Review: India Pale Ale, Avery Brewing

India Pale Ale
Avery Brewing Co. — Boulder, CO

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  6.5%
  • Malts:  Two-row Barley, Munich
  • Hops:  Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "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." — Avery Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is part of my Ode to IPA Day series.  India Pale Ale is one of Avery's five year-round brews.  I recently tasted and enjoyed Avery's White Rascal, a Belgian White Ale.    

The tasting:  Amber in color, hazy, with a large white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.  Aroma of floral and grassy hops along with caramel and bready malts.  Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops on top of a subtle biscuit malt base.  There's little malt sweetness and the flavor is dominated by hop bitterness that starts in the middle and kicks into high gear near the finish.  Avery IPA is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, and has a sticky, resinous mouth feel.  It finishes with a long lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I like IPAs, but the high level of bitterness in Avery's IPA surprised me.  This is not a balanced IPA.  If you're into hop bombs, you'll like this one.

Have you tried Avery's India Pale Ale?

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  1. try the Avery Maharaja - an exceptional Imperial IPA that is outstanding, absolutely top shelf.

  2. I've seen Maharaja, and have heard good things. Thanks for your suggestion. I'll give it a try!


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