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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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1,179 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,179
Hads: 2,966
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 60
Gots: 363 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 1,179 | Hads: 2,966
Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can to my FW Imperial pint glass
Notes from 10/29/13

A: Pale caramel color body with some nice clearing to it. Massive three fingers plus of pure white sea foam on top. Thick and lively with bubble action. Sticky remnants smatter the glass all the way down the drink. Looks great really.

S: Floral and spice hop nose with some pine mixed in and an underlying caramel pale malt sweetness. A touch heavier on the spice but overall rather nice hop forward aromas.

T: Tastes of spicy hops as well but with a more predominant danky resin and pine note. There is also a touch of citrus like grapefruit coming through. Soft caramel malt sweetness balances that nice hoppy bite. Finishes out with more herbally spice. The beer hits a moderate level of bitterness and just a hint of alcohol flavor. Fairly hoppy and resinous. Nice brew all around.

M: Moderate to lower thickness of the body with an even carbonation and creamy texture. Light constricting bitterness with some drying noted in the finish. Hoppy resins lingers a bit.

D: Very drinkable and I am definitely digging the cans. Heavy on the spice hops with some good complementing pine and citrus. Nice firm malt balance.
Would probably pick this one up a lot more often if they dropped the price a little.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into IPA glass. No date on bottle or packaging.

A - Transparent copper color with no sediment or cloudiness. Gentle pour yielded a finger of dense white head. Heavy carbonation. Yielded a lasting irregular lacing as the beer receded.

S - Hints of lemon, orange, and malt, but somewhat underwhelming.

T - Malt backbone overwhelms typical IPA characteristics, leaving an "IPA" with a dominant bready flavor with lemon rind overtones and a lemon rind finish. Not an unpleasant taste, but simply unbalanced.

M - High level of carbonation yielding some luxurious foaming in mouth. Clean and crisp feel.

O - Not a bad beer. Nothing unpleasant about it, but simply underwhelming. Won't repeat purchase... too many other much better beers out there.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a puffy bright white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Fruity hops, citrus, crackers, bread dough, yeast.

T - Muted hops up front followed by a crackery, doughy and sweet yeast flavor. Light bodied and easy drinking for an IPA.

O - This is a decent IPA that is worth a shot.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hate those pansy cirusy IPAs? Want all the flavors of pine, without chewing on pine needles? YOU HAVE ARRIVED! Pine flavors through and through, with a pleasing resin bitterness that sits on the tongue for just long enough. I love how this beer looks. Hazy, light-orange with head that will leap out and attack you. Literally. I cracked this one open and the head crawled out of the bottle. So much lacing that you'd swear your glass was still full. Overall, this beer doesn't blow me away, but it is still one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malty, some caramel. Taste is well balanced. Hoppy and bitter up front, a strong malt backbone, a bit of caramel. The flavors coming in layers. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a beautiful clear light amber with a creamy white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves big lacing. The aroma is lighter, with notes of caramel malt and floral hops. The flavor was very earthy, almost musty. It was kind of off-putting and I wonder if it was the bottle or the beer. I had it on draft before and thought it was quite good.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big slightly off white head slowly recedes above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light aroma of citrus fruits with maybe a tad bit of yeast sneaking in.

Light citrus and pine taste with a citrus bitter edge to it.

Dry aftertaste with some of the citrus bitter aspects sticking around pretty big time on this medium bodied IPA.

A pretty good drinking IPA that borders on the west coast style but brings its own tastes with it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head, at a fingers worth and featuring a white shade, has a rocky texture and decent retention. A goodly amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Smells like a typical IPA, and that's not really an insult. It's loaded with herbal, piny hops, backed by a twinge of grapefruit. Some malts poke through, also. All in all, the nose is well done but standard.

T: It opens up with a mild sweetness (think sugar cookie), before a pleasant wave of herbal, bitter hops finish it off. Some grapefruity hints in the aftertaste. There's a touch of hop-derived complexity, which is probably my favorite feature. Otherwise, it's just a competent IPA, no more, no less.

M: While it's mildly sweet on the palate, it doesn't have an overt sliminess some IPAs do. The hops do well to keep the finish mildly dry, and medium carbonation gives it good drinkability.

O: I really have nothing to complain about. It's a decent IPA without flaws. The problem is that there's nothing here that wows me - basically, it's a bog standard IPA. I wouldn't seek it out given all the choices here, but I'd easily drink it again if offered to me.

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice, golden amber body sporting a thick, chunky white head; sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is a weird mix of citrus and pine with an off-putting, spoiled garbage twinge. Excellent balance of mild malt flavors and sprightly hop bitterness. Soft, medium-light mouthfeel; light fizziness; crisp and dry finish.

A rather decent tasting IPA that loses some of its attractiveness with a funky, off-beat background aroma.

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Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brought a sixer from little's wine and liquor

A&S: Great fluffy white head with a moderate amount of lacing. Lively transparent pale orange colored beer. Not very strong citrus and piney hops in the aroma.

T&M: Powerful citrus upfront. Awesome piney bitterness in the finish. Nothing different, but it is extremely well put together. Medium bodied and carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable even with a powerful bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of scotorum
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber, inch tall white head receded slowly to surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Grapefruit.

t: Piney hops forward with malt balance. Hops became more dominant as the glass was consumed, encouraging some very enjoyable sipping.

m: Light to moderate.

o: An easy drinking yet pleasantly sippable moderate strength IPA. Definitely worth a premium by the sixpack. REALLY looking forward to opening my bottle of Maharaja now.

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Photo of brurevu
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Avery IPA poured a golden amber with tropical fruit and slight citrus hops on the nose. There were floral and tropical fruit hops on the initial sip that faded to piney and resinous hop flavors on the back end that coated my palate with a good hop bitterness. The brew was very bright and clean with the fresh hop notes jumping off my tongue. The Avery IPA was a very well done classic IPA that was a refreshing treat.

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Photo of soju6
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a slightly hazy light copper color with a nice head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some citrus, malt sweetness and bit of vanilla.

T: Taste of some pine and grapefruit with an easy malt sweetness and a bit of grain in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer for the style without being overly hopped.

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Photo of WillHops
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Everything about this beer is weak/ bland. Could easily pass for a pilsner.
Light color
Watery head - "lacing" if you will
Hops - no indication of any (at least not above what may be contained in a Bud
Mouthfeel is very smooth with zero hops bite
Taste is weak and watery that leaves as soon as it's swallowed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured hazy golden color with thick foamy head and excellent lacing on the side of the glass. Strong citrusy smell with hints of pine. Citrusy, malty taste in the beginning, followed by a strong, piney hoppy taste. A smooth maltiness finishes it out. Excellent bitter aftertaste that persists.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of JWU
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.