Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
The English pint glass this arrived in showed a dense collar of yellow / tan foam shielding the copper body from the skunking effects of the midday sun. The finger of foam collapsed slowly and revealed a nose that (with eyes closed) transports one to the tree-lined Rockies in Colorado where this elixer is brewed.
The first taste shows an immediate heaviness of well-coordinated hops; Columbus? Centennial? Cascades? All of the above? The hop mix comes off as well-balanced witha malt that allows the hoppiness to stretch its legs without becoming overbearing.
The finish is (of course) dominated by the hops...but this delicious ale leave a lip-licking sweetness which endures for quite some time. Outstanding, full mouthfeel; but the over-the-top hops ding the drinkability just a tad.
Excellent brew to be paired with spicy foods such as Blackened Anything or Mexican Chili Colorado.
Edit: A quick check of the Avery website shows that the hop content is: Columbus, Styrian Goldings, and Centennial
12-10-2004 18:35:11 | More by IceAce
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
Appearance: Hazy golden color with a decent head and considerable lacing
Smell: Malty aroma with lots of pine notes and citrus rind; a bit of apricot, too
Taste: Tons of citrusy bitterness, amost from the start, with just modest undertones of apricot fruit; at the finish there is a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue but you have to be looking for it to notice it over the bitter flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated
Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, a spry IPA for those who like their IBUs
11-20-2004 00:09:29 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
I had this beer on tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I've seen this beer around NYC for a while now, and I think I've also seen it at Blind Tiger Ale House and Spuyten Duyvil.
You'd think in order for a beer from Boulder, CO to be out in NYC, the company has to be doing something right. Well, they definitely are. Avery IPA is squeaky clean. There is absolutely no technical flaws in this beer... no oxidation, no infection, no DMS, etc.
One thing that is only slightly disappointing is the light color, it almost looks more like a pale ale than an India Pale Ale. What ever happened to the idea of making an IPA a deep amber color with copper hues?
At any rate, despite being a bit thin-bodied, this beer is excellent. It quenches your thirst with its nice balance. There are generous amounts of flavor and aroma hops to both start you off strong and finish strong as well.
Maybe that's why I find myself ordering this beer, over and over again.
11-15-2004 14:21:48 | More by Sixpoint
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
Lighter in color than many IPAs nowadays, it is a coppery gold hue with a hint of tawny influences. Really tiny bubbles raced towards the off-white head, this added a little life to the beer. The foam reached two fingers in height; it slowly faded to a rocky, soapy cap, a half finger in height. Lacing started before any liquid was removed, I always love to see that! Once I started drinking the beer subsequent lacing really flourished. Attractive. The nose is hoppy. Fairly raw with citrus acid infused with pine combs and spruce. Grapefruit rinds are secondary and these play with a sugary sweetness. Minimal malt influences, only hints of caramel, very weak throughout. Potency is solid, plenty of juice, suggestions of alcohol, kind of hot, raw too. I like the nose; it is no more extraordinary than many really good IPAs. Inviting. The palate is very enjoyable; upfront is a soft, sprucey influence with pine needles and some malt sweetness. The middle is hoppy, assertive but not out of whack, grapefruit rinds, lemon zest, leafy, kind of dry. Then the finish flashes quickly, a juicy burst of malt and acidic hops, some alcohol, some hints of mint leaves. Pleasant. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. This would really play nice with some sharp cheddar cheese or burgers. It is an IPA and the hops are the focal point, as well they should be, but its not some crazy, raw, hop bomb. It is a really well brewed American IPA. Once warm, a very lovely, sweetness develops but the hops, in turn, fade. Oh, well. Medium/medium-full in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is solid, while its nothing special it is very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable. A well crafted hoppy beer from Avery? Who knew they had it in them? Id gladly buy a six-pack, sit back, and quaff! I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.
11-15-2004 03:01:28 | More by bditty187
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
Made sure I had stocked an appropriate amount of deer repellent with this one on 11/13/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour at Big City, Jim and Kumar in tow.
Fluffy, down pillow 1/7-inch head at start. Golden yellow hue with walkabout hallucinatory bubble flow; krystal-clear. Hop vine cut fresh with resin dripping flow to nose; just want to ball it up between my thumb and forefingers. Bitter crank of Bartleby the Scrivener hop bite that judders between my cavities, with just a touch of rounding, searching citrus juice to taste. Medium-sized body; would have at least one more pour, though the jacked hops definitely wear on the palate.
11-13-2004 20:45:44 | More by Truh
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Had on tap during the BBF post-party at Big City. Gold dubloon in color, it came topped with a white sticky head, that stayed in the glass as I drank it done. Aroma came across as slightly brassy, but mostly all citrus. Mouthfeel was decent, with prickly carbonation. Low malt, though present, my notes indicate there was some bitterness in the mostly citrus hop finish. Decent.
11-13-2004 19:44:50 | More by PatandDavid
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
I first had this beer earlier this fall while on vacation in Denver, Unfortunately, I didnt have the opportunity to make notes. When I saw this on display at Martys in Newton, MA I bought a six-pack immediately, and am enjoying a pint as I write this. This comes from the bottle a bright copper/gold. Thin cream colored head and just a light lace are left on the glass. Brewers from the Denver area seem to get the nose right on an IPA. This has a bright floral hop character with just a hint of citrus, maybe some pine. The taste has a delicate bitterness in the front accented by the floral characters that were on the nose. No real malt to speak of, nor is this beer accented by alcohol. It is truly defined by the hops used in the brew. It has a great silky smooth mouth feel, and I can drink may of these fine beers. I typically like an IPA with a bit more balance, but this hoppy brute can quickly change my mind.
11-13-2004 01:51:09 | More by carln26
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours out a golden orange color with a nice white head that settles to a strong collar within a few minutes. Leaves some pretty good lacing down the sides of the glass. Excellent clarity. Aroma is fairly complex with citrus, floral hops, and yeast notes. Taste is bursting with hop bitterness (reminescent of orange peel) and some nice mild malts for balance. Definitely characterized by the hops though. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but not the strongest characterization of this offering. Drinkability suffers ever so slightly due to the strong bitterness, but overall this is a very good beer that is definitely worth a try. True to the style, the hop bitterness dominates its character.
11-13-2004 00:29:26 | More by niknar
4/5 rDev +3.6%
On-Tap @ Big City. Orange with a fluffy white head that lasts. The aroma is very hoppy with some nice zesty citrus notes in the mix as well. The taste is very hoppy up front with some citrus flavors and some nice biscuity malt flavors on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is good as well. A nice example.
11-12-2004 23:45:35 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Medium orange-copper body with a sticky, off-khaki-white head. Good lacing.
Smell is caramelly-sugary, with biscuit malt, and background spicy, herbal, bitter hops. More malt than hop.
Woah, where did all that maltiness go? Some malt flavors up front, but the hops are the story here. BIG and bitter. Piney-bitter tidal wave that numbs the tongue. Medicinal and soothing. Big body, mouth-coating/puckering feel. Not that balanced (even for an IPA), but I dont mind.
11-06-2004 23:47:41 | More by alexgash
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Light apricot color with a chunky inch high head of meringue. Big aroma of sweet citrusy hops - oranges and tangerines. Pungent flavor of oranges and grapefruit, with an orange peel and pine finish. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, fills the whole mouth. A little tingly in the finish. Orange peel bitterness and tingle rises up the back of my throat to my nose. Not too much malt, but a whole lot of citrus from all the citrus fruits all around this one. Thanks to Brent for sharing.
09-28-2004 01:58:34 | More by far333
2.98/5 rDev -22.8%
It pours golden-orange with a thick white head, making for a promising opening. Things hold up fairly well in the smell, with citrusy hops dominating almost completely. The decline continues in earnest in the taste. Grapefruit hoppiness is strong and not well-supported by the weak malt backbone. The overall impression is just flat and a bit boring for an IPA. It also seems just a bit thin for an IPA. Maybe I have an inherent aversion to Avery products.
09-27-2004 01:06:43 | More by mickeymac
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Clear orange in color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing develops on the glass through the drink. The aroma is of nice floral hops and mild citrus. The flavor consists of a nice balance of sweet malt and floral hops, rounded off with some orange zest and pepper.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start, with a short dry bitter finish. Drinkability is high, and overall a very enjoyable IPA.
09-21-2004 00:25:54 | More by Gavage
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
This is an excellent IPA. Pale copper/amber cross, clear with a nice soupy white head with a touch of yellow in the foam. The aroma is a very complex hop profile. Youve got pepper, citrus and pine all meshed together in a sinus-tingling mix. The flavor is fairly dry but manages to barely keep away from the all hop, no malt unbalancing of some IPAs. Theres still enough malt flavor in here to support the hops and bitterness despite it being very highly attenuated. Excellent IPA that excites the nose and tongue.
09-19-2004 20:07:31 | More by aracauna
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
I really enjoyed the Avery IPA. I don't think that I've actually had an Avery that I didn't like. This IPA offering was a dark, hazy amber with a large off-white head. There was a huge amount of lacing.
The aroma was hops, hops, and more hops. There was a hint of the yeast as well as some fruitiness of a date or fig nature. The taste was wonderfully hoppy but balanced with some fruitiness, including what tasted to me like a little like grapefruit. There is a nice finish of sweet malt that balances the huge hops hit.
This is a full-bodied cleansing experience in the mouth. It is slighty thick in texture and, of course, there is a lingering bitterness. I could drink a few of these. In fact, I bought a case to allow myself that pleasure.
09-01-2004 23:41:18 | More by rdrummer
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Another new brewery in Iowa. Beer store recommended the IPA. I can see why. This is a very nice drink. Pours dark gold with nice head and good lace. Citrusy nose. Nice and hoppy with a grapefruit flair. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice aftertaste. A very nice IPA
08-22-2004 22:16:49 | More by daledeee
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
12 oz bottle from the beer fridge at 48 degrees
Medium amber in color. Clear, sparkling body. Moderate, off white head.
Robust, citrus hop smell. Wonderful hop aroma. No noticeable smell of the malt. This brew is all about the hops.
Body is light and moderately carbonated.
Taste is citrusy, grapefruit hops with just a hint of malty sweetness. Finishes with moderately heavy hop bitterness that stays with you.
This is a very good India Pale Ale. I picked it up on a recent trip to North Carolina. Unfortunately it is not available in West Tennessee. I will have to ration the 3 remaining from the sixer.
08-18-2004 04:15:01 | More by stevef
2.83/5 rDev -26.7%
Dark and cloudy, looks kind of like unfiltered heavy apple cider. Strong hop taste but not overpowering, not too complex as you can't really taste much except the hops (maybe a wee bit of malt), smooth and drinkable however it hits you with a bit of a delayed aftertaste, heavily bitter. A good beer, except for...the smell. I'm sure it's just me, and I tried to stay objective on this, but the smell of these hops reminded me of a cat-piss stain we used to have in the corner of our living room in San Diego. Smells like ammonia, or as CheeseWheel put it "an old man's couch after too many accidents." Mouthfeel was great, more noticeable probably since I was holding my nose. I tried to shake this but just couldn't, it really detracted from my drinking experience but hopefully not yours, if you are a hop-head that picks this up and thinks it smells great you'll probably like it.
08-15-2004 22:28:54 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Dark copper, cloudy color with nice retention. Smell was wild, of citrus grapefruit and fruity hops.
Taste was fabulously focused on juicy hops, which tasted like grapefruit juice plus a little somin somin of hop oils and texture. Not overly bitter nor dry in the mouth despite the high level of hops. Malts are hidden, well-hidden. Notes of pine. Medium soft carbonation seems nicely balanced. Aftertaste jives, with puckering grapefruits.
Too much to have more than one of two probably, but strangely balanced in an extreme way.
08-13-2004 04:28:33 | More by donnebaby
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head. The aroma is great. It has a nice floral hop scent laid over a complex pale malt, etc. foundation. The taste is awesome. It has a very powerful floral hop character. It overshadows it's pale malt core. It drinks easy and finishes with a very bitter dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. It's full of hops, just the way I like it.
08-11-2004 02:14:20 | More by WesWes
2.28/5 rDev -40.9%
20oz imperial pint in a tradition english pint glass.
Beer arrived with a very dense 1 inch head that demonstrated excellent retention and heavy lacing all the way down.
Smell was characteristicly hoppy, with a strong citrus aroma that promised that this might be a superior IPA.
Unfortunately, the taste failed to live up to the promise in any way. All I could taste was bitterness. No malt flavors, no hop flavors, just bitterness. Extremely disappointing. I won't be ordering this again.
08-08-2004 23:50:19 | More by oracle
3.23/5 rDev -16.3%
12 oz bottle
Appearance: Fairly clear copper pour with an average size white head
Aroma: Nice hop presence prevails, lots of floral and piney goodness
Taste/Mouthfeel: Well hopped, but not in a good way. I got lots of harsh lingering bitterness, would be curious of their hop bill. Fairly smooth but a little thin.
Drinkability: Average IPA for my tastes. Lingering bitterness was surprising from what I heard was a good beer. Will have to try again...
08-08-2004 16:59:53 | More by CSquared
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a clear gold with a big creamy white head. Got rocky as it fell and left excellent lacing down the glass.
Big, almost perfumey aroma of fresh citrusy hops. The malt, caramel and fruit definitly took a supporting role.
The taste was a bit less hop heavy than the smell indicated. The caramel and malt came through much more with a bit of fruit at the end. Nothing over the top, just a nice balance of malt and hops.
Medium bodied with a crisp, tangy, yet slightly thin mouthfeel.
The excellent balance makes for great drinkability. Solid IPA.
08-06-2004 01:24:07 | More by rkhaze
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
Wierd beer. Poured very pale for an IPA. Almost a lemony yellow. No real head fromed after the pour. There was a slight lace, but it dissolved rather quickly. However, what was surprsing was that for its rather pale color, it was quite hoppy. Very bitter and biting. Also hints of citrus were hanging around the beer. My only complaint was that it was very cold when served and the flavors only improved as the beer warmed up. Not so much a fault of the brewer as the bar manager.
07-30-2004 02:03:31 | More by MuddyFeet
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
Beautiful golden color with a nice ivory colored lace that follows to the end of the glass. With a floral/grapefruity flavor this beer is easily drinkable and something I could never tire of easily. A super hoppy and refreshing beer that carries flavor throughout.Has a bit of a skunky bite towards the end and a flavor that will stick with your palate for a bit. A great and light IPA.
07-28-2004 01:10:57 | More by mudhoney
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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