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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

2,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 105 | 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 pio


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's a light orange with golden highlights and a ruby tinted beer with a near white bubbly head that is supported by alot of carbonation activity. this leaves a nice webbing of sticky white lace.
the nose is dominated by hops, these exhibit piney, soapy, perfume and citric properties. only a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt base.
what a tartly sweet start, refreshing off the bat, that gets cleaned up by a sweeping hops profile that bitters the palate briskly and reveals a citric sweet and sour balanceing moment. leaves the mouth a bit bitter and clean overall. refreshing throughout.
the carbonation is medium and the body is light but not thin.
i had to go four for drinkability nearly just because this is an anytime any place beer for anyone who likes india pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 02:06:50 | More by pio
Photo of crookedhalo


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed, orangy pilsener color with an off white head that's dissipating into fluff around the side of the pint. Grapefruity hop aroma mixed with some other vinous smells. Good domestic IPA, starts with a burst of malt sweetness followed by the drying factor of the hops finishing with another interplay of sweetness, like sweetened iced tea. Nicely effervescent and very drinkable. Shame I can't get this in my area. This beer's packed with flavor, yet maintaining an air of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 07:48:36 | More by crookedhalo
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured golden. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was cirtusy hoppy with a decent malt background. The main citrus aroma was grapefruit (cascade hops).

The flavor was smooth with well balanced bitterness and malt presence. The malt/bitter balance was near perfect.

The finish was slightly bitter and very well done. The body was a little past medium.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 01:40:35 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light and crystal clear orange in color with a pillowy head that showed some good retention.

Smell – This one has a beautiful, complex hop profile at the nose. The piney resin and big citrus notes are soft and pleasant. I can also pick up a solid, sweetened malt base.

Taste – The sweet orangy citrus hops are monstrous. You can almost chew them. The pine comes out nicely as well, and there are some grassy aspects to this, too. The untoasted malt base is strong, and the light, fruity sweetness finishes this one off nicely.

Mouthfeel – Flat and on the heavy end of medium-bodied. This one is very thick, chewy, and fun to hold in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is for the hop-lovers only. I personally enjoyed the hell out of this bottle and will certainly be getting more from Liquid Solutions on my next order.

Update – Now two years later that I live in SoCal and can get this just about anywhere I thought I’d give this another review, but boy oh boy this hasn’t changed a bit. It’s just as I wrote about it in 2004. Nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:20:53 | More by RoyalT
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Lace sheets the glass as I drink.

There is a strong grapefruit aroma in the nose that is matched with an earthy hop quality. This is an exceptionally hoppy smelling beer, which is a pleasure for me.

The taste is similar to the aroma and is dominated by citrus hops. There is a sharp bite that is grassy and straw like. The malts balance the sharpness of the hops nicely. This was a hoppy experience that I did not want to end.

The mouthfeel was slightly creamy and smooth. Not as rich as some IPA's but certainly not a disappointment. The balance of sweetness and bitter was nice.

I think this is a very drinkable IPA that is very hoppy (in the nose and in the mouth) and is clearly not for everyone. It might be a little to sharp for some, but others will enjoy the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 15:47:25 | More by filabrazilia
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2.03/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served on tap at the Lupulin Slam in a sample glass. This particular keg was dry hopped with a buttload of Centennial hops for the festival.

Appearance: Clear yellow topped by a rocky head, which receded to a ring and small gap of foam. Wee bits of lacing were left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Weird cheesy smell at first, followed by tea-like overtones. Floral scents at the end.

Taste: Intense grapefruit flavors, sweet and tart. Bitter, tannic tea aftertastes. To call this "unbalanced" doesn't cover it.

Mouthfeel: Very watery for an IPA, heck, for a Pale Ale. I like a little more substance with this style. Tannins, or something like 'em, dry the mouth

Drinkability: Weird cheesy aromas, completely unbalanced hops. No thanks. Thankfully, this was only made for this one event. I might try the normal version of this in the bottle to see what the original tastes like.

Other: This was called Avery Dry-Hopped IPA at the event, but does not merit a new entry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 04:18:44 | More by ManekiNeko
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew I spotted on an adjacent shelf while I was grabbing up a couple '04 Old Guardians. Being on a two-month long IPA run, I couldn't resist. Normally I don't make any commentary re: the label but I found myself spending some time looking at and appreciating the cool map on the logo. It's a map of the route the British used to travel to India prior to the construction of the Suez Canal and is pretty neat.
Well, on to the beer! Poured into one of my trusty sampling glasses, this IPA had a clear light amber tone and a firm, resilient 1½" white head that hung around for long time and left nice streaky lace behind. The nose was redolent of juicy grapefruit and resiny pine needle notes. Quite a nice, sharp hops-laden aroma.
The taste had a nice caramel-tinged maltiness in front, which provided a good balance to the rush of zesty citrus hops that maintained an even presence through the finish. Neither aspect really trumped the other; rather the grapefruit rind flavor of the hops complimented the malts nicely. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lively and sporting a zippy citric tingle.
Avery's produced a real nice IPA here. It's got a bold, strong hops profile and the malt backbone does a fine job of keeping the flavors in balance. Very easy drinkability. A well-crafted IPA worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 17:44:28 | More by Boilermaker88
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard brown 12 oz bottle that lists ingredients: Water, barley, hops, yeast. Good sign.
Aroma: Puréed Cascade hops. Perfumed intensity.
Appearance: Bright clear copper color that had a nice fluffy white head that receded to a collar and left a respectable lace.
Flavor: Good malt base to bring all those hops back from the edge. Really lets the hops show their stuff without a horrid bitter. Malt is there, but strictly back stage. No oak tastes noted. Aftertaste of hops rises in bitterness as the malt melts away, but doesn’t cross the line. I think an IPA SHOULD cross that line, but no date on the bottle, so I don’t know if this one has been aged. If so, it aged well.
Mouthfeel: Very silky. Medium body, bit oily.
Overall Impression: YUM! Haven’t been blown away by many Avery products, but this is good! Mouthfeel is a bit too oily, but the body is good. Hops don’t knock the door down, but I enjoyed the restraint. Style wise, should have an oak flavor, but who cares, the taste is great. This is a subdued, well-rounded IPA and worth a try. I’ll grab a sixer next time I see it, recommend you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 05:47:25 | More by HardTarget
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a gray Olde Worlde Map of the Eastern Hemisphere, with the words ‘India Pale Ale’ above it. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: Has a lovely clear amber body with golden nugget hints when dazzled in the light. Big fluffy white head that covers the walls extremely well with a fine looking lacing that clings. Well carbonated, swirling the beer invigorates the head and replenishes the uniform covering. Looks great.

Nose: An invigorating whiff of sharp grapefruits and zingy pineapples & lemons punctuate a very distinct Cascade laden nose.

Taste: Well-hopped, but against a solid malty body with a light grapefruit feel in the ending. This is a very nicely balanced IPA that starts, middles and finishes extremely well. Tasty with a big bitterness and citric zestiness. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: Not over the top at all, but this does have a very confident mouth and a solid feel that backs the bold hops and strong malts together with the acidic citric pazzang that marks this as a great IPA.

Drinkability: As with the White Rascal, I picked up 4 bottles of this for $5.50. Thankfully, I faired much better with this than with the White Rascal. A very drinkable and hoppy IPA, that goes down easily. Its robust drinking means that it mixes well with the more tasty snacks and stronger cheeses extremely well also.

Overall: After the very disappointing White Rascal, this is more like it! The Avery IPA is a good drink. I have 4 bottles of this; I might just manage another in a minute. Whilst I would advise getting only a single of the White Rascal, I would certainly recommended investing in a 6-Pack of the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 06:49:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bumblebee yellow-amber. The beer is perfectly clear with a small number of fine floaters that resemble grapefruit pulp. The head is impressive. It's huge, almost pure white, and remains mountainous in the center, while sinking at the edges. Multiple rings of delicate lace put the appearance score over the top. An excellent look!

The nose is all about Styrian Goldings hops, an aroma (and a flavor) that I've come to love in Goose Island Honker's Ale. There isn't much else going on, but then there doesn't need to be. (Edit: I'm not sure what the hop bill was back in 2004, but these days (2009) it's comprised of Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.)

The flavor is dominated by citrus zesty hops, which is as expected. I'm betting that some variety of hop complementary to Goldings is used as well, since this ale tastes noticeably different than Honker's. There's just enough malt to do the job, but not so much that it ruins the hop-heavy balance of the beer (that's balance from a hophead's perspective). The mouthfeel exudes quality in all respects.

I'm sure there are better American IPAs out there, but there probably aren't too many of them. Avery IPA is the real deal and makes me wish that it was available in my area of the country. The label shows the shipping route from England to India. Pretty cool considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 16:19:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very pale in color with a vast white head. Tons of lacing up and down the glass. Smell is really citrusy and quite bitter. Taste is similar but the hops seem to be the only thing in this beer. Where are the malts? The citrus taste can be akin to grapefruit and some herbal bitterness also comes to mind. Yeast leaves a faint drying to the end of this beer. But it just seems too unbalanced and the body is too weak. However it does go down easy and is quite quenching. All in all, an average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 15:53:49 | More by granger10
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy fruit/Nair/gewurtztraminer nose that breaks apart on the palate to round fruit, firm, roasty bitterness, and dissecting carbonation. What's most interesting about this beer is the Belgian strong ale mid-palette that, I imagine, is from the Styrian Goldings. This seems to be a blend of British-style IPA and Belgian pale ale or maybe just what the Belgians would have made had they made an IPA. To further complicate the matters, flowers bloom on the bitter finsh -- surely from the Centennials -- to remind us of this beer's American roots, but are tied to a light grainyness that makes me think England again.

I've never been able to get behind Avery, but I think it has more to do with me than him. I'll continue to support this Illinois expatriate and his inventive, honest beers. If you're sick of the fruit-forward APAs, Avery IPA is a delicious step into the past, with one confident eye toward the future.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 22:45:16 | More by ngandhi
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I wonder if this IPA could withstand the 1870's journey outlined on the bottle's label?

Transformed my clear glass flooding the empty vessel with muted golden amber color..

As the beer cascaded from bottle to glass it erupted into a wonderful white fluffy sculptured head. As I swirled my glass the head gripped the sheen walls producing strata of foam and lacing . The head endured the atmosphere's ravages and churning while I tasted and prod and tasted and observed..

What a fruity nose indeed! Maybe the beer's vibrant effusions were the result of being suddenly liberated from fromer dark confines. Fruity hops sprang forth along with a pride of other reminiscences--for an instant it reminded me of an exceptional double bock I savored many years ago. Delightful.

The flavor is all hops. Hops, hops and more hops. But the hops onslaught is not as strong as some other IPA's I've enjoyed.

My complaint is that the flavor character is rather one dimensional- if you're mantra is "hops and nothing but the hops"-- Gawd has come to your aid.

Other than the hops, there's not much else. I'm still attempting to reach a consensus over whether the lone hops flavor is indeed the province of IPA's or just certain IPA's.

Finished with a long lingering well, Hops taste..

Moutheel was congenial- in that the carbonation mated rather well with the bitter hops finish.

The clean finish and controlled hops flavor made for a very drinkable beer..

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 05:58:17 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the beginning of my western IPA conundrum. I had many IPAs that I greatly enjoyed but that didn't really distinguish themselves as great. So are they good or average? I think this one is more on the good side. This IPA pours a nice amber color, that seemed a bit lighter than most, but the nice fluffy head remained rather well. The smell was wonderfully full and hoppy, really awoke the senses with a sniff. The taste is wonderfully bitter from the columbus hops, but the hops are so dominant it is difficult to pick up much malt character. The crisp hop bitterness and the good level of carbonation combine nicely with the medium body for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very enjoyable IPA, that is the standard hop heavy brew. If that's what you like, you'll enjoy this, if you want more malt try something else.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 03:31:27 | More by BittRnessabounds
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in appearance with a pillowy off-white, long-lasting head. Lively aroma primarily consists of citrus, grapefruit and malt with some piney and floral notes also. Medium-bodied. Nice balance between the bitterness and juicy hops. The grapefruit flavors really pop up front and are supported by a rather nice, yet sometimes subtle, malt backbone. Citrus flavors dominate the hop profile. Finishes with a citrusy fruitiness and a lingering hop bitterness. A pretty solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 14:13:07 | More by Winter
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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill-hazed orange appearance, a nice pale yellow puffy head that laces in great interconnected rings. Aroma is hoppy, oranges with an unripe quality. Quite bitter and slightly thin-bodied, a sharp sense of pith with a bit of grapefruity chewiness, but ultimately not quite enough juiciness -- almost stale. Definitely a west coast style entry here, just needs more malt balance and better body. As is, an OK IPA when you're in the mood but needs better sweet back-up and a better hop profile. Great looking lace on this one, though...

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 16:52:37 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears in my pint a glowing hazed golden orange burst of sunshine with an overcast of cloudy white foam above it, leavng trails of speckled lacing with each sip. Aromatic qualities to be enjoyed come in the form of vinous hops that give off citrus tones with a mellow crisp malt profile not too bad at all. Taste however throws a curveball at me, much more pronounced grapefruit like characteristics with the finish containing almost no malt sweetness but the rind of a citrus fruit overly bitter in the finish lacking the balance I search for and adore. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied IPA, not bad. Drinkability: Gets shot down due to unbalance why does my mouth taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel this is pissing me off.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 18:16:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Way too hoppy for me as I am not a hop head by any means. It poured a small sized ivory head with fine-small bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was clear with some carbonation observed and a golden hue. The nose was very hoppy as was the flavor which is of course very typical for an IPA. It left a lingering bitter aftertaste with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel and it was medium bodied. This IPA left a good lacing.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 23:17:49 | More by hotstuff
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear copper color that is crowned by a good lasting beige head. Aromas of citrus and hops waft from the glass as I pour it. A light grassy hay aroma (but only the good aspects), there is a decent amount of hop aroma to this beer. It is well carbonated, and gets quite lively when swirled in the glass. Great malt flavor that accompanies the hoppy flavor and bitterness. A malty sweet flavor with hints of biscuits and caramel malts. Quite a lingering bitterness in the finish. A good solid IPA, not quite over the top, which is good because you don't always want that. There is a ton of balanced flavors in this beer. Both the malt and hops are competing for attention, though the hops are the definite center piece. Definitely drink this beer on the warm side of cool, it allows more of the flavor to open up.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:15:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, Interesting label of an Old stye world map showing a sea route from Britain to India

Pours a hazy gold color, typical large puffy sticky hop induced head. The head does not really stick around long. Fade leaving sticky lace. On the nose is explosive citrus hops, most likely of the Cascade ilk, Tons of citrus, grapefruit to be specific, pine sap and very spicy notes.

Initial taste is a bitch slap of bitterness. Heaps of it. More grapefruit and spice. The malt character is very low, almost dominated completely by the hops, but it peaks out from behind the hops for a brief moment. A very small roasted malt character makes a flash appearance towards the end. Finishes very bitter.

Overall - A crushingly bitter beer from start to finish. Lots of hops character. I felt it could have used some more malt. A bit too lopsided in favor of hop bitterness, but still very tasty overall. Crunchy hard crisp and bold American hops are the order of the day for Avery's IPA. (hey, that rhymed)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 17:31:30 | More by bmills1608
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you say HOPS??? this brew pours a nice rich golden color with a substantial head. Take one deep breath and the beautifully fragrant (pretty much flowery) hops are just bouncing up at your nose! The hops are equally present in the herbal/fruity taste. There is not alot more I can say about this brew, because it really is ALL about hops!!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 22:12:20 | More by gueuzegeek
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a dense off white head.

The aroma is big and citrusy that screams off the wall hops.

The taste is citrus hops all over the tongue with enough malt to give it depth. I say that is well-balanced for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry finish. Drinkability is only hurt by its intense dry and crisp finish, the hops bruised by tongue, i think.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 18:56:03 | More by Jables
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden color with a thick off-white head.

Aroma: Wow, wuite hoppy, herbal and citrusy.

Taste: Rich, explosive hops all over the palate. Malt gives a backbone, but mostly hides in the wings.

Moughtfeel: Dry and crisp throughout. Spiciness present in the finish.

Drinkability: Quite a nice IPA. Could use some more malt to offer some balance, but overall, a super brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 15:33:24 | More by winomark
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a small creamy off white head that doesn't last long, minimal lacing. Citrusy and fruity aromas, nice sweet grapefruit and piney, hoppy flavors. Medium bodied with a nice soft creamy mouthfeel, very easy to drink as I finished this bottle in just a few minutes, great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 18:47:20 | More by maxpower
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rocky head that refuses to fade away. A golden colored IPA that pours with a big head and big burst of spicy hops. This beer is all about the hops. Hops, hops, hops I tell you! They dominate this beer from the aroma through to the long finish. Although the hops dominate, there's some crips malt flavor that slips through and the mouthfeel is full. Nice lacework as the beer disappears from my glass. A very bitter, lasting finish makes this beer one of my new favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 00:02:15 | More by marcobrau
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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