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

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IBUs: 65

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2002

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Photo of marburg
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 tjsdomer2
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cotton foam with great lacing. Golden in color.

Smell: Caramel and pine. Very simple, but it smells like Colorado and is close to perfect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. A bit too thin, but not flat.

Overall: One of the best IPAs. Extremely nostalgic.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish-orange color, nice big fluffy head, good lacing.

Smells hoppy, of citrus rind.

Tastes of pine and citrus rind also.

Medium body, maybe a bit weak for the style.

Good solid IPA here, if somewhat average. Lacking the extra something that makes a great IPA, but I would have another. A good balance of taste and drinkability.

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Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kkipple
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery IPA on draft with a jerk chicken pineapple cheesy sub = sheer delite.

What, I need to write more? If I must.

A: Clear gold, topped with a pure white, sticky head. Some bubbles rise through the beer and the lacing, as I drain this one, is uniform and cool. The head lasts about 20 minutes.

S: Mostly citrus hops (not a bad thing, really) some malt and an orange smell. Doesn't grab you, but it's basic and to style.

T. This is good. Crisp, bitter citrus hop flavor with a hint of acidity and pine. Alive and mildly harsh, cleansing and refreshing. Aftertaste lingers on the back of my tongue. This is a basic bitter American IPA but a darn good one. Hoppier than some and carries a real "bite". I dug it.

Mouthfeel is sharp from the acidic hops and rough carbonation. Bold. Good!

Again, this went wonderfully with my spicy chicken sub and I'll have it again. Great if you're a hophead looking for a quick fix.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from All Wine

A - Golden yellow, two fingered head, which dissipates slowly and creates slight lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, grass, and light malts.

T - Heavy grass and finish of light malts.

M - Slightly bitter, could be better balanced.

D - Good, but would prefer other IPAs vs this guy.

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Photo of dcisco44
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of geexploitation
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and quite brilliant light, goldish amber with a fluffy, small-bubbled head that eventually dissipates to a dusting. Big-time grapefruit aromas come out first off, along with toasty pale malts with a biscuity character. The malt notes come out much more strongly at higher temperatures. Tastewise, this is a classic American IPA, with citrusy bitterness up front, juicy, mouthfilling carbonation and even more robust sweet citrus flavors at the mid-palate, and grainy flavors and textures at the end. The finish is quite dry. Overall, this is a well-made, prototypical American IPA with all the strengths (hop flavors, aromatics) and weaknesses (little hop/malt balance) of the genre.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a golden orange with a thick white head and very nice and almost excessive lacing. Pretty agressive pine aroma, citrus and grapefruit, good hop nose. Oh, also, little malt. Meh. Same thing with the taste, malts playing, like, 4th fiddle to the hops. So, basically, hops hops hops, wooptie doo. I like a hop bomb every once in a while, and this is a good hop bomb. Though I wish there were a little more to the mouth. Either way, a great beer to drink, one I'll have again for sure.

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Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, creamy, white, dense, bubbly head. Rocky collapse. Sticky lacing. Clear, amber beer with fine carbonation. Huge stinky hops in the nose. Some sour, nutty stuff, some ink and bread. Stinky hops persist through the front with rotten/burnt nuts and some grapefruit. Full middle, a little watery tasting, bitter. Nice roasted nutty, bitter finish. Not bad. I like the nuts in the finish, but they're a little "off" elsewhere. It's a little nicer and milkier when warm. A decent, hoppy beer, but there are too many better ones in the field.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a typical orange color with some more amber overtones. A finger or so of what foam caps the beer off. There's nothing wrong with this IPA's appearance. It just looks like the most average IPA you've ever seen.

Lots of grapefruit and orange zest aromas here. The malts smell more biscuity than caramelly, which is a little bit surprising. Again, straightforward stuff here. Not complex. Good though. Same with the flavor: it's straightforwardly grapefruit, orange, distant pine, and a malt profile that's balanced between crystal malt and pale malt. It's a hair thicker than I tend to prefer in IPAs, but nothing that the prickly carbonation doesn't help to sort out.

This is a very solid IPA. It doesn't amaze, but it executes its simple flavor profile. I'm glad to see it in cans; it'd be a great beer to take fishing.

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Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a orange/copper cloudy hue with good carbonation. A nice large foamed head settles in aruond 1 finger with a lovely ammount of lace.

S-nice sweet malt, with a really nice citrusy/earthy hop background. With a possible sourness in there too.

T-The taste is mildy sweet bready malt with a hop presence throughout. Tangerine and grapefruit hops are present throughout and very well balanced with that nice sweet malt. The bitterness is good for an IPA without venturing into the 2xIPA. The hop profile is very complex which makes this very interesting

M-Lighter bodied than I would like but still good. Decent carbonation saves it though.

D-This is a good IPA. I have been dissapointed with other Avery brews I have had but this one is excellent. This is one i would get again.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- a small hazy light apricot color. Not much head if any and no lacing on the pint.

S- apricot, orange peel, and pine hops. No malts and def hoppy-like IPA nose.

T- citrus and pine hops hit the palate and it is nice a combination. One does not overpower the other which makes it a good IPA.

M- hoppy and dry. nice bitterness here and it is light medium bodied beer.

D- If you have read my reviews before i am not a huge IPA fan but this is a nice one. I would say a top 7 IPA. I only drink the good IPA's a second time. i would buy a sixer anytime.

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

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Walkerjgt
2.25/5  rDev -42%

Photo of nwhittin
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours typical IPA fashion, light orange topped with gobs of sticky off-white creamy head and excellent lacing.
Aroma is right on for the style, though perhaps not as assertive as I'd hopped, er, hoped. There is ample citrus here, very mild sweet malt, and light alcohol aroma.
I'm not really getting something besides pale malt in the flavor (other than the hops). I like simple, dry IPAs but feel a secondary malt flavor in small proportion might add a complexity I'd like better in this case. Hops are spicy, citric and no shortage thereof. Finishes pretty dry, hops lingering with a substantial bitterness. I'm a big fan of all of these hops, bit it doesn't quite come together for me.
Carbonation is fairly high and perhaps if allowed to die down a bit the beer would be more drinkable. As it is, with the dry, heavily bitter, spritzy nature it is only average to my palate.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of cbl2
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/3/2005 $9.00 6 pack 6.00% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear copper-yellow with no head, but a thin lacing rims the glass.


Citrusy hops, mainly ripe juicy grapefruit with hints of a sweet malt background.


Redolant with ripe citrus character in the form of grapefruit underlined by a healthy malt sweetness, this is a nicely balanced IPA, that doesn't rely solely on scorching the tastebuds with bitterness. Avery is sometimes a hit or miss for me, but this is a definite hit. Nice hop character paired with plenty of malts.

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Photo of billybob
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hero27
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly clear yellow(ish) color. Figured it would be the typical copper/bronze color of many quality IPAs. Smells brutally hoppy..I wasn't expecting the stinging hop aroma this baby gives off. Nice bitterness up-front..the hops do not dissapoint. The taste does a good job of backing up the intimidating aroma. Hop bitterness lingers forever, and it's as easy to drink as any IPA I've had. I no sooner swallow and it begs for another sip. Quality stuff...

A very good IPA..not quite standout caliber, but very typical of the American style, and fits nicely into what I'd like all IPAs to be. If it were available here, I'd drink this all the time. Find it, buy it..it's as simple as that.

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Photo of wiltznucs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Avery India Pale Ale (IPA) from Avery Brewing Company
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