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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,165 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,165
Hads: 2,885
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 312 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

IBUs: 65
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Reviews: 1,165 | Hads: 2,885
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a crystal-clear, copper colored body. The beer exhibits good head retention and leaves excellent lace clinging to the glass.

S - Resiny aroma of pine hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. A good bit of sweet grain in the background supporting the hops with some light caramel and toasted malt notes.

T - Sweet malt up front, quickly balanced by strong hop character. Notes of woody, sticky pine with lots of toffee malt. Some spicy notes emerge from the hops in the middle and give way to pithy grapefruit flavor in the finish. Strong, slightly powdery, bitterness balances the significant malt sweetness in the finish. Lingering grapefruit hops and bitterness with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice IPA. Looks great and smells even better, but it really shows its quality in the flavor. Pine hops dominate the first impression of the beer, but fade to a very nice, pithy grapefruit by the finish. There is a great deal of malt sweetness here, and this is really my only complaint. While the malt helps to balance out the strong hops, it is just a bit excessive and makes the hop character seems a little medicinal by the end of the bottle. I think a slightly dryer finish would probably allow the hops to shine even more and also make for a more drinkable beer. (1,406 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I can't believe I haven't officially set down my thoughts on this stuff yet. Go figure. It pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp pine, strong grapefruit, and a kiss of mild honey. I have this sneaking suspicion that some hops have been added to this beer... The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit, complete with peel, stealing the limelight. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a somewhat simple, yet very tasty and satisfying, IPA. Good times. (615 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's India Pale Ale pours a yellow-amber body benath a full head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.
Citrusy, grapefruit-like hops appear in the nose along with some biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.
The flavor again delivers a splash of grapefruity citrus upfront, along with some lemon and chalky lemon rind, and a touch of pine as well. It's lightly honeyish and biscuity malt acts as a stage for the hops, and lets them keep the spotlight. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it firmly without becoming obtrusive. It finishes dry with fading notes of lemon that turn to pine, and then disappear leaving only a very long lingering dull bitterness behind.
For fans of citrusy hops, this one's a winner! (864 characters)

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 ½ fingers of stiff bright-white head. This retains with roughly a ¾ finger of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with sticky patchy lacing. The aroma smells floral, with a big push of bright citrusy hops. A fairly strong herbal presence (and some lighter pine) mixes in as well, along with a light spiciness on the edges. Malts offer up a supportive grainy sweetness underneath and I’m picking up just a touch of alcohol warmth along the back.

The taste has a sharp citric bitterness to it, tempered by notes of fruit and sweet toasted grains. Rind, spice, and lingering resins give the finish some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that gets borderline creamy at times despite the moderate amount of heft that his present. Alcohol warmth does accentuate the bitterness here but also helps bring out a lot of that sweet stickiness from the malts and fruit as well.

This was a pretty overall solid IPA from Avery, with well balanced hop flavors and a generally pretty easy feel for the alcohol content. It had been awhile since I’ve had this one and it more than held up to what I remembered of it. (1,209 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice fluffy white 2 finger head appears and fades semi slowly over a crystal clear tan golden orange color. The head leaves a slight lacing and Belgian pillowy fluffy mounds as it fades.

N: Some nice tropical fruit hops, aromatic, some earthy bitter tones, the hops are there but still somewhat lighter. There's also some sweet malts, almost a caramel malt and touch of nougat, the aged hop aroma despite that this just showed up in the store today (no date on the bottle).

T: Tastes mostly as it smelled. Starts with some nice hops, tropical fruits, some citrus and orange, some earthy bitterness, somewhat bitter, not too heavy but its def pretty bitter. A little spicy hop character too. Again with the slight nougat aged hop flavor. All this blends with a slight crisp malt backbone, touch of crystal malts, and pale malts, etc. A good example of East Coast IPA despite being from CO. Hops and malts blended well. I also get a slight fruit quality, almost Belgian yeast fruit flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty bitter and very slightly astringent. It's got lots more spicy and earthy hops with a little bit of the lingering citrus and orange, and even a little musty hop resins late (with the astringency). The finish is very long too, and is pretty dry. (1,298 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with hops bitterness and fruity citrus sweetness, with a touch of malt in the background.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of floral hops, then a nice balance comes from a hearty malt character and mild flavors of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, decent kick, it’s flavorful enough that you can keep drinking for a long time without looking for something else. This is definitely a beer that I would stick with for a whole evening. (845 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear yellow/orange color.. nice head that stays consistent all the way to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing too. Smell is very hoppy (moreso than most IPA's). Taste is very good.... balanced and bitter, but not too strong. One of the better IPAs I've had.. if this beer wasn't too pricey I'd have it a lot more often.. but alas it is, and I can get comprable IPA sixers for 4-5 dolalrs less. (410 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with some nice cream head. Airy hoppy nose that gives some pine characters. Smells like a forest of vibrant pine trees. Flavor is meaty with piney attributes. Just a robust overall flavor profile. Not much complexity to it. It just hits you and stays that way. Feel is good on the liquid. Nice bubble to it as well. Overall pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, and not really a dud. It is what it is. (424 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours apricot with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Floral & lemony hops, some grapefruit, seems a bit restrained when compared to the bottled & draft versions

T: Follows the nose, slight mineral edge mixes with a touch of doughy bread up front. Caramel mixes with herbal & piney hops as this warms. Finishes with caramel sweetness & piney & herbal hop bitterness, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, creamy, subdued carbonation

Having this & Ska Modus available as canned options thrill me. I do like this better from the bottle,but this could be a freshness issue since I really don't know how to translate the date coding (669 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery "IPA"
Served on-draught into a weissbier glass. Reviewed from notes. Paired with chicken wings at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Colorado.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pleasant floral and somewhat piney hops. Clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Piney and lightly citrusy/floral hops. Clean malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. Enjoyable but limited by its simplicity. Some nice cream on the open. Crisp and pleasant, but not subtle or complex. I do like it in a general sense, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Some nice cream. Suits the flavours pretty well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. Adequately carbonated. Too wet; somewhat watery actually.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from exceptional. I like it but it misses the mark of a true balanced IPA. It's not bold or experimental. Highly priced to boot. I wouldn't get it again, but if you're looking for a decent little IPA to have with a meal, it fits the bill.

C+ (1,143 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears in my pint a glowing hazed golden orange burst of sunshine with an overcast of cloudy white foam above it, leavng trails of speckled lacing with each sip. Aromatic qualities to be enjoyed come in the form of vinous hops that give off citrus tones with a mellow crisp malt profile not too bad at all. Taste however throws a curveball at me, much more pronounced grapefruit like characteristics with the finish containing almost no malt sweetness but the rind of a citrus fruit overly bitter in the finish lacking the balance I search for and adore. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied IPA, not bad. Drinkability: Gets shot down due to unbalance why does my mouth taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel this is pissing me off. (731 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in color, fairly cloudy. Thin head but very nice lace.

Fresh mowed grass was the first aroma impression I had. Hop aromas come through at the very end.

Strong bitterness up front. It fades nicely to provide a nice malt-hop blend. The swallow provides more hop punch. The carbonation is slightly high; the body is in the moderate range.

A pleasurable IPA. Worthy of purchasing a six-pack. (406 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a orange/golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Pleasant but not overally hoppy.

t - Tastes of grapefruit and citrus hops up front, with some definite bitterness. Also some fruity malts, pine, light spice, and light floral notes. More pine than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, bitter up front.

d - A pretty good IPA from Avery. The taste is a bit bitter and I prefer Maharaja (even though that's a DIPA), but would drink this again. Definitely worth checking out. (714 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pale orange color, fine, if short, off-white head.

Aroma: bristling with pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Quite a bit of hoppiness in this nose!

Taste: fierce and fiery hop bitterness right up front on the palate, but much appreciated and quite delightful.

Body is about medium and of sufficient heft, although malt is a bit lean in this IPA, abd the hops continue to stand tall in the saddle throughout the drink. But that's what I like, li'l ol' hophead, me.

Relentless flavor, tasty, tasty.
Real humdinger of an IPA that I'd gladly return to, anytime. (591 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,424 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant amber with a thin white head that leaves some broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is citric - grapefruit and orange. Some peppery alcohol is in the back.

The taste is of citrus - grapefruit and orange. Very bitter with just a nod of some sweet malt in the back end. Peppery alcohol gives it a kick. Rather astringent, with notes of soapiness and wet cardboard. Quite resiny after mid-way through.

This is a decent IPA overall, but I can't see what makes this special. It is slightly flawed and harsh. Not enough to really complain about, but enough to keep it from greatness. The citrus does shine forth, especially in the nose. It does seem to be lacking something tying it together that would improve it. As it is, it's decent, but found myself going to another IPA after one of these, though a second would be fine too. (858 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Beer is yellow and clear. Much lighter than I expected. The head forms nicely, uniform, deep across the top, stark white, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Smell is full of hop, mostly pine and some bitter citrus on the back end. No alcohol or malt character in the smell.

First off, drinkability really high, I'm really feeling this beer. There is some slight sweetness in the front and a lot of nice citrus based hop bitterness in the back. A little light for an IPA, thin mouthfeel, but overall a great example. Definitely a repeat for me. (625 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date.

Color is a dull carmel. Head is very fluffy and sticks around for a while leaving wonderfull lacing.

Aroma is of floral and citrus notes. Taste is quite similiar; very heavy on the floral taste.

Mouthfeel is bitter, smooth, and at the end it is bitter again. Leaves a dry taste in your mouth.

Overall,
This is a solid ipa, nice and hoppy. A great representation of the style. I would recommend this one. (467 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DHF pint glass

A: Pours a bright orange with a 2 finger head, with lacing that settles very slowly, appearing down the entire glass.

S: A nice nose with a strong citrus/grapefruit aroma with a hint of malt. Classic IPA smell.

T: Nice floral hop driven taste. A nice bitter taste that I look for in an IPA with a little malt on the back end.

M/D: Great carbonation and a nice light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA and look forward to having another soon. (516 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head. The aroma is great. It has a nice floral hop scent laid over a complex pale malt, etc. foundation. The taste is awesome. It has a very powerful floral hop character. It overshadows it's pale malt core. It drinks easy and finishes with a very bitter dry hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine IPA. It's full of hops, just the way I like it. (483 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/23/10.

Served in a pint at Als via the beer gas mixture. Appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger of creamy white head. Very solid retension with patchy lace clinging all over the glassware. Aroma is filled with a hop combo of citrus and herbal smells. Little bit of a grainy sweetness blends throughout. The taste of this brew is bitter with herbal hops upfront. Overall a light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Slightly crisp drying finish. Lingering aftertate of herbs and a biscuity grain character that imparts a bit of grassiness about the hops. Quite refreshing and drinkable. (638 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixer of cans from Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

An exceptionally good looking beer, Avery IPA is crystal clear and teeming with effervescence. The head is a solid inch thick, displaying lasting retention and leaving ample lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma consists of pine, hops, earthy malts, and citrus, respectively.

Nice flavor, with hops in the forefront, though there is a healthy malt showing as well. The beer is more of an earthy, piney IPA, as opposed to a tropical fruits and tangy citrus IPA. As the beer warms, malt begins to emerge and gain equal footing with the hop character. I prefer American IPAs to be all about the hops, neglecting balance.

The feel is medium bodied, fuller than is customary for a single IPA, with appropriate carbonation. The finish brings a lasting bitterness and tangy, earthy malts.

Overall, a decent brew. I'd have it again. (878 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange with a white head. The aroma is grassy and citrus hops with a little bit of biscuit malt mixed in. A well-balanced aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some orange citrus and grassy notes mixed in. Balanced flavor with low bitterness. The beer is a very easy drinker. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (323 characters)

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.