Beer Review 0111: Avery India Pale Ale

Avery Brewing Company is located in Boulder, Colorado, and was founded by Adam Avery in September 1993. The brewery started out only producing 22 ounce bomber size bottles, but in 1996, purchased a 12 ounce bottling machine. With the new machine came a new beer, their India Pale Ale.

Avery’s take on IPA is their best selling beer, overtaking Ellie’s Brown Ale (I scored that beer 88 points). “Hop Freaks Unite!” is displayed on the side of the bottle.

The pour showed an average size head that verged on being large, frothy, and long lasting. The beer was a nice golden color, very hazy, but with no particles or sediment. There was some nice lacing left behind on the glass. Impressive thus far.

The aromatics were not as giving. There were grassy and grapefruit hops, with a small hint of smooth pine. There was also a touch of malt with some caramel and grain, but what was here wasn’t very pungent and was a slight disappointment.

But things picked back up on the flavor end; right away, you’re hit with an immediate pine note, which sets the stage for some wonderful sweet grapefruit and caramel. I was surprised by the sweetness here, given that this one is rated 69 IBU (International Bitterness Units) but the bitterness picks up on the finish, which plays out to be quite long and satisfying. The mouthfeel is creamy and not a bit drying, which is unusual for an IPA.

I found Avery’s India Pale Ale to be an enjoyable drink. While being more geared to the hop head side, that’s okay, because the flavors are delightful. I know some don’t care for sweet IPAs, but I think this one displays nice balance between the sweetness in the middle of the taste and bitterness on the tail end of the finish. Solid!

Avery India Pale Ale, 89 points. Price: $1.79 for one twelve ounce bottle.


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