There’s a distinct taste Colorado-brewed IPAs tend to have and Avery
India Pale Ale is a good example of it. A bitter beer for sure, but with
distinct malt character that imparts remarkable sweetness. If you want a
balanced IPA, this is the beer for you.
Appearance: Cloudy honey-colored body. Forms a large, white, frothy head
which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass and never evaporates.
Smell: Strong lemony aroma with light flowers and perfume. Lots of hops on the nose for sure.
Taste: Usually the first thing I notice about an IPA is its bitterness,
but in the case of Avery India Pale Ale the first thing I noticed was
its sweetness. There’s a surprisingly strong malt character throughout
this beer. It begins with an intense dry bitterness, but it quickly
gives way to the malty side. A lemony taste upstages the hops for the
majority of the palate. Honey sweetness and a lollipop-like candy taste
are quite prominent as well.
Not surprisingly, the beer ends with a strong hop bite and a lingering
dry finish. There’s hints of garlic or onion as well, but it’s not
nearly as spicy or herbal as some beers. There’s no juicy refreshing
quality, though. Overall, a satisfying, robust palate that’s quite
delectable. I’m not a huge fan of the lemon and lollipop flavors, but
there’s enough balance to this brew that they’re never distracting or
Drinkability: I was actually surprised to discover Avery India Pale Ale
is only 6.5% ABV as it has the body, mouthfeel, energy and weight of
something bigger. This could easily be mistaken for an upper echelon
imperial IPA, but it has the drinkability of a single. A soft texture
that’s not especially effervescent, yet noticeably carbonated. It goes
down quite smoothly, but it’s easy to treat like a sipper.