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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: 1,199 | Ratings: 3,092
Photo of adrian910ss
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper color with a nice full white head. Smells of pine needles and citrus. Tastes citrusy, with a grapefruit prominence. Very similar to stone ipa and bells two hearted ale, yet lacking in the bite that those 2 have. Overall, an excellent ipa.

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

Avery's India Pale Ale pours a yellow-amber body benath a full head of frothy white foam that holds well and leaves some nice rings of lace at the outset of the glass.
Citrusy, grapefruit-like hops appear in the nose along with some biscuity malt.
The mouthfeel is lightly crisp with a medium body and fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.
The flavor again delivers a splash of grapefruity citrus upfront, along with some lemon and chalky lemon rind, and a touch of pine as well. It's lightly honeyish and biscuity malt acts as a stage for the hops, and lets them keep the spotlight. It's well balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it firmly without becoming obtrusive. It finishes dry with fading notes of lemon that turn to pine, and then disappear leaving only a very long lingering dull bitterness behind.
For fans of citrusy hops, this one's a winner!

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

Appearance: Standard IPA looke with a thin head and some lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and hops, hops, hops.

Taste: The malts are smoky and pair exceptionally well with the citrusy hops. Grapefruit permeates the taste as well. You can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels dry in your mouth, but becomes a bit oily. The carbonation is low, which I appreciate.

Drinkability: This is a big hop-oriented IPA. It refreshes, but seems a little over the top for a session ale.

Overall, I dig this beer.

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

Appearance is a transparent amber-red, with a short lived head. Aroma has a fruit cocktail of pineapple and sharp citrus, followed by pine and hops. Initial taste contains bitter hops that are delicious. Medium mouthfeel with just-right carbonation. Good job!

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Photo of kmcnair
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light orange color and makes a really thick frothy head. Aroma is light caramel malt, bit of citrus orange. Flavor is excessively bitter, very one sided, only subtle hints of what were suggested in the nose are available as the bitter bitter hops rue the day... it is actually kind of harsh and unpleasant. Medium body, leaves a slight coating on the palate. Sadly, the harsh characteristics in the flavor just don't do it for me. I'll take the Maharaja over this one 10 times out of 10.

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Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice map of the old world route to India. And what’s this note on the label :
“Yeah, it is” ?? Something to get ya thinking about the hazy amber pour, good head and nice lacing. Yep, hop city dominated by floral, citrus and pine. Really pops you in the mouth on the taste too, along with some grassy notes. Had a somewhat sour aftertaste that I didn’t care for – might be tough to make this a session brew. Medium bodied, sticky and well carbed.

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Photo of phishgator
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big foamy head that stays for the entire session. The floral hop aroma (cascade?) is blistful. You could smell this concoction for an hour. The taste unforunately is not on the same line. Though decent not mind blowing. There is a metallic undertone that deters from this brew. The color is magnificent; the golden copper hue is brilliant to the eye. A session IPA nontheless.

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

12 ounce bottle. Clear light copper colored with a huge head. Clumps of foam stick to the side of the glass. Potent grapefruit hops in the aroma. The flavor is malty at first, but then turns extremely bitter. The hops are not just bitter, but plenty flavorful. The hops are a bit spicy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a good IPA. Not merely intense, it's also got the flavor.

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Photo of nortmand
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review!
Pours lightish amber, could be a little darker to be honest.
Beautiful nose, though. Grapefruit supported by peach if my schnoz serves me well.
Nice up front bitterness. Citrusy, pome fruit like quality mid tongue. pretty nice. Full bodied malt presence throughout. Caramel.
Good carbonation and a perfectly refreshing summer brew (95 today in E.L.)
This beer seems somewhat of a conundrum. The nose has that American, up-front dry hopped thing going on. Then, the drink is a nice, crisp bitterness, subdued and well supported by the maltiness. It's somewhere between English and American, leaning slightly towards American. Then again, I've been drinking alot of Stone lately.

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice clear Copper/Golden color with a white head. Very nice lacing and the head sticks around for a good length.

The aroma is very hoppy/floral.

The taste is predominately hops start to finish. Nice bitterness. There is a small amount of alcohol flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. I think this is a great IPA.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep golden with a rocky white head. Carbonation cascasdes up through the body vigorously.

Smell: Orange juice and lemon zest up front. A little bit of pine and some carmel but the citrus smell predominates.

Taste: A nice refreshing blend of carmel and orange juice. Just a brush on the palate of some pine bitterness. The sweetness of the malt and the citrus battle back and forth but overall they are blended very well and neither one dominates. The citrus almost tastes like Orange Crush but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and the carbonation makes for a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ahhh...this is my kind of IPA. A perfect balance of citrus hop and carmel sweetness. I know that this isn't a requirement for an IPA to taste this way but I sure love it when they do. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Clear, golden copper with a tall white head that is helped by good carbonation and leaves decent lace as it goes down.

The smell is almost all hops. Citric/piney with just a little malt underneath.

A great balance of west coast hops and slightly sweet malts in the taste. The hops are strong, but there's enough juiciness to keep my tongue from drying out.

Full, but not thick mouthfeel. One of the more sessionable IPAs.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfull poorout with everlasting head and great bronze beercolor. Nose is a delicasy of hops; very aromatic and very good, wonderfull american styles but probably also some of Germany or Tjech. Taste is good having body, litle sweet, and citrussy that stays with quiet a bitter aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and yes if I hadmore in the fridge I certainly would go to get me another one!

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

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head, laces around the glass. Smells of floral hops but the malty backbone is very detectable. Its likewise with the taste. Little bit of hops but I taste mostly malt, very rich, with a little smooth bitterness. This beer really coats the tongue, the carbonation is nice and its pretty fullbodied. A tasty brew, could be more hoppy but I enjoy it nonetheless.

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Photo of Foxman
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a glowing orange, cloudy and bubbly. A finger of tight beige foam settles quickly to light galaxies of froth. Pop-art lacing studs the inside of the glass.

The aroma is decidedly hoppy, with a piney citrus thickness leading the way. A light caramel sweetness winds it's way through the rest, but it's all rather sparse.

First sip brings a berry sweetness of lightly toasted malt, the effect promptly stunted by a dry wall of bitter hop resins, carting notes of grapefruit and vague mint. A yeasty follow-up trails the pack, dwindling promptly as a quick finish darts into a dry bitter numbness. Overall, the flavor is halting and almost confused.

A touch shy of medium bodied, the hops deliver an oily feel that imparts more to the palate than the body might suggest.

It's not a matter of balance that gives me pause here. I can appreciate uneveness. Rather, it's the herky-jerk transitions and sparse, almost faceless aroma that weight against this beer. It delivers in a staccato fashion, which is manageable when the components have more character, but here it's just muddled. That said, it's not totally without its merits. In spite of the stop-and-go delivery, it is nonetheless crisp, drying the palate nicely, as it should. I'll finish what's in my fridge, and I won't really mind doing it, but there will be no curtain call.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearace: Nice orange tone with just a slight cloudiness. A craterous, two fingered billow of head emerged after the pour. Nearly entire lace sheets with just a few swiss cheese holes noticeable at first. The heavy lacing tapers off by the time the depths have been consumed. A thin froth is left atop the beer, continually replenished by ample carbonation.

Smell: What a great aroma. Not complex by any means, just a big hop boquet that inspires salivation. Lemony snickets of citric delight flood my manifold. Grains are scarcely able to manifest themselves under this domineering hop cloud. The hops bring a nice representation of the earthy goodness that they are capable of displaying.

Taste: Initial bitterness to the tongue followed by a nice light malt sweetness then into a vacuous dry finish. The palate is stung, sweetened, and then ultimately heaved into a sensation of dehydration that makes my tongue feel as though it is shrinking in my mouth. Wonderful pines, lemon and grapefruit, and a green grass accent ride a malt body into a pleasing form that makes me crave another gulp. Hey-zeus Marimba! I love this style.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing yet full of facets that make it feel much larger. Great dry bitterness.

Drinkability: Yes. I have the ability to drink, and yes I would drink these up till the cows come home. At which time, I would offer them one and pour myself another.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beautiful pale golden color with a 2 finger pearl white head that leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell- Mostly a citrusy, floral hops smell that will make a hophead drool, not overly complex but not simple either, slight hint of pale malts in the background.
Taste- begins with a light, bready malt flavor that quickly gives way to a powerhouse hop taste. The hops are floral, earthy, slightly citrusy like lemon peel, and very oily and resiny, definately a hophead's ipa not for the faint of heart. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but in an IPA it probably should be. It finishes with a dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and dry, with a somewhat high amount of carbonation, but that makes it crisp and easier to drink
drinkability- this is a bitter beer, but its not so bitter that it really numbs your tastebuds, this could be a good session IPA(if there is such a thing) and the drinkability is high for the style in general.
Overall an excellent rendition of an IPA, somewhat balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Shaw
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at my favorite pub, The Cock & Bull in Sarasota.

As the tap says, "Hop freaks, unite!" This is a great, hoppy American IPA. It has a wonderful floral aroma that leads to a bitter and hoppy flavor. This isn't a balanced beer, but I don't really care.

If you're in the mood for a good hoppy IPA, check this one out.

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Photo of taez555
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright orange/tan body with a small white head.

The nose was a fruity citrus hop smell. Very fresh, with a slight skunk/biscuit/vegetable note as well.

The taste was a very crisp and clean medium body. A huge hop taste and bitterness. It starts soft with a very “background” sort of citrus peel hop character. There’s a round caramel malt flavor as well. It really compliments the hop perfectly. You can really taste the malt and hop separately in this beer. It’s sort of like beer 3D, the malt is in the foreground the hops are perfectly clear in the back. It ends with a lingering bitterness.

Really a very nice session beer. Perfect balance of big malt and big hop. Sort of reminded me of a session beer version of stone ruination IPA. Another great standard from Avery.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe it or not, this is my first Avery beer! A sixer of this was actually cheaper than a sixer of Alpha King and I'm in Indiana. This one poured a light orange/golden with a very nice frothy white head although a large percentage of the bubbles were soapy looking. Aroma is obviously hop-centric. I get a mix of citrus and pine. Taste is very crisp and clean with that nice edginess of hops. Some caramel tasting malt lies in the background. Good drinkability. This is not a blow the doors off type IPA but a session type IPA that matches up great with the BBQ chicken pizza that I'm having for dinner (yeah for college diets). I will be reviewing more Avery products in the future.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-orange pour with a huge rocky head. One of the best heads I've ever coaxed out of an IPA, and it stuck around and left tons of lace as it slid down the glass. After that look, the rest of the beer was something of a comedown. The aroma was lightly hopped with lots of biscuity malts. The flavor itself is kind of weak for the style. All of the hallmarks are in there: grapefruity hops, solid malt backbone, and a little bite, but they're all pretty subdued and nothing really catches your imagination. Overall, a decent enough brew that won't destroy your palate, but there's easily dozens of American IPAs out there that are much more creative and interesting than this one.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am relying on AlexJ for some real good information...I have high expectations from this one...especially since it is Avery.
Pours a bright, clear copper color with a full finger and a half of off white head. For a thin beer, this has real nice lace.
Smell is sweet grapefruit and oranges...an almost butterscotch aroma.
Taste is superb...a nice bitter hop flavor w/ plenty of malt to keep this baby balanced. Also, a subtle spice with no alcohol present.
The carbonation is not overdone and the mouthfeel is fantastic. The flavors that linger invite me back for more. I could definitely stick w/ this one for an evening...no doubt.

just my luck...found this on tap at the Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA the very next day. No need to review...just a nice coincidence for me.

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Photo of clvand0
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a standard yellow color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a little caramel malt, but has a huge presence of dirty hops. Smells like shoes. The flavor has a bit more of the malt character, but that smelly hop flavor is there. I didn't care much for this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visiting this beer again after a while. Thaks to clvand0 for sharing. It pours a rather pale orange color with only a slight head on it. The nose is not necessarily good. Its got a little of the dirty old sock smell to it. I'm not so impressed here. The flavor is better than the nose would say, but I would put this as an APA over an IPA. It has a decent residual bitter on my tongue. The feel is fairly thick, with a minimal carbonation. This is definately not in my top IPA's. I really don't like the aroma on it.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my Delirium tulip yields a bright honey colored brew topped by a peak of pure white head that leaves intricate patchwork of lace as it dissipates.

Aroma is moderate and filled with tangerine and grapefruit mixed with soft florals, backed by a malty, honey sweetness. There's a hint of skunky and funky pine in there too that I find mouthwatering, reminds me of juicy green buds.

Flavor is remarkably similar to one of my other favorites, 60-Minute IPA. Starts off with a hefty dose of carmelized citrus flavors, biscuits, wildflower honey, skunky hops (in a good way), and is backed by a nice malty finish. Hops taste like Cascades or Centennials with something a bit spicier.

Mouthfeel is medium and finish is long and drenched in tangerine hops. I don't know why this beer doesn't get higher marks, it's awesome!

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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