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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Reviews: 1,202 | Ratings: 3,106
Photo of South2NW
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color, with about 2 fingers worth of white head. leaves a nice lacing.

smells oranges growing on a pine tree!

taste starts off with big citrus, followed by pine. A strong malt back bone supports the hops and balances everything out.

Very drinkable. A great example of an IPA.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color. Pale white/yellow head. Tall with good persistence. Moderately fine.

Smells ok, fine, nothing special: hoppy, bitter; fits with the beer.

Very bitter, really hoppy, not especially complex. Nothing wrong with it, but not great.

Really nice mouthfeel. Rich on the tongue, perfectly carbonated, light and fine.

Finish is nice, complex, citrus, lemon.

Very decent beer but not a favorite, no hurry to re-try this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant gold under a white foam cap. Very piney aromas with grass, herbs and mint. Fruit palate emphasizes citrus with pine and herbal hops over light grain. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft for $6 a pint at Clarkston Union in Clarkston, Michigan.

Unfortunately, I had this after a Stone Ruination 2.0, so I may be rating this unfairly. This most simply is a solid IPA that won't blow you away, as the rating would suggest. There's a nice pine and "dank" quality to this beer with a relatively dry and bitter (yet clean?) finish. Definitely not a very "juicy" IPA, but there are some mild mango sorts of flavors in there. A very "safe" tasting IPA that doesn't break down any walls, but it's a more than respectable effort from Avery, and packs a pretty decent punch in terms of flavor. Quite good.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from a 6 week old single into an imperial pint

A: clear orange-golden with a tight 1 finger off-white head
S: bready caramel malty sweetness married to some round fruity citrus, melon and floral hops.
T & M: malts are a little lighter than in the nose, and while they provide a nice balance and some sweetness, this is mainly about the hops which contribute a lot of flavor that follows the nose and gives it some prickly punch on the back end. A little soapy, too. The combination of flavors isn't ideal for me, but I don't think there's any question that these guys know what they're doing...it is very well made. Medium to high carbonation for the style, moderate body, dries out at the end.

Wouldn't turn down another...not quite as delicate but putting that aside, does this remind anyone else of Two Hearted?

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewme
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Due to the high rating, I have tried this beer multiple times, to rule out bad batches, shipping malfunction etc. Nope: Every time it smells & tastes badly skunked.

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Photo of flixjones303
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Forgot to check date. Pours a mostly clear orange with a nice head and lacing in the glass. Aroma and flavor both feature moderate orange-rind character. It's a solid effort, but it leaves me wanting a little more hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of dijgf_hkkbgf1993
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden haze. Half a finger head that sticks around practically downto the last sip. Good bite, bitter but, has a decent citrus tone to balance it out. Good bready finish. Personally I seek more citrus tones in an IPA but, overall a solid brew. Wouldn't buy one at the bar but would get some to take home.

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Photo of Sebas
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can in 1/2 liter chalice.
Fantastic beer. Pours golden with orange hue, a bit cloudy. Well balanced bready, yet citrusy and floral mix with rich, malty finish present you with one hell of a drinkable goodness. Obviously not everyone will like it so much, but this ONE is on top of my list. Cheers!

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Photo of silverevo9
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great rocky mountain head, no pun intended. The head is marvelous, really nice foam. As you clear the glass the lacing looks like a snow storm. Very sticky. Unable see through the glass, outstanding! Nice orange hue. Sweet esters to the nose, and a very assertive malt backbone. Very smooth IPA. Very enjoyable to drink. Will be purchasing again!

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Photo of 99BeerBalloons
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Had a keg of this stuff. Poured beautifully with a 2 finger snow white head and went down really smooth. Not the best ipa I've had, but definitely not the worst.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. Hoppy citrus nose. Lightly malty with a nice hoppy finish.

The body is not up to par but the flavor is pretty darn good.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Heard good things but was a little disappointed with what I found. Nice piney/green hop smell but not the taste I was expecting. Worth the purchase if it is under 9 for the 6 pk

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale straw with a modest head. The aroma leads with orange and grapefruit peel, followed by a touch of pine and green pepper. The flavor leads with citrus oil and a slight citrus sourness as well. The side notes of pine, dry caramel, and autumn leaves. The mouthfeel is thinish, dry, and fizzy. Overall this is an awesome IPA. It hits all the notes I am looking for - high bitterness, light body, powerful aroma, oodles of flavor all i one package.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of dense head which dissipated slightly but was still present. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is above average for the style. Orange in color that is clean and transparent.

Smell: Saturated citrus, orange peel, and fresh pine greet the drinker. While heavy pine and citrus carry into the body, there is a bright undertone of tropical fruits with accents of mangos, pineapple, and papaya. Caramelized malts provide a sturdy background.

Taste: A touch of bitterness hits immediately, but there is a bouquet of soft fruits dancing on the palate to really pull you in. Light grass and earth sit atop balanced and semi-sweet malts. Some classic west coast bitterness with a great balanced malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is there but is highlight on the palate and takes nothing away from making this a top notch beer drinkability wise. I could drink these all night.

Overall: I would never to hesitate to buy this again if I just want a great IPA. Balanced but enough soft fruits and lingering bitterness to keep you really interested. Very glad to have Avery in my neck of the woods now.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Wow really good stuff! Poured with a thick very long-lasting off-white head, lots of lace and a clear amber color. aroma is fresh hops and malt. Flavor is a wonderful blend of sweet bitter and Tang with resin hop dominating. Body is perfect. Drink drink drink!!!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling code of 13322B1. Translates to a date of November 18, 2013.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a white finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin layer of surface suds. Thin and spotty lacing coats the glass with good stick.

Smell - Orange with a strong malt presence that hits on caramel and bready character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange-y hop flavor backed by healthy helpings of caramel and slightly grainy bread malt flavors. Malty finish, and it seems to be missing a lot of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Eh, wish I knew Avery's bottling code before I bought this. Turns out this one's nearly a year old, and certainly a reason why the hops are so dead and the malts so strong. What's there shows promise. Certainly a candidate for a Re-review, and with a much fresher example.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops, but not a lot; there a background sweetness that I can't define;

T: earthy, piney hop flavor right from the start; some grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied;; moderate carbonation;

O: didn't get the intense fruit aroma and flavor that others did, so it was disappointing in that respect; in spite of that it was enjoyable;

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from bottle into antique pub chalice.
Not much foam and light carbonation.
Nose subtle but slightly pine. Nice honey color.
Forward bitterness with just a touch of malt in the middle.
Light and clean yet still interesting. Will drink again, especially in summer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery India Pale Ale has a thin, slightly off-white head, a brilliant orange, but opaque, appearance, with noticeable bubbles streams and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread, citrus hop oil, and even some slightly turned fruit. Taste is of sweetness, lightly-roasted malt, moderate bitterness, and juicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad slick, and Avery India Pale Ale finishes puckering and easy going.


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Photo of SteveB24
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- color is a hazy,pale, gold. pours a small amount of white, thin, head. A solid ring of lacing stubbornly clings the glass.

smell- citrus hop and floral hops, rich, malty, burned sugar in there as well.

Taste- Resin, pine, lemongrass, orange peel, hops are balanced by smooth malt flavors.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, medium carbonation, slightly oily from the resin, mild carbonation.

overall- very satisfying and tasty IPA, it won't be a constant repurchase but i definitely see myself buying again.

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Photo of BTodd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint (from the brewery)

A-Pours with one finger of foam which dissipated over the first minute or two. Clear straw leaning orange at the wider parts of glass.

S-Piney, citrus, especially lemon. Something is a little floral about it as well.

T-Plenty of citrus here as well with some nice spicy, bitterness. On the finish, I get a pleasant carmel maltiness that stops short of being sweet but balances things out a little.

M-Bitterness lingers a touch. Medium bodied for beer, maybe a touch light compared to the "bigger" IPAs that have shown up in the last few years. Enough carbonation to keep things refreshing.

O-Overall, it's an enjoyable beer. It doesn't live up to some of the others I've had from Avery. I love this brewery and have visited the taproom in Boulder. I'd much prefer Maharaja, which I know isn't quite in the same class.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars in Leura, Australia. That probably makes it grey as grey can be. According to the deciphered bottling date on the bottle, this was bottled in April this year, so not that old all things considered.

Pours a rather clear and light golden colour, with a fine head of white that persists in wonderfully streaking rings of lace. Carbonation is languid, forming streams of rather fine and slow-moving bubbles. Body is fluid and fairly light. Looks good though.

Nose is really very pleasant. Subdued, but flavoursome hops provide a little resin and pine, with a hint of some dusty citric characters as well. There's a touch of grain malt underneath, that provides a slightly savoury undertone. It's not as potent as it would be if it were super fresh, but it's reasonably good all the same.

Taste is a little more timid, and perhaps a little the worse for wear for its journey. Here the grain character is more pronounced, and it leaved the hops feeling a little bit flat and uninspired. Slight piney tingle sits on the middle, but this devolves to a rather generic bitterness at the end, mingled with a slight honey sweetness on the finish. Feel is smooth, and surprisingly, with a bit of weight behind it. Carbonation is nicely tempered.

Overall, it's a very drinkable IPA, even when a couple of months old. It's clearly well-crafted, and I look forward to having it super-fresh sometime. Until then, this grey-market import will do me nicely.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass

Flows into the glass a beautiful crystal-clear gold with lots of carbonation. A stiff pour yields a massive head, very foamy with big bubbles. It condenses fairly fast and leaves a a lot of lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. I get citrus, pine, a bit of rising bread, orange peel, grass and a hint of onion.

This beer tastes great. Layers of hop flavors. Juicy citrus up front, some pine and a nice lingering and spicy bitterness. As it warms, a little bit of grassiness and even a hint of onion. There's also some malty sweetness hiding in the background.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of stickiness.

overall, a really good IPA that I wish I could obtain on a regular basis.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,106 ratings.
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