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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

2,707 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 44
Gots: 191 | 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 LarryV
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly small head. Lots of citrusy hop aroma in the nose. Pours a orangish-gold color with a lovely medium mouthfeel, almost chewy. Flavor of orangy-citrus hops with a nicely balanced malt backbone. Quite a tasty and enjoyable brew, nicely crafted.

Photo of fisherman34
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold (verging on light orange) in colour with strong carbonation. Huge C-hop aromas of pine, black pepper, and grapefruit. More of the same in the mouth, only that the citrus flavors are a little less specifically grapefruit, and there is a sweet buttered biscuit element that makes an appearance mid palate. The chunky bitterness gets smoothed out a bit by the somewhat sweet malts. Good stuff.

Photo of Jermbrew
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a great head that remained visible throughout the duration of beverage. Clear light amber hue.

Smells like I'm chilling in an orange grove, I really dig the citrus aromas here. The smells carry over to the tasting portion of the drink. Malt is evident, this is nice. Mouthfeel is great...creamy goodness, which is complemented by excellent head retention!

Smoothness along with strong citrus hop contribution makes for a very enjoyable drinking experience

Photo of BlindPig
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1" white head. Clearish golden orange color.
S-Major citrus hops with huge grapefruit in the nose! Really not much at all. Has kind of a weird hint to it at same time though.
T- Big grapefruit flavor up front. Taste really follows the smell. The big citrus grapefruit hops. Nice decent bitterness coats the tongue. Really not much else to it. Pretty simple beer.
M- Stickier with medium carbonation and a medium to full body.
D- It is alright. I think the just pure grapefruit gives of a weird tang in aftertaste. Same one as the smell. Not to good. I am glad this one is a 12oz.

Photo of hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice label, with an old map on it. Pours a pale orange, perhaps a little bit lighter than expected. Head retentino is good, lacing is very good.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma prevails, nice smelling, but not much else going on.

Taste: I wouldn't have been surprised to see this one labeled as an APA. The malt base has backbone. Hops are dominant, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: No complaints about mouthfeel, drinkability is high.

Photo of jhu1995
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, bordering on golden, color with a decent head. Appears to be lighter in color than other IPAs. Smell is a very strong floral scent. Taste is somewhat average, with mostly floral taste and bitterness. Not an overwhelming hoppy taste, refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour results in a light golden body topped with a medium cream head. Lacing is intricate and attractive. Nose is piney and leathery, very nice indeed. Taste is again, piney, like few other IPA's. If I was forced to compare I'd say this brew used real pine while the others used pine alternative.There's also a veggie/leathery taste that brings to mind sweet sugary corn and hops. I can think of no other way to explain. Mouth is nice and low on carbonation. This is damn fine ... I'm really digging this.

Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear golden amber with a giant white foamy head. Very good lacing and head retention make this a very good looking beer. The smell is all about citrus hops. Grapefruit and tangerine are the most dominate hop aromas. The taste is a creamy hoppy bitter delight. Rich with hop flavor, citrus and bitterness, makes this very,very good. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing very well. A very good beer that I could have as a session beer. Nice job Avery.

Photo of Gasp100
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clean golden amber with a billowing vigorous white head with serious lacing down the glass.
S - Perfume, piney, earthy, hops - blending really well in the nose.
T - A very dry and neutral maltiness start which is overtaken by crisp, dry, grainy and bitter hops. The hop bitterness is definitely assertive, but it's not a hop bomb and I'm not blown away with fresh hop oils.
M - Mouthfeel is medium with a prickling sensation from the hops which continues to make me feel thirsty.
D - I could see this as a dinner/session beer paired with a good meal. Maybe 2 or three over the course of an evening. I bet this is really nice when really fresh, but my sample was probably past it's prime. Nice, traditional IPA.

Photo of badbeer
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, but with a creamy white head leaving a pretty good lacing. Hints of caramel and pine sap in the smell, perhaps a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Nice piney hoppiness to this, with a solid malt base to boot. Finish is a little light, but still nice and hoppy. Average carbonation with a nice full body. Pretty solid beer here, worth trying for sure.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was mediocre but turned out to be the best attribute. Dark golden and clear. The smell was a little hoppy but nothing special. The taste in particular was nothing to write home about. It could've been much hoppier, and honestly there was little malt presence as well. The most understated IPA flavor yet for me. I cannot recommend.

Photo of gonzo138
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice reddish gold, white sticky head that doesnt retain too well, but laces pretty nicely

S- nice citrusy hop smell, very nice and crisp

T- a nice citric pine bitterness that doesnt over step itself, a nice not overly hoppy IPA

M- kinda dry, moderate carbonation, sticks to mouth for a little while

D- a good IPA if you plan on having more than, and a more than decent enough hop fix for any hop head

Photo of Toddv29424
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent gold color with a thin white head. Smell is mostly of bitter hops, and a bit of sweet fruit. Taste is good, much like the effervescence of a pilsner with a gentle kiss of hops. There is an amazing balance of malts and hops in this beer, so that neither one is overpowering and both are delightful.

Photo of Ego
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

vacation tommorow = andy's corner bar (bogata, nj) for a growler tonight! ($12)

eyes...
very light brown hue, one finger of densely packed white head (mostly micro bubbles), very clingy, no carbonation rising up from below, a decent enough looking brew with points added for lacing.

nose...
mellowed out cirtus hops mixed with slight caramel tones, a slight astringent tone (but pleasant), peanuts.. oh wait, let me move those...
pretty much your typical IPA.. nothing special.

taste etc...
a nice crisp bitterness, even a little resiny, medium to light bodied, carbonation is a bit lacking for me, it almost is a bit too flat tasting. it coats decently enough, the bitterness is quite nice but it seems lacking in overall flavor punch.. something is missing. it is not bad or anything just very average.

Photo of MiScusi
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, which was purchased in mid July. Appearance was a clear apple juice orange with a strong fluffy and foamy head that disspated to a quarter inch cap after a couple minutes.

Aroma from hops is spicey

Taste begins right up front with pungent hop oils, middle is filled with bitterness that surrounds entire tongue, and the back end has a bitter citrus zing. Not much of a malt backbone present here.

Mouthfeel is fine, standard medium carbonation and fairly normal light mouthfeel for an IPA.

Overall impression is that if you are in the mood for an IPA and this is around, you will enjoy it. It definitely does what it sets out to do, deliver hops and bitterness.

Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with an off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. I detect some citrus aromas as well. A slight piney aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A grassy hop flavor upfront. It has a nice floral hop flavor. Some citrus fruit flavor is present.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a hoppy aftertaste. It is well balanced. The carbonation is good.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol. Also, the good flavor is not aggressive.

Overall: I like this beer, but it is kind of just middle of the road. It is by no means bad, but it is nothing exceptional either. It is worth trying.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an awesome label of an old-school eastern hemisphere map complete with trade routes. It pours a bright colg with some sediment/haze and a 2 finger off-white head that leaves nice rings/sheets of lace. Smells of white grapefruit and sweet malts and the flavor adds to this apricot, light orange peel, and a heavy malt presence that is eventually dominated by the assertive bitterness from the piney/leafy hops. The body is medium and smooth and leaves a nice medium finish. Overall a good IPA, but not outstanding.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a golden orange with a thick white head and very nice and almost excessive lacing. Pretty agressive pine aroma, citrus and grapefruit, good hop nose. Oh, also, little malt. Meh. Same thing with the taste, malts playing, like, 4th fiddle to the hops. So, basically, hops hops hops, wooptie doo. I like a hop bomb every once in a while, and this is a good hop bomb. Though I wish there were a little more to the mouth. Either way, a great beer to drink, one I'll have again for sure.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apperance- semi orange amber transperent. sort of cloudy but ever so slightly.Head- yellow tan head. sticks around awhile with good lacing

Smell-hopy grapefruity. pungant bitter smell. nice hops aroma overa

mouthfeel. good carbonation, high acidic feel on the palate

taste- bitter hopy acidic taste..floral hops very earthy

notes- and ok IPA but not the best ive had. Not a session IPA for me though many arnt. for the price i would rather buy dogfish head 60 minute IPA but thats just me. Good brew all around better than most

Photo of oelergud
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

semi transparent golden orange body. Very light yellow head with good retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Big hop scents with grass and bread. Very very mild toffee and sunflower seed.
Harsh hops and grass throughout the taste.
Buttery and spiked mouthfeel with good coating.
Fairly drinkable.

-Oelergud

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a medium orange color with a consistant foamy head that held at about 1/2 inch. Some lace was present, but mostly chunks of astray bubbles. Medium to medium high carbonation. Aromas of light floral hops and earthy spices. Some sweet cherry liquorice as well. Taste was medium bodied, what I would call a budding hop-heads intro to IPA's. A touch of sweet bready malt quickly gives way to bitter hops and clove like spices. Mildly lingering bitterness is noted. Mouthfeel was eagerly bubbly. Drinkability is good. A solid IPA for sessioning, although it doesn't offer much in originality or creativity. Worth trying.

Photo of cproioi
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA pours a dark yellow/copper body with a 11/2 finger white head. Carbonation was present in the body of this beer. The beer gave off a strong hoppy aroma that was close a pine tree smell. I could only pick up very little hints of malts in the smell. The taste was mainly of the pine tree-esque hops but like the smell there was a slight sweet spot in the middle of the taste. The beer was a thin beer that finished semi-dry. It had a little to much of the residual sugars for my liking of this style of beer. It wasn't bad but nothing that I would write home about.

Photo of EStreet20
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A tranlucent golden amber with a two finger white head. The head fades to one finder but has great staying power and laces the glass pretty nicely.

S - Smell is of floral hops with a bit of a tea like pungent hop aroma as well.

T - A nice hoppy bitterness leads the way and stays in the forefront for just about the entire drink. A malt presence comes through a bit and balances things out fairly well.

M - A nice feel overall. Medium bodied with a nice crisp carbonation that backs up the hoppy brew.

D - A nice quaffable IPA, won;t blow your mind but has a nice hoppy flavor and won't overwhelm.

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

In my opinion, when a really bitter, hoppy brew is a success, it is so not by virtue of the hops alone, but the other balancing aspects as well. Avery's regular IPA seemed a bit out of balance. Looked great, a nice golden hue with frothy, clinging head and good retention. Smelled decent, though the characteristic IPA aroma seemed just a bit subdued. Taste was good and by comparison to many other weak, puny IPA's, this guy is great, but like I said before, the bitter hops seemed a bit out of balance (don't get me wrong, Stone's Ruination is one of my favorite beers). Interestingly enough, I seem to remember the Maharaja as being out of balance in terms of it's alcoholic traits. Here, there wasn't enough interest from the other characteristics. It surprised me and did not go that well with my Indian dinner. This one's right up there, but a few tiers beneath the top.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light caramel color. Frothy plumes of white head reach a good inch with nice sustain and tracing. Aromas are heavy on American hops with lots of resinous pine and grapefruit. Flavor comes just shy of meeting the promise of the aroma. Hop flavor is aplenty with a decent malty sweet backbone, but the bitterness doesn't meet my demands. This is certainly above your run of the mill IPA's but it doesn't quite compete with the upper tiered ones. It's nice to open a single that can't be got in town, drinkability is excellent.

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.