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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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1,174 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,174
Hads: 2,927
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 335 | 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: 1,174 | Hads: 2,927
Photo of boneboy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, golden color with a finger width white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S - Citrus and floral with a hint of sweetness.

T - The hops are the star here, but there is also an enjoyable maltiness.

M - Very nice. Smooth (creamy even) medium bodied, and not over carbonated.

O - A solid IPA. Hop-forward with a complimenting maltiness. I will purchase this again.

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Photo of Jermbrew
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a great head that remained visible throughout the duration of beverage. Clear light amber hue.

Smells like I'm chilling in an orange grove, I really dig the citrus aromas here. The smells carry over to the tasting portion of the drink. Malt is evident, this is nice. Mouthfeel is great...creamy goodness, which is complemented by excellent head retention!

Smoothness along with strong citrus hop contribution makes for a very enjoyable drinking experience

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Photo of xsists
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark golden color almost orangish. Great 1-1.5 finger head that laces away beautifully.

S - Most noticable is a floral hoppy scent. A bit of citrus/grapefruit sifts through the hops.

T - Not huge flavor but plenty of hop pop. Hops are mostly up front giving way to a citrusy taste then a little more hop as it finishes cleanly with a great hoppy, roasty, dry finish.

M - A medium to full body liquid with mellow carbonation.

D - I would drink one or a few more. Would I go out of my way to pick it up? No, but I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. A nice golden color with good head retention. Very nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hops and citus. Nice floral notes.

T: Good tasting, hoppy IPA.

M: Very nice. Not much carbonation.

O: Very good IPA. Another Colorado winner. I'll definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of taulpepper
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely clear golden/light amber color, decent 1 finger head.

Aroma is just a bit above average for an IPA, less than I expected. Citrus and pine and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is sharp, very small bubbles, good carbonation, burns my tongue a bit though. On the thin side.

Taste is also a bit thin for an IPA. There's a good amount of bitterness and meets expectations, but the malt it a little thin. A lot of resin flavor. When it warmed there was maybe a bit of tropical fruit.

My overall feeling is that this beer has been over-filtered and under-dry-hopped. To get a beer as clear as they have, you really have to be careful and know what you're doing to not lose all the important hop aroma and flavor that really make a contemporary American IPA. I'm guessing this is why it's so crystal clear but underwhelming in terms of hoppy flavor and aroma. There's quite a few breweries doing amazing stuff in this category and I don't think this one stands out in todays crowded IPA scene. It's a bit above average, but I've had lots of better ones.

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Photo of LiquidPoem
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass. Beautiful golden amber color with some light lacing in head (which dissipated rather quickly). Strong smell of grapefruits. Taste is spicy but still bitter. Mouthfeel is waxy but still crisp. Goes down smoothly. A delicious beer to be enjoyed on any occasion. Notable IPA.

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

Poured from 12oz can into tulip shaped glass

A: Hazy amber hue with two fingers of creamy head which laces nicely down the side of the glass.

S: Grapefruit hop aroma with some sweet malt peeking through.

T: Light biscuity flavor quickly pushed aside by nice grapefruit hop flavors. Not overly bitter at all. Actually quite refreshing.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation.

One of my favorite canned IPAs.

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

This is an amazing example of an IPA, very hoppy, floral aroma and taste. I loved every bit of it and will definitely buy again. The smell of citrus was quite nice and the flavor followed suit.

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Columbia, it went much better with pizza slice and definitely for hop lovers only. My friend thought it a bit bitter, but I think I will add this one to list of favorites.

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Photo of Cheers
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Light yellow honey with a thick white head that was present until the beer was gone.

S = Strong hoppy aroma with a slight hint of citrus. No malt to speak of.

T = A hop-head's dream!! An excellent array of hope flavors (and aromas) arise from this brew. From spicy notes to a nice bitter finnish they are all there. This IPA does not just throw hops at you, but rather presents you with the various flavors they have to offer.

M = Crisp and bold.

D = Very drinkable. The hops don't weigh on you after one or two making this a great session IPA. Avery got this one right.

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Photo of porcelli426
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly one of the finest IPA's I have tried had so far. Avery does a great job balancing the line of bitterness and flavor.

A- Deep Golden Amber Color
S- Pretty fragrant. A fruity and citrus mix
T- The hops and bitterness hits your taste buds first and is immediately followed by citrus and fruits
M- Nice. Smooth carbonation
D- Hard to put down

I was really sad to see Avery's small presence at the GABF this year considering their success in Colorado.

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Photo of SauceBoss
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a nice light amber color that was very clear. Head rose nicely and then dissipated within a minute.

Smell: I wasnt sure what to expect. I am a fan of Avery and for the IPA was expecting a lot more than I got. The hoppy notes came through but it wasnt what I wanted. It had minor scents of pine, citrus, and some kind of funk.

Taste: Once again I was let down with this. It did have a nice balance of malt and hops but wasnt nearly as bitter as I expected.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of alexw
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes - tasted 04/2009)

A: Nice golden color, though darker than many IPAs I've tried. A bit of foamy head on the top of the glass, but not too thick -- maybe a half inch or inch. Carbonation doesn't appear too heavy in the glass -- lots of tight, small bubbles in the beer itself.

S: Smells very slightly of citrus, but primarity the hops come through in the smell -- they hit the nose hard, but not at all unpleasently. If I didn't like hops, I wouldn't have picked this up!

T: Tastes smooth -- very smooth. Surprisingly smooth, in fact, given the hoppy smells -- I expected a sharper, more bitter taste. There is definitely some body to this beer; some creamy malt flavors in there with the hops. Maybe I picked up a slightly old bottle, but my main complaint is that, as balanced as the beer is, it still tastes a bit too bitter.

M: Strikes the front of my mouth very crisply and sharply, like I'd expect an IPA/APA to. As it rolls to the back of my throat, it gets more thick & creamy.

D: I could drink these all day; a nice light, but not too light, IPA -- with some good body to it as well! As others have commented, there's really not much to complain about with this beer -- it's a great IPA, all around! I'll definitely be drinking more of it!

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Photo of stevef
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of zbuc919
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard a lot of good things about avery, picked up a 6-pack of their IPA. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass, light yellow, surprisingly light for an IPA. Not much of a nose on it, a bit of citrus and piney spice but not too much. The body is light, the flavor is good, a nice amount of bitter with a sip. This is an OK not great, IPA. If you're an hop head that's big on the flavor/aroma this IPA won't be high on your list, but it's tasty enough to give a whirl.

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Photo of BronYrAur
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Wow, this is a good looking beer. Thick, frothy, creamy white head that went perfect with the white sky/white snow layer outside. Great lacing left behind, and fantastic head retention all the way down.

Smell. Typical IPA smell. Reminded me a lot of Goose Island's version in both smell and taste. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely very robust.

Taste. Solid, hits all the right IPA notes. Not quite as strong hopwise as Goose Island's version (as long as we're comparing), but probably balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel. Creamier than expected, really, which is definitely a good thing in my opinion. Didn't really notice the carbonation much. Which leads me to the drinkability. This IPA, while not the most distinctive, goes down easily and is quite drinkable for a bitter beer.

Overall, Avery has a very solid IPA that I would most definitely buy again.

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color similar to a Pale Lager. Really nice 1 inch head that dissipated down to about 1/4 inch and stayed that way to the finish. Excellent lacing throughout. The smell was a balance of honey, malt, and sweet hops. The flavor had sweet, citrusy hops at the start with a creamy malt backbone in the middle, finishing with a nice bitter hop edge. Overall, I found this beer to be highly drinkable, and will seek it out again. The fact it comes in cans makes it truly portable.

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Photo of IrishTed122
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz can into a pint glass (I've had the bottled version too, but this review is of the canned version)

Appearance: Nice gold color, just the slight bit cloudy, one-finger head that is just off white, good carbonation

Smell: Traditional IPA smell, pretty floral but not too complex

Taste: Nice malt presence at first but then the hops take over, good amount of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a reasonably dry finish

Overall: This is a solid IPA, it's not 100% like a west coast IPA, there is a good malt presence and there is a bit of pine taste in it, but also very citrusy. This is a good one for hop heads as the taste isn't trul;y balanced out, it is a hoppy one. Again a very solid offering from Avery.

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Photo of fcbrew
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden with little head and no lacing. Almost no detectable aroma. A Budweiser initial taste followed by a very bitter aftertaste. Poorly balanced and thin. Avery can make a delicious IPA (See Avery 20th Aniversary IPA). In fairness, this IPA seems to be widely variable from one 6-pack to another. It is not a big seller and I suspect that it is sometimes quite old. Not the best IPA.

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Photo of moklett
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden copper color with a white head of medium sized bubbles. Smells fruity and slightly earthy with definite pronounced hops. Tastes sweet with fruit like peaches, with a piney hop bitterness. It gets thicker and more syrupy on the tongue as it warms. This is a solid IPA! It's slightly metallic and harsh until it warms, so don't drink it straight out of a cold fridge.

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Photo of dhowe
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Appropriately carbonated, nice head, lighter than some IPA's, very clear.

Smell - Good Smell

Taste - Something different here - not sure if yeast/hop selection but... good

Mouthfeel - Typical

Drinkability - Could session...

Interested to find out more about this brewery and other beers they make that I have access too...

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

Poured a light amber color with a moderately fluffly head that stuck around for a while. Overwhelming citrus smell, but also had some subtle floral scents lingering.

The taste was predominately hoppy but well balanced with malts. Aftertaste is mostly hops with a little bit of a bite. This beer would make a great session IPA, and I have a feeling that it will become one of my regulars. Highly recommended for any hop head.

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Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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 melmoth100
2.24/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, very cloudy, almost no head. Looked like apple cider. Minimal legs.

S - Hops, obviously, with undertones of cinnamon. Not much to it.

T - Resiny, acidic, with very bitter aftertaste. Again, not much to it.

M - Dense opening with gummy finish

D - Low, had trouble finishing a single glass.

Overall, a big disappointment. Just beer with extra hops, no real character. Did not care at all for the very bitter, resiny taste, nor the gummy, almost mucousy mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about IPAs in general, and this one did nothing to change my mind. Simply adding a bunch of hops to a beer does not generally improve it.

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Photo of vangambrel
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love how bitter this beer is. It was served at one of my favorite restaurants. I loved to get it, but since I'm in TN I no longer can. Bummer. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I used to get it whenever and wherever I could! Try it if you can, you won't be sad you did!

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Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Avery IPA poured out a one finger head on a pedestal of light, filtered amber.

At first, the nose catches a sweet hoppy aroma, followed by fruity esters that spice the aromatics.

The Avery IPA has a two part taste. The palate is greeted first by a sweet malty flavor, then closely followed by a flood of hops and hints of grapefruit that flood your taste buds.

As the Avery IPA leaves the mouth a distinct after taste is left lingering on the palate; with the front of the mouth mildly dry with a light malty flavor and the back featuring grapefruit hints and hoppiness.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.