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

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden with a nice one-finger white head that leaves good lacing. It's the kind of appearance that tells me 'hops' immediately.

Smell: And so does the smell! Very strong floral hop aroma. I was rather surprised by this for some reason, and very, very pleased by it too.

Taste: Again with the floral hops - very good! I don't detect much in the way of malts... well, hold on, there is a very, very subtle biscuity flavor buried in here. It's easy to miss, because the hops dominate the palate so much, and that's just what I like.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and body. Tends to the dry side, but not too much.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, yes, drinkability's good, give me another one!

For some reason, I didn't expect much out of this at all. I thought it would come closer to the 'suck' side of the spectrum, actually. It proved me completely wrong, and I can't think of a single reason not to buy this in the future, or to recommend it to you fine folks.

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

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with a very, very large and sticky white head that settles quite slowly. Lovely rings and patches of very sticky white lace appear all the way down the glass, while a nice cap of white froth remains atop the beer.

S: Aroma filled with grapefruit and other citrus aromas. A faintly sweet biscuit-like crackery malt aroma is present, as well. A strong and robust aroma.

T&M: Bitter with a very pleasant floral and citrus flavor. Grapefruit is the primary suspect here, but there's a very lovely floral element that contributes a nice note to the flavor. Malt flavor is slightly sweet and crackery, almost like a shortbread cookie of sorts, but hops are definitely the main attraction here. Flavor is big and hoppy, but contained in balance. A very drinkable IPA. Body is medium to full with a brisk carbonation level.

D: Hoppy and tasty means it's quite drinkable. A solid offering from Avery, it's like a baby Maharaja. I'm surprised this isn't rated higher given the hop-head bias on the site, because this is definitely a great IPA.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours into my shaped pint glass a golden amber color, has a fairly thin white head with some speckled lacing,

Smell: good citrus hops smell, some fruit-like aromas come through too, overall a good smell

Taste: nice hop driven taste as should be expected for the style, is complimented with a sweet almost fruit like kick from the malt,

Mouthfeel: appropriate amount of carbination,

Drinkability: very drinkable, good example of the style,

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this is a really pretty IPA! Bright golden color, thick creamy white head, lots of lacing left behind. Clear, lots of carbonation visible. I didn't have high expectations for this, but this is a perfect IPA in appearance for me.

Aroma is great. Robust pine & citrus, just a hint of malt. Nice smelling beer!

Taste is also very nice. Big burst of hop flavor. Not a ton of malt, but I like the hop flavor focus -- it's a regular IPA, that's OK. Not all that bitter either -- much more hop flavor than bitterness, but that makes it really easy drinking. Again, so much better than
I was expecting!

Mouthfeel is full with carbonation but light with body thickness & malt. This is a great everyday IPA --- I think it is easily the match of other really good IPA like Stone IPA & Two-Hearted Ale, a bit less bitter than both but really full of flavor!

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in to my new Russian River Stemmed Glass.

Golden and brilliant presentation with soapy white head that leaves quickly. Spotty lacing along the inside of the glass.

Earthy and citric hops, a little underwhelming. Funky fruit comes through as the brew warms. The aromas are not overbearing, still very inviting.

The first sip unveils the pleasant bitterness that is balanced by a fruity hop taste. The pallet rests with a bitter finish that is rather dry. The following gulps seem less bitter and bring much more fruity sweetness. The taste is much more appealing than the bouquet. I find this IPA to much more subdued in the flavor and aroma. I would suggest this IPA to those who are looking for a less hoppy IPA.

Avery IPA is on the thinner side of the spectrum. Dont get me wrong it has some body, but much less than others in this style. Carbonation is on the lower side as well. More carbonation would be a mistake for this ales delicate tastes.

I would recommend giving this one a try if you want an IPA that wont put you out with more than one. Very drinkable and sessionable for an IPA

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

$6.50 for 16oz @ the Indie, Somerville MA

Clear gold with a thick, foamy, whipped cream head. Glass bottom retention leaves foam painted down mine glass.

Citrus and pine hops up front with a swamp hop underneath. Peach rings. Has a malty aroma of the base for the dessert barque--the dessert where butter melted and mixed with sugar and poured over saltines, then has melted chocolate on top. It's that exactly but without the chocolate.

Barque base malt with pulpy grapefruit hop and pulpy orange hop. Restrained but IPA worthy bitterness. Candy peach slices.

Perfect balance of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with appropriate complimentary malt. I could drink this all day--if it wasn't $6.50 a glass.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone IPA glass

A: it looks ok its dark gold i cant call it amber even a light amber

S: pine hops is the smell with citrus in background seems like the beer might be a bit old no freshness date on the bottle

T: light and fresh with a hop kick but not really much bitter here hrm after the double IPA they make this is rather tame not impressed really.

M its light mouth like a pale ale carbonation is right on where it should be.

D: you can drink a bunch its a sessionable IPA that if your a big hop head you might find boring but still its a well crafted beer and you have to give its due. its good not great. make no mistake some beers these guys brew is great this aint one, but its good.

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

Had this on tap during my most recent visit to Brews Cafe in Granville. First time with this though I've had Maharajah a number of times.

Appearance- Comes off the tap with about a half finger of white head over a transparent amber body. Some mild beading in the body and the head dies back in short order to a ring around the edges.

Smell- A nice mix of pine needles and grapefruit rind here. Doesn't really lean heavily towards citrus or piney resin here but rather cuts a decent middle path.

Taste- Again, hops up front, primarily a nice combination of grapefruit rind and pine. Finishes with a mild touch of bready malt but definitely leans towards the hops throughout. Nice and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and slick. The beer went down easily though I didn't really find myself desiring another after the first because I wasn't particularly blown away by the flavor profile.

Overall, a solid IPA. Didn't blow me away but I certainly wasn't disappointed by it either. Hit the spot I was looking for and I would have it again, though I don't expect I would seek it out specifically.

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

pours a very light hazy orange with a fluffy white head. nice retention and decent lacing.

light citrus up front, mainly grapefruit. malts are a bit heavy.

light bitterness upfront and through the finish. lots of pine and light earthy tone with hints of citrus. malt backbone is heavy and balances this out greatly.

full body, lots of carbonation, decent malt backing.

drinks easy, but needs more hop flavor. i dont mind this here and there however it is not in my regular rotation. a bit more hop flavor would nudge out the strong malts.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - ommegang witte glass

A - cloudy golden color. Crowned by a fingers worth of dense off white foam. Thick lacing.

S - sweet citrusy hops and a thick bready maltyness.

T - sweet doughy malt flavor which is then demonlished by tangy bitter citrus hops.

M - smooth. Medium bodied medium carb.

D - easy drinking. Nice IPA. Great flavor. Great blanace.

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

When I first tried this several weeks ago I thought it was only fair to midland.
after a second helping(and a third, fourth and fifth!) I found this to be a quite enjoyable brew.
Looks very appealing and smells like your average IPA but the taste is very incredible with lots of cool things going on,... fruity, citrusy,malty,hoppy all balanced out in a magical way.
glad I gave this one a second chance and I'm headed out for another 6er ASAP. Good Stuff.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear gold with a nice two fingers of head. I can see the lacing start in the top edges of the glass.

S: Lemon and piney hops. Also some sweet malts in the nose.

T: The lemon and pine follow into the taste. Also some floral hops and a touch of grapefruit. Very nice bitter IPA without much malt - just what I like.

M: Resinous hops and moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable IPA. Glad we can get this in AL now.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a somewhat hazy golden with a tall white head. Retention is good, and there is some lacing.

The nose is a mixture of grass, pine and citrus. The taste is more of the same, with the pine and citrus eventually winning against the more grassy flavours.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but take it slowly.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz undated bottle into a tulip.

pours a nice hazy, golden amber color with a thick, white 2 finger head. head lasts almost to the end and leaves super thick, sticky lace behind.

smells of grassy pale malts and piney hops. kinda weak with none of the floral/fruity aromas i expected.

pretty simple in the flavor department, but sometimes simple is good. mostly piney hop bitterness with just a hint of spice. malt character is strong enough to make the beer feel balanced.

mouthfeel is on the heavier side for an ipa. higher carbonation, but fine enough to lend a smoothness to the beer.

very drinkable, nigh sessionable - could easily have 2-4 of these and still wake up in the morning. a solid ipa, but not a terribly exciting one.

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Photo of mwa423
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a finger of sticky head.

S - Fresh hoppy aroma with a bit of sweet carmel.

T - Taste is a fresh citrus hop forward flavor with a malty backbone. Excellent basic IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thick and rich, very easy to drink if you're in the mood for a simple ipa.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair if a bit thin IPA

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Avery label design pivoting on the illustration of a classic map highlighting routes to India, including the one that IPAs took when the style originated. Side one liner notes ingredients. Lacks any bottling or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous frothy white head. Medium retention, nice surface memory and very rich lacing.

S - Faint and shy aroma. Notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit and a small grainy hint.

T - Taste follows with the subdued range although it is surely an improvement over the smell. Grapefruit, resin... That actually closer to bitterness than hoppiness without being too pushy in any case.

M - Medium-light body, with fair carbonation and a finishing bite.

D - Decently quaffable without much complexity or character.

Notes: It sure is possible that this has been sitting at a beer graveyard for a bit long. If not this is a fair but a bit short IPA, which actually can be a gentle entry into the style, but does not feel very enticing as a US IPA.

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

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a crystal-clear, copper colored body. The beer exhibits good head retention and leaves excellent lace clinging to the glass.

S - Resiny aroma of pine hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. A good bit of sweet grain in the background supporting the hops with some light caramel and toasted malt notes.

T - Sweet malt up front, quickly balanced by strong hop character. Notes of woody, sticky pine with lots of toffee malt. Some spicy notes emerge from the hops in the middle and give way to pithy grapefruit flavor in the finish. Strong, slightly powdery, bitterness balances the significant malt sweetness in the finish. Lingering grapefruit hops and bitterness with a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice IPA. Looks great and smells even better, but it really shows its quality in the flavor. Pine hops dominate the first impression of the beer, but fade to a very nice, pithy grapefruit by the finish. There is a great deal of malt sweetness here, and this is really my only complaint. While the malt helps to balance out the strong hops, it is just a bit excessive and makes the hop character seems a little medicinal by the end of the bottle. I think a slightly dryer finish would probably allow the hops to shine even more and also make for a more drinkable beer.

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

Poured two 12 oz. bottles into a 1 liter glass Mug.
Very beautiful caramel color, some cloudiness, moderate carbonation... gorgeously fluffly, slightly off white foam head, easily two fingers worth, and it sticks around. a lot of lacing in the glass.

Smell is very piney with some citrus, i also get some freshly cut grass and a hint of vanilla. great smell.

The taste is good, quite hoppy, and not a whole lot of a malt character. On the first one I had, I hardly got any malts in the taste, and it seemed unbalanced. but the more I've started to drink this brew, the better understanding I get of it. The malt is there, just subtly tucked away revealing itself occasionally inbetween the bites of the hops, which leaves a nice bittering effect lingering in the mouth after each sip. Maintains a nice strong flavor allll the way through.

The beer is fairly drinkable, enough that I usually want two.

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Photo of claminat420
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent copper color with a nice foamy white head. heavy lacing.

S- caramel malt with a hint of some citus/piney hops.

T- a nice blend of the malt and the hops. the malt really just dominates but the hops are easily detected. alcohol is noticed but oh so slightly.

M- medium/heavy bodied.

D- can work a 6 pack no prob.

Overall- me being a hop head for an american ipa to have this much malt going on they did a damn good job of it. the piney/ slightly citrus hops don't really dominate as most ipa's but this one really just joins hands with the malt and either of the two are left alone. i would highly recommend to any ipa fan to try this and especialy ones who aren't yet into the hop explosion category.

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

A - It pours a beautiful brassy amber with near-perfect dimensions.

S - The aroma is equally hoppy and malty; generally piney, citric and caramel.

T - The taste is too strongly and sweetly of caramel malt. There is a bitter hop presence with a sour-ish overripe citrus finish, but overall the whole thing is unspectacular, at best.

M - A little thick and syrupy, especially in light of the flavor.

D - Avery's lesser brews confound me; the brewery has made some of the greatest beers I've ever had. This certainly falls squarely in the category of 'lesser brews'.

RE-TICK (and re-score)

A - It is the same as noted above.

S - Hop-centric nose features green herbal dankness and a bright lemon zestiness. Malt is subdued, which works well here.

T - Lemon zest is the prominent hop flavor, but it is joined by a piney freshness and rounded out by a mineral astringency on the finish.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Freshness is the key here; this seems to devolve rapidly after bottling. A fresh example, however, is delicious.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga. Poured into a Spiegelau pint.
appearance - amber golden, a little hazy.
smell - Citrusy hops with a (and I'm stealing this phrase from another reviewer because it's spot on) biscuity malt.
taste - lemon, hops, ,malt all well balanced.
medium mouthfeel, some creaminess.
Another nice beer from Avery, quickly becoming one on my favorites.

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

A- Pours a bright golden, hazy straw color. About a finger of white frothy head sits atop it. Lacing is pretty good in this one, not much head retention, dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer.

S- A satisfying aroma of earthy hops reminiscent of pine trees. Not much of a malt backbone to it. Very lopsided favoring the hops. I usually expect a bit of sweetness in an IPA.

T- Piney, tongue biting hops. Sweetness does come through a bit on the flavor but not much. Sort of bready also.

M- Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Pretty much what I would expect.

D- Definitely. Light body and lower ABV make this an easy drinker.

Overall, not bad. Definitely a solid IPA but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Little white head on top of clear golden body. A lot of carbonation present, yet the head reduces to nothing fairly quickly. I prefer a little more foam on my IPA's.

Smell: Definitely a hop attack of piney and earthy hops. There's no sense of a malt background here. It's a little flowery too. I personally like fruity hops a little more, but this is an enticing smell although rather one dimensional due to the lack of any malt background.

Taste: Much like the smell with piney, earthy hops. Not my favorite for an IPA, but I can see how some would like it a lot. There isn't much going on and not much in the taste to make me want to drink more of it, but a pint is a good amount.

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter without the body to balance. The carbonation cuts the bitterness a little, but doesn't do much to really balance the beer. It's extremely light bodied and may be a bit overdone as far as the bitterness goes.

Drinkability: I wouldn't go back to this. It's a fairly standard piney IPA with a lot of hops and not much else to help it stand out.

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

This was a nice and fairly well-balanced IPA. It poured bright cloudy orange with a little bit of white head. I loved the earthy pine nose and the taste was very earthy and piney as well...a slight bit of citrus/pine like a concolor fir. Medium-bodied, nice crisp finish. A good, solid IPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-deep golden amber color with lots of bubbles rising to the top but absolutely no head.

S-the nose is very light and brings a touch of hop oils, pine, and some citrus

T-not sure if something happened to this bottle; but very bitter throughout. A touch of pine and a fair bit of oily hops. Some floral notes with a very bitter finish

M-smooth and silky, almost no carbonation, it is very syrupy and cotast the mouth lightly. A little dry at the finish

D-this is not very good, too bitter for the flavors that are actually present, no carbonation at all. Syrupy and dry at the same time, it completely turns me off. I'm noping something happened to this bottle; but it looks fine and grabbed from a very good store

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,159 ratings