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Dulachan - Lavery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Holmes698 on 03-09-2013

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by rboinski:
Photo of rboinski
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

FRESH 12 oz can (thanks TommyGuz!) poured into a wine tasting glass

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: The smell seems a bit off on this one, I get a sweetness almost like a custard. I am not sure what is causing this, maybe a slight funk combined with tropical notes? Confusing, but enticing.

Taste: The taste is much more traditional IPA than the nose was. I get a nice piney flavor with some pineapple/tropical hop character, and a nice clean finish slightly more bitter than an APA. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, a little thin but I am used to west coast IPA's which start around 6.2%.

Overall: Very nice beer! The contrast between the aroma and taste is confusing, but it is hard to fault a beer that tastes so nice!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Holmes698 for sending this in a trade.

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A- A translucent, orange and amber color combination. It is clearer than I expected it to be but not yellow or fizzy by any means. Produced a little head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing.

S- A strong hop aroma that hits hard up front and is then followed by the wet pine smell. More and more pleasant the more it warms up.

T- Very,very hoppy. A nice level of bitterness that packs a good punch.

M- Medium carbonation. This brew is very slick and coats your whole mouth which leaves the taste lingering for a bit.

O- A pleasant APA experience. I enjoyed this brew and it is very sessionable at 5.5%. I wish I had more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper slightly hazed body with a big bubbled white head, forms thick chunky banded lacing for nice appearance. Aroma has straight up citrus peel and pineapple notes it's tropical fruit mélange of love of the hops. Flavors up front bitterness balanced with pale biscuit malts this beer drinks effortlessly dead on body with even keeled carbonation slick oily feel poured from a can I'm looking for a case of this stuff soon. Definitely worth it especially while it's as fresh as this sample is!!!

Photo of adam_stokes
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers.

Photo of RoyAlan
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is coppery gold with a medium white head that reduces to a slim topping with nice lacing
Smell is as if brewed with old hay. A barn yardness I've not smelled before
A huge hop mouthfeel supported by the hay smell is somewhat off putting at first, but grew on me as the brew started to warm.
Overall an oddness that might have me try again if it available, but with the number is IPA's available, not one I'd chose over more recognized brands

Photo of Jennymonster
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Categorized as an American IPA, I would venture to call this Erie PA's rendition of a West-Coast IPA. Without a doubt, Dulachan can compete with the likes of Green Flash and Lagunitas. However, weighing-in at a respectable 5.6% A.B.V., Dulachan is sessionable to the point whereby it must be considered the premiere picnic beer for the craft crowd tending to the responsibilities that come along with adulthood.

A pillowy head forms when poured into a glass--and little is lost when you crack a can (concealed) on Presque Isle. The head dissipates rapidly, but let's just call that Mother Nature and Father Time's way of encouraging you to drink-up.

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice two-finger foamy white head, great retention long after the pour

S- big leafy and floral hop aromas with some orange zest, tropical fruity notes of pineapple and mango with a hint of mint, very nice

T- tropical fruity flavors stand out up front with lots of mango and pineapple, a nice sugary sweet maltiness mid-palate, followed by some floral hop flavors finishing dry

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, very drinkable

O- a nice balance is achieved with some great tropical and floral hop flavors being complimented by a sweet malty backbone. High drinkability makes this one go down too easily

Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus and hops. Yum. Taste is grapefruit, hoppy, very dry at the finish, lots of flavor and damn good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- can. unfiltered.

A: Tarnished orange pour has a bready textured head off white in color that was soapy and bubbly, especially around the glass walls. Healthy dose of carbonation within, with some soapy patches on the vessel remaining for lace with a high rate of coverage appeal. Not to much signage of the unfiltered nature, clarity was rather good and distinguishable.

S: Sweet and fruity exit from the can showed some fresh fruitiness of mangos. In the vessel dry grains dominated, the hops settling down a bit the aroma didnt seem as enticing or fresh and exciting as first opened.

T: Toasted grain, bread, light dry warmth of comforting citrus. Bit of orange-pine hops, even toned bitterness, floury grains with a leave of lemony toastedness.

M: Mouthful was smooth, slippery and lightly syrupy with a moderate awareness of carbonation.

O: Overall a even toned bitterness, not to dry, not to bitter, good balance of malts and hops. The flavor was ok, a bit laid back, nothing that would jump and grab your attention. Could of benefited from a bit more complexity for multiple drinking sake, as it stands ones not enough to encourage a second offering. A middle of the road safe play in the tough and competitive field of ipas that would hardly get noticed.

Photo of jonB
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a tulip glass to get a bright amber body with a half inch of head, which faded with little lacing. The beer had a strong juicy hop smell with a citrus nose, but a dry piney finish. It is well balanced and has a medium mouthfeel. It is a sessionable IPA and is very good for the style.

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of citrus, some mild grass flavors with a little floral as well.

T-Starts with a good deal of citrus, pleasant floral notes along with a tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and some hop resins.

O-A good local IPA that I got in a trade. Glad I tried it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a hazed gold color with a modest cap of off-white head. Retention is average and lacing slightly above.

oohhh nice...nose is very juicy pine and tropical hops. Malts are light and biscuity. West coast style here and a very formidable one by the smell of it. Impressed.

The hops are very wet and juicy tasting, but not overly bitter. I usually dont pair pine and tropical together for hop descriptors, but this is a rare example. Malts remain light and basically just get out of the way. Mouthfeel is ok, not as creamy as I might like to see, but that is a minor complaint. Pretty simplistic in nature, but damn it is pretty fucking tasty! Nice surprise here, I like it.

Photo of CabbageA19
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better than average IPA. Had it the past two Saint Patricks days- really the only good green beer I've ever had.

They have any interesting complex beers but the IPA is pretty darn straightforward. A tad too bitter in my estimation for an IPA to make not a session IPA but drinkable for sure.

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a personal gift to me from Jason Lavery himself during a recent visit to Lancaster. It was one of several prototype CANs and I was honored to get a couple of them. I had fully intended to hold off its review until the pics was approved, but a dropped CAN mishap moved it up to priority.

From the CAN: "Brewing innovative ales in small batches Erie Pennsylvania"; "Pronounced 'Doo-La-Khan'after the fearsome headless goblin of Irish lore. Our incarnation is extremely sessionable, massively hopped and a devilishly delicious Ameri[CAN] IPA! Slainte".

Call this review "Bro. Woody Live at Dulachan"!

Two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention quickly resulted from my panicked pour. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose was about as piney as you could get without cutting down the bulk of a pine forest. Mouthfeel was medium and the bite of the hops was perfect - nicely piney, but without an overwhelming bitterness that often is the case. This was super smooth and eminently drinkable. The lacing that began to appear was going to need a cold chisel and hammer to remove. Finish was cool and refreshing, almost like a menthol cigarette. i would recommend against smoking, but many would recommend against imbibing the way that I do. Fair dinkum. Call it menthol cool on its finish. I'm cool with that.

Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Passion fruit, peach and tangerine.

Taste
Passion fruit, pink grapefruit and tangerine zest. Thin grainy backbone. Honeydew melon, drops of lemon juice and a pinch of pine needles.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall
The passion fruit flavors make this IPA unique. Sessionable, dry and refreshing.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Built like an IPA but with the weight and power of the more modest American Pale Ale. But its that undeniable dominance of citrus hops that cry otherwise.

Honey-gold in color, the ale is nearly bright except with a mild dry-hop haze. A tall column of foam extends upwards to meet the rim. It's bone-white and shows off its long-lasting retention with mostly loosely knit bubbles. It's a terrific looking IPA.

Bright citrus aromatics deliver a burst of grapefruit and oranges. Its fresh juicy scent is of the squeezed juice of citrus fruit along with a side note of fresh-sawn pine and herbal botanicals. Backed by light caramel, the malt character is mild- careful not to tread on the hops. Its otherwise a clean and error free scent.

To taste, the crisp malt of caramel and sun kissed grain frame the underpinnings of the ale. But its the ripe grapefruit and orange flavor that takes center stage. Its boastful hop character commands the taste from the time that the sweetness fades until the resinous pine bitterness closes the ale with sharpness and briskness throughout. Its more earthy taste is light but does provide a mild stemmy bite.

Early creaminess floats above the tongue, but the ale turns dry after its carbonation recedes and its malt sweetness begins to dissolves. It's fast to dry, finishing with strong bitterness, stemmy wood astringency and deceptive alcohol warmth.

In fact is fades so cleanly and crisply that it leaves the palate wanting a bit more. Its hop content and character promises a creamier and smoother but the lightness can't deliver. Its a remarkably drinkable and refreshing Pale Ale in an IPA suit.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dulachan sports an burnished amber color and has a slight haziness about itself.
A pretty tall head sits on top. It's rocky dense and leaves a good amount of lacing.
The aroma is quite nice and is definitly a pine forest. Lots of pine resin with some touchs of flowery hops too.
It doesn' taste as hoppy as in the nose and actually is pretty lean. I wonder if this beer is dry hopped. There is a good amount of malts in there tasting bready and doughy.
What lacks in hop taste is more then sufficient in the bitterness. Quite bitter.
On the palate the beer drinks medium but is flat and washed out. Like a dead fish.
Pretty good in some aspects like appearance and aroma bad on taste and feel.

Photo of EraDehops
4/5  rDev +1%

Dulachan is Good!
Overall: Bangin' for a local Erie beer, best one around for sure (IPA wise) with a close second being Good Vibes down in Meadville from VooDoo.. At 5.6% There is a huge, hoppy hit and a great cloudy, frothy mouthful. Dunno why it's avg is <90, because it's danky! Definitely a sessionable IPA and makes things feel like a sunny Irish day. No stand up to Heady Topper, but I am sure glad it's here to be had!
A: Beautiful haze, golden summer sunset appearance, unfiltered does the trick.
S: Nice grapefruit, citrus waft
T: Really a smack of lemon malt, with tingly spicy finish, does not linger and leaves a crave for more.
M: Again unfiltered, so very filling in the mouth. Able to swish and turn to foam before guzzle. Awesome and hefty ipa. Very satisfying drink.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one and I immediately was anxious to try it. Lots of pine on the nose. Flavor had it too, but it's fairly even-keeled. Honestly, I think I've had pale ales that were a lot like this. Smooth feel. This is nice. It's definitely fresh. That's for sure. Try it as soon as you can.

Photo of Holmes698
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Lavery Brewery in Erie, PA

Some tasting notes:
Nice golden yellow color, with a huge nose of floral & tropical hops. The taste follow the nose. Big tropical and floral notes with a very nice sweet malt backbone. This has a moderately-thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The first batch had a much thinner mouthfeel and had very little lingering bitterness. The most recent batch (early 2013) that I tasted had a much better mouthfeel and more of that lingering bitter hop flavor. This beer seems to get better each batch. I hope that Lavery decides to add this to the regular line up (maybe in 16oz cans). I think it would be that beer that finally pushes into the 90's for a score on BA. I will put this IPA up against the elite IPA's that I have tasted.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from a locals swap with a great trader. Pours a hazy light copper with a two finger fluffy off white head. Big grapefruit aroma with plenty of toffee malt backing. Flavor is bitter up front with pine and grapefruit, then toffee and caramel malts follow on the palate with the sweetness lingering. Prickly carbonation, slightly dry on the finish. Full of flavor, definitely an easy coast style. Solid brew and my first from Lavery.

Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap on 2013-05-17 in Lancaster, PA at Annie Bailey's and again in the can on 2013-05-30 in Columbia, PA. This review reflects a blended average.

A - Moderately clear golden orange with a 1.5-finger white head and nice lacing.

S - Big tropical and hop floral aroma that I can smell from 3 feet away. There's significant pine and a nice big whiff of dankness. Just a little malt sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose, with tropical yielding to dank yielding to some citrus flesh and zest. Not quite the astounding dank-citrus balance of a Fat Head's Head Hunter, but this is much lower ABV. There's a touch of pale malt for balance, some pepper and a leafy flavor that is quite pleasant. Significant bitterness lingers long on the tongue. It dries nicely.

M - Almost medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly, resinous and while not real substantial in terms of body, the tongue-coating mouthfeel makes up for it.

O - This is a very well-made and tasty brew. It reminds me of a cross between Half Acre's Daisy Cutter and The Brew Kettle's White Rajsah. There's a lot of flavor for an almost-sessionable brew. This brewery is new to this part of PA. Worth seeking out!

Photo of Levich
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

Decent IPA I received in a trade. Nice resinous piney hop character. Nothing crazy or ground breaking here. Just a good local beer.

Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Swirls of microgunk further tarnish the clarity. Very hazy. A dark honey mustard color. Nice sticky and sudsy white head. Creates lacing, too.

Leafy green hops, tart tropical fruits, lime, hop pellets, and herbal aromas. All hops in the nose. Hard to distinguish what the malts are doing, but it's not much. Light crackery fluff. Very hoppy. Notes of pine and citrus rind are also evident.

Lots of C hops, but somewhat light on the citrus. Very leafy and green (the color of the can is perfect as a premise for how this beer tastes). More lightly tart, but supple, tropical fruit notes. Unripe papaya, bitter greens, herbs, pine, tangerine rind, canteloupe rind, and hints of lime. Pretty impressive stuff. Lots of hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate, but quite relenting. Pale malts are barely sturdy, and very clean. No distractions of toast, caramel, or sweetness. Excellent.

Light to medium-bodied. Quite oily. Has a delicate smoothness. Carbonation creates just enough gruff to matter. The way it feels counts for a lot, actually. Not as rich and bristly as is sometimes appropriate for an easily quaffable hoppy IPA, but close.

My expectations were small (no offense, Lavery). This is a phenomenal IPA. I want to send this to all my peeps out of state to try out. When in PGH, find some.

Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Alpine Spring bow-tie glass.

A - Cloudy gold with some yeast floating around, big fluffy off white two finger marshmallow head, patches of thick lacing.
S - Dank grass, pine and earthy scents, fresh lemon and lime juice, some white grape, orange juice, light bread malt.
T - Excellent balance of malt, hops, sweetness. Definitely get those dank qualities, lots of citrus juice in the middle, crisp lemongrass, light bread malt.
M - Clean and bright, lighter on feel, easily drinkable.
O - One of my favorite session beers as of recent, this dominates All Day IPA by a long shot. This paired with Southern Tier Live, and Terrapin RecreationAle, are my top 3 session beers.

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Dulachan from Lavery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.