In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Avery Brewing Company IPA

Aroma: “A fruity nose with hints of black currant and boysenberries. Some herbal, anise-like presence. Dank, catty hops character dominates.”

Flavor: “A definitive malt presence that is well-balanced by an assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Some corn-chip flavors detract. The hoppiness is much like the aroma with lots of berries and herbs. Light but discernable off flavors of acetaldehyde and DMS and a light metallic finish. The expected hops flavors are there—pine, lemon, grapefruit—but a difficult tannic and astringent note competes with the more pleasant flavors.”

Overall: “The malt/hop balance is right, but the hops flavors lack complexity and feel dated (not wholly enjoyable) while the corn flavor detracts from the overall experience. Finishes slightly astringent and bitter in a way that hints of issues with fermentation and malt.”