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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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2,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,554
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 36
Gots: 144 | 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 mickeymac
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours golden-orange with a thick white head, making for a promising opening. Things hold up fairly well in the smell, with citrusy hops dominating almost completely. The decline continues in earnest in the taste. Grapefruit hoppiness is strong and not well-supported by the weak malt backbone. The overall impression is just flat and a bit boring for an IPA. It also seems just a bit thin for an IPA. Maybe I have an inherent aversion to Avery products.

mickeymac, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange in color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing develops on the glass through the drink. The aroma is of nice floral hops and mild citrus. The flavor consists of a nice balance of sweet malt and floral hops, rounded off with some orange zest and pepper.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start, with a short dry bitter finish. Drinkability is high, and overall a very enjoyable IPA.

Gavage, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent IPA. Pale copper/amber cross, clear with a nice soupy white head with a touch of yellow in the foam. The aroma is a very complex hop profile. You’ve got pepper, citrus and pine all meshed together in a sinus-tingling mix. The flavor is fairly dry but manages to barely keep away from the all hop, no malt unbalancing of some IPAs. There’s still enough malt flavor in here to support the hops and bitterness despite it being very highly attenuated. Excellent IPA that excites the nose and tongue.

aracauna, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the Avery IPA. I don't think that I've actually had an Avery that I didn't like. This IPA offering was a dark, hazy amber with a large off-white head. There was a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma was hops, hops, and more hops. There was a hint of the yeast as well as some fruitiness of a date or fig nature. The taste was wonderfully hoppy but balanced with some fruitiness, including what tasted to me like a little like grapefruit. There is a nice finish of sweet malt that balances the huge hops hit.

This is a full-bodied cleansing experience in the mouth. It is slighty thick in texture and, of course, there is a lingering bitterness. I could drink a few of these. In fact, I bought a case to allow myself that pleasure.

rdrummer, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new brewery in Iowa. Beer store recommended the IPA. I can see why. This is a very nice drink. Pours dark gold with nice head and good lace. Citrusy nose. Nice and hoppy with a grapefruit flair. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice aftertaste. A very nice IPA

daledeee, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of stevef
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the beer fridge at 48 degrees
Medium amber in color. Clear, sparkling body. Moderate, off white head.
Robust, citrus hop smell. Wonderful hop aroma. No noticeable smell of the malt. This brew is all about the hops.
Body is light and moderately carbonated.
Taste is citrusy, grapefruit hops with just a hint of malty sweetness. Finishes with moderately heavy hop bitterness that stays with you.
This is a very good India Pale Ale. I picked it up on a recent trip to North Carolina. Unfortunately it is not available in West Tennessee. I will have to ration the 3 remaining from the sixer.

stevef, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and cloudy, looks kind of like unfiltered heavy apple cider. Strong hop taste but not overpowering, not too complex as you can't really taste much except the hops (maybe a wee bit of malt), smooth and drinkable however it hits you with a bit of a delayed aftertaste, heavily bitter. A good beer, except for...the smell. I'm sure it's just me, and I tried to stay objective on this, but the smell of these hops reminded me of a cat-piss stain we used to have in the corner of our living room in San Diego. Smells like ammonia, or as CheeseWheel put it "an old man's couch after too many accidents." Mouthfeel was great, more noticeable probably since I was holding my nose. I tried to shake this but just couldn't, it really detracted from my drinking experience but hopefully not yours, if you are a hop-head that picks this up and thinks it smells great you'll probably like it.

PopeJonPaul, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, cloudy color with nice retention. Smell was wild, of citrus grapefruit and fruity hops.

Taste was fabulously focused on juicy hops, which tasted like grapefruit juice plus a little somin somin of hop oils and texture. Not overly bitter nor dry in the mouth despite the high level of hops. Malts are hidden, well-hidden. Notes of pine. Medium soft carbonation seems nicely balanced. Aftertaste jives, with puckering grapefruits.

Too much to have more than one of two probably, but strangely balanced in an extreme way.

donnebaby, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head. The aroma is great. It has a nice floral hop scent laid over a complex pale malt, etc. foundation. The taste is awesome. It has a very powerful floral hop character. It overshadows it's pale malt core. It drinks easy and finishes with a very bitter dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. It's full of hops, just the way I like it.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of oracle
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

20oz imperial pint in a tradition english pint glass.

Beer arrived with a very dense 1 inch head that demonstrated excellent retention and heavy lacing all the way down.

Smell was characteristicly hoppy, with a strong citrus aroma that promised that this might be a superior IPA.

Unfortunately, the taste failed to live up to the promise in any way. All I could taste was bitterness. No malt flavors, no hop flavors, just bitterness. Extremely disappointing. I won't be ordering this again.

oracle, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of CSquared
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Fairly clear copper pour with an average size white head

Aroma: Nice hop presence prevails, lots of floral and piney goodness

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well hopped, but not in a good way. I got lots of harsh lingering bitterness, would be curious of their hop bill. Fairly smooth but a little thin.

Drinkability: Average IPA for my tastes. Lingering bitterness was surprising from what I heard was a good beer. Will have to try again...

CSquared, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a big creamy white head. Got rocky as it fell and left excellent lacing down the glass.
Big, almost perfumey aroma of fresh citrusy hops. The malt, caramel and fruit definitly took a supporting role.
The taste was a bit less hop heavy than the smell indicated. The caramel and malt came through much more with a bit of fruit at the end. Nothing over the top, just a nice balance of malt and hops.
Medium bodied with a crisp, tangy, yet slightly thin mouthfeel.
The excellent balance makes for great drinkability. Solid IPA.

rkhaze, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wierd beer. Poured very pale for an IPA. Almost a lemony yellow. No real head fromed after the pour. There was a slight lace, but it dissolved rather quickly. However, what was surprsing was that for its rather pale color, it was quite hoppy. Very bitter and biting. Also hints of citrus were hanging around the beer. My only complaint was that it was very cold when served and the flavors only improved as the beer warmed up. Not so much a fault of the brewer as the bar manager.

MuddyFeet, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of mudhoney
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color with a nice ivory colored lace that follows to the end of the glass. With a floral/grapefruity flavor this beer is easily drinkable and something I could never tire of easily. A super hoppy and refreshing beer that carries flavor throughout.Has a bit of a skunky bite towards the end and a flavor that will stick with your palate for a bit. A great and light IPA.

mudhoney, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish orange with a nice rich head that last through the whole glass. Leaves a nice froth lace on the glass at you drink it. Flavor hasa stong and sweet hop flavor with hints of raisin. As with a lot of IPAs the hop flavor drowns out any other noticable flavor. Drinks very smoothly for an IPA and leaves a pleasant after taste of the hop oils.

BrewMaster, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a nice big head that eventually falls to ring of foam with floaters that leaves a healthy dose of lacing. Aroma is mostly hops floral and touch of citrus grapefruity aroma thrown in. Taste is malt with a big hop flavor and a good hop bite. It is crisp and refreshing leaves a good coating on your tounge. This brew is all about hops mouthfeel is a good medium, a drinkable brew that hits the spot. One of the better regular IPA's I have had. If you haven't tried it pick up a sixer, you will not be disappointed.

mntlover, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured well, with a beautifully bright and clear orange-amber color. Topped with a white thin head, that left a nice lace behind. The aroma is strong with cherry sweet malts along with an assertive floral hop presence. Detected some apple buttery notes.

The taste is nice and very well balanced. Sweet and bitter meld themselves together into a perfect balance of flavor. Fruity with a sharp floral hoppy bite towards the end that continues through the finish. Solid body of malt holds the beer together. This is really a fabulous IPA. Highly drinkable and not too overbearing, or heavy. Really just right.

pezoids, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the sample...

Pours a light golden orange with only the slightest of heads that leaves almost immediately. The nose is faintly citrusy with a hint of pine, but mostly that subtle hop flavor.

The taste is very clean. I mean, it doesn't have a huge malt backbone, but it doesn't beat you over the head with the hops. Unfortunately it's more of what I'm used to in a pale ale, but it has the whole grapefruit/pine thing going for it, so yeah, it's a nice neat IPA.

Very drinkable and Very delicious. I just heard avery is moving into the nyc market, and hopefully they'll bring some of this here. I'd stock my fridge and put it next to the HSA and HopDevil.

twilight, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a foamy white head. The smell is a grapefruity hoppiness. The taste is a nice strong grapefruit hoppiness with a nice hop oil in the flavor. Mouthfeel is oily. As for drinkability, could have a few.

A fantastic IPA from Avery. A nice grapefruit hop that coats the mouth nicely. Quite good, and one I'd be glad to see again.

beergeek279, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, creamy, white, dense, bubbly head. Rocky collapse. Sticky lacing. Clear, amber beer with fine carbonation. Huge stinky hops in the nose. Some sour, nutty stuff, some ink and bread. Stinky hops persist through the front with rotten/burnt nuts and some grapefruit. Full middle, a little watery tasting, bitter. Nice roasted nutty, bitter finish. Not bad. I like the nuts in the finish, but they're a little "off" elsewhere. It's a little nicer and milkier when warm. A decent, hoppy beer, but there are too many better ones in the field.

kbub6f, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours light golden amber, healthy carbonation, white head and lucious well develped lacing. Full hoppy nose. Flavor profile starts with a full jolt of grainy, resiny hops, and leads to grapefruit,honey and melon. Very dry on the tongue, luxorious in the finish. A fine hoppy, dry, crisp and satisfying american IPA. Well done and Brew on ! Avery...ah what a brewery...

Billolick, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I have to say this is one of those beers that turns out to be just what you're looking for. Picked up a couple bottles in LA last week, now I'm wishing I'd picked up many more. Pours out a bronzey color, just a bit of orange tint, and capped with a very long lasting pure white head. Aroma is dripping with pine sap and grapefruit. Taste is bitter, bitter, and oh did I mention bitter? This IPA is a hophead's dream, with loads of fresh brutal piney hop flavor assaulting you from all directions. A few grapefruits bouncing around in there too. A decent amount of malt sweetness through the middle helps balance this one a bit, but my taste buds are already more than subdued by the hops. Very impressive, very drinkable IPA in my opinion, but very bold in the hop bitterness department.

mikeys01, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always a strange phenomenon when a beer you've been looking for for some time just shows up in your lap. Around here, Avery was always something whispered but never spoken. Next thing you know, everybody and their brother was carrying the Reverend and the other Belgian rip-offs in the Bomber for right around $10. Too damned much for the weak reviews it was getting. But after chatting up a local shop keeper about some delicious Ruination to be found on tap in a nearby town, he busted out a fresh case of Avery IPA and ESB for me to sample from. Soon, i'm guessing this will be about as ubiquitous as the Reverend and Czar. And much better.

Avery IPA is a light copper-gold color with a spongy 1" head that calms to a clingy lace-laden 1/4" froth.

The nose is sharply astringent pine. Slightly medicinally citric notes. Spiky, grassy, harsh hoppiness, like getting wacked across the face with a fresh handful of cones.

Fortunately, the medicinal nature of this beer was mostly found in the nose. This beer has a sublime "lost in the wilderness" hop character that gracefully segues into a majorly rich SNPA-ish maltiness and finishes with more hints of substantial huskiness and a fruity hop burp finish. A melting in the middle malt sweetness is observed.

Great substantially refreshing tartness that one pint cannot quench.

There is a ton going on in this beer, and I am still unsure if that is loud and brash, or simply a complex cornicopia of delicious aspects. I think its a little of both.

GreenWBush, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly IPA hazy pour from a 12 oz browner with a ¼” ivory head cover that meanders with lace down the glass.

Awesome scents of pure floral hoppy cones combined with fresh cut grass and honey.

Bitter hop resin and sweet orange peel, finshed off with dry aftertaste. Juicy mixed fruits jump in as well.

Sizzly solid mouth feel that quickly dissipates and settles as she warms.

Last swigs: Similar to Troegs HopBack, but not quite as much hop punch in the palate. Quite a decent IPA candidate, except the nose overpowers the tongue. Boo hoo. Thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the trade.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

blitheringidiot, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit lighter in color than a standard IPA. Clear with a nice, light head. American hop nose mingles with a lightly toasty grain aroma. Hop bitterness is a bit harsh, but nice hop flavor. Malty flavor has nice graininess and light biscuity notes. Very little crystal malt sweetness, which is present in many IPAs. Creamy mouthfeel with a comparatively light, but not watery, body. Hops aftertase is a little coarse.

This is slightly different take on the American IPA style. Less crystal malt gives this beer a malt character I like, without the chewy sweetness found in a lot of American IPAs. The level of hopping is fairly standard for an American IPA, but comes off as a bit coarse in the intial attack and aftertaste.

chriscolby, Jun 01, 2004
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,554 ratings.