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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2,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 196 | 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 sstackho
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light ho-hum gold with noticeable carbonation, with a decent head and lacing. Strong aroma of grapefruity hops. The taste ensues with strong grapefruit bitterness upfront that eases a bit as it goes down. Good aftertaste that lingers...

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in the Avery tasting room.

Pours a rich golden yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity. I did feel that the overall character was a little light though. I usually prefer my American IPAs to be slightly beefier, i.e. Racer 5, Wipeout, Alesmith, etc...

The mouthfeel was light, which aids in the drinkability. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sighting of this draught in Central KY. The beer is as impressive as ever. Pours a bright copper / orange color with a decent chill haze that never went away and superb, frothy head retention that was just off from white, but stood firm to the bottom of the glass. The aromas are a mouth watering blend of toasted barley malt and citrus hops. Flavors are full and juicy, comprised of light caramel, bready, orange peel, lemon grass, and ruby red grapefruit. A touch of pine, yeast, and tartness rounded out the brew. The trick here is balance -- of course the hops shine, but not without keeping in check with the strong malt backbone, and creamy texture. The beer never wavered from fullness and richness, down to the the bottom of the glass. Fantastic experience with this one.

Photo of ihscout426
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright orange/gold color, but a thin head and not much lacing.

The nose nose was floral and grapefruit, but not pungent. More than just cascade hops used here.

the taste was bitter on the tongue with with a malt blance in teh middle and the floral and grapefruit flavors at the finish in the back of the throat.

A good session beer that I will pick up in more quantity when I can find it.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft on special at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Arrives in a nonic pint, slow upward moving bubbles make their way through the clear golden ale. Some lacing at first that doesn't stick around. Head dissipates in time as well.

Pale malt aroma, with a vague piney hop presence. It's a stretch to pull out that much, and this is supposedly a fresh draft sample.

Bitter hops up front, citrusy becoming herbal, and dry in the finish. As it warms, there's a cereal grain quality like puffed wheat or rice. Bleh. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, that isn't balanced by the taste. One-dimensional bitterness becomes tiresome halfway through. Alcohol presence doesn't help either, and soon enough, water is needed to cleanse the palate.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful true gold color with a frothy white head. smells good, lots of floral hops and some piney citrusy smells as well. tastes GREAT. full bodied, with a delicious hop aftertaste. a very well done IPA mouthfeel is solid,

overall a great beer for a good price

Photo of enfield249
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light cooper, with blond highlights in the corners.

S - Lots of aroma hops. Citrusy smelling.

T - I think this tastes very clean for a IPA. Citrus, pine maybe?

M - Great mouth feel.

D - All around a above average IPA. I really could knock a few of these back.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this little beauty as a free sample at the brewpub in their charming industrial park.
The smell was pretty nice! fresh, citrusy, with a nice maltyness in the background. The taste...ehh, a bit on the fresh-hop side up front then a solid bitterness at the end of the palate. Perhaps too much. I believe that a tad more malt would balance this out nicely. It has a thinnish mouthfeel with a bit of prickliness on the toungue. Tangy and a lot of aroma hops going on here.

Photo of BMoney575
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6-9-07

Pours a surprisingly light gold color, with an immense, craggy white head that stays an inch on the top of the beer. The lace is thick and constant on the sides.

Smell is huge grassy and citrusy hops, with a subdued malt background.

Taste starts with big fruity hops, but then is balanced quite nicely by a decent maltiness. A semi-dry hop bitterness round things out.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice and thick.

Drinkability is also very good, bitter, but not too.

Overall a fantastic beer. Very well rounded with a variety of hop and malt flavors. Recommended.

Photo of budgood1
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear, pure gold colour. thin but sticky and bubbly eggshell white head. thin lace. sweet malt aroma kicked up by a horde of hoppiness. pretty traditional IPA taste. in the english style, this one has a straightforward and a bit thin malt base with hopping that is based on the bittering hops and not too much on the flavouring angle. reminds me a bit of of SN IPA or summit IPA. the hops lean heavily on the piney side...and the overall beer is bitter. very bitter. the body is medium, and the mouthfeel is dominated by the bitter hops...a bit puckering to say the least. finishes bitter...like it or not. drinkability isn't the greatest on it's own, but paired with some spicy meat and cheese or some spicy chicken wings...it would do great.

overall, a good IPA. definitely traditional and definitely bitter. might not please everyone, but i liked it.

Photo of shadow1961
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's India Pale Ale pours out a stiff head over a clear,
light amber brew. Carbonation is quite active- there's a plume
of bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass. The nose is
very bright, grapefruity hops. The flavor is juicy, sweetish malt
with that citrusy grapefruit hop finishing it off. The mouthfeel is
light. crisp, and spritzy. There's lots of foamy white lace left behind
in the glass. Another lovely Colorado IPA.

Photo of ttu94
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a geographer I really like the bottle. Clear golden amber color with a very good head. Average lacing. The smell is very nice. Very hoppy. I'm not sure what type of hops but I like it. Taste is that of a solid American IPA. Not as complex as Dogfish head 60 min but just damn good. Finishes very clean.

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

I’d call this an IPA initiator. It’s got a nice big hops flavor, but with a relatively mellow bitterness for the style. The hops are quite tasty with a tangy citrus backed with peach flavor. There isn’t really any malt to speak off, but that’s fine, the hops do well carrying this beer. Good appearance, ok aroma.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a large off-white head with great retention and a lot of lacing. The aroma is a nice pale malt base with citrusy hops jumping out and making their presence known. The hops are right up front in the taste with some malt in the middle followed by a long hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is delightfully smooth and creamy. Wow, this is one hell of an IPA! Overall, this certainly is a great beer that will surely come to mind when I am in the mood for an IPA. Recommended.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden with a small head and a thin broken ring of lacing.

S - Soapy hops and faint light malt.

T - Soapy hops, faint malt. Seriously soapy (pine soap) hops dominate throughout the flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and still soapy.

M - Thick, a little harsh from carbonation, fairly refreshing.

D - Okay. It is a medicore IPA. Very soapy tasting and out of the soap sector there isn't much going on. I will not bother with this one in the future.

Photo of Duster72
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangey amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is primarily citrus with some pine definitely in the mix. Taste is very pleasant but mild citrus hops with some pine. Little resin. Rather thin and easy to drink. A very pleasant IPA that does a nice job of balancing the bitterness. Very sessionable IPA.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, golden-copper ale with enthusiastic bubbling and a thin, off-white head that spackels the sides of my glass with lacing. The aroma is foresty and sweet: piney, crystal hops with some pear, banana, and cane sugar notes.

The taste matches the aroma, but with a nice complimentary alcohol flavor even with the low ABV. Body is light and crisp and leaves a great lingering aftertaste of hops. Overall, this is a very tasty, very drinkable IPA. It's definately one of my favorite offerings from Avery, can't wait to try the Maharaja DIPA.

Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this has a nice rocky head white head that lasts for a while with an amber color

S: There is a significant hop aroma in the nose that is very nice, and oretty strong.

T: This beer has a sweet bitterness that arises fromt he hop taste. there is a drying feeling left on your palate.

M: the dry taste is ok for this beer and is nice, its a medium bodied beer and nice in the mouth

This is a great ipa, i enjoy it alot and why its not extreme or over the top it is well balanced strong in its profile and accurate in its style. very good

Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow-orange hazy color. Thick head.
Nose has hay, straw, dusty straw at that.

On palate is a surprising malt focus with the hops, almost honeyed malt with the hop assertiveness to balance. This ale strikes me as an american pale ale that is a little overhopped, not necessarily an American IPA.

Very appetizing finish though - keeps you yearing for the next sip. Nice.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at ACME pizza and bar. Poured hazy golden orange with a nice retaining head. The aroma was typical; very hoppy, floral and citric. The taste was fairly bitter but nice. There is nothing special here that separates it from the others but its obviously solid. The mouthfeel is medium but fairly carbonated. The drinkability wasnt the best at first due to bitterness and doesnt get much easier throughout the rest of the 11 ounces.

Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear bright golden color, with a thick fluffy white head that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is very sticky, and nearly covers the entire inside of my glass.

Smell; pine resin and citric hops are the main players in the aroma, but there's also an underlying sweetness, as well as a bit of floral/herbal aroma.

Taste; it's almost harshly bitter on the first couple of sips, but once you get passed that it becomes very nice. The flora/herbal hops are more pronounced in the flavor than they were in the aroma, and almost give this a bit of a spiciness. The pine and citrus are also present, along with a mild caramel sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation, and the drinkability is just great. My glass is almost empty, and I feel like I just barely started drinking it. I'm glad I can now get this in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a clear golden color, unique for an IPA. White foamy head with lots of bubbles. Lacing is very sticky all over the entire glass. There is something different about the smell of this IPA. The citrus is there, the pine is there, the floral is there....but I think it has a smokey aspect to it, or maybe a hint of spice/herb. Taste is more powerful on the floral side than the citrus/pine side. I see a similarity in taste to the Harpoon IPA. But once again that smokey-ness comes through on the taste as well. This could be coming from the malt which helps the balance quite well. Carbonation is constant but minimal. Mouthfeel is dry but enjoyable. Drinkability is there, I really enjoy this brew. Definitely pick this one up if you get the chance. Avery has yet to disappoint me.

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!"

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.

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.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,712 ratings.