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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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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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Golden edges. Big dense frothy tanned offwhite head. Dense rings of lace fused together.

Floral and resinous. Touch of sweet caramel.

Floral, resins, spicy herbal hops flavors. toasty cracker and caramel. Bitter resinous aftertaste.

med body. somewhat sticky and drying. steady med carb.

A very decent IPA, in the upper echelon. Tastier on tap. Very drinkable. Good floral and resinous hops character.

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

Pours clear orange in body with white head. Aroma of hop resin, citrus notes and grass. Tastes of hops, slight citrus, refreshingly bitter, grass, and evergreens. Light in body with light carbonation. A well-done IPA with an ABV that is hardly noticeable.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a murky yellow orange with a thick creamy head.
Smells of sweet malt, floral and citrusy hops.
Tastes lemony and there is grapefruit with a hint of pepper.
Feels medium, not too thick, dryness makes you yearn for another sip.
Solid bitter IPA has perfect lacing, this one did surprise me.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque light golden color with mild orange highlights. Features a 3-4 finger creamy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet floral and citrus hops with a light hint of malt in the background. Smells a bit sweet.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front with toasted malt in the middle and more bitter grapefruit at the finish. Very bitter finish - not a negative. The taste is not reflected in the aroma. I detect almost no sweetness in the taste whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Solid IPA. Not the best in class but worth trying.

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

Avery India Pale Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--50 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) 5.7% ABW? Clear rich golden color. Light floral hop front develops earthy hop flavor in crisp sweet rich medium crystal malt body. Hop dominates brew but is slightly over bitter at end. Sampled 12/2/1999.

India Pale Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--83 IBU's.? (4.5 / 5.0) 6-Pack $8.99. Tight rich lacy head. Slightly hazy rich bright gold color. Subtle malt rich floral hop front. Creamy mellow sweet smooth rich butterscotch caramel mild biscuit body. Cloying balanced hop spice end. Sampled 12/3/2007.

Avery Brewing Company--Avery India Pale Ale--2010-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 69 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Lacy foamy dense white head. Clear thin bright pale straw color. No sediment. Earthy rough floral mild hop front. Thin textured dry sweet fully fermented Pils malt earthy pine hop infused mild fruit crisp tangy body. Dry hop spice mild citrus bitter end. Nice medium IPA. Sampled 9/17/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $9.39 @ Pete's Supermarket 5/9/2010.

Avery India Pale Ale 2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 69 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy white foamy head. Clear bright orange gold color. Sweet floral NW aromatic hop front. Mildly creamy crisp delicate sweet smooth light Pale caramel dough citrus hop resin body. Clean balanced smooth mild hop spice refreshing end. Nice floral Rocky Mountain IPA. Sampled 12/5/2010. 6- Pack purchased for $9.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 7/14/2010.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first brew of the night over at Rustico in Alexandria:

A: Pours a glistening golden color with about 1/2 inch head and moderate carbonation. Great sudsy head retention on this bad boy!

S: Ahh.. I smell the hop sizzle - one of the trademarks a great IPA in my opinion. Very fresh smell of grapefruit and a strong presence of orange, all held together by a mild caramel undertow.

T: I can't believe I'm asking for this, but I could actually use more sweetness. However, this fine drink is tangy, without being too "in your face."

M: Foamy lacing, with a nice caramel-like thickness.

D: Although this is not one of the memorable IPAs, this is a fine brew nonetheless. They don't package sucky beers over at Avery.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect pint
Thanks to Mr. Kennedy for bringing this over

A-- Poured a light orange amber color, poured a 2 finger off white head that faded to a little bit over film. Lots of small carbonation beads with this beer. Good head retention when swirling the beer. Great lacing with the beer.

S-- Grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, pine, and carmel. Well balanced smells. Not overly huge one way or the other.

T-- Grapefruit and pine mostly. Not over the top and not too aggressive.

M-- Carmel sweetness in the mouth. More pine and grapefruit and get orange peel. Just a slight oily feel to this Medium body and carbonation. Pine sticks around a decent amount after finishing.

D-- Far more balanced than other IPA's out there. Not big and over the top but at times that is a good thing. More of an IPA you can drink 3-4 of and not get bored with. Well hidden ABV and just a good constructed IPA.

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Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A- Slightly hazy light amber pour. half inch white head recedes to thin ring. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Subtle mash between pine and grapefruit (neither one overpowering) orange peel and faint strawberries.

T- Bitter hop presence, mostly pine. Very subtle grapefruit and mandarin oranges. nothing over the top. Everything melds together very well.

M- Juicy at first bitter dry finish. Aftertaste is suprisingly light.

D- I really wish I had more of these. Excellent IPA.

I can honestly say that this is my favorite non-over the top IPA I've had yet. Excellent job Avery.

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Photo of Star80
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a six pack of this stuff cause I knew it was fresh, not necessarily because it was my fist pick. It is only fair to review a beer when it is fresh, I would bet that many beers here fail to hit the mark because of this, so beermakers, label your sh*t, and buy back old beer? (I end up buying more SA than I'd care to admit, cause I KNOW it will be fresh) So, may not always be possible, but would be a step in the right direction... I know, easier said than done, it is hard enough to just survive as a micro or craft brewer. Anyways, yes, pours a pale golden color, smells very citric, some floral hops and some faint malts. This is a very solid, yet middle ground IPA. It delivers that citric punch, not much pine, and a good baseline maltiness, reminiscent of the style. Faint alcohol in the nose....and somewhat heavy, for an IPA. Could even be an double IPA, and 6.5% abv, so drinkability, is wee bit heavy. What can I say, a solid entry, very true to the style of a west coast IPA, but not breaking too much ground in originality IMO. Pick this one up if you want a solid American hop fix, but take a chance on freshness, cause these are not bottle dated from what i can read.

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Photo of mjrod2142
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this beer a shot while grilling some steak tip kabobs and I really enjoyed it. The color, head and aroma was what I expected for an American IPA. The taste was very good and overall the beer was very drinkable. I'm purposely not making specific comments because there was nothing special that jumped out at me. It was just a very enjoyable beer that I was free to enjoy without much thought.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid-wheat color topped by a loosely laced one-finger head of big loosely laced bubbles. Can see a lot of active carbonation rising from the bottom. (incredible lacing after I started drinking!)

Smell is sweet and floral, with some sharp notes of citrus -- Simicoe? Either way, this is an awesome bouquet -- quintessential IPA deliciousness!

The bready, sweet backbone is well balanced with a crisp hop bite. Assertive, but not an overpowering hope presence. Finishes with a nice piney coating that leaves you wanting another taste.

Carbonation is medium-high. Perhaps a little too fizzy, but it gives it solid drinkability.

Overall, very full flavored and excellent balance. When I think of a good, aggressive American IPA, this beer has those characteristics. Could session a few of these for sure.

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Photo of deereless
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick frothy head that slowly settles to reveal some spotty lacing along the interior of the glass, golden straw in color, lots of activity going on in the beer - 4.00, S: This is a pretty traditional American IPA that includes lots of nice citrus and pine aromas, there is also a light biscuity nose and a hint of grass in the background - 4.00, T: Distinct hop bitterness, substantial pine and grapefruit pith, mild sweetness and some spicy zest - 3.50, M: Mouth feel has a drying astringency to it, medium bodied - 3.50, D: A nicely crafted IPA, very drinkable and one I'd sample again, with no date on the bottle it's hard to know if I got this beer during its early days with the full hop effect - 3.75

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic. Moderately strong pour leaves about a two finger head. The head retention is very good, slim cap remains through out. A solid sheet of lacing encompasses the glass and holds tight. Body is a hazy straw yellow, a bit lighter in color than I prefer when it comes to an IPA. Chunky yeast sediment remains suspended through out this enjoyment process.

Aroma is hop forward with a balance in the hop presentation. Citric and grassy hop smells split the bill. Light caramel and bready malt aromas are set just behind balancing out quite nicely.

Balance is truly the name of the game with this beer. Assertive bitterness hits the tongue right away, by mid palate the malt comes into play evening the playing field some. Hop flavor presents a good mix of citrus, pine and grassiness with out one over powering the other. The malt leans towards the bready side, not a lot of crystal malt shining through.

Medium bodied brew delivers a slightly creamy texture for an IPA. Carbonation is moderate, seems to be on point for this brew. Oily hop resin on the tongue helps the finish towards the long side. I could handle this beer being slightly more dry.

Very drinkable though not my favorite in the style. Overall the beer is solid yet lacks in areas of personal preference. I could certainly drink a few of these but would probably reach for something else before too long. Solid beer and worth a taste.

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Photo of aeminter
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sort-of-a straw color and a little on the hazy side (unfiltered & bottle conditioned). The head is thick foamy white with excellent lacing.

S - Piney and resinous, nice and herbal and a little earthy

M/T - Up front the flavors are rather neutral and steadily become more hoppy and more bitter as you move further back on the palate. The finish is long, bitter (herbal hops) and just moderately dry. Carbonation is on the high side of medium.

A very good beer and an excellent representation of the style. I have to admit it is better than I remember the first time.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beermasons for bringing a few of these into the country. Very impressed with the Avery beers I have tried on vacation in the US, but this one is new to me.

Medium amber with a big, tight head that doesn't seem to recede at all throughout. TONS of lacing. Tiny, tiny bubbles rising all the while. Man this looks inviting.

Big pine smells in the nose, with a sweetish citric/floral undercurrent. Not getting any malt at this point. Big bouquet on this, though. Lovely.

This is damn tasty. Big and resinous, fades to fruitier flavors that I can't quite pin down (a little pineapple, but something else as well) and some earthy notes, which blend nicely with the caramel malt backbone. Perfumy and refreshing jab of hops again at the end of the sip. Big lingering bitterness. Different to a lot of US IPAs I have tried. The flavor profile on this is relatively unique.

Creamy and smooth. Man, that bitterness sticks around. I could drink these all night. Great IPA.

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Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden-hued amber with a dense, two finger, white head that leaves thick lacing behind.

S-Smells a little musty and lemony almost like a gueze upfront with some pine and floral notes. Kind of weird for an IPA, but I'm open minded...

T-Spicy pine and bitter grapefruit upfront that transitions into a tropical fruit and light caramel middle with a balanced finish.

M-Medium bodied with low, but prickly, carbonation and smooth, slick mouthfeel.

D-A little different for an IPA, which is nice sometimes. I'd like to try it again to make sure I what I had was fresh, because the mustiness in the nose is making me wonder.

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

This is a very robust IPA, without going all the way over the top. That is what this style is supposed to be - extremely robust. As such, I am very happy with this brew and wish I had a case sitting around to share with friends.

It has a bit of unadulterated bite. The hops are the main taste component and overpower everything. In this way it is out of balance, but nothing about that makes it a bad taste, just in your face.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A - Clear orange color with a nice frothy head about one finger high. Sticky lacing residue covers the majority of the glass while drinking.

S - A pleasant aroma filled with hops, pine, citrus, orange peel, and a touch of malty sweetness.

T - This is definitely hoppy right upfront, with plenty of fruity citrus tones. Some pine creeps in alongside a temperate malt backbone. Finishes off with a lingering, dry, hoppy bite.

M/D - For an IPA, this has somewhat of a thicker body, which when combined with the long, dry finish and some sticky qualities, can slow the drinking down a bit.

This is definitely a solid IPA, but I think there's some better options out there for hopheads.

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

Review from notes taken on 6/23/10.

Served in a pint at Als via the beer gas mixture. Appears a crystal clear golden yellow color with a finger of creamy white head. Very solid retension with patchy lace clinging all over the glassware. Aroma is filled with a hop combo of citrus and herbal smells. Little bit of a grainy sweetness blends throughout. The taste of this brew is bitter with herbal hops upfront. Overall a light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Slightly crisp drying finish. Lingering aftertate of herbs and a biscuity grain character that imparts a bit of grassiness about the hops. Quite refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly,hazy golden/orange with a two finger pearly,white crown that dissipated slowly leaving considerable,sudsy lacing.

S-There was initially a modest,floral hop aroma that gave way to tangerine and fresh grass.Some citric notes were also present.

T-Citric hoppiness upfront with more tangerine and lemon.Good level of hop bitterness.Some mild grapefruit and pine notes on the finish and aftertaste.

M-Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.Crisp,clean and refreshing.

D-This beer has a great level of drinkability.If there was a little more to it,I would give it a 5.Overall,a great beer from a great brewery.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,149 ratings