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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Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 +3.1%
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 -4.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice fluffy white 2 finger head appears and fades semi slowly over a crystal clear tan golden orange color. The head leaves a slight lacing and Belgian pillowy fluffy mounds as it fades.

N: Some nice tropical fruit hops, aromatic, some earthy bitter tones, the hops are there but still somewhat lighter. There's also some sweet malts, almost a caramel malt and touch of nougat, the aged hop aroma despite that this just showed up in the store today (no date on the bottle).

T: Tastes mostly as it smelled. Starts with some nice hops, tropical fruits, some citrus and orange, some earthy bitterness, somewhat bitter, not too heavy but its def pretty bitter. A little spicy hop character too. Again with the slight nougat aged hop flavor. All this blends with a slight crisp malt backbone, touch of crystal malts, and pale malts, etc. A good example of East Coast IPA despite being from CO. Hops and malts blended well. I also get a slight fruit quality, almost Belgian yeast fruit flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: FInishes pretty bitter and very slightly astringent. It's got lots more spicy and earthy hops with a little bit of the lingering citrus and orange, and even a little musty hop resins late (with the astringency). The finish is very long too, and is pretty dry.

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Photo of beerman207
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks great - clear - bit of sediment - nice fluffy head

S: Smell is citrus, malt, a bit of zest there as well

T: Bitter, citrus, malt backbone

m: nice carbonation - a bit more than typical in an ipa

D: easy to drink - could have another. Haven't had a lot by Avery. Looking forward to trying one of their bigger beers in the future.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice layer of foam, copper tones
S - vague floral scent
T - earthy hop taste, not overwhelming
M - smooth, not as bitter as I like my IPA's
D - very drinkable and balanced

This is overall a good beer. A kick back on the porch 6 pack type of beer in my opinion. Hoppy, but not as bitterly strong as I'd like. However, it is no doubt a good beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white and bubbly head into a pint glass. the head was long-lasting and billowed nicely while leaving good sheeting and lace throughout.
s - floral hops.
t - grassy hops.
m - a little too thin for my tastes.
d - solid ipa.

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slighty hazy orange amber color. Head is offwhite in color and features both medium and larger sized bubbles that seem to be leaving some decent lace behind.

Smell is a combination of earthy malts and sticky hops. The malt aroma is a little more forward than I prefer in my Ipa's.

Taste is more of the same. You get the earthy flavors from the malts and and bitterness from the hops hitting the palate at almost exactly the same time making for a somewhat complex, yet balanced Ipa.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good (somewhat low) carbonation level.

Pretty good drinkability, but the earthy malts would having me switching gears after a few or so.

Morey's Bottom Line: An above average, but not quite elite Ipa. Definitely worth a try. If you're a fan of Titan, I could see you enjoying this Ipa. I tend to like my Ipa's a little less earthy/malty.

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I love IPA'a with a map on the label.
Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Nice white, foamy head on top of a clear, light golden body. Good lacing.
S: A smooth hop aroma. A bit bit on the mellow side.
T/M: A carbonated mouthfeel, a earthy hop taste. A slight hop spice is shown.
D: great taste, but I feel this is not the IPA I would be turning to often.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dingy golden orange. Huge 3 finger white head that settles into a moundy froth. Leaves spotted walls of crystal lace.

S - Floral pine, pungent earthy hops, bubblegum, caramel malt in the background

T - Bitter grapefruit rind, sharp grassy hops, peppery spice flows over a defined creamy & malty backbone, tangy citrus plays on the back of the tongue, finishes very crisp. Aftertaste is clean grapefruit.

M - Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

A very impressive IPA! This beer has it all. A gentle balance of bold hops and caramel malt that ties it up in a perfect package.
This is a go to IPA.

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Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear, deep straw colour with a foamy, white head. Head retention is okay.

Resinous, slightly piney with a tropical note reminiscent of Simcoe hops.

Good, laid back malt which cleanly supports the resinous hops. Medium-firm bitterness.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A reasonable IPA. It ticks all the boxes but isn't a stand out.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice hazy golden light amber color with 3 fingers of lacy head, very nice.

S- Typical citrus hops with a slight herbal hop and light sweet malt on the back. Average.

T- Nice hoppiness in the front with a pine/citrus flavor, light and refreshing, but finishes with a metallic/medicinal flavor that hangs around, not as smooth.

M- Light body IPA with loads of carbonation that clear the palate, however the finish is rather awkward with the metallic/medicinal flavor.

D- Very easy to drink, after the 3rd one you tend to not care about the metallic finish and want more.

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Photo of NODAK
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma of assertive hops....grapefruit....definitely very forward.

Taste is of astringent, grapefruit hops...and lots of 'em. While IPA's are, by definition, hoppy beers, this is definitely a hop lover's IPA. It's hops from the beginning of the sip until the swallow. Malt presence is pretty low here, somewhat noticeable in the body but certainly dominated by the hops. Aftertaste is very long and drawn out...the lemon peel hoppiness stays on the tongue for quite a while after the swallow.

Definitely a high IBU offering here from Avery. While I find the aggressiveness of the hops a little overbearing, I'm sure hopheads appreciate it.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date noticed, poured into a shaker glass.

A - Slight haze (could be chill) on the light golden body. Lively carbonation races to the top to form the finger thick froth that remains throughout.

S - Lemon peel, grapefruit, and a touch of bubblegum up front. There is a bread quality and maltiness holding all of the hops up there.

T - Assertive bitterness picked up immediately as it hits the tongue. Pine resin, green apple, and pineapple hop flavor makes my mouth water for more. There is alcohol warmth in the belly, but not hot.

M - Medium bodied and not overly dry. Just the way I envision an IPA should be here. Clears the palate crisp, though the taste buds are damaged.

D - Moderate to low. 6.3 ABV is on the high end for an IPA and your mouth will shrivel up if you try to have more than 2 back to back from the IBU's.

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

12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into my imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours a nice orange color, a little gold. a tall 2 fingers of a rocky velvety white foam. lots of lace and some great head retention. this bottle was calm, but some of the others in the sixer were gushers. might of been cause they were on there side for a bit.

the aroma is that of pungent, piney, citrus american hops. a little grassy and a hint of some caramel malts. hops are almost all you smell though.

a nice bitter grassy, grapefruit citrus, piney, maybe even a little fruity. has a some caramel malt, but mostly hop forward. finshs with a nice dose of grassy citrus bitterness.

medium bodied, carbonation feels good. hops are pungent and resinous on the palate.

drinks pretty good, enjoyed some while playing frisbee golf and they went down nicely. a great beer to session.

overall a decent ipa, nothing too spectacular, but still pretty tasty. i would buy this again, just maybe not right away.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed burnt orange with adequate cap of frothy white head, leaving splotchy lacing. Scent is of earthy, piney hops with a touch of citrus, also present is a light carmely sweet malt. Taste brings a lightly bitter touch of piney and spicy hops, flavors of oranage linger behind and the backbone is a lightly sweet carmel taste with a touch of roasted nuts. medium bodied, slightly oily and dry on the toungue. A decent IPA that doesnt do anything remarkable or bad either.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a foggy deep yellow / near orange beer, an off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell is typical for an American IPA, grape-fruit, lemon, grass, and pine - from the hops.

The taste is initially sweet, caramel, then fruits being dominated by grape-fruit, and then a hoppy, peel and seed, bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a bit coarse and dry.

Good and solid, rather well balanced. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New bottle and label, remember having this on tap a while back.

A- Dark orange with a fluffy white head that has very good retention. Leaves only a few small patches of lace.

S- Surprisingly malty. A bit of fruit and citrus hops. Some earthy notes too. Good strength but not what I expected for an IPA. Decent strength.

T- Caramel light malt. Good fruit notes and earthy/grassy hop notes. Low bitterness. More malty than one would expect. Some grainy/corn notes too. Not bad but nothing outstanding.

MF- Moderate creamy body with moderate smooth carbonation. Bitter coat of malt and hop flavors.

DB- Not bad, a good balance of malt flavors and hop. Not impressive but still refreshing and worth the money.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass. Just to note, this is marked at 6.5% ALC/VOL.

This is one with the new and improved labels so I know it's fresh. Otherwise, the date code tells me nothing.

This IPA pours a light golden color with a hazy appearance befitting the style. It has thick head with good retention and good lacing.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy but not over-the-top. Good citrus and pine notes to it. Not remarkable but solid.

Flavor is very bitter but also very drinkable. It has more of that bitter citrus and pine needles that came through in the nose. The malt base is light but big enough to help balance out all that hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation. Good balance for an IPA and finishes bitter and dry.

Overall a really nice example of a style that is almost over-saturated in today's market. This one has been around a while and I'm glad I finally got around to trying it. It probably won't be the last time either.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pours a citrus grapefruit-yellow with an oily, thin, white head that faded into a thin film leaving some wispy lace.
S: Citrus and pine hops with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh cut grass. Notes of exotic fruits as well including mango and pineapple. Not much malt.
T: Big fruit and floral hop taste with a touch of pine in the finish. Very sweet and juicy. The malt shines through a bit, but lends more sweetness than it does flavor.
M: Crisp, light carbonation with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium body, very low bitterness.
D: Hop-forward and sweet, yet balance and smooth. If you like citrus and fruity IPA's this one is right up your alley.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid "IPA session" from the Rockies for the IPA lover...A brilliant yellow golden clear color sits under a thin off white head. A light nectar citrus character fills the nose for the most part before this opens up to a sharp, tingly sweet mouthfeel that makes way toward a big and juicy bitter center. Good and easy to put away a few of these on a hot summer day, especially if you're an IPA guy or gal...

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Photo of Briken
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with frothy tan head with great retention and lacing. Citrusy aroma. Strong citrus, pepper, and a hint of pine hops with very little malt to hold them up. A dry, bitter finish. Smooth but somewhat thin with good carbonation.

I wasn't sure if this one was outstanding or just simple. Maybe just simply outstanding? In the end, it was a good strong hop character in relation to the malts but seemed somewhat subdued in overall taste. It looks absolutely perfect and is very easy to drink so it's definitely nothing to avoid unless you like more balanced IPA's. It's a good hop fix beer while being refreshing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with escellent retention to a 1 finger rocky cap. Decanted lightly. Wide rings and sticky sheets of lace.

S: Big citrus up front. Orange rind. Little (if any) malt character.

T: There's the malt; up front and in the finish - big, bready and slightly sweet except in the finish where it dry. In the middle, resiny and coating. Sharp bitter for balance with hint of malt and resiny hops lingering.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and coating, fair balance, and dry.

D: Very drinkable. Much like an English IPA.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,129 ratings.
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