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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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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: 3,144 |  Reviews: 1,210
Photo of beerismysavior
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Blind Tiger

Aroma - Slight citrusy / floral character, mediocre hop presence, lacks a volatile aromatic release upon pouring, understated overall aroma.

Color - Pale golden color w/ slight haze, appearance is intriguing, seemingly light for the style.

Taste - Malty backbone with a bitter finish, wonderfully complex development of flavor. Potential use of centennials near the end of the boil or in the whirlpool?

Mouthfeel - Microfine carbonation, crisp finish, highly appropriate for the style. Background lends itself to a solid yet soft malt presence, very pleasing / "beerish".

Overall - I would dub this a "summer" IPA. Unusually light, crisp, and yet enjoyable all at the same time. Perfect for drinking inside a screened in porch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light apple juice color with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, citrus juice, and some floral and herbal hop flavors. A very mild bitterness quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a dry finish just like the can says. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really nice brew so good to see more craft in a can.

Poured into a Portsmouth glass. Nice lacings orange/yellow body.

smelled slight pine taste slight pepper and some citrus mouthfeel stays with you for a little while .

Overall a nice brew gald I tried it and if I had regular access to it would definately rotate it.

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Photo of fox227
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: White, one fingered head, not much retention, some lacing, pale golden color.

S: Citrus and pine, some stone fruit. Very nice.

T: Soapy hops in the front, lemon zest and pine follows, finishes with a sticky sweetness that is subtle, as hops lay a slight dominance over the malt.

M: Hoppy bite, finishes dry, high carbonation.

O: This is a very well crafted IPA in the West Coast style. You know what to expect, and this one stand tall, but not quite in an elite category.

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Photo of Jesse14
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a burnt yellowish-orange with a one-finger head. The smell is subtle and doesn't really take over your nose like it should. The hops carry the flavor throughout the sip. It's stronger on the pine and resin profile rather than the fruit and citrus. I prefer a little more balance in that area. If finishes with a flat bitterness and not as clean as I prefer either. Not a bad beer but not a good beer either. I wouldn't buy them again when there are so many others that are better for the same price.

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Photo of Duff27
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated 11229B6...fairly fresh.

A- One-inch white head on a dark golden beer. Plenty of effervescence rising to the top on the pint glass. Average head retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Smells bready, grassy, and slightly skunky.

T- Follows the smell somewhat although the skunkiness is muted thankfully. More malty than hoppy. Weak citrus hop notes more lemony than anything.

M- Medium mouthfeel, adequately carbonated.

D/O- Overall not impressed with this Avery offering. I wasn't expecting world class by any means but I wouldn't even considered this an "average" IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of matjack85
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binhny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy golden/orange color with a 1-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes before fading to a rim. Lots of lacing.

The smell was of mild citrus hops and even milder malts.

The flavor is a mix of both citrus and piny hops balanced with some mild caramel and other malty sweetness. Not as hop assertive as most IPA's, but it has a nice flavor nonetheless.

Light to medium body with medium high carbonation.

At just 69 IBU's, this is not that bitter of an IPA, but it still tastes good and I enjoyed it. Maybe we should call it IPA Lite.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap- yellowish amber and a bit hazy. decent head about a .5 inch or so. leaves nice lacing on the glass. just looks like a fruity IPA

Ar- I was right! faint hint of malts throughout and lots of citrus and pine on the nose

T- nice and fruity (grapefruit) and ends with a great piney taste. Not too much left in the mouth for hop oils though. Faint malt throughout and doesn't taste too roasty or too sweet, right in the middle. good balance between hops and malt.

M- good feel, light/medium body. Good carbonation

O- I enjoyed this beer. great IPA flavor with some nice citrus notes. Pretty damn good Avery.

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

Clear, copper/amber or lighter depending on how the light hits it. It's active and has a finger of dense white foam that lingers for a minute or so and sticks to the glass as it recedes and leaves very thick lacing.

Grapefruity and floral hop aroma is prominent, and joined and balanced by some malty sweetness.

Again grapefruit and floral hops melding nicely with the balancing malty sweetness, sans caramel, leaving it fairly dry. The relatively modest hop bitterness is able to gain some attention on the dry canvas. It even lingers a bit.

The mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is good, the body is light/medium, it drinks easy and finishes pretty clean and dry, but with some modest lingering bitterness.

This is a very good single IPA. Most of the time I'm more of a Maharaja kind of guy. But this is a smooth, balanced, and flavorful example of the single IPA.

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Photo of Heatwave33
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Light orange and hazy with a slight white head.

Smell: A hop aroma but not as much as other IPA's. Also a nice citrus note.

Taste: More hops in the taste than in the smell for sure. A hint of citrus with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium coarse with a dry feel on the palate.

Overall: Good IPA but not in my top 5. I did like the hop and citrus tones.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden / amber with a nice medium white head. Sweet floral citrus hops, some nice grapefruit and fruity notes and malt aroma fill the nose.Taste is sweet caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit notes with some nice earthy, citrus hops. Nice crisp medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some yeast flavor as it warms up, nice subtle citrus grapefruit notes and nice citrusy earthy hops ending. Overall a very nice, solid easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love a beer in a can, and Avery always does great labels.

A-Pours dark golden with a thick creamy eggshell head that laces something fierce.

S-Extremely subtle nose. Grassy hops, sweet malts. Not much else detected.

T-Bittersweet, extremely bready malts followed by astringent bitter hops that grown in intensity in a lingering finish. Slightly resinous, but I'm not getting any mouthpuckering citric pleasure out of this....just bitterness, that clearly balances out the malt bill.

M-Slightly slick and slightly overcarbonated, but it may just be a light handed pour.

O-A bit of a letdown for an agressive brewery that brings out some nice ales. Interesting profile, but generally not what I am looking for in an IPA.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Belgian tulip.

A: 1/2" of quickly dissipating white head. Maintains a nice ring at the edge, which laces nicely down the glass throughout consumption. Deep golden with a hint of orange/copper creeping in. Bright & clean. Good looking beer.

S: Not as overwhelming as some for the style. Picking up some piney hop aromas, maybe a little apricot-ish edges. A slightly grainy/bready note as well.

T: Appropriately hop forward, but not overwhelmingly so. Quick and tart hop bite up front, but a nice malt character ushers in shortly after. Maintains a very nice dry finish. Like with the aroma, hops are on the piney side for me. A little floral, not so much citrus.

M: I'd call it a medium-light body. With a relatively drying, astringent hop punch up front, the malt does just enough to let you know its there, but not enough to keep it from maintaining a clean, dry finish. Certainly a very sessionable American IPA.

O: A fine example. I like most of Avery's offerings, and their IPA had been a favorite of mine ever since I found the light of American craft beer. I've found plenty better since, but I really appreciate it's drinkability for a being a well hopped AIPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huh oooohhh! What did we find here...a member of the Zombie Dustlike family. This is very good IPA!!!! The appeance is a pale copper color that is clear with a thin white head that is lacing! The smell is hops...citric definitely....and some malt. The taste is very good...although the malt takes over too soon for me on the pallet. The beer clears the pallet clean and makes for a very smooth beer. I will certainly have this beer again if I can! Definitely worth a try for all you 3 Floyds Z'Dust fans.

***I just checked the website at the hop is not citric....which is a surprise to me....but Casscade, Chinook, columbus, and centinniel.****

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slight hazy Golden straw colour witha two fingered White head that reduces to a lacing film.

S - Nice tropical aromas of passionfruit and mango and soem piney aromas also.

T - Starts out a little watery before kicking into some of those tropical flavours that linger in a sticky sweetness, before a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - I like the Tropical AIPAs and this fits that bill nicely. A solid AIPA

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Photo of jifigz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +16.9%
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 -23.9%
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 +6%
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 -4.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.3%
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.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,144 ratings
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