Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

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Reviews: 1,201 | Ratings: 3,104
Photo of HogHill
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label of this bottle has a map of Europe and Asia, with a red line mapping the course from India to England. A single 12 oz bottle poured a clear gold and orange into my pint glass. Not much of a head at all though there is a white lacing. This IPA smells strong of hops and makes me realize it's been to long since I've drank an IPA. This one tastes more on the citrus side than the pine side of the IPA fence, a grapefruit flavor is most prominent. Carbonation is good, not too bubbly not too flat.I think I could put back a few of these no doubt. Avery puts out a quality IPA for sure.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with a nice off white head. Has a strong grapefruit aroma. Nice medium body. The taste is a strong grapefruit bitter flavor with a malt sweetness that sneaks in the back door. Finishes with a bittersweet after taste.
Very nice.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate gold color with a decent foamy head.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of citrus, pines and some floral notes.

Taste begins with a potent floral hop taste as well as a medium bitterness. Bitterness becomes a bit more pronounced but is kept in line by the malt. Flavors tend to die out a bit while the hops keep flowing only more citrusy. Finishes up with a citrusy aftertaste.

Mediocre IPA, nothing really bad but certainly better examples available.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’m Glad to see this brewer appearing in TN. I also enjoy the label depicting the long journey from England, around Africa to India. I poured the 12oz single into my trusty Sierra Nevada tumbler pint. The brew is perfectly clear, the body amber with a hint of straw color. The pour resulted in an aggressive, sticky, white head, nice strands of lace and great retention. The nose is great. The hops are green, juicy, leafy, citrussy, piney and sticky, the full compliment of a great IPA, these aromas are of course backed up with a respectable sweet malt backbone which combined with the hops is reminiscent of a ripe juicy cherry. Up front it’s lightly sweet and slick, quickly though the bitterness of the large dose of hops takes hold, not bitter enough to hurt you but assertive. In the finish the bitterness fully unfurls and is accompanied mainly by citrus flavors, but a nice dollop of pine sap as well which retains a lovely after-taste. Very well balanced, in that IPA kind of way. Is there alcohol in this? I sure can’t taste it. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a tad on the light side. No doubt this is a great IPA, glad to have it available around here!

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Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a beautiful head and nice lacing. Smell is citrus with yeasty undertones...mmmm. Taste is initially sweet with the hops kicking in at mid-palate...finishing with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit light and not overly harsh. Smoothness of the brew makes it very drinkable. A nice IPA.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orangy amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell, unlike a lot of those west coast hop monsters, is more floral and sweet smelling. Nice grassy tones as well. Taste is much similar; very mellow, a tad sweet with nice malts backing up the hops. Definately hoppy though - hits you with a bitter slap towards the finish. Great smooth mouthfeel and I've never come across an IPA that isn't extremely drinkable, this one included.

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Photo of IceAce
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The English pint glass this arrived in showed a dense collar of yellow / tan foam shielding the copper body from the skunking effects of the midday sun. The finger of foam collapsed slowly and revealed a nose that (with eyes closed) transports one to the tree-lined Rockies in Colorado where this elixer is brewed.

The first taste shows an immediate heaviness of well-coordinated hops; Columbus? Centennial? Cascades? All of the above? The hop mix comes off as well-balanced witha malt that allows the hoppiness to stretch its legs without becoming overbearing.

The finish is (of course) dominated by the hops...but this delicious ale leave a lip-licking sweetness which endures for quite some time. Outstanding, full mouthfeel; but the over-the-top hops ding the drinkability just a tad.

Excellent brew to be paired with spicy foods such as Blackened Anything or Mexican Chili Colorado.

Edit: A quick check of the Avery website shows that the hop content is: Columbus, Styrian Goldings, and Centennial

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a decent head and considerable lacing

Smell: Malty aroma with lots of pine notes and citrus rind; a bit of apricot, too

Taste: Tons of citrusy bitterness, amost from the start, with just modest undertones of apricot fruit; at the finish there is a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue but you have to be looking for it to notice it over the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, a spry IPA for those who like their IBUs

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I've seen this beer around NYC for a while now, and I think I've also seen it at Blind Tiger Ale House and Spuyten Duyvil.

You'd think in order for a beer from Boulder, CO to be out in NYC, the company has to be doing something right. Well, they definitely are. Avery IPA is squeaky clean. There is absolutely no technical flaws in this beer... no oxidation, no infection, no DMS, etc.

One thing that is only slightly disappointing is the light color, it almost looks more like a pale ale than an India Pale Ale. What ever happened to the idea of making an IPA a deep amber color with copper hues?

At any rate, despite being a bit thin-bodied, this beer is excellent. It quenches your thirst with its nice balance. There are generous amounts of flavor and aroma hops to both start you off strong and finish strong as well.

Maybe that's why I find myself ordering this beer, over and over again.

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Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter in color than many IPAs nowadays, it is a coppery gold hue with a hint of tawny influences. Really tiny bubbles raced towards the off-white head, this added a little life to the beer. The foam reached two fingers in height; it slowly faded to a rocky, soapy cap, a half finger in height. Lacing started before any liquid was removed, I always love to see that! Once I started drinking the beer subsequent lacing really flourished. Attractive. The nose is hoppy. Fairly raw with citrus acid infused with pine combs and spruce. Grapefruit rinds are secondary and these play with a sugary sweetness. Minimal malt influences, only hints of caramel, very weak throughout. Potency is solid, plenty of juice, suggestions of alcohol, kind of hot, raw too. I like the nose; it is no more extraordinary than many really good IPAs. Inviting. The palate is very enjoyable; upfront is a soft, sprucey influence with pine needles and some malt sweetness. The middle is hoppy, assertive but not out of whack, grapefruit rinds, lemon zest, leafy, kind of dry. Then the finish flashes quickly, a juicy burst of malt and acidic hops, some alcohol, some hints of mint leaves. Pleasant. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. This would really play nice with some sharp cheddar cheese or burgers. It is an IPA and the hops are the focal point, as well they should be, but its not some crazy, raw, hop bomb. It is a really well brewed American IPA. Once warm, a very lovely, sweetness develops but the hops, in turn, fade. Oh, well. Medium/medium-full in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is solid, while its nothing special it is very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable. A well crafted hoppy beer from Avery? Who knew they had it in them? I’d gladly buy a six-pack, sit back, and quaff! I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

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Photo of Truh
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made sure I had stocked an appropriate amount of deer repellent with this one on 11/13/2004. 16-oz. shaker pour at Big City, Jim and Kumar in tow.

Fluffy, down pillow 1/7-inch head at start. Golden yellow hue with walkabout hallucinatory bubble flow; krystal-clear. Hop vine cut fresh with resin dripping flow to nose; just want to ball it up between my thumb and forefingers. Bitter crank of Bartleby the Scrivener hop bite that judders between my cavities, with just a touch of rounding, searching citrus juice to taste. Medium-sized body; would have at least one more pour, though the jacked hops definitely wear on the palate.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap during the BBF post-party at Big City. Gold dubloon in color, it came topped with a white sticky head, that stayed in the glass as I drank it done. Aroma came across as slightly brassy, but mostly all citrus. Mouthfeel was decent, with prickly carbonation. Low malt, though present, my notes indicate there was some bitterness in the mostly citrus hop finish. Decent.

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Photo of carln26
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer earlier this fall while on vacation in Denver, Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to make notes. When I saw this on display at Marty’s in Newton, MA I bought a six-pack immediately, and am enjoying a pint as I write this. This comes from the bottle a bright copper/gold. Thin cream colored head and just a light lace are left on the glass. Brewers from the Denver area seem to get the nose right on an IPA. This has a bright floral hop character with just a hint of citrus, maybe some pine. The taste has a delicate bitterness in the front accented by the floral characters that were on the nose. No real malt to speak of, nor is this beer accented by alcohol. It is truly defined by the hops used in the brew. It has a great silky smooth mouth feel, and I can drink may of these fine beers. I typically like an IPA with a bit more balance, but this hoppy brute can quickly change my mind.

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Photo of niknar
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a golden orange color with a nice white head that settles to a strong collar within a few minutes. Leaves some pretty good lacing down the sides of the glass. Excellent clarity. Aroma is fairly complex with citrus, floral hops, and yeast notes. Taste is bursting with hop bitterness (reminescent of orange peel) and some nice mild malts for balance. Definitely characterized by the hops though. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but not the strongest characterization of this offering. Drinkability suffers ever so slightly due to the strong bitterness, but overall this is a very good beer that is definitely worth a try. True to the style, the hop bitterness dominates its character.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Big City. Orange with a fluffy white head that lasts. The aroma is very hoppy with some nice zesty citrus notes in the mix as well. The taste is very hoppy up front with some citrus flavors and some nice biscuity malt flavors on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is good as well. A nice example.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange-copper body with a sticky, off-khaki-white head. Good lacing.
Smell is caramelly-sugary, with biscuit malt, and background spicy, herbal, bitter hops. More malt than hop.
Woah, where did all that maltiness go? Some malt flavors up front, but the hops are the story here. BIG and bitter. Piney-bitter tidal wave that numbs the tongue. Medicinal and soothing. Big body, mouth-coating/puckering feel. Not that balanced (even for an IPA), but I don’t mind.

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Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light apricot color with a chunky inch high head of meringue. Big aroma of sweet citrusy hops - oranges and tangerines. Pungent flavor of oranges and grapefruit, with an orange peel and pine finish. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, fills the whole mouth. A little tingly in the finish. Orange peel bitterness and tingle rises up the back of my throat to my nose. Not too much malt, but a whole lot of citrus from all the citrus fruits all around this one. Thanks to Brent for sharing.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours golden-orange with a thick white head, making for a promising opening. Things hold up fairly well in the smell, with citrusy hops dominating almost completely. The decline continues in earnest in the taste. Grapefruit hoppiness is strong and not well-supported by the weak malt backbone. The overall impression is just flat and a bit boring for an IPA. It also seems just a bit thin for an IPA. Maybe I have an inherent aversion to Avery products.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange in color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing develops on the glass through the drink. The aroma is of nice floral hops and mild citrus. The flavor consists of a nice balance of sweet malt and floral hops, rounded off with some orange zest and pepper.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start, with a short dry bitter finish. Drinkability is high, and overall a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of aracauna
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent IPA. Pale copper/amber cross, clear with a nice soupy white head with a touch of yellow in the foam. The aroma is a very complex hop profile. You’ve got pepper, citrus and pine all meshed together in a sinus-tingling mix. The flavor is fairly dry but manages to barely keep away from the all hop, no malt unbalancing of some IPAs. There’s still enough malt flavor in here to support the hops and bitterness despite it being very highly attenuated. Excellent IPA that excites the nose and tongue.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the Avery IPA. I don't think that I've actually had an Avery that I didn't like. This IPA offering was a dark, hazy amber with a large off-white head. There was a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma was hops, hops, and more hops. There was a hint of the yeast as well as some fruitiness of a date or fig nature. The taste was wonderfully hoppy but balanced with some fruitiness, including what tasted to me like a little like grapefruit. There is a nice finish of sweet malt that balances the huge hops hit.

This is a full-bodied cleansing experience in the mouth. It is slighty thick in texture and, of course, there is a lingering bitterness. I could drink a few of these. In fact, I bought a case to allow myself that pleasure.

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Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new brewery in Iowa. Beer store recommended the IPA. I can see why. This is a very nice drink. Pours dark gold with nice head and good lace. Citrusy nose. Nice and hoppy with a grapefruit flair. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice aftertaste. A very nice IPA

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Photo of stevef
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 PopeJonPaul
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark and cloudy, looks kind of like unfiltered heavy apple cider. Strong hop taste but not overpowering, not too complex as you can't really taste much except the hops (maybe a wee bit of malt), smooth and drinkable however it hits you with a bit of a delayed aftertaste, heavily bitter. A good beer, except for...the smell. I'm sure it's just me, and I tried to stay objective on this, but the smell of these hops reminded me of a cat-piss stain we used to have in the corner of our living room in San Diego. Smells like ammonia, or as CheeseWheel put it "an old man's couch after too many accidents." Mouthfeel was great, more noticeable probably since I was holding my nose. I tried to shake this but just couldn't, it really detracted from my drinking experience but hopefully not yours, if you are a hop-head that picks this up and thinks it smells great you'll probably like it.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, cloudy color with nice retention. Smell was wild, of citrus grapefruit and fruity hops.

Taste was fabulously focused on juicy hops, which tasted like grapefruit juice plus a little somin somin of hop oils and texture. Not overly bitter nor dry in the mouth despite the high level of hops. Malts are hidden, well-hidden. Notes of pine. Medium soft carbonation seems nicely balanced. Aftertaste jives, with puckering grapefruits.

Too much to have more than one of two probably, but strangely balanced in an extreme way.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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