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

Bright golden-orange color, hazy. Some carbonation. Beautiful rocky head, white color. Lacing is awesome on the glass.

Very piney in the nose, citrus, sweet malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Piney-citrus hops, grapefruity, slight herbal. Sweet malts to balance it. I could detect some slight raw honey and tropical fruit in the middle. Light-medium bodied.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very crisp finish. Bitter-sweet citrus aftertaste that lingers very well.

Overall Impressions:
Very original for it style. Well balance IPA.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into standard curved shaker glass. My bottle label does not look like the one pictured. Avery isn't readily available here in Western PA, so I have low-familiarity with this brewery. It is my hope this review is still appropriate as listed here.

Being unfamiliar with the brewery, my bottle has the following markings on it:

It is my hope that this bottle is *fresh*.

A: Beer pours a nice hazy orange shade with a moderate head that dissipated quickly. Leaves nice lacing on my glass.

S: I pick up a moderate amount of floral hops and some citrus in the nose.

T: Bitter hops are dominant. Some "tropical" flavored hops (citrus, mango, and maybe some apricot) are present. Not much grapefruit. Full-bodied malt presence that does not inhibit the hops. Finish is bitter on the back/sides of the tongue.

M: Carbonation is appropriate. The beer holds together well in the mouth, and finishes with a strong tongue-coating of hops.

D: I love IPA's, and this is a very good example of the style. Could definitely enjoy a second one right after I finish this guy if it was available.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA

Pours bright copper, lots of head and sticky lacing. Looks like a good IPA.

In the taste, moderately bitter, grapefruit hops. Refreshing and a bit herbal. Malt is biscuity and does well to compliment the hops without being cloying. A pretty decent little IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Easy to drink and went well with some chipolte bbq wings.

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Photo of gregshead
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow w/ a half finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Grapefruit, not a lot of smell

T: Grapefruit tastes dominate with a suttle dry bite.

M: Good level of carbonation hits my tongue.

D: A well made IPA. Just nothing special when compared to all the other IPAs out there.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a completely translucent glowing golden colored body with a faint hint of orange. there is a rather large bright white head on top that has above average retention and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is sweet caramel malt. the malt passes quickly and then comes a barrage of hops. plenty of grapefruit and a little bit of orange zest. plenty of resiny pine. this smells to be west coast style, which really isnt a problem.

T- the sweet caramel malt that i could smell once again starts this one off. after that it moves quickly into the hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit flavors. theres also a little bit orange zest.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. the alcohol is well hidden. this one leaves my mouth feeling pretty dry.

D- easy to drink and im left wanting another one. at least one more. the alcohol is pretty well hidden and on the high side, so i can see this sneaking up on me. i feel this beer doesnt get the attention that it deserves.

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Photo of boss302
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery IPA, 12oz, appears to be bottle conditioned.

A Yellow-orange in color, cloudy with a decent head, but not significant.

S Nice fresh hop aroma, caramel malt comes through also, but hop dominate.

T Some piney flavor, a little astringency. This is a bright, crisp flavored beer due to the hops. Malt doesn't really come through too much at all.

M Thick feel, a bit low on carbonation. 3.5

D Very much a drinkable beer. I am looking forward to having another.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours bronze color with a lasting, foamy, white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and apple juice, some citrus hops come through while the beer warms up. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor with biscuit malt and vinous fruit provide some balance. Long, hoppy finish. Not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of porcelli426
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly one of the finest IPA's I have tried had so far. Avery does a great job balancing the line of bitterness and flavor.

A- Deep Golden Amber Color
S- Pretty fragrant. A fruity and citrus mix
T- The hops and bitterness hits your taste buds first and is immediately followed by citrus and fruits
M- Nice. Smooth carbonation
D- Hard to put down

I was really sad to see Avery's small presence at the GABF this year considering their success in Colorado.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Been on kind of a hop binge so this is next!

A - Looks light amber, with a nice orange haze. A pour produced little head but only a ring of lace.

S - A nice bit of pine and citrus, not too overbearing with a nice malt base.

T - Actually quite good. First you get a bit of hop bitterness followed by a smooth malt and then sweet citrus but it is kind of cloying with a pine finish with looses a bit of points.

M - Pretty nice

D - Well Avery seems to be the new brewery on my block. Offering some Pretty nice brews that are not so bad. Enjoyable!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

About two fingers of fluffy looking white head. Really nice lacing left behind, and great retention. Bright//clear golden color with lively carbonation.

Smells really floral and grassy.

Tastes of resiny bitterness, grass, somewhat floral, and a bit of citrus. Big hop blast, malts take a back seat.

Well carbonated. Bitter, not too sweet. Fairly dry finish.

A good IPA. Like that they put it in cans.

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Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden-straw color with about two fingers of head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Sharp hops and bright citrus with just a hint of pine.

Taste: Sharp hops and earthy pines hit right at front. A bit of bitter grapefruit comes in for the finish. A solid IPA for sure, nothing exceptional though.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated and goes down smooth.

Drinkability: This is a pretty damn drinkable IPA.

This is just another great IPA. There's nothing special to recommend this over the multitude of other IPAs on the shelf, but there's nothing to fault it on either. Check it out.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12ox bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a pretty honey colour with a nice three finger foamy white head.

S: Typical no coast IPA. Soft hops, hints of malt and honey.

T: Again, nothing extraordinary. Sweet and bitter hops; clove and honey.

D: Nice soda-like carbonation. Feels light and fizzy on the tongue.

Overall: Not bad, but nothing special. A little sweet, but overall pretty balanced. This is a good summer standard and I think it would be a good introduction to crafts beer for BMC drinkers; maybe I'm just a little jaded by other more noteworthy brews?

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Photo of Foxtrot
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this to watch the Laker's game, and it made my night alll the sweeter.

Pours from 12oz. bottle a nice clear light amber/straw gold hue. Foam is white with big points in retention and a kaleidoscope of lacing.

Aroma is herbal hops with citrus bitterness, with decent hints biscuit. I would go far as to say that its almost floral.

Flavors are as follows. Bright citrus and lemon peel up front, followed by a good solid dose of bitter hoppiness with the likes of pine and bitter grapefruit towards the end. The keynote of this beer is that it does have strong bitterness, but drops off quickly after the sip. I must have down a big part of my glass in about 5 minutes because the lingering bitterness is restrained.

Moutfeel is just superb, nice and heavy in the front and finishes and modest light/medium at the end. Loved every aspect of it.

Drinkability is just so darn good. This was a great beer buy, especially since we started getting Avery products in my neck of the woods. This will certain get to see some of my hard earned dollar.

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Photo of bump8628
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey-gold with two fingers of white head that build fast but recedes to a thin ring and some lace.

Sharp, herbal hops with pine a close second and hints of citrus and flowers. Hops hit hard and try hard to cover the small dose of toffee that the malt provides. If there is one IPA that exhibits herbal hop character the best, this is it. Dry and bitter on the finish.

Avery has tweaked this recipe since I first started drinking this beer 3 years ago. It's still a really good IPA - a hophead's delight, but the hop profile is definitely different and I think I like the version from several years back a little better.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium amber-copper color with an off white head that leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of citrus rind with a bit of citrus as well. Some amber and caramel malt in the background. Taste lays off the hop presence from the nose, bringing forward more balance and losing some of the nice hop integration that existed in the nose. Feel is medium with slight bitterness. Drinks pretty well and is one of their better non-sour offerings.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- amber color, nice foamy head

Smell- hops, very nice

Taste- hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a very good IPA. It was so refreshing. I loved it. I will be trying to get more.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of bottles at Barons in Point Loma for $7.99.

A: Not sure - drank the 6'r from the bottle. Guessing by the quality of the beer though, i'm sure it was pretty solid.

S: Fresh cut grass, citrus, sweet malt and yeast.

T: Resinous piney hop that coats the mouth, floral citrus and sweet malts that are perfectly balanced.

M: Medium bodied, not over carbonated, creamy and smooth.

D: Drank a 6'r while watching Monday night football and would have no objections of doing so again. Overall quality IPA (in the land of IPA's), easy drinker, well hopped and at 6.5% - definitely worth the eight bucks!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is an orange-ish color with about a finger's worth of white head and some streaks of lacing.

S: A good citrus note to the aroma. It's more of a rind/peel sort of smell, with some piney notes that provide sort of an oily, resinous character to the whole beer.

T: Though the nose lead me to believe this would be a very bitter IPA, it was rather controlled in this aspect. Yes, there is a solid bitter pine flavor as well as some grapefruit rind, but it's not overpowering. A mild malt character, but it's not really sweet at all.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation and a bit of bitterness lingering on the tongue.

D: This was a decent IPA, but it doesn't quite stack up with some of the offerings I've become accustomed to here in Southern California.

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange pour with one finger pale cream head. Thin retention and lace.

Earthy, herbal hop nose. Touch of pine. Overall, understated.

Nothing understated about the flavor, though. Lots of hop flavor. Earthy hit right up front. Medium citrus with orange kicks in midway. Nice hop bite in the end.

Good body to go with the intense flavor.

Very nice ipa.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery pours a nice golden color with white head that clings to the glass. Fruity hop aroma with a hint of malt. The hop taste is there without the bitterness. Finishes with a hint of malt. The mouth feel while full is not overly heavy and is slightly crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. While not my favorite IPA this is a damn good beer after a long hard week.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - a beautiful golden color that is clean and clear and with a pronounced head of pure white sitting on top. I am ready to dig in...

Aroma - oranges, grapefruit, pine, malty sweetness, caramel. If their was one word to describe the aroma of a well crafted American India Pale Ale I would use that word in bold with an exclamation mark. Unfortunately their isn't a word like that so perhaps "hoppy" will suffice for now.

Taste - one sip and I am again hit with the reality that hoppy beers do very, very well in cans. Plenty of hop freshness packed into this little 12 oz. container for sure. Avery IPA is well rounded and balanced and makes for the type of IPA you could enjoy for days on end. The pine, grapefruit, citrus and malty backbone are all there and working in harmony to present you with one hell of a drinkable Colorado hop-alanche.

Overall - excellent. There is a good reason why Avery's IPA gets stellar reviews and ratings all over the web. This is the perfected art of hops in a glass.

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely. This is some seriously hoppy stuff and the can preserves all those flavors so much better than a bottle.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell is very rank and pungent. Almost grapefruit-esque. Perhaps it was aged at a slightly higher fermentation temperature to produce esters. Intentional or not. earthy hops.

Hoppy and bitter, but in a very strange flavor. Once again, fruity and slightly moldy tasting

Creamy and thick. Really a nice mouthfeel actually, more aley than most ipas.

Im not a huge fan of the taste or smell, and could ask for more hoppy bitterness. Still a reasonably good beer

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Photo of redsox3g2
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass:

Appearance wise, it is a little lighter than your average IPA, with a small but thick head. It smells like a typical pine-flavored IPA, but a bit weaker smell than I would normally expect.

The flavor is where this beer let me down. Good hoppy IPA flavor in general, but muted and weak. It sort of tastes like it's overly carbonated, like you mixed a great IPA with a few ounces of tonic water. It does go down pretty smooth, and overall isn't horrible. Definitely wouldn't put it on my favorites list, but I would buy it again if I didn't see any better options.

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Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear orange hinted golden colour with a 3cm white head that persists. Bit of sticky lacing.
S - Piney & citrus hops dominate.
S - Much the same as the smell. Clean pale malt sweetness to balance.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a smooth, moderate bitterness.
D - Tasty beer indeed. Would be a regular if available here.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery IPA is a cloudy golden ale with a soft, dense, bubbly offwhite head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a green, hoppy aroma with notes of pine needles, pine resin and oranges. It has a slick medium body with a clean, silky finish. It's nice and bitter with a hint of sweetness. There's lots of pine and a hint of orange and grapefruit. It has a long, bitter, resiny aftertaste. It's a very solid Western IPA.

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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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