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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,775 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,775
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 50
Gots: 225 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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
2.44/5  rDev -36.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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.

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of montageman
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.