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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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2,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 160 | 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 mentor
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from the brewery and consumed later that evening. Pours a finger and a half white (well, somewhat yellow) fluffy head that's just hanging around clinging and sticking This beer is crystal clear and dark macro colored. Dark golden, like the flesh inside of a peach or plum. Smells...oh, amarillo hops. How I've missed you...why did I bother reviewing so many non-IPA beers these past couple months before returning to you. Oranges, tangerine, some pith, underlying fruity sweet. As an ex-smoker, when I pass by someone smoking a cigarette, the smell is mostly disgusting. But, there is just one catching sweetness in that air that almost makes me turn my head. I get that smell in the hop aroma of this beer. Deliciously dangerous.

Tastes divine. Hoppy flavors nicely balanced with, perhaps dominating, the hop bitter and supported by an underlying sweet. Wonderful burp, iron and grapefruit pith. Second taste starts grapefruit pith with oranges. The swallow is all oranges with hop bitter and some co-humulone roughness. The oranges settle leaving a rough aftertaste in the back of the throat with a malt sweet persisting on the flat of my tongue, as well as a hint of grapefruit pith. Ha, and I thought this beer would be a quickie 3.8 session beer review. Okay, so the hops are oranges, grapefruit pith, a bit of iron, and some tangerine. Searching for esters I get very little, maybe some apricot. BTW, it's been at least 15 minutes (the beer is warmed) and there is still a half finger of head. What else to look for...malts. Malts are much beneath the hops but provide a sweetness that fill the beer. A hint of honey. Alcohol flavor and burn is absent. Md body, but really lusious and velvety in the mouth. Carbonation is md-heavy, a bit too much, IMO. Lacing on the inside of my glass is astounding. It's a sheet of white bubble plastered on the far side of my glass. Drinkable?...yes. I'm a beer explorer and just don't see the purpose of trying a beer a second time. Honestly, I suspect I'll stop into the brewery to pick up this beer on my way home from work enough to make it a semi-regular in my life. Thank goodness the brewery is on the road between work and home.

mentor, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid IPA for sure. The beer looked great with a great fluffy white head on top of a nice light amber colored brew. The smell was quite hoppy and fruity as well, with nice pinnapple notes and a healthy dose of Cascade in there as well. The flavor reminded me alot of the local AleSmith IPA which I know very well. The beer had a great bite to it and it was balanced well with the malts, but it had a little too much bread-y flavor in the finnish for me. All in all I think it is a very strong IPA, but not that unique in the scheme of things.

Dmann, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly light colored body for an IPA, more of a dark gold color, than a copper color than an IPA usually is. Head is nice and large, though, about 3/4", which fades slowly. Nice fruity/piney hop smell, which really ndominates the nose, spot on. Taste also has a considerable amount of hop presence, but does have just a tinge of the mleted plastic flavor that is in some IPAs, but not enough to take away from the pleasant flavor. Nice malty backbone, a very good example. Good mouthfeel, slightly metallic aftertaste.

TastyTaste, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/30/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 120z undated bottle. Poured into my Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange pour, 1/2 inch frothy head and average lacing.

Smell- Hops galore. Sweet candied hops, grapefruit hops and pine needle hops.

Taste- Another great brew! Tons of fruity and cotton candy flavored hops. Maybe a touch of pine, but mostly the sweet rot your teeth flavor hops. Mild malt background. More of a hop bomb than a perfectly balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level.

Drinkability- One of the more hoppier IPA's I've had. Has a decent enough amount of malt to be just considered balanced. One of the first beers I would go to if in the mood for a hop fix.

GClarkage, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of adrian910ss
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper color with a nice full white head. Smells of pine needles and citrus. Tastes citrusy, with a grapefruit prominence. Very similar to stone ipa and bells two hearted ale, yet lacking in the bite that those 2 have. Overall, an excellent ipa.

adrian910ss, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's India Pale Ale pours a yellow-amber body benath a full head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.
Citrusy, grapefruit-like hops appear in the nose along with some biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.
The flavor again delivers a splash of grapefruity citrus upfront, along with some lemon and chalky lemon rind, and a touch of pine as well. It's lightly honeyish and biscuity malt acts as a stage for the hops, and lets them keep the spotlight. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it firmly without becoming obtrusive. It finishes dry with fading notes of lemon that turn to pine, and then disappear leaving only a very long lingering dull bitterness behind.
For fans of citrusy hops, this one's a winner!

NeroFiddled, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Maestro
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard IPA looke with a thin head and some lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and hops, hops, hops.

Taste: The malts are smoky and pair exceptionally well with the citrusy hops. Grapefruit permeates the taste as well. You can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels dry in your mouth, but becomes a bit oily. The carbonation is low, which I appreciate.

Drinkability: This is a big hop-oriented IPA. It refreshes, but seems a little over the top for a session ale.

Overall, I dig this beer.

Maestro, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a transparent amber-red, with a short lived head. Aroma has a fruit cocktail of pineapple and sharp citrus, followed by pine and hops. Initial taste contains bitter hops that are delicious. Medium mouthfeel with just-right carbonation. Good job!

palliko, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light orange color and makes a really thick frothy head. Aroma is light caramel malt, bit of citrus orange. Flavor is excessively bitter, very one sided, only subtle hints of what were suggested in the nose are available as the bitter bitter hops rue the day... it is actually kind of harsh and unpleasant. Medium body, leaves a slight coating on the palate. Sadly, the harsh characteristics in the flavor just don't do it for me. I'll take the Maharaja over this one 10 times out of 10.

kmcnair, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice map of the old world route to India. And what’s this note on the label :
“Yeah, it is” ?? Something to get ya thinking about the hazy amber pour, good head and nice lacing. Yep, hop city dominated by floral, citrus and pine. Really pops you in the mouth on the taste too, along with some grassy notes. Had a somewhat sour aftertaste that I didn’t care for – might be tough to make this a session brew. Medium bodied, sticky and well carbed.

Vancer, Jul 11, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big foamy head that stays for the entire session. The floral hop aroma (cascade?) is blistful. You could smell this concoction for an hour. The taste unforunately is not on the same line. Though decent not mind blowing. There is a metallic undertone that deters from this brew. The color is magnificent; the golden copper hue is brilliant to the eye. A session IPA nontheless.

phishgator, Jul 06, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Clear light copper colored with a huge head. Clumps of foam stick to the side of the glass. Potent grapefruit hops in the aroma. The flavor is malty at first, but then turns extremely bitter. The hops are not just bitter, but plenty flavorful. The hops are a bit spicy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a good IPA. Not merely intense, it's also got the flavor.

beveragecaptain, Jun 25, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review!
Pours lightish amber, could be a little darker to be honest.
Beautiful nose, though. Grapefruit supported by peach if my schnoz serves me well.
Nice up front bitterness. Citrusy, pome fruit like quality mid tongue. pretty nice. Full bodied malt presence throughout. Caramel.
Good carbonation and a perfectly refreshing summer brew (95 today in E.L.)
This beer seems somewhat of a conundrum. The nose has that American, up-front dry hopped thing going on. Then, the drink is a nice, crisp bitterness, subdued and well supported by the maltiness. It's somewhere between English and American, leaning slightly towards American. Then again, I've been drinking alot of Stone lately.

nortmand, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice clear Copper/Golden color with a white head. Very nice lacing and the head sticks around for a good length.

The aroma is very hoppy/floral.

The taste is predominately hops start to finish. Nice bitterness. There is a small amount of alcohol flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. I think this is a great IPA.

Brian700, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep golden with a rocky white head. Carbonation cascasdes up through the body vigorously.

Smell: Orange juice and lemon zest up front. A little bit of pine and some carmel but the citrus smell predominates.

Taste: A nice refreshing blend of carmel and orange juice. Just a brush on the palate of some pine bitterness. The sweetness of the malt and the citrus battle back and forth but overall they are blended very well and neither one dominates. The citrus almost tastes like Orange Crush but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and the carbonation makes for a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ahhh...this is my kind of IPA. A perfect balance of citrus hop and carmel sweetness. I know that this isn't a requirement for an IPA to taste this way but I sure love it when they do. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Jun 14, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Clear, golden copper with a tall white head that is helped by good carbonation and leaves decent lace as it goes down.

The smell is almost all hops. Citric/piney with just a little malt underneath.

A great balance of west coast hops and slightly sweet malts in the taste. The hops are strong, but there's enough juiciness to keep my tongue from drying out.

Full, but not thick mouthfeel. One of the more sessionable IPAs.

ypsifly, Jun 07, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfull poorout with everlasting head and great bronze beercolor. Nose is a delicasy of hops; very aromatic and very good, wonderfull american styles but probably also some of Germany or Tjech. Taste is good having body, litle sweet, and citrussy that stays with quiet a bitter aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and yes if I hadmore in the fridge I certainly would go to get me another one!

paterlodie, May 18, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head, laces around the glass. Smells of floral hops but the malty backbone is very detectable. Its likewise with the taste. Little bit of hops but I taste mostly malt, very rich, with a little smooth bitterness. This beer really coats the tongue, the carbonation is nice and its pretty fullbodied. A tasty brew, could be more hoppy but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Viggo, May 16, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a glowing orange, cloudy and bubbly. A finger of tight beige foam settles quickly to light galaxies of froth. Pop-art lacing studs the inside of the glass.

The aroma is decidedly hoppy, with a piney citrus thickness leading the way. A light caramel sweetness winds it's way through the rest, but it's all rather sparse.

First sip brings a berry sweetness of lightly toasted malt, the effect promptly stunted by a dry wall of bitter hop resins, carting notes of grapefruit and vague mint. A yeasty follow-up trails the pack, dwindling promptly as a quick finish darts into a dry bitter numbness. Overall, the flavor is halting and almost confused.

A touch shy of medium bodied, the hops deliver an oily feel that imparts more to the palate than the body might suggest.

It's not a matter of balance that gives me pause here. I can appreciate uneveness. Rather, it's the herky-jerk transitions and sparse, almost faceless aroma that weight against this beer. It delivers in a staccato fashion, which is manageable when the components have more character, but here it's just muddled. That said, it's not totally without its merits. In spite of the stop-and-go delivery, it is nonetheless crisp, drying the palate nicely, as it should. I'll finish what's in my fridge, and I won't really mind doing it, but there will be no curtain call.

Foxman, May 13, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearace: Nice orange tone with just a slight cloudiness. A craterous, two fingered billow of head emerged after the pour. Nearly entire lace sheets with just a few swiss cheese holes noticeable at first. The heavy lacing tapers off by the time the depths have been consumed. A thin froth is left atop the beer, continually replenished by ample carbonation.

Smell: What a great aroma. Not complex by any means, just a big hop boquet that inspires salivation. Lemony snickets of citric delight flood my manifold. Grains are scarcely able to manifest themselves under this domineering hop cloud. The hops bring a nice representation of the earthy goodness that they are capable of displaying.

Taste: Initial bitterness to the tongue followed by a nice light malt sweetness then into a vacuous dry finish. The palate is stung, sweetened, and then ultimately heaved into a sensation of dehydration that makes my tongue feel as though it is shrinking in my mouth. Wonderful pines, lemon and grapefruit, and a green grass accent ride a malt body into a pleasing form that makes me crave another gulp. Hey-zeus Marimba! I love this style.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing yet full of facets that make it feel much larger. Great dry bitterness.

Drinkability: Yes. I have the ability to drink, and yes I would drink these up till the cows come home. At which time, I would offer them one and pour myself another.

SupaCelt, May 04, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beautiful pale golden color with a 2 finger pearl white head that leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell- Mostly a citrusy, floral hops smell that will make a hophead drool, not overly complex but not simple either, slight hint of pale malts in the background.
Taste- begins with a light, bready malt flavor that quickly gives way to a powerhouse hop taste. The hops are floral, earthy, slightly citrusy like lemon peel, and very oily and resiny, definately a hophead's ipa not for the faint of heart. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but in an IPA it probably should be. It finishes with a dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and dry, with a somewhat high amount of carbonation, but that makes it crisp and easier to drink
drinkability- this is a bitter beer, but its not so bitter that it really numbs your tastebuds, this could be a good session IPA(if there is such a thing) and the drinkability is high for the style in general.
Overall an excellent rendition of an IPA, somewhat balanced and quite drinkable.

silver0rlead, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of Shaw
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at my favorite pub, The Cock & Bull in Sarasota.

As the tap says, "Hop freaks, unite!" This is a great, hoppy American IPA. It has a wonderful floral aroma that leads to a bitter and hoppy flavor. This isn't a balanced beer, but I don't really care.

If you're in the mood for a good hoppy IPA, check this one out.

Shaw, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright orange/tan body with a small white head.

The nose was a fruity citrus hop smell. Very fresh, with a slight skunk/biscuit/vegetable note as well.

The taste was a very crisp and clean medium body. A huge hop taste and bitterness. It starts soft with a very “background” sort of citrus peel hop character. There’s a round caramel malt flavor as well. It really compliments the hop perfectly. You can really taste the malt and hop separately in this beer. It’s sort of like beer 3D, the malt is in the foreground the hops are perfectly clear in the back. It ends with a lingering bitterness.

Really a very nice session beer. Perfect balance of big malt and big hop. Sort of reminded me of a session beer version of stone ruination IPA. Another great standard from Avery.

taez555, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe it or not, this is my first Avery beer! A sixer of this was actually cheaper than a sixer of Alpha King and I'm in Indiana. This one poured a light orange/golden with a very nice frothy white head although a large percentage of the bubbles were soapy looking. Aroma is obviously hop-centric. I get a mix of citrus and pine. Taste is very crisp and clean with that nice edginess of hops. Some caramel tasting malt lies in the background. Good drinkability. This is not a blow the doors off type IPA but a session type IPA that matches up great with the BBQ chicken pizza that I'm having for dinner (yeah for college diets). I will be reviewing more Avery products in the future.

soper2000, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange pour with a huge rocky head. One of the best heads I've ever coaxed out of an IPA, and it stuck around and left tons of lace as it slid down the glass. After that look, the rest of the beer was something of a comedown. The aroma was lightly hopped with lots of biscuity malts. The flavor itself is kind of weak for the style. All of the hallmarks are in there: grapefruity hops, solid malt backbone, and a little bite, but they're all pretty subdued and nothing really catches your imagination. Overall, a decent enough brew that won't destroy your palate, but there's easily dozens of American IPAs out there that are much more creative and interesting than this one.

whartontallboy, Feb 20, 2005
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,603 ratings.