This is a sessionable IPA, but there's nothing here to lift this from the realm of good, average IPA into the realm of greatness.

trevorwideman, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my beer run a few days ago, a 12 oz bottle reduced to a generous 99 cents. Small brewery, BIG BEERS is the slogan on the bottlecap. On to the beer:

Pours a light orange with good head and lacing. As one could expect from an IPA, there are plenty of hops to go around. A little malt profile at the begining, piney notes, grapefruit, and a trademark lingering bitter finish. Pretty much another pleasent American IPA in a field of satisfying IPA's.

DoubleJ, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, dark straw colored beer with a tight, off white head. Nice retention and great lacing. Pretty much typical for an IPA.

Aroma is nice and citrusy; grapefruit and lemon. A very nice smelling AIPA.

Flavor mimics the aromas. Citrusy. The hop bite is quite subdued and is balanced nicely with the malt. Malt is more of a cereal malt than a caramel malt. I like the lighter flavor with more hop profile in AIPAs, so this is on spot.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Hop bitternes in the finish. Mild. A nice IPA. This could cerainly be one of the regulars in my fridge. Drinkability is nice.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving 12 oz bottle

Exhibits a translucent, dark honey color with a tinge of pale orange. A neat and hearty two-finger thick head tops off this brew exhibiting a bright white color, great retention and awesome sticky lacing. A healthy dose of fine carbonation races to the top of the glass.

Pungeant, piney hop aromas with a bit of orange zest on the nose.

Huge bitter hops from start to finish with a good dollop of citrus peel on the finish. A bit of vinous acidity and astringency in the mid palate with a touch of buttery phenols. Light malts make a brief and meager showing from the mid palate to finish.

Slightly thin on the palate without proper balance. It doesn't coat the mouth like other ipas that have more malts to fill out the body and provide more structure. Drinkability is a touch above average for an IPA though again unchallenged hop bitters lower the score a notch.

Jwaks, Jan 25, 2007
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.