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: 3,157 |  Reviews: 1,212
Photo of dcsoke
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light amber in color with good head retention and clear beer.

S - Smells of floral hoppiness is great, very inviting beer.

T - Great IPA, good citrus and piney notes, and the bitterness is very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is decent, this definitely has a light body with a somewhat dry finish.

D - Easy going down, I could have a few of these without being overwhelmed. Then again that in and of itself states this isn't the greatest IPA I've had. Sometimes IPA's should be more memorable.

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

Tannish orange. Pretty clear. Lacing is thin. Head is pretty decent and leaves a lasting sheen.

Smell is earthy hops and pine-cone grapefruits with a touch of apple juice. Typically IPA but smells pretty nice.

T/M: Good and piney. Plenty of lemon and grapefruit. Sweet fruit is light. Lots of hops with a good hoppy bite to it. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Quite a nice IPA.

Pretty easy to drink. Leaves me wanting another to be sure.

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Photo of patriot76
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper in color, nice head about an inch think which retains. Very nice lacing throughout.

S- Floral aroma all around with hints of citrus and lemongrass, maybe even a little grapefruit and lots of hops.

T- Starts off slow and is a bit subdued, then finishes very strong with hops and more hops. It ends with bitterness that lingers. Not much going on besides the hops. A bit short on overall taste. Finishes tart, like a grapefruit.

M- Strong hop flavor immediately to the back of the palate, then smoothes to the middle, then ends strong on the back of the palate again. Very dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D- I would have to say that this is in the class of IPA where one is enough. It is pleasant at first, but you know by the end your going to have had enough. Overall an average IPA that for me the hops dominated a bit too much.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice creamy white head, very good head retention. Nice foam rings around the glass. The IPA is slightly hazy and has a apricot color. You get an average dose of hops that gives way to a slight note of citrus and finishes with a hoppy after taste. I would say this is a very average IPA. Not disappointed but not overly impressed. Prost!

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Photo of letsgopens
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at MadMex on Mcknight Rd. This old standby IPA shows a clear golden, apricot colored body with yellow highlights. Frothy, creamy, snow-white head fades to a sticky veil of lace.

Bright, citrusy hops slaps you right upfront. Grapefruit and pine. Rather dim beyond that but comes up as it warms. Slight hint of booze and pepper lemon zest.

Well balanced and appetizing. A good malty, slightly sweet and toasty but still light, backbone bridges to the ligering hop bitterness. Citrus and resinus, piney hops. Dry toastiness but still some lush malt in the finish. Lemon and peppery greens. Booze is present along with the lingering bitterness.

Crisp initially then fades to a layered, matted mouthfeel. Warm and semidry. Relatively low to medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness. Well constructed and balanced but not a huge standout. A solid selection to be sure.

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

12 oz bottle into vintage Red Star pint glass.

Pours golden straw yellow with a white head and nice lacing.

Smell is super citrusy hops, grassy and lush.

Taste is much the same, this is a delicious full-on hopalicious IPA, the flavors bordering on the precipice of DIPAdom. Very tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little dry, a little prickly.

Drinkability is good, this definitely is close to being a session IPA.

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Photo of Hopalong29
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Semi cloud not clear golden, wife said it looks like piss (she's funny)Light carbonation, minimal lacing from a footed 1-pint Pilsner glass.

S: Nothing overwhelming here. Light hoppy, minimal citrus

T: Nice light hoppy, light citrus

M: No bitter after taste

D: Would definately do again

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light amber color, in between yellow and orange. Head is good. Laces well and everything. Quite transparent.

S-Hoppy. Pine and citrus. Maltiness is there as well. Typical IPA in the nose.

T-Quite bitter. Pine/grapefruit medley. More dynamic than the nose in my opinion. This beer is spicy and dry. Not very malty but still detectable.

M-Lighter bodied. Well carbonated. Finishes quite dry.

D-Easy to drink but I'm not dying to have another one.
Re-tried some time later from the can. I now appreciate this IPA much more. I find it to be mellow enough to drink several, yet flavorful enough to keep me interested. The canned version seemed to please me more. One of the better canned IPAs I can easily obtain. Would like if it was a dollar or two cheaper, but this is a pretty sweet brew.

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

Surprised to see Avery canning...more power to 'em, cans rule.

Strong appearance with a snow-white head, which retains well, sitting on top of a sunny rust-orange color. Thick, clingy lace streaks and lots of them.

Big citrusy aroma, all kinds of grapefruit and every part of it, flesh and rind. Orange too, even some peach and lemon. Yep, it's a total citrus bomb, but tempered just enough by some herbal tea notes.

Wow...the flavor is one for the "hop freaks" that Avery clearly brewed this for (the can proclaims "Hop Freaks Unite!"). While it carries the great citrus wallop of the aroma, it never spins out of control. There's all kinds of intensities happening thanks to the hops: spiky citrus rind bitterness, juicy orange sweetness, spicy mango, marmalade/resin stickiness...and a smidgen of toffee and herbal tea to make sure the boat doesn't totally tip over.

Smooth and just a bit creamy, with just enough carbonation tingle to make the hops sizzle that much brighter.

This is an utterly fantastic, accessible, drinkable IPA. Liquid adult candy. Excellent.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle with a "new" label different from the picture.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber. Decent 1 finger, light, off-white colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Mostly bready with a mild background of citrus and pine.

T&M: Slightly better hop character than the nose. Citrus, pine, and earthy hops that is well-balanced with the caramel base malts. Semi-dry finish on a light to medium bodied ale.

Goes down very easy but not the most exciting IPA around. Typical good quality from Avery. Maybe it's the new label, but they may have changed the recipe on this. I thought it was better before, but way too long ago for me to confirm.

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

A: Pours a perfectly translucent golden with light amber highlights, capped by two fingers of rocky, eggshell colored head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Blend of citrus and pine up front with grapefruit and tangerine evident, followed by a light caramel base. Nose is subdued.

T: Better defined hop profile than the nose, with a mix of citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Caramel base comes in on the backend, leading to a finish with both caramel and pine.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels light on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy but not the most exciting IPA around.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier 2xIPA glass. it poured a clear golden color with a inch of white foam covering the top of the beer. Pretty good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice bright citrusy and fruity flavor to it. Grapefruit is the most dominant wit ha bit of mango and pineapple to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit throughout the flavor. As it finishes I get a little of the tropical fruit like flavors to it. A little sweetness is there in the finish too helping smooth it out a bit. The pine and grapefruit linger for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice drinking IPA overall. I particularly liked the little bit of tropical, pineapple, mango flavors I got out of it and would have liked even more. It had a very nice hoppiness to it though and I enjoyed it very much. Very solid beer overall.

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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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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,157 ratings