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 BeerFMAndy
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info. "Yeah it is!" Written in corner. Hmm.

A - Pours brilliantly clear with good carbonation rising from the nucleation point. A one-and-one-half finger white head pops up to lower slowly leaving lace everywhere. Beautiful light golden yellow color.

S - Mild but inviting aroma of low resiny hops with floral aspects and a hint of pine. Very little grapefruit citrus squeeze in there. Pale malts in the background. Not much going on.

T - The flavor, thankfully, has more going on than the nose. The hops are upfront with very resiny floral pine and a citrusy finish. Big zing to it. The malts do a good job of balancing out without being too submissive to the hops.

M - Very refreshing. Light-medium bodied and crisp and clean with a lingering finish of resiny citrus bitterness.

D - A good first beer to start with from Avery. It's a good IPA in almost every regard. Straight forward but well balanced and refreshing. Would be a great summer or session beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Golden orange with decent white head that leaves some nice lacing. Fresh citrusy/piny hop notes. Bitter hops throughout with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing. I could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear bright orange amber in color, with a huge white head that lingers throughout its enjoyment, leaves tons of lace also

S: The hops are very citrusy and floral, not huge grapefruit notes, but definitely citrus hops, the floral comes through nice also, a good profile

T: Taste is an amped up version of aroma, tastes super citrus and floral, everything tastes super juicy and pleasant, enough malt is there to hold up the hops but does not really affect the flavor profile at all

M: Standard IPA mouthfeel with a little dryness

D: Very high, I love this IPA

Notes: I went into my local beer store and asked for an easy drinking IPA and I got what I asked for and more. This is now one of my favorite IPAs. Everything about it is awesome. I will need to try more of Avery's beers in the future.

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

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. (12/11/09) into a 16oz. nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a creamy golden orange with a 1.5 finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Wonderful grapefruit and pine aroma with a hint of sweet caramel malt and grass.

T: Grapefruit and grass/flowers assault the palate with a nice degree of bitterness which is slightly offset by the caramel malt backbone. There is also a certain breadiness throughout the palate.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Good drinkabilty and moderate abv. (6.3%) make this quite a sessionable beverage.

Overall this is a well-crafted American IPA from Avery and certainly one that I will revisit again. Noting earth-shattering, just a solid IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Creamy dark orange with an off-white head. Decent lacing as I drink it.

S: Grapefruit zest, hoppy, somewhat floral.

T: Salty, bitter hops. Grapefruit zest and flowers on the bitter finish. Somewhat unremarkable IPA.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but I'd stick with single bottle servings.

Value: Not great.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a 6 IPA tasting.

Yellow orange color with a white head.

Solid hop aroma but not inspiring.

There was something very different about the taste of this IPA. Seemed quite stringent, medicinal about its flavour profile. Maybe an old bottle as I enjoy other Avery beers (Hog Heaven/Maharaja) but his beer/IPA was not high on my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was quite thin especially compared to others in tasting.

Drinkability was impacted by off flavours.

Expectations were high as it is an Avery IPA but once I tasted it - it fell very short of my expectation particularly after I compared it to other IPA's side by side.

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Photo of ralree
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours into the glass with a nice fluffy white 1 finger head that dissipates rather fast and leaves a nice lace.

S: Lots and lots of hops, very citrusy. Exactly what most IPAs smell like. Smells great! Great background of grainy malt.

T: Lots of citrus hops and a nice bready undertone. Not too toasty. Grainy malt is perfect - brings in just enough strong barley to back up the strong hops. Not too sweet at all - has a very light grapefruit flavor.

M: Light body - not a filling beer. Carbonation good. Non-astringent for the most part. Pretty oily.

D: Great drinker, especially if one likes a light flavored, light bodied IPA. Would go great with a meal.

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Photo of boogyman
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks a nice golden color with a good finger of head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Has a nice fresh citrus scent along with some fresh hoppyness. Doesn't have the explosively fresh smell you might get from a Pliny the Elder or a Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra! but it is definitely has a nice citrus hoppyness to it.

T- Comes out with the wrath of the hop. Pretty bitter and leaves a strong hoppy after taste which is nice. It also has a good amount of citrus on the palate like pineapple lemon and grapefruit.

M- The strong sticky pine sticks to the tongue and the liquid goes down smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Not really any alcohol burn going on, just the strong bitterness.

D- Definitely a beer I could drink over and over no problem. Taste is brought out that much more when eaten with food. Up there as one of my favorites for just IPAs.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a int glass.

The color is light orange and pretty darn clear with about a finger of white foamy head and some slight lacing.

The smell has strong orange zest flavor. A bit of a pint of sugar in the nose, behind that is a slight lime flavor with some bitter hops.

The taste is a mix of some nice bitterness from the hops and some sweet citrus flavors, mainly orange but a little grapefruit and a little lemon or lime is present.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. It goes down well and just seems pretty smooth. Is tab bit carbonated so it does have a slight fizz to it. Overall a really great IPA.

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Photo of dunleav1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid IPA from Avery.

Balanced is the word of this brew.
Pours a light straw-amber with a half inch head. The head quickly dissipates and provides some steady lacing.

I get nice biscuity overtones.

Like I said, a solid drinking IPA that I would drink another of.

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Photo of thistle3189
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a real common Beer her in Ohio, a friend brought it an some other samplings back from Colorado.
This IPA has a light straw color, with a strong head and good lacing. The smell is defiantly hoppy but not over powering. The taste is defiantly very solid in the style, but some how seamed one dimensional to me, the mouth feel followed suite been good but not really note worthy. I would like to try another so it is drinkable. Good thing I have one more bottal.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very bright and clear golden body with some active carbonation...a small, tight, one finger, white head formed and retained nicely...good lacing

S - What a hop bouquet...the malts are hardly in the nose...lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) mixed with some pine resin

T - The taste is pretty balanced between the sweet hops and bitter hops...there really isn't a malt presence in the flavor...the hops start off with a big, sweet citrus flavor that's full of grapefruit...a touch of lemon peel dominates towards the middle and rounds out the citrus hops...the piney hops take over for a bitter ending to this beer

M - Medium bodied...refreshing with a dry, bitter finish

D - This is a solid IPA from Avery and a good IPA in general...this is a good one to keep around if it is readily available to you

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Photo of happygnome
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice brown color with about an inch of head that disappears slowly leaving sticky lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer
s: piny citrus grapefruit hop bitterness balanced nicely with caramel malts
t: similar to the aroma piny hop bitterness hints of alcohol
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice beer i enjoyed it

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice golden/brass color with a beautiful white head that is about 1 inch and recedes slowly leaving great sticky lace.

S - Some flowery hops are present and a nice grapefruit sweetness is also perceivable. Biscuit malt with nice bready hints.

T & M- Biscuit malt up front. Followed by some nice, mellow piney and flowery hops. Very good hop character, tasty and balanced. Nice piney hints as well. Very attractive. Goes down smooth medium to light bodied.

D - Extremely drinkable.

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

Draft pint at the Flying Saucer, Nashville.
Nice looking IPA, clear golden color with a decent head and thin lacing. Lots lots of pine and citrus fruit hops. Taste has lots of citrus bitterness, slightly sweet pineapple notes. Enough balancing malt keep eveything in check.
Medium body, crisp and nicely carbonated, refreshing. Nothing over-the-top, just a solid, flavorful IPA.

Still looking for a can for my collection

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Photo of jte
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind tasted this against Dogfish 60 Minute IPA, Racer 5 IPA, and Stone IPA to select my next keg. All from 6 packs. Avery IPA won for its balance of bitterness with citrus. A well-balanced beer. Racer 5 and Dogfish 60 both didn't do as well. Dogfish 60 surprisingly was too bitter--that was the dominant and only flavor. Racer 5 didn't have enough citrus to balance the bitter as well, but it was not as one-dimensional as Dogfish 60. I was surprised at Dogfish--maybe it was a bad 6 pack.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap and I loved it, so I thought I would give the bottle a try.

It's a golden straw colored beer. Nice, soft white head. Great fine lacing and head retention.

The smell is great. Almost an Elder Flower - really beautiful and fragrant. It's powerful. You can tell that it is going to be hop forward.

The taste is a great mix of the floral and grassy hop with a hefty piney bite. Lovely. It start with more malt caramel but goes quickly into the hop and bitter hop finish. The floral comes back in on the aftertaste.

Fuller than expected - feel creamy smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

I just love this IPA. The profile and progression just work really well for me personally. Simple and well done.

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Photo of Sourcorn
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At about 70 IBU's, this wonderfully dry IPA is light and crisp on the pallet. The color is golden. You can smell the hops. And as I said earlier, dry and crisp on the pallet. easy drinkability. To easy if you know what I mean. I recommend this Avery product to who ever is looking for this style of beverage.

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Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/6

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of white head, minimal lacing.

S: Nose is of sharp pine hops and a touch of citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a big piney bite leading in to a slightly mellow malt and grassy blend, finish has some citrus, grapefruit hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, a bit slick in the feel with a dry finish.

D: This is a well blended and highly drinkable IPA. I could sit with this one all night long.

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Photo of felipesegundo
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing example of an IPA, very hoppy, floral aroma and taste. I loved every bit of it and will definitely buy again. The smell of citrus was quite nice and the flavor followed suit.

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Columbia, it went much better with pizza slice and definitely for hop lovers only. My friend thought it a bit bitter, but I think I will add this one to list of favorites.

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Photo of eallured
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy gold/amber in color with stiff off white head, leaving a lot of lacing as it slowly marches toward equilibrium, a creamy island left in the middle of the glass.
Strong bouquet of fruits, citrus. Cascade sweetness juicyness with columbus dank piney resin. A little alcohol and brown sugar round out and warm up the aroma.
Flavor stands up to the Aroma. Bitter an fruity. Orange grapefruit and pineapple. Transitions to sticky sweetness temporarily as the finish transitions to a dry and smoothly bitter sensation. This has all three elements of hops character with a respectable caramel while maintaining crispness and moderate alcohol content.
Carbonation is very smooth, perhaps a little high but still very pleasant. A relatively viscous body but not too muh lingering sweetness. The bitterness cleans things up and gives crispness.
Very tasty but pleasingly palate destroying. This is the reason that Avery is highly regarded, even their year round beers are well down.

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

A - Deep gold and a bit hazy. Thin creamy white head with minimal lacing.

S - Bready with bright hops, pineapple and light citrus w/ hint of sweet caramel.

T - Bready once again with decent hoppiness and a bit of pine. A hint of pineapple shows up again in the finish. After bite like lingering grapefruit rind. Some nice layers of complexity going on.

M - Crisp and astringent, slightly oily, carbonation dances nicely on tongue.

D - Very good. An enjoyable IPA I would reach for again.

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

Poured gently into a glass tumbler it produces a small, thin looking amber head that persists very well and leaves nice lacing. The color is amber. Grapefruit stands out in the aroma, and the taste is medium grapefruit hops. There is a medium maltiness with good carbonation that is kind to the mouth. This is a drinkable brew to which I'll be returning.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very light clear color, golden to amber color, small amount of bubbles stream the center of the glass, to a nice thick white head

Smell- citrus hops, very overall nice hop smell, smells nice and fresh but smell is a little faint and of only hop

Taste- very strong bitter hop flavor up front, the flavor nicely lingers out to a nice long finish, a little one dimensional but as always I really love the hop profile that avery tends to use in there beers, its a very distinctive strong hop flavor,

Mouthfeel- somewhat creamy and oily, medium to full bodied for the style,

Drinkability- This is a very deeply enjoyable flavored hoppy brew, its one because of the intense bitter finish i find it one you must sort of sip and flavor and not zoom through, to me where this excels again is in just how great the hop style avery puts out is, i absolutely love there unique hop flavor

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Photo of ditch
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange gold color with a thick two finger head that hangs around for the duration. Nice chunky lacing that sticks and stays on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very nice. Citrus of lime and grapefruit. followed by a sweetness.

Taste is of earthy citrus. More fresh grapefruit and a little lemon peel zest. nice sweet balance from the barley. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a dry finish. Carbonation complements nicely.

Drinkability is good here also. Could make for an all night drinker. Every time I try this beer it seems to get better and better. Definitely a must for IPA lovers.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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