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

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Reviews: 1,164 | Hads: 2,865
Photo of porcelli426
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of SauceBoss
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of alexw
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (1,264 characters)

Photo of stevef
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of zbuc919
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of BronYrAur
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of Fezfreak
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of IrishTed122
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of fcbrew
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of moklett
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of dhowe
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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... (340 characters)

Photo of HokieNoPokie
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Pyrosixer9
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of melmoth100
2.24/5  rDev -42.4%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of vangambrel
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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! (282 characters)

Photo of 3dudesbeerblog
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of bluto25
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – This beer had a slightly dark amber color and poured clear (no cloudiness). It poured about 2 fingers of foam that diminished by half in a few minutes but remain for a fair of time.
S – Smell was fruity and malty.
T – Taste is strong hops with a slight aftertaste. Smooth.
M – beer has fine carbonation and body. (324 characters)

Photo of dunleav1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid IPA from Avery.

Balanced is the word of this brew.
Pours a light straw-amber with a half inch head. The head quickly dissipates and provides some steady lacing.

I get nice biscuity overtones.

Like I said, a solid drinking IPA that I would drink another of. (276 characters)

Photo of MattsLilBeerLuvr
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, poured in the yeasty bits so a bit cloudy at first. Bubbly, about 1/2 inch of white, foamy head. Citrusy, smells like the woods...piney. Taste is citrusy, bitter, dry. Leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Light mouthfeel, very drinkable. Not as fruity as I like my IPAs but overall, pretty good, will definitely drink again. (339 characters)

Photo of jacksonattack
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler.

Golden/bronze hue, not much murkiness at all. About a half-finger head. Lots of hops and a hint of citrus (I'm getting grapefruit) on the nose. The hops dominate most of the taste of the beer; high alpha acid American hop bitterness shines through, and some nice spiciness on the back end finishes it off. The mouthfeel is my favorite part; medium, but the bitterness and spiciness tingles the sides of the mouth and it still finishes really clean. A good session IPA. Definitely will be coming back to this one. (536 characters)

Photo of patril
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured smooth with a light fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a pretty, thin white surface. Big-time lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet and malty on the nose. I can detect a faint hop aroma and I'm now very curious about how that will show up on the tongue.

T - Hops hits first and hits hard. It's totally backed up by a sweetness that comes through much stronger in taste than in smell. I can't taste alcohol until it hits the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering. It makes me want to take another sip to get at that maltiness.

M - Big carbonation, but this beer is light in the mouth. It almost has to be, considering the attention-getting taste. Very good.

D - I could have a few of these tonight. Not too heavy but quite substantial.

This beer is totally rewarding with every sip and very true to style. If you're an American IPA lover you owe this one a try. (916 characters)

Photo of redsox3g2
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass:

Appearance wise, it is a little lighter than your average IPA, with a small but thick head. It smells like a typical pine-flavored IPA, but a bit weaker smell than I would normally expect.

The flavor is where this beer let me down. Good hoppy IPA flavor in general, but muted and weak. It sort of tastes like it's overly carbonated, like you mixed a great IPA with a few ounces of tonic water. It does go down pretty smooth, and overall isn't horrible. Definitely wouldn't put it on my favorites list, but I would buy it again if I didn't see any better options. (622 characters)

Photo of ghwolf
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consider Avery's IPA to be one of the most agreeable and imminently drinkable IPAs on the market. Having recently enjoyed several Avery IPA on tap in Denver and at different venues, I was struck by the consistency of the beer. The color was golden; the beer head was firm, though it tended to dissolve faster than other IPAs I have had. The aroma was dominated by hops, though not overpowering. The flavor was remarkable consistent during the entire beer.
The 6.5% ABV is not as high as some other IPAs; nor is this beer dominateds by an alcohol flavor.
One of the best, everyday IPAs! (588 characters)

Photo of 80FlareSide
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer overall. A relatively hoppy beer, and definately not for everyone, but if you like hops, you will love this beer.

Living in the east it is fairly hard to come by. Lately I have only been able to find it in cans at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA (269 characters)

Photo of moneyturtle
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a large (15.5 oz) brandy snifter.

A - Pours with a small, off-white head of about one finger that fades quickly. A rich amber in color with very sticky white lacing. No haze whatsoever.

S - Very floral with minimal hops. Some very subtle grapefruit and a very slight booziness, but nothing overpowering or excessive.

T - Malty on the front with the hop character gradually coming through in a very nice balance. More grapefruit here as well, though it's not very powerful. A little bit of biscuit-like quality as well. Nothing that'll blow hopheads away, but still a very tasty beer. Leaves a slight bitterness in the mouth as well as a bit of roasted malt.

M - Thin with a slight burn from the alcohol and some sharpness from the carbonation.

O - It's not the most unique IPA, but it's a very pleasant experience overall. This is my first beer from Avery Brewing. I will likely pick this up again, and am also curious about their other offerings. It's not a beer to go hunt down, but if you come across it, it's definitely worth a try. (1,052 characters)

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