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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Reviews: 1,164
Hads: 2,865
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 294 | FT: 2
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Reviews: 1,164 | Hads: 2,865
Photo of ghengisflan
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice, apple-juice gold with a thin white head.

Smell: Well rounded hops with no distinguishing hop characteristic and a very sweet malt smell.

Taste: A hoppy beer, as you would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light enough to live up to the IPA label but substantial enough to carry full flavor.

Overall: A great beer for summer and a great example of an IPA. (381 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

A - Pale Straw with nice initial one finger head, nice retention, and lots of spotty lacing.
S - Nose is kind of weak, but I get mostly pine and grasses.
T - Very nice with a mild citrus sweetness, followed by a definitive bitter finish.
M- Lingering bitterness, average carbonation.
O- Nice offering. Worth drinking even though it is unspectacular. (384 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat murky dark amber color with a 3/4 inch head that retains very well before slowly dwindling to a thick ring around the end of the glass and a cyclical pattern of surface foam. Somewhat resilient spotty lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Earthy, vegetal hop aroma that has notes of pine, caramel from the sturdy malt backbone and wet leaf.

T- Quite bitter but has a nice amount of sweetness from the malt. The hops continue with that raw "green" flavor that lingers on the palate. Very drinkable for the somewhat high ABV.

M- A long but smooth hop bite that's semi-oily. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- If you're looking for an IPA that's more dank with cannabis-like qualities, this could be right up your alley. (840 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cotton foam with great lacing. Golden in color.

Smell: Caramel and pine. Very simple, but it smells like Colorado and is close to perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. A bit too thin, but not flat.

Overall: One of the best IPAs. Extremely nostalgic. (263 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance was fairly light and transparent. No sediment no cloudiness. Color was golden orange. Good carbonation with 1 inch of white, thick foam.

S- The smell was somewhat subdued. Right after being poured it had an aroma of faint citrus hops and onion. As the beer warmed it moved to a much stronger onion and spice smell.

T- Moderate amount of bitterness with a balanced malt and hop blend. However, the balance leads the flavor to be somewhat bland with no complexity. As it warms, it does get a bit sweeter with more of the hop citrus coming through as well.

M- On the thicker side of an IPA, fairly creamy. Carbonation stayed through the entire time during drinking.

O- Decent beer, nothing spectacular but nothing wrong with it either. I have had it before and I thought it had a much stronger citrus flavor to it so maybe I just got an older batch this time. All in all it is a good beer to try but there are definitely better ones out there. (959 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: ?
Recent tasting on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Hazy, golden-orange pour with a small cap of white head that retained well and laced the glass. Crisp hop aroma, pine and citrus, with some bready malts coming through. Actually quite malty in the taste up front, but pleasant and not overly sweet, mid-palate quickly brought in a rush of crisp hops, orange rind and pine, for a lasting bitterness that took the edge off the obvious malt base. Medium body, crisp, fresh mouthfeel. Quite a solid IPA overall. (522 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Here’s hoping this is a mini-Maharaja; that beer was incredible.

Brewed four months before the date of this tasting (January 14, 2013).

A: Slightly cloudy body with a yellow-orange hue, adorned with an inch of crisp tan head. Though there’s very little retention, a web of intricate lacing does remain after a few drinks.

S: Rustic and balanced in the nose; earthy straw and grass blend with a lemon hoppiness. There’s a subdued pine quality beneath, suggesting that this might be a different beer if it came from a fresher bottle. Finishes with a scent of caramel apple.

T: A sharp and hoppy palate, focusing on coarse bitters – a peppery, piney, even oniony taste, spicy and tongue-splitting, even in age. The grain bill is a more syrupy than the nose would lead you to believe, dripping out a grounded complex of molasses and thick honey, with supporting notes of burnt sugar and bark. A dry aftertaste mixes with the thick sugars like bitter medicine, but only just; it’s mainly your standard West Coast hop finish, markedly astringent.

M: Each sip grants your tongue a sticky syrupiness, pushing this to the thick side of low-alcohol beer. Low carbonation accentuates the syrupy texture.

O: It seems that this beer was not able to find a happy medium; I had a hard time determining whether I should be sipping or sessioning, and so I ended up not really satisfied. But the hophead in me loves that lingering bite after each sip, so I can’t complain too much – it really is a good beer, one that’s stood up to more age than it should have. (1,566 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- a deep, clear gold with a finger of thick head. Nice lacing.

S- Grapefruit with some orange peel. A faint grassiness is there as well as some crackery malt.

T- Not overly complex, but it certainly works. A well blended flavor of grapefruit/orange peel/grassy hops blends with a faint sweetness of cracker type malt. Bitterness hits fairly hard on the backend for a single IPA.

M- Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation. Very dry on the end due to the increase in bitterness.

O- A straightforward, but very aggressively bitter IPA. I've had better, but certainly have had much worse. (644 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange, hazy appearance with some sediment. Nice fluffy sugar-white head. The aroma was appealing with grapefruit and orange sweetness overwhelming my nose. The flavor itself was much more better than the nose let on, with piny, and mostly resinous hop tastes. Very, very dry. Overall, there isn't much too this one, but it is good, solid, and very drinkable... I'm glad they offer this in cans. (402 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottom of the can has two digit year and then Julian date. 13052. Brewed on 2/13/13. Three months old, but the beer still really held up on this can.

This beer comes in a deep rich golden orange color that quite clear. There is a small one finger head that dissipates quickly with some sticking to the glass. Nice looking beer.

The aroma has juicy orange, orange peel, some grapefruit, and some sweet biscuit malt and honey. There’s some grassiness in there too.

The flavor is pretty close to that. You get an upfront orange and slight grapefruit. There isn’t much sweetness in the malt backbone. A very dank

The finish is quite strong and dry on this one as it slowly just grows and grows and then really gives you a grapefruit peel aftertaste. Just a crisp finish, but very assertive.

The highlight of this beer is the wonderful strong finish, despite being 6.5%. In general, the beer really reminds me of Stone IPA with its color, aroma, hop profile, etc. Just an extremely solid IPA. (1,004 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - light copper, good two fingers of head, great lacing all the way down portraying freshness.
S - grapefruit and pineapple up front. Big sweet smell, slight hops, malt and citrus also preset.
T - nice level of bitterness, hops at the end, very sweet notes throughout, get breast malts and barley as well.
M - smooth but seems light a lighter IPA. It finishes dry and clean, very drinkable.
O - enjoyed this one, can definitley drink multiples without it being overpowering. Nice summer IPA. I would reccomend this one. (524 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Avery Brewing Company - Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - 12fl oz can

Look - Pours slight haze yellow with a tint of copper. Nice full soapy head. Great sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Malty, bready, light citrus (grapefruit) hop overtones here.

Taste - Carbonated malt with a slight hope have and a light, sweet finish. Was expecting a bit more here, a bit low-key.

Mouthfeel - Sticky malts and slight lingering hops. Good drinkability.

Overall - Not bad, not amazing. Smooth and drinkable, but not a hardcore IPA. (528 characters)

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery IPA pours a light copper color with a slightly hazy body. Incredible lacing rules the glass. Smell is a 5 because the hops are so pungent. Based off of that there is almost no way that there can be a letdown with the taste. As expected there is not. I am really digging the hops blend here and the result is an explosion of flavor. Citrus notes, especially grapefruit are apparent. The chinook hops are more passive here which is fine with me. This one is not offensive at all in terms of mouthfeel and the aftertaste is clean. It leaves you wanting another sip immediately. I'd have to say that this is one of the better IPAs that I have encountered in awhile. (667 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a perfect golden color with three fingers of white head. Dies down, but keeps a decent head throughout.

Smells like a very soft IPA. Picking up the regular hops and pine, but it’s not overpowering like in others.

Very sweet and mellow. There’s a lot of carbonation, and the hop presence is there, but it’s also very balanced. Really enjoyable. V

ery light bodies. Mouthfeel is sort of silky. Very well carbonated.

Overall it was a solid beer. Not trying to do anything overly impressive, but not shallow either. I am a big Avery fan, and even though I’m not a fan of IPA’s, I’m pretty impressed by this one. (665 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into glass yeilds a moderate creamy head, dissipates to a thin film on top, leaving tons of lacing, a just slightly hazy light straw color.

Smells of white bread, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of pine and funk. The taste comes with pineapple and lemon first, then grapefruit, with a nice little hoppy/floral/piney/funk aftertaste, a bready backbone all the way through. Has moderate body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a bit a prickliness.

This IPA is not over the top with aroma/flavor like some, but still a great beer. Very drinkable, great balance and flavor. (594 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear tangerine with fluffy white froth.
Bright clementine with some sorbet sweetness underneath.
A bit of white bread and honey with big lemon peel and tangelo hops.
Mango finish and lemon hard candy linger.
Medium leaning to light, dry, salty, smooth.

Big IBUs and lean citrus make this more West Coast than the past few IPAs I've tasted. Malts are mostly straight sugar, but still give it more balance than something from San Diego.

Well-executed, if simple. (464 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Julian code suggests this is 1 month old.

A: Nice color, no haze. Retention is excellent. Great looking IPA.

S: Soggy cereal, not much for hops. Expecting more of a hop presence from a fresh IPA.

T: Malt dominates the front and back. Not really what I want. Where the hell is the hop flavor?

M: Carbonation levels are where they should be. Easy drinker.

O: This is one of those beers that probably stood out 10 years ago. The game has changed, for the better, and left this one behind in the dust. The hop profile, even when fresh, is a complete joke. (570 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Info: "12025B7" Which translates to January 25, 2012, but seeing as how this case was delivered on February 13, 2013, I am hoping that the 12 on the can is supposed to be a 13. Have had this beer before and loved it so not too worried.

A – Light copper color with a fluffy bright white head that leaves sticky lacing.

S – Citrus, grapefruit, and pine. A little metallic. Light crystal malts come through to balance out the big pine notes.

T – Crisp, floral and sweet. Pineapple, mango and big tropical fruit notes here. Light dry pine notes.

M – Light and clean, a little bit of sticky sweetness from the malt bill but there is good balance here.

O – Nice offering from Avery. This particular beer brings some nice tropical notes not found in all IPA's, great pineapple, and mango. (800 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on the 241st day of 2012, so this has a bit of age on it for 6.5% abv IPA, served in a Founders snifter glass.

It pours a hazy pale golden straw yellow, with a billowing white head, plenty of sea-foam lacing and cling as the beer goes down. Looks good enough.

Aroma is perhaps what is effected most by the relative age on this. It's citrusy/grapefruit, with hops, and probably a bit too much malt to make this seem more fresh.

Taste is not as effected, or at least my enjoyment of the beer does not seem to be effected by the age. This tastes good. It's similar to smell but more balanced between grapefruit, hop, and malt. It's sweet and refreshing as well.

Great feel to this, super smooth up front with nice hop profile in aftertaste. Slightly pulpy and crisp.

Overall I do like this. It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's definitely worth a try. Refreshing and really drinkable, I could probably have several of these in a day/night and not be disappointed. Cheers. (990 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper with almost white head of about a finger. Average retention, but a decent crown sticks around and very impressive lacing. Classic looking IPA

S- citrus, grapefruit rind, orange peel, bready toasted malt comes through as well. Sweet smelling

T- Big hops...bitter it most certainly is. Hops in full control from the start. Caramel malt base makes a brief appearance, but not as prevalent as nose indicates. Some yeast comes through. Acidic. A little one dimensional.

M- Mid body with fair carbonation. very dry finish.

O- Not bad. Seems pretty average for the most part. I know that some people really like this one, but it just seems to lack balance, complexity, and creativity.

No bottled on date (718 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Grapefruit and pine. Malt really takes a backseat.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: I was a bit disappointed by the biting hop bitterness with none of the hop flavor. Other than that, pretty good IPA. (437 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow…off white head about a finger width thick…(3.5/5)

Smell: Sweet, pale, citrus and piney…some floral notes…very mild aroma, I really have to get my nose down in there to get some smells…more or less a straight up IPA…(3/5)

Taste: A nice mix of floral and citrus hops…lemon, grapefruit, some orange citrus flavors…floral hops are mild, while the bread malt is crisp and subdued…a very straight forward IPA flavor, that’s not overly hoppy, but full on flavor…not crazy bitter, but there is some floral bitterness in the after taste…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light…very little carbonation…it’s sweet with a slight bitter after taste…nothing weighs on the palate, it really does come and go…(3/5)

Overall: While this is a very drinkable beer, there really isn’t too much to it…standard IPA, with a bit of a floral kick, but nothing drastic…it’s not a citrus hop IPA, it’s not a malty IPA, it’s not a floral IPA…it’s just an IPA, which is fine…with that said, though there’s nothing distinctive about this brew, I would drink it again happily because the flavor that it does bring is enjoyable, crisp, refreshing and hoppy…(3/5) (1,227 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold straw color with thick white head that lingers a long time

S-Super piney hop aroma, dank NW coast hops, hints of malt?

T-Big hit of piney hops up front, rather smooth bitterness, not much bite. Mild malt sweetness, but overall a rather boring grain bill that stays out of the way and allows the hops to shine

M-Not a ton of carbonation, but super thick foam that will not quit. Medium bodied, off dry finish

O-Nice aroma, good flavor hops, but the heavy piney hops clash with the grain bill. A slightly darker beer or maltier grainbill would be nice. With this very light colored and flavored IPA citrusy C hops seem more appropriate. Nice Am IPA (663 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/lemons mixed with wheat/bread and some corn syrup. It ends with a bit of a hop/citrus bitterness.

Overall – I expected more based on their IPA/DIPA's and the high reviews. It has a nice taste but there is nothing vibrant to the smell and it's just a tad boring overall. A decent beer but not something I'd buy again. (738 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Poured into a pint glass.
This IPA promises on the bottle a very hoppy, with the tag line HOP FREAKS UNITE! I can't say it delivered that to me, but none the less, it is a great beer. It pours a very transparent dark golden color, almost like a pilsner. There is a big white foamy head that is mostly gone after about 5 minutes but it leaves a very nice lacing as you drink it. It is much, much sweeter than most IPA's which is pleasant. The hops are not very bold upfront, masked by the very apparent malts. The mouthfeel is again, much smoother, than your average IPA. It seems more like a stronger, more bitter pilsner.

This is a very, very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it. It has all the tastes you expect from the hop-filled IPA's but they are toned down. It's a strong beer at 6.5%, but it isn't a heavy beer. It is easy to keep drinking it.

Very different, very good. (897 characters)

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.