Avery Brewing Company: India Pale Ale

IPA-bottle-6pack-web-lg1-277x300As I typically do a few times a week, I found myself wandering aimlessly through the beer isles at my local Liquor Barn in Louisville, Ky. I feel that it is my duty to wander like so, simply waiting for the proper beer to call out to me.

Each time I manage to stare at label after label in hopes of finding the right one, but without really knowing what my stomach craves. Typically, my deep passion is rooted in the domestic IPA, but every so often I’ll find myself hopping the pond to find a well-rounded international flavor.

On this particular afternoon I was spending a little extra time in my wandering because of the rain that had just begun. As I searched for my beer of the day, I stumbled upon Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colo.

Avery, a 20-year-old brewery this year, found its start just like many others — from the passion of many years of homebrewing by its President and Brewmaster Adam Avery. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon Avery’s India Pale Ale. With a 6.5% ABV, this golden colored IPA is smooth and unique in many ways. It’s lightly refreshing but I felt had a slightly more bitter hop taste than some other IPA’s I’ve enjoyed. At the moment, I don’t really have a great comparison for the Avery IPA, thus putting it in a category all its own.

In my own mind I give Avery’s IPA 4.5 of 5 starts. It had unique flavor that stuck with me for many seconds after each sip. If you haven’t had this blessing, I recommend you seek it out.

T. Montgomery/Editor

Beer Style: India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Munich 10L, caramel 120L
OG: 1.058 ABV: 6.5% IBUs: 69 Color: Golden
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.
Food pairing: Seafood dishes such as ahi tuna or seared scallops are a great match, as are creamy pasta dishes like fettucini alfredo or pasta carbonara. The acidity and hop bitterness of Avery IPA will cut through creamy flavors and textures, providing balance to the pairing.
Availability: Year round. Six-pack bottles, six-pack cans, cases, 1/6BBL and 1/2BBL kegs.

Source: Avery Brewing Company

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