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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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1,173 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,923
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 61
Gots: 332 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 1,173 | Hads: 2,923
Photo of jizfiasco
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into my fav pint glass. Head is super white and sticks around till the last drop. The color is light like a fruit beer and ultra filtered. Should be a little darker to hint at the taste in my opinion. Smells like hop fruit and molasses very inviting but a little muted due to a soapy influence. Taste is slamming though, a little soap some citrus hops and big burnt sugar the exhale is very enjoyable. Carbonation is perfect but could use a bit more weight. Overall a def recommendation. The smell and taste make this a go to beer, a few dollars cheaper and I would be all over this.

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Photo of jhughes23
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle poured into Tulip Glass

Nice Clear golden ale with alot of carbonation. Nice 2 finger head that goes down to a thin lacing layer.

Aromas start of nice and sweet with a citrus hop nose as well. But not as strong as I was expecting. The smell is nice it just doesn't fill up the nostrals.

The citrus hops are up front and then a malt sweetness comes in. I don't know if they are all like this but definlty heavyily carbonated. Takes away from the drinkability.

As you swallow there is definitley a strong bitter after taste that lingers. Sometimes I enjoy this in a beer, but in this particular case I did not. I have noticed other reviewers metion this as well.

I was disapointed with this beer because I was told good things, it's not bad, it's just not that great either.

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Photo of mattfungus
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A sweeter ipa with a golden/amber color.

Piney hopes but more white pine than spruce. Delicate and sweet.

A sweet aroma like mt hood hops or like a freshly opened box of fruity pebbles.

Good kick of malt, sweet malt and carmel at first mouthful.

Nice tingle as it leaves the tongue. Nice afterglow flavor, stays on the tongue for several minutes leaving with a sweet bitterness like aspen leaves mixed with sugar.

This one in which the label and holding up the bottle fool you. It's so clear in the bottle you wonder if the wrong beer is in their (is it kuurs?) but the flavor is worth savoring.

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Photo of jboucher
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear amber hue. Nice fluffy head with excellent retention. The head looks like that of ice-cream on top of a root beer float. Fantastic sticky lacing that forms rings down the glass with little pockets of air bubbles. Abundant carbonation.

Smell: Hop and malt balance in the nose. Citrus fruits (grapefruit and orange). Caramel scents from the malts. Slight hints of pineapple. Very floral with a light biscuit note.

Taste: Short malty arrival followed by a very nice dry hop punch. Good hop profile. Citrusy tangerine notes. Orange peel is what comes to mind drinking this. Bitter and tart. Lots of carbonation makes for a lingering refreshing spiced-citrus finish. Becomes more bitter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. The highly carbonated beer blends well with the bitter hops. Dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Ending notes: Overall this is a very nice IPA. I would recommend this to the typical hop head. Nicely done, Avery!

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Photo of chriscolby
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of eallured
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy gold/amber in color with stiff off white head, leaving a lot of lacing as it slowly marches toward equilibrium, a creamy island left in the middle of the glass.
Strong bouquet of fruits, citrus. Cascade sweetness juicyness with columbus dank piney resin. A little alcohol and brown sugar round out and warm up the aroma.
Flavor stands up to the Aroma. Bitter an fruity. Orange grapefruit and pineapple. Transitions to sticky sweetness temporarily as the finish transitions to a dry and smoothly bitter sensation. This has all three elements of hops character with a respectable caramel while maintaining crispness and moderate alcohol content.
Carbonation is very smooth, perhaps a little high but still very pleasant. A relatively viscous body but not too muh lingering sweetness. The bitterness cleans things up and gives crispness.
Very tasty but pleasingly palate destroying. This is the reason that Avery is highly regarded, even their year round beers are well down.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Jamestown Mercantile, in Jamestown CO. Pitcher to pint glass.

A- Pours a goldenrod/copper color. Two finger head that disapeared slowly leaving behind a nice film. Lacing is evident but not substantial.

S- Earthy, piney hops with a light tropical fruit punch. Small malt presence detected, giving notes of fresh baked bread that mixes interestly well with the earthy hop character.

T- Very much the same with the hops taking the lead. Much more piney than fruity, with a decent malt backbone.

D- Fairly light mouthfeel for the stlye, good level of carbonation, slight heat from the alcohol.

O- A good everyday drinking IPA. Nothing particularly earth shattering or exquisite, but I can respect this offering from Avery whole heartedly.

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Photo of rgrace99
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass. Color was a clear gold, thick three-finger head with lots of lacing. Aroma was light citrusy hop, very restrained. Was very effervescent. Taste was excellent, mild hop character that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Well balanced with some malt character. Avery is very drinkable, what I would call an excellent 'session' IPA, goes down very easy without overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On top at the Pearl Street Pub. Pours a darker orange with an off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Smells mainly piney and hoppy, very much like columbus hops, and slightly citrusy. Tastes of columbus hops mostly, very piney, no lingering bitter effect. A solid IPA that's always drinkable.

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Photo of profzoom
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always get excited when it's time to try a new IPA, hophead that I am. This particular specimen did not disappoint. It poured a murky, honey copper color with a thick, puffy ivory head, leaving round lacing on the glass.

The smell was excellent. A distinct sharpness of hops, with almost a pine-like quality to it. The taste is also quiet good. Very hoppy, with a very nice bitterness going down.

The beer feels quite smooth, with a subtle carbonation. Overall, a very solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Jekster
2.59/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow to light amber color with a thick two finger pure white head.

Smell: The smell has sweet necter and citrus overtones. Grapefruit is a prominent smell along with star fruit. There is a slight pleasant cut grass aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: The beer has a pleasant light honey sweetness that matches the initial smell of the beer. There is a definite forward hop bitterness that tingles on the tip of your tongue and then lingers as you swallow. There is the slight hop flavor of lemon rind but mainly the taste is dominated by hop bitterness. There is a slight presences of alcohol esters that linger after the swallow as well.

Mouthfeel: The beer is extremely light on the pallet and extremely carbonated. I think the level of carbonation is borderline for the style and I personally would enjoy a bit less carbonation. It becomes almost bitey feeling.

Drinability: This is a beer for people that enjoy a nice lingering bitterness. I could drink a couple, but would choose other craft beers if I had the option.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I love a good IPA and enjoy bitterness. That being said, I would not seek this beer to buy again. I find that it is fairly one dimension with the hop bitterness and the aroma complexity does not follow through in the taste. I think the lingering bitterness would be a put off to most people who don't enjoy that aspect of IPA's. It's also a turn off for people, like myself, who enjoy bitterness, but like some other flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of jimbus
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass.

A nice light golden color, average head, and super awesome lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell was pretty impressive, lots of floral notes prevalent. Also, some hoppy citrus and grapefruit noticeable.
As a hophead, I really enjoyed the taste of this one. Definitely enough hops to give me a fix. Floral, citrus flavor followed up the nose nicely, with a hint of malt in the back...just enough to notice but not too much to cloud an appreciation of the hops.
medium mouth feel, perhaps a bit too much carbonation though.
I will for sure be picking a sixer of these sometime soon.

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Photo of roller
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, rich golden color with a two inch pillowy head that gave way to big bubbles and lots of lacing. Aroma is piney and grassy hops with some grapefruit overtones. Slightly soapy. Taste is of light malt with a good floral/citrus hop character. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a very nice IPA. Flavors are not too strong, and remain well-balanced. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of CabbageA19
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not like me to poo-poo a beer that is well rated but I just don't dig if all that much. If feels thick and syrupy in my mouth and that feeling persists minutes afterward. It looks good with a nice head. Smell good but it just doesn't feel exactly right. So I disagree on this one with the Bros and my fellow beer snobs.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with minimal head, this IPA smells of pine soap and, honestly, tastes a bit like it too. Also some hints of vanilla. Medium bodied and rather smooth mouthfeel. A good beer to enjoy by a campfire on a chilly night amongst the conifers.

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Photo of mrsoul12
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white head that sticks around. Great aroma of piney hops, citrus, and grapefruit. Excellent hop flavor. I don't know what kinds of hops are used in this (Cascade, I guess), but they add a nice spiciness and a very pleasant bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little oily, with the perfect amount of carbonation. I'm a huge fan of IPAs, and this is just how I like them. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs.; very refreshing and highly drinkable. Definitely a great choice for any hophead.

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Photo of thistle3189
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a real common Beer her in Ohio, a friend brought it an some other samplings back from Colorado.
This IPA has a light straw color, with a strong head and good lacing. The smell is defiantly hoppy but not over powering. The taste is defiantly very solid in the style, but some how seamed one dimensional to me, the mouth feel followed suite been good but not really note worthy. I would like to try another so it is drinkable. Good thing I have one more bottal.

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Photo of patriot76
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper in color, nice head about an inch think which retains. Very nice lacing throughout.

S- Floral aroma all around with hints of citrus and lemongrass, maybe even a little grapefruit and lots of hops.

T- Starts off slow and is a bit subdued, then finishes very strong with hops and more hops. It ends with bitterness that lingers. Not much going on besides the hops. A bit short on overall taste. Finishes tart, like a grapefruit.

M- Strong hop flavor immediately to the back of the palate, then smoothes to the middle, then ends strong on the back of the palate again. Very dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D- I would have to say that this is in the class of IPA where one is enough. It is pleasant at first, but you know by the end your going to have had enough. Overall an average IPA that for me the hops dominated a bit too much.

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Photo of colingaiser
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured slowly from can into tulip glass...

L: Effervescent, gorgeous and slightly opaque amber, with a thick and frothy two-finger head.

S: Heavy on the citrus and tropical notes ... melon, papaya, grapefruit, fruit juice blend. Slightly perfumey lingering notes.

T: Big citrus burst of grapefruit and mango with bitterness of melon rind, followed by notes of honey and slight caramely finish. Great balance.

F: Great mouthfeel ... crisp and tingles the tongue, but a little creamy as it lingers.

O: An excellent, citrus-forward IPA that has the character to distinguish it from its competitors.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems like I always have a few of these in the back of my fridge somewhere. A good IPA. The color is a nice dark golden brown with a large light head.
The smell is of hops and light citrus. The taste is light on booze even though its 6.3%. Good and bitter with a malt finish. A good IPA.

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Photo of hoppyhobby
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a creamy off-white two finger head with an amber cloudy body. Nice lacing.

S - Has a sweet floral bubble gummy aroma.

T - Initial bitterness but it doesn't bite for long. It lets you know that there's some hops in there. No bubble gum in the flavor. Getting some floral bitter-sweetness though.

M - Clean and tingly.

D - An enjoyable IPA that is worth having again.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright orange/gold color, but a thin head and not much lacing.

The nose nose was floral and grapefruit, but not pungent. More than just cascade hops used here.

the taste was bitter on the tongue with with a malt blance in teh middle and the floral and grapefruit flavors at the finish in the back of the throat.

A good session beer that I will pick up in more quantity when I can find it.

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Photo of mizzourah
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It's a light orange color with a touch of gold to it. The head was off-white, about one-finger thick. There is also a good amount of lacing.

S- Floral, citruses and hops.

T- I pick up the hops right away. They are floral with some pines and citruses, mostly grapefruit. It leaves a nice bitter taste. I would have liked a little more malt in there, but it's a very solid representation of the style.

M- Somewhat oily, leaving a nice coating on the mouth.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. It has a good amount of hops and bitterness, enough for a hophead to enjoy. Still, it isn't overwhelming and I could easily down a few of these. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of dcsoke
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light amber in color with good head retention and clear beer.

S - Smells of floral hoppiness is great, very inviting beer.

T - Great IPA, good citrus and piney notes, and the bitterness is very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is decent, this definitely has a light body with a somewhat dry finish.

D - Easy going down, I could have a few of these without being overwhelmed. Then again that in and of itself states this isn't the greatest IPA I've had. Sometimes IPA's should be more memorable.

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Photo of mjvos
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark golden amber color with a very nice 2-finger head that leaves very good lacing behind.

Very pleasant smelling beer. Very fruity with citrus and maybe a pear or apricot smell to it as well. Sweet too.

The fruit comes through in the taste as well, but not a strongly as in the smell. There is a light hop bitterness throughout as well that is balanced by a malty sweetness.

Decent mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. It drinks smoothly.

Overall, a really delicious tasting IPA that has a nice malty sweetness to balance out the hops.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.