Saturday, July 28, 2012
Avery Brewing IPA
It's no secret at this point that I love IPAs. Avery, however, was not a brewery that I was familiar with until very recently. I was at a local pub and they happened to have Avery IPA on tap, and since I'm always up for trying a new IPA I gave it a shot. In short, I loved it, but when I when back, they had switched the tap to Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA (which is not at all a bad thing). Yesterday, whilst perusing World Market, I spotted, much to my delight, a six-pack of Avery IPA. $9.99 later, I was a happy man.
Avery IPA looks just like what you would expect from a really good IPA; rich, amber color with lots of creamy, white head. Head retention and lacing are above average. What really strikes me about this beer's appearance, however, is just how crystal clear it is, as you can see from the photo above.
The aroma is heavy with caramel malt and citrus fruitiness. There is certainly some hops present, but mostly this is a sweet-smelling beer. Much of the aroma comes out in the palate as well. The beer is sweet with plenty of caramel and citrus flavors. The bite from the hops is not nearly as intense as some other IPAs I've had, but I don't necessarily consider that a bad thing for this beer. It has as smooth, creamy texture that makes it an extremely easy beer to drink. Also, this beer lacks some of the warmth from the alcohol that you experience with, say, a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
I love a good IPA, and this is certainly a good IPA. It may not pack the same punch as some other really intense IPAs, but I think I like it for that very reason. The flavor has everything I love about an IPA without being so intense that I feel like my taste buds are fried after just a couple glasses/bottles. This is an IPA I feel I could easily drink two or three of and still thoroughly enjoy. One final note, I've had Avery IPA both on tap and from a bottle and I much prefer it on tap. So, if you've tried Avery IPA, let me know what you think, and if not, go out and get some.