Avery Brewing is a Boulder, CO brewery that I’ve mentioned once or twice here before. For some reason I’ve always had the habit of skipping over Avery’s beers for others, but after reading some good things on other KC beer blogs figured it was time to enjoy some of their beers. I reviewed their 14’er ESB in the past.
Avery’s India Pale Ale pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has lots of floral notes and a hint of citrus, almost like tamgerine. Very nice aroma that seems sweet rather than the more piney aromas of some of the IPA’s I’ve been enjoying lately.
The mouthfeel is really nice on this beer, with just the right amount of carbonation. The hops on the palate are also a little more floral, although about 3/4 of the way into the aftertaste the more bitter aspect of the hops becomes apparent.
Avery’s IPA is very balanced, in my opinion, with the hops bitterness offset by a nice maltiness. It’s definitely hops forward, but the hops don’t cling or linger, or build much. Avery lists the alcohol content as 6.3% ABV and this beer uses Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops in its brewing.
All in all this is a nice IPA. It doesn’t knock my socks off and it doesn’t necessarily stand out in a crowd, but it is easy to drink, has nice flavors and balance, and a nice aroma and flavor profile that keeps me wanting more. Another nice beer from Avery!