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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)

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,190 | Ratings: 3,026
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am relying on AlexJ for some real good information...I have high expectations from this one...especially since it is Avery.
Pours a bright, clear copper color with a full finger and a half of off white head. For a thin beer, this has real nice lace.
Smell is sweet grapefruit and oranges...an almost butterscotch aroma.
Taste is superb...a nice bitter hop flavor w/ plenty of malt to keep this baby balanced. Also, a subtle spice with no alcohol present.
The carbonation is not overdone and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The flavors that linger invite me back for more. I could definitely stick w/ this one for an evening...no doubt.

just my luck...found this on tap at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA the very next day. No need to review...just a nice coincidence for me.

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Photo of clvand0
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a standard yellow color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a little caramel malt, but has a huge presence of dirty hops. Smells like shoes. The flavor has a bit more of the malt character, but that smelly hop flavor is there. I didn't care much for this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visiting this beer again after a while. Thaks to clvand0 for sharing. It pours a rather pale orange color with only a slight head on it. The nose is not necessarily good. Its got a little of the dirty old sock smell to it. I'm not so impressed here. The flavor is better than the nose would say, but I would put this as an APA over an IPA. It has a decent residual bitter on my tongue. The feel is fairly thick, with a minimal carbonation. This is definately not in my top IPA's. I really don't like the aroma on it.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my Delirium tulip yields a bright honey colored brew topped by a peak of pure white head that leaves intricate patchwork of lace as it dissipates.

Aroma is moderate and filled with tangerine and grapefruit mixed with soft florals, backed by a malty, honey sweetness. There's a hint of skunky and funky pine in there too that I find mouthwatering, reminds me of juicy green buds.

Flavor is remarkably similar to one of my other favorites, 60-Minute IPA. Starts off with a hefty dose of carmelized citrus flavors, biscuits, wildflower honey, skunky hops (in a good way), and is backed by a nice malty finish. Hops taste like Cascades or Centennials with something a bit spicier.

Mouthfeel is medium and finish is long and drenched in tangerine hops. I don't know why this beer doesn't get higher marks, it's awesome!

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Photo of hungryghost
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber in color, a little cloudy, lots of carbonation in the glass, frothy white head that leaves a heavy lace.
Faint aroma of hoppy evergreen. Not a strong smell for a pretty hoppy beer.

Plenty of bittering hops in the taste, possibly a hint of grapefruit at the very end. The hop flavor lingers in your mouth after it goes down.
Smooth, feels almost creamy.

Wish I had another...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Head is resilient, with great lacing. Aroma is all pine and citrus. Taste is has a bit of a malt start, but that quickly is overpowered by the hops character, which seems to be more bitterness, and less the pine and citrus notes portended in the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit too to clunky with its hops character, in my mind, and drinkabilty suffers the same. But if you're in the MORE HOPS party, this will probably be more appreciated by you. Enjoyable, yes, but could be more so.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clean golden amber ale. Has a big creamy white head with a pretty lace. Aroma is a very assertive hops both citrusy and spicey. The flavor starts out with the same assertive hops character. There is a dry hop finish that has a light hint of toasted malt to round out the flavor.

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Photo of HogHill
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label of this bottle has a map of Europe and Asia, with a red line mapping the course from India to England. A single 12 oz bottle poured a clear gold and orange into my pint glass. Not much of a head at all though there is a white lacing. This IPA smells strong of hops and makes me realize it's been to long since I've drank an IPA. This one tastes more on the citrus side than the pine side of the IPA fence, a grapefruit flavor is most prominent. Carbonation is good, not too bubbly not too flat.I think I could put back a few of these no doubt. Avery puts out a quality IPA for sure.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with a nice off white head. Has a strong grapefruit aroma. Nice medium body. The taste is a strong grapefruit bitter flavor with a malt sweetness that sneaks in the back door. Finishes with a bittersweet after taste.
Very nice.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate gold color with a decent foamy head.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of citrus, pines and some floral notes.

Taste begins with a potent floral hop taste as well as a medium bitterness. Bitterness becomes a bit more pronounced but is kept in line by the malt. Flavors tend to die out a bit while the hops keep flowing only more citrusy. Finishes up with a citrusy aftertaste.

Mediocre IPA, nothing really bad but certainly better examples available.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m Glad to see this brewer appearing in TN. I also enjoy the label depicting the long journey from England, around Africa to India. I poured the 12oz single into my trusty Sierra Nevada tumbler pint. The brew is perfectly clear, the body amber with a hint of straw color. The pour resulted in an aggressive, sticky, white head, nice strands of lace and great retention. The nose is great. The hops are green, juicy, leafy, citrussy, piney and sticky, the full compliment of a great IPA, these aromas are of course backed up with a respectable sweet malt backbone which combined with the hops is reminiscent of a ripe juicy cherry. Up front it’s lightly sweet and slick, quickly though the bitterness of the large dose of hops takes hold, not bitter enough to hurt you but assertive. In the finish the bitterness fully unfurls and is accompanied mainly by citrus flavors, but a nice dollop of pine sap as well which retains a lovely after-taste. Very well balanced, in that IPA kind of way. Is there alcohol in this? I sure can’t taste it. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a tad on the light side. No doubt this is a great IPA, glad to have it available around here!

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Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a beautiful head and nice lacing. Smell is citrus with yeasty undertones...mmmm. Taste is initially sweet with the hops kicking in at mid-palate...finishing with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit light and not overly harsh. Smoothness of the brew makes it very drinkable. A nice IPA.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orangy amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell, unlike a lot of those west coast hop monsters, is more floral and sweet smelling. Nice grassy tones as well. Taste is much similar; very mellow, a tad sweet with nice malts backing up the hops. Definately hoppy though - hits you with a bitter slap towards the finish. Great smooth mouthfeel and I've never come across an IPA that isn't extremely drinkable, this one included.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.