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 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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Photo of slym
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a six-pack of Ellie's Brown and there was a bottle of this in there in place of one of the brown ales. I am not much of an IPA fan, but this one is rather low-key as far as being "too hop-py." I've had American Pale Ales that are more bitter, and the hops don't come through as medicinal, more on the fruity side. It is a nice golden colour with lots of pine-y resins coming through in the smell. The taste isn't too astringent, and again, the fruitiness of the hops is the most prevalent aspect there. Finish isn't too dry, although as with most IPAs, I have hard time finding the malt (a personal flaw.)

There are IPAs that I would turn down, but this isn't one of them.

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

An extra nice IPA. Big head first which dissipates quickly. It is a very carbonated head. There are some citrus overtones but the predominance is great hop bitterness. The end is a little grassy?, piney? and compliments the overall beer. overall a very nice ipa for hop lovers, good Job, Avery !!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Clear amber brown, very bubbly, and a solid one finger head that sticks around.

Aroma-Not much here besides pine and some malty sweetness.

Taste-Pine and grapefruit hit the tongue at first providing a bitter jolt. On the back end caramel malts provide balance at first, but it started to taste buttery and unpleasant. I really think this may have been sitting on tap too long or something considering the buttery taste and the lack hop flavors than pine.

Feel- A very bitter beer that leaves an astringency long after a sip. Medium bodied and very carbonated.

Overall- Like I said this may have been old so I feel bad judging it harshly considering that it has good rating. Even then it wasn't a bad beer by any means, but it feel just short of good. I'll be trying to see if I can find this fresh so I can know for sure. Hopefully Im right and it proves me wrong. (77/100)

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Photo of fcbrew
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden with little head and no lacing. Almost no detectable aroma. A Budweiser initial taste followed by a very bitter aftertaste. Poorly balanced and thin. Avery can make a delicious IPA (See Avery 20th Aniversary IPA). In fairness, this IPA seems to be widely variable from one 6-pack to another. It is not a big seller and I suspect that it is sometimes quite old. Not the best IPA.

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Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into pint glass. The label has no abv info.

Appearance: Avery IPA has an orange tan body with some fine sediment. On top is about a one fingers thick, light tan head which fades quickly to just a thin film that sticks to the edge of the glass.

Smell: The nose has a big fruity and juicy hop presence with loads of tropical fruit, orange rind and sweet malt with a hint of bread yeast.

Tast/palate: It’s flavor first hits you with big juicy hops right up front. The malt offers some sweetness for balance before a big citrus rind/pith like bitterness slowly sneaks in on the sides and lingers on palate. The palate feels fairly full and there is just enough carbonation to give it some lift.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan at all. Not much smell, taste, or feel. I have week taste buds and need flavorful beer to wake them up. I would say its a great starter IPA for anyone looking to get into IPAs. I do want to say it's not a bad beer but as I mentioned would prefer a hoppier, bitter beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ACBF, a very nice full bodied IPA, lot of primary pine notes, good balanced bitterness, this was really fresh and tasty, had it side by side with their DIPA and was quite impressed with both, worth seeking out. Bitterness was apparent but not overwhelming in either case, very tasty with strong complexity.

Reviewed a year later from can, really nice appearance, clear with nice retention. aromas of pine and grapefruit, fresh meadow florals. Taste is smooth, bready malts with a citrusy pungency, coating resiny hop notes but also a brightness to it. Good balance, and a firm mouthfeel with an assertive carbonation. Big chewy mouthfeel. Lots of bright C-hops in this with some earthiness as well and I think this makes quite a pleasant IPA with some forward flavour and a nice balance, a touch resiny perhaps but I enjoyed it. Bumped rating a little higher.

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Photo of CabbageA19
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not like me to poo-poo a beer that is well rated but I just don't dig if all that much. If feels thick and syrupy in my mouth and that feeling persists minutes afterward. It looks good with a nice head. Smell good but it just doesn't feel exactly right. So I disagree on this one with the Bros and my fellow beer snobs.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured can into glass. 6.5% abv.

Appearance- Clear light orange with a massive white foamy head.

Smell- Lively grapefruit citrus smell with some pine as well.

Taste- Mild citrus notes blend into more of a pine and grassy flavor. Finish is dry but not immensely bitter. Has much more of a light caramel malt finish but the hops are still quite detectable still. Alcohol is well hidden as the beer is smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall- Refreshing and goes down easy. Not as bitter as many other IPA's as this one is more malt flavored.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For the most part, this IPA is very well balanced. It's not overly bitter and has a subtle sweetness. I only gave this beer a try because I needed something in a can and when I read "Hop Heads Unite" on the can label, it went into my shopping car. I consider myself a "hop head" but was actually hoping for the beer to be a bit more bitter, so I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't.

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Photo of BestiaryBittersJosh
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As I should, I took my first sniff and sip from the can, but for a proper review I poured into a standard pint.

A - Apple juice light amber, huge puffy head on an aggressive pour with spotty lacing that gathers at random around the glass.

S - Nice earthy aroma. Makes me feel like I'm drinking it straight from the cask in a basement somewhere.

T - Its got a soft taste. Hint of Bosc pear. Sandy on the teeth. Hides the alcohol well with a bit of a lingering finish. I thought it was gonna be slippery, but it hung around for a while.

M - Light bodied. It left a gas or a smoke in my mouth that stuck keeping me reflecting on it.

O - There's definitely craft in its concocting. Moderately balanced but off putting in its odor. I like it. Its like a guy who hangs around a lot that you can't quite get a good read on. He seems nice but you've heard he's a little shifty. Either way, you still think he's got your back.

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

330ml can served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color color forming a medium creamy white head that leaves many lingering molasses lacings in the glass. Medium retention and a thin foam layer remains for a long time on the top

S: Refreshing citrus, grassy, piny and flowery hops in the nose... Intense... Caramel and crystal malts. Notes of oranges and tropical fruits. Slightly sweet in the nose

T: Follows the nose. A slightly caramel malts taste followed by a nice hop bitter punch. The light caramel sweetness combine perfectly with the bitterness making it quite enjoyable in the mouth. Notes of orange and grapefruit. Citrus, grassy and piny hops profile. Great sweet-bitterness balance

M: Light body. Slightly molasses. Good carbonation. Citrus piny aftertaste

O: Very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. As suggested in the can: "Hoppy Freaks Unite!"

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Photo of guityler83
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nearly crystal clear appearance with a golden copper color. Head quickly settled after building a finger tall, white in color. nice lacing as the foam fell.

S: Moderate grapefruit, earthy and pine hop aroma. medium to low bready and toasty notes. No esters.

T: Moderate bitterness with the pine and grapefuit flavors coming through. Solid malt backbone consistint with the aroma, bready, crust and dough flavors. The balance is on the hop side (duh) I'd say 4:3. After-taste is a more dank piney flavor that lingers on the tongue. There is a slight mineral character I pickup as the hops wear on the pallete.

M: Crisp and clean drinkability with medium carbonation levels. The body is medium-low with no alcohol warming, just a slight harshness from the bitterness.

O: A nice drinking IPA with a solid malt character. I think the bottle I had might have had some age on it, so I'd like a fresher example, but.. middle of the road as far as IPAs go.

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Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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