Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
3,161 Ratings
Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)Avery India Pale Ale (IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,125
Reviews:
1,213
Ratings:
3,161
pDev:
10.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,161 |  Reviews: 1,213
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light orange tinge with a light but sticky head,aroma is on the malty/fruity side with some soapiness ans grassy hop aroma that lingers.A nice balanced flavors in this one definent zesty hopiness but a nice malt backbone keeping this very nicely balanced.Not an over the top IPA wich is very nice,a very good beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught today when I visited Avery's brewery in Boulder, Colorado. If you ever decide to visit them, be warned, this is a ***small*** place and easy to miss. Heed the directions on their website and turn by the carwash (they're behind it).
The IPA poured a clear golded color with a hoppy flavor and nose. I thought it was very tasty.

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

As a geographer, the label on this 12 oz. bottle really appeals to me. A nice recreation of the historical voyage that was the reason for this style of beer. A nice touch, and an elegant map.

The beer itself poured a nice golden hue with very nice clarity. A nice rich head with tight bubbles capped the brew from start to finish. The aroma was light citrus and reed, somewhat limited by the foam on top. The taste was of a nice, clean ale, almost a pale with slight european malt flavors. Rich and chewy, but still light enough for the style. The hop start and finish are nice, just enough bitterness at the end to have made the voyage, and enough for me to make another voyage to the fridge for another. Excellent example of style.

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Photo of konabrewer
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truly find this IPA spot on.... One of my favorites!
Nice grapefruity, citrus nose that stays through to the end. They did not leave one hop left behind. I like the full body texture. A little sticky but hey... Quite refreshing for such a hoppy offering.
This reminds me of raging at "the Beach" (A-Basin) on the 4th of July 1997. We ski, we eat, we drink, we kayak? yep
Thanks for the memories and thanks to my mom for bringing me the samples from AZ

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

This was my pick of a Saturday afternoon sampling. This beer came with a good look, taste, and aroma. The body is a clear mid amber with a half inch of off white head. The nose gave off a rather robust citrus sense that was very inviting on this warm day. The taste is a very smooth grapefruit that is just right between its tartness and drinkability, being tangy, but not mouth-puckering in this tart sense. A nice oliy feel accompanies this taste and the beer could last an afternoon. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color with 1 finger of head and nice lacing. There is something floating around in the glass, but it doesn't look like yeast. It's small, thin, and flakey looking. I'm not too sure about that. The smell is delightful, rich in hops and citrus. I wish I could say the same about the taste. The malt and hops clash here, instead of coming together in harmony like they should. There is a bit of a grassy taste going on here, very dry as well. The mouthfeel is a little oily, not so strong. The drinkability is fairly nice though, at only 6%.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold color. Medium head. Aroma is citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Hoppy, crisp and clean. A nice IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Very clear bronze-orange body, with an off-white, thin head.

Fresh hops aroma. Not too strong, but more than enough to let you know that there are nice hops inside.

Full hoppy taste with a nice base of malt. Chewy, and reminiscent (to me) of Victory's 60 Minute IPA. Just gritty enough in the mouth to make you lick your teeth.

This is a very good IPA. I will always be pleased to see this in my glass. It is reassuring to see a great IPA brewed in a standard 12 ounce bottle. Well done.

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Photo of marburg
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This afternoon I fell asleep and woke up in a grove of grapefruit trees. Then I woke up again and realized I was dreaming; I merely passed out in my beer.

Well, not really. But that may as well have been the case. It pours light, and it's got a nice, lingering white head (the lacing clung to the side of the glass through the whole beer). But the hallmark here is the huge citrus aroma and taste. An obviously hop-derived fruit/floral aroma makes way for a bitter grapefruit taste that really exemplifies the analogy that's used so often with IPAs. Very strong with hints of other hop characters -- scotch pine, herbal tea, flowers. A little grating to the senses though and a bit hard for non-hopheads to drink many in a row. Nonetheless, it's a solid and very drinkable brew.

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

A dull orange with little head and no lacing, has a large based cascade hops aroma, some citrus on the nose as well. Taste dominated by hops, but not overpowered, blend of sweet grapefruit, some orange peel, and some malt undertones. Well rounded for an IPA, not overly hopped, but presence felt nicely. Creamy and tasty, above average IPA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pale orange color, fine, if short, off-white head.

Aroma: bristling with pine, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Quite a bit of hoppiness in this nose!

Taste: fierce and fiery hop bitterness right up front on the palate, but much appreciated and quite delightful.

Body is about medium and of sufficient heft, although malt is a bit lean in this IPA, abd the hops continue to stand tall in the saddle throughout the drink. But that's what I like, li'l ol' hophead, me.

Relentless flavor, tasty, tasty.
Real humdinger of an IPA that I'd gladly return to, anytime.

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Photo of pheurton
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head. medium body from a low level of carbonation. i detected a muted fruitiness in the middle with a dry finish and pleasant bitterness. i enjoyed this one, and could probably drink more than a few of them.

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

This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a foamy white head that left some lace as it subsided. There was a small amount of carbonation present. The aroma was of hops and citrus. The flavor was of hops and of what I would call citrus rind, which is a interesting characteristic of the hops that leads to slightly burnt/bitter finish.

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

Presentation: Very cool 12oz. amber bottle. Label has a map of Europe/Asia with a sea route from Britain to India marked in red ("Duh! It *is* an IPA" my wife said...). No freshness dating.

Appearance: A bright, clear golden color on the pour. Thin white layer of foam yields tremendous lacing of the glass.

Smell: Hops all the way. Very citrusy (grapefruit?) and spicy.

Taste: It was (hang on for the revelation) hoppy. A very flavorful, bitter hop profile. More bitter than expected, actually. The bitterness REALLY shows up at the end and with the aftertaste. Didn't finish as smoothly as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel: A really light-bodied beer. Very crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: Just a slight penalty in my book for the persistent bitterness in the aftertaste. It really hung around and puckered me up. Overall, an very good beer, though not my favorite, and one that I would still drink frequently.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear dark gold tinged orange with a pillowy head that has a moderate life span and settle to thin lacing on top. The nose is a piney spicy hops that are very strong. This heavily hopped IPA is just damn good. The mouthfeel is pillowy and soft which helps to balance the extreme hops. Very enjoyable and very complex flavors here. The hops are so strong you almost miss the sweet malt underneath.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow/orange color with a small white head that lingers for quite a while. It has a strong powder-dry hop citrusy/lemony smell. I’m not certain it is, but it smells like it. After first taste, I would nearly go out on a limb and say it is definitely dry-hopped IMO. The taste consists of hops, hops, and then tapers into hops. Then you can taste a little bit of a dry grapefruit flavor after the hops die down. But this is waaayyyy after! It is light bodied and finishes ultra-dry. You almost need a thirst quencher after each swallow because it leaves your palate so dry. Is there powder in here? Hop powder no less ;-) It is a serious IPA in the hop category, but it lacks in complexity. I love hops, but I like to taste other things too. Different! Cheers!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear, orange-golden with a whipped, meringue-like lightly beige head atop small to medium-sized bubbles and moderate carbonation. Lacing is great with little bits o' foam stuck precipitously to the glass and rings at every sip...retention is very good. Aroma is fantastic...tons of grapefruity, extremely fresh hops (Columbus, Styrian Goldings and Centennial) with lots of green, leafy hop character and subtle warm, toasty grains. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth and prickly but ends with a harsh, dry finish with a medium-light body. Taste starts out with very flavorful citrusy, juicy hops, fades into a brief metallic note, then the backbone of toasty malts just barely makes themselves perceptible. The finish is intensely dry with an initially harsh POTENT hop bitterness which smooths out somewhat and lingers on the palate for a long time. It tends to get better as it warms, but the finish is a little medicinal.

A very fine IPA in it's own right, but not smooth enough or balanced enough to compete with Stone IPA or Centennial IPA.
6.0% ABV

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Photo of Morris729
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange amber color with a large creamy and foamy white head with good retention that eventually fades into a bubbly and very sticky lace. Nose is strong floral hops with some citrus notes. Light to medium in body with the hop oils creating a bit of a slick (yet also a bit sticky) mouthfeel. Taste is bitter, bitter, bitter! Loads of raw hop leaf flavors, hop resins and tannins, and notes of grapefruit rind. Bone dry finish. This stuff is very addicting and would make a great session IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden color with a nice beige head which leaves nice lace. Awesome hoppy citrusy grapefruit aroma and taste (aroma is a bit flowery too). Decent balance but certainly more hoppy than malty. Light-medium bodied with an excellent balanced bitterness.

This IPA holds up well to aging: still hoppy after a year. One of the few I've found to age this well.

Per Avery website: 6% ABV and Columbus Hops.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a touch of haze, modest but quite dense cloudtop head develops slowly but retains well. Carbonation is slight; lace is thick and broken. The aroma exhibits the expected strong grapefruit hop characteristic, with hints of malt beneath, although these are forcefully subdued by the hops. Taste begins with a momentary fruit sweetness, which is quickly vanquished by the intensely bitter grapefruit hop and pinesap flavors. Towards the finish the malt manages to assert itself for a moment, but is completely overwhelmed by a wave of intense bitterness, which lingers long beyond the end of the taste. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Although it is not to my taste, this is a well-crafted IPA which will doubtless appeal to hopheads.

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Photo of TXHops
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ABV: 6%
Hops: Columbus

Another IPA. I drink a lot of IPA's it seems, though I don't always rate 'em…
Avery's IPA pours a slightly hazed, yellowy gold color with a very white, uneven head that lasts forever. Even after 10 minutes, I still had a good 1/4 inch of lumpy foam riding on top of my beer. The haze usually detracts from a beer’s appearance score, but in the case of IPA, I like just a touch of haze for authenticity. I’ve always suspected that real IPA’s had quite a bit of hop detritus detracting from perfect clarity... Between this beer’s slight haze and the beautiful head, it looks wonderful. The big hoppy nose is all about Columbus, which apparently, is the only hop in this beer. The first time I drank this beer, I thought the resulting aroma was pure orange-grapefruit juice, with a nod toward the grapefruit. The taste seemed identical--pure citrus, followed by a brief stab of mellow, pale malt sweetness. However, on the second pass, a juicy, pineapple aroma and flavor led off before the real citrus could kick in. This particular flavor is also found (in considerably more abundance) in Avery's Hog Heaven. Before the malts can stake a reasonable claim to contributing to the flavor profile, the grapefruit comes rushing back in, crashing over the bready maltiness, then reluctantly giving way to a long, lingering, assertively bitter finish. After a couple of big drags, I can almost pick up a backscent of pine needles under the grapefruit. Following that vague olfactory sensation, the possibility of pine flavor creeps into the hoppiness as well, lending just a dash of complexity to an otherwise very straightforward IPA. The resulting burps don’t have the much-desired hop jelly character unfortunately—just bitterness.

This one’s good—I can see me drinking a LOT of it when the weather’s a little warmer, but it’s not a contemplator or a sipper. I’d probably score this one a bit higher if the bitterness weren’t so intense that it almost hurt. I love the hoppiest beers I can get, but I like to be able to taste other stuff as well. I really enjoy Avery’s hint of pineapple—that’s quite unique and VERY appealing, but it doesn’t make up entirely for the brute force of the bitterness. To further expand on this thesis, this beer is not so much a hop head’s dream as a bitter head’s dream… It’s a super-hopped, extraordinarily bitter Columbus bomb.
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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, slightly darkened gold in color. Good, creamy off-white head that leaves lace. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the hops. Mostly citrus flavors, but plenty of piney flavors as well. Some sweet pale-malt flavor, but not quite enough to help balance the hops IMO. Hop oils leave their mark and create a lingering bitterness after the finish; prominent enough that I knocked down the drinkability just a touch. Good mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid IPA. Although there are other IPA's I like better, this is a good one.

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Photo of aaronh
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber in color, it pours slightly hazy with a very nice head that displays excellent retention. No noticable carbonation trails in the beer give it a very rich appearance. As the head fades, it leaves a layer of foam typically found in malty brews. The aroma is very hoppy, with distinct citrus characteristics mixed with a hint of rose florals and a touch of sweetness that almost conjures up the image of bright pink bubble gum. On the tongue, the malt character of this beer is strong, with noticable sweetness evident through the balanced hoppiness. The finish is noticably bitter and very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with minimal carbonation. The only astringency is from the liberal dose of hops. The drinakbility is excellent due to the balance of the flavor. This is no hop-heads IPA. It is one for the masses of ale lovers everywhere. A solid, everyday IPA that should become a staple in my liquid diet.

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Photo of proc
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable IPA. Pours out to a dark gold, almost amber color in the glass. Aroma is that of grapefruit. Mostly hops in the taste, as per the style, but remarkably balanced. Nice hoppy finish. This would be a good session IPA and a decent choice for someone looking to try the India Pale Ale style.

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

Hmmm - an English or American style IPA? This one seemed to fall in the middle. More malty and a little less hoppy than the American version, but the hops were a little more pungent and busy than the English. Verdict - a mid-Atlantic IPA, and a tasty beer to boot. Good body and solid grapefruity, slightly floral hops. Very drinkable, and at 6% abv you can line a few of these up and still navigate afterward.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,161 ratings