Review of Avery IPA

11 May

How’s it going guys?  It’s time for another craft beer review and for today’s enjoyment I’m going to be tasting the Avery IPA produced by the Avery Brewing Company located in Boulder, Colorado.

I’ve always enjoyed this IPA and I try to pick it up every so often to just have in the fridge when the urge for an IPA hits.

From the website,, I copied this description of the Avery IPA.

In the 1700s one crafty brewer discovered that a healthy dose of hops and an increased alcohol content preserved his ales during the long voyage to India (as depicted in our label) to quench the thirst of British troops. Today, we tip our hat to that historic innovation by brewing Colorado’s hoppiest pale ale. Avery IPA demands to be poured into your favorite glass to truly appreciate the citrusy, floral bouquet and the rich, malty finish.

I’m getting thirsty.  Let’s drink.


This beer came in a 12 oz. can and it had an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured a relatively clear golden to orange color.  The head was white, fluffy, soft and mildly rocky.  It was sized very well and the retention time was good.  The lacing was more than solid too.  A very attractive beer to my eye.

The nose popped with some grapefruit citrus followed by a small waft of red apple skins.  A lot of floral components as well.  Some resiny goodness was found intermingled with a clean breadiness and light caramel malts.  Overall, nothing too crazy, but well balanced and proper for an IPA.

The taste jumped with more of that grapefruit citrus.  Again, simplistic in the fact that it provided expected tones of caramel malt, suitable breadiness and sticky resin.  It got a bit earthy as it warmed and as I neared the end of the can.  It was nicely congruent all the way through though.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Mostly smooth, but with some crispness.  Quite dry, yet refreshing at the same time.  A good medium strength carbonation allowed a sturdy dose of flavor to be left behind on the palate between sips.

Like I said earlier, this is an IPA that I always enjoy drinking and try to have available throughout the Spring and Summer.  It’s not going to blow away that crazy “hophead”, however it does have enough of that personality to satisfy in my opinion.  It does become more malty toward the end, but in my mind, that only helps balance and round it off.  It’s a “go-to” for me that’s for sure.  Super easy to down.  So, if you guys are looking for a solid IPA that could be an everyday drinker…. give the Avery IPA a try.  I think you may be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5

Grade:  B+

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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Avery, Country: USA


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