Mike Duggan #09 IPA - Duggan's Brewery
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Reviews by zachariaIPA:
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Peter Frampton, Massey Hall. That's when I first had this beer.
A great local beer, although it's more of an APA than IPA, right?
Pours a very clean dark amber from the bottle with a slightly off-white head that just does not want to dissipate in my glass, leaving a thick story-telling web of lace down the side.
A maltier IPA than most..but balanced with floral notes, sweet fruit, caramel, and hops. It reminds me of an APA like Anchor Steam, a hoppy Tankhouse..but not with a west-coast IPA hop-profile that maybe I was expecting. In any case, I could drink this all day long out of those tiny little bottles, or on tap with some hot wings and curry poutine. Fuck yeah.
11-16-2010 00:41:57 | More by zachariaIPA
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3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
Pours a clear brown color with a white head. The aroma is not very strong, with some toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is toffee and biscuit malts with some biting hops. Certainly didn't expect that amount of bitterness from the aroma. High carbonation and thin mouthfeel.
02-19-2010 20:12:45 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle picked up on a random T.O. excursion.
Poured into a nonic glass. A deep copper brew, some light carbonation. A terrific head for a bottled ale - a good half inch, lots of patchy lacing, excellent retention.
Nose is malty and fruity, with only a touch of spices and hops. Not really an IPA nose, more of a standard American pale ale. Still terrific though.
Not nearly as hoppy as I'd expected, but they are certainly there in the back. Spicy and peppery to the finish, the hops seem more East coast to me - rich and earthy. However, the malt character is this brew's defining attribute - caramel, cream, vanilla and red berries introduce the brew well. Hops feel a bit washed out for an IPA.
Slightly creamy, carbonation is a light sting. Medium bodied.
Definitely reminds me of Tankhouse, another exceptional Toronto brew. Not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA, it's damned close - and damned good. Exceptional value - probably the best 6 pack you can get for under 10 bucks ($9.95 at the Lower Jarvis LCBO). A pleasure to drink - another winner from Mike Duggan!
08-19-2010 17:50:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap at C'est What.
This beer appears a clear dark amber hue, with a few fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of lace as it recedes. It smells of caramel malt, and soft citrus hops, very inviting. The taste follows through on the promise with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced with some nice orange and grapefruit hop essences. The carbonation is quite mild, the body smooth and soft, and the finish is dry and softly hopped.
A very good, and drinkable, Yankee-style IPA, which is seemingly hard to find around these here parts...
08-16-2009 21:43:21 | More by biboergosum
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
RATING REVISED: CASK is much better, had a Ontario IPA Challenge at Volo. Bitterness came through in flavour.
On-tap at Volo. Decent hop aroma, combined with some malt.Copper body, lots of lace appears after the head dissipitates.Taste is way over IBU, with malts and water thrown in. Its eventually drinkable, but its not a smooth beer by any means.Carbonation aggressive.Average beer overall.
04-05-2009 04:36:44 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Free bottle from bobsy poured into my new Duvel tulip...also courtesy of bobsy. Generous dude! Thanks Rob! I totally owe you.
Hazy cover of off-white head over a clear dark-copper body. Decent lacing.
Smells a bit floral with sweet citrus, caramel, bready malt and a little roast. Maybe the slightest amount of diacetyl, though it's not unpleasant. Doesn't smell at all like an IPA but would smell pretty great for a pale ale. I'm only picking up a hint of the kind of hopping that defines the nose of an IPA.
I've had this stuff a couple times and every time I'm immediately struck by how similar it is to Mill Street's Tankhouse Ale, which happens to be another brew by Mr. Duggan. I love Tankhouse but don't consider it to be an IPA and this stuff is really not all that different. I would say that it is hoppier than Tankhouse but still doesn't present enough hops to really fall under the heading of IPA. The beer is quite well-balanced, with earthy, peppery and slightly citrusy hops atop a caramely, bready malt base. The finish presents a touch of grapefruit rind. As a beer, there's nothing wrong here but I'd prefer the hops to be turned up quite a bit (especially some more citrus) if it's going to be called an IPA.
Decent medium body with light-moderate carbonation. Pretty good feel actually.
If I'm going to drink this stuff, I'd rather think of it as an American-style pale ale; of which it would be a damn good one. When I feel like drinking an IPA, #9 is sure to let me down. The hops just aren't there. Funny, if this was sold as Duggan's Pale Ale it would probably be one of my very favorite pale ales. Great beer; not really an IPA.
07-17-2010 01:13:55 | More by eat
3.23/5 rDev -12.7%
On tap at Beerbistro (Toronto):
The beer appeared a dark amber color with nice white head that had decent retention that dissolved into a spotty cap. Some lacing was noted on the glass and the beer had noticeable carbonation flowing to the top of the glass.
The aroma was light, more hoppy than malty, but seemed to be well balanced, at least more so than some IPAs. Floral hops tended to dominate. Again, the aroma was lighter than I would have liked or expected for the style.
The taste of the beer is good. I felt that the taste was well balanced, but I was expecting more of a hoppy beer. Good malt and floral hops with a nice bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste seemed to last longer that the actual taste. The beer, in my opinion is more of a pale ale than an IPA, hence the score.
The beer has a much lighter feel to it than expected and given that it made the beer very easy to drink and I found the beer crisp and refreshing. Overall, a decent beer and one that I would probably try again.
04-29-2010 15:09:43 | More by PhillyStyle
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
no freshness date on label.
pours out mahogany with a small white head that fades quickly. little lacing.
aroma: I get cherrywood. like cherries and wood.
not a big smell off this so far. gonna let it warm a bit from fridge.
tastes bitter. grapefruit. tea like. nice stuff.
lots of fruit flavors exploding in mouth after swallow.
the alcohol is well hidden behind hops. some sweet maltiness on finish as well. above average mouthfeel. a little smooth a little creamy a little sharp.
I could session this or savour it. very pleased.
01-31-2011 21:50:03 | More by paxkey
3/5 rDev -18.9%
Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a light foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel malt with light bitter hoppy notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some light caramel malt notes with a very subtle bitter hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is closer to an APA then an IPA and would benefit from having additional hops.
03-18-2010 20:18:25 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
On cask @ Volo
A - Dark amber, almost brown colour with a half finger of very thick creamy white head.
S - Mild nose. Slight bitter hops and some sweetness from the malts.
T - A nice sweet citrus hop profile with a sweet malt backbone.
M - Medium body, silky, smooth. A Guinness-like mouthfeel which is odd for a IPA but very good. My first cask beer so the mouthfeel caught me a bit off guard. I liked it thought!
D- An excellent IPA.
07-17-2010 13:45:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
Thanks to Bobsy for this IPA.
A: Caramel looking beer, very clear. The head is soapy. Could be associated to clouds too. Seems to stick very well to the glass.
S: Grapefruits hops with faint notes of citrus. I do get some caramel/toffee notes that are from the malts.
T: Very nice taste. Hops (grapefruits, citrus). Starts with grapefruits to move on with citrus. The after-taste is all bitterness. Bitterness starts small but finish big. In the 2010, a little metallic taste but nothing too annoying. It lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Very nice.
M: Medium body, mellow (slightly round) in the mouth.
D: Easy IPA to drink. A very well balanced IPA. Again, I do class this IPA in easy to drink.
Thanks Bobsy for a good beer. Liamt07 sent me another one on september 2010. Just updated my review based on this 2010 version.
11-24-2009 02:03:51 | More by ZorPrime
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
Toronto's Newest Craft Brewery is being run by one of Toronto's original Brew Masters. Mike Duggan was previously the Brew Master at the Mill Street Brewery when they were first building their business. Mike has since moved and opened his own BrewPub in downtown Toronto, Duggan's Brewery at Victoria just south of Richmond. The #9 IPA has just made its way into LCBOs, and is getting acclaims at every beer festival it goes to.
Honestly, I was pretty hesitant to enjoy this beer at first, but I'm not really sure why. I had no good reason, and I enjoy some of the beers that Mike created over at Mill Street. So my concern was completely unfounded. There was only one way to right this wrong, so I grabbed a 6 pack of #9′s and tossed them in the fridge. They come in oddly thin 275ml bottles with very clean and simple branding which I quite like. I would have preferred more beer, even just the standard 341 or 355ml, but the 6 pack is less expensive also, so no one is getting jipped. The skinny bottle is also really pretty, it grew on me more and more as I looked at it. But hows the beer? Thats the important question.
This is a real IPA, one with flavor, complexity, and depth. It has been brewed with 9 different malts, and comes in at 6.2% ABV. Mike's goal here is a West Coast style IPA with vibrant and bright piney flavors on a hop focused citrus bouquet. The key here will be the balance between rich hops and soothing malts. Not everyone can pinpoint this, I do have faith in Duggan though.
I opened the #9 cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed beer glass. The pour was very smooth and creamy building a frothy and mildly dense khaki colored foam right from the start. Gently, a richly amber brown beer rumbled with foam until a deeply glowing beer was produced. The head stood just over an inch with a creamy consistency trapped in a pillowy eggshell froth. The beer shone from the center with rich mahogany browns emanating out to golden brick, dark copper and bright spots of ruby. Into the sun especially you can see the richness of this beer - it is transparent but very deep, already proving the vast malt complexity.
The nose was perfect from the first sniff, and got me hooked. I think I spent a few minutes smelling this beer before even tasting it. Rich malty caramel and toffee blended so perfectly with smooth floral hops and zesty citrus flavors with a back end of pine, earth, hay fields and freshness. The more I think about it, the more this beer impressed me. Genuinely creamy malt sensations glide into your senses showing rich gooey sweetness, but also an earthy and complex round of leather and brown sugar. The hops sat right next to all the 9 malts and brought excellent balance creating a crisp and refreshing sensation.
Eventually I would have to try this beer, and by now I was very excited to. Exactly like the nose, this beer is sublimely balanced on your palate with huge waves of flavor. Could it be that Ontario has really produced a West Coast IPA that can compete with the, well, guys from the West Coast!? First the malts glide with with a wide structure showing your lips, tongue, cheeks and throat exactly what they were meant to - smoothly lush, and richly deep malts with the classic toffee and dark caramel flavor that is perfect in a big IPA.
Juicy rich malt flavors show complexity again with hints of dried fruit, charred savory flavors, and barley fresh feelings. They big key though is that right when the malts begin to overpower, the hops burst in with a lemon zest, fresh pine, grapefruit and earthy bitterness that proved to quench, refresh, and balance the #9 IPA perfectly. Ya, perfectly.
I'm left with a clean and bittersweet mouthfeel that is smooth and gently carbonated in a masterful design. This was very well done Mike, thank you! I'm going for the #9 next with some Indian or Thai food, something real spicy that I can only have on rare occasions. This IPA is going to match the sweet and robust flavors perfectly, and sooth and clean the spicy with ease.
08-20-2010 01:50:13 | More by StephenRich
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
275ml bottles, from Cool Brewery in Etobicoke.
Very nice stuff! After hearing about this for a long time, I have finally gotten to try it.
Pours with a cream colored head that dissipates rather fast. The beer itself is a nice deep amber color. Smells familiar immediately, a nice balance of hops, citrus and flowers (from the hops), and malt and something sweet. Tastes the same: sweet like caramel, some bitterness from the hops, and background malt smoothes it all out. Little carbonation but there are some bubbles floating around.
Pretty thin mouthfeel I guess, but overall its a great balance of flavor and drinkability, something I would definitely buy again. Now if only it could make its way to the average LCBO or Beer Store...
10-28-2010 02:25:00 | More by duckdown
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
275 ml bottle poured into a Wellington Brewery pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of off-white head, some of which hangs around for the duration.
S: Smells of a little citrus hops, some malt, inviting but not overpowering.
T: This certainly has a lot more going on than Tankhouse, much hoppier but I'm still not sure it qualifies as an IPA.
M: Medium body with average carbonation.
D: I'd rate the drinkability fairly high.
02-14-2011 02:59:04 | More by mrnobody
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
First review on Duggan's in the bottle, newly bottled in the 12oz format, picked up at Cool Brewery store. We'll see how this transitioned.
Pours the standard #9 dark auburn/amber/chestnut maybe a finger of bone white foam, dies down to a thin layer of bubbles, light lacing.
Nose is fresh grapefruit though not as juicy as on tap or cask, some pine, lemons, toasty malt in there, hint of soapiness.
The bottle version is certainly toned down on the juiciness/liveliness of the hops. Light grapefruit, floral and pine notes mingle with a bold caramel and toasty malt base, not much bittering at all in the finish - tastes fresh though. Bright sparkly carbonation that is just perhaps a touch overdone, definitely too thin body, either needs some bulk in the malt or some hops to hide it - I would go with the hops!
This is probably the best bottles Ontario IPA at this point but that doesn't say too much. It's made the transition to bottles well but I have to say I enjoyed the kegged/casked versions better as the hops were more prominent and brighter. Still, worth trying, hopefully as Michael tweaks the recipe the hops take a slightly more forward role. Drinkable but I want more from an IPA.
10-18-2009 02:48:47 | More by ritzkiss
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
Thanks to bobsy for this one. Enjoyed on Sept. 14, 2010.
Poured from a slender 275ml. bottle.
Appearance: An easy 3 finger head that just won't quit with amazing retention and spider web-like lines crisscrossing in the glass. The body is a dark amber bordering on brown with a very hazy aspect.
Smell: Biscuity and piney with a bit of fruit.
Taste: Very malt forward with the bitterness coming more in the aftertaste. Some caramel going on here and a touch of sweetness though it leans more towards dryness. Seems more like an English IPA to me which knocks some points off otherwise it's pretty decent.
Mouthfeel: It is honestly a bit weak and watery. Though it isn't uncomfortable, it's not as strong as an IPA should be.
Drinkability: A smaller size and an unobtrusive ABV make it not bad but it's not something i would readily get again.
Overall: An average IPA. Nothing memorable stands out for me except the appearance. It's good but you can find a better IPA.
09-17-2010 12:25:12 | More by papat444
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Reviewed on 5/8/10 on tap at C'est What. Arrived to my perch at the bar in an imperial pint, nice deep red brown color with a thin tan head. Upon tasting this is a very balanced IPA. Nice hop bite in the opening that goes into a big malty backbone followed by a sweeter but tangy finish. Good mouthfeel, carbonation is evident after the initial hop blast. The carbonation gives a momentary snadpaper-like zest in the middle of the taste but then gets buried by the malt backbone. This is a solid brew, great for sessioning.
05-13-2010 03:09:03 | More by mooseisloose
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Had this at the brewery a couple times, but the need for a 6 pack of something to bring to a UFC PayPerView party meant I wanted something smooth, easy to drink but still enough substance to quench my beer snob palate.
Served at 50 Degrees. No date on bottle.
A: Cool looking, small (275ml) minimalist design bottle, Poured into a stella tulip. Very deep copper-brown color. Huge head, which sticks to the glass like glue and lasts for the entire experience.
S: biscuit malts upfront. Pine and nettle hops. quite sweet and inviting.
T: Sweet malts upfront. A little honey and caramel center, then a good rush of hops peruses the sweetness down your throat. Sweetness does linger in the finish, but enough hop presence remains to balance things.
M: Quite a solid brew. Medium to heavy bodied. Coats the palate well.
D: Looking forward to sessioning this one whilst the gladiators of our time square off in the octagon.
02-05-2011 02:44:56 | More by uno99
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
Three fingers of frothy beige head rest on top of a perfectly clear ruby amber body, coating the glass with puffy lace as it takes its time dissipating. The colour is unlike anything I've seen before in the style. What a great looking IPA!
I like my American version of this bitter style to be robust, tropical, and oozing with hops, and unfortunately, this meets none of my expectations. Delicate would be a nice way of putting it. This one's very malt forward with biscuit, caramel, and bready malts edging out the slight floral and earthy hop character. Some reassuring grapefruit and lemon peel can also be pulled out, but based on the nose, I don't expect much from this one.
Thankfully floral and grassy hops are more assertive in the taste, pinching the sides of the tongue before they roll to the back of the palate. Sweet and toasty bready malts come in smooth and creamy and do well at trying to equal the hop presence. The finish is more astringent and earthy with a good lingering quality.
Creamy and smooth but a tad light for its higher ABV. Dry in the finish with a refreshing quality to it. Not what I'm looking for in an IPA and that's why the drinkability is average at best.
I like supporting local breweries and because of that, I'd be more than happy to try Duggan's other offerings, but this one again? Probably not. A decent beer in general, but far from a good American IPA. As a side note, despite this not being my favorite beer, I wish he would package it in a standard bottle size.
01-26-2011 03:31:22 | More by ludachris
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
Another pint enjoyed with bobsy at C'est What.
Slightly darker gold color than Big Al's, thick white head. Better head and lace than I was expecting from a high hopped beer. Earthy, piney hops. Lots of bitterness, but still balanced and not too one dimensional. Good body, another pint that disappeared too quickly.
I believe I read that this won the Toronto Vask Fest, glad I got to try it as well.
11-26-2009 00:19:50 | More by BigBry
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Copper-amber, light tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.
S: Tangerine, grapefruit & peppery spice.
T: Tangerine, nectarine and grapefruit with a little grass & pepper from the hops. Some caramel and a hint of nut from the malts. Good bitterness.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.
D: Quite drinkable.
04-04-2009 18:02:55 | More by Derek
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
A nice looking very clear dark burnished amber. Nice pale tan head enjoys sticking around, and is aided by the persistent yet fine carbonation. Nice and sticky lacings do stick around as well.
A decent enough nose as well, nice malts, bready pale malts and a nice touch of caramel. Hops are nice too, but somewhat restrained. However their floral and citrus character is quite nice.
Taste is pretty good, the malts are spot on. The bitterness is certainly there, just wish it wasnt so clean and came with a more fruity punch.
A nice almost creamy medium bodied ale. Malts have enough presence to stand up to some decent hop bitterness. Almost resinous with pine, just wish it had more of a grapefruit or tropical fruit balance.
A pretty good beer, and at only 10oz bottle its pretty easy to knock more than a few back. Thanks to Miguel, i really enjoyed this Canadian IPA, this is something i would recommend to any IPA fan to try. It is also something i would enjoy having again.
04-28-2010 01:50:21 | More by demcorhip
Mike Duggan #09 IPA from Duggan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.