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Avery India Pale Ale

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Another fine brew in Avery's ever-growing repertoire, this IPA is jam-packed with a profusion of aromas and flavors that all manage to play well together. Known for producing some bruising hop monsters, Avery keeps their IPA true to its stylistic roots and doesn't try to crush your senses. This brew pours a crystal clear, deeply saturated yellow (closer to golden) capped by a luxurious, pillowy, white head. Holding true to style, the beers's aroma emerges from the glass with swirling eddies of lemon zest, bright pine needles and fresh grain. Tim's initial impression was that of huge, sticky and piney hops, but he was enthusiastic about the pulpy tropical fruit notes of lychee nut, papaya and pineapple. Though this beer's flavor is assertively bitter, as any IPA should be, this brew is not a one-trick pony when it comes to hops. Their dexterous balancing between bittering and flavor hops delivers a multi-layered experience, all supported by malt notes of fresh-baked bread and Lyle's Golden Syrup. Tom truly appreciated the tongue-coating bitterness but was positively taken by the bright, rather lemony flavor that receded into a rather comforting malt sweetness. A thoroughly enjoyable and drinkable brew, Avery IPA is versatile enough to quaff anytime, anywhere.  

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