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

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

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Ratings: 3,127 |  Reviews: 1,206
Photo of jifigz
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy light orange color with a nice white head.

S: The aroma is certainly of citrus hops and that's about all. Nothing extraordinary or unique, but it does smell tempting.

T: The taste is a mild bitter with the floral and herbal taste very present. The earthy tones are the main flavor with a mild flavor of sweet malt.

M: The MF is pretty straightforward. Creamy and light, and very drinkable. Not Harsh or offensive to the palate.

O: A very drinkable beer with pretty good flavors. Nothing groundbreaking but it is one I have never had and I would like to find more of Avery's products.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours slightly hazy golden amber, with a very thin white head that leaves a thin trail of lace.

S: grapefruit, pine resins, very slight malt presence, great hop usage

T: more great hop presence, piney and citrusy. The taste of this IPA is better than many others. It utilizes the hops well and downplays the malts, so we have a great bitter taste throughout the entire sip and less of the sweet malty tones than most other ipas.

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a really wonderful American IPA, one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can date: unk

A: Pours a golden on amber ale with a single finger of whitish head. Excellent clarity, with a centralized column of bubbles. A sheet of the same head is resonant.

S: Some citric rinds, grass, mint (slightest hint), biscuity malts and little else. A little oxidized smelling. Pretty standard.

T: Bitter, some fruity flavors which a subtly painted over a sweet malt profile and some resiny hops. Meh.

M: Medium bodied and sharp carb that dies out quickly. Sticky finish. Wish the finish had a little slickness to it.

O: I really wish the can was dated. As I drink it now, it is nothing special. Really an average IPA and a subpar mouthfeel for me.

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Photo of boneboy
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 roodie
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Bruery tulip

A: golden orange brown hue, with scant head, minor lacing rims the glass

S: grassy hoppy bitterness with a mellow malt finish

T: hops are more pronounced, no real floral component, but very nice nonetheless

M: bitterness lingers leaving a spicy feel

O: enjoyable as an everyday ale

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass. Can't read the stamp on the bottom, but it doesn't look like a best by date.

A: Surprisingly pale yellow, almost unappetizingly so. Lots of bubbles and a pretty great head with nice retention. Good lacing.

S: American IPA. Strong hops, nice grapefruit, a bit of resin.

T/M: Good beer. Hoppy, creamy, and drinkable. The resin-y bitterness from the hops mingles with pleasant bubbliness. Lightly fruity maintaste offers a well-balanced IPA. Tasty and round.

O: Superbly drinkable and very enjoyable. Recommended. Will have again. If it's not as powerfully flavorful as some might like, it's well-crafted and subtly excellent.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I never reviewed this beer. It was one of my gateway beers into the craft beer world. Now that I live in Boulder I no longer have any excuse not to review it.

A: Yellowish-gold with a thin head that has mostly dissipated by the time the waitress brought the beer.

S: A mild pine smell with a good dose of hops lurking on the background.

T: This is a strongly bitter beer. A lot of grapefruit up front with a touch of pine and lemon. A lot of hops and a lot of flavor in the Avery IPA. There is a good, strong bitte aftertaste as well.

M: Strong carbonation with a sharp dose of sparkle. Crisp and clean, this has a great feel.

O: This is an excellent standard bearer for Avery. It is bold, bitter and very crisp. It is not watered down or toned down like some flagship offerings are.

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Photo of IrishTed122
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 elginirishpunk
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured rich bright clear amber into glass. Aroma is of a light caramel and almost sweet and light hoppiness. At first taste is of bitterness but is quickly smoothed out and you can taste the caramel and smooth maltiness. Only leaves a light reminder of the beer you just enjoyed great light American IPA. Very good for a nice session.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Comes up on a two finger head. Beer is a cheery orange, like a marigold. Cloudy but clarified, with light body carbonation appearing about halfway up the glass. Nice sticky lacing cascades down the glass, just what I look for in that regard.

S - Very aromatic hops, herbal and floral with a background of spice. Light biscuit malts.

T - Beautiful hoppage. Starts vicious, bitter spices with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Earthy, woody, and pungent across the tongue, finishing with the florals and a bit of citrus. Damn near a perfect IPA flavor for me - no tweaks, all style.

M - Dry, tangy, extremely quaffable. Six ounces disappeared before I could account for them.

O - A standout IPA - not necessarily unique, but a strong example of style. This is the first IPA I’ve had from Avery, and I’d be interested to try all of their other varietals.

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Photo of nsabo
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've commented before on how just about any brewery can pump out a decent-tasting IPA (breweries really have to try to make an unpalatable IPA), but few can make an outstanding one. That said, Avery makes my no-contest favorite IPA around. Piney hops with little citrus and a heavy malt presence that compliments (rather than counters - malts and hops are not opposites, we must stop talking about beer like this!) the hop bitterness. Unlike most IPAs, this finishes wet, rather than the typical dry bitterness of most. The malt gives this a thicker, sticky mouthfeel more redolent of a DIPA than an IPA.
I've been drinking this for years from the bottle. The can tastes just as great and is an even better reason to pick it up.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pale copper clear. 2 finger very nicely formed head that held retention quite well.

Smell - I'm picking up some nice bready notes and pine notes. Not really picking up on anything fruity or citrus like others mentioned.

Taste - very piney and dry hop presence in the flavor but yet the finish is smooth and not bitter at all. It leaves you wanting to come right back for another sip

Mouthfeel - one of the most full bodied and pleasant IPAs

Overall - I think for this style of piney/dry hopped west coast American IPA style, its one of the better ones I've had so far.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter yellow gold, Not much head or lace. Some sediments in the bottle but not much of anything in the glass.

S - Citrus and fresh malts. Some fruity pear smell, fresh fruits.

T - Taste is pear like hoppy. Some fresh malty bread come to mind. Kind of one dimensional? Some grapefruit Bitter finish but not to powerful at all.

M - Lower smooth carbonation, Balanced and medium like, medium aftertaste but a good one.

O - Overall... I like this one, but its a little one dimensional or maybe two... Meaning the hops are singular styled. Good ipa though, a winner for sure for a single/normal ipa!

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Photo of isthatbeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a clear, clear body and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam sitting atop. Not bad.

Smell: satisfying hop-centric aroma with a very genuine grapefruit-like character. Slightly sweet and very fruity, this smells fresh and refreshing.

Taste: light malt with a sweet-yet-slightly-biscuity character. That awesome grapefruit character comes over, although the beer is not particularly bitter. This is balanced and well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a low evel of carbonation; something about it ends up a little bit watery. Not bad, but could use a little improvement.

Overall: despite some textural issues, I like this flavor of this beer a lot. I would definitely seek this out again.

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

Crystal clear, orange color; good carbonation with thick, fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Strong citrus notes along with floral, planty, and grassy aromas. Little to no malt evident. Nicely bitter flavor - grassy and planty, resinous with good citrus notes to balance. A bit on the drier side - a little caramel malt is evident but otherwise not much malt flavor. Nice crisp and bitter mouthfeel. Well-balanced and a great example of the style.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Jamestown Mercantile, in Jamestown CO. Pitcher to pint glass.

A- Pours a goldenrod/copper color. Two finger head that disapeared slowly leaving behind a nice film. Lacing is evident but not substantial.

S- Earthy, piney hops with a light tropical fruit punch. Small malt presence detected, giving notes of fresh baked bread that mixes interestly well with the earthy hop character.

T- Very much the same with the hops taking the lead. Much more piney than fruity, with a decent malt backbone.

D- Fairly light mouthfeel for the stlye, good level of carbonation, slight heat from the alcohol.

O- A good everyday drinking IPA. Nothing particularly earth shattering or exquisite, but I can respect this offering from Avery whole heartedly.

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Photo of mjvos
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark golden amber color with a very nice 2-finger head that leaves very good lacing behind.

Very pleasant smelling beer. Very fruity with citrus and maybe a pear or apricot smell to it as well. Sweet too.

The fruit comes through in the taste as well, but not a strongly as in the smell. There is a light hop bitterness throughout as well that is balanced by a malty sweetness.

Decent mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. It drinks smoothly.

Overall, a really delicious tasting IPA that has a nice malty sweetness to balance out the hops.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from can.

A: golden Amber color with frothy white head and lots of lacing.

S: citrus and floral hop aromas with hints of sweet malt.

T: sweet maltyness up front followed by citrusy and pine hops. Lingering resiny grapefruit flavor.

M: decent carbonation with a creamy moutfeel that turns a bit oily in the finish.

O: a tasty IPA from Avery here, more in the balanced arena than hopbomb, so depending on what you like this beer is either excellent or just another good drinkable IPA.

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Photo of nhindian
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a light orange, darkish yellow color with a fairly translucent body. Only about a finger's worth or so of head, with short retention. The lacing makes up for most of it though, as its very sticky and covers the glass with a thin lacing.

S - The nose on this beer is comprised of a melange of hop aromas, from the earthy to the pine to the citrus. A touch of malt support at the beginning, but not much. That's not to say that this is a hop bomb, however, as it doesn't blow you away. The finish has a hint of alcohol, and a somewhat soapy finish.

T - A clean drinking beer that starts with a caramel malt presence and streaks of toffee, setting the mouth up for the hops that come next. The earthy and pine flavors outshine the citrus here, but there are notes of grapefruit in the finish. Fairly bitter overall as well, which combined with the alcohol does detract from the overall makeup of this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels slick while drinking, but finishes somewhat dry. Long lasting bitter finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I enjoyed this while I was at the beach because it was a nice change of pace from the usual cocktails my family gets by the pool. Now that I'm home, I'm finding the bitterness to be a bit unbalanced and takes away from an otherwise solid taste profile. Nice hop integration that doesn't outshine the malts.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a bar on Martha's Vineyard.
Hazy orange color with foamy crisp white head. Smelled of pear and citrus fruits. Citrus fruits came through on the taste along with notes of vanilla and honey infused malts. I actually like how the malt profile is kicked up a tiny bit to balance the hop volume a little...though it is still a hop forward brew. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel for an ipa, though still crisp enough. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great with a two finger thick white foamy head, and has a crystal clear dark gold colored body.

The aroma is nice and floral, a little limy in the way of minerally, and arid dry.

The taste is of toffee and grapefruit mixed together.

Altogether one of the most balanced IPAs I've ever has.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw with an inch and a half head. Good lacing throughout.
Grassy and citrus hops on the nose
Crisp hops, like a field in the middle of the summer. A light metallic ting.
Good carbonation with a dry finish.
A great, middle of the road west coast IPA. And it comes in the can! Everyone likes it in the can!!

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Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger off-white creamy head that slowly recedes to a clumpy, uneven coating. The body is a transparent golden amber with a small amount of randomly ascending carbonation bubbles. Thick, gloppy lacing adheres to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Pine is the primary aroma, complimented by grapefruit citrus and an earthy undertone. It is not striking but pleasantly aromatic.

Resinous pine hops start each sip with some citrus peel mixed in. Sweet, biscuity malt lends a good backbone to the flavor. A light, piney bitter aftertaste slowly fades in, helping to satisfy my inner hophead.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. After the initial taste bud impact, the beer slides down smoothly without being very sticky. It persists just long enough to allow the bitter aftertaste to take effect but does not overstay its welcome.

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Photo of engagechad
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a sixer from Strawberry street market in Richmond, VA - tulip

Pours a very nice only slightly cloudy yellow gold with perfect head and nice lacing. Smells wonderful, great mix of earthy hop and fruity hop aroma, right in the middle. Taste follows it's right on, perfectly bitter with great balance, it's hop forward.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs, if i were to introduce someone to IPA this would be a pick for sure.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,127 ratings.
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