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 gueuzeonhigh
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I wonder if this IPA could withstand the 1870's journey outlined on the bottle's label?

Transformed my clear glass flooding the empty vessel with muted golden amber color..

As the beer cascaded from bottle to glass it erupted into a wonderful white fluffy sculptured head. As I swirled my glass the head gripped the sheen walls producing strata of foam and lacing . The head endured the atmosphere's ravages and churning while I tasted and prod and tasted and observed..

What a fruity nose indeed! Maybe the beer's vibrant effusions were the result of being suddenly liberated from fromer dark confines. Fruity hops sprang forth along with a pride of other reminiscences--for an instant it reminded me of an exceptional double bock I savored many years ago. Delightful.

The flavor is all hops. Hops, hops and more hops. But the hops onslaught is not as strong as some other IPA's I've enjoyed.

My complaint is that the flavor character is rather one dimensional- if you're mantra is "hops and nothing but the hops"-- Gawd has come to your aid.

Other than the hops, there's not much else. I'm still attempting to reach a consensus over whether the lone hops flavor is indeed the province of IPA's or just certain IPA's.

Finished with a long lingering well, Hops taste..

Moutheel was congenial- in that the carbonation mated rather well with the bitter hops finish.

The clean finish and controlled hops flavor made for a very drinkable beer..

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the beginning of my western IPA conundrum. I had many IPAs that I greatly enjoyed but that didn't really distinguish themselves as great. So are they good or average? I think this one is more on the good side. This IPA pours a nice amber color, that seemed a bit lighter than most, but the nice fluffy head remained rather well. The smell was wonderfully full and hoppy, really awoke the senses with a sniff. The taste is wonderfully bitter from the columbus hops, but the hops are so dominant it is difficult to pick up much malt character. The crisp hop bitterness and the good level of carbonation combine nicely with the medium body for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very enjoyable IPA, that is the standard hop heavy brew. If that's what you like, you'll enjoy this, if you want more malt try something else.

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

Pours a light amber in appearance with a pillowy off-white, long-lasting head. Lively aroma primarily consists of citrus, grapefruit and malt with some piney and floral notes also. Medium-bodied. Nice balance between the bitterness and juicy hops. The grapefruit flavors really pop up front and are supported by a rather nice, yet sometimes subtle, malt backbone. Citrus flavors dominate the hop profile. Finishes with a citrusy fruitiness and a lingering hop bitterness. A pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of ADR
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill-hazed orange appearance, a nice pale yellow puffy head that laces in great interconnected rings. Aroma is hoppy, oranges with an unripe quality. Quite bitter and slightly thin-bodied, a sharp sense of pith with a bit of grapefruity chewiness, but ultimately not quite enough juiciness -- almost stale. Definitely a west coast style entry here, just needs more malt balance and better body. As is, an OK IPA when you're in the mood but needs better sweet back-up and a better hop profile. Great looking lace on this one, though...

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears in my pint a glowing hazed golden orange burst of sunshine with an overcast of cloudy white foam above it, leavng trails of speckled lacing with each sip. Aromatic qualities to be enjoyed come in the form of vinous hops that give off citrus tones with a mellow crisp malt profile not too bad at all. Taste however throws a curveball at me, much more pronounced grapefruit like characteristics with the finish containing almost no malt sweetness but the rind of a citrus fruit overly bitter in the finish lacking the balance I search for and adore. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied IPA, not bad. Drinkability: Gets shot down due to unbalance why does my mouth taste like I'm chewing on an orange peel this is pissing me off.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Way too hoppy for me as I am not a hop head by any means. It poured a small sized ivory head with fine-small bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was clear with some carbonation observed and a golden hue. The nose was very hoppy as was the flavor which is of course very typical for an IPA. It left a lingering bitter aftertaste with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel and it was medium bodied. This IPA left a good lacing.

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

Nice clear copper color that is crowned by a good lasting beige head. Aromas of citrus and hops waft from the glass as I pour it. A light grassy hay aroma (but only the good aspects), there is a decent amount of hop aroma to this beer. It is well carbonated, and gets quite lively when swirled in the glass. Great malt flavor that accompanies the hoppy flavor and bitterness. A malty sweet flavor with hints of biscuits and caramel malts. Quite a lingering bitterness in the finish. A good solid IPA, not quite over the top, which is good because you don't always want that. There is a ton of balanced flavors in this beer. Both the malt and hops are competing for attention, though the hops are the definite center piece. Definitely drink this beer on the warm side of cool, it allows more of the flavor to open up.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, Interesting label of an Old stye world map showing a sea route from Britain to India

Pours a hazy gold color, typical large puffy sticky hop induced head. The head does not really stick around long. Fade leaving sticky lace. On the nose is explosive citrus hops, most likely of the Cascade ilk, Tons of citrus, grapefruit to be specific, pine sap and very spicy notes.

Initial taste is a bitch slap of bitterness. Heaps of it. More grapefruit and spice. The malt character is very low, almost dominated completely by the hops, but it peaks out from behind the hops for a brief moment. A very small roasted malt character makes a flash appearance towards the end. Finishes very bitter.

Overall - A crushingly bitter beer from start to finish. Lots of hops character. I felt it could have used some more malt. A bit too lopsided in favor of hop bitterness, but still very tasty overall. Crunchy hard crisp and bold American hops are the order of the day for Avery's IPA. (hey, that rhymed)

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

Can you say HOPS??? this brew pours a nice rich golden color with a substantial head. Take one deep breath and the beautifully fragrant (pretty much flowery) hops are just bouncing up at your nose! The hops are equally present in the herbal/fruity taste. There is not alot more I can say about this brew, because it really is ALL about hops!!

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

Pours a golden color with a dense off white head.

The aroma is big and citrusy that screams off the wall hops.

The taste is citrus hops all over the tongue with enough malt to give it depth. I say that is well-balanced for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry finish. Drinkability is only hurt by its intense dry and crisp finish, the hops bruised by tongue, i think.

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

Appearance: Deep golden color with a thick off-white head.

Aroma: Wow, wuite hoppy, herbal and citrusy.

Taste: Rich, explosive hops all over the palate. Malt gives a backbone, but mostly hides in the wings.

Moughtfeel: Dry and crisp throughout. Spiciness present in the finish.

Drinkability: Quite a nice IPA. Could use some more malt to offer some balance, but overall, a super brew.

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Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a small creamy off white head that doesn't last long, minimal lacing. Citrusy and fruity aromas, nice sweet grapefruit and piney, hoppy flavors. Medium bodied with a nice soft creamy mouthfeel, very easy to drink as I finished this bottle in just a few minutes, great session beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rocky head that refuses to fade away. A golden colored IPA that pours with a big head and big burst of spicy hops. This beer is all about the hops. Hops, hops, hops I tell you! They dominate this beer from the aroma through to the long finish. Although the hops dominate, there's some crips malt flavor that slips through and the mouthfeel is full. Nice lacework as the beer disappears from my glass. A very bitter, lasting finish makes this beer one of my new favorite IPAs.

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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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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 3,174 ratings