Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,514 | Reviews: 1,147 | Display Reviews Only:
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
Draft on special at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.
Arrives in a nonic pint, slow upward moving bubbles make their way through the clear golden ale. Some lacing at first that doesn't stick around. Head dissipates in time as well.
Pale malt aroma, with a vague piney hop presence. It's a stretch to pull out that much, and this is supposedly a fresh draft sample.
Bitter hops up front, citrusy becoming herbal, and dry in the finish. As it warms, there's a cereal grain quality like puffed wheat or rice. Bleh. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, that isn't balanced by the taste. One-dimensional bitterness becomes tiresome halfway through. Alcohol presence doesn't help either, and soon enough, water is needed to cleanse the palate.
06-18-2007 03:05:05 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
A - Pours out a golden yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy white head. It leaves nice lacing.
S - It smelled of citrus, hops and grass.
T - Hops, hops, hops! Also, a nice malt flavor.
M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.
D - This is a nice IPA. Very hoppy almost like a Double IPA.
01-01-2007 22:37:54 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance - Amber-colored ale with good clarity. The head is solid and long-lasting. Not much to say about it - it's an IPA, and it looks like an IPA.
Smell - Resiny and pine-like. Sweet, bready malts hide behind citrus fruit aromas. Faintly floral.
Taste - Bracing bitterness from the start; this is a well-hopped IPA. The bready malt backbone is barely a support for the pine and lemon rind-like bitterness. A touch of sweetness appears mid-sip before being overwhelmed by coating hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste contains a hint of orange peel and tobacco.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with a sticky hop presence. Refreshing and drinkable to the extreme.
Notes - This is one of the better IPAs I've tried recently - truly great stuff. The only thing preventing me from giving it a higher rating is the sheer quantity of great IPAs out there right now. Blind Pig this ain't, but it's a quality brew nonetheless and worth seeking out. Glad to see Avery distributing to California these days; I've enjoyed everything I've tried so far and I'll definitely be picking this up again.
01-03-2008 23:27:24 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium pale golden hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a ring of painted lace around the glass. It smells of subdued orange and grapefruit hops, and a bit musty. The taste is tart, bitter, green, and grassy hops, which overpower the underlying mild caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the medium weight body is chalky and a bit filmy, and it finishes dry and grassy.
An ok American IPA, its balance skewed to the bitter/dry side of the coin.
08-28-2009 20:40:39 | More by biboergosum
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
07-17-2005 15:09:16 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-31-2007 17:33:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
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, its 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.
07-15-2007 02:21:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-20-2010 04:37:22 | More by nickfl
2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
11-05-2003 18:16:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
05-24-2011 17:08:28 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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
09-10-2011 01:38:01 | More by russpowell
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
06-04-2003 13:29:54 | More by feloniousmonk
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-27-2009 01:16:00 | More by drabmuh
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-16-2010 03:22:48 | More by jlindros
3.23/5 rDev -16.1%
for avery, which is a wonderful brewery, this is by and large a non-descript ipa. pours golden and thin, weak vanishing head. nose is generic hops, nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. taste is a weak ipa. its an ipa yeah, but for avery, this is lame. their maharaja proves they know how to do it, but this one just comes up short. also somehow weirdly filling, and not in a nice way. eh
10-03-2011 05:34:39 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
08-11-2004 02:14:20 | More by WesWes
3.76/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-06-2013 02:20:26 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-28-2011 03:57:00 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-03-2011 22:39:24 | More by mdfb79
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
08-05-2007 01:24:32 | More by jwc215
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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