Mike Duggan #09 IPA - Duggan's Brewery
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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
3/5 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
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
Had a bottle at Chancey Smith's in London. Served in a tulip glass.
A - One finger tan head that dissolves quickly and leaves attractive lacework. The body is one of the darkest I've ever seen for a single IPA - transparent dark coppery brown with a nice glow when held to the light. If this had better head volume and retention it'd be perfect.
S - Hop character seems like a mix of slightly dank Columbus hops and peachy Simcoe - maybe a bit of Cascade soapiness. This is definitely "East Coast" as it has a pretty strong malt backbone of caramel and bread. Reminds me a little of DFH90, but less boozy and aromatic.
T - There aren't a ton of flavoring hops, although the residual bitterness is quite pleasant and exposes their presence. There's some light floral and fruity notes on top of a highly present caramel malt base.
M - Light carbonation tingle, smooth, and a fairly resinous residual feel. Could use a touch more dryness in the finish, but otherwise no problems here.
D - This went down fast - nice texture and moderate bitterness make this a good session option. Glad to see a decent local IPA in Ontario - bring on the Imperial version!
12-22-2009 04:30:17 | More by MasterSki
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
There was a time. There was a time when bell bottoms were fashionable for men, a time when the Earth was believed to be flat, when white bread was only a delicacy of the rich. There was a time when rusty, dark amber coloured beers like this were considered 'pale'. And this one, with its pristine clarity, would have been considered phenomenally pale.
A suitably hopped (new-age) IPA should singe your nose hairs - this one leaves them swimming in a sugary serum. It's as if they boiled off excess to water to concentrate more of the malty flavours and forgot to increase the hops accordingly. These hops are tangy and fruity, sure, but only as much as the sun is ever really hot in wintertime.
Duggan #9 tastes an awful lot like Tankhouse Ale, a beer originally developed by Mike Duggan when he worked for Mill Street Brewing. Both are amber-style ales, abundantly malty with a liberal amount of C-hops. Both are fine, outstanding beers despite that neither ever seems sufficiently sassy, lavish or loose enough in the hop department...
What's come to be known as the 'West Coast' IPA is a brightly citric, zestfully fruity and profoundly one-sided beer that showcases hops in all their glory. An IPA like this, although relatively hoppy in its own right, muddles things up by grounding all those tangy, scintillating hops in a clammy, soggy maltiness that is full of heavier, more viscous flavours.
And while those flavours are tasteful, when I'm really in the mood for an IPA - a brimming, audacious American style IPA - I find gluey malts out of character, nutty light roast unseemly and the thick, chewy caramel to be altogether lumbering and ill-matched. I don't my want my palate lulled by sugars, I want my gums cut up on sharp, citric hops!
Both interpretations make quenching, delectable beers but if you're a die-hard hophead it shouldn't take long for you to become disillusioned with this more conservative, balanced rendition. If you're just one who appreciates toothsome, quality, well-rounded beers then #9 will accord quite well with you, as it does me (provided I'm not in hop withdrawal!).
04-10-2010 23:36:49 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Had quite a few pints of this at Volo.
Pours a clear dark reddish orange, almost mahogany, thick off white head forms, good retention, very thick and chunky, nice lacing. Smell is good, nice malts in the background, caramel and bread, some light citrusy/grapefruity hops, some floral, light fruitiness, not over the top hoppy but well balanced. Taste is similar, clean malts, caramel sweetness, some light biscuit, grapefruit, floral, some berries, citrus, nicely balanced, but could use some more hopping, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty good and drinkable IPA, very balanced, easy to put down some pints.
06-09-2009 13:42:29 | More by Viggo
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
3.58/5 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
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
This review is an average of the bottled and cask versions.
Freshly tapped cask at Volo, which shows what an amazing format cask conditioning can be. A surprisingly dark oaken body (darker than the regular kegged version from the sounds of it) support a frothy white head. Good retention and lace. Not really what you'd expect from the appearance of an IPA though. Earthy, citrus nose, with sweet orange and tangerine.
Wonderful balance in the flavours, with the bitterness kept in check, and the flavours running wild. Lots of tangerine, some pine, caramel malt, and like Derek said, a hint of nuttiness. Really stellar stuff with huge drinkability. Also, as you would expect from a well-kept (good job Volo), freshly tapped cask, the body is exceptional, with a texture that's both light and full at the same time.
The Number 9 IPA advanced into the second round of Volo's cask IPA challenge, but if its anywhere near as good as it was tonight it has potential to go all the way.
Bottled: Flavours are far more in check. Toastiness is heightened and the bitterness is a bit more restrained. Pitched a bit more to the conservative market, but still a pretty decent IPA. Ideally I'd ask for more hop presence, but this is pretty sessionable for they style, and seeing its local would probably still be preferred over the imports. Definitely not as good as on cask, though.
Edited to add: It did go all the way - best cask IPA in Ontario.
Further edit: This isn't as good as it used to be, so I've adjusted a few scores downwards a touch.
10-19-2009 02:29:35 | More by bobsy
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
I've had this on cask and tap previously, but I finally decided to review this from a bottle. Pours an amber-copper colour with thick white head. Good head retention. Smells strongly of citrus hops and lots of sweet caramel malt. This tastes hoppier and bitter than it does on tap for some reason, which is good because I think on tap it can be more of a pale ale (similar to Mill Street Tankhouse). This is awesomely drinkable, and with the small bottles it doesn't take much effort to finish off a 6 pack.
07-20-2010 21:56:15 | More by kwjd
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
A refreshing IPA. This is my everyday beer, replaces Mill St. Tankhouse in my fridge. The only down side is that I have to go to the brewpub to get it and it only comes in a 4-pack. But overall well worth the trip there, the other beers and food is great. It pours a lovely copper brown. Smells ripe with malt and hops. Very refreshing for an IPA. Would like it to finish a little longer but its inital flavour makes up for its short finish. This is made really well by, in my opinion, one of Canada's best brewmasters period. I will buy this as long as they make it.
04-11-2010 06:14:05 | More by peensteen
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
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
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Had a bottle of this at Terroni last night. It was nice to see this fine local beer at one of my favorite Italian restaurant.
Pours a deep brown color, this could pass for a brown ale. A small tan head clings tenaciously to the glass. Caramel malt and grapefruit show in the aroma. The taste is solidly bitter with a nutty, doughy, sweet malt profile. The hops are citrusy with a bit of pine character. Medium to light carbonation in the mouthfeel, on the lightbodied side overall. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish.
This is a nice IPA. The robust malt profile stands up to the hops and then some. Its very enjoyable, though I like my IPAs a hoppier, with the malt subserviently in the background. I will seek this out again nonetheless. Its a very tastey quaffer.
11-23-2009 03:19:10 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4/5 rDev +8.1%
A good looking beer, clear chestnut brown under a moderate head that settles to a heavy film and leaves some very nice lace.
Nose full of carmel malts and grapefruit from hops. Very fruity and pleasant. That carries on through to the taste. Initial mouthfeel gives a bitter bite and then a mouthful of sweet malt. Distinct grapefruit rind flavour from the hops. Finishes with lingering bitterness and a hint of spice.
A decent brew, easy to drink, lots of interesting flavours happening.
09-22-2010 00:00:02 | More by TerryW
2.95/5 rDev -20.3%
Bottle #1 received through trade. Thanks TheSevenDuffs. Figured I should try this in a bottle after a mediocre shot at the cask challenge.
A: A very nasty start. Pours flat. Turn the bottle upside down. Still flat. WTF? What can I say that is good? Crystal clear amber-red. (EDIT: Was a 2, a later bottle had decent head and retention).
S: A musky earth atop a bit of crystal sweetness. No real substantial hop profile outside the earthiness.
T: This is new to me. An IPA without a significant bitterness. If this is an English IPA. A sweet crystal malt profile and a bit of bready yeast play into the taste. (EDIT: Was a 2, the later bottle had better bitterness and hop flavours, though still muted to my liking)
M: Thin and watery. No carbonation can't help. (EDIT: Was 1.5, but much better in the second bottle with carbonation. Bright in the mouth).
D: I have one more bottle. May it not be flat or I will never seek out a Duggan again as long as I can remember. (EDIT: was a 2 - much more drinkable though not exactly what I was looking for in an IPA)
02-26-2011 17:39:15 | More by kjyost
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
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
3.23/5 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
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
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
To begin with, a few very minor gripes.
The name. #9. It gives the beer zero personality.
The label isn't really bad so much as bland and uninspired. Mike certainly didn't pay his designer overtime to whip this one up, that's for sure. Plus it makes me want to play snooker.
I have had this on tap several times and it seemed to vary to the point that I could never really get a bead on the taste and a few times it failed to strike me as anywhere near hoppy enough to be classed as an IPA.
All dickish nitpicking aside, let's get to the beer.
Pours a surprisingly dark chocolate color, clear and a dark ruby when held up to the light, topped by a nice white frothy head and splotchy lacing. Dies down to a thin film in the end.
The aroma is mild caramel underneath topped by some nice citrus hops. Very nice but restrained.
The taste is more bitter than I remember it being on tap or cask. The taste follows the aroma, with a dark chocolate and caramel backbone met by some grapefruit pith bitterness, some pine and floral notes as well, ending with a dry, almost chalky finish. The bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste. The malt profile of this on tap and cask seemed a lot more pronounced. Here it's drowned out by the bitterness to the point that it's lacking any real complexity or depth.
Mouthfeel is thin and a little overly carbonated.
This is a good beer. But my preference is for an IPA with hops flavor rather than just hops bitterness, a good malt backbone, and a dry hopped aroma, and this is lacking in a few key areas for me.
11-20-2009 00:50:36 | More by MeisterBurger
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
Mike Duggan #09 IPA from Duggan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.