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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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2,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,737
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 48
Gots: 211 | 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 Rennpferd
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured a golden crystal clear with a 1 inch head that held for quite a while.

It smelled sweet and hoppy.

A well balanced taste of hops and malt with a crisp finish. A very tasty beverage. It foamed up a little right before swallowing but went down rather smooth.

I found this beer to be drinkable.

Photo of stevecee2003
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Well, don't look at the appearance. it's a bit cloudy. But thats OK I promise you. Nice head. It stacks to almost 3/4ths an inch.

Smell - Calm but here is a fruity smell. And the Hops, of course.

Taste. Very nice. Especially after a Dogfish 120-minute IPA. Wow, what a a change.

Drinkability - because it is a bit weaker, it is more dinkable than others. That is a GOOD thing. :-)

Notes: a good beer. You can't go wrong with this berer. It is moderately priced, for its chatracteristics, and a very good bargain.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't impressed by this beer as much as other reviewers were. I thought it delivered a pretty good wallop of bitterness in the taste, but it was unaccompanied by all the flavors that I think make IPAs different and delicious, like pine, citrus, floral notes, or candy. This is just a hop shot, which I don't feel deserves an elite rating.

Apppearance was pretty good. It poured a pale amber (compared to other IPAs I've had recently) with a very good amount of head.

Aroma was not bad, but struck me as being nearly non-existent.

Taste is a blast of hop bitterness, without any accompaniment of other flavors, making this beer lack, for a better word, harmony.

Mouthfeel was appropriate, and all-in-all, I thought this beer was OK, but not great.

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

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle crimped cap.Thanks,to my good BA buddy Susdog for this beer

Moderate hop nose,very nice and complex mostly citrusy also piney/spicy/perfumy,a nice sweet carmelly maltness finds its way through all the hop aromas.

Very nicey balanced taste,with a sugary sweet maltiness and a clean,crisp citrusy,piney hop flavor. A perfect balance of taste throughout, leaves the taste of a sugar coated grapefruit lingering on the palate.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel,very pleasing,not as intense as a lot of IPA's out there,but very enjoyable,this is one I could drink all night.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this IPA is a dark straw yellow color with moderate carbonation that keeps a finger of rocky white head afloat

S - floral piney hoppiness, the aroma of quality hops very big and bold, typical of an Avery brew, with some grapefruit citrus type notes to it as well

T - the taste, though high quality id more of the same, piney floral hops with some characteristic citrine hints, very good but typical for the style

M&D - as another reviewer put it, one of the more drinkable IPA's, nto to overdone, we're not talking 120 min level here, but quite good, would not be a problem to knock back a few of these in a single session

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AP: Very active, pale golden amber with a one finger thick, bone-white head that was extremely frothy and thick. A very impressive looking brew.

Nose: There are some subtle hearty and herbacious scented hops and a mildly wheatie malted scent way down deep. Just under par for the style.

Taste: This IPS is by no means a hop bomb like some, it has a very subtle and hearty flavor that includes an herbal and slightly cirtusy hop dominated flavor but balanced out well with a wheat and grains type malted effect.

MF: This is a medium body brew with a very crisp and clean bite. The constant fluffy head gives it a rather smooth feel as well.

DA: Not too bad fpr the stlye, easy enough to drink.

Photo of Atlas1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Avery beers are always interesting. Like 'em or not, they brew some bold beers. I liken them to Weyerbacher - doing some interesting, over-the-top style of beers, but sometimes over-reaching a bit. Still, I hadn't tried their standard IPA, so I grabbed a single at my local beer store.

Poured into a pint glass, it's a very nice opaque apricot color. This may sound pretentious, but it's accurate. Decent-looking one-finger head that settled down nicely and left a bit of lace on the glass as I drank it. Wow, the aroma is not at all what I was expecting (and who knows what that was). Very malty and sweet, I almost get a strawberry sensation from this smell. I really like it, but it's unlike most IPAs I've had. The flavor is also not like most IPAs. Heavy malt content here, and the hops don't really make a presence until the end (and even then they're a bit subdued). Slight citrus hints here as well, but mostly a very pleasant sweet maltiness is in charge. Sturdy mouthfeel for sure. A clever IPA from Avery, in my opinion. It's not phenomenal, and it's not a hop-head's dream come true, but it is a mighty fine beer on the whole. I could easily see making this part of my weekly repertoire if I lived in the Boulder area. But, since I don't, I'll have to pick it up sparingly from time to time here in DC. Still, a job well done by Avery here.

Photo of supercolter
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A different IPA than I am used to, but a decent one.

Appearance is fantastic. Ginormous head with some decent lacing, cloudy orange-yellow.
Smell is very good, but just a touch too citrusy. It seems to overpower some of the other characteristics of the beer.
Taste is good. A bit thinner than expected, and hops don't really kick in until the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is too light in my opinion for an IPA.
Drinkability is quite good.

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a golden yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy white head. It leaves nice lacing.
S - It smelled of citrus, hops and grass.

T - Hops, hops, hops! Also, a nice malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a nice IPA. Very hoppy almost like a Double IPA.

Photo of Bobikel
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A generous thick head sits a top a crystal clear copper ale. Excelent retention - lacing.

Smell - Citrusy, piney, a little spicy. Malt is subdued.

Taste - A dry earthy malt flavor quickly fills the mouth.Followed by a biting bitterness on the tongue. Slightly sweet, and a little under hopped for my IPA tastes.

Mouthfeel - Thick, and syrupy. Slightly cloying.

Drinkability - Easily quaffible. A nice drink.

Overall - Not my favorite example of an IPA, although I could see how people could really get into this one.

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange colored...hazy...big frothy white head of about 3/4 inch

S-Rather complex for the style....a good dose of the citrus fruits...mandarin oranges, and some sweet ruby red grapefruit with a little sugar on top...also even a little peach aroma...then a hint of an earthy/leafy hoppiness.

T-Balanced but leans heavy on the citrus fruits...the grapefruit emerges wonderfully...a little clean sweet malty flavor keeps things in check...deeper in some of the earthy hop impression begins to exert itself...A very flavorfull IPA

M-As mentioned this is nicely balanced...medium bodied...hoppy but not hop juice...nice work with the malt to complement and enhance this wonderfull hop load..

D-This is a fantastic IPA....right up there on the top tier of IPA's...very enjoyable brew..

Photo of flexabull
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a bright clear gold color, with a really nice big head.

This one smells dusty, bitter, and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is big, but this beer needs some more balance. Tastes malty, sour and tart, there is just a touch of hop bitterness to back it up. Does finishes slightly creamy, with a brewed tea like flavor.

This beer struck me as a bit average. It's drinkable, and session worthy, but just not the flavors I want for when I look for an American IPA.

Photo of biking4beer
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a big foamy head that sticks around a good while. Slight lacing. Crisp clear golden color with slight red hues.

Smells of pine. Crips and clean. Not much else going on here.

Taste is of pine and grapefruit at the finish. Some orange. Pretty dry, and not much malt to speak of.

Mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is high on this one, but I would like to see some more sweetness. This beer was just straight on hop bitterness (not necessarily bad). Would get again, but if I'm really craving an IPA, I would probably go with some other offerings in my area.

Photo of stouty1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up fo $1.89 on the singles shelf.
Nice pouring full 2 finger head with stringy lace around the glass. Golden yellow with a brownish haze at the top. Nice flowery aroma definitely some hops in this ale. Swirling hops around my mouth leaves a sweet bitterness, but not overpowering. Well balanced between alcohol and bitterness. Mouthfeel is not thick but some chewyness. These efforst combine in an easy drinking IPA. I would like another! Damn singles! I broke my own rule to always buy two!

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

Clear orange, topped with a generous white head. Tremendous presentation, sheeting lace coating the glass. Big citrusy nose, with just enough malt backing it up. Nice hop profile. Clean and bright. The flavor is pretty straightforward. Toasty pale malts running about 60/40 with bright, punchy pacific northwest citrus hoppage. Just a bit of pear fruitiness, and floral hop notes. Maybe a little lighter feeling on the tongue, but it does make it drink a little easier. Very clean overall, making for a bright, assertive flavor. Bold, but not overly bitter. This is a great, great session beer with fantastic drinkability.

Photo of Grundle20
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like I wish every IPA looked like. A good clean copper pour topped off with a fluffy off white head. The head has some great staying power and leaves some good clumpy lacing about the glass.

Potent hop scent of grapefruit and apricot dominate the nose. There is a body of caramel malts and a minor yeast character. Not terribly strong but very pleasant.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There's a good balance of bitter and fruity hop character. The citrus hopping is complimented by a medium body of caramel malts. The beer drinks rather dry and has a pretty clean finish. There is a minor aftertaste citrus rind to close out the drink.

The beer really only loses points here for the bitterness and that citrus rind aftertaste. I could drink quite a few of these but it's slightly on the palette burner side.

Bottom Line:
This beer was shockingly good. Most Avery beer that I've had I found to be mediocre to pretty good but this by far takes the cake. Don't pass on this one hop heads.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Pours a clear light yellowish copper with a pretty nice white head, settles to a layer of large bubbles and leaves spit ball wads of lacing inside the glass. Aroma is ver y good, hoppier than all hell, oily pine/cirus/herbal/ and floral a funny pungent smell like bleu cheese. Medium bodied, oily texture. Pretty sweet up front with some fruity notes, then the palate is hit with some heavy hops, juicy pine and citrus tastes like some columbus and simcoe. Finish is pretty bitter, with a bit of an aspirin aftertaste and a pine resin dryness. Looks good, Smells pretty good, Not crazy about that aspirin bitterness.


Photo of RedChrome
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium to dark colored golden beer. Inch high white frothy head shrunk to a layer over a few minutes. Average slowly rising medium sized carbonation bubbles. Lacing is thick.

A combination of hops aromas. Bitter pine blended with a medium strengthed citrus scent. Grapefruit and tangerine share the citric duties. Nice hoppy dream.

A bitter pine taste landed on the tastebuds with a burst. A citric note surged in the back of the mouth as this one went down. Light peppery spice on the outsides of the tongue.

Thickness is above average, and hangs on back of tongue. Burst of carbonation is enough to help flavors shift, but not overpowering.

A very nice offering for the hoppier beer lover. Great option to pair with chicken curry. Warning: must like hops. A definite must try if you are a fan of the bitter IPAs.

Photo of Riggo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: very pale golden color with a sturdy sea-foam white head and great lacing.

smell: intense hop oil, pine sap, lime and perhaps mint. very floral and hoppy. intensity of hop aroma is what one might expect to see on a double ipa. if you want to smell hops, this it.

taste: dry and hoppy with a piney finish but also balanced with some fruity sweetness. still, this is a hophead's ipa.

mouthfeel: nice, somewhat crisp but not overly spritzy.

drinkability: very crisp and drinkable if you like dry beers. great aperitif.

this beer should get higher marks if you ask me. very in your face, hoppy american ipa. nice.

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

This is a nice Ipa. Nice hop flavor. Nothing outstanding and captivating. It's typical, yet very nice. It has a great head and nice retention. It has a nice hoppiness to it. It has a crispness to it as well. It was very easy for me to drink. A nice IPA. IPA styles have a lot of nice beers. This one is typical, but nice.

Photo of rrg1gb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold / light orange, thick head that lingers for a while, but it's light on carbonation.

S - Deep citric aroma, smells like pine needles. This is the first time the brew acquaints us with US hops.

T - Strong grapefruit-like flavor, sharp hop bitterness, little malt flavor present.

M - This beer tastes like it's all hops! There's little going on with the malt, yet it's a bit chewy. It also tastes more carbonated than it really is.

D- This is a good, but very dry, IPA that isn't holding back at all with the hop profile. It could use a bit more malt, but it's still good. I just wonder if they could pack any more hops into the glass! Wow.

Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely showing a good white head up to the rim. Color is golden with a little copper, retention is appealing, and lacing does not hesitant to cling to my glass. Nose is delightfully flowery sweet, fully resinous, and grapefruity. Nice steady malts too. Taste is dry, pine resinous, fruity, evenly bitter, and well balanced. Mouthfeel is slick with resiny texture and excited by energetic carbonation. Drinkable indeed.

Well balanced and good beer which I'll be getting more of.

Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a big fluffy, lumpy white head. Good retention as a creamy covering leaving all kinds of sticky lacing on the glass. Floral hops waft up into my nostrils before its even done pouring. The aroma is rich with oily hops; sweet citrus and an soft but recognizable simcoe presence. As it warms, some grain enters the picture. The taste shifts most of the focus to citrus fruits...in fact I'd say all of the focus is on citrus. Zesty with a dry, rindy bitterness.

A super IPA if you like 'em citrusy.

Photo of BradBLR
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden amber color with a very white head with large bubbles. There was good lacing and the head lasted the whole beer. The smell was really nice and very strong. I could smell it as I poured it and I did not need to raise the glass to my nose to get a good smell. The was a hop scent with a really strong citrusy floral scent.

The taste was very good, a very strong bitter right off the bat with a very dry taste to it. Nice hop flavor with really no hint of any malt at all. The mouthfeel was good, a little thin and CO2 was pretty strong.

If you like a dry tasting IPA, then this is a beer worth trying.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this IPA into a 20 0z. Imperial pint glass. Rich golden on the color. Real dense frothy 2 and half inch head.The nose was very floral with big juicy grapefruit tones. Interesting spider web like lacing formed that went all the way down to the bottom of the glass.
The mouthfeel was pleasant giving off a wet cut grassy taste and a manderin orange mixed with roasted barley. The finish was dry and had hints of walnuts, making you thirst for more sips. The head remained at least half inch all the way to the very end of this tasty American IPA. Thanks to Avery brewing .

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,737 ratings.